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Old 05-30-2011, 10:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Raw Feeding and Liver

Question for all of the more experienced raw feeders out there. I've been raw feeding my 10 week old puppy. She LOVES the meat and bones, and I gave her a couple of fish as well and she devoured them too. I tried giving her liver for the first time tonight, and she sniffed it and walked around with it in her mouth for a while, and ate a piece or two (I cut it into cubes so it would be easier for her to eat). But she didn't really seem to take to it. I was just wondering if anyone else has run into this problem, and if so, did the dog eventually start to eat it? Is it an acquired taste? Was there something you did to make it more interesting? I know she needs organ meat, and there doesn't seem to be much else readily available. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 05-30-2011, 11:01 PM   #2 (permalink)
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She'll eventually get the hang of it. Mine HATED kidney when we first tried it and now eat it up. With the liver, you can give it a little searing and sprinkle with a little garlic to get her interested and then just sear less or try raw next time. I also mix mine with either smelt or mackeral and egg to make a "meat salad" and they go nuts over it. Try to mix with a couple things they eat already or give a small bone meal to get the appetite going (and some bone for stool) and follow with the liver. You can expect that the stool will be soft when first starting. Don't start off with a full serving of liver, break it into a couple days. Later on you may be able to do organ meals to give her the full weeks worth.
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Old 05-30-2011, 11:04 PM   #3 (permalink)
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It's somewhat common. You could try freezing it also. In the past, I've had issues. With my current 3 they inhale almost anything.
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Yeah I was thinking I should have given her a smaller serving at first. I tried giving her a meals worth of just liver. Maybe she was just a little overwhelmed by it. I'll try mixing it with eggs and fish and spread it out over time. She loves eggs. Freezing it is a good idea too. I think she was a little weirded out by the texture. Thank you both for your input.
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I give liver semi frozen, like liver-sicles. They hate the texture if it's thawed.
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One of mine who is a pig, Cujo, actually turned down liver in any form. There is some liver still connected on the leg quarters so they do get a tiny bit from there. When he was put on a diet about a week or two into it he would eat anything I put in front of him including thawed liver. Now I try to give it frozen mainly b/c it is gross when thawed. Agreed you might want the first few times with liver & organs to be a very small amount.
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I cut all my organ meat up into small portions, freeze on cookie sheets. Once frozen the pieces go into a zip loc bag. I feed a small frozen portion each morning in their breakfast bowl.
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I don't think you'll have any issues if your pup ate a couple of pieces the first time she was offered it. Sometimes, some dogs will show preference for one species of liver over another and different livers do have different nutritional composition. Beef liver, for example, is very high in some microminerals, so I wouldn't use it exclusively.

I try to do organs daily (as versed to a meal once a week, or something). My dog eats about 2# of food per day, so an ounce and a half each of liver and kidney is plenty.
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Yeah I was thinking I should have given her a smaller serving at first. I tried giving her a meals worth of just liver. Maybe she was just a little overwhelmed by it. I'll try mixing it with eggs and fish and spread it out over time. She loves eggs. Freezing it is a good idea too. I think she was a little weirded out by the texture. Thank you both for your input.
Raw liver acts as a laxative and cooked can cause constipation so I would never try making a whole meal out of liver. If you have to cook to get her to eat it at first, just do a light cooking and don't cook it completely

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One of mine who is a pig, Cujo, actually turned down liver in any form. There is some liver still connected on the leg quarters so they do get a tiny bit from there.
That is not liver attached to the part of the back, it is the testicles of a male chicken tho it does taste like liver. If you will notice there is one on both sides of the birds unless you got a female, but most of those go for layers.
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