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Suitable Bones For Puppy Other Than Chicken

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Michelle08

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Hi everyone,
I'm a newbie with a 12 week Gordon Setter. He is doing well overall on rpm ( since we got him at 8 weeks) but I just wanted to ask a question regarding bones. I appreciate bones are important for calcium for their own bones when they're growing but Duncan isn't that keen on chicken. Can anyone suggest any other bones he would be able to crunch down? He's had a try of rabbit (very expensive here in butchers so couldn't keep him on it) and he loves beef. He's probably ready to try a different protein now too if that helps. Thanks for any suggestions. Also, a lady in the pet shop said "he'll need a puppy food as he needs the special nutrients it supplies for his bones to grow properly especially as he's a large breed" she's wrong isn't she?

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Welcome! Gordon Setters are pretty dogs!

 

He should be able to handle other poultry bones (e.g. duck, turkey, quail, cornish hen). Rabbit is another good size for a puppy. Lambs and kids would have more manageable bones, if you have a source for them. Some owners smash bones a bit with a mallet or purchase ground meat/bone for pups who can't manage larger bones.

 

Speaking of prices, I know non-poultry can be expensive!! I raise my own rabbits and ducks because of cost and access. I drive about three hours, one-way, to get my goats, but even with the cost of gas it is worth it. I'm disappointed at the price of goats in my area. In addition to them being expensive, many sellers do NOT want you to eat them. What??? If you don't eat them, then what do you do with them??? I am still clueless about that one... anyway.

 

As long as your pup is getting meat, some bone, and some organs, he is doing fine! :) Coat condition and energy level are two big clues as to whether the diet is meeting his nutritional needs.  Unfortunately, most "western" nations have been influenced by commercial kibble pet food companies as to what is appropriate. Pet stores do a lot of business selling pet food, so they're always going to attempt at making a sell. Nutritionists (and those who have studied it for personal interest) speculate that many "large breed" dog foods are not nutritionally appropriate for large breeds (incorrect mineral and vitamin levels). "Mother nature" has been getting it right since before pet food was ever invented.

 

Good luck with everything! :)



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Hi TRDmom,
Thanks for all the advice. I'll try goat and lamb then as we can get them quite reasonably priced locally. I'll also get myself a mallet!
Cheers
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Hi TRDmom,
Thanks for all the advice. I'll try goat and lamb then as we can get them quite reasonably priced locally. I'll also get myself a mallet!
Cheers

 

Sounds good! :)



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You could try pork ribs as well. You don't have to get a whole rack, but you can get more like individual meaty "riblet" types.

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Thanks everyone. I've got some good ideas for moving forward with rpm and I'm sure there'll be very few issues when he gets his big teeth! I've got some lamb ribs for the intro to another new protein and after lamb I'll do pork. So, all the advice has been very helpful. Cheers

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As I think I read in another post that you're in NZ I'd suggest :Lamb Ribs.

Not much meat but good bone. We used to get them in South Africa but can't find them

here is Texas!



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Yes, I'm a kiwi. I've given him lamb ribs now. He loves lamb but still can't chomp through much of the bone but I'm sure he'll be fine when his big teeth come through. Thanks for the suggestion. I've tried smashing shanks with a mallet but I think you need to be Hulk Hogan to make any impact I need to find a steam roller! Anyhow, we are doing well overall and he eats a few different proteins now without problems Yay! Cheers

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In addition to them being expensive, many sellers do NOT want you to eat them. What??? If you don't eat them, then what do you do with them??? I am still clueless about that one... anyway.

 

I do have to chime in here. I adore goats. I plan on raising goats for meat and dairy, but the meat goats will be kept away from the house and only socialized enough to make them easy enough to handle for medical treatment when necessary. 

The pets, though... Oh, goats make awesome pets and I can honestly understand those who do not sell them for meat. When you've had a friendly goat raised from a kid, you'll understand what I mean. What I can't stand is the little $&*%@ who are allowed to headbutt everyone and use their horns on people. I'm never opposed to those goats going into the freezer!

Obviously, I'm not on either side as far as whether they are food or pets. Just thought I'd give some insight as to why some people don't want their goats sold as meat.






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