Should You Give Your Dog Marrow Bones

Natural bones are very healthy for dogs! Let your dog benefit from the goodness of bone marrow.
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My dog enjoys bone broth, but only if (1) it is plain, made with no onions or other veggies, and (2) if it isn't too fatty. I'm not sure why, but he tends to get loose stools if I don't skim off most of the fat. I tend to use mostly knuckle bones rather than marrow bones. I save the marrow for myself :). The extra chunks of tendon and connective tissue are great, though.
Guest Blogger, Dr. Greg Martinez Dvm, provides a veterinarian's point-of-view on feeding raw meaty bones to our dogs.
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Pedigree Mini Marrobone Dog Treats Features and Benefits: * Great tasting treat made with real bone marrow wrapped in a crunchy biscuit * Enriched with Vitamins A, D and E * Helps promote a shiny coat and healthy teeth and bones * Resealable bag keeps treats fresh and tasty! My dogs love marrow bones! 😀
Photo provided by FlickrMay 15, 2012 - My dog Lottie loves raw frozen marrow bones
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I love how my dog spends hours and hours enjoying the flavor of such a healthy treat. Even after the marrow is gone, Sancho continues to go back to the bones that keep him so interested. The size and shape is just perfect for his paw and mouth size.Bones. They’re not just for dogs. I’ve enjoyed bone marrow, sliced in half lengthwise with coarse sea salt and toast, at restaurants on occasion. But there’s a certain satisfacti…Bones. They’re not just for dogs. I’ve enjoyed bone marrow, sliced in half lengthwise with coarse sea salt and toast, at restaurants on occasion. But there’s a certain satisfacti…My dog Lottie loves raw frozen marrow bones. And I love how healthy they are for her! These bones clean your dog’s teeth in addition to providing them with a nice oral workout – not to mention a healthy dose of natural calcium.It has come to our attention that many people are not comfortable with this type of treat due to reports of dogs choking on these bones swallowed whole or have one get stuck around the lower jaw. Scenarios like this can easily scare one off to even consider feeding marrow bones. While it is up to every dog owner to decide what they are comfortable with giving their dogs to eat, we would like to share some points to consider before turning away from feeding your dog marrow bones:Raw bones are part of the ancestral diet of dogs. In the wild coyotes, wolves, and dogs eat all of their prey: meat, bones, and organs. Bones contain needed calcium and bone marrow is rich in collagen and other immune-boosting nutrients. Never give a dog cooked bones! The cooking process changes the molecular structure of bones making them brittle and prone to splintering. Be sure to cut off any scrap meat clinging to a bone, even a ham bone, if you want to share it with your dog.It takes Lottie about 3 or 4 hours to scrape all the marrow out of one of these frozen bones – she’s working on a Nature’s Variety raw beef bone in these photos. Lottie stays quietly in one place, completely entertained, allowing my husband and I to enjoy a few uninterrupted hours when we have dinner guests or just want to watch some TV. On Sundays, a raw frozen bone is the perfect dog occupier while we watch the Bears game! Cow bones are large and tough, which may make them appealing to your dog -- dogs love to chew and explore with their mouths. However, these bones are so dense they can actually hurt your dog, causing problems like chipped and broken teeth. Swallowing bone fragments can cause intestinal blockage, internal bleeding and deadly infections. Even recreational cow marrow bones can be dangerous for dogs, because the marrow itself is a fatty animal product. Too much fatty food -- like cow bone marrow -- can make your dog overweight, leading to conditions like pancreatitis. If you're interested in giving your dog a form of cow bone marrow, consult with your veterinarian first.