Originally Posted by KrystalLeigh
I really like the idea of putting them in the freezer. I've never done that before. Do you have any idea of how long they should be in a freezer for the majority of bacteria to die?
We give Odie a raw chicken neck 2-3 times per week. I am slowly but surely attempting to get her comfortable with a toothbrush and I'm not giving up, but the most I can do at this point is get the toothpaste in her mouth with the toothbrush and there's definitely no real brushing going on. Just curious... what is your favourite bone to give for chewing?
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I don't want to mislead anyone... putting them in the freezer won't make them 100% safe. Bacteria are nasty and hardy little creatures. They can live in the arctic.
So putting them in the freezer will halt them, but won't kill them. However, to me it is safer than leaving them out 24/7, especially after they have been chewed and the ends are all wet and slimy, which is a perfect environment for bacteria.
For raw meaty bones for dental health and recreation... I like chicken necks, chicken wings, beef or pork ribs, pork neck, ox tail (the longer ones, not the little discs). Try to avoid sawed bones like t-bones or pork chops, as they can have sharp edges.
Edit: Another chew that's great for dental health is the himalayan dog chew. Brody has one that he has worked on for weeks and its barely got a dent in it.
They don't get wet or gummy like bully sticks. Oh, and antlers are sort of the same way. They stay hard, so they won't harbor bacteria if that's a big concern.
I would definitely stay away from rawhide, and any of the dental chews like greenies.