Hello fellow American Bully owners! Xander has been on raw for about a month and a half now. We have seen improvements to his itchy skin, his feet chewing, and in his "anal gland releasing" issue. He loves the food we give him, however, we are a bit concerned with getting the bone in his diet. Right now he is on chicken backs and sometimes feet. But because of his underbite, and the lack of molars, he has trouble chewing the backs. If we cut them too small, he swallows them whole. If they're too big, he tries to chomp, swallows, horks back up, tries to chomp again, swallows, horks up, etc. etc. until he finally swallows it completely. Its been hard to get the backs to the right size where he can easily chew 3-4 times and swallow with no issues. Does anyone else have this problem with their A.B? or english bulldogs? or any dogs with an underbite and very few back teeth?
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Posted 07 April 2015 - 08:30 AM
Maybe try grinding some bone for a while to see if that helps. Won't do much for his teeth but at least you're getting the bone meal into him. Give him larger bones with meat to give his teeth a workout.
Our little guy is a good chewer, but loves eating frozen chicken legs and wings, gives him something to do and forces him to chew. Maybe frozen foods will help.
Posted 08 April 2015 - 03:41 AM
Is he only on chicken? Have you started any other proteins? If not, I would move on to turkey. If you don't have a grinder that will grind bone considering Xanders tooth issue, you can use a hammer or kitchen mallet and smash the bones up some to make chewing easier. I haven't ever had to deal with a dog with an underbite, but maybe someone else who has will be able to give you some ideas.
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