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Old 04-01-2013, 05:36 PM
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I decided to try feeding my pups raw 2x a week to keep their teeth healthy. I went to my local butcher and asked for Cornish hen Legs and he laughed at me. He said the legs are to small to sell separately and if I wanted them I had to buy the whole hen. So has everyone been buying the whole hen or does their butcher actually provide It? Is there another meaty bone I can Buy?

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Also please excuse my lack of knowledge I don't eat Cornish myself, so I've never bought it.

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ha! I can imagine the butchers face. Yes cornish hens are very small. The legs are probably 2 inches long max. So yeah, you have to buy the whole bird and then whack it up yourself.

Other meaty bones you could try would be chicken wings, chicken necks, pork necks, or pork or beef ribs. All are good.
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Thank you Tracy, I feel so silly now. I should've figured, but everyone is always talking about the legs and never the whole hen. Which one do you think would be best for their Teeth?

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We use chicken necks, just because our natural pet food store sells them in packs and they're local and super cheap.
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Thank you Tracy, I feel so silly now. I should've figured, but everyone is always talking about the legs and never the whole hen. Which one do you think would be best for their Teeth?

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I personally like pork necks or pork ribs. I use in place of a meal. Whatever you try, read the label and make sure it isn't enhanced with sodium. Lots of meats are. Keep sodium less than 100mg per 4 ounce serving. Just stay away from sawed bones like t-bones or pork chop bones. Those can be sharp. You want a bone covered in meat. I have found the beef ribs to be good also. They are a flatter bone, about 1.5 inches wide and about 4-5 inches long. They usually come with a lot of meat on them. I usually trim off most of the meat for another meal and give the bone with some meat left on it.

You will become a student of your dogs and learn if they are power chewers, or dainty chewers. Some really power through bones and some just gnaw on them nicely. Then adjust accordingly.

Whatever meaty bones I give, I don't expect Brody to consume them completely. (Unless it is cornish hens, which I feed a couple times a week as meaty chunks with bone, 2 ounces at a time). That could cause constipation and would be wayyyy too much bone. He is a smart eater and will eat the meat off and then settle down and gnaw on the bone, really scraping his teeth, which is what you want. After a couple hours, he leaves it. Usually completely scraped of meat and starting to dry out. At that point, I pick it up and throw it out.

That's what works for us. Every dog is different.
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Thank you so Much!

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Tracy when you give Brody a meaty bone to chew on for awhile, where do you feed him?? Do you gate him in the kitchen?

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