|Barked: Fri Oct 5, '12 11:36am PST |
|Glad they are doing well!
Remember the fruits and vegetables don't count toward the 2% of meat/bone and organ the diet consists of. A 25 pound dog might start at 8 ounces of bony meat a day.
Count the crunches the gulper is putting into that drumstick. Each crunch breaks the bone in multiple places. If he is crunching more than 10x it is probably fine. Look at that dog's stool, if you aren't seeing bony bits then he is fine. You could try him on bone in chicken breast or buy leg quarters and give him the thighs so some of the bone is smaller and it is a more awkward shape and harder to gulp down.
Gulping is a serious issue. It is best to feed bits that are about the same size as the dog's skull. It is one very good reason to feed once a day so you can feed larger bits that need more chomping.
How about reading through some of the primers here on dogster? Whether you chose to feed veggies and fruits or not the dog needs 2% his/her ideal body weight in meat/bone/organ per day for starters. If your dog gets fluffy then you would feed less, if the dog gets skinny then you would feed more. In time you will add in other proteins as chicken alone is a poor diet, add in tiny amounts of liver and other organs [only .8 ounces of liver and .8 ounces of other organ per pound of food!] and last reduce the amount of bone fed to about 10%. That means in time if your dogs continue with chicken bony stuff that they might be eating a drumstick every 3 days with red meat like pork, beef and lamb as the meals on the other days.
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