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    We have a 3 month old kelpie cross border collie. Which bones and meats are good for a puppy like that and should they be cooked or raw? If you recommend a cooked meat or bone to use, how would you recommend it being cooked?

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    Try brisket raw - Lots of meat and white bones (soft bones)
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    No real advice on the type of bone, but never give cooked bones to a dog. (Though I must admit that I used to give them to my old dog all the time because she was a slow eater. But I stopped doing it when I got my Banjo)

    I usually just buy brisket bones. I sometimes buy a big bag and freeze them individually.

    Meat, I think any will do. I vary between roo, beef and chicken or a combination of those. Roo meat is very lean though and I believe pups need a bit more fat while they're still growing? I feed mine raw mince. And sometimes chicken necks or a whole chicken carcass (raw).

    The only meat I ever cook for her is liver for training treats - though I only did that in the early stages of training. I just buy beef or lamb liver, put it in my microwave steamer (without water) and cook on high for about 5 minutes. Then I cut it up in little cubes when it has cooled down. It's good for training because it's not greasy, soft to swallow quickly and easy to grab. Though you will attract every dog in a 5 mile radius! It's fairly smelly.
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    I feed Ruby raw mince, mainly chicken and beef or mutton, I mix in Vets All Natural puppy muesli and she LOVES it. I also feed her a tin of sardines once or twice a week

    I don't cook any bones, I also buy packets of brisket bones and chicken necks or chicken wings and freeze them separately. A local butcher has bags of chicken carcasses (raw) for $1.50 for three - bargain.

    Quote Originally Posted by Beloz View Post
    The only meat I ever cook for her is liver for training treats - though I only did that in the early stages of training. I just buy beef or lamb liver, put it in my microwave steamer (without water) and cook on high for about 5 minutes. Then I cut it up in little cubes when it has cooled down. It's good for training because it's not greasy, soft to swallow quickly and easy to grab. Though you will attract every dog in a 5 mile radius! It's fairly smelly.
    I'm going to try the liver for training treats, what a good idea Beloz!

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    These days i only give my dogs large marrow bones...only cause they cant swallow them....everything else goes down the throat.

    It was only a week or 2 ago i came home to find my Bullmastiff choking on what i thought was a large unswallowable bone. (unswallowable !!! another word i just made up ).


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    MyBC/kelpie thrives on raw turkey/chicken/lamb/mince with some beef thrown in.
    Raw bones ... loves chicken wings but dont use legs.. loves chicken carcasses too
    Cant give her biscuits as she gets the runs within an hour and farts like a mad thing.
    I buy BARF from the vet as a backup .
    When I eat an apple she gets a little piece, if we have a bit of left over cooked meat she will get it as a training treat.

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    Raw is always best vs cooked.
    The best is what you find your dog does best with.
    Different stomachs do differently and what is great for some may not be to others.
    I got mine used to everything early and they are virtually bullet proof re food.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    and adding anything new to a dog's diet can make them runny at other end.
    but if you keep adding bones, the dog becomes used to them, and your back to solid once more.

    sorry about the gross stuff.

    Doses of bones: for my rottie pup, she'd eat a marrow bone in one sitting. So we have to divide it up in time spurts. 2hrs of bone daily.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KelpieandBCollie View Post
    We have a 3 month old kelpie cross border collie. Which bones and meats are good for a puppy like that and should they be cooked or raw? If you recommend a cooked meat or bone to use, how would you recommend it being cooked?
    This is a useful guide on feeding puppies (meat based diets) and disclaimer, I authored it ...

    From what I have read and seen, if you believe in their digestion being similar to wolves, then like wolves you would try and rear it on soft mashed up raw meats until it can manage bones. Your working dog will have good teeth and jaw structure so it wont be long before it will be eating all the raw bones that others in here have recommended.

    You can give large oven cooked bones (from reputable dog treat companies etc) and there are many reasons why the have a place in a dogs diet, but daily I usually recommend small raw bones in the morning that they can chew and fully digest.

    Something that hasn't been mentioned here is that if you are going a raw diet, then you need to know how much (usually 1.5 - 3.5% of body weight for adult dogs) and the percentage to mix the meat/ bones/ offal in. There are many good references, and unless you believe they have to have vegetables in their diet, then I would be just buying meat products. This is the main difference between a truly raw diet (meat) and barf (a copyrighted man made invention).

    Good luck with your pups and research!
    Bruce is a "dog walker in inner west Melbourne" & sells "Healthy Dog treats." My dog Archie approves of these things.

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