I still get stares of disbelief whenever I tell folks I feed my dogs chicken bones.
YES. They eat the RAW meat ON THE BONE.
They eat the bone.
Because it’s Raw, it does not splinter. It crunches, and even Pug jaws are strong enough to break the bone into bite size bits. Their stomachs have high levels of hydrochloric acid, so they have no trouble digesting.
When I shop, I usually look for sale items at Whole Foods. In the poultry section, they have bone-in, skin-on wings and thighs in a strip of 3 perforated pouches. Because more people want boneless, skinless breasts for their own use, the wings & thighs are cheaper.
I buy in bulk and freeze. My freezer is my friend.
I do a lot of prep on the weekends so that my weekday mornings and evenings are stress-free.
Once I learned I was overfeeding, I cut back to 3-4 oz twice per day for these 25-lb Pugs. One hormone-free raw chicken wing is about 3 oz.
Truman & Pearl have no trouble crunching the bones, but they do have trouble–with their tiny front-row chicklets–tearing the meat from the bones. So I help them out by cutting the meat away from the bones, and then cutting the bones at the joints. (Sharp kitchen sheers are also my friend.)
Here’s what they ate all week last week:
- 1 raw chicken wing
- 1 oz raw goats milk (for probiotics) OR
- 1 oz fresh bell pepper
- 1 tsp raw, local honey (for allergies)
- sprinkle of ground milk thistle seed (for liver support)
- sprinkle of ground roasted pumpkin seed (in case of worms)
You can do this. It’s not that hard, and it’s no more costly than those prescription bags of kibble I bought for years.
pugs & kisses,