|Barked: Tue Jun 28, '11 1:06pm PST |
|If you take that 2% of your dog's weight, divide in half then use that weight to feed a raw meaty bone once or twice a week instead of the usual. Or be aware and feed less before and after. A pig foot might be about 12 ounces so would be about 1% the weight of a 75 pound dog but you could just feed a bit less the morning before and after for a smaller dog if it got completely eaten. It might not, that skin is awesomely tough and hard to chew up. And sometimes it is fine to feed more than usual. Just a good idea to start out with not too much in case of tummy trouble, right?
My all time favorite is BBQ beef ribs. The ribs from rib roast are often cut off around here and sold for BBQ in ~8 rib racks. I give Max 2-3 left together in a mini rack and it is fun for me to watch and fun for him to work out how to get all the soft stuff off the food puzzle. He got them before he ever got raw food but once he started raw he thought he was supposed to crunch up anything in his dish so I had to take this off the menu until he learned he didn't need to eat it all. I don't care for crunchcrunchswallow with these, I like ripnibbleripnibblegnaw better. He does end up eating some bone but most is thrown away. I throw away about half the weight as bare gnawed bone so this is a more expensive chew. So for a whole day's meal I would measure out double his usual.
Don't know that cow feet would be safe for dogs that think they need to eat it all. Max might be okay as he tends to leave bone that is too much work and just goes for the softer stuff. Besides the hoof and bone there is a lot of tough tasty tendon and ligament.
Other bony meats to look for might be BIG turkey necks and whole pork neck bones. The neck bones Max gets are a section through the vertebra and a long bone with some meat left on. Max eats the long bone and the meat and I throw away the backbone part. Max takes 10-15 minutes to eat a turkey neck as he hasn't much experience with them, large dogs can swallow the whole thing and they can be a choking hazard.
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