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Old 09-01-2009, 07:26 AM
 
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So the debate I have is; can I give my dog the gravy from a beef roast? I feed my dog Nutro lamb & rice and I was going to top it off with some of the gravy from a roast I cooked. I was told that the gravy was not good for the dogs but I disagreed. I tried searching for this but could only find topics about Thanksgiving and gravy from that meal. I always heard this was good for the dogs coat and skin (maybe an old wifestale )

Opinions & facts welcomed

-K
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Old 09-01-2009, 08:39 AM
 
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If the gravy was made in the traditional manner from the drippings, or if the gravy were made from stock, there is no problem with giving them your left over gravy. I would not so far as to say gravy is "good" for them, but it certainly will do no harm unless your dog has an allergy to beef. If your dog is not allergic to beef, then the worst thing that could happen is a couple days of diarrhea or loose stools.

The best thing you can do for your dogs skin and coat is to feed them good quality kibble.
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Old 09-01-2009, 08:46 AM
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Salmon is good for their coat. Any oily fish is. Or tablets.
Mine guy loves the gravy. The only problem there is, he wouldn't eat the food without it. So I had to ween him off it.
Turkey though, is not good for them. I wouldn't advise it. As it's meat "juices" AND it's alot of fat/grease 2 things are bad. The fat will give him/her the runs and turkey has triptophan, which is really bad. Beef, chicken,, lamb, even pork would be okay, as long as it's drained of the grease.

(Sounds like another SPOILED baby to me. LOL!)
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Old 09-01-2009, 08:53 AM
 
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You should NOT give your dog anything with a high fat content. Foods that contain a lot of fat are much more likely to give your dog pancreatitis, which is an inflammation of the pancreas and sometimes fatal.

I have three friends who are vets and they all call Thanksgiving the beginning of 'pancreatitis season,' when otherwise well-meaning owners think their dogs need a plate of the holiday dinner, with all the trimmings. They don't. Do your dog a favor. Turkey, itself, in limited quantities, is NOT harmful, but leave out the mashed potatoes, dressing and gravy.
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Old 09-01-2009, 09:04 AM
 
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You should NOT give your dog anything with a high fat content. Foods that contain a lot of fat are much more likely to give your dog pancreatitis, which is an inflammation of the pancreas and sometimes fatal.

I have three friends who are vets and they all call Thanksgiving the beginning of 'pancreatitis season,' when otherwise well-meaning owners think their dogs need a plate of the holiday dinner, with all the trimmings. They don't. Do your dog a favor. Turkey, itself, in limited quantities, is NOT harmful, but leave out the mashed potatoes, dressing and gravy.
Agreed! And.....any gravey sold off the shelf (ie ready made) has got lots and lots of sodium (salt).
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Old 09-01-2009, 09:21 AM
 
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This was a beef roast cooked and the solid fats skimmed off. No added salts or spices just plain old drippings.
Yes the dogs are a little spoiled, as someone called them my "fur kids".
I've heard of them getting pancreatitis from high fat gravies but all the links I've read were only to Turkey and Thanksgiving dinners.
This was only as a treat and not as an everyday additive.
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Old 09-01-2009, 09:36 AM
 
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You should NOT give your dog anything with a high fat content. Foods that contain a lot of fat are much more likely to give your dog pancreatitis, which is an inflammation of the pancreas and sometimes fatal.

I have three friends who are vets and they all call Thanksgiving the beginning of 'pancreatitis season,' when otherwise well-meaning owners think their dogs need a plate of the holiday dinner, with all the trimmings. They don't. Do your dog a favor. Turkey, itself, in limited quantities, is NOT harmful, but leave out the mashed potatoes, dressing and gravy.
Very true, too much fat is definitely not good. However, gravy is not made from fat. In fact, when making gravy the fat is removed as much as possible. Even when wine is added to the gravy, it is reduced so that there is no alcohol content. I also would not advise giving a dog store-bought gravy for the exact same reason ShelbyGirl provided, they tend to have a very high sodium content. Otherwise, unless the dog has a beef allergy and it is a gravy made from beef, there should be no problem with pouring the extra gravy over the dog's kibble.

Potatoes are okay, they are easy for your dog to digest and contain needed carbohydrates. However, dogs should not eat any processed sugar, so they should not be given any sweet potatoes that were cooked with brown sugar. No sweets at all, in fact. They should also not be given any stuffing or anything else that contains wheat or corn.

Also, cooked bones (bird or mammal) have a tendency to splinter and should not be given to dogs. Raw bones (bird or mammal) are much better.
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Old 09-01-2009, 09:43 AM
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Wine is made from grapes & pits/seeds. Grapes, at least raw are bad. And the pits/seeds are toxic to humans. I don't know about dogs.
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Old 09-01-2009, 09:52 AM
 
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Wine is made from grapes & pits/seeds. Grapes, at least raw are bad. And the pits/seeds are toxic to humans. I don't know about dogs.
True. Grapes and raisins are toxic to dogs. Just a few could completely shut down a dog's kidneys and kill the dog. Wine is a bit different, however, since it is fermented. In the small quantities, once it has been reduced so there is no alcohol content, and used in gravies, wine should pose no problems.
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Old 09-10-2009, 07:05 AM
 
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I did some research on dog diet, commercial dog food, etc. when I first got my pup. At the time, I had a mangey looking tomcat on dry kibble and bought the puppy IAMS large-breed puppy chow... But I like to cook, have an interest in organic foods and all that, so now I make my own dog food, cat food, and TRY to feed myself as well as they eat! The trouble with table scraps is that we, the owners, don't eat well enough to keep a dog healthy!!! So if it's healthy gravy, give him some. For a beautiful coat, try cod liver oil. But my animals are glowing after a month of good food, especially the cat.
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