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    Default Swallowing Turkey Necks Whole?

    James (18 week labrador) has been getting only raw bones as his evening meal since he was 16 weeks old. Occasionally, part of his dinner ends up being a turkey neck.

    Last night I actually hung around to watch him eat his turkey neck, as the past few times it's been gone by the time I'm back from going upstairs to throw out the gladwrap it was in. He'll chew maybe 1/3-1/2 off it and then just swallow the remainder whole.

    Assuming he's monitored and not choking whilst doing this, is it a problem? I'm worried about how capable he is of actually digesting a solid neck - should turkey be wiped off the menu?

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    Lex has downed about 1.5 kg of chicken necks and not chewed on one and on more than 1 occasion and he's fine

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    Labrador you say! Most are born guts & most times there will be no problem with this particularly it's just one and not several necks that are going straight down. And certainly not night after night.


    BUT I'd be holding on to the end of it to at least make him chew it. Or roughly chopping them up and only giving him really big bones he has to chew.
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    Yeah, I had a bag of chicken necks just to try him out on them a few weeks ago as I finally found them in Woolies, and that was a colossal waste of time as he'd just gulp them down. Thank god he's finally finished the lot of them off and they're not clogging up the freezer.

    Is the fact that a turkey neck is so much bigger an issue?

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    I think it would be more of a choking hazard than anything else.

    The digestive enzymes of a dogs stomach is different to ours and processes things in about 4-6 hours.

    Just so long as it going down the right way and passing out the other end the right way then the dog is coping.

    It's not something I want my dogs to do but....supervision is probably the best bet and not overloading the stomach if they eat that way.

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    Excellent. Thanks

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    If he's swallowing them whole then make sure you supervise him for a few minutes afterwards in case it gets stuck, you might want to change over to giving him a chicken carcass instead - he will have to chew that!

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    Just a quick point, my understanding on freezing chicken necks etc is that its the same as cooking them- the freezing process causes the bones to become brittle. I only feed chook legs that are kept in fridge- not frozen and then defrosted.

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    No sweetboy, it is the cooking process that causes any bone to become brittle, hence they will then splinter and cause damage.

    De-frost a chicken piece 9of any part of the chicken's body) and you will find it extremely pliable and soft.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil's Advocate View Post
    No sweetboy, it is the cooking process that causes any bone to become brittle, hence they will then splinter and cause damage.

    De-frost a chicken piece 9of any part of the chicken's body) and you will find it extremely pliable and soft.

    I agree with DA's words 100%...

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