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Suitable Bones For Puppy Other Than Chicken
Posted 05 October 2015 - 10:53 AM
I'm a newbie with a 12 week Gordon Setter. He is doing well overall on rpm ( since we got him at 8 weeks) but I just wanted to ask a question regarding bones. I appreciate bones are important for calcium for their own bones when they're growing but Duncan isn't that keen on chicken. Can anyone suggest any other bones he would be able to crunch down? He's had a try of rabbit (very expensive here in butchers so couldn't keep him on it) and he loves beef. He's probably ready to try a different protein now too if that helps. Thanks for any suggestions. Also, a lady in the pet shop said "he'll need a puppy food as he needs the special nutrients it supplies for his bones to grow properly especially as he's a large breed" she's wrong isn't she?
Posted 05 October 2015 - 01:17 PM
Welcome! Gordon Setters are pretty dogs!
He should be able to handle other poultry bones (e.g. duck, turkey, quail, cornish hen). Rabbit is another good size for a puppy. Lambs and kids would have more manageable bones, if you have a source for them. Some owners smash bones a bit with a mallet or purchase ground meat/bone for pups who can't manage larger bones.
Speaking of prices, I know non-poultry can be expensive!! I raise my own rabbits and ducks because of cost and access. I drive about three hours, one-way, to get my goats, but even with the cost of gas it is worth it. I'm disappointed at the price of goats in my area. In addition to them being expensive, many sellers do NOT want you to eat them. What??? If you don't eat them, then what do you do with them??? I am still clueless about that one... anyway.
As long as your pup is getting meat, some bone, and some organs, he is doing fine! Coat condition and energy level are two big clues as to whether the diet is meeting his nutritional needs. Unfortunately, most "western" nations have been influenced by commercial kibble pet food companies as to what is appropriate. Pet stores do a lot of business selling pet food, so they're always going to attempt at making a sell. Nutritionists (and those who have studied it for personal interest) speculate that many "large breed" dog foods are not nutritionally appropriate for large breeds (incorrect mineral and vitamin levels). "Mother nature" has been getting it right since before pet food was ever invented.
Good luck with everything!
Posted 07 October 2015 - 11:17 AM
Posted 28 October 2015 - 12:04 PM
Posted 09 November 2015 - 09:15 AM
In addition to them being expensive, many sellers do NOT want you to eat them. What??? If you don't eat them, then what do you do with them??? I am still clueless about that one... anyway.
I do have to chime in here. I adore goats. I plan on raising goats for meat and dairy, but the meat goats will be kept away from the house and only socialized enough to make them easy enough to handle for medical treatment when necessary.
The pets, though... Oh, goats make awesome pets and I can honestly understand those who do not sell them for meat. When you've had a friendly goat raised from a kid, you'll understand what I mean. What I can't stand is the little $&*%@ who are allowed to headbutt everyone and use their horns on people. I'm never opposed to those goats going into the freezer!
Obviously, I'm not on either side as far as whether they are food or pets. Just thought I'd give some insight as to why some people don't want their goats sold as meat.
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