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Old 04-03-2005, 03:23 PM
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Was talking to a friend the other day and she said that she never gives her dog pork because dogs can't digest it properly. I asked her why she thought that dogs couldn't digest pork and she said it was because it's not a natural foodstuff for dogs. Her argument is that dogs don't catch pigs in the wild.

I said that dogs have been domesticated for thousands of years so they must have been fed pork at one time or another!

Can anyone settle this argument please?
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Old 04-03-2005, 05:59 PM
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Dogs can so eat pork. I give my dogs pork bones, the round kind, somtimes, and it cause no ill effect other than direah (cant spell), but its not because they cant digest it properly. Its because they eat too much, too fast. lol
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Old 04-03-2005, 07:21 PM
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We homed my brother's dog, Taz (rottie/lab mix (RIP) for a couple of months while he lived in an apartment that didn't allow dogs, especially as big as Taz, until the house he was buying closed and we gave him pork WRONG THING TO DO! He was getting sick all over the place. And that big of a dog! What a mess to clean up and it sounded like Niagra Falls. Ok Ok Too much info. We never gave him pork after that. Actully after that whole ordeal I've never given it to my dogs either. Could be just the dog though.
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Old 04-03-2005, 09:54 PM
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The book I just bought on raw dog food says many dogs can't handle pork. I'll look for the explanation.
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Old 04-03-2005, 10:30 PM
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Maybe im wrong. My dogs like it. And dogs can chew pig ears.
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Old 04-03-2005, 10:57 PM
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I can't find it in that book. I know I read it but I don't know where. It doesn't have an index which sucks.

I'll ask Mordy.
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Old 04-04-2005, 12:14 AM
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some dogs just don't tolerate it well, but that is not limited to pork itself. others don't tolerate beef or chicken or lamb well. overall pork tends to be fatty, which adds to the whole problem.

it is, however, not true that dogs can't digest it. if a dog doesn't have problems with pork, neck bones, feet and tails for example make nice meals.

i would not feed processed (dried/smoked etc.) pig ears tho. they are very fatty and don't have a particularly high nutritional value.
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I don't feed my dogs pork because i was always taught it wasent good for most dogs and it wasent good to chance it.
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Old 04-04-2005, 01:01 AM
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I've read that pork bones are a no no for dogs...I personally don't feed it...but I dunno.
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Old 04-04-2005, 01:14 AM
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nutritionally speaking, there is nothing wrong with pork per se, just as much as there is nothing wrong with raw poultry bones, and for the longest time it was hammered into people's heads that those aren't good either.

aujeszky's disease/pseudo rabies used to be a concern with feeding raw pork, but the disease is pretty much eradicated in the US.

one nice thing about pork necks and especially pork ribs is that they are relatively soft, so even smaller dogs can consume the bones completely.
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