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Catshrink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-23-07 06:56 PM
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Is it okay for dogs and cats to eat turkey?
My sister says it's bad for them -- too rich. What does it do? Give them the runs? Make them hurl? Their eyes are imploring me: Please mom, I want some turkey!

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Madrone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-23-07 07:10 PM
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1. Mine eat it.
:shrug:

I've never heard anyone say it's bad for animals, except for the bones, of course. People that feed the BARF diet give their dogs raw turkey necks. My diabetic kitty is prescribed raw (sometimes lightly boiled) meat, including turkey, as the larger part of his diet. So no, I wouldn't say it's bad for animals.
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pokerfan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-23-07 07:11 PM
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2. I've never had any problem
It is meat after all. Avoid the skin and don't give them any bones of course. And don't overfeed them.

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greatauntoftriplets Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-23-07 07:12 PM
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3. We gave some to my sister's dog last night....
He loved it.

Didn't give him the pan with the gravy because it was too rich.
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The Velveteen Ocelot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-23-07 07:12 PM
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4. Try to NOT feed it to them if you're trying to eat some.
I almost needed a whip and a chair to keep my cats away from my turkey sandwich. I had to bribe them so I could eat in peace without getting nipped fingers and cat ass in my face.
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LeftyMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-23-07 07:15 PM
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5. It's probably better for the cats than commercial food.
My mom always boils the inner bits (gizzzards?) for stock and then cuts them up for the cats. They actually like them better than the muscle meat, which makes sense when you think about it- in a more natural state they'd be eating mice and small birds, which are mostly skin and guts with not much muscle or fat.

My worry would be the added salt, which is definitely not good for them- most commercial turkey has salt water added to increase it's weight.
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baldguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-23-07 07:16 PM
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6. 15% of the turkeys produced each year end up as pet food.
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Catchawave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-23-07 08:21 PM
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13. So the republicans do have a future ?
:evilgrin:
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baldguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-23-07 08:58 PM
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16. ...but its not very good pet food.
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cordelia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-23-07 07:16 PM
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7. My friends fed their
Edited on Fri Nov-23-07 07:17 PM by cordelia
3 Dachshunds, plus a guest's doggie some turkey bits, and not a problem for any of them.




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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-23-07 07:45 PM
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8. it's the fat -- the skin
that can give them GI trouble.

just the meat -- or defatted broth won't hurt them.
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greatauntoftriplets Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-23-07 07:48 PM
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9. Right....
We threw the skin out. It tends to be tough, anyway.
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-23-07 07:57 PM
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10. i used to mix it with rice for my old boy
and he thought it was a treat -- and me i was glad to eat little less left over turkey.

he was the love of my life, that boy.
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greatauntoftriplets Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-23-07 08:06 PM
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11. That dog...he is 13 now....
is usually all over me.

Last night he was all over my nephew and his wife. Because they now have a yellow labrador and so they smelled like dog. And I didn't. Though he usually sniffs me for other dog smells. Where I live, I cannot have a dog.

Still, I love that dog. He's a Brittany spaniel.

I love dogs.
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Catchawave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-23-07 08:20 PM
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12. My friend's two weiner dogs finished off a carcus after a trash raid...
They were totally fine, but passed enough gas for the next several days to keep the Macy's balloons up for another year :D
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pokerfan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-24-07 02:06 AM
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19. I hope that they didn't yack on a bone!
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porphyrian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-23-07 08:22 PM
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14. It depends on the turkey, the dog and the diet they are used to.
Too many factors are involved to make a definitive statement like that which applies to all dogs.
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XemaSab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-23-07 08:23 PM
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15. DO NOT give a dog too much turkey
My mom's colleague's dog DIED of pancreatitis after too much turkey.
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carly denise pt deux Donating Member (855 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-23-07 11:18 PM
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17. it's ok....just put them in another room later because they will be gassy
Carly
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VenusRising Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-24-07 01:26 AM
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18. Let them have some.
Everything in moderation.

Our cat would kill us in our sleep if we made turkey and didn't give him any.

Perish the thought. I think he may be watching right now. :rofl:
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