Q: when will it be safe to give our puppies bones?

April 29, 2009 | By Ashleyrhoden | 9 answers | Expired: 2054 days ago

I want to know what age my puppies need to be before they can have bones. Like the bones you buy from the pet stores. (they look like they are smoked or something , you can find them in knuckle bones, rib bones and different size leg bones...) and also which ones would be best to give them. The puppies are husky mixes

Readers' Answers (9)

May 04, 2009

I wouldn't give them those type of bones ever! I have a husky/akita mix and I gave hime one of those bones and he swallowed a big chunck of it before I could get it off him, which caused a huge vet bill and luckily he passed it. These type of bones can cause bloackages and a lot of other issues my vet recommended I buy bone substitutes like,natural deer antlers, a good quality raw hide or busy bones found at stores all over. I personally like dingo wraps for my dog and natural deer antlers, they don't splinter and they can't get big pieces off them, plus they are full of calcium. As far as age I gave my dog rawhide wraps when he was about 3 to 4 months old and since i did that he hasn't chewed things he wasn't suppsoe to like shoes or furniture. If you do give bones please be careful they can really be harmful.Plus they splinter.

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May 08, 2009

They should be around 7 mo. old at least because of the teeting phase they go through. You don't want to hurt their teeth. I waited with my dog until he was 1 year old.

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May 01, 2009

I've also given my puppy bones since she was very young, although I've read you shouldn't give them to puppies under 9 months. A lot of the packages will say right on them how old the puppy should be before they have it. I agree though that they should be okay for any age, as long as you supervise young dogs and take them away should they become unsafe or break into pieces that would be dangerous to swallow.

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