So recently I was chatting with someone that I ran into and we ended up talking about dog food. She was outraged that so many dog food companies have come out with foods with venison in them stating that she knew for a fact that venison and pork were highly toxic to dogs. It just doesn't make sense to me, but I wondered if anyone else has heard such a thing.
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I would agree with everyone else. I have never heard it is toxic before.... especially if a ton of food co's are using it! I will say that certainly every dog is different and what may upset one dog may not be the case for others. My dog can't really do corn which limits me a lot in food buying. Anyways, you don't need to give your dog pork or venison! There are a ton of foods out there. I am very partial to the fish and rice products. Fish is full of Omega's... great for skin and any alergy!
Venison is a great food for dogs, pork can be iffy if it's not real fresh an should only be given occasionally, I remember reading something about why to only give pork once or twice a week but can't remember what it was I will try and find it again.
My boys eat a ton of things including pork, cooked pork gives them the runs so they dont get that but we have never had a problem with raw pork.
This reminds me of my father in law though. he started chewing my butt because I gave rocky a bite of my sandwitch because bread gives a dog mange. I argued with him but he knew it was true because this lady he knew gave her dog bread and it had mange.
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I make a pork roast about every two weeks. We can't eat it all. The pugs get it for breakfast the following morning. The also get a bit of the pork from the extra green chile burritos. It hasn't changed their bowel movements, and it is an absolute favorite of theirs. I don't see how venison could be toxic as deer is frequent prey for wolves.
Well my 9 year old Lab/Hound mix Daisy is still at the Vet today being observed. We had a party this weekend and I cooked Boston butts and as usual they got the bones and the fat trimmings and who knows how much the party goers gave them. Chopper my Black Lab was fine but Daisy ended up Sunday about 3pm getting off the couch vomiting bile, lethargic, and could not walk, her right side affected especially. She looked and acted drunk, then started drooling very bad! Took her to the ER Vet and now is at her own Vet under observation. According to the Vet the pork fat and pork caused a severe dehydration, liver enzyme problems, and pancreaitis. So needless to say my Daisy although she is getting better will not be getting pork or fat any more for treats. I hope this helps as I would hate for you to have to go through what we did and the $1000 vet bill. I would rather have an ounce of prevention in stead of taking the chance again.
I have been feeding Raw pork and Venison to my entire kennel for years. Not one problem. I now massive amounts of people in working dogs that feed similar diets...Not one problem. Fat on a pig, is the same as fat on a cow. It's all Fat, it's not special pork fat it's just fat.
I believe a dog's finest hour, the greatest fulfillment he holds dear, is when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle-with a ball in his mouth."