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Old 07-09-2017, 09:31 AM
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Advice needed - chicken hearts, gizzards, necks

I picked up some packs of dog food - minced chicken hearts, necks and gizzards - at a farmers market and cooked it up with rice and veg into meal size portions (thinking of moving to raw but not yet). Anyhow it suddenly struck me that the combo might be too rich - though from what I understand they count as muscle meat not organ meat.
I don't want to make my dog poorly!
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I'm not sure if it would be a flat out rule for all dogs that a combination like that would be too rich, but I know for Baloo (a young Pekingese) that is too rich. I can give him the necks only. it could have something to do with the muscle factor in hearts and gizzards, but his tummy does not do well on those two. even though he loves it.
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I also asked this on another forum where someone responded that by cooking it I had altered the composition of any bone content and it might cause impaction
Actually the bone content did worry me on reflection but only because I thought it would be too much when used as a whole meal.
So I think I will feed as supplementary rather than main. That said I did give a small amount yesterday and all was fine in the toilet department this morning....
I was also challenged on including rice in his diet. Seems I encountered a passionate raw feeder. But for now I will continue to cook and include a selection of carbs. As imperfect as it might be. his current diet as a whole is certainly better than the awful high maize kibble he was on when he came to me.

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Did you grind up the chicken bones? If not you either need to do so, feed them raw, or exclude them. Never feed cooked bones that are not ground up.

Are you including a vitamin mineral supplement in the diet?
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No the packs were pre-ground/minced as said with no visible bone. Just looks like ordinary minced/ground meat.
I have been making my own dog food for several years and yes I add the usual recommended supplements.
But normally I use ordinary meat from my own butcher.
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No the packs were pre-ground/minced as said with no visible bone. Just looks like ordinary minced/ground meat.
I have been making my own dog food for several years and yes I add the usual recommended supplements.
But normally I use ordinary meat from my own butcher.

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Sorry that I misunderstood your OP. I thought you meant that you were buying raw, whole, chicken necks, hearts, and gizzards, and cooking them.

You could probably work your way up to feeding the mixture as a whole meal, or just use it as a topper. The other thing you could do is add some extra meat to it which would cut down on the richness of it and the bone content.
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Yes I've already fed some - but just a small portion of the normal meal. He loves it and so far all is OK and his stools are fine.
There again he likes anything. In his early days with me he snatched a big piece of raw salmon. When he realised I was running up to retrieve it he just gobbled it up whole as fast as he could! Cue panic phone call to the vet. Fortunately it was local farmed and didn't have that organism that causes salmon poisoning. In fact he didn't have the slightest tummy upset.
But this has got me looking at different sources including online butchers and online pet food suppliers because he is costing me a fortune at the local butchers.

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lol! they can be sneaky little buggers hey.
Im scared of online butchers. I want to physically see the food. And Im also weird in the way that I will taste ANYTHING new I give baloo. that includes his kibble. my fiancÚ wants to have a heart attack over this, but hey, if its not good enough for me, its not good enough for Baloo. I roll like that
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lol! they can be sneaky little buggers hey.
Im scared of online butchers. I want to physically see the food. And Im also weird in the way that I will taste ANYTHING new I give baloo. that includes his kibble.
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