Hey all! So I started my dog on "reel raw" and he absolutely loves it! I've been feeding him mainly chicken and turkey for the past few weeks. Today I fed him beef, and he didn't even touch it. With the chicken and turkey, he inhaled them. But the beef patty, he ate a piece and spit it out. I was wondering if this is something to be worried about, should I keep trying to feed him the beef? He has had beef before, in both kibble and home cooked ways, But not raw.
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Dog Not Eating Beef
Posted 15 December 2016 - 04:50 PM
Posted 16 December 2016 - 05:02 AM
How does the meat smell? Does it appear fresh? Is the texture different than the other meats he's had? You might try another day and see if it goes any better. I've heard of Reel Raw, but haven't used them. I've pretty much used whole pieces or coarsely ground (on occasion). I'd try another form of beef if the patty form isn't liked. If Reel Raw doesn't have whole pieces, try a steak (chuck is usually not too expensive) from the grocery store. Beef heart is another cheaper option.
Yesterday, I tried to feed him again. He ate a lil more than the first time, but still didn't finish it. But as far as texture and all that, it seems its like a hamburger patty. He does eat the beef raw meaty bone, but like i said, not the patty.
Posted 17 December 2016 - 04:15 AM
If push came to shove, you could try dehydrating or cooking the patty to get him to eat it. I wouldn't buy the beef patties again if that's his reaction to them.
He actually ate it last evening! I guess maybe he was just used too getting chicken and turkey and weirded out by beef? I dunno, but I'm glad he ate it.
Posted 02 January 2017 - 06:19 AM
Even "normal" dogs can be surprised by textures. My Smooth Collie liked trachea. He did not live to eat like my current two do, but he did enjoy food very much. I was working with him a little bit one day several years ago and tossing him chunks of his dinner. It was a boneless meal with a mix of things. Ground meats, chunks of whole meats, etc. I had a chunk of trachea in there two from some whole animal I had gotten and I will never forget the look on his face when I tossed him the trachea. His face scrunched up and he spit it out so fast. Once he realized what it was, he was happy to eat it, but I think it was the texture that took him by surprise.
Anyhow, my point is that it might just have taken him some time to adjust to it.
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