Discussing Questions And Answers About Dog Food Made With Turkey

Donna asks…

Are hotdogs considered junk food?

If you eat them everyday is this bad for you? Just bought like a 20 pack of hotdogs for $3. But don’t want to get sick from eating them. Also, I heard that they are high in salt and that they are not really meat?

Jimmy answers:

Haha well a hot dog is in fact ‘real’ meat. There is mechanically separated turkey, pork, water, corn syrup, beef, salt, preservatives, flavorings, beef stock (Meat stocks are usually made by boiling water with pieces of muscle, bones, joints, connective tissue and other parts of the carcass…) and a few chemicals.
So I would say a hot dog isn’t considered junk food, but it defiantly isn’t heathly to eat them every single day. Maybe every other day or with a well balanced meal (add some fruits and vegetables in there).
You probably wont get ‘sick’ from eating the hot dogs but you may gain some weight. 20 hot dogs isn’t enough to give you heart problems or anything but don’t make eating that many hot dogs a Habit.

Susan asks…

Since wolves are in the same family as dogs does that mean they can’t eat choclate and turkey?

Just curious

Jimmy answers:

Yes. Chocolate is as harmful to wolves as it is to a domesticated dog.
Turkey is another story. Turkey is not necessarily harmful. Dogs can most definitely eat turkey, as a general rule. Many premium dog food blends are made with turkey.

What IS NOT good for dogs (or wolves) are turkey skin, bones or turkey fat.

Robert asks…

Bones in dog poo- dog has started on raw?

So Jasper started raw 2 weeks ago. He has been doing AMAZING!!! Yesterday, his poop was fine- perfect actually… so, yesterday he skipped breakfast (I was out and just made it up during dinner). Anywho, I noticed he completely chowed down his meal. Maybe he didn’t chew his bones properly, but there was a small bone in his poop. He didn’t strain to go and he had no blood or other problems. I am using raw chicken backs. I want to know if I should give him something or watch him for another day- if no bones okay and if more, switch back to kibble?
Thanks you…
Here is what he eats-
Breakfast: Turkey thigh, chicken/turkey gizzards
Dinner- Chicken back, kidney (had his first one today) and liver
Here is what he eats-
Breakfast: Turkey thigh, chicken/turkey gizzards
Dinner- Chicken back, kidney (had his first one today) and liver

Jimmy answers:

People shouldn’t answer questions unless they actually know what they are talking about. I have been feeding my dogs raw for 4 years now. They get chicken backs, turkey necks, chicken legs, duck, etc…

The bones are fine if they are fed RAW it’s cooked bones that cause perforations and problems. What probably happened is that your dog gulped down his food since he missed his morning meal, and he didn’t chew his food very well. One of my dogs had a bit of bone in her stool the first week or two of switching. They digest raw food differently than kibble and it takes a bit for their stomach acid levels to adjust to the raw. This is why I don’t recommend feeding back and forth between raw and kibble. I hope you’re feeding more than just chicken backs. He needs some organ meat, such as chicken livers, and hearts and gizzards. You also want to make sure he gets some meat on those bones. I try to balance the ratios over the week. For example, I may feed turkey necks and livers one night, and then do a ground beef meal with tripe and some ground up veggies the next day. So even though the turkey neck meal was mostly bone, the next night there was no bone.

Either way, long story short…. Don’t worry about the bit of bone. Glad to hear you’re feeding raw.

Good luck!

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