My little Lhasa Apso was irritated with me yesterday and got into the trash. She pulled out a bag full of hamburger meat that I tossed from the freezer the night before. It looks like she may have eaten a bit, and not liked it. BUT I am concerned because it sat in the trash can all night and thawed, surely causing nasty bacteria to fester. She has not vomited, or shown any signs of not feeling well. She is 15, and I just worry about it at her age. Does anyone know how, if at all this can affect her? Would she have gotten sick right away?
if she was going to get sick from it you would notice vomiting, diarrhea or a loss of appetite today. i doubt it will cause anything more then a mild upset stomach if it was thrown out frozen. had it been thrown out fresh and sat in their for a few days then i would expect her to be sick.
alot of people feed their dogs raw foods and i have given mine plenty of raw chop meat in the past with no ill effects.
Since the hamburger meat was frozen when thrown out then I don't think you have anything to worry about she might get a case of diarrhea but that's probably about it. I feed my dogs a raw diet which includes raw hamburger 2-3 times a week and they all do fine on it.
I've often wondered how dogs eat raw things and don't get sick. (Like old dead things they find.) How do wolves and coyotes kill and eat things, even after days of sitting there, without getting sick? How about vultures and buzzards? I see them eating old road kill. Yuck. Why don't they get sick?
I think a simple answer is, as much as we would like to treat them like it, dogs are not people. They have different digestive systems that are built to handle being a carnivore. I have show friends that feed the 'raw diet', and they say even if it smells 'mildly funky' that it is perfectly fine for dogs.
wendy not all dogs can eat dead things and not get violently sick. we treat numerous cases of pancreatitis in dogs that have gone off and eaten dead deer carcasses they have found in the woods. but eating a raw diet and eating carrion is completely different. even the wild life zoos and stuff around me will not take a dead carcass unless they know for sure how long it has been dead for. i know the people who have the wolf sanctuary by my house will take dead animals that have been hit on the roads but only under certain situations. usually if it was just hit.
i am not sure about the birds. but when i see a bird eating a dead carcass on the road it is usually a freshly killed carcass. not one that has been already flattened out by decay.
Just to respond to last post. From ground beef one is more likely to contract E.coli instead of salmonella, but many things could be possible.
I seldom feed my animals raw, ground beef just due to the fact it TENDS to be the "cut" of meat most often implicated in cases of food poisoning. I tend to stick with cuts of beef(raw), they are handled by fewer hands, processed less and tend to only be from one animal.. less chance of cross contamination. Ground beef tends to have many contributers so to speak. Organic could be a safer alternative. Like many people have stated before me, their friends were fed raw diets with no ill effect.
I was raised by german shepherds who thought they were wolves. So I eat raw meat all the time and so does my clan. We never get sick because we are used to eating that stuff.
As long as it was a little bit don't worry a bit. If the dog hasn't thrown it back up by now it is past the worry stage. I know Lhasa's are little but they have the same short intestinal tract as most dogs and e-coli will be in the pooper scooper within 24 hrs.
Personally I have never liked the idea of feeding raw meat, although I know people do. No biggie, just a personal preference.
Anyway, my point is when I adopted my greyhound all she had eaten her whole life was raw hamburger and I had to slowly wean her over to dry dog food. It was something.
So, I'm sure your pup will be fine or you would already know. I would like to think they take excellent care of the dogs at the track, but I can't imagine in all honesty that they never got any hamburger than hadn't sat out for at least a while.
Plus my poor Lady didn't have a great racing record so it's not like they treated her like a champ, lol. She's my champ so it's ok now.