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Ok, please set me straight !! I have a buddy that feeds his pit raw chicken (tyson chicken packs) , i told him bones are bones and that he shouldnt feed them to his dog. He said he saw it in some pitbull magazine that the raw chicken is safe to eat and helps with his coat. Any info you can give me on this and some good regiment for my 9 week old AB /pit mix would be a great help.

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As long as the meat is raw its fine . Some dogs and puppies dotn digest as well as others. More puppies and dogs have more vet visits from chocking on kibble then raw bones. Its a amazing diet (raw) and it is good for them. I feed mine raw turkey necks,backs,and they have recreation bones. They all look great and cleaning the stool is easy
 

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Raw bones are normally fine (even chicken), but you shouldn't give any cooked bones of ANY kind because they can splinter, yes. You can imagine what would happen to a dog's intestines if it swallowed a razor-sharp bone shard.

As for this "diet".....

There is MUCH (as in...A WHOLE LOT) more to feeding a raw diet than just throwing your dog a pack of raw chicken every day. There are people on this board that could tell you way more about it than I can - I just don't want you to think your dog will survive on raw meat alone. It won't.
 

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"raw diet"

so the raw meat should just be a supplement to the dog's normal diet? and it can be any raw meat? this is really the first i've heard of this, i just want to be clear! thanks!
 

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Re: "raw diet"

karen_lee said:
so the raw meat should just be a supplement to the dog's normal diet? and it can be any raw meat? this is really the first i've heard of this, i just want to be clear! thanks!

No. Most people who feed a natural diet (or raw) only feed raw, this is the dogs normal diet. A raw diet is very compilcated. Usually you would feed your dog raw meaty bones (rmb) with a 50% meat 50%bone ratio. Chicken backs, necks, and frames are very popular, as well as necks and ribs and other rmb from almost any animal. Generally people give large recreational bones and organ meats and tripe a couple times a week. Some people grind the bones and meat. Lots of people give raw veggies everyday with the rmb or ground meat/bone. Most people who feed raw don't add any grains to their pets diets, although some do. You can add things like ground flaxseed, kelp, alfalfa, dandelion, digestive enzymes, and yogurt. Also there are quite a few people who still feed kibble with rmb (just don't feed at the same time).

As you can see there is way too much to learn overnight. I wouldn't reccommend feeding raw until you've done lots of research and goined some groups to get help. I have been researching raw diets for over 3 years and I'm still learning. There are many great groups and sites for info on feeding raw.

www.njboxers.com/faqs.htm

www.lepus.reach.net/

www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/sampleraw.htm

www.rawlearning.com

www.barfworld.com/main.shtml

Plus there are many yahoo and different email and message groups and some great books out there.
 

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A vet once told me (not my current vet) that any and all bones turn into "cement" in the bowel, and are hard to pass, and may cause an obstruction. Not saying it's true, but that's just what I've been told.
 

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I feed the raw diet to my dogs. Like everyone said, no cooked chicken bones. They can eat raw chicken wings. Some dogs will not eat them, and in that case, you can very lightly brown the skin (do not cook the bone tho), which usually gets them more interested. Here's a good link to a renouned schnauzer kennel that feeds their dogs only the raw diet (they've got their recipe on the website, under "Nutrition").


http://www.skansen.com/
 
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