"A biologically appropriate diet for a dog is one that consists of raw whole foods similar to those eaten by the dogs' wild ancestors," asserts Australian vet Ian Billinghurst, author of the book, "Give a Dog a Bone." According to Wellpet, an online "forum for natural pet care," Billinghurst suggests that 50 to 60 per cent of a dog's diet should be from raw meaty bones, and raw chicken wings be 80 per cent of this portion. Raw chicken bones are so soft, your dog can simply chomp them up without danger of choking. Plus, they're loaded with minerals and vitamins such as calcium, phosphorous, copper, iron and vitamins A,D and E.
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- Anti-bacterial soap and cleanser
Rinse the raw chicken wings, bought from your local supermarket, under cold water to rinse off any detergents or disinfectants that might be on it. Most mass producers of chicken spray the raw birds with these substances.
Give your dog one chicken wing for every 4.54 kg (10 lb) it weighs. There's no need to cut them up; your dog will crunch them up easily. If you have an 3.63 kg (8 lb) chihuahua, give it a small chicken wing every day. If you have a 40.86 kg (90 lb) Maremma Sheepdog, feed it at least nine to 10 chicken wings, divided into two meals, a day.
Experiment with how much your dog can eat and needs to eat depending on its size, the amount it exercises and its individual needs. You'll know if you're underfeeding your dog if it gets very aggressive at feeding time, you begin to see its ribs or it starts to shed more than normal. On the other hand, you'll know if you're overfeeding your pet if it gets bloated after eating, has trouble defecating or gains weight.
Wash your hands and any plates, bowls, utensils, etc., with antibacterial soap and hot water after they come in contact with raw chicken.
Tips and warnings
- Keep in mind that meaty bones, including chicken wings, should be just 50 to 60 per cent of a dog's diet. Your dog should also be fed a variety of other foods every day, including vegetables, fruits, oats, milk, eggs, fish, beans, etc.
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