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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.
Brody is a very polite eater. The towel thing didn't work for mine. Taz made it under the bed once with her chicken wing and it would take a braver person than I am to get her out from under there when she has a raw bone. Now I just pop them in a crate when they have raw.
 

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Can I ask what anyone does about their paws after they eat? They have held their bones/meat with their paws, so there's a possibility that any bacteria that's on the meat is on their paws and they will walk all over the house and the furniture--or at least Lulu will because she has full access to anywhere in our house she wants to go. Does anyone bathe off their paws with anything antibacterial after they eat? And please, Tracy, ease my mind again that they can withstand bacteria in raw meat without it making them sick--let alone the thought of her choking on a bone.
 

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Can I ask what anyone does about their paws after they eat? They have held their bones/meat with their paws, so there's a possibility that any bacteria that's on the meat is on their paws and they will walk all over the house and the furniture--or at least Lulu will because she has full access to anywhere in our house she wants to go. Does anyone bathe off their paws with anything antibacterial after they eat? And please, Tracy, ease my mind again that they can withstand bacteria in raw meat without it making them sick--let alone the thought of her choking on a bone.
It is strange with my dogs- and maybe this is totally normal- but neither Kerri or Copley like to get their paws dirty. Even eating a whole rabbit head or goat neck neither Copley or Kerri will touch meat with their paws. But also think about this- your dog walks in the yard where they poop. Poop is much more likely to have bacteria, parasites and other ickies than raw meat. I feed my dogs in their crates and I wipe down the crates every so often. In good weather when Copley is eating something bigger I feed outside.

A favorite thing around here is deer neck. I give it whole and then put it back in the freezer after they have gone at it for a while. Necks seem to be something that hunters are willing to give me a lot so you might have good luck getting a hold of it. Kerri just cleans the meat off of these but my 20lb dog can easily power through the bones so I think a more ferocious chewer of a chi would also get some bone out of it.

 

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Can I ask what anyone does about their paws after they eat? They have held their bones/meat with their paws, so there's a possibility that any bacteria that's on the meat is on their paws and they will walk all over the house and the furniture--or at least Lulu will because she has full access to anywhere in our house she wants to go. Does anyone bathe off their paws with anything antibacterial after they eat? And please, Tracy, ease my mind again that they can withstand bacteria in raw meat without it making them sick--let alone the thought of her choking on a bone.
I don't wash paws. Dogs don't wear shoes, they walk around outside and step in who knows what. They lick their butts. They sometimes eat poop, theirs or someone else's.... or other nasties they find on the ground. They just aren't super clean animals, even though we all would like to think otherwise! ;)

I know people who keep a container of baby wipes on hand and wipe faces and paws after eating. If that makes you feel better, then go ahead!

As far as feeding raw meat and the bacteria issue... there's a ton of info out there, but it basically comes down to your own comfort level. Do the research, do some reading, decide for yourself what you can tolerate in your own home. Don't let anyone push you into thinking one way or another - make up your own mind! What is best for your own family! There are raw feeders who are militant in their approach and it is their way or the highway. I just don't think that a lot of people respond to that. We all have to do what WE are comfortable with. If the thought of bacteria keeps you up at night, then don't feed raw meat. (But do realize that kibble is laden with salmonella as well.) ;)

Dogs are adaptable creatures. ;) There are many many ways to care for them. I think we all do the best we can and I am satisfied with that.
 

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I only wipe their paws if they are greasy. Unless you are going to lick the floors/furniture it isn't really an issue. So unless Lulu has access to the kitchen counters you shouldn't have any problems.
As for making them sick, remember that wild dogs will bury a kill for several weeks and then dig it up and eat it with no ill-effects. So clean, fresh meat that has been kept refrigerated is no challenge at all for their digestive systems.
 

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This is wonderful, Tracy!! I will for sure be bookmarking this and using it as a reference for anyone who may be interested. Thanks so much!! The visuals make it so much easier!! =)
 

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Can I ask what anyone does about their paws after they eat? They have held their bones/meat with their paws, so there's a possibility that any bacteria that's on the meat is on their paws and they will walk all over the house and the furniture--or at least Lulu will because she has full access to anywhere in our house she wants to go. Does anyone bathe off their paws with anything antibacterial after they eat? And please, Tracy, ease my mind again that they can withstand bacteria in raw meat without it making them sick--let alone the thought of her choking on a bone.
Odie is a little princess and won't touch raw with her paws, but I do wipe her face after only because she will hop on the couch and start rubbing her face everywhere (and on me) if I don't!

