Warning: if you don’t feed raw bones to your dog you may want to skip pictures.
Many of you already know that I try to give my dog raw treats/bones/chews as often as I can. I not only check out the meat section at the grocery store for my husband but also to see what new items they may be carrying for the dogs. Sounds strange right? Especially considering I don’t even eat meat myself, never have, probably never will (though if my taste-buds want to change I am open to it). Well the dogs ended up hitting the jackpot Wednesday night. I went in to Shoppers for Claritin and a colossal donut (or 2), and came out with this….
(as well as the donuts, no Claritin was to be had there)
Incase you can’t tell from the packages, and want to know what I feed my dogs. left top: Turkey Necks, 3 packs of natural chicken necks, 2 packs of marrow bones, and on the bottom We have Beef Tail segments. I also feed frozen tripe patties (stinky stinky) on occasion and chicken wings. I showed some restraint and did not purchase the trimmed chicken backs or the turkey wings I saw. But they will be on the list next time.
“It all looks so interesting…”
Yeah okay so she probably wasn’t thinking all that. But she chowed down on her chicken necks last night, as if she remembered being fed them as a puppy by my H’s uncle (true story, he gave her one.. next thing you know he had given her 6 and I had to stop him because she certainly wasn’t going to)
Maybe I will attempt some photos of them eating some of these items, but there really isn’t much to see. They rotate their head side to side to chew with their back molars, which in turn is one of the benefits of feeding such things. I hate to see the beginning of tartar/yellow stuff at the bases of Luna’s canines. She pretty much gained that characteristic when she turned 3, like I had my first gray hair at 21. And I guess it’s all downhill from there. I’m hoping by feeding her more raw maybe we can get rid of some of it. Or should I just be happy it took that long right?
Anyway, Raw bones not only clean teeth due to the fact that it does not stick to teeth as it’s being chewed but it also helps with digestion. Dogs have to work at this type of food a bit before they can swallow it, and as they do so they salivate and digestive enzymes are boosted which aids in better digestion and absorption (or something like that, I’m, not being very scientific I know). Basically most dogs will process raw very well, which leads to good firm stools, and smaller ones. Who doesn’t love that?
It takes my dogs a little while to get back into the raw groove as I still mostly feed kibble, but a day or two and they have remembered how to chew certain bones up. I keep an eye on them while they eat, but I have never had a problem with raw bones. They figure it out, just make sure they are chewing things enough, or else you may need to bump the treat up a size so it forces them to.
I certainly don’t claim to be an expert about raw, I just know what it does for my own dogs. But if you have any questions about what I feed, or even how feel free to ask. For now I need to go feed the pups, they keep visiting me in my corner and looking up at me…. then going and laying down in the kitchen.
Happy Friday to all