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    I've recently bought 1kg of raw Blue Mackeral (it was the cheapest fish at the time) and that equates to 6 fish. I've fed Milo 2 fish so far in 2 weeks, but my family is extremely worried that the fish bones will splinter his throat and gut. I feed them whole ungutted, with a side of beef mince to add some meat to the meal. He seems like he likes it and he chews and breaks down the fish well, except for near the tail where I think he can't be bothered anymore and chews only a bit before swallowing it.

    I have 4 fish left, I don't know whether I should continue to feed it to him once a week until they're all gone, or just throw them out and feed him cooked canned fish in springwater. My family really don't want him eating raw fish, so I was wondering does feeding it cooked has the same nutritional benefits?

    I've researched a bit about feeding fish whole to dogs, and I think on the internet it said something about the bones being soft from not being oxidised. I tried to convince my family that it's safe as there are dogs which catch their own fish to eat, but they're rather persistent on the idea that fish bones will kill a dog. My dads logic is that dogs eat meat (even though he believes dogs will go wild when eating raw and bite someone), and cats eat fish.

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    Raw fish when available. I have give a whole Mackeral like you did to mine. Nil problem. Sometimes I give a frozen fish as well. Nil probs.
    I love cooking but I love eating even more.

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    I feed my fish whole and raw....i have never had a problem, but my dogs are used to it. I have newfies and my newfies catch their own fish in the ovens river when they get the opportunity. Katy is especially good at it. She also catches yabbies and eats them in one crunch. And they have caught and eaten crabs when we have been at the beach. Funny thing is when they catch mice they spit them out.
    And they do not chase or kill our chickens or ducks.

    Mind you if my family was worried I would take the easy road and just fillet the raw fish. No use worrying people. Same as some people refuse to feed RAW bones. We do every day. And I have never had a problem in the last thirty+ years and neither did my parents before that
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    My old Ridgeback cross loved to eat fish. He would come cast netting for mullet with me and steal them out of my bucket and eat them live while i wasnt looking. He would also be given a treat of W.A pilchards or frozen mullet when he would sit in the shed watching us play darts. We never had any dramas with bones.

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    I feed my dog tinned sardines, but I would be reluctant to feed whole unfilletted fish. A whole tin of sardines gives her a tummy upset, and she's not that great with raw bones either (makes splinters and then gets tummy upsets and late night explosions).

    She did get away with the short time she got to munch on the bones she found at my uncles home that his dogs didn't want. Or weren't game to ask her for. She would give them up - but they'd have to ask.

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    Thanks for the replies guys. I am absolutely fine with feeding raw fish. I know that the chances of problems occuring can be slim, just that I cop a lot from my family for what I feed Milo. My parents don't like the fact that I am feeding him raw food, despite my ongoing attempt in educating them the facts. My sister is quite neutral about raw feeding, but got really worried when she saw me feed him the fish!

    I think I will need to google how to take the bone out of a raw fish... If that's even possible to do at home haha. Just so my family can rest a bit at ease.

    I used to feed him 1 can of tuna in springwater before the raw feeding process. But... $1/can compared to $0.50/fish... I thought it was more economical and healthier for Milo to be fed raw whole fish.

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    I'm a pretty keen fisherman and i can fillet a fish easily but its not that easy to fillet small fish, very large fish can be a pain too for a learner but it can be done at home for sure. You tube will have heaps of info. Some species are also trickier than others aswell (flathead are really tricky compared to others). A good cheap fish that is easy to fillet are mullet, the freshwater ones will be cheaper than saltwater ones, well in Bundy they are anyway. The rib cage bones will still be left in a fillet but can be cut away in one section or pulled out with tweezers or pliers. It can be a messy job best done outside.
    A very sharp flexible blade fillet knife and a cheap filleting glove makes the job less of a chore and freezing the leftover frames helps the bin not stink like fish till collection day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean View Post
    My old Ridgeback cross loved to eat fish. He would come cast netting for mullet with me and steal them out of my bucket and eat them live while i wasnt looking. He would also be given a treat of W.A pilchards or frozen mullet when he would sit in the shed watching us play darts. We never had any dramas with bones.
    Remind's me of my old dog! He was partial to a pillie or two before I could get them onto the hook the bugger!.
    Last edited by Beau; 08-20-2011 at 10:28 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaer View Post
    Thanks for the replies guys. I am absolutely fine with feeding raw fish. I know that the chances of problems occuring can be slim, just that I cop a lot from my family for what I feed Milo. My parents don't like the fact that I am feeding him raw food, despite my ongoing attempt in educating them the facts. My sister is quite neutral about raw feeding, but got really worried when she saw me feed him the fish!

    I think I will need to google how to take the bone out of a raw fish... If that's even possible to do at home haha. Just so my family can rest a bit at ease.

    I used to feed him 1 can of tuna in springwater before the raw feeding process. But... $1/can compared to $0.50/fish... I thought it was more economical and healthier for Milo to be fed raw whole fish.
    I used to get the sardines in cans, but way cheaper just to get a bag of block snap frozen pilchards from a bait shop if feeding raw diets with fish.
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    Just an update - I fed Milo the mackeral with the bone cut out. I fed him the head, guts and body including tail. He ate it last in his dinner... so now he has fish breath!

    But thanks again for the replies!

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