My dogs eat raw bones almost every day. Predominantly chicken, but they will also eat pork and beef neck bones, an turkey necks.
I do recommend you stay away from turkey WINGS. These bones are hollow, and even when raw, can splinter.
I know of a dog who died from an intestinal perforation from a turkey wing.
I also know of 2 dogs who died when they choked on kibble.
Life is not without risks.
Dogs are designed to eat raw meat with impunity, and even rotting carrion and feces are a large part of the diets of wild canids. Our domestic dogs have a digestive tract identical to their wild cousins.
I feel that going to a raw more natural diet for my dogs is the single best thing I ever did for them.
JMO as always.
***Edited By: Redyre_Rotties on 10/30/2005 8:48:32 AM*** Reason: ----
If you think about what people fed their dogs before commercial food, it is mostly raw food. ALL of my dogs are on a raw food diet-raw chicken bones(I feed raw wings, backs, thighs, turkey bones, beef bones, etc.) It is not their only food. they get raw ground meat, fruits, veggies and herbs. It is ONLY the cooked bones that splinter. I can never help but copmpare my dogs to those of kibble feeding friends. Mine look healthier, and I have NO vet bills except the yearly visits.
I know the natural diet is very good for dogs (vegetables, and raw meat). I read somewhere they said bones have no nutritional content. My husband he also read that even raw bones can splinter thus causing digestive tract and the rectum. Now, I am confused. I know raw meat and vegetables are safe but are you sure bones are too?
I totally agree with the article. My family including my child does not eat meat or fish. My family also will not eat foods with preservatives. We are on a natural diet. I put my dog on a natural diet previous excluding the bones. Nowadays, I hear that bones are good for dogs but some say even raw bones can splinter and damage the stomach and the rectum. I am on board with the natural diet but it's the bones I am worried about.
Bones are very important to the diet. They give the dogs the calcium they need so much. If you cut out bones it really would not be good for your dog. I am taking courses to be a dog obedience trainer and I am learning everything else too. nutrition, grooming, dental care is all important for a trainer to know.
Bone meal is a VERY VERY poor substitute for fresh bone in a natural diet.
You MUST follow the prey model. All prey contains meat bone and intestinal contents. You MUST supply these things in your raw diet in the right percentages.
Meat is high in phosphorus. Bone is high in calcium and magnesium. They balance each other out.
If you feed a diet that does not contain enough bone you run the risk of upsetting the Calcium/phosphorus balance. This is SERIOUS, and is the only real DANGER in feeding a raw diet.
A poorly constructed raw diet can be worse than the WORST dog food out there.
Feeding a properly balanced raw diet is NOT hard to do, but you MUST research, and you MUST feed bone, or Bone Meal (once again a VERY poor substitute for fresh raw bone).
Some people get around the bone issue by grinding wings or leg quarters or pork neck bones, but IMO you deny the dog much of his dining pleasure by not allowing him to use his jaws to work bones as he is designed to do.
Who does not know that ecstatic look of hypnotized delight on a dog's face when they are into a great chew.
I know Christie, of Caberfiedh Deerhounds very well, and she has a lot of excellent raw diet info on her website.