I’ve been getting a lot of questions recently regarding raw feeding for tiny dogs. Readers have wondered if tiny dogs can eat raw dog food in general, but they’ve also had the more specific question of which raw meaty bones (RMBs) are safe to feed a tiny dogs. So today, I’m going to answer both!
Feel free to leave any follow-up questions you might have on the topic of tiny dogs and raw feeding in the comment section at the end of this blog post!
Can Tiny Dogs Eat Raw Dog Food?
Yes, absolutely. There’s no reason why tiny dogs such as Chihuahuas, Rat Terriers, Jack Russels, or Yorkies can’t or shouldn’t eat raw dog food. Their stomachs are designed just like the stomachs of medium to large and extra large dog breeds – it’s very acidic which means that raw meat can be processed and digested unproblematically, including raw meaty bones.
Just FYI: A dog’s stomach acidity is under 1 ph, while the ph of gastric acid in our human stomachs is between 4-5.
Once you’ve successfully fed pre-made raw dog food for a few weeks or months, you could look into making your own balanced raw dog food if you wanted to. It’ll save some money, although I will say that pre-made raw dog food is very affordable when feeding tiny dog breeds. The savings will be considerably higher when making homemade raw dog food for medium to large dogs.
For further reading on making your own raw dog food, check out my blog post:
How Much Raw Dog Food Does A Tiny Dog Breed Need To Eat Per Day?
Tiny dogs need to eat 2-3.5% of their target body weight in raw dog food per day. The exact amount depends on their activity level, age, and metabolism.
Less active dogs will need closer to 2%, more active dogs will need closer to 3% or even 3.5%. The same concept applies to larger dog breeds.
When making your own raw dog food, it will need to consist of 80% muscle meat, 10% raw meaty bones, and 10% secreting organs (5% liver, 5% other secreting organs such as kidneys, pancreas, etc.).
If you decide to add veggies and fruit, decrease the muscle meat amount to 70% and add 10% veggies/fruit. You’ll want to puree them for optimal nutrient absorption as dogs lack the enzyme necessary to break down plant cell walls.
Perfectly Rawsome has an excellent raw feeding calculator I recommend to check your own math with.
Which Raw Meaty Bones (RMBs) Are Best For Tiny Dog Breeds?
Tiny dogs are ok with eating the following raw meaty bones, although the RMB may have to be cut into halves for portion control (I recommend using a bread knife):
- Chicken necks
- Chicken wings
- Chicken feet
- Duck feet
- Very small beef oxtails
For further reading on raw meaty bones, check out my blog post:
How To Feed Raw Meaty Bones To Tiny Dog Breeds
If you know that your dog has a tendency of gulping, try holding one end of the raw meaty bone while your dog starts chewing on the other end. It’ll ensure that he crunches down on it several times and doesn’t try to swallow it whole.
If your dog’s teeth are in poor health due to many years of eating dry and wet dog food, he may unfortunately not be able to eat raw meaty bones. In that case, you’ll have to use a meat grinder and mix the ground raw meaty bones with the muscle meat and the secreting organs. You can find decent meat grinders on Amazon.
Where To Buy Raw Meaty Bones For Tiny Dog Breeds
You can buy RMBs for tiny dogs from several different places. Raw Paws Pet Food carries chicken feet/necks/wings.
Raw Feeding Miami carries chicken feet/necks/, as well as duck feet.
Walmart carries oxtails in different sizes, meaning one package of oxtails will contain different sized oxtails. You could pick out the smallest ones and use the bigger ones in a homemade batch of bone broth.
Most Walmart stores also carry chicken feet, sometimes labeled as chicken paws.
I’ve also found chicken feet at a local organic farm, so you may want to ask around in your area.
Leave your comments or questions in the comment section below!
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