As I wind my way around the “tinternet” looking at all things Dog related I am amazed just how many different recipes there are for homemade Dog Treats. There are recipes for Organic Dog Treats, Diabetic Dog Treats and even Holistic Hypoallergenic Organic Dog Treats (I’m not kidding)!
I’m not going to just post a recipe for how to make a homemade Dog Treat. You can do a Google search and you will have enough recipes to keep you busy in the Kitchen for a lifetime and your Dog very fat indeed.
Any regulars to the site know I am a firm believer in Raw Meaty Bones. Not only are they fantastic for cleaning Dogs teeth they also keep them busy and quiet for hours!
What I want to talk about is a fantastic treat for the Dogs. Raw Chicken.
There are lots of recipes involving Chicken but most of them are for cooked Chicken made in to some form of treat. Dogs do love Chicken and I see no need to disguise the Chicken in a treat when Raw Chicken for Dogs is a super treat in itself.
Many Dog owners believe Raw Meat can be dangerous for Dogs. As far as I know the only meat than can be really dangerous for Dogs in the raw is Pork and Pork Bones. This is rendered safe by freezing for about three weeks. If you have read my post about Raw Chicken for Dogs, where I had a nightmare with them feasting on very rotten Chickens that were illegally dumped, you will realise just how tough most Dogs insides are. They simply are not affected by bacteria in the same way as humans.
Raw Chicken for Dogs is not dangerous. Many are very concerned about feeding raw meat to their Dogs and unless your Dog has health issues there is little need for concern. Dog Bone treats come in many forms but Raw Chicken for Dogs is one of the Treats they love the best.
Raw Chicken For Dogs – What Can They Eat?
Basically, all of it.
Now, I am not expecting you to feed the Dogs a whole, intact Chicken. Most people do not have access to whole birds, innards and all, but trust me when I tell you they can and will eat the whole thing with no detrimental effect (unfortunately I know this for a fact)!
When we buy a gutted Chicken there is basically none of it that the Dogs cannot eat. Chicken Dog treats don’t come much tastier than this. If possible you should get, or ask the Butcher, for the neck as well. Chicken necks are great for the Dogs to munch on. It helps keep their teeth clean and is a super Chicken Treat for the Dogs.
If you decide to feed your Dogs Raw Chicken as a Treat there is basically no part of it they cannot eat with one exception which I will discuss shortly. Do not be concerned about the majority of the bones etc. When Chicken Bones are raw they are very soft and the Dogs will happily munch through the lot!
Many Dog owners seem to forget that Dogs are naturally raw meat eaters and scavengers. No wild Dog or Wolf has ever cooked its Chicken first. They are built for raw food. The reality is that Dogs love all things Meat. It is their natural way.
Feeding Dogs Raw Chicken
Unless you are quite wealthy or feeling very generous indeed you will not just be throwing a whole Chicken at the Dog and letting it get on with it.
The Dog would happily devour it but it is an expensive one off treat.
Cut the Raw Chicken in to however many pieces you wish. Chicken Wings are a great Treat for the Dogs. The larger pieces can be given as special treats or as replacement meals.
Don’t worry about the Bones. They are soft and easily digested. If you are concerned talk to your Vet first to hopefully have your mind put at ease.
The Dangers Of Raw Chicken For Dogs
For the most part Raw Chicken for Dogs is entirely safe. If you did nothing to the Chicken but throw it to the Dog, in most cases there will be no problems.
There is, however, a precaution we should all take. In the fleshy part of the thigh bones there is a very sharp, needle-like bone that could be a danger. There have been cases of Dogs getting punctured because it is so sharp.
It is a simple matter of removing this bone. They Dogs can then happily munch away on the thigh as a great treat.
I do hope some of you will consider Chicken as a great treat for your Dog. I know many people are afraid to feed raw food to their Dogs but they really do love it. Start them off slowly if you have never done it before to get them accustomed to something new.
Talk to your Vet about your concerns if you have any. They are there to help.
Above all though, NEVER feed cooked bones to Dogs. They become very brittle and can cause a lot of damage to the toughest of Dogs.
So, save yourself some time in the Kitchen making homemade Dog treats and go buy a Chicken!
Your Dog will thank you for it I am Sure.
If it really doesn’t appeal then download 245 Homemade Recipes and at least you will know exactly what is in your Dogs Treats.
May the Doggie Force be with you all.