This is a fantastic cooling protein that is great for itchy or yeasty beasty dogs.
I feed these as part of my dog’s raw meaty bones. When my freezer is full I’ll dry the feet instead because then I can store these in the vegetable bin in my fridge.
Where To Buy
You can find raw duck feet at your local Asian markets. One tray typically holds about two dozen feet.
Why Feed Duck Feet
Great source of glucosamine and chondroitin for healthier joints and ligaments.
Chewing helps to keep their teeth clean.
Great for older dogs or dogs with organ-related ailments.
Caution – Calcium is Low
Duck feet have a low amount of calcium. As such don’t rely on duck feet to meet your calcium requirements. Wings, drumsticks, and necks have a higher amount of calcium for every 100 grams.
If you are using duck feet in your raw diet, be sure to rotate your Raw Meaty Bones (RMBS) and don’t rely on feet alone or supplement with an eggshell or calcium powder.
Full of Collagen
But don’t let that stop you from feeding duck feet. My two get one in regular rotation with chicken feet.
Feet are full of collagen and fantastic for your dog’s skin!
A Word Of Caution
There is always a risk anytime you feed bones into their diet.
Since I originally posted this article, Dr. Karen Becker and Rodney Habib shared in their Inside Scoop to just avoid heat-treated (these dehydrated or air-dried) chews.
Cooked bones are a hard no.
Air-dried and dehydrated bones come with their risks too for the following reasons:
- Your dog could eat more than its digestive system can handle. They might get sick and need vet care.
- Your dog could chip a tooth on a bone.
- Your dog might not digest the bone fully and it may cause fecal impaction.
Initially I thought to delete this post so that I am not supporting dried bones but it is bringing readers to the page. So Instead I’ve updated it to say that while I initially used to feed dehydrated or air dried bones like duck feet, it’s on my DO NOT FEED LIST.
If you decide to feed your dog dried duck feet or any other bones or chews you need to:
- Always supervise your dog. Don’t drop it and leave. Stay with them until the bone is consumed.
- Know what the right portions are. I’ve seen dogs simply eat too much and then throw up the remnants after.
- Observe what chewing style your dog has. Do they chew methodically or do they gulp and swallow?
Dry In The Safe Zone
If you live in the US you want to dry at 155 degrees Fahrenheit and if you live everywhere else that follows the metric system then it’s 69 degrees.
For chews like duck feet (or even duck necks) start checking your dehydrator at the 20-hour mark. If it is hard to bend – then there is still a lot of moisture left – keep drying it.
The duck feet (toes) should be able to break off with minimal effort but not so crunchy it snaps off.
Drying Duck Feet At Home Gives Peace Of Mind
I prefer to make my own food and I prefer to make my dog’s food.
I’ve heard and seen horror stories of unsafe food handling or worse still when a company doesn’t stand by it’s products when the very product they sell makes the dogs sick.
That’s why if you’re keen on feeding duck feet, it’s always better to make it yourself so that you know the quality of the food you’re feeding your dog.
As always, thank you for stopping by!
Keep being your dog’s awesome #dogfoodhero!
Dehydrated Duck Feet
Oil The RacksTake some coconut oil (a teaspoon) and rub it on your palms. Rub your palms on the dehydrator racks. This will prevent the duck feet from sticking to the racks.
Rack The FeetLeave a small amount of space between the duck feet
DehydrateSet the dehydrator to 155 degrees for 24 hours.
Rest for an hourLet the duck feet rest and cool for about an hour prior to storage.