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Maye's birthday is coming up next week and I was thinking of giving her and Sawyer something raw as a treat. I also found some good deals for some stuff at the grocery store. I don't feed raw or plan to so I was wondering what would be the best thing to buy. I know people have said chicken wings are easy to digest but Sawyer cant have chicken. I'm also looking for something that's easier on the stomach. When I went to the store they have pig feet (I think, I cant remember what the label was), liver (I know since this is rich they cant have much so its not really worth it), lamb tripe and a couple other things that I cant think of. Would be better to give them something off the bone, edible bone in, or something weight baring like a marrow bone?
 

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Chicken is the easiest protein to digest, bones and all. Chicken in raw form is completely different from cooked that's in kibble.

Give something large enough that the dog will have to chew, rather than swallow whole. Depending on dog size that could be anything from drumsticks to quarters.
 

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Thanks for all the info :)
Just curious but how does it work that raw chicken affects their systems differently
then in kibble? Can they eat the chicken drumstick bone?

Maye is a mini aussie and Sawyer is a standard. I also forgot to mention that they (especially Sawyer) are pretty heavy chewers, so I was leaning more towards something that they can eat the bones. Thankfully he's doesn't have to bad of a reaction to chicken in dog food so if it does carry over to raw I'm not super worried.
If raw chicken will be ok for them, what do you suggest for them given their size?
 

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Thanks for all the info :)
Just curious but how does it work that raw chicken affects their systems differently
then in kibble? Can they eat the chicken drumstick bone?

Maye is a mini aussie and Sawyer is a standard. I also forgot to mention that they (especially Sawyer) are pretty heavy chewers, so I was leaning more towards something that they can eat the bones. Thankfully he's doesn't have to bad of a reaction to chicken in dog food so if it does carry over to raw I'm not super worried.
If raw chicken will be ok for them, what do you suggest for them given their size?
Chicken in kibble is cooked, which changes the whole makeup of the protein. Raw is the way their bodies are designed to handle any protein.

For Maye, you could go with chicken wings or broken down cornish hens.
Sawyer would be fine with drumsticks or whole quarters.

Yes, they can eat the bones of all of these. They are fully edible and digestable.
 

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A note on allergies, an antigen or the thing the body reacts to can be any part of the thing that comes into contact with the body. In the case of raw vs cooked the part of the protein that denatures when cooked isn't nessecarily the antigen, though it absolutely could be which would account for why some dogs don't react to raw chicken when they do to cooked. It's worth monitoring for a reaction if you try raw chicken.
 

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I'd be very cautious giving a dog a known chicken allergy any chicken. There are plenty of other things you can give as a treat instead.

I usually give frozen knuckle or marrow bones, myself. However, if you have an aggressive chewer they can easily break or chip teeth on the marrow bones so supervise and use caution. Some people use spare ribs. Some dogs react to all poultry but if your dog tolerates turkey you can give a frozen turkey neck.
 

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Naturalfeddogs- thanks for all the good info. I didn't know they could eat the drumstick too, I always thought its was to big/tick for them to eat.

newdoggirl- I'm not sure if they had turkey backs at the store, ill have to look next time I go. A good handful of the things sans the liver and tripe are a lot of stuff people use to make stocks.

Chas- thanks for the info, ill have to spend some more time looking into the science behind it

sassafras- That is partially what I was worried about. Thankfully its not quite so much an allergy as a reaction. When he was on chicken based food he scratched a lot, and had a few small hotspots. Do you think I should just skip the chicken all together then just in case?
 
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Our min pin eats chicken legs, bone and all... As long as your dogs are good chewers, all is good. If they are kibble fed, I'd take the skin and fat off the chicken before feeding.

Raw chicken is very different from the processed stuff you buy in a bag.
 

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sassafras- That is partially what I was worried about. Thankfully its not quite so much an allergy as a reaction. When he was on chicken based food he scratched a lot, and had a few small hotspots. Do you think I should just skip the chicken all together then just in case?
If it's super mild and even on a chicken based diet he wasn't like... blowing out diarrhea or miserably itchy, I personally would give it a try. I just don't like it as across the board advice without more context. :)
 

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If it's super mild and even on a chicken based diet he wasn't like... blowing out diarrhea or miserably itchy, I personally would give it a try. I just don't like it as across the board advice without more context. :)
That makes sense, and I get what you mean. I think maybe ill try chicken then. And in this case its a one time small amount treat so its not like he's suddenly eating a ton. I'm glad chicken is a option still since its pretty well digestible and its not hard for him to get soft/loose stools.
Thanks for the advice.
 

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Ill have to look at the store, if they have turkey necks maybe ill get both. If not I think I might go with chicken.

Oh the other thing I forgot to ask is, since there not on raw and I don't plan to switch, would it be better to just give it as treat? Or would it be ok to give them 1 raw dinner (I feed twice a day)?
 
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