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    I haven't tried chicken carcasses actually, no. I might try this today! Considering there's no massive bones that she can just bite and swallow in huge chunks that's not a bad idea. Will let you know how she goes on them and she's not allergic to chicken. Thanks!

    Bernie our dogs unfortunately inside during the day we're not quite finished with landscaping and there's still gaps under the fence that wouldn't take long for her to dig under.

    And lol! That sounds amusing to watch :P.




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    On the chicken carcasses...

    Just supervise the first one or two. One of the first episodes of Bondi vet I ever watched - featured a Kelpie that got chicken carcasses for dinner regularily but this time - inhaled one of them. It was reasonably easy to get out but the dog would have died if they didn't.

    My friend's bull terrier inhaled a beef neck bone (I think it was one of these) because she didn't want the dog next door to get it. As if the giant fence between them wouldn't stop it. $6000 to get that one out.

    So that's why some vets love dogs get bones and others say don't do it. Not all dogs have problems. My dog - I supervise, definitely not something I'd trust her alone with - if only to stop her bringing it onto the carpet. Menky things. Freezing chicken wings or turkey necks - does seem to force the dogs to break them up into sensible sized pieces.

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    lol, @ breaking turkey necks or chicken wings into bite size pieces

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    Yeah that's what scares me about a chicken carcass. I'm pretty sure she'd start swallowing without breaking it up at all and choke herself to death or cause a massive blockage in her gut.

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    Yeah as I said. Still not a big bone fan especially with my dog.

    But I did give her a chicken carcass the other day. I'd never give her anything like that unsupervised. We even have one of those slow food bowls for her dry food because she eats quickly and we don't want her to end up with a twisted stomach :/.

    But yeah, she seemed to do fine with it. I put some towels down on the tiles and she just laid there happily chewing away at it.

    I still don't plan to make it a regular thing. I don't think it's necessary for her. We maintain a range of different dental hygiene things for her and I just don't think it's worth risking.

    We actually just got a dog tooth brush and tooth paste, which she actually doesn't mind. Probably because we've always done the whole touching her all over thing (including checking her gums and teeth) since she was a pup. Also.. It's cheese flavoured. So there's that. Haha.


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    I'm no dentist or vet but as far as I was aware and have seen from experience with all the dogs that come through here, dry food is like us eating cookies. They don't clea the teeth, they just get stuck all over them and are not beneficial to dental hygiene at all. Feeding things like meaty bones (not that I'm saying feed bones) or a decent chew (roo tendons are pretty good as they are chewy) even if it's just once a week will be great for teeth in comparison to dry food.

    Glad to hear there were no long term issues, just the once off.

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