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Am I right in thinking you can't cook raw dog food?

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StaplesCorner Fri 26-May-17 09:14:20

So I bought some raw dog food, really good brand from a small supplier - they do 4 large sample packs only £8 so was very pleased. DDog not having it at all. I am not keen to persevere as I am cutting open a pack (offering it in quarters to start with so a small portion) leaving it down for a while then having to throw it away in this weather. I've tried mixing it with cooked chicken (his favourite) but not so much as a nibble.

So I am thinking can I simply cook the rest rather than waste it? I feel he might eat it if offered cooked. But I am sure I've read that this food can't be heated as it contains pieces of bone and once cooked they are dangerous.

Can anyone put me right on this? Thanks in advance

SparklingRaspberry Fri 26-May-17 14:37:57

Look on the back on the contents. If it doesn't contain bone then I'm sure cooking it will be fine as not all packs have bone in.

Did you get more than one meat? My pup turns her nose up at beef but everything else doesn't even touch the side of her mouth.

I would definitely preserve. Try different meats. Perhaps use meat instead of packs. Like humans, dogs don't like everything that's put out in front of their plate

Medeci Fri 26-May-17 15:44:17

Can't you freeze it in small portions? It's worth persevering.
Most raw feeding sites suggest starting with chicken (leg or wings depending on size of dog) and just give that for a few weeks.
My rescue didn't have a clue what to do with raw food. I gave him a raw chicken leg and he didn't seem to realise it was food, he lay down with it between his paws and guarded it for hours till I got it off him and gave it to my lab for his dinner.
Next day the same, apart from the occasional lick.
4 days later he was wolfing the lot down in a few minutes and enjoys everything now.

StaplesCorner Fri 26-May-17 19:52:54

Evening all. The lady from the suppliers rang, there are bone pieces in all of it and I can see that so she said don't cook it, heat it. So I did, he had one mouthful and was sick. That was maybe 1pm, he's had nothing since. So in fact nothing since about 8pm last night sad

SparklingRaspberry Fri 26-May-17 22:14:38

Try some actual meat OP.

Go and get some beef chunks and a chicken wing.

What food is it can I ask?

StaplesCorner Sun 28-May-17 19:33:52

Basils, and its really good - very highly rated (on that dog food comparison site recommended on here earlier last week) and you can't fault the lady ringing me up straight away to help. If my dog doesn't like it, then I can either persevere or try something else. Sparkling I could do but I am thinking I would find it hard to go raw with Dog - I just don't have the patience.

SparklingRaspberry Sun 28-May-17 21:48:43

If it's not for you then it's not for you. But like anything, this sometimes takes time. Persevering for a little while is worth the better health for your dog that it'll get from eating raw.

Actual meat is different than blocks. I tend to use half a block to add to her meal of whole meat. Half the time them blocks can look like slush which to be fair doesn't look too appetising for the dog

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