Thought we would share some RMB (raw meaty bones) guidelines for dogs & cats, as recommended by Dr. Tom Lonsdale, Veterinary Surgeon in Australia.
Natural foods suitable for pet carnivores
Raw meaty bones
• Chicken and turkey carcasses, after the meat has been removed for human consumption, are suitable for dogs and cats.
• Poultry by-products include: heads, feet, necks and wings.
• Whole fish and fish heads.
• Goat, sheep, calf, deer and kangaroo carcasses can be sawn into large pieces of meat and bone.
• Other by-products include: pigs’ trotters, pigs’ heads, sheep heads, brisket, tail bones, rib bones.
• Rats, mice, rabbits, fish, chickens, quail, hens.
• Liver, lungs, trachea, hearts, omasums (stomach of ruminants), tripe.
(photo courtesy of Moesmeats.com)
Things to avoid
•Excessive meat off the bone — not balanced.
•Excessive vegetables — not balanced.
•Small pieces of bone — can be swallowed whole and get stuck.
•Cooked bones — get stuck.
•Mineral and vitamin additives — create imbalance.
•Processed food — leads to dental and other diseases.
•Excessive starchy food — associated with bloat.
•Onions, garlic and chocolate — toxic to pets.
•Grapes, raisins, sultanas, currants — toxic to pets.
•Fruit stones (pits) and corn cobs — get stuck.
•Milk — associated with diarrhoea. Animals drink it whether thirsty or not and consequently get fat. Milk sludge sticks to teeth and gums.
DID YOU KNOW?: Raw food for cats should always be fresh. Dogs can consume ‘ripe’ food and will sometimes bury bones for later consumption.