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Old 10-01-2013, 05:10 PM
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I keep seeing warnings about bacteria and food poisoning from raw meat so I got to thinking about Charlie


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Oops pressed the wrong button...... Charlie won't finish his chicken wing and hides it. He found one today in the garden that was 2 days old and chewed it. Could this be a problem?


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I forgot to say he had always refused to eat the fresh raw bones and today was the first time he'd attempted to eat -maybe the change in odour ( it wasn't in the sun, it's just been chilly here so I'm pretty sure there was no rotting yet) made it seem more appealing to his taste buds. Incidentally he's only had a couple of 100% raw meals then went off them and he now seems to prefer his meat lightly cooked.


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Dogs are fully equipped to deal with any bacteria in ripe meat. In the wild canids will bury food and dig it up to eat later with no ill effects. A dogs stomach is highly acidic and will kill off germs and bugs that would be dangerous to humans.
If you don't want him hiding his food you can feed him in a crate (which is what I do) or confine him to a small room such as the kitchen.
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OK thanks, I wont panic about leaving the meat lying around the garden then, as that's the only way he'll eat it.
Still on the subject of raw meat "germs" I'm such a clean freak in the house, I'm getting nervous of the spread of bacteria around the house on carpets and cuddly toys after he's pawed/chewed raw stuff, especially now with the matured joints lol. He doesn't have a crate and my kitchen is open plan with a dining area and he's forbidden from going near there.
Any tips before my OCD explodes Should I teach him to eat otherwise i'll take his food away, to stop him wandering around before he's finished? Sometimes if he's really hungry he eats in one go. It's the other times when I just can't tell how hungry he is or if he is just playing with the bones.
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I would be wary of letting him eat things that have been lying around in the garden in case slugs or snails have been on it. They can carry lung worm, which can be quite serious.
Train him to eat on a mat or towel if you don't want to crate him. One of the joys of raw feeding is watching them enjoying a good long chew on a bone, so it would be a shame to curtail that. As long as the bone stays on the designated area he can keep going back to it
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Wicked Pixie, thanks so much for your advice. Update: I've taught him to stay on a plastic lined blanket to chew up his lamb chops which he loves. However, I'm unsure how to clean his paws and body after he's finished squirming around in the raw residues - any tips please?
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A quick wipe with a baby wipe should do it. Unless he is walking on your kitchen surfaces, the risks to you and your family are small, you walk more germs in on your feet.
Lol at 'squirming around in the raw residues'
Well done on training him to use his blanket for eating, they learn pretty quickly when yummy raw food is involved.
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