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Dog bones?

On the chance that I take my first archery elk this late season... 

I would like to keep bones for my dogs... I have two pits and a boxer/chow, all of which just love sucking the marrow out of beef bones as they crunch them to tiny bits.

If I bone out an elk, can I simply take the bones home and refrigerate them for the girls?  Or do they need to be boiled or something first?

Is this something I should let a butcher handle for me?

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Vets recommend that you cook

Vets recommend that you cook the bones first. Dogs can get worms from uncooked deer & elk bones. We found that out firsthand, when we gave our dog fresh deer bones, she got tapeworms. Vet said it was from the deer bones. So after that, we simply boiled them. Guess if you had a large quantity of bones, you could just roast them in the oven, then bag up and freeze to keep them.

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I dated a Yup'ik Eskimo chick

I dated a Yup'ik Eskimo chick for a while that kept all the major bones from the moose I would kill. She had me cut them into about 8 inch peices and then she would freeze them. She'd later thaw them and extract the bone marrow with the handle of a wooden spoon.

I've never heard of tapeworms living in bone marrow before, but for all I know they do....

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I have always given my German

I have always given my German shepard my elk bones before she pasted away, i would saw them into 8-10 inch sections then boil them and freeze them, she never got sick or got worms from doing it that way. she loved them though and would go nuts every time i'd pull a new one out for her.

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Every dog is different.   I

Every dog is different.   I do give my cattle dogs elk legs, hoofs, and hide because they enjoy it.

I used to boil bones for my dogs but found that they were burying them then later digging them up again and chewing them.  It sort of defeated the purpose of boiling them because the bones could pick up plenty of cooties in the ground.

I realized though that one of my dogs drinks from the toilet, eats cat turds, eats dead fish at the lake, and bones seemed like the least of my problems.  My solution is pay attention to the dogs digestive habits and see a vet if you suspect a problem.

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Alamosa, sounds like you have

Alamosa, sounds like you have your hands full with your dog.LOL. almost sounds like a toddler. good luck!

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Imagine that, a pup that

Imagine that, a pup that likes to get into trouble. haha I think you couldn't go wrong by taking cowgals advice. Its not worth the risk I guess but I was not aware that parasitic worms got into bone marrow. I know the most common do not but I will check with my invertebrate professor and see what she says. Seems to make sense to just boil or bake them to be sure though. I'm sure that your pups are going to love you once you throw them one of those bones. I wonder if they would appreciate wild game over beef bones like we appreciate wild game meat.

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I bet they would appreciat

I bet they would appreciat wild game over beef bones.  i say that because my dogs go crazy when I cook game meat as opposed to beef or chicken.  They can tell and they go nuts begging for just a nibble.  It must smell different to them and may strikes a primal nerve?

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