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I've read the smaller the dog - the more danger for the bones. Is this true? Does anyone else have a small-ish dog that feed raw bones - is it really an issue.
No, not really, you just need to feed appropriately sized bones for the size of the dog. There are plenty of chihuahuas, pugs, etc. on raw diets.
I have ordered his first stack of food from a 'Nuturing for Nature' company, he has 10 minced chicken meals, some sprat fish meals (are their bones okay too?), a couple of chicken and tripe meals, some marrow bones for treats and a lamb ribs as a treat.
This is very interesting. You can also just DIY if you feel comfortable -- I do not know what the cost involved in Nurturing for Nature is but many people just build their dogs' raw diets themselves with meat from the grocery.
My thinking was to stay safe with chicken for now with the occasional raw meat treats just whilst he's transitioned over from kibble to raw - is this the right thing to do?
If you're planning to do 100% raw at some point in time, the best thing to do is just go cold turkey right now. You don't need to transition. Your dog may need a few days to have some digestive adjustments, but many dogs don't at all.
What is like the staple raw meat diet food that most dogs would eat more of? We're also going to add vegs here and there as Jasper loves his vegs.
I don't know about a "staple" so much as just getting the proper balance of nutrients -- generally with prey model raw (that is, a raw diet that tries to imitate the contents of a prey animal), 80% meat, 10% bone, and 10% organ, with 5% of that organ being liver. Of course I don't mean to say you should be doing this ratio every day, sort of a balance over time thing, like over the course of a week. If you are including vegetables, a vegetable mash/slurry is more preferable in order to help the dog digest it.
[ETA] Actually on second thought, if there were something I'd advise getting as much in as possible into a raw diet -- red meat (after an initial stage of just chicken while introducing). Red meat is important, an all-chicken diet may run into deficiencies. Red meat such as lamb, beef, pork. Many raw feeders use chicken as their primary because it's the most affordable and then try to squeeze in as much red meat on top of that as they can. Red meat organs (liver, kidney, spleen etc) are good too, as well as the "richer" red meat muscle meats like heart.
I am still doing loads of research into this and not afraid to admit we're raw meat diet newbs! So any (and all!) advice is greatly appreciated. It's just so many sites seem to differ in their own opinions, one site I find to read on slates it saying about all these dangers then another site says how briliant it is.
Just use your gut and your noggin. Of course when fed improperly (not balanced, inappropriate bones, etc) there can be problems, just like there can be problems with us humans if we don't eat right. But I don't think that's a reason to not feed raw. There are a few starter threads on this forum that may help you, I will try to bump them for you.
I'm in no doubt it is the best to feed a dog but I'm just worried about him chewing bones etc. I know it's a natural thing they do but you know, you can't help worrying sometimes! Is it as dangerous as I'm reading up on or is it okay (ie supervised eating).
You will probably be very surprised at how your dog just innately knows what to do. It's totally normal to be a little apprehensive -- it's been pounded into our brains for years about bones and kibble is the end-all be-all, so on and so forth, and of course we don't want to do anything that might hurt our pet who we love and depends on us. Take it slow, at your pace. Start with something easy, like a chicken quarter (leg/thigh together). I think you'll be impressed with how easily the raw chicken bone, well padded with meat, crunches like nothing and goes down.
I should also note I'm fully aware we should never cook the bones as we know they can splinter.
This is correct. Also no bare bones -- bones should be padded with gobs and gobs of meat.
With reading (and doing) you'll start learning some ins and outs, and remember there is no rigid exact number -- that 80/10/10 is a guideline, for example -- you might find your dogs does better with vegetables, without vegetables, a little less bone, a little more bone, etc. After doing it for a bit it becomes second nature and not much more time consuming than throwing down the kibble -- it's just the initial reading, research and figuring out what works for your dog that takes a little fenangling.
I'm sure ANY specific questions you might have as you go can be answered here.
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