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faileh 06-27-2014 12:33 AM

Deer meat for your dog?
So I'm really considering switching my dog to a raw diet. She isnt particularly fond of any kibble and has some allergies. Is it safe to feed deer meat and other game as a raw diet? My family is big into hunting and this would save me quite a bit between deer, turkey, and duck season. How much would I feed and which parts are best? Any info is helpful! Also, can the meat be thawed from previous year to use?

Pax8 06-27-2014 01:06 AM

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Game meat is excellent for a raw diet! The only thing I would not feed would be wild boar/hog due to the presence of trichinosis. Supposedly it is safe after being in deep freeze for two or more weeks, but I just don't want to run the risk. No bear (trichinosis) or Pacific Northwest sourced salmon (rickettsia also known as salmon poisoning).

For an average adult dog, start at 2% of their body weight and adjust as needed. There are many great threads in the raw feeding forum that will give you an idea of percentages. Percentages can give you an idea of how much bone/muscle/organ needs to be fed, but when I get used to how much of each I usually just eyeball it.

You can feed pretty much everything from those animals. The tripe from the deer will be especially good to feed (green tripe). It's good to have a variety of meats, though I would start off with one type of meat at a time and add in different kinds one at a time in slow increments. The only thing I would avoid is the brain. I run across way too many accounts of odd viruses and parasites that tend to hang out there...

iIrishSean 07-31-2014 04:07 PM

I fed my pup almost exclusively deer meat and bones after getting her from the breeder, till i ran out... She ate pretty much a whole doe in a month and a half and it was a good sized one too. Starting to breed rabbits now should provide at least a few cheap meals a month.

sourdough44 08-04-2014 02:44 PM

I'd think the stools would be one the loose side, possibly extremely so. Maybe they would acclimate though.

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