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What are some meats I can/ should feed my dogs?

I have been trying to add fresh meat to their diets at least once a week. I usually give them fish (whatever is on sale at target- frozen individual filets) and just bought a few pounds of beef that I am giving to them in small portions. I will occasionally buy them bison marrow bones from the feed store. They LOVE all of it. 

I am a long time vegetarian, and really know nothing about meat. I had thought about pork, but you guys pointed out that it's fatty. I used to give them chicken, but that causes nothing but problems for Heidi. 

What else can I easily/ inexpensively find at a grocery store that would be good for them? Extra points if it can be frozen and given in small portions- like I don't know what I would do with a whole turkey or anything like that. 

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Re: What are some meats I can/ should feed my dogs?

  • Are you looking to feed raw? If so, turkey legs were a hit with our dog when we could find them at the grocery store.

    We can't afford raw now (due to allergies chicken & beef are out) so I feed a high quality kibble and supplement that with 2 canned foods....Tripett Venison (green tripe) & Ziwipeak Venision (meat, organs & mussels) 

    You can't get it in the grocery store but I have it on autoship from petfooddirect.com for a good price.  

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    You can purchase boneless turkey breast and cut into appropriate pieces.  You could try pork, but I'd find a leaner cut (loin goes on sale often, just trim off any visible fat).   Many grocery stores carry buffalo now, but I don't know how much it costs.  Lean lamb tends to be $$$, but is an option for an occasional treat.  Same for duck. 

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  • I'd make sure you're keeping fish to 1 or 2 times per month. We feed fish once a month that has been frozen for at least 2-4 weeks.

     

    We feed pork, buffalo, venison, elk, beef, chicken, turkey, rabbit, chuckar, pheasant, quail, and duck. Basically, whatever we can get our hands on. I know Whole Foods will cut the meat up for you, so if they ran a special on something you wanted to buy for the girls, you could have them cut it to the appropriate size.

     

    Also, make sure you feed the raw food as a meal by itself. For example, if you're giving them meat Friday night, make sure you only give them the meat that night, and no kibble until the next morning. 

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    I'd make sure you're keeping fish to 1 or 2 times per month. We feed fish once a month that has been frozen for at least 2-4 weeks.

     

    Why? I have no vested interest, just curious :o

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    Also, make sure you feed the raw food as a meal by itself. For example, if you're giving them meat Friday night, make sure you only give them the meat that night, and no kibble until the next morning. 

    Thanks for the tip about Whole Foods.

    I'm curious about not feeding them raw and kibble together. I usually only give them a small amount of meat at a time, as they don't get it too often, and not enough to be considered a meal. How would you work that? Feed kibble first and feed meat a little later? Or just give them cooked meat?

    They do get fish at least 2 times a month, but I am curious why this is especially good? 

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  • Turkey is pretty easy to find.  I also feed duck (Keefer loves duck necks), beef, bison, fish, elk, and pork.  I've had a harder time finding things like pheasant and quail.

    I don't feed lamb but that is another option.  Also venison might work for you. 

    I also think for supplemental feeding that green tripe is a favorite.

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    Also, make sure you feed the raw food as a meal by itself. For example, if you're giving them meat Friday night, make sure you only give them the meat that night, and no kibble until the next morning. 

    Thanks for the tip about Whole Foods.

    I'm curious about not feeding them raw and kibble together. I usually only give them a small amount of meat at a time, as they don't get it too often, and not enough to be considered a meal. How would you work that? Feed kibble first and feed meat a little later? Or just give them cooked meat?

    They do get fish at least 2 times a month, but I am curious why this is especially good? 

    With fish, I meant not to increase it, but to feed it at a minimum, and only after having been frozen for 2-4 weeks. With cats, it can cause thiamine deficiencies, I believe. With the dogs, we keep it to a minimum because of potential parasites (we feed a little wild caught, but frozen, salmon).

    As for how meals would work-you generally want to feed raw and kibble about twelve hours apart. Kibble digests a lot slower than raw, and you don't want the two mixing due to potential issues with bacteria. I would try and make the one raw meal a week big enough to be "a meal". I would hate to see you cook the meat, but that's coming from a raw feeder.

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