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Thanks for that WPixue, I actually forgot to mention my little boy is around 11 ish months old, I suppose he can handle chicken wing tips and I'll get some soon but is he old enough for the bigger raw bones like lamb, ribs or chicken thigh bones? Re the raw meat, to be on the safe side I went and bought 1 packet of raw minced chicken and 1 of lamb from the petstore and partially cooked them, leaving it about 50% pink then adding puréed raw veg so there's some rawness there. He wolfed it down. Just a waiting game now to see what/how he poops!
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Be careful when cooking minces designed for pets, a lot of them contain bone, and you don't want to be feeding cooked bones.
Lots of puppies are weaned onto raw, and start gumming chicken wings before their teeth come in, so at 11 months with all his adult teeth you will be amazed at what your boy can eat. It may take a while to build up jaw strength, but he will definitely be able to manage poultry bones which are actually quite soft.
If you want to switch to raw you will find it much simpler than home cooking. As well as not needing to do the actual cooking part, you don't need to worry about supplements, as long as you stick to the ratio of 8:1:1 meat, bone and organ. The only supplements I add are coconut and fish oils, to make up for any shortfalls in the meat due to how it is produced. If I only fed organic, grass reared meats the even this would not be necessary. That is one of the best things about feeding raw, mother nature has balanced it all for you.
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Thanks for that, I agree about the organic and I'm happy to spend the extra for the better nutrition. I'll try and pick up some chicken liver too. By the way - there are bone and cartiledge fragments within the raw minces I bought so I was very careful to only cook for a few minutes till the general mixture was still pink and those fragments would hopefully have remained as unaffected by the cooking as possible. However, I understand what you're saying so I'll supervise him at all meal times till the batches have been eaten by which time he should be ready for 100% raw (yay!).
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This is so helpful!!
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I"m glad you pointed that out Stella! That's a perfect example of why you have to know your dogs. Each dog is different. What works for one might not work for another. Some dogs are gulpers and it wouldn't be safe to give them a chicken foot as they'd just snarf it down and possibly choke. Some dogs just nibble and some gnaw. It's important to feed BIG if you have a greedy gus so they can't just inhale the food.

Awww turkey feet sound great! Brody would love one of those!
My four guys get a chicken foot, toe nails trimmed off, once or twice a week. The chew on them until they thaw out and get really soft and then usually swallow them whole. Never had a problem in 3 years.
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