Well there sure has been a lot of hullabaloo over this latest veterinary “study” on feeding raw chicken to dogs. Rather than reiterate everything that has already been rebutted on this “study” let me just share our podcast below and several articles that have taken the “study” apart step-by-step.
For the record I’ve been feeding raw chicken necks to my dogs since I began raw feeding 14 years ago. I fed them right away even when two of my dogs were switched straight to raw food from kibble – no transition time needed. I usually start them out on chicken. Just like for humans who eat meat, the quality of chicken is important. I feed pasture-raised raw foods to my dogs.
All of mine have been medium large to giant breed dogs. However, my friends who raw feed do feed raw chicken necks to their small and tiny dogs. I’ve heard some people say they were afraid to feed chicken necks to their dogs who gulp fearing they might choke. The chances of choking are far more likely for a dog eating kibble. Some dogs have yes, but it isn’t typical. (NOTE: it is natural for a dog to gulp as they are designed to pulverize, shred, rip, tear entire carcasses and swallow, so a neck could be just a swallow for some dogs since they don’t “chew” like an omnivore or herbivore would – they are, after all CARNIVORES).
Listen to the podcast. Read the articles below. Really READ them. Then discern. Don’t allow yourself to be blown by every wind of doctrine, even if that wind (and maybe especially if that wind) is from a source you might think is valid science. If you’ve been raw feeding for a long time, it won’t take you long to see this clear. If you are new to it, then hopefully the resources will help you through this ongoing, never ending circus against feeding carnivores their natural food. Get a mentor to encourage and support you – our dogs are depending on us to not cave to all of this fear-mongering.
As I said in the addendum to our show (see below): “The domestic dog is a member of the genus Canis, which forms part of the wolf-like canids, and is the most widely abundant terrestrial CARNIVORE.” Bolding is mine. In plain English it means the dog is the most abundant land carnivore worldwide!
Here is a great resource to learn more: http://www.rawfed.com/myths/index.html.
Here is our podcast on this topic:
And the addendum to the podcast:
Resources mentioned in the podcast:
Photo by Dr. Kim of Meshach the Great Dane puppy. ©Copyright 2011 All Rights Reserved
Until next time….
Have a pawsitively tail waggin’, NATUROPATHICALLY healthy day!