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I feed our dogs raw meaty bones (duck necks, turkey necks, lamb necks) on the weekends. this is when they can eat outside (on nice weather days) under supervision. They either get a light lunch of raw meaty bones or an entire evening meal.
Why I Feed Our Dogs Raw Meaty Bones
Chewing on raw bones satisfies our dogs' chew drive while keeping their teeth clean and building strong jaw muscles. I worry about feeding our dogs rib bones because they break up in shards. I now that the shards are much softer than if the bones were cooked, but it still worries me. I don't feed our dogs weight bearing or marrow bones, because they're such strong bones that I worry about our dogs breaking their teeth.
Imagine how strong a bone needs to be to hold up a 2,000-pound cow.
What I Expect After a Meal of Raw Meaty Bones
I've come to expect that our dogs' poop is going to be lighter than normal. Usually, very light poop represents too much bone in the diet. Since I balance our dogs' diet over time (instead of in each meal) I don't worry too much about the color. It'll darken up after their next meal, maybe 2 meals.
What I Didn't Expect After a Meal of Raw Meaty Bones
On Saturday, Zoey's stool was covered in mucus. I didn't expect this but didn't worry. I knew that this meant that she might have an upset tummy so I watched her behavior to make sure she wasn't in pain and kept an eye on subsequent poops.
“Usually, you need not worry about seeing a small amount of mucus in your pet's stool. Dog stool normally contains some mucus — a slime-like substance made by the intestines to keep the lining of the colon lubricated and moist.” ~ PetMD.com
The subsequent stool was soft and contained more mucus, but her behavior was still normal. If she had been exhibiting pain…
- inability to get comfortable
- tenderness in her tummy
- stretching repeatedly (Rodrigo did this when a shard of rawhide chew was working through his digestive system)
- panting and heavy breathing that's not related to exercise or temperature
How to Treat Digestive Upset in Dogs
Zoey was fine, she just had an excess mucus on her stool. It cleared up by her 3rd poop and she was solid again. There are 2 products that I swear by to clear up digestive upset in our dogs.
FullBucket Probiotic Paste – this is a concentrated form of their probiotic powder and works quickly to soothe an upset tummy.
Luxolite by Vitality Science – bentonite clay is a natural detoxifier that absorbs toxins in our dogs' gut until they are eliminated. This is one of the quickest ways I've discovered to clear up diarrhea.
- FullBucket Daily Canine Powder (probiotic + digestive enzymes)
- Healthy Pets Mercola Digestive Enzymes (for Rodrigo only)
- Healthy Pets Mercola Probiotics (for Rodrigo only)
- In Clover OptaGest (a prebiotic, which is food for probiotics)
If your dog has chronic diarrhea, contact your veterinarian. Chronic diarrhea can lead to a host of health issues that your veterinarian can help you avoid. I chose to use supplements to treat Zoey because I understood why she had diarrhea and how to fix her gut. One of the benefits of knowing exactly what our dogs consume daily, it makes it easy to get ahead of diarrhea and other reactions quickly.
But I have our vet's number on speed dial because you never know.