Thursday, December 9, 2010

The big turkey controversy

Recently there has been a lot of talk about how dogs should not eat turkey, I even heard it at the vets the other day.  Curious, I did a great deal of looking around.  What I have discovered is that the problem is not the turkey but the trimmings so to speak.  Often the dogs that have issues are the ones that have a regular diet of commercial dog food, who's owner decides to give them a treat for the Holidays.  Well, turkey with gravy and maybe some skin is enough to send anyone who eats dry food all the time into an intestinal war zone.  Dogs can eat turkey.  If you regularly feed them dry dog food, leave it at a few pieces of just the white meat.  My guys will eat it all because they are accustom to a widely varied diet of cooked and raw.  

Having got two turkeys at the grocery store yesterday for a quarter of the regular price; I cooked them both today. I barbequed up the liver early this morning and got the turkeys into the oven. The dogs had liver this morning and a huge turkey dinner tonight.

After cooling the turkey I picked the meat off both and prepared their dinner. They had brown basmati rice, yellow pepper, chopped dried cranberries, turkey and liver, ground egg shell and probiotic powder. As you can see from the image above; they were more than anxiously awaiting their turkey dinner.

I was surprised and very happy to see Luke so into turkey. Often I will give Luke and the girls an appetizer to get (Luke) them prepared for dinner. Often if Luke has a few bites before dinner he will actually eat better. He ate all of his dinner but a few pieces of pepper and a tiny bit of rice.

The big secret with Luke is to mix well; the easier it is to pick out pieces the less chance Luke will eat it all.

Recently I was also asked about Mayonaise for dogs; someone with a sick dogs just needs them to eat. Just like several weeks ago when Luke wouldn't eat anything; I tried everything. Like us when we are sick; whatever goes down, works. Mayo is fine; you have to watch the fat content, fat is the worst culprit for diarrhea so take care when giving high fat foods. Consider where you will be the day after. ;)

Turkey eating myth

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