Anything not raised for human consumption should go to the freezer for a week, in my opinion. I am not sure if chickens can carry anything that would affect a dog, but in my house I freeze everything that isn't raised as meat for humans. If it's chicken from the grocery store, there is no need to freeze it. I've often come home and fed meat to my dogs straight from the store.
When I get my cases of chicken, I'll leave 1 pack in the fridge and the rest gets frozen for later use. No issues here. Their stomach/digestive juices are STRONG- why do you think they can eat garbage and other "crap" and not get sick?
Along the same lines, you can also freeze and thaw the meat numerous times with no ill effect to a dog. As well as feed meat to them that has been sitting in the fridge way too long, and smells pretty rancid. Actually, to them, the stinkier the better!
Dogs can eat roadkill, a little stinky meat fit for human consumption isn't going to hurt. I tend to buy meat reduced for quick sale whenever I can. It's cheap. My dogs ate off of a 'reduce for quick sale' pork extravaganza for a month (not the whole month, but over the period of a month).
The only thing I toss in the deep freeze for awhile is wild caught food.
ok. My food will get frozen just because that's where it's getting stored but I was going to leave just like one or two days food in the refrigerator without freezing. We ordered some chicken, beef heart and liver just to see how she likes the raw (which we're sure she'll love it) but we are going to keep her on the Evo for a month or so until we can get an appropriate meal plan for her.
Tira's stomach didn't agree with the pork the day after. Gunner was fine, but she had diarrhea.
So if all of our meat is frozen that's ok. Can they eat frozen chicken? I know it takes longer to eat, but I want to be sure even if all the meat they get is frozen that it's still good.
Mine ate frozen chicken halves yesterday. Feeding frozen meat is fine.
Stick to ONE protein source when you first start raw feeding, at least for the first few days. Chicken usually agrees with most dogs. Don't jump into the variety too soon, introduce it slowly. I wouldn't count off pork just yet, the problems probably arose because you introduced variety too soon.
The more I read about feeding raw, the more interested I become. It just seems so much better for the dog. I just have no idea where to begin. My dog weighs 12 pounds. She gets 1/2 cup kibble in the morning and another 1/2 cup in the evening. Would 2 pieces of raw chicken a day be sufficient? Can anyone make a suggestion? I would really, really appreciate it! Thanks
does anyone here have any opinion on ground turkey? Mark's friend is cleaning out their huge freezer and he has a lot of ground turkey he was going to throw out and I grabbed it for Hannah. I have read on some sites that this can be fed to dogs, does anyone feed it because he had 10 -1lb rolls in there that I grabbed before he could toss them.
It's not good for cleaning teeth, but it is otherwise fine. Only thing I would caution you about is that ground food has a much higher amount of bacteria on it. If your dog isn't used to raw, I would be careful with it, only feeding a small amount the first time around.