A caring owner always wants his dog’s nutrition to be healthy and balanced. Many, even beginners, dog owners have heard that it is very dangerous to feed a pet with chicken bones. And indeed it is!
Tubular bones are not digested in the digestive tract of a dog. When they are cracked, sharp fragments are formed that can injure the mucous membranes of the stomach and intestines of the animal. As a result of eating a large number of tubular bones in a pet, constipation or diarrhea occurs, which is a consequence of a violation of the digestive tract. Eating chicken bones can lead to more serious complications, including surgery and even death.
However, do not think that all chicken products containing bones are harmful to dogs.
In particular, I propose to discuss:
Can a dog have chicken necks?
Chicken dog necks can! And not only possible but even necessary!
Why chicken necks are good for dogs:
1. they do not contain acute small and tubular bones hazardous to health,
2. it is a nutritious snack for a dog (a source of animal protein),
3. eating chicken necks allows the dog to brush his teeth and massage his gums,
4. speeds up the process of changing milk teeth to permanent ones (from 4 to 6 months of age),
5. excellent chondoprotector – a source of easily digestible calcium,
7. dogs really like chicken necks, they gnaw at them with pleasure!
8. when the dog eats chicken necks, it is calm and focused – it is quiet in the house and things are safe!
At what age can dogs be given chicken neck?
Starting from the age of two months, you can begin to offer puppies such a healthy and tasty treat, like chicken necks. The growing body of a young dog needs enough digestible calcium. In addition, small puppies need to constantly bite something, their teeth are itchy.
Chicken necks in the puppy’s diet will help to solve both of these problems!
How to cook a chicken neck for a dog?
First, the chicken neck to be given raw, as cooking destroys used on most of the nutrients.
Secondly, I recommend freezing chicken necks for two to three days in a freezer.
Thirdly, raw necks must first be thawed and then poured with boiling water.
If your puppy is a small breed, you can crank raw chicken necks through a meat grinder, and add the minced meat to the dog.
If the puppy is medium-sized, you can first knock the chicken necks with a hammer to grind the vertebrae contained in them.
Dogs of large breeds can be given chicken and turkey necks, only dogs need to be trained to them gradually and under control.
Make sure that the dog does not swallow pieces of the neck without chewing. Perhaps she is too hungry, so in a hurry. In this case, it is better to feed the dog first, and give the chicken neck “for an appetizer.”
You can teach a dog to chew by holding the chicken neck at one end so that the dog is in no hurry.
Chicken necks can be replaced with two to three (maximum four) single meals per week. This amount will be enough to provide the dog with the necessary amount of calcium and phosphorus.
What else you need to pay attention to:
- When you buy a chicken neck for a dog, look carefully at the expiration date. Remember that with prolonged storage they lose nutrients.
- Try to buy environmentally friendly “raw materials” grown without growth hormones and antibiotics…
- When introducing chicken necks into the diet, you need to monitor the reaction of the dog’s body – how the dog’s digestive tract works (whether there are stool disorders) or allergic reactions.
I found an interesting video in which the famous doctor Komarovsky talks with a specialist – does an industrial broiler chicken pose a danger to children’s health.