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    Freezer-Burned Meat?

    My puppy was weaned onto raw wild meat. I am not a hunter. I have been offered last year's meat from a neighbour's deep freeze. Would this be safe for my dog to eat?
    My daddy is Great Pyrenees. Mommy is Border Collie X English Springer Spaniel. I was born on a farm; now I live in the suburbs.

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    Re: Freezer-Burned Meat?

    Freezer burn is just moisture evaporation. It is safe to eat but just of lower-quality for taste. If you were going to cook it for humans, you'd want to trim the freezer burnt part off before or after cooking to avoid eating the drier, less good tasting part.
    I doubt dogs care about the quality difference.

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    Re: Freezer-Burned Meat?

    It's absolutely fine. I read here on DF about someone feeding meat that had been in the freezer for 7 years. No problems
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    Re: Freezer-Burned Meat?

    I have the meat and unwrapped a roast. It looks completely fine, not freezer burned at all. It was in a deep freeze and well packaged for a year. Now I must figure out how much to give Sasha.
    My daddy is Great Pyrenees. Mommy is Border Collie X English Springer Spaniel. I was born on a farm; now I live in the suburbs.

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    Re: Freezer-Burned Meat?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sasha1/2 View Post
    I have the meat and unwrapped a roast. It looks completely fine, not freezer burned at all. It was in a deep freeze and well packaged for a year. Now I must figure out how much to give Sasha.
    2-3% of her ideal adult weight, broken into 2-3 meals a day.

    Since she's a mix, feed her the IAW of the bigger parent, then adjust if she starts to get pudgy.

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    Re: Freezer-Burned Meat?

    Quote Originally Posted by marsha=whitie View Post
    2-3% of her ideal adult weight, broken into 2-3 meals a day.
    Thank you. She'll get deer for supper. Wish us luck.
    My daddy is Great Pyrenees. Mommy is Border Collie X English Springer Spaniel. I was born on a farm; now I live in the suburbs.

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    Re: Freezer-Burned Meat?

    Does it make sense then, that a 25lb puppy who is 12 weeks old and likely to grow to 55lbs should be fed 7 oz of meat per meal? That seems like a lot. Sasha is enjoying the deer. Her poo is suddenly massive, though.
    My daddy is Great Pyrenees. Mommy is Border Collie X English Springer Spaniel. I was born on a farm; now I live in the suburbs.

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    Re: Freezer-Burned Meat?

    You want to feed about a pound a day or so, yup!

    Make sure that part of the diet includes bones she can eat (so boneless roast for breakfast means chicken backs for dinner) and some organ meat included in there too for good measure. Her poops should be small and firm once she's adjusted, if they're too soft increase the bone, too hard increase the meat.......

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    Re: Freezer-Burned Meat?

    Has she had venison before? If not it would be a little easier on her tummy to start with a bite and increase the amount of it fed each day. Lucky dog, venison is really great stuff.

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    Re: Freezer-Burned Meat?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kathyy View Post
    Has she had venison before?
    Yes, she was weaned onto wild venison and domestic beef by the farmers that raised the litter. I'm putting her back onto it because she has had extreme itching since going onto kibble. I know there may be other reasons for her itching, but I'm willing to try anything. She sees a second vet this weekend.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bordermom View Post
    Make sure that part of the diet includes bones ...
    I wasn't given any deer bones and we are trying to avoid chicken because that's the main ingredient in the food she's been eating while itchy.
    Last edited by Sasha1/2; 01-25-2012 at 07:52 PM.
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    Re: Freezer-Burned Meat?

    make sure you research about raw diet, its not just a matter of throwing a hunk of meat in a bowl, you need to balance with bones and organs. Most raw feeders start out with chicken/turkey frames/necks, then increase meat content after a month or so. Some dogs that cant handle chicken kibble, do just fine or raw chicken, so its worth a shot.

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    Re: Freezer-Burned Meat?

    Although she was weaned onto raw meat, I am not feeding raw. I am warned that raw deer can be full of worms, so this meat is cooked and I add canola oil, veggies and barley. If she does well on the venison then I'll likely feed her a venison kibble because I won't have a steady supply of deer meat.
    My daddy is Great Pyrenees. Mommy is Border Collie X English Springer Spaniel. I was born on a farm; now I live in the suburbs.

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    Re: Freezer-Burned Meat?

    The Mayo clinic says freezing for a mere 24 hours kills tapeworms. It's usually recommended that any wild caught game is frozen for at least a week to ensure the parasites are dead. After that you're good to go!
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    Re: Freezer-Burned Meat?

    I freeze everything for at least 3 days prior to feeding, it kills the parasites.

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    Re: Freezer-Burned Meat?

    Sasha got her deer meat raw at supper tonight. It was in a deep freeze for a year.
    My daddy is Great Pyrenees. Mommy is Border Collie X English Springer Spaniel. I was born on a farm; now I live in the suburbs.

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    Re: Freezer-Burned Meat?

    In case anyone is looking for a small compact freezer, I found this great site:

    http://www.minifridge24.com/

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