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Old 09-04-2012, 01:00 AM
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I decided to supplement their kibble with raw for dental health. I was a bit concerned that my picky girl Coco wouldn't like it and that my little guy Koa would have a hard time. I knew my vacuum (Peanut) wouldn't have any problems. I was amazing at how interactive it was. It only took Peanut & Coco a few minutes to destroy their pieces but it took Koa about an hour. I only gave him half of a chicken wing while the other two got whole pieces. I do have one question:
Koa was having a lot of trouble with the skin. Should I remove it for him or just let him chew on it? I ended up cutting it off because he wasn't able to pull it apart from the bone.

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Old 09-04-2012, 07:32 PM
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Looks good! You can certainly remove the skin, no problem. You can also try beef or pork ribs. They are great for dental health and recreational chewing. They won't consume the whole bone of course, just eat the meat off and chew on the ends. Once they are dry, throw them out.
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I was wondering the same thing about the skin. I was afraid Annie would pull it all off and try to swallow it whole, as it's so "slick". I finally just pulled it all off. I cut some of it up and added some to her boneless meals since prey have skin, right? But I was wondering how much skin they need...

I was also wondering about dehydrating some for chewy treats, but I can't find any actual information about it. I was thinking it would be kind of like a rawhide bone...something to gnaw on - it could be like jaw exercises! LOL!
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Fat is an essential part of the diet. Dogs don't get heart disease or high cholesterol like people do so no worries about that. Dogs use fat for energy. I typically leave skin on chicken or cornish hens since poultry is typically a lean meat. You can slice it up as you did cc.cinco. I always cut off hanging blobs of fat though and I don't feed chicken tails. If I'm feeding a wing segment, I trim the thick fat off with scissors.

Once you progress onto other meats, such as beef or pork, you can choose fattier cuts, no problem.

There are some great threads here on dehydrating meat treats. Just slice thin and put in the dehydrator. Awesome!
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Marissa they'll get the hang of eating skin & all, it's just that the first meal is always foreign to them but after a couple of times they'll be pros at it.

When I give mine drumsticks, I simply score the skin & meat deeply with a sharp knife in a few places, it encourages them to tear it off the bone.
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Aw they look like they enjoyed their first meal!! We rarely trim the fat or skin off our dogs portions (unless it clearly is the whole 2oz serving lol) and they do fine with it; although my 10+ senior cannot chew through skin. That said he can crunch through bone like no tomorrow. =D Keep up the great work and let us know how they do!!
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