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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-11-2004, 10:42 AM Thread Starter
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Raw hamburger??

I know there are many people out there who feed a BARF diet to their pets, but I haven't ventured into that yet. I was wondering if it would be okay to give my little chihuahua puppy some raw hamburger meat though? Just as a treat now and then? I know she would eat it, she eats everything else under the sun. LOL
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-11-2004, 10:55 AM
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Nope, I wouldn't. Those who feed BARF I believe give steaks, etc. The hamburger has been ground and as such is open to all sorts of bacteria. It's the same reason most restaurants won't serve them cooked less than medium well - it's not safe.

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I agree with Jade, I wouldn't risk it. Especially in a puppy. Although I wouldn't feed my dogs the BARF diet either...


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Definitely not raw hamburger. Your dog has the same chances for ecoli as you would. In the barf diet they mostly describe how they use chicken, not so much beef. I can't really remember what they suggested for beef but I know they recommended chicken carcasses or necks because it isn't just the meat but the uncooked bone as well. I don't think they have the same problem with salmonella that we do.
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I aggree with Dena! I remember getting yelled at for doing it by my boyfriend a couple months ago! =P
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Lavender I used to make my dogs meals using hamburger mince but it was cooked thoroughly though. He never got sick from it cause it was made so that I could have eaten it if I wanted to!lol

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re: raw hamburger

Hi! Same with me, I think it's only a problem if it's cooked!
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I agree with everyone, no raw hamburger meat. Throughly cooked meat is great for a treat, my guys love it!

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I also agree, raw hamburger won't be good for your doggie.


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Hi! Same with me, I think it's only a problem if it's cooked!
ummm do you mean that it's only a problem if it's not cooked?

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Thouroughly cooked hamburger mixed with a little cooked rice and a couple of teaspoons of canned pumpkin is a great way to stimulate a puppy with a poor apetite.
I agree with everyone else though. I wouldn't feed any raw meat to my pups or dogs. The risk for contamination is just too great. BARF feeders follow a very specific formula for feeding - one which I have briefly read about and decided it just wasn't for me. If you want information on the BARF diet, Google it- there is quite a bit of information out there regarding this diet.

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WHOOPS! Yup you got it, I meant NOT Cooked!
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lol synchronicity I thought I'd double check cause it could have caused some confusion!hehe

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Cooked hamburger, boiled chicken with a little rice,or ham are good for a picky chi. I also give them a tiny bit of salmon once in a while. The oil is great for their coats. Raw meat can give the dog parasites. You can also once in a while cook up an egg and add it to the dog food.

Gypsy is a very picky eater. I found she'll eat Cesaer porterhouse steak, filet mignon, or little champions. I've tried everything - including Wellness. She and Amber do the best with those. Plus they are formulated for small dogs. Gypsy is now 13 1/2 lbs, and Amber 12 1/2 lbs.

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