I was told that chicken bones are dangerous for dogs, because they break into sharp "needles" and they can pinch the intestines. But I see that there are chicken carcasses in the menu - aren't you worried about that?
No, you shouldn't worry
Chicken-bones are fine but you have to give the bones raw!
Only heated (cooked,grilled etc.) bones will start to splinter, and yes,if you give heated bones they can cause serious damage.
Have you ever seen a wolf with a grilled, cooked or fried chicken?
Raw chicken bones are really fine. Just like the wolves would eat it in the wild.
You should read this:http://www.rawmeatybones.com/book-ww.php
You can read his book online, all the information about raw food is in it.
What about dogs which are allergic to food? My golden retriever used to have many food allergies (and she's also allergic to some insects if they bite her), and it was hard to find proper food for her. She also has food for old (less energetic) and large dogs (some vitamins against hip dysplasia, etc.). And raw food - isn't it "one for all"?
When she had those allergies (or anything else), the vet told me to feed her with boiled chicken meat and rice. Is it something like raw diet?
Most of the dogs who are allergic to food are allergic to grains, rice included. And they are allergic to the chemicals in pet-food.
If you want to start with a raw diet for your allergic dog, the best way to start is this:
* You should give your dog meat from one animal which you haven't fed your dog before.
* You should give this for 6 weeks. You have to give the organs, muscle meat and bones from this animal.
* If everything goes well, you can introduce another kind of animal. And so on. Remember: no grains, no rice! No cookies, just the meat from one animal
Really nothing else.
(chicken and beef and lamb are not the best meat-products to start with because these products are used in kibble and other dog-foods.)
I see that raw is different than BARF - what is the difference, and why?
Many BARF'ers use all kind of supplements, vegetables and other products, and they use other %.
The raw-food theory is based on whole prey-animals. For example: the BARF theory advises these percentages:
60% raw bones (50% meat en 50% bones)
15%% raw vegetables and fruit.
5% - 10% supplements.
Well, a whole prey animal like a rabbit for example doesn't contain 30% bone!
So we think these percentages are just not natural and are just invented by a vet who makes his own commercial food
If you don't want to give whole prey-animals you just make your own "Frankenstein-prey". The wings of a chicken, the legs of a rabbit, the heart of a sheep, the liver from a hare. etc. etc. (just an example!)
You compose your prey yourself, by using these percentages:
60% red meat/muscle meat.
So in fact you give your dog a whole prey but in a different way.
I have to admit that I'm really ignorant about this subject!
I promised to study it, but I never did, and now my own dog is old!
Here are some "artistic" photos of her, taken today
It's never ever to late!
I know some dogs with hip problems and bone problems. Switching to a raw diet often make their lives easier but raw food can't heal all diseases and disorders.
But yes, dogs can get HD from kibble.
Pups fed on raw food grow in normally divided stages. They will take their time to grow to an adult dog, in comparing to their brothers and sisters who are fed by kibble.