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Old 04-14-2013, 10:15 PM
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Default What bones to feed a dog with missing teeth?

Our 2 newly adopted boys came here eating raw & we want to continue this diet, but Joey has missing teeth.

We've been following the Prey Model Raw menu.

He hasn't chewed on any of the bones & has to have his meat cut into smaller pieces.

Any suggestions about getting him to eat the bones? Can bones be cut into small enough pieces to swallow without worries of choking?

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I would stick with easy bones such as rabbit, quail, cornish hen. If they are experienced whole prey raw eaters, you can try mice or rats if you wish. All would have bones that are easier to work with with missing teeth.

Have you tried cornish hen pieces? Most dogs can get through those, even if they do have less than stellar teeth! Chicken ribs and sternum and maybe some of the spine would even work.

If he absolutely just can't do any chewing at all, then you can grind meaty bone-in pieces for him or you can just bash chunks of meat with bone using a hammer.

If bone-in meals just absolutely won't work, then you can use eggshells (dried) as your calcium supplement.
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Thanks for the suggestions Tracy, I didn't think of cornish hens.

I am going to try cuttting chicken wings into small pieces too. He did chew on a chicken leg bone but not for long.

I'm concerned about him ingesting sharp pieces when smashing bones, I don't want a punctured intestine or stomach.
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Thanks for the suggestions Tracy, I didn't think of cornish hens.

I am going to try cuttting chicken wings into small pieces too. He did chew on a chicken leg bone but not for long.

I'm concerned about him ingesting sharp pieces when smashing bones, I don't want a punctured intestine or stomach.
If you have a good pair of cutlery scissors, you can cut most pieces of a cornish hen easily. I've only seen sharp shards on chicken leg bones and I don't do any turkey bones at all because they seem very hard and dense. I feed chicken necks and wings, as well as backs, sternums, ribs. But I personally don't do leg or thigh bones on chickens. I feed all parts of cornish hens and all parts of quail and rabbits.

We actually only do a bone-in meal a couple times a week. The rest of the time its meat. Bone is only 10% of the diet so that's really not much at all.

I keep a baggy of chicken wing tips in the freezer in case I need a little bone/cartilage. They are very very soft bones, you can bend them with a finger. They should be easy for your tooth impaired guy.
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I was going to suggest wing tips if you didn't have access to cornish hens. You could even smash a wing tip with a meat mallet and I would not worry about those bones at all. They are so small and brittle but also will still be encased in skin even after you smash them.
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