Hi All! I'm Michael - have been lurking for some time but only signed up today.
For the last several months I've been reading endlessly about the PMR - all in anticipation of our new Rottweiler puppy arriving this week. I've started him out and so far so good. He's devoured every plate put in front of him.
The one piece of information that seems to be lacking everywhere is information specifically about puppies and bones. For the bone portion of the meals, we've been using chicken bones and cartilage from the neck area and back. He eats them, but it's a struggle. We've cut them down into small pieces to make them more manageable.
I'm afraid that he's going to choke. Hasn't happened yet but I'm worried that he will.
Can a fellow dog-lover help me out on how you approach bones in a puppy PMR diet? What kinds of bones do you use? Do you grind them down - if so, how small? How thin to they need to be? The puppy is young - 2 months old.
Edit: also as a part of my question, most sources indicate that edible bone should be 10% to 15% of the diet. However other sources say "Raw meaty bones should comprise around 30 to 50 percent of the diet". Can you kind folks help me understand - that's a big difference. Perhaps the latter includes the meat on the bones?
I'm dying for some good information - hold my heart in my hand every time he eats.