Your opinion on this . prefer replies from small dog owners please( if any nini doxi owners there?)
I give Jimmy boiled boneless chicken twice a week I buy from grocery store . I boiled it for 20 minutes I cut it into small pieces and give him to eat that is big meal for him ( I boil one pack of meat for lunch)
I supplament Lady with boiled Chicken, she loves it! Since we buy the large "family" packs there is always left over for me to boil for the dogs, I usually throw in some rice or noodles as well. We also make hamburger balls...1lb hamburger mixed with regular unflavored oatmeal, brewers yeast, and a little bit of garlic. I throw it all into a bowl mix the hamburger in really well then mold it into balls. The dogs go absolutely crazy for them lol.
Chicken is a great thing for dogs to eat! Raw is better than cooked; raw bone-in is better than raw boneless, though I'd stay away from feeding the bonier cuts like drumsticks, wings and necks by themselves. Chicken quarters is the way to go. For sure, no bone if you're cooking the chicken. Cooking the meat removes a lot of the nutrients and dogs' digestive tracks are designed to handle raw meat.
Also, raw chicken feet make great snacks (nails and all)!
***Edited By: gbroxon on 10/4/2006 12:55:47 PM*** Reason: Add.
I guess we'll have to agree to disagree, JacksMommy.
Here's my thinking:
The risk is miniscule. Dogs' digestive tracts are meant to handle bone. There's a far greater risk for broken/cracked teeth on marrow bones and knucklebones from ungulates.
Chicken is inexpensive and, for raw-fed dogs, a staple. Raw chicken bones are easily chewed and digested by any size of healthy dog. If the dog's a gulper, whack the raw chicken around a bit with a meat mallet to break up the bone before feeding.
Bone is a small, but necessary, component for a raw-fed dog, and chicken is a great way to get edible bone into the diet.