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  • Kelsey Hansen

Raw Bones for Dogs and Cats

Keep a lookout for more turkey parts in grocery stores this holiday season. My grocery store has great deals and a wide variety of raw turkey parts without added ingredients. I've noticed more of a variety of raw parts now than other times during the year, so this is a great time to check your local grocery stores to incorporate raw food into your pet's diet. I know some areas are more affected than others with supply because of the pandemic. My grocery store carries several different brands, and some have added seasoning, so pay attention to that. Generally speaking, avoid feeding anything with added sauces and seasoning.

I recommend adding a probiotic in every meal and feed a small amount of raw in-between kibble meals. Start with bone if you want to add raw to your pet's diet. Raw bones have teeth cleaning benefits and will help in firming stool because of the calcium. The raw bone shouldn't be added to fix your dog's digestive issues; however, that is what a probiotic and digestive enzyme is for. Bones can be fed 2-3 times a week for kibble fed adult-senior dogs in the beginning. Feeding your dog raw bones outside is the easiest for cleanup.

Bones to feed

Small dogs and cats: duck neck, duck feet, and those that don't have inflammation issues, chicken wings, chicken feet, and chicken necks.

Medium dogs: turkey neck, duck feet, duck neck, and duck wings.

Large dogs: turkey necks, turkey wing, duck feet, duck neck, and duck wings.

- Avoid feeding weight-bearing bones such as marrow bones and knuckles. These can chip or crack teeth and aren’t worth the risk for most dogs.

‍- Rawhide is not considered a bone and should not be fed due to the chemicals, dyes, and choking hazards.

❌ Never feed cooked bones because these splinter.

✅ Raw bones only.

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