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Hello, Can dogs eat raw fat trimmed from beef? If so what is considered too much? My dog is a Karelien Bear Dog.

Asked by Member 898936 on Oct 9th 2009 in Food & Nutrition
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In small amounts. You really shouldn't be giving too much pure fat without meat to back it up. My art teachers dog got pancreatitis from too much beef fat. If these are just trimmings from your own steak, just throw most of it away. And stick to dog food and lean meats.

Chocolate answered on 10/9/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


Yea they can have it, but i would not make it the main part of their meal all the time. It can cause alot of problems but once in awhile would be ok

Dunkin answered on 10/9/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer

Cookies 'n' Creme (1998-2011)

Yeah. My dogs eat all kinds of raw meats. (One is on the raw diet.) Including fat. It's better that they get their energy from fat rather than from carbohydrates, or so I've read. Make the fat limited, though. You don't want an overweight pooch.
The digestive system of a canine is designed to handle raw meat, and kills almost any bacteria ingested.

There are important guidelines to an actual raw diet, so don't start feeding it as an entire diet until you know more about it. It's not hard once you know how to balance the meals, but it does take more effort than feeding commercial pet food. Raw snacks, however, are fine to give and as just snacks, you won't have to worry about anything. Just follow the safety precautions in handling raw meat, just as you do when preparing dinner for your family.

Cookies 'n' Creme (1998-2011) answered on 10/9/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


As mentioned, too much fat causes pancreatitis. A dog can eat a high fat diet for years and not show symptoms until it is too late. Your dog is best off eating a commercial dog food and little else.

Aster answered on 10/9/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer