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Old 06-08-2016, 06:46 AM
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Very interesting to read all of your comments. My two dogs have always eaten a complete dry dog food, but we have recently started complimenting their diet with raw meat, not manufactured raw dog food, but actual chicken with bones etc..and we chop it up for them and they absolutely love it, it is their favourite thing, I guess this is closer to nature as in the wild they would be eating raw meat and bones, please note, raw chicken bones are ok to feed dogs but cooked bones are NOT as they become brittle and can splinter. My older dog has arthritis and since feeding him raw food he seems to be in less discomfort so that is a bonus! We made a video of what we do https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRRaIBjD-MM

We are by no means experts but we have done a lot of research and we are very happy with the results of this dietary change...but our dogs are even happier!
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No need to cut up bones. They are best when given whole for amazing dental cleaning benefits. Cut bones also tend to create unusual jagged edges of bone, vs. the crunching done by the dog chewing.
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please note, raw chicken bones are ok to feed dogs but cooked bones are NOT as they become brittle and can splinter.
You're mostly correct. Raw bones fine to feed, they are soft, but any cooked or dry bones can splinter.

Chicken feet are a great source of glucosamine and chondroitin. Leg quarters too and any other joints. Grains are also an inflammatory, so switching to raw eliminates those.

I don't know how big your dogs are, but even small dogs can handle a whole leg or thigh. My mom gives her scotties smaller leg quarters and they chomp them down without issue. Also larger pieces are safer to feed, the dog has to chew as opposed to just trying to swallow a chunk down. Just something to think about.
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No need to cut up bones. They are best when given whole for amazing dental cleaning benefits. Cut bones also tend to create unusual jagged edges of bone, vs. the crunching done by the dog chewing.
I wouldn't usually but in our case we have a tiny 14 year old Chihuahua who isn't strong enough to get through them on his own, he tries then gives up so we have no option, but yes much better to give them whole if possible.
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You're mostly correct. Raw bones fine to feed, they are soft, but any cooked or dry bones can splinter.

Chicken feet are a great source of glucosamine and chondroitin. Leg quarters too and any other joints. Grains are also an inflammatory, so switching to raw eliminates those.

I don't know how big your dogs are, but even small dogs can handle a whole leg or thigh. My mom gives her scotties smaller leg quarters and they chomp them down without issue. Also larger pieces are safer to feed, the dog has to chew as opposed to just trying to swallow a chunk down. Just something to think about.
Thanks for the info, yes I should have clarified that that was the case with any bones and not just chicken bones. My dogs are tiny, the older one is a Chihuahua, he is 14 and not strong enough to chomp through most bones so we give him a bit of help, then we have a 10 year old Yorkie-Russell and she happily still gets through whole bones on her own
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I wouldn't usually but in our case we have a tiny 14 year old Chihuahua who isn't strong enough to get through them on his own, he tries then gives up so we have no option, but yes much better to give them whole if possible.
You can try cornish hens. Also, with any bones like chicken or turkey you can use a hammer or kitchen mallet to smash them almost to bean bag consistancy. that way he will get bone and still be able to chew them. I have a friend who had a very old chi mix, who was missing a good many teeth. This was the only way she could feed her "whole" bone, and it was good for the teeth that were left as well.
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There was a woman on a raw feeding group I was part of many years ago. She had an old, toothless cat who could strip all the meat off a turkey or chicken leg and could still crunch up smaller bones. You'd be surprised what they can do. But it does take time to build up the strength to do it.
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I am new to this forum, but the raw feeding is right up my alley
I have fed raw diet for 18 years to all my dogs and even when I raised Welsh Corgi's I weaned the pups on it.
Without going into a long post (which I could, LOL) I would suggest for the tiny dogs and older dogs missing teeth is to feed chicken necks, the bones are very small and easily consumed. The bone to meat ratio in a chicken neck is very good also.
As to the UK gal with the JRT what about trying some chicken broth or beef broth. Not the store bought that has a ton of sodium but from boiling some beef or even liver or chicken and letting the raw food soak in that? An off the wall thought would be an egg broken over it?
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