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Old 01-24-2015, 06:26 PM
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Honey eats acana pacifica and fishmongers wet food. She has allergies to chicken and rice but I find any grain causes her some problems. I think she has slow digestion because she can throw up recognisable food several hours after eating if she gets carsick.

I'm finding her teeth are getting a lot of plaque now and since she is only 5 I don't want her to end up having a dental, esp since she has had several anaesthetics before. My PRT had bad plaque and we put him on Logic chews and the plaque is actually coming off, but he has much kind of flatter smoother teeth than Honey so I'm wondering if it is why they aren't working as good for honey.

Is it possible to feed raw bones without a full raw diet or with a pre made raw? And if so I don't know what because everywhere says to start with chicken things. Just looking into it right now.
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Old 01-24-2015, 07:02 PM
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It is absolutely ok to feed raw bones a few times a week with kibble. In fact it is a great idea! Chicken is suggested as a starting point when you are doing a whole diet because it is well tolerated usually as a single item for a while. If you are feeding a few days a week you don't have to do chicken but it might be easiest. Replacing a meal or two a week with a chicken wing, neck or a pork neck bone would be a good option.

My dogs are all on raw diets and 2 have amazing teeth but one not so much. Raw bones (and generally a raw diet without carbs and sugars) help teeth a lot but it can come down to genetics too.

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Thanks. i'll have a look and see what I can get!
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Years ago I gave my Italian greyhound some bone in raw chicken. She loved it. For 3 days I fed her this, and then she deposited all the raw bones on the kitchen floor!! I decided she couldn't really digest the bones, so quit the raw diet. She lived the rest of her life on 5 star kibble, and died of heart failure at 14years.
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Old 01-25-2015, 02:22 AM
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Years ago I gave my Italian greyhound some bone in raw chicken. She loved it. For 3 days I fed her this, and then she deposited all the raw bones on the kitchen floor!! I decided she couldn't really digest the bones, so quit the raw diet. She lived the rest of her life on 5 star kibble, and died of heart failure at 14years.
Barfing up bone in the beginning is very common when starting raw. It just means you are feeding a little too much bone to start and need to cut back to a little more meat while their stomach is adjusting. I do understand raw is not for everyone though!
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I just want to update and say we decided to go on natures menu frozen raw, because there are three flavours she isn't allergic to, and natures menu have been really helpful and at their suggestion we tried duck necks the last two days and she LOVED them
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Glad to hear! Douglas is particularly prone to horrible teeth- they get dirty as fast as I clean them. I use a combination of brushing, chews, and scaling to keep them clean. He had a dental once and I never want him to again, but when I rescued him they were so gross that no matter what I tried I could not get them cleaned up, so the dental did help get them under control- he needed two extractions unfortunately. Bottom jaw premolars on both sides had to go.

I would avoid putting her under if at all possible. Our old lab was nearly killed by a dental a few years ago. Her kidneys failed due to the anesthetic. She spent days in the vet trying to get them started again, and finally did, but it was very scary. So I try to avoid putting them under if at all possible.
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