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Old 06-15-2007, 01:48 AM
 
Location: Between Here and There
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Default Do you feed your dogs just meat?

I am wondering if anyone here thinks it's a bad idea to feed dogs just cooked meat. I don't do it often but occaisionally I have so much leftover that I give it to the dogs instead of dog food. It never bothers their stomachs. I never learned how to cook for less than 20 people (I'm trying to cut down, but it's a hard habit to bread) so when I cook large batches of chicken or turkey or roasts...I often have it left. I am also one of those people who tosses anything that is not used in 3 days because I don't want to poison anyone...so on the third day I feed it to the dogs. It usually works out to cost less then the dog food, so is this ok?
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Old 06-15-2007, 01:56 AM
 
Location: Saint Simons Island, GA
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I think you can feed just cooked, just no cooked bones of any kind... since you are cooking it and not feeding raw you may have to add supplements, and you will have to make sure they get some raw bones, for calcium, and some organ meats.
MBG
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Old 06-15-2007, 01:59 AM
 
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I think you can feed just cooked, just no cooked bones of any kind... since you are cooking it and not feeding raw you may have to add supplements, and you will have to make sure they get some raw bones, for calcium, and some organ meats.
MBG
This isn't for all the time...I only do it when I over cook for the people in the house...unfortunately I do that a lot. But you think it's ok to do once in a while? I can't feed my old girl lab bones...she has a narrowed esophogus, and she doesn't get the meat either she needs low protein...so this is for the other 7...and they seem to really like meat night, they actually look dissapointed the next time they get fed the dog food they normally love.
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Old 06-15-2007, 03:55 AM
 
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Well, we feed Canidae, but supplement: Elwood gets a banana every afternoon.
I also feed him the *occasional* leftover cooked salmon, boneless chicken or turkey, and/or shrimp (seafood is pretty cheap here).
So far, so good. (Elwood is not fat at all.)
Elwood's breeder feeds raw, and I should ask her about bones...in my experience with mastiffs, they would ingest the entire raw bone and then get diahrrea, which obviously was not a delightful experience.
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Old 06-15-2007, 08:28 AM
 
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Yes, you can feed them home cooked meals, but they should have more then just meat to make it balanced.

I would add in some veggies (peas, carrots, potatoes).
Rice or Oat Meal
supplements.

If they have an upset tummy you can give them canned pumpkin & or plain yogurt.

BTW, my parents had a Chi for 17 years, she never ate kibble. She ate whatever they ate.
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Old 06-15-2007, 08:32 AM
 
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Diahrrea after changing to raw, cooked food or a really good kibble is called Detoxing. It's perfectly normal until they adjust and get rid of all of the toxins in their system. It may take a few months.
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Old 06-15-2007, 10:56 AM
 
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Irish, if it is occasionally, it should not be an issue. CADRMNDANES, why would you feed a dog veggies especially potatoes? Just curious, as dogs are carnivores, and have no use for veggies especially filler starches
MBG
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Old 06-15-2007, 08:24 PM
 
Location: State College PA
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Any time you give a dog a food they're not used to in large volumes, you risk the chance of giving them pancreatitis! I wouldn't recommend it....
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Old 06-15-2007, 10:16 PM
 
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Any time you give a dog a food they're not used to in large volumes, you risk the chance of giving them pancreatitis! I wouldn't recommend it....
Really? OMG! I've never heard of that.
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Old 06-16-2007, 12:23 AM
 
Location: Southeast Idaho
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Really? OMG! I've never heard of that.
Pancreatitus can be caused by feeding your dog pork. My main worries would be the spices you use as you're basically giving them leftovers.

There's a great link Foods You Should Not Feed Your Dog to read about human foods that you should avoid feeding to dogs.
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