Friday, November 6, 2009

Chicken Bones, Really?

Nearly every pet owner I tell about the raw-meaty-bones diet are most alarmed about feeding raw chickens.  "I was always told, 'Never feed your dog chicken bones, they splinter and can perforate intestines.'"  Well, yes, don't feed COOKED chicken with bones, because cooked chicken bones splinter.  Raw bones do not splinter.  Dogs and cats crunch the bones with the meat. Bones provide minerals and vitamins pets need.

Watch a friend's chocolate Labrador retriever devour a chicken leg quarter at

Feeding raw chicken bones seems to be something of a turning point for pet owners who are new to raw feeding.  They don't resist feeding raw, meaty beef bones or even raw chicken meat, but chicken bones are such a long-held taboo, it's harder to overcome.  When they watch a puppy chew up a chicken drumstick or larger dog gnaw and chew a half-chicken, they are amazed.  How can this be okay, when grandmothers, mothers, and veterinarians told them not to feed chicken bones to dogs?

The biggest hurdle for many pet owners to leap into raw feeding is unlearning what they have been taught for decades about pet diets.  Experts -- professionals, family and friends with pets -- told them manufactured pet foods are perfectly balanced for perfect nutrition.  Cans and bags of kibble are perfect pet food.  Don't feed table scraps -- they'll upset the perfect balance of nutrients in manufactured foods.  Don't feed raw meaty bones -- feed nylon chews and rawhide -- to clean pets' teeth.

Well, the results are in.  85% of dogs have rotting teeth and gums.  Obesity is epidemic among pets. Many dogs suffer allergies to commercial pet foods, leading to itchiness, ear irritations, and more serious chronic diseases.  Cats have urinary track stones that threaten their lives. Perfect kibbles and perfect chews are not producing healthy pets. 

Thousands of owners have switched their pets' diets to raw meats and meaty bones.  Teeth and gums are healthy, allergies disappear, and overall health improves dramatically.

Once pet owners realize that raw meats and meaty bones are a complete and appropriate diet for carnivorous pets, they have passed the highest hurdle.  Feeding raw chicken bones is part of this new understanding.

Yes, chicken bones, really!

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