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Feeding RMB's (Raw Meaty Bones)

           RMB's (Raw Meaty Bones) not only make up 10% of your companion’s raw diet, but they also provide calcium that helps to balance out the phosphorus content of the meat and organs being fed. RMB's not only help to keep your pet's bones healthy and strong but they're also "natures tooth brush"  keeping  your companion’s teeth pearly white and mouth smelling clean and fresh! In this article you will learn what precautions to take, some examples of appropriate size bones for your pet, and how to calculate the percentage in an easy way.

There are many concerns among non-raw feeders and veterinarians when it comes to including bone in our pet's raw diet, but that’s where knowledge of appropriate bone use comes in. First and foremost, supervision of your companion while eating bone is important especially when they are first trying it out. The following are general rules all raw feeders need to follow to ensure the safety of their companion.

  1. No Cooked Bones

Cooked bones easily splinter no matter how big or small they are. This can easily cause tearing of the esophagus, stomach or intestinal lining often leading to internal bleeding or perforation. Many times this will require an expensive surgery of some sort.

  2. No Bones too Small

Bones that are too small or that can easily be swallowed whole can pose many of the same threats as splintered bones including blockages. You want to use bones that require chewing.

  3. No Bones too Large or Weight Bearing Bones

Although there are some large bones you can use for recreation under careful supervision, large bones should not be used as RMBs. If they are, you can run the risk of broken teeth or fractured jaws.

  4. No Mixing With Kibble

Mixing any of the raw diet with kibble will raise the stomach ph inhibiting proper and safe digestion of RMB's. Not only that but mixing with kibble can also inhibit the stomach ph to kill off pathogens.

Example RMB’s:

 For Weaning very young puppies or kittens as well as ferrets:

  • Chicken necks, backs, wings, feet, thighs

  • Duck feet, necks

  • Rabbit, cut

  • Turkey necks

  • Cornish Game Birds, whole or cut into big pieces

  • Quail, whole or cut in half

  • Goat ribs

  • Lamb breast  

 

Tiny – Small Dogs , Adult Cats , Ferrets (some dogs may be smaller than adult cats and need bones cut down to size):

  • Chicken necks, backswings, feet, thighs

  • Duck feet, necks

  • Duck, whole cut into pieces

  • Rabbit, cut

  • Turkey necks

  • Cornish Game Birds, whole or cut into big pieces

  • Quail, whole or cut in half

  • Goat bones, cut

  • Lamb breast, cut

 

Medium – Large Dogs:

  • Chicken necksbreast, backs, wingsfeet, carcass. etc

  • Chicken, split or quartered

  • Duck neckscarcass, feet

  • Duck, whole

  • Rabbit, whole or cut in half

  • Pork neckstails , feet/ trotters, ribs

  • Turkey necks, carcass bones

  • Turkey, split or quartered

  • Cornish Game Birds, whole

  • Quail, whole

  • Goat bones

  • Lamb shoulder

  • Lamb necks, cut

  • Lamb breast, cut

 

Giant Dogs:

  • Chicken necks, breast, backs, wings, feet, carcass, etc

  • Chicken, whole, split or quartered

  • Duck necks, carcass, feet

  • Duck, whole

  • Rabbit, whole

  • Pork necks, tails, ribs, feet / trotters

  • Turkey necks, carcass bones

  • Turkey, split

  • Cornish Game Birds, whole

  • Quail, whole

  • Goat bones (cut 6-way or 6-8” pieces)

  • Lamb shoulder

  • Lamb neck, whole

 

Calculating Bone %

First, find the RMB you want to feed on the chart below. Weigh the RMB and use our calculator to determine the amount you'll need to feed.

Other methods of calcultaing bone are either dividing or counting each RMB serving as 50/50 and poop watch.

To divide simply take the required amount and divide it by the % of the RMB. For example, say you need 120g of bone and you are feeding chicken quarters (30% bone). Using a standard calculator key in 120 divided by 30% which equals 400g. This means you would feed 400g of chicken quarters to get 120g of bone. The remainder will go towards the meat portion.

What to do if your dog chokes. It is a scary thought but it can happen. Always supervise and feed size appropriate bones! Here's a graphic that we highly recommend saving. 

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