Another frequent question on raw feeding boards is: are turkey necks safe to feed one’s dog?
Yes and no. 🙂 I know, incredibly helpful that isn’t it? The question becomes, how does one know then if they are safe for one’s dog?
You have to know your dog. You have to follow safe feeding protocols.
For instance, I have two dogs. One gulps everything he possibly can, the other is a very careful chewer. Dog one receives all meals frozen otherwise he will try to swallow a turkey neck whole NOT SAFE (nor pleasant to deal with the aftermath)! the other gets food semi-thawed as she is safe to feed most anything.
Some people own and/or feed canines who don’t like frozen food, and are gulpers. These folks should NOT feed their dogs turkey necks until such time as they teach their dog how to eat them safely. Some dogs never learn.
A better option for most folks is to feed chicken necks.
Mind you I must say this as well. Turkey necks in and of themselves is not enough food for a dog to eat. They need MEAT! Lots of meat! Turkey necks are good for providing good chewing for dogs, they have some meat, but insufficient meat in and of themselves. They have too much bone to them! Will result in a dog having a very hard time going “potty”. If you are doing to feed turkey necks, make them half of what the meal portion is, add meat alone OR a meat/veggie/leftover mix to them to balance out their real protein requirements.