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Tips on Dogs and Raw Meaty Bones
August 19, 2008
|Dear Fellow Dog Lover,
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Reader Tips on Raw Meaty Bones
It’s August, so instead of an article, I’m including a few comments from readers about their experiences with the raw diet which we’ve been discussing the last few issues.
Baggins and the Bone
When I first gave Baggins a raw bone (a chuck neck bone) He looked at me strangely. An “Are you feeling ok?” kind of look.
Then when he realized I wasn’t taking it back he dug into appreciatively and spent about 20 minutes gnawing the meat off. He didn’t quite get the “eating the bone” part of the whole thing though.
Despite my recycling it on two different occasions, once the meat was gone, he had no interest in it. Maybe he would have if I’d left it lying around but the flies were very interested and I had to toss it.
Anyone else have a similar experience?
I have been feeding my 3 dogs a raw diet for over 3 yrs (8 yr old Samoyed, 4 yr old Havanese, 2 yr old RottiX). They alternate between whole chicken necks and backs and a raw beef mixture that is a combination of mashed fruits or veggies a mineral and salt supplement and fresh ground flax.
The raw diet is no more expensive than a good quality dry dog food (approx $100/mth to feed all three).
I found the biggest differences in feeding raw to the dry are that their poo's are smaller, their coats are shinier and they no longer get plaque built up on their teeth.
I am very fortunate that I have both a beef and chicken provider from government inspected processing plants.
All three dogs are in excellent condition with lovely shiny coats and clean white teeth. They absolutely love their raw diet and still jump circles for it at meal time.
I Highly recommend this diet. Brenda
Concering raw bones if you boil them for 5 minutes only no more it helps take care of some of the bad bacteria that may get on your floors, I have been doing this for 5 years now and no problems. This may help some people that are a bit uneasy about raw food.
(no name, via email)
Rather bake a treat for your pooch? They'll like that!
Shirly from the U.K. recommends the following tip to make baking dog treats quicker.
Thanks for the lovely doggie recipes. I have tried a few now. Oliver loves his treats.
May I suggest a simple method instead of rolling out then cutting then re rolling the trimmings and so on ? Just form the dough into a long sausage, chill till firm then slice all along. Much quicker, easier, no mess and a real time saver.
Best wishes, Shirley
Many thanks to all who shared your thoughts and suggestions!
Chicken a la Bone Dog Treat
Coming Next Month, 3 tips on helping your pet to have a shiny and healthy coat.
Thanks so much for reading. Don’t forget, you can always write me by hitting “reply”. Give your dogs lots of love and remind them of their wonderfulness.
‘til next time,
Your in health and treats,
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