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Dotty Harala <[log in to unmask]>
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Farm Collie Breed Conservancy and Restoration <[log in to unmask]>
Wed, 20 Jul 2005 22:39:32 -0700
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  There are people on this list I believe who raw feed their dogs and are
very knowledgeable and I hope they can give you a detailed answer but
here's my 2 cents.   I have done it (raw feeding) in a very small way but
never could get 100%.  I'd like to try again some time.
As far as the chicken goes-I've fed all 4 of my dogs raw chicken parts from
puppyhood on and have never had trouble.  They chew and crunch and mash
them good before swallowing them.  My vet does not agree with it and
lectures me if it comes up, he thinks it is too dangerous not because of
the bones (since as you say they are pliable when raw, and become dangerous
when cooked), but he thinks the bacterial count is potentially too high and
says they might get a bad bacterial infection. I don't understand  this as
I've seen my dogs at different times eat sheep, chicken and other types of
poop; raw bones that were buried for who knows how long and rotted until
black and then eaten; and oh, other things like mice, voles and such.  Only
thing I have seen is one of them getting the runs after eating a raw beef
bone on a hot day  (in the 90's temp wise, and he had let it sit several
hours before eating it.)  The others each had a similar bone with no trouble.
>I'm feeding Pedigree until it runs out, then I think I'd like to try this
>FRR.  It sounds much nicer.
>And since two members have talked about feeding chicken parts, I'd like to
>ask about something I've seen only once on a website.  Is it true that
>cooking chicken parts is what makes the bones liable to hurt the dog
>internally?  I've always heard my whole life not to feed chicken bones
>because the shards can pierce the gut, and that site was the first I've
>heard otherwise.  It makes sense to me, since Alaskan wolves will eat a
>grouse if they can get it and THEY obviously don't get hurt, but my husband
>remains unconvinced.
>>  I am feeding more like 1 1/2 to two per dog per day.  But I also feed
>>chicken parts too occasionally (in place of a FRR meal) like Rini.  Not as
>>often as I'd like. I can't seem to find it as inexpensively here.
>>>My dogs eat 1 cup a day, Cassie is 45 pounds and Cody is 52 pounds.
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