Have you heard of Norwex? I have little travel antibacterial towels by them and I use one of those since you just wash and reuse. I watched a Norwex demonstration where they put raw chicken on a counter and used a tester to show the bacteria level and then wiped with an antibacterial cloth and tested again and it worked! So I just use those and then I can wipe the floor under the towel with it too.


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Thank you everyone for your responses!! I really appreciate the info. and that you care enough to bare with me. Haha Your dog's nutrition is one of the most important decisions you will make in their lives, and I do not take it lightly for Lulu as I know the rest of you do not as well.
 

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Hiya, I've been reading this thread and am amazed, I used to keep cats and know you can't give a cat a chix bone, but one thing I couldn't find and I mite be being really dense but do you give them raw chix feet ect? Or do you cook em? Xx


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Raw only. No cooked bones.

I know cat people who raw feed and they give their cats raw chicken, mice, quail, rats, etc. with no trouble at all.

Here's a great link on feeding raw to cats:

What About Cats?
 

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Hiya, I've been reading this thread and am amazed, I used to keep cats and know you can't give a cat a chix bone, but one thing I couldn't find and I mite be being really dense but do you give them raw chix feet ect? Or do you cook em? Xx


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both of my cats & dogs eat chicken, bones & all...along with Quail & duck & chicken necks. NEVER EVER feed cooked bones, these will splinter & cause more issues. Raw bones only!
 

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Brodysmom thank you for this information. I have a couple questions. On the chicken wings. With it separated in to 3 parts how many of the two larger parts would you feed a 6 pound chi at one time? Do they eat the bones completely on these?
The ribs, is the first picture a pic of what people call baby back ribs? Are these better than the chicken for teeth cleaning? Do they eat the bone or is the bone to hard and should be taken away after the meat is gone? Give one whole rib for a 6 pound chi?
I a looking at doing this twice a week for teeth health.
Thank you.
 

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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. ;)


Thank you for this.
Ok, I think I have it figured out. The first pic that just says ribs is pork ribs? The second pic called short ribs are beef ribs? Am I right? The pork are a lot less expensive are they good for teeth cleaning and is it safe for the dog to eat some of the actual bone or are pork ribs not good for eating as in will they be to hard, crack a tooth, or splinter?
 

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I bought some lamb ribs that had no hormones or antibiotics and I gave my baby one. She snubbed her nose at it. : ( I got a freezer with 10 more in baggies. I will try again.
 

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Ooo the chicken feet look pretty good for my chi, is there anyway they could choke on the lil feet bones? I get a lil scared with bones as my staffy had a chicken wing (raw) and she must of ate it too quick, and we herd her screaming and we ran outside and she was trying to do a poo and the sharp bone was stuck half out of her bum hole and the other sharp side was sticking inside her, was splitting her bottom and she was screaming, wasn't nice, and never did that again!!!


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I think feet are a pretty safe option, they are more cartilage than bone. You do have to be careful with bigger dogs swallowing things like wings whole, chewing is to be encouraged! Bones should be appropriate for the size of dog, and small amounts of bone offered to begin with, so the digestive system is able to cope and digest the bone efficiently.
 

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Wow. Since the lamb ribs were not a hit I went and bought chicken necks. I took off the skin and on the advice of the pet store cut the neck in half. My little girl went after it aggressively and ate it really fast. I am happy she didn't snub it but now worry it was to small and she may have not chewed well. Should I not cut them in half? Are the bones so soft that she didn't need to gnaw on them?
 

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Wow. Since the lamb ribs were not a hit I went and bought chicken necks. I took off the skin and on the advice of the pet store cut the neck in half. My little girl went after it aggressively and ate it really fast. I am happy she didn't snub it but now worry it was to small and she may have not chewed well. Should I not cut them in half? Are the bones so soft that she didn't need to gnaw on them?
Don't worry about the bones, they will digest just fine even if she didn't crunch them at all. Dogs stomachs are meant to digest bone like that, they don't need to chew like we do.

I don't feed chicken necks but maybe other people who do will chime in- I don't think you need to cut them in half but I guess you can if you want to. Also in the future there is no need to remove the skin, unless your chi is having digestive upset, then maybe remove the skin the first couple of times until they are more used to eating raw bones. Skin and fat are actually good for dogs in their raw form, no need to trim it too much usually.
 
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