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This is a common question, so thought I'd make a post of meaty bones that I like for chi's for dental and recreational use ....

Other raw feeders - feel free to add to this thread with examples of what you use as meaty bones.

I use these in place of a meal in most cases.

Chicken feet (found at asian grocery stores). Cheap and a great "toy" that most chi's love. Totally edible.



Chicken necks. I like to remove the skin as its so thick and fatty. Again, I do not let Brody eat an entire chicken neck, too much bone. I let him gnaw on it for awhile, then take it away and throw in the freezer for another day. When it gets too small and could be a choking hazard, I throw it out.



Chicken wings. I usually separate these into 3 sections. The drumstick, the middle section and the wing tips. I keep the wing tips in a baggy in the freezer and give out in case of a loose stool. Works great. The drumstick and middle section are a meal and will be completely consumed.



Ribs. Obviously separate these. ;) Great for teeth cleaning. Take away once it dries out and its stripped of meat.



Short Ribs. Not for gulpers. But fine for dogs that are careful eaters. One of Brody's favorites. He does not eat all this bone. Just eats the meat off and then gnaws on the bone for a couple of hours. I don't feed all the meat at one time, too much. I slice off the big chunk of meat and save that for another meal and just feed the bone with a thinner covering of meat.



Pork necks - try to avoid the ones that area really sawed up. Avoid bones that have been sawed like t-bones or pork chop bones.



This is not a complete list! But may help someone new to raw get started on figuring out what meaty bones are good for our dogs. ;)
 

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Thanks for posting that! It will help me the next time I'm in the grocery store, especially since I have never bought any meat for myself. I'm clueless! Those chicken necks are huge compared to the ones we get. I wonder if the ones I buy are cut in half already or if they're from small chickens. Odie has one for a meal no prob with normal poop after.


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Great post. I love that Brody is so delicate with his food, mine eat like a swarm of locusts! Half a chicken neck is gone in minutes, ditto ribs, they don't daintily nibble the meat off, it is just crunch, crunch, crunch, gone! The girls even gobble down organs as if they are yummy (still can't persuade Harley that they are even edible...) they are such a joy to feed.
They had turkey feet the other day, went down well but I did trim the claws off first as they were big and sharp. (From a free-range turkey, not a farmed one, don't know if that would have made a difference.)
 

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Great post. I love that Brody is so delicate with his food, mine eat like a swarm of locusts! Half a chicken neck is gone in minutes, ditto ribs, they don't daintily nibble the meat off, it is just crunch, crunch, crunch, gone! The girls even gobble down organs as if they are yummy (still can't persuade Harley that they are even edible...) they are such a joy to feed.
They had turkey feet the other day, went down well but I did trim the claws off first as they were big and sharp. (From a free-range turkey, not a farmed one, don't know if that would have made a difference.)
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!
 

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Just bought chicken necks and beef ribs. :) The sweet sound of crunching necks makes me happy and the pups too. I feed them raw once in a while, but never with bones. Kai won't stay still for teeth brushing (she smacks her head back and forth like a crocodile), she hates it and her teeth just keep getting more plaque. Hopefully 2x a week will keep her teeth clean or should I give them More?

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Just bought chicken necks and beef ribs. :) The sweet sound of crunching necks makes me happy and the pups too. I feed them raw once in a while, but never with bones. Kai won't stay still for teeth brushing (she smacks her head back and forth like a crocodile), she hates it and her teeth just keep getting more plaque. Hopefully 2x a week will keep her teeth clean or should I give them More?

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Two times a week should do a good job. Just keep an eye on them.
 

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This is a great topic! Thanks 4 the piks!!!
We buy the 1/2 chicken necks every week! All 5 dogs & 1 ferret like them!! I bought them chicken wings this week but they take my girls 2 long 2 eat!! They r very slow at eating them!!! Normally on & off all day!!!
I hav noticed a small amount of tension with bones. Pearl (who doesn't do this any other time) growls when ruby (not diamond thou) comes near her bone!! It does seem like a fair comment from pearl as ruby does tend 2 take them even if she has 1 not far away!! How do I stop ruby from doing this? Or is it because ruby is the Alfa dog??? :)
It does make me look twice as pearl is my quietest!! She hardly ever barks or growls at anything :) I think she was nearly 4 months old b4 she barked!!!!


