Updated November 29, 2020
Do you sell fresh bones for dogs? Let us know and we’ll add you to the list!
I’ve started to worry about the supply of raw bones for dogs in Adelaide. So we’ve created a list of where to buy dog bones (below). Why worry? I’ll tell you a story.
First, though, have you read our guide to bone safety and how to choose and feed bones to dogs?
In the 1990s I spent two years working as a vet in the UK. They looked after their pets well, but there was one glaring exception. In the UK the standard of dogs’ mouths was appalling. There simply wasn’t the time or the money to fix them all. I hope it’s better now.
The difference seemed to be the availability of raw bones for dogs. Whereas in Australia, most dogs are offered raw bones to chew, it was a forgotten habit in Britain. In fact, there were regular warnings from vets about feeding bones, with no memory of how to do it, or the difference between raw and cooked.
When I met dog lovers who were open to ‘new’ ideas, I would sometimes quietly tell them how we cared for dogs’ teeth and gums in Australia. They would come back to me later and say they just couldn’t find any bones to buy.
So what happened? It’s hard to say but anyone who’s been to the UK will know how much the big supermarket chains dominate the town and village high streets. Independent butchers had mostly disappeared by the time I was there, and the likes of ASDA and Tesco who replaced them just didn’t sell bones.
Several months ago here in Australia, Woolworths Supermarkets moved much of their butchering to a centralised site in Victoria. Along with the disappearance of most of the in-store butchers, Woolworths customers started having trouble finding their dog bones.
When I saw a patient with bad teeth whose owner said “we just can’t find bones any more” I started having flashbacks. We’re only a short hop from ending up like the UK without even noticing.
So, here’s our answer: keep supporting the independent meat sellers who can deliver what our dogs need. We ask: if possible, buy your meats where you buy your dogs’ bones, and tell them why. We have a long and proud tradition of local butchers, regional supermarkets and independent pet food stores here in Adelaide, and it’s time to show them our support.
Thanks to your suggestions, we’ve created a list of shops where you can buy bones for dogs. The list is below, but here are a few common threads:
- Most independent butchers sell dog bones.
- Butchers usually offer to cut their bones the way that suits your dog.
- Large Foodlands seem to reliably have bones, and some Coles too.
- Pet food shops also sell raw bones, no doubt also supporting local butchers.
All of these stores have been recommended to us by you, but we can’t endorse one over another. This is NOT a complete list. If you know a store, or own one, contact us! Where the shop has an active Facebook page, we’ve added the link.
Thank you. This page has been written by Andrew Spanner from the information supplied by you. Please like our Facebook page for the latest pet articles and stories from our Adelaide clinic.
Stores Selling Raw Bones
Central Market, Grote St entrance.
Athelstone Quality Meats (butcher)
Athelstone Shopping Centre, 320 Gorge Road
Rubens Pet Food Supplies & Accessories
168-170 Main Rd.
Bridgewater Quality Meats (butcher)
Coles Shopping Centre, Bridgewater
Campbelltown Centre Meat (butcher)
Campbelltown Shopping Centre, 610 Lower N E Rd
Pet Cafe Campbelltown (frozen marrowbones)
617-621 Lower North East Rd
The Pet Food Centre (roo, lamb, beef, turkey)
254 Hampstead Road.
Collinswood Fresh Meats (butcher)
41C North East Rd
Castle Plaza, 992 South Rd
Arkaba Gourmet Butcher (fresh beef marrow bones)
Arkaba Shopping Centre, 180 Glen Osmond Rd
Scruffies Pet Food (variety of fresh or frozen bones)
41 Broadway, Glenelg South
Foodland Golden Grove (cut bones in packs)
Ians Quality Meats (butcher)
Greenacres Shopping Centre, Muller Road
Also Coles Supermarket
CrestCut Meats (butcher)
348-354 Seaview Road, Henley Square
Craig’s Quality Meats (butcher)
Ingle Farm Shopping Centre, Walkleys Rd & Montague Road
Murray Valley Beef (butcher)
400 Churchill Rd
390 Churchill Rd
Leabrook Quality Meats (butcher)
9/457 Glynburn Rd
Shop 8/ Cnr Kensington Rd & Tusmore Rd
Morphett Vale Butcher
206 Main South Road
Superior Meats (butcher)
Southgate Plaza Cnr Sherriffs & Hilliers Rd
Shanahan’s Quality Butcher
Woodcroft Shopping Centre 185 Bains Road
Keelan Grain and Fodder
Gorge Rd Newton
Feast! Fine Foods
Norwood Place, 161 The Parade
Also Foodland Supermarket (same location)
Palmdale Village Meat, Poultry & Seafood
North Adelaide Village, O’Connell St
Saint Meat Quality Butchers
North Haven Shopping Centre 3/46 Osborne Rd
Petstock (precut lamb bones in packs of two)
Main North Road
My Local Butcher (butcher)
1/60-64 Prospect Road
161 St Bernards Rd, Rostrevor
Bonez Pet Food & Treatz
Shop 3, 414 Milne Rd
Mick’s Tender Meat (butcher – beef bones)
169 St Bernards Road, Rostrevor
Aussie Country Pet Foods
Shed 7, 14 Farrow circuit
Bruce’s Meat & Poultry Options (butcher with stores also at Mitcham, Pasadena, Fairview Park & Stepney)
8/1244 North East Rd
Sonny’s Gourmet Meats
Sefton Plaza Shopping Centre, 12/225-239 Main North Road
also Foodland Sefton Plaza
Saint Meat Quality Butchers
37 Semaphore Road
Bruce’s Meat (butcher)
The Avenues Shopping Centre, Ann Street
Also Coles Supermarket
Stirling Variety Meats
Shop 2, 36 Mt Barker Rd
Unley Meats (butcher)
14 Duthy St
SA Gourmet Meats
Walkerville Terrace Shopping Centre, 104 Walkerville Terrace
Welland Plaza Meats
Shop 9 Welland Plaza Shopping Centre
Mr Meats (butcher)
43 Grange Rd
Wakefield Grange Butchery & Grocer
5455 Main South Rd, Wattle Flat.
By Andrew Spanner BVSc(Hons) MVetStud, a vet in Adelaide, Australia. These blogs are from a series regularly posted on email and Twitter. Subscribe via email here to never miss a story!
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