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    So I have started to feed Milo primarily on raw for about 2 weeks now. He's been only on chicken so far, but for the last 3 days I've started to feed him crushed up egg shells, yoghurt and veges.

    Anyway... when I first started to feed him, he would chew on his quarter chicken (whole chicken cut into quarters), so I didn't think I needed to go and teach him how to chew on bones. He was a slow eater from the very beginning, even with his previous kibble. But recently, I'd say in the last 5 days, when I feed him parts of chicken carcass (not too small pieces, still fairly big), he would crunch it up a bit without breaking it apart then swallow the whole thing!

    So I tried to go back to square 1 and hold onto the chicken so he learns to chew. But, I think because I've taught him to only eat when I say it's ok to with the food on the ground, he won't eat with me holding the chicken.

    I am worried he will eventually choke if he continues to eat his raw food like this.

    It is only the chicken carcass and liver (only started to feed that to him today) that he swallows whole after a few chews. He will chew and break off smaller pieces of the quarter cut chicken.

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    If Bondi vet is anything to go by - inhaling food and choking is a risk.

    I got told to hold the chicken wing like you are. I also got told to try freezing it.

    I gave up because evil hound just spews it back up so what's the point.

    I'd consider maybe trying chicken necks or maybe turkey legs or something either too big to swallow whole or too small.

    My dog is also much more likely to swallow stuff without chewing if she thinks that someone is about to take it away from her. This happens most often when she grabs up large lumps of food wrapped in glad wrap. The best I can do then is chuck my best treats at her in a halo and hope she lets go the glad wrap for those. Doesn't always work. The trip to the vet for the vomit treatment gets it back though. Why she hasn't connected those dots, I don't know.

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    I can't give my little one chicken necks now because he attempts to swallow them whole.

    I'd stick with large bones that he can't swallow as a treat and just feed chopped meat or pet mince (high quality) with the bones minced in.
    If you ask around butchers often you can find almost human grade pet meat with bones. I get my chicken mince from Farmyard Chicken, their pet mince consists entirely of minced frames, breast and tender meat that the butchers have not cut correctly.

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    Well I can only share my experience in this.
    When i give a few pieces of meat (such as chicken wings) for a meal, I only give a piece each. If I put all pieces in a bowl each to my boys, they tend to swallow without much chewing to get to the other pieces quicker. I also tend to give raw food (esp fish) about 60% frozen, that slows down.

    Offals (esp lamb kidney) I chop reasonably fine and mix with rolled oats and grated carrots.
    I love cooking but I love eating even more.

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    Maybe have the food way to big to put in his mouth........If it is too big, they will have to chew it. Or chop it up really small
    Pets are forever

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    Thanks for the reply guys. Yeah, I've been sticking to the bigger chicken carcass pieces so that he'll have to chew. He doesn't get more than one piece at any one meal time so I don't see a reason for him to rush. Well he doesn't really rush... he's a slow eater. But he just doesn't break pieces off. I've only fed him bigger pieces now and it's slightly stopped.

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