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This is a great topic! Thanks 4 the piks!!!
We buy the 1/2 chicken necks every week! All 5 dogs & 1 ferret like them!! I bought them chicken wings this week but they take my girls 2 long 2 eat!! They r very slow at eating them!!! Normally on & off all day!!!
I hav noticed a small amount of tension with bones. Pearl (who doesn't do this any other time) growls when ruby (not diamond thou) comes near her bone!! It does seem like a fair comment from pearl as ruby does tend 2 take them even if she has 1 not far away!! How do I stop ruby from doing this? Or is it because ruby is the Alfa dog??? :)
It does make me look twice as pearl is my quietest!! She hardly ever barks or growls at anything :) I think she was nearly 4 months old b4 she barked!!!!


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When a dog growls or guards something that is called resource guarding. Raw food is very high value. It is worth guarding. You can google it to get different viewpoints on how to deal with it, but I would just make it simple for yourself and when you give out high value items, like raw bones, put them in a crate or in separate rooms, so they can eat in peace, without worrying that another dog will steal their goodies. ;)
 

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Very helpful post. I might have to ease into this idea (-: I have a question, when you give these types of items to dogs, where do they eat them? I have a phobia about raw meat on counters, floors etc. Just curious, no judgement of anyone intended.
 

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Very helpful post. I might have to ease into this idea (-: I have a question, when you give these types of items to dogs, where do they eat them? I have a phobia about raw meat on counters, floors etc. Just curious, no judgement of anyone intended.
You can feed outside. Or in a crate. Or in a kitchen gated off. Or I feed on a beach towel. Brody is trained to not leave his towel. After he eats, I throw it in the washer. Quick and easy and sanitary.
 

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Tracy, I cannot thank you enough for this post!! I wish it would be stickied for easy reference. This has been a question of mine for a while, and you're right--it seems like it should be so easy to know, but it's not. The pictures with the description of what & how is priceless. I have studied dog food and nutrition for literally hours and hours lately--since Lulu's illness. I was so happy with Lulu on ZP because it was air-dried raw. I felt like I had the best of all world--raw without having to feed actual raw. I so appreciate the concept of raw feeding and understand the drawbacks to kibble, I just have a phobia about giving Lulu raw meat. I wish I didn't--I wish I could get over it. I have been barely cooking her meats: turkey, fish, chicken(she can't have much of that or she starts itching), hamburger, stewmeat, pork. I barely broil or bake, never boil or fry of course. From what I have learned it doesn't change the protein at all and almost no vitamins or minerals are lost. Only enzymes are destroyed, but the dog produces its own enzymes. I did give Lulu a raw chicken leg once (my phobia was overcome by dental needs) when she was on ZP because her breath was so bad I knew her teeth needed attention. You can clip her nails all you want, but brushing her teeth is like wrestling a greased pig. She licked it a couple of times and walked away. I know this is saying two different things--thank you for the raw meaty bone post but I'm afraid of raw, but I do keep trying to push myself in that direction.

edit: Not raw chicken leg, raw chicken wing!
 

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Very helpful post. I might have to ease into this idea (-: I have a question, when you give these types of items to dogs, where do they eat them? I have a phobia about raw meat on counters, floors etc. Just curious, no judgement of anyone intended.
We use a little fence that keeps her on a tea towel. The meat doesn't touch the floor and I throw the towel in the wash right after. Works perfectly! I set it up in my living room (on laminate flooring) and I keep an eye on her just in case. We've never had any issues.


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How do you train them to stay on a towel? I bet my two would love these treats but they would run it right back to their bed (like they do all treats)! I like the outside option. Lady would probably try to bury it like she did with a treat once outside. Made me laugh.
 

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How do you train them to stay on a towel? I bet my two would love these treats but they would run it right back to their bed (like they do all treats)! I like the outside option. Lady would probably try to bury it like she did with a treat once outside. Made me laugh.
Jaxx is the same way! I gave him frozen pumpkin not too long ago and tried to get him to stay on the towel but he kept running with it back to his bed. I would love to give raw bones for his teeth but I don't want raw meet all over my carpet.
Hopefully when we move there will be a way to confine him to have raw bones.

This is a great post!


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I just trained to the towel. Put it out. Put him on it. Told him to sit. Stay. Gave him the meaty bone. Praised him when he laid down on the towel. Put him back when he walked off it and said "uuuuh uuuuh stay on your towel." It only took a couple times.
 
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