Deer meat for your dog? - German Shepherd Dog Forums
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-27-2014, 12:33 AM Thread Starter
Junior Member
faileh's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Charlotte, NC
Posts: 25
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?
faileh is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-27-2014, 01:06 AM
Elite Member
Pax8's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: TX
Posts: 1,428
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...
Pax8 is offline  
post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-31-2014, 04:07 PM
Junior Member
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Cut 'n Shoot, TX (for real)
Posts: 26
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.
iIrishSean is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-04-2014, 02:44 PM
Senior Member
sourdough44's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: WI
Posts: 316
I'd think the stools would be one the loose side, possibly extremely so. Maybe they would acclimate though.
sourdough44 is offline  
Sponsored Links

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the German Shepherd Dog Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome