Raw bone - how long will it last?
Took my 30 lb sheltie to the vet today to get her microchipped, and while there, the vet gave her an exam. Perfect health, awesome coat, ideal weight (I feed her Canidea All Life Stages), but she's got some plaque building up on her canines. Rather than giving her a teeth cleaning when her only trouble spots are those 2 teeth, the vet recommended raw marrow bones to clean off the plaque.
I went to my favorite natural pet food store/boutique, and they didn't have marrow bones, but had frozen raw beef knuckle bones. I bought one and gave it to my sheltie almost an hour ago, and she is loving it. The knuckle bone is pretty much bigger than her head!
So, how long will the knuckle bone last? Should I refreeze it when she's done with it today? She's out on the deck with it right now, within my sight; I don't want to bring the bone into the house to let her have it on the carpet, nor do I want to leave the bone out on the deck to get covered in ants.
If you give your dog raw bones (knuckle, marrow, or otherwise), I'd love to know your routine. The bone was almost $7, I'd hate to have to throw it away after just one afternoon of her chewing on it.