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    Quote Originally Posted by mymatejack View Post
    I think cut out the bones/egg shells entirely and the problem will solve itself in a few days. Then slowly reintroduce the bones and do as newfie suggests and poop watch. Personally i only feed jack bones every few days and if he shows signs of constipation i just cut them out until he's sorted.

    People feeding their dogs raw fish, are the bones a problem? I've been too scared to feed jack fish
    I guess it could be a problem but over the years i have witnessed (and fed when it was legal) Dingos eating hundreds of fish frames on Fraser Island. There was no fillets on them ,99% bones and they never seemed to mind. My old Ridgy would eat whole mullet and never had a problem either. Maybe just lucky. It might be safer to just fillet larger fish just to be safe though.
    Pilchards, whiting etc have bones that arnt worth worrying about, even for humans.


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    Thanks for the replies guys. Very helpful. I've cut out of the egg shells today, but my mum gave Milo the defrosted half chicken carcass before I could tell her not to...

    I gave 1tbls of egg shells as that's what I've read somewhere is suitable for his weight range or something... And something about calcium deficiency is common in raw? I suppose that information was wrong, I'll definitely rethink about the egg shells.

    I'll go and buy the sardines in oil tomorrow from Woolworths. Is there any brand that is particularly liked by dog owners?

    Also, as for olive oil, is that the same one we use for cooking?

    For oats, do you mean the same ones from Uncle Toby's Oatmeal?

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    I don't get the connection of low calcium and RAW....I think that would be if you did not feed any bone at all. I do not add any calcium to my dogs diets, except kelp has calcium in it ( it has a small amount).
    I feed giants, so lack of calcium would definitely show. I have fed RAW for at least thirty years, but I am generous with bones and fish. And I have to add, my dogs do at times get whole eggs...Shell and all about once a week, but not daily
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    i'd been wondering why people are feeding their dogs egg shells, i take it that its for added calcium? Surely even if your dog only get one feed of bones a week that would be more than enough calcium?

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    Paraffin oil is an immediate fix as Di said I have dine this for Lilly.
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    I like the brunswick brand of sardines - cos they're from canada not thailand and I imagine the water is cleaner - though I could be wrong.

    Olive oil - extra virgin - what I cook with. I would use some sort of cooking oil ahead of parafin oil - which is good for stopping mozzies in rainwater tanks but I'm not sure I'd want to eat/drink the stuff. What comes with the sardines is sufficient. But any vegie oil is probably ok - except palm oil.

    I think the clue here - is moderation. Ie it's ok to feed what you're feeding but not EVERY day. maybe every second day, or once a week. Start with once a week and see how it goes.

    Some dogs handle bones of any sort better than others. You just need to pay attention to what works and what doesn't with your dog.

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    Paraffin oil can cause malabsorption if given too often. It is used in horses during a colic episode. And can be used in dogs as an enema to "loosen" stools.

    It used to be used in the "olden days" for lots of different things, but not so much now
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    paraffin oil is derived from petroleum, so it's not a natural part of the food chain. I can't find anything that says in small doses it's bad but it will give a dog/horse/human loose poo, and we all know how much fun that is. Ie it is a good laxative but not something you'd want regularily. Much better to sort the problem in the diet first.

    Vegetable oil, like olive oil or sunflower oil has had minium procesessing and is generally part of the food chain. So it is less likely to do damage. It is a liquid fat or hydrocarbon so again - in moderation is best.

    So my take is you would only feed paraffin oil to clear an occasional blockage (like less often than once a month and I'd want to avoid altogether), but you could give a small amount of olive oil (up to a tablespoonful) every day if you want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newfsie View Post
    I do, but I tell people that mine have done it forever.......And only Raw and only small fish (bait, herring/sardine size) The very large fish is already filleted, but I never check for bones. Katy catches her own trout and eats them whole, every little bit. She was also given fish by some beach fishermen, because she sat nicely and asked. She ate the whole fish then and there. She is obsessed by fish
    id love to see a newfe catch its own fish.... would be the closest to a bear id get
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    Quote Originally Posted by reyzor View Post
    id love to see a newfe catch its own fish.... would be the closest to a bear id get
    The three girls do it all now....We no longer have beautiful Koi......I gave my last five away. I initially was blaming the king fishers and kookaburras. Until we caught our dogs in the act. So the pond only has small native fish in it, that are too small and fast for them to catch.

    Newfie history has it that they managed to survive by themselves for quite some times on the islands of Canada. I doubt they could in Australia, because it is just so much harsher and not as much easy food. That is why even though they are heavy and most people think lazy, they have a very high prey drive.
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