|Barked: Mon Sep 12, '11 9:50pm PST |
Plenty of dog owners feed a raw-meaty chicken bone once a week and have no problems!
Choking is a scary concept, but we must understand that dogs can choke on just about anything. I know a rawbie Dogster that lost her poor guy to a choking incident on ground meat. Another Dogster has told us of a littermate that choked to death on a piece of kibble. Anywho, we can avoid choking to the best of our abilities when we teach good chewing habits by feeding RMBs that are properly sized. A RMB that is roughly the size of your dog's head is a good place to start. My 45-pounder gets bone-in chicken breast or chicken leg quarters, while my 25-pounder gets thighs. Leg quarters are great for most dogs except giant breeds which may require to eat off of whole chickens.
Edit: Just wanted to add that you may need to alternate days of feeding (kibble then raw, then kibble again, etc). Feeding both the leg quarter and kibble on the same day may be too much food for your dog. You can calculate how much raw food by weight that your dog needs by this equation:
(dog's weight) x (2-3%, depending on activity/metabolism) = weight of food per day.
(45 lbs.) x (2%, average dog) = 0.9 lbs per day, or 14 ounces.
A chicken leg quarter generally weighs around a pound, sometimes more and sometimes less. If your dog only needs the weight of one per day, skip the kibble that day.
Edited by author Mon Sep 12, '11 9:53pm PST
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