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I've been trying to find local co-ops and such ( thanks Tracy for that
rec ), for other sources of meat. Not a lot of luck so far, but I did
find someone who sells Raccoon, cleaned/dressed and fresh frozen.

I'm not sure if I can get past the cute little face thing, and
then I'm wondering also if anyone else has ever used Raccoon ?

The guy is telling me lots of Raw feeders buy this from him and
that it's a great source of red meat.
 

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No no no!!! ;)

Raccoons carry a very very nasty roundworm that is almost impossible to get rid of. The cysts can't be killed by freezing. It has been studied because it is so horrible and so hardy. NEVER feed raccoon.

Sounds to me like he is a trapper that is looking for a way to unload the carcass after stripping off the fur. I feel sorry for the raw feeders that are buying this meat. It's very dangerous to feed. Not only for the dog, but for the people handling it.

Here's a link that talks about it and another that discusses this deadly parasite to PEOPLE that is carried in the raccoons brain....

Racoon Disease in Dogs | petMD

Raccoons Carry Deadly Parasite - Minnesota Conservation Volunteer: Minnesota DNR
 

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What part of Florida are you in? I'll try and get some leads for you. :)
 

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Wow, I am so glad you told me that. I'm going to tell
the guy about this, hopefully he didn't know and I hope
he will not sell it to anyone else. :mad:

I'm in Lakeland, which is in Central Florida, just west of
the Tampa Bay area.

I'm doing fine purchasing meats from supermarkets and
my new local meat market friend who is ordering me beef
heart and kidneys. I'm just a bargain shopper and always
looking for a better/smarter deal.
 

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Christa, were did you find this guy? Online?
I caution you to be very careful when it comes to raw dealers.
Some folks get their meat from questionable sources or mix it with god knows what.
Here in Quebec it is popular to mix in cardboard into the pre-made raw mixes.
Don't know if people do this in Florida, but there are scam artists everywhere,
so better safe than sorry. Do not buy unless you are 100% aware of the source.
Personally I am not too fond of pre-made anyway, I think you'll be better off buying
from you local market and preparing it yourself. Takes more time, but isn't so bad once you get the hang of it.
 

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Sending you a PM about a friend of mine in FL who has some nice hook ups! She's about an hour from you. :)
 

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Tracy - Thanks again for the PM!


LS - I have never heard of people mixing cardboard in, that
is awful. I actually met this person through a friend of mine.

When it comes to what Mimi eats, I feed cuts of meat
nothing ground up so I know exactly what it is she is
eating. She loves Cornish Hens, she loves beef, lamb
and pork are ok but she's not as crazy about them as the
other two. My biggest challenge has been organs other than kidneys.
I'm guessing that's everyone's challenge. That's the main
reason I have been trying to "network".

As for the guy with the Raccoon meat, I spoke to him
yesterday and explained to him what I had read in the articles
Tracy posted. He told me he had no idea. I know he and his
family are hunters so I asked him to contact me when he had
venison. I really hope he did not know all those things, but
I plan on talking to my friend who introduced me to this person
as well.
 

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Here's an idea! To save money & buy quality meats, we go to a local farm where we know the cows are free-roaming and cared for properly. We have one slaughtered. We actually go in halves with my brother which also helps cut costs down. When they butcher the cow they package it up. We tell the butcher how we want the meat packaged (ex. ground beef--1 lb packs, 4 steaks/pack, etc.). I give Midgie the beef liver and some of the stew meat cubes.
You also might be able to go to a butcher and ask for discounts on meat from whenever he butchers something.
 

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Christa, I forgot to get back to you! So sorry!! Our butcher is 30 min outside of Lakeland ( my hubby's up there during the week & gets our stuff then). Sounds like Tracy might have set you up already with contacts. If you need more let me know!
 

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Hi Mel,

Yes she gave me the name of someone to get in contact with.
( Thanks again Tracy )

I actually stumbled into Felton's Market in plant city on my own
and they pretty much have anything you could ask for. I was
just there today actually and I got a TON of beef kidney
for a little over $3.00.

Not sure where your hubby shops but Feltons has hearts, thymus,
tripe, everything....even cow heads if you have a need for that :nshocked2:


I am curious though, where does he buy from ?
 

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He goes to the SuperSaver Mart on Memorial. Then he has a friend that is a butcher that gets us bulk quantity and butchers our fresh stuff (goat & deer). We buy for 7 dogs-- 5 ours & 2 my mom--so bulk is the way to go for us! But when we want smaller quantities we go to that SuperSaver. We know of Felton's too, it just isn't as close for him. BTW-- was that green tripe Felton's had? I thought they only carried the white tripe people eat. Very curious :)
 

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Mel - With all of my excitement this week I just now read your
post and to be honest since I've been afraid of the smell, I totally
fished right over the tripe without checking to see what kind it
was.

I will be back over there in that area over the weekend so I
will check for you.
 

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Mel - With all of my excitement this week I just now read your
post and to be honest since I've been afraid of the smell, I totally
fished right over the tripe without checking to see what kind it
was.

I will be back over there in that area over the weekend so I
will check for you.
No worries! You have been a busy chi mama :) I'm so happy for you :):)
The tripe they have is human grade--so not what we want. But I figured that even before calling as green tripe isn't legally supposed to be in with human sold food, which is why it is harder to come by. :(
 

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We have tripe also in our supermarkets in the hispanic section. It is white (or greyish) in color and it is thoroughly cleaned and washed and even bleached. It is used in some recipes (menudo, I think?) It doesn't have much nutritional value as its been cooked/bleached so I wouldn't feed it. Green tripe is different, it is the actual stomach of the ruminant (animal with multiple stomachs such as a cow) and contains some of the digestive enzymes. Most dogs think it's really good, although it does stink like a barnyard!

Here's a couple pics of the different types of tripe -

For humans - (cleaned, bleached, and sanitized)



For dogs - (The stomach of the animal. Also known as green tripe. Can't be sold for human use)



I've bought the ground green tripe from hare-today.com before. Brody LOVES it. :) It comes in a roll like this ....

 

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Oh! And if you're scared to try green tripe fresh, you can get it in cans (tripett is one brand). It's cooked since it's canned. But for some, that's the only way they can get it. Or you can try these deydrated tripe sticks. Brody loves these too, but they are very very stinky and best to feed outside.....



 

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Mine LOVE those tripe sticks pictured above....I ordered a bunch & keep them in the freezer for freshness ( read--to keep the stinky on! ). I actually cut them in thirds, otherwise they would eat the whole thing at once :)
 

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You know...I thought the white tripe looked bad, but that
green looks like it would make my stomach turn!

I could prob stomach the treats but Mimi has bad breath
on a good day, most of the time it's worse than that, so
I'm avoiding putting anything in her that smells! :p
 

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Mine LOVE those tripe sticks pictured above....I ordered a bunch & keep them in the freezer for freshness ( read--to keep the stinky on! ). I actually cut them in thirds, otherwise they would eat the whole thing at once :)
Brody loves them too! I never thought of keeping them in the freezer. It takes us awhile to use up a bag since I just dole them out occasionally (when I can open the windows hahaha). Thanks for the tip! :)
 
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