Truly and Walker don't chew their kibble. They swallow most of it whole. They get no chewing exercise at meal time. Little lady-like Maggie chews her food. They all get bully sticks - but I don't think it's enough to keep their teeth and gums in top condition.
Brushing teeth: I brush Truly and Maggie's teeth after they eat their dinner. I'd like to say I do it every day, but I don't. It's usually other day. Walker is too fearful to let me brush his teeth yet.
Raw: The experts support a raw/partially raw diet. Turkey necks were mentioned. I've always been scared to give the dogs raw meat - especially raw poultry. But when people who've had greyhounds for years endorse a practice - who am I to question? The bacteria issue doesn't seem to be a problem for dogs because of their relatively short digestive tracts. The bones in turkey necks seem to be too small and crunchy to cause a choking hazard.
I've been grocery shopping for years and years and never once have I ever seen turkey necks in a supermarket. The reason I have never seen turkey necks in a supermarket is because I have never looked for turkey necks. Tim and I went to a Walmart Superstore and guess what we found?
|These two necks = 16 ozs.|
Each dog got the same number of ounces of turkey necks they usually get in kibble - 16 ozs. for Truly and Walker and 12 ozs. for Maggie. I gave the necks to them on the back porch on towels. Truly stayed on the porch to eat his. Maggie and Walker took theirs to the yard - which means they got extra seasonings - dirt and straw - with their meals.
Now I'm wondering if they're going to want to eat kibble tomorrow. Probably not. They're going to have to wait until next Saturday for more turkey necks. :)