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I had a close call tonight with Jack so I wanted to remind everyone on here (especially newbie raw feeders like myself) to ALWAYS supervise your dog when he eats.

We have been feeding commercial raw in the morning and half raw for dinner until we run out of the commercial stuff, then we are going to do 100% fresh raw. We half only been at this a few days so he has had max like 5-6 raw meaty bones. He is still getting used to chewing and swallowing bone, etc. Anyways I was just sitting there watching the cats, Lila, and Jack eat their chicken necks when all of a sudden he started crying. I was immediately concerned he was choking so I tried to open his mouth to pull whatever I needed to pull out, out. His teeth were clenched together so tightly, and every time I tried to put my fingers near his mouth he cried like he didn't want me to touch it. I seriously thought he was choking or something so I got in my car ( with the oven still pre-heating for dinner, derp) and rushed him to the vets office (in the hallway right before we got in the car he also started heaving like he was trying to throw up or dislodge the piece, but nothing was coming out). They took him back for about 5 minutes and when he came out he was totally fine. They checked his mouth, felt his neck, checked his gums, etc but they thought that he just had a particularly sharp or big piece of bone stuck in his throat. They said they could run X-rays if I wanted to, but they didn't feel it was necessary. He was all back to normal so I just took him home. My vet lives right up the street from me so the whole ordeal literally took less than 20 minutes. Luckily my vet didn't charge me since I was only there for like 5 minutes.

I just wanted to share my recent experience, especially for people just starting to feed raw.

Two tips:
-ALWAYS supervise
-DON'T take chances when it comes to getting medical attention.
 

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Very good advice. My girl does well with chicken bones but she has, a few times, tried to swallow boneless meat without chewing it enough. That's a scary moment watching her work it back out her throat so she can re-chew & swallow again. I never leave her alone when she's eating.
 

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I am glad it turned out well. As much as I would love to feed my dogs raw ... I am afraid they would kill themselves. They are huge gulpers and I have too many other issues at hand right now to try it even if I wanted to.

You are 100% correct about never hesitating to take your dog to the vet and supervising! :)
 

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This is exactly why I have been hesitant to feed prey model raw for the last while, because of the choking hazards. I fed them fresh prey model stuff over the weekend and I did keep a close eye.. I watched my little Shiba basically swallow part of a turkey neck and a game hen thigh whole, he doesn't chew very much and it kinda scares me but he gulps it down with ease. Thumper on the other hand, he crunches and gnaws a bit before swallowing. I'm still going to feed their premade commercial raw diet on a regular basis, it has the meat, bones and organs and its safe for them to eat, but on the weekends when I dont have time constraints and can sit and watch them eat, they get fresh prey model. I haven't had any choking hazards yet so lets hope it stays that way.. :)
 
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