Why are raw rabbit heads good for dogs?

Why Are Raw Rabbit Heads Good for Dogs?

Raw rabbit heads are not your average raw meaty bone! Nonetheless, they’re a powerful one you should definitely feed your pup(s) on a regular basis.

I first discovered them back in 2016 with my then pups Missy & Buzz. These days, my pup Wally goes crazy for them!

In this blog post, I’ll explain what they consist of and why that’s important to know along with a free raw dog food recipe that includes raw rabbit heads.

You’ll also learn what type of protein rabbit is and how to feed raw rabbit heads (to gulpers). For this purpose, I recorded Wally munching on one. Spoiler alert: He could not wait to dig in!

Last but not least, I’ll share where to buy raw rabbit heads both in the US and in Germany. FYI: I made the move from the US to Germany with Wally back in 2021.

Why Are Raw Rabbit Heads Good for Dogs?

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There are two specific reasons why raw rabbit heads are good for dogs.

1. Rabbit Is a Cooling Protein

First off, rabbit is a cooling protein known as a hypoallergenic food source. That’s according to Chinese food energetics.

If you’re not familiar with the different types of protein temperatures, there are also neutral and hot ones.

This is really powerful information for anyone who has dogs with food sensitivities that cause itching and scratching.

Wally’s one of those dogs and over the years I found that he does much better with cooling proteins and neutral ones than hot ones. For example, rabbit and duck.

2. Raw Rabbit Heads are Raw Meaty Bones (RMBs)

Next, raw rabbit heads fall into the category of raw meaty bones. They also have a tiny amount of brains in them which fall into the secreting organs category, but it’s less than an ounce on average.

RMBs are a small but essential part of raw dog food and make up about 10% of an adult dog’s daily food allowance.

FYI: Puppies need more raw meaty bones than adult dogs. If you’re interested in finding out more about that topic, check out my blog post:

Raw Dog Food for Puppies: How Much and What?

The Benefits of Raw Meaty Bones for Dogs

Now here’s why RMBs are so powerful:

  • They have the perfect balance of calcium and phosphorus. That’s important for healthy muscle/bone growth and regeneration.
  • RMBs clean your dog’s teeth. You can toss your doggie toothbrush once you give your pup(s) whole RMBs!
  • They exercise your dog’s jaws and massage their gums. That’s actually a great boredom busting activity for dogs!
Why are raw rabbit heads good for dogs?

How to Feed Raw Rabbit Heads

Rabbit heads weigh around 5oz on average. That makes them a great RMB for medium to large size dogs.

That said, they consist of 75% bone and 25% muscle meat (which includes the super nutritious brains).

Brains are a secreting organ, but due to the small size of the rabbit head when you compare it to a lamb or goat head, there’s not a whole lot of brains in there. Which doesn’t mean that rabbits are dumb, lol!

Raw rabbit head with brains

Important: So that’s not 5oz of pure bone!

Instead, it’s 3.75oz of bone (75% of 5oz) and 1.25oz (25% of 5oz) of muscle meat.

That’s important to know when you put your pup’s raw meals together.

Just as a refresher, raw dog food consists of:

  • Muscle meat (70%, including about 10% fish)
  • Raw meaty bones (10%)
  • Secreting organs (5% liver, 5% other secreting organs)
  • Optional plant matter (10% pureed veggies and fruit). If you don’t feed veggies and fruit, increase the muscle meat allowance to 80%.
How My Feist Dog Wally Eats A Raw RABBIT HEAD 🐰

Raw Dog Food Recipe Idea with a Raw Rabbit Head

I put this recipe together for a normally active 40lb dog on a 2.5% maintenance feeding percentage.

That means they eat 2.5% of their target body weight in food per day. Doggie athletes and pregnant dogs will need to eat closer to 3 or 3.5%, possibly even 4%, of their target body weight.

For our 40lb “normal” dog, the 2.5% translate into 16oz of food per day. If you feed breakfast and dinner, that’s 8oz per meal.

Here’s how to do the math:

40/100 = 0.4 x 2.5 = 1lb = 16oz

The 16oz translate into the following amounts per ingredient category:

  • Muscle meat: 11.2oz (includes 1.2 oz of fish)
  • RMB: 1.6oz
  • Secreting organs: 1.6oz (0.8oz liver, 0.8oz other secreting organs)
  • Pureed plant matter: 1.6oz

Tip: It’s easiest to measure out your pup’s daily allowance and then split it into two.

If you paid close attention, you probably noticed that our rabbit head consists of 3.75oz of bone, but our 40lb pup only needs 1.6oz of bone on a daily basis.

In cases like these, you can still feed them the whole rabbit head in one sitting. You just won’t have to feed them any RMBs the following day.

Doing it that way is A LOT EASIER than trying to meticulously measure out every single meal (and saw the rabbit head into half). You’ll drive yourself nuts doing that, so please don’t!

  • 1 rabbit head (RMB), 3.75oz bone + 1.25oz muscle meat
  • Ground beef (Muscle meat), 8.75oz
  • Mackerel (Muscle meat – fish), 1.2oz
  • Turkey (liver – 1st secreting organ), 0.8oz
  • Beef kidney (other secreting organ), 0.8oz
  • Pureed broccoli, 1.6oz
K9sOverCoffee.com | Complete & balanced raw dog food recipe with raw rabbit heads

When to Grind Raw Rabbit Heads for Your Dog

If your dog’s teeth are weak or your pup doesn’t have many teeth left, it’s time to grind their raw rabbit heads (and other RMBs) for them. You can do that with a meat grinder.

