Raw beef femur bones okay for dogs?

Question:
I came across some raw beef femur bones at my grocery store, and want to know if they are okay for dogs? If so, do I need to rinse them off/clean them? Thanks!!

Answer:
The ones I've seen in grocery stores are usually smoked. I won't give any kind of cooked bones to our dogs. RAW bones are safe. Some are wary of giving large weight bearing bones like femurs b/c there is a risk of chipping a tooth on the hard, dense bone. We've given them and had no problems, but the bones I give have a fair amount of meat still on the bone, so the dogs gnaw and chew the meat off...they aren't necessarily chewing on the bone itself too much.

Answer:
Thanks for the reply! They are definately raw, not smoked, bones. I'll probably give them to the dogs, and see how they do. Thanks again!!