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Old 04-24-2014, 10:06 PM
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Hi there!

I put my three chihuahuas on a raw diet a couple of months ago, and the benefits are extraordinary. All three of my chis have gone from being lazy to active, and my overweight chi, Chloe, shed all the pounds I've been trying to get her to lose for three years.
I feed a wide range of meats, though I mainly stick to chicken and beef as those are readily available near me.
Everything had been going swimmingly up until recently. Occasionally, my dogs have been choking when feed RMB. I watch them while they eat, and just as I think they're in the clear and that there's nothing left that they could possibly choke on, bam. They're struggling.

Today, Chloe had a particularly bad choking attack, and it took ten minutes of our assistance to get the bone free. And now I'm scared to feed raw again. I honestly thought I was going to lose her tonight.

But I don't want to stop feeding raw unless absolutely necessary as it's so healthy for them, and they're like different dogs now. They're no longer the lazy little lumps they used to be.

So any tips to prevent choking while feeding RMB would be appreciated, as would any tips on how to relieve choking symptoms as I've heard varied information about this and would like to be fully prepared so I can help my dogs in the correct way.

Thank you in advance
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Old 04-24-2014, 11:00 PM
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Hi and welcome to CP.
I also feed raw and one of mine has nearly choked on several occasions, it is the scariest thing. So firstly, make sure you know how to do the doggy Heimlich just in case.
There are lots of things you can try to make things safer.
1. Go large. If it is the last few mouthfuls they are choking on feed a much larger bone and take it away when you think they have had enough. So try whole chicken carcasses instead of chicken wings for example, something they really have to work at.
2. Feed frozen. Again it can slow them down, and is a lovely treat on a hot summers day.
3. Hold the bone so they have to eat it politely. This works for some dogs, but makes others more desperate to grab and swallow, so know your dog.
4. Feed separately. In multi-dog households the threat of competition can make dogs bolt high value food. So feed in crates or in separate rooms.
5. Avoid feeding bones when the dogs are very hungry. I never give a bone for breakfast, and usually give a small meal of tripe or similar first to take the edge off their appetites so they will be in a calmer frame of mind for their bones.
6. If all else fails, feed bone-in minces for the bone content in their diet and just offer large bones for them to strip for the dental benefits.
Hope some of these help, there is always a solution to raw feeding problems.
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First couple of my chi's raw meals I would hold on to the chicken wing so he was forced to chew on it and tear off pieces. Held on until I heard the bones crunch. I also only give the smaller wing bones in the "forearm" so he can easily break them
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