You may get away with a food processor for grinding chicken feet and duck wings, but it won’t be powerful enough for rabbit heads.

Where to Buy Raw Rabbit Heads

My trusted raw dog food place in the US that sells raw rabbit heads is Raw Feeding Miami.

I placed orders with them between 2016 and 2021, when I moved to Germany. The quality of every single one of my many, many orders was always impeccable and all my pups loved their RFM deliveries.

K9sOverCoffee | Putting My Dogs' Raw Meals Together - Part 2- Organs, Rabbit Heads
Raw rabbit heads from RFM. Save 10% with my referral link.

Now that we’re in Germany, I get raw rabbit heads from a brand called Haustierkost. I’ve placed several orders with them and both Wally and myself have been very happy with everything they’ve sent us so far.

Other Edible Heads I Feed My Dogs

Duck Heads

Duck heads are another favorite of Wally’s, and my previous pups Missy & Buzz loved them too.

Back in the US, I got them from Raw Feeding Miami – save 10% on your orders with my referral link.

Here in Germany, I have yet to find duck heads!!

Which is a real bummer because it’s another great raw meaty bone.

Raw Feeding Miami Review - My dog Wally's raw dog food features a raw duck head and other cuts of meat from Raw Feeding Miami
Wally patiently waiting for his raw meal featuring a raw duck head among other cuts of raw meat

Fish Heads

Besides being another great raw meaty bone, fish heads are also naturally rich in healthy Omega-3 fatty acids. I haven’t come across a fish head that doesn’t still have its eyes, so you’re even getting a little secreting organ with it!

Yep, eyes count towards secreting organs.

Salmon Heads

Salmon heads are massive, so they’re a great raw meaty bone for larger pups. Missy & Buzz had salmon heads only occasionally because they weren’t that easy to find.

K9sOverCoffee | The raw salmon head weighed 1 lb 11 oz
A raw salmon head from an Asian fish store

You can learn more on how to feed them and why you should freeze them before feeding them in my blog post:

Raw Salmon Heads for Dogs: Can They Really Eat Them?

Unfortunately, Wally doesn’t do well with salmon, so he doesn’t get to eat salmon heads.

Herring Heads

Since herrings are fairly slow in size, their heads are a great raw meaty bone for small and medium size dogs.

Since Wally’s a medium pup, I always give him the entire fish, but you can certainly cut it into smaller pieces.

Raw Feeding Miami Review - Wally eating a whole thread herring from RFM
Wally with a whole thread herring from RFM. Save 10% with my referral link.

Mackerel Heads

Mackerels are a decent size fish, although interestingly enough, the ones they sell here in Germany are noticeably smaller than the ones I got in the US.

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Whole mackerel is a great way of including healthy fats in raw dog food
Cutting up a raw mackerel for meal prep in the US

I got my mackerel from Raw Feeding Miami in the US – save 10% with my referral link if you’d like.

Trout Heads

Wally only gets trout occasionally because it’s a warming protein. I buy it from local grocery stores when I’m in between my herring and mackerel orders. You can find it at larger grocery stores like Wegman’s and Trader Joes in the US.

K9sOverCoffee.com | Wally about to eat a raw mackerel head
Wally with a raw trout head from a local grocery store in Germany

What About Chicken Heads?

The only reason why I don’t feed Wally chicken heads is because he does very poorly with anything chicken.

It makes him crazy itchy and scratchy and he’s just a mess, so it’s not worth it for us.

However, if your pup can have chicken, go ahead and add chicken heads to their raw meaty bone rotation!

It’s fully edible, including the beak.

This would be a great raw meaty bone for smaller to medium size dogs (as well as cats and ferrets).

You can find raw chicken heads at Raw Feeding Miami.

Why Are Raw Rabbit Heads Good for Dogs: Bottom Line

Raw rabbit heads are a favorite raw meaty bone here with us because they’re a cooling protein source. That’s great for dogs who suffer from food sensitivities because rabbit is known as a hypoallergenic food.

They weigh 5oz on average and consist of 75% bone and 25% muscle meat. That makes them a great raw meaty bone for medium to large dogs.

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Barbara launched her blog K9sOverCoffee in 2014 and has been feeding her dogs raw dog food since 2015. As a former professional dog walker, she’s passionate about balancing species-appropriate exercise with healthy dog nutrition. Barbara is raw dog food nutrition certified from “Dogs Naturally Magazine” and the author of several e-books about minimally processed, balanced raw dog food.


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2 responses to “Why Are Raw Rabbit Heads Good for Dogs?”

  1. WatchAndPray Avatar
    WatchAndPray

    So aren’t the bones of rabbits and fish unsafe for dogs?
    Can not the bones splinter and pierce the intestine?

    1. Barbara Rivers Avatar

      Raw bones from small animals like poultry, rabbit and fish are safe to feed because they’re soft and pliable. They become dangerous once they’re cooked because cooking changes the bone density and makes them sharp and brittle. So definitely don’t feed your dog any COOKED bones!

      Here’s a couple links to blog posts on raw meaty bones in raw feeding:

      https://www.k9sovercoffee.com/raw-dog-food-nutrition/can-dogs-really-eat-raw-bones/

      https://www.k9sovercoffee.com/raw-dog-food-nutrition/how-to-safely-feed-your-dog-raw-meaty-bones/

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