Okay so the breeder I am getting a pup from feeds raw bones weekly, she recommended chicken wings. I bought some but I am afraid to give it to the dogs. Called my vet and asked if it's safe and was put on hold, receptionist came back after asking the vet who said that it is very difficult to raw feed strictly and keep their diets balanced and that if I was going that route to do alot of research. Now I am not going strictly raw but thought I'd start with a bone a week for their teeth and go from there depending on how they do. --After seeing the breeder's dogs' teeth I was/am IMPRESSED. So then the receptionist says "So if you're going to do it do you research but I'd be afraid of the bones" !!!!! THAT was my concern and why I called to begin with. Spoke with my husband and he is more afraid than I am and basically said "do what you want but I wouldnt do it" SO, does anyone have any horror stories? I need the good and the bad..please.
Chicken Wings are COMPLETELY safe. They are Raw Meaty Bones and are very soft. Although if your dog dosen't chew them you may need to grind them. Most dog wiil chew them quite well though. I feed my 80 pound GSD 1 pound of them and 2 cups of kibble every day. Never had a problem. Hope this helps!
I've been there. As I understand it, raw bone are safe and the cooked bones are the ones that splinter. If it makes you feel better, I give my Maltese (10lbs) raw chicken wings on occasion w/ no problems.
You have to know your dog. A gulper could possibly choke (as he could on anything, even kibble), so you'd start by handfeeding chicken wings or not feeding them at all and feeding big pieces of raw, meaty bones.
In my four years of feeding raw and belonging to raw-feeding groups and forums, I haven't heard of a chicken bone becoming an obstruction. They're soft and easily digestible.
I am a raw feeder and I also alternate with kibble, a premium kibble that is. Anyway, the wings are safe as are the breast pieces with ribs. The ribs are very tough cartilage actually and if you have a friendly neighborhood meat market, ask him to save these pieces for you as well as neck bones.
As stated, you must balance this diet. Fruits, veggies and organ meats are essential. The kibble (I like Nutro Ultra) has vital ingredients such as fish oil, salmon oil, flax seed, etc.
You have already been given great tips here!
Did I miss in the post, what breed are you getting?
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Already have small breeds (lhasas, bichons, pomeranian) getting a new lhasa (to show) who has already had chicken wings and pig neck bones. After seeing the breeder's dog's teeth....well, I am willing to try that as it seems she's having better luck with raw bones than I am with giving them kibble, brushing their teeth and offering booda bones. I do already feed mine Natural balance potato and duck (have allergies) and as of right now dont plan to go completely raw but to suppliment with the kibble. Thanks for the advice. I hope to give the wings a try tomorrow after they've had their kibble but well before evening "just in case" Is there anything I should watch for that may signal a problem? Of course that all hinges on me keeping my nerve by then!
Edited to add I used to give them marrow bones but stopped after each one started voniting the last time--I admit they looked odd and smelled strange to me but I thought it my imagination...havent tried them again since.
Marrow bones are a recreational bone. Not a meal. They are fatty which can lead to vomitting and liquid poop. Lot of people call them 'wreck bones' as if chomped on to hard can destroy teeth. Short of chicken legs, most weight bearing bones shouldn't be fed as they aren't soft and edible.
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I also alternate raw and a premium kibble (Fromm Gold) with only the best results. I've had good experience with Primal pre-made raw diets. I also supplement with raw chicken wings and they LOVE them. Never any ill effects for us and we've been doing it this way for 5 years now...the uncooked bones are soft and as long as the dog is chewing them, they're easily digested. I pretty much filter what vets say about nutrition and do my own research...they probably think feeding Science Diet is better than what I'm doing, which is a joke. My dog's bloodwork is always pristine and oddly...they never get fleas or other parasites even though our area is terribly infested with fleas. Nature at its best.
If you're eventually considering doing raw completely, get a couple books on natural diets, read around, and find what works best for your dog. The only reason I don't feed exclusively raw is because I have 10 dogs and it's just too much time and money for that many.