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I've been buying and freezing marrow bones from the grocery store. I'll give them to Cooper and Lyla when they are going to be alone for longer than usual, or when they just really want a walk when I can't oblige. They love the bones long after the marrow is gone- usually their go-to bones throughout the day- they are all over our house.

Yesterday, I was trying to wrap up my work (from home), and brought my laptop out onto the couch so I could be with the dogs while I sent out the last emails before quitting-time. Cooper was chewing on one of these old bones, sort of throwing it around and picking it up. I noticed a lot of "teeth on bone" noise and looked at him to watch him play with his bone.

I then realized that he was in trouble- the bone, which is essentially a ring, had slipped over his lower canine teeth, and was stuck around his lower jaw. He was trying desperately to get it off. I calmed him down enough to take a crack at it, but it was really stuck! No way could I get it off without breaking his lower teeth.

Off to the vet, which is VERY close (poor Lyla left at home all alone for the first time in her 2 years, shrieking at the top of her lungs as we drove away), only to have them tell me that they couldn't do anything because they didn't have a bone saw to cut it off (???!). They referred me to a local EMERGENCY vet (evening rush hour in Los Angeles) so they could sedate and cut this thing off of Coop's mouth.

I couldn't find it at first, but eventually got this poor dog in, and they were awesome. No sedation, and they were able to cut it off. He was still and such a good boy! I wish I had taken a picture, but I was too panicked, and by myself at the time (how does my hubby miss all of the action?). $98 was it- thank goodness. I was envisioning $$$ as I drove there. Teeth were fine :)

Moral of the story is: make sure your dogs bones are appropriately sized! This one was too big- I usually think about things being too small. And know what level of service your vet can provide!
 

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How frightening! I am glad Cooper came out of this OK. I too worry about the small stuff, would never imagine the bigger bones would be an issue... Now you've given me another thing to worry about!
 

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Thanks so much for putting this distressing story on here - it's happened to one of mine although thankfully I was able to separate hound from bone without needng an Emergency call out. I'd bet your hound won't be so keen on bones for a while! :(

ps I tend to remove a good percentage of the marrow from this sort of bone because it's so rich.
 

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we are going to start introducing new food to bella soon, she is still on her specialist food but has started to gain a little weight but we have given her an antler to chew on and that has been a success, it is quite flat and has some marrow, it is also strong and so far shows no sign of breaking at all.
 

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Where can I find antlers for dogs to chew? Are they sold in pet stores? Maddie no longer cares for rawhide bones, are antlers better?
 

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I give my dogs bully sticks and they love them. I would always give them each one if I knew I was going to be out of the house for a few hours. The funny thing is I am pretty sure Eeyore was eating everyone's chew. Since he has been gone any bones or chews I give them when I leave are still there, untouched, when I get back. Probably the reason Eeyore was also the heftiest of my boys.
 

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ours eat them in less than 4/5 minutes!!
wow your guys are slow !


Which is why I generally use cow hooves but they are very hard and can fracture teeth, they stink and can splinter
 

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wow your guys are slow !
Which is why I generally use cow hooves but they are very hard and can fracture teeth, they stink and can splinter
I've also found that pork in any form can cause stomach upsets (very fatty). Cow's hooves are OK, one of ours will tuck in while the other is disinterested after an initial 'Wow something to eat!', I'm sure used to be able to get pony hooves which they loved & didn't stink, but can't find them now.
 
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