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Those of you with spoos, what type of bones/raw meat do you feed? And how did you introduce them?

I'm specifically looking for something that can be given to complement Peggy's meals, not replace them, and that will help with tartar control.
I am a bit puzzled here. When you say raw bones to compliment Peggy's meals, do you mean kibble meals? Usually feeding raw and kibble at the same time doesn't work as well. They are digested totally differently. If it were me, I would feed 9 or more hours apart. I remember having problems years ago when trying to do both. Now my Spoo is 100% raw fed.

To answer what type of bones/raw meat I feed my spoo, I do not give him separate raw bones. So for example I might give him a bone in thigh, or bone in leg or even a chicken leg quarter. But it is not deboned. Or I might give him pork chops, but again the bone and the meat together. If you are starting out I would do chicken.

If I had a small mini or toy I might do the drumlette to start.

Another thing that is excellent for their teeth is feeding raw green tripe. I just started a thread on where to find it as it isn't available in lots of locations.
 

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Oh, just thought I would say something else I do if my dog has been eating raw meat and bones.

Always wash up well to prevent salmonella. So I wash the knife, obviously my hands, and the kitchen floor where he has been crewing on them. Then I also using a different washcloth to wash his face and then paws if he used them.

He has gotten very funny and will not drink water after eating until I wash his face, even though he doesn't really like it and sometimes tries to hide!

Then he will go drink his water! It's almost like he is saying 'Mom, I shouldn't get these germs in my drinking water.' Most amusing :)
 

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Oops, just remembered something else. If you want to thaw the meaty bones before giving them to your dog, DO NOT Microwave them. That can partly cook the bones, which can make them splinter and could cut or choke your dog. My neighbor had a terrible experience with this .

I either let them thaw in the fridge, or even on the counter, or put them in a plastic bag in a pan of cool water. Some people feed them frozen. My spoo has choked on frozen ... maybe he doesn't chew them up small enough? He seems to be fine though if there is still some partial frozen.
 

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I am a bit puzzled here. When you say raw bones to compliment Peggy's meals, do you mean kibble meals? Usually feeding raw and kibble at the same time doesn't work as well. They are digested totally differently. If it were me, I would feed 9 or more hours apart. I remember having problems years ago when trying to do both. Now my Spoo is 100% raw fed.
Maybe the correct term would be to occasionally supplement? Or support?

I knew they had to be separate, so was thinking that I would sometimes replace a kibble meal with raw, or add a third (raw) meal.

But if they have to be 9 hours apart, that might not work. Her breakfast and dinner aren't even 9 hours apart!

Thank you for making me aware of that number. Maybe I'll just scrap the bones idea. :)
 

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I didn't say it has to be 9 hours apart. I said if it were me I would feed 9 or more hours apart. That was from my experience with my own dog before I decided that he digested the raw so much better and went totally raw.

So please don't use that as an official number to make a decision! My computer is not working very well or I would try to do some research. I am sure there are many opinions.

Just as there are the vets trained by pet food companies that think they shouldn't get anything raw. My own vet has totally changed her mind after seeing my dogs recovery.
 

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Turkey wings, turkey backs, turkey necks, (turkey meat has something to it that makes it unnecessary to add olive oil to a home diet, can't remember what it is, but maybe someone else knows,)
lamb necks, chicken (pretty much the whole carcass as you asked). I love it when I can get the lamb blade steaks which has the huge marrow and Ribs.
You especially want the a good deal of meat and sinew attached.

You can do pork necks but be prepared because there is usually a small piece they won't finish.(and they hurt when you step on them! eek!)

Basic rule of thumb is, at least until they are well-versed, no weight bearing bones, but I know a breeder (with a home pack of 12 spoo's) who starts his pups on pork thighs
as soon as they are weaned and swears by them, I have not yet tried.

I got in the habit of gloving up and holding her bones for her when she started, mostly to make sure she had a handle on it but also to
make sure that if I had to I could get my hand down her throat and retrieve the bone without a problem. To this day I can put my hand down her throat
(I have only needed to once - she wasn't in distress and she would have worked it out, but I have a thumb,) without any bite reflex- makes brushing teeth easier too.

Then I transferred the bones to her crate, now when she smells them she runs to the crate, and stays in there for the gnaw session,
door open. I have a laundry basket of old towels and bath mats on top to line it, and a spray bottle of lysol for after.
Launder the towel and disinfect the crate bottom. I don't want to attract ants or other creepy things to my kitchen.
But my former other spoo didn't do well with Lysol- (sneezes) so I used Murphys for her cleanup.

I crated because the goldens I once kept had a habit of sneaking off with bones and hiding them under furniture and beds for later- when I thought they were done, (sneaky)
and that gets icky.

Noodle has not been able to get through a beef rib bone in one sitting so for me, it's handy that she leaves them in the crate
I refrigerate them. I don't know if it is necessary, it is just what I do.

Another thing, you will want to do the warm washcloth and soap on her face and paws afterwards like you would for a toddler, it can be sticky work!
Yay for you!
Hope some of this helps- ignore the rest :)
 

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For some reason my Spoo will eat chicken (any and all parts), but will not eat turkey. No clue why.

I give mine his raw meaty bones on a towel on the vinyl floor in a corner of the kitchen where no one walks. He knows to keep it there. It sometimes goes off the towel which is why I wash the floor when he is done. In nice weather I often give them to him on the lawn, in a different place every day.

I am 73 and it is too hard to crawl in his crate! The floor is so much easier to wash :)
 

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I didn't say it has to be 9 hours apart. I said if it were me I would feed 9 or more hours apart. That was from my experience with my own dog before I decided that he digested the raw so much better and went totally raw.

So please don't use that as an official number to make a decision! My computer is not working very well or I would try to do some research. I am sure there are many opinions.

Just as there are the vets trained by pet food companies that think they shouldn't get anything raw. My own vet has totally changed her mind after seeing my dogs recovery.
Oh okay! As you can see, I'm a total beginner when it comes to this stuff. You could tell me anything and I'd smile and nod. ?

But it really is helpful to hear what's worked for you. So thank you for sharing. All the opinions out there can be extremely overwhelming, so it's nice to hear some personal experiences.
 

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I used to feed fresh raw chicken backs and legs when I had access to a decent, affordable market. That has changed and the girls no longer are fed raw. They did really enjoy it although at first it was very disconcerting watching them eat. Never had a problem though I will say it didn't seem to make much difference with their teeth. They have both had yearly dental cleanings to keep the tarter buildup at bay
 
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