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Old 03-09-2009, 09:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So yesterday my boyfriends roommate left a steak on the counter to thaw. Usually when I see this I put them into the fridge because, well, thawing on the counter just isn't a good idea. Yesterday, however, I didn't. Then, later that night, I saw the steak (still in wrapper) in the trash! I was wondering if the steak that might just be a little TOO thawed out for a human to eat still be good for the dog? Would I have been able to just throw half of it down for her MM and save the other half for the next nights meal and have it all be okay? Or should I just let the steak go in the trash?

If I remember correctly I saw it out on the counter that morning then, later than same night, in the trash. Is a day's worth of thawing just too much no matter what? If not, how can I tell when it's been sitting out just a little too long, even for Jerzey?
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Old 03-09-2009, 09:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't think I would feed it raw because of bacteria, but cooking should be fine. It would have sat for hours before it thawed enough to begin to breed bacs, it probably would have been fine for human consumption as well. Feel the surface of the meat. If it feel sticky or slimy, then it probably is too far gone, if not, cook it. And wash your hands well afterward.
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Feed it! Holy cow, I've fed some meat to the dogs that smelled bad enough to make me pick it up with tongs. They like it that way!

I also regularly leave bags of frozen "dog food" on the counter to thaw all day while I'm at work (11 hours). It's not even slightly cold anymore by the time I get home.

I have yet to see meat that is too bad to feed to the dogs. Maybe if it was left on the counter for like a week I would think twice.
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Old 03-09-2009, 10:10 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Originally Posted By: ahlamaranaFeed it! Holy cow, I've fed some meat to the dogs that smelled bad enough to make me pick it up with tongs. They like it that way!

I also regularly leave bags of frozen "dog food" on the counter to thaw all day while I'm at work (11 hours). It's not even slightly cold anymore by the time I get home.

I have yet to see meat that is too bad to feed to the dogs. Maybe if it was left on the counter for like a week I would think twice.



SSSHHHHH! Truthfully back in the day, I have myself eaten meat that smelled bad enough you had to wear a mask to handle it!!! Probably why my brain is all goofed up.
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SSSHHHHH! Truthfully back in the day, I have myself eaten meat that smelled bad enough you had to wear a mask to handle it!!! Probably why my brain is all goofed up.
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I say feed it! If it's only been a day I don't see any problem with it. It's how I get a lot of free meat for Chance. Mom often forgets something she's thawing and leaves it out all night. Not good for people but Chance sure does enjoy it! If it's something big (like the 16 pieces of chicken she once laid out and forgot :whistles I even bag and refreeze it. So far I haven't had ANY problems with Chance getting sick off doing so.

Like Sarah said, if it was left out for a week I'd think twice about feeding it but tossing it out because it's only been a day is wasteful. :P
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I would not feed my dog any meat I wouldn't eat. That includes stuff left on the counter too long to thaw. Ecolli is a nasty business - so is samonella & a host of other bacterial infections. The cost of a vet bill for a serious infection will dwarf the cost of the steak! NOT WORTH IT!
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Originally Posted By: ahlamaranaFeed it! Holy cow, I've fed some meat to the dogs that smelled bad enough to make me pick it up with tongs. They like it that way!
Mine get all mad at me when I throw out hamburger that slightly brown. Sometimes I wonder why I change the water dish when there's mud on the bottom - the dogs are always pleased to be drinking out of that dirty puddle on the driveway.
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Originally Posted By: middleofnowhereI would not feed my dog any meat I wouldn't eat. That includes stuff left on the counter too long to thaw. Ecolli is a nasty business - so is samonella & a host of other bacterial infections. The cost of a vet bill for a serious infection will dwarf the cost of the steak! NOT WORTH IT!
That's my feeling. Yesterday, I tossed a half of turkey breast that I forgot on the counter when we went to the dog park . I came home and it was that weird not quite hot/not quite cool room temperature.

We were bummed. I hate wasting food -- not to mention the cost. (I planned to make him dinner out of that too). But even if your dog doesn't get sick enough to go to the vet, a few days of liquid poop isn't worth it.
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Dogs will bury meaty bones and dig them up days (weeks) later and have no negative effect. As long as it was for human consumption in the first place and as long as I don't find it at all repugnant I will feed it to the dogs. In fact, if it is too fresh they look at me as if to say "no smell .... are you feeding me plastic!!"
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