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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-13-2012, 08:14 AM Thread Starter
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Arrow Turkey and dogs.

I mean the ones we eat. I have read several opinions on this on other sights.
I was always taught the turkey and pork were toxic.
Case in point, My Old boy Roscoe, would open up the refridge, and help himself to turkey, then replace the foil over, and shut the door.
Not much later, the diareaha (sp)starting, and it kept going and going.
Called my vet, said to give pepto tabs. And that seemed to help tremendously.
Then he did the same with pork. Same outcome.
This boy was too smart and finally we had to bungie cord the fridge shut.
Just wondering, anyone else hear of this, or still feed some turkey.
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-13-2012, 08:18 AM
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I feed both turkey and pork to my dog as part of his raw diet and never had a problem.
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post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-13-2012, 08:19 AM
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Kyleigh can handle turkey, but not pork. Each dog is different. My last dog ate ANYTHING and never had any issues.

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Dietary indiscretion, such as eating rancid fatty scraps from the garbage, can also lead to pancreatitis, particularly when a dog accustomed to a low- or normal-fat diet ingests high-fat foods. That’s why pancreatitis incidents are thought to increase after Thanksgiving, when people may feed their dogs a meal of turkey skin and drippings.
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I agree that each dog is different but I also I think this depends a lot on what you're currently feeding your dog as their normal daily diet.

If you're feeding a dry, store bought kibble all the time then most times he/she will get gas and/or diarrhea from eating human grade cooked foods. Their systems are just not use to eating this kind of food.

Now if you feed your dog a raw diet, raw turkey or pork are good additions to the diet.
If you feed a homecooked diet, cooked turkey or pork are good additions also.
Your dog is use to eating these kinds of foods and therefore no problem (typically).

Think of it this way. Say you eat a cheap fast food diet regularly, your system gets use to this. Then one day you decide you're going to try and get healthy so you eat some vegetables. What happens?

Or you can switch this around and say you always eat a very healthy diet and one day decide to you'd really like a burger from McD for lunch. What happens? It's because your system is just not use to this kind of diet. Same with dogs.

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Neither turkey or pork are toxic, but people that don't feed turkey as part of a diet, tend to give their dogs the skin and tail, which are the fatty parts and can not only cause a blow out, but can cause pancreatitis. The same thing with pork, which tends to be fatty to begin with and then people give them the fatty scraps. Also, some dogs don't do well with any sudden change in their diet and that can be part of the problem too.

Giving the meat part of turkey or pork generally isn't an issue unless the dog has an allergy or sensitivity to it.

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I have given my dogs turkey with no problems occationally but I give them the good white meat , no skin or icky parts
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post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-13-2012, 04:52 PM
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wow interesting thread - i have taken up feeding turkey necks and wings as part of diet cos i can get organic raised turkey meat and i heard turkey is more nutrient rich?

the turkey necks also give my dogs much much chew satisfaction as they inhale chicken necks and frames without even chewing them.

distrurbing if turkey is a problem???
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All of mine like the turkey necks, but it doesn't agree with any of them. I also give them premade raw and they don't care for the turkey or chicken, they do like the bison, beef, and lamb and they don't have any problems with that.

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One year while doing animal control, we cooked up a turkey and brought it to the shelter dogs for Christmas.
Every one of them had loose stool (expecting that) but they LOVED THAT DINNER!!!
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