The first time I fed Amber a raw chicken leg quarter I watched her the whole time thinking she would surely choke or have a bone stick in her or thousands of other horrible possibilties. And absolutely nothing happened it was rather uneventful. The only thing I ever noticed was that occasionally in the first weeks of feeding her raw I saw a piece of bone that made it all the way through. at first I panicked when I saw it but I was told to pick it up in a bag a feel it, it was totally soft and pliable. After a few weeks these dissapeared. Also now Amber usually gets a 1/2 chicken at a time and she seems to eat it not by biting off chunks and swallowing but by almost swallowing it whole!! She holds it in her mouth never setting it down and crunches and swallows and crunches and swallows. Kinda reminds me of a snake swallowing prey. She does actually chew alot more on some of the harder things like pork shoulders and such. Remember to stick with chicken only for at least the first month to avoid stomach upsets and diarreha before trying different proteins like beef or turkey etc. Also give organ meats in small quantities at first for the same reason.
Remember to stick with chicken only for at least the first month to avoid stomach upsets and diarreha before trying different proteins like beef or turkey etc. Also give organ meats in small quantities at first for the same reason.
Kelly and Amber
I thought turkey was also fine to begin with? We are doing chicken and turkey as a start.
You can crush the bones with a mallet, or get yourself a meat grinder, if you are concerned... When I was feeding raw, I used meat scissors to cut chicken necks and wings into bite size pieces (Kaylie wouldn't eat whole wings or necks, and Tristan had a tendency to inhale rather than chew)
They'll be fine... Ender is the same way and yeah it freaked me out a little.
It's fine to feed a variety from the start... especially if you know your dogs don't have issues with certain protein sources. Within the first month Ender had had lamb, chicken, beef, turkey as well as all the other things like cottage cheese, eggs... etc.