Raw turkey necks for dogs have been a staple food in my home since 2015. That’s when I switched my then-pups Missy & Buzz from kibble to raw dog food. They loved eating raw turkey necks in their entirety, and so does my current pup Wally!
Since November is turkey time here in the US, I figured this would be a great opportunity to talk to you about raw turkey necks for dogs, specifically the ones from Raw Paws Pet Food.
Giveaway time! Win a free 5 lb bag of raw turkey necks for your dog. To enter, leave a comment at the end of this blog post. Let me know why your dog would like to win raw turkey necks! I’ll choose a lucky winner on November 19, 2020! *Must have a US mailing address to participate.
Disclaimer: Raw Paws Pet Food is sponsoring this blog post and is responsible for shipping the free 5 lb bag of turkey necks to the winner of the giveaway. Some of the links are affiliate links.
Are Raw Turkey Necks Safe For Dogs?
First things first, let’s talk about how safe it is to feed your pups raw turkey necks. After all, feeding raw bone can be intimidating for new raw feeders!
I know this because I’ve been there and felt that way! I remember coming up with all sorts of horror scenarios like my pups choking on turkey necks and dying a miserable death.
However, none of that happened and I was able to quickly overcome my fears. That’s because I saw that Missy and Buzz instinctively knew how to eat their turkey necks.
I also began by holding one end of the turkey neck and letting the pups chew on the other end. That way I made sure that they didn’t try to eat it whole. It also teaches them polite behavior around high-value food items while humans hold or touch the food.
That said, 5 years of feeding raw turkey necks have definitely turned me into a confident raw turkey neck feeder. Let me explain why they’re so safe for dogs to eat.
In raw feeding, there are 3 main types of meat that are fed in different quantities. Muscle meat (80%), secreting organs (10%), and raw meaty bones (10%).
Turkey necks are classified as raw meaty bones.
They consist of soft, pliable bone and meat that’s still attached to the bone. To be more specific, turkey necks consist of roughly 45% bone and 55% meat.
Turkey necks are soft and pliable
One of the reasons why they’re so safe to eat is because they’re soft and pliable. Dogs have a very acidic stomach environment that’s designed to digest raw meat, including soft, raw bones, without a problem. They’re so soft that you can easily break them into two. Even I can do that, and I’m not the strongest person.
However, turkey necks are not safe to feed once they’ve been cooked. That’s because cooking changes the density of the bone structure and makes them brittle. At that point, they can cause intestinal damage. So it’s important to NEVER feed your dog cooked bones!
Only feed raw meaty bones.
Benefits Of Turkey Necks for Dogs
Although raw meaty bones like turkey necks only make up 10% of raw dog food, they’re an essential component of it. Without them, raw dog food would not be balanced and would cause nutritional deficiencies.
That’s because raw meaty bones like turkey necks are a great source of lean protein and calcium. They’re also rich in glucosamine and chondroitin, which makes them great for joint support.
That said, they’re so much more efficient and healthier than synthetic joint support pills!
Whole turkey necks naturally clean and strengthen your dog’s teeth. No more teeth brushing required!
They also provide mental stimulation. That’s because chewing is a natural behavior of dogs and should be supported, especially if you don’t want them to chew on inappropriate items like your shoes or kids’ toys!
Good to know: The turkey necks from Raw Paws Pet Food are sourced from turkeys raised on family farms in the USA.
How To Feed Turkey Necks
There are a few different ways of how you can feed your dog raw turkey necks.
One option is to feed them whole as part of a balanced raw meal. Another option is to feed them ground as part of a balanced raw meal. Of course you can also use them to make highly nutritious bone broth.
Good to know: Whole turkey necks from Raw Paws Pet Food come in different sizes and weigh between 8-13 oz.
Feed Them Whole
Wally usually eats his raw turkey necks whole. I combine them with other cuts of muscle meat and secreting organs for a whole meal.
I also add some plant matter several times per week. For example, puréed veggies and fruit. When I do, I either make my own veggie and fruit smorgasbord, or I add a dehydrated veggie & herb pre-mix like Dr. Harvey’s Paradigm. That makes veggie meal prep a lot quicker.
This particular raw meal features a whole turkey neck, ground turkey, venison meat, beef green tripe, beef liver, lamb brains, and a raw duck egg.
Feed Them Ground
If your dog has weak teeth or misses several or all of his teeth, he obviously won’t be able to eat whole turkey necks.
In that case, you’ll have to grind the turkey necks for him. You can do that with a powerful meat grinder such as this one.
Fellow raw feeder and blogger Kimberly from KeepTheTailWagging typically grinds her raw meaty bones. She has a great blog post on it that includes recommendations for meat grinders.
Use Turkey Necks To Make Nutritious Bone Broth
You can also use whole, raw turkey necks to make delicious and nutritious bone broth for your pup, and yourself!
Bone broth is great for joint support because the chondroitin and glucosamine seeps out of the bones and into the broth. It’s also great for an upset doggie stomach, detoxifies the liver, and can work as a meal topper for picky eaters.
Here’s one of my recipes for homemade bone broth:
You don’t have to use a variety of raw meaty bones if you don’t have access to them. It’s fine to just use turkey necks and soup bones.
When Not To Feed
If your dog has a food sensitivity to turkey, you shouldn’t feed him anything turkey, including turkey necks.
In that case, you’ll need to feed raw meaty bones from other animals. For example, duck necks and chicken necks.
Tip: Use my affiliate discount code K9Savings for an additional 15% off from Raw Paws Pet Food.
If turkey necks are too large for your pup, try feeding smaller raw meaty bones like chicken necks, feet, and wings.
Alternatively, break your turkey necks into smaller pieces.
Giveaway! Win A 5 Lb Bag Of Raw Turkey Necks For Dogs From Raw Paws Pet Food!
As I mentioned at the beginning of this blog post, Raw Paws Pet Food offered to host a giveaway! That means that one lucky winner will get a 5 lb bag of raw turkey necks for free.
To enter, please leave a comment in the comment section below that tells me why your pup would like to win a 5 lb bag of raw turkey necks!
I’ll choose a winner at random on November 19, 2020! *Must have a US mailing address to participate.
Update: Congratulations to Lisa M. and her Cane Corso puppy Amber for winning the free 5 lb bag of turkey necks!
If you’d like to go ahead and order a bag, just click the Buy Now button below. I suggest you use my affiliate discount code K9Savings for 15% off. Unless you like paying full price, ha!