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Old 05-25-2011, 12:08 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi again, I've been gone from these forums for quite some time. To be honest I felt a bit scared to come back, this weird feeling in my stomach.

But... as I said before, my dogs need your advice and experience, you all great GSD people!

ok, so now my question is, how long do you freeze your MM or RMBs before feeding them?

I usually freeze for 5 days, but lately for some reason or another I end up having to give beef steaks of chicken quarters that have been there for only 1-3 days.

Do you think that's enough? Or is one day too soon? Any thoughts?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 05-25-2011, 12:23 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I'm confused on what you are asking here. Are you asking how long you HAVE to freeze the food before feeding?
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Old 05-25-2011, 02:30 AM   #4 (permalink)
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There's no need to freeze unless it's wild caught. I would freeze wild caught for 2-4 weeks.
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I understand what you're asking and in IMO 1-3 days is plenty
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The question is, how long the raw food should be frozen before fed to the dogs.

I would also very much like to know about this, if at all necessary. The reason why I am interested is that (maybe Dejavu also) my vet said that dogs should not be fed raw. The reason is that the worms/bacteria/etc live in the raw meat. And after they eat it, and get the worms/bacteria/etc and we accidentally swallow the dogs hair, we may get the worm also. That is the reason we give dogs parasite/worm pills, so that we do not get them. The parasite/worm pills are not for the dog, but for ourselves actually.

That is what the vet told me. I am guessing that Dejavu is asking how long we should freeze the raw food before giving to the dogs so that all the parasite/worm/whatever is dead and safer to them and us. No matter the reason, this is a good topic/question and I am interested.
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Infection from pathogenic bacteria is very rare. The dogs digestive system is made to eat meat, if what the vet said was true we wouldn't have domestic dogs right now. Kibble hasn't been around that long yet.

Dogs have a very acidic stomach pH, as well as a shortened digestive tract. This results in most of the bad bacteria being killed in the stomach, and then expelled before having a chance to multiple and infect.

There is no need to freeze human grade meat before feeding. But as been pointed out, you do want to freeze any wild game to kill off parasites.
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Human grade meat that's been inspected is not going to have worms in it. You pretty much only have to worry about parasites with uninspected meat or wild meat. As I don't feed either of those, freezing is something I don't care how long or if I freeze meat before I feed it.
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The reason is that the worms/bacteria/etc live in the raw meat. And after they eat it, and get the worms/bacteria/etc and we accidentally swallow the dogs hair, we may get the worm also. That is the reason we give dogs parasite/worm pills, so that we do not get them. The parasite/worm pills are not for the dog, but for ourselves actually.
Also, you can't get those things from swallowing hair. They're passed in specific ways such as handling the feces and then eating without washing your hands.

And most of the diseases we trea the pets for are not zoonotic (cannot be passed to humans)
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Dejavu is in Mexico,so the food safety standards are different than in the US.
I would think a few days is sufficient. I would probably rinse the meat well before freezing.
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