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Old 01-15-2009, 04:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My friend said he pours a little bacon grease on his dogs' food from time to time. How bad is it, to do that? We eat bacon, but I always dump the grease out, never thought to pour a little on Jax' food. Would that little bit of fat be bad?
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Old 01-15-2009, 04:42 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I feed my dogs a little bacon grease once in a while. Obviously the fat content is through the roof but every once in a while won't hurt. IMHO not all saturated fat is created equal. Animal or egg fat is much different (and better) than man-made processed fat.
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I have no clue but when I try to give Newt anything Human food like ... it doesnt sit well with her..... I dont know how well Boxers can digest fat/grease....... I guess a test sample would be okay and see how it goes?....... Good luck with this!
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I was always under the impression that very fatty foods like bacon could put your dog at risk for bloat. So, I don't like to give bacon to Laila even though she whines like crazy for it. On occasion though I have taken the greased soaked paper towel that the bacon drained on, and will rub a little bit of it on one of her bones for a little flavor...but, she's getting such a tiny amount....and, I think I've done it only 2 or 3 times.
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Old 01-15-2009, 05:40 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Too much fatty food can cause pancraetitis, pork is esp bad for this in dogs. Pancreatitis is painful and if not treated in time it can be fatal. Most dogs do recover but it can be expensive to treat, they usually need IV's and such. My grandma's shnauzer just went through this, the vet said it was from too much junk food and fat. Obviously not all pups will react this way but I'd rather be safe than sorry. I do give Paco people food fairly often but I try to stay away from very fatty things for this reason.
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Many, many many years ago, we had a Doxie when we were kids, the vet recomended bacon grease to help his dry skin...Worked like a charm.. I've always given it mine on occasion actually...I actually gave some to my cousin after her Standard Poodle had chemo, his hair was matted and dry...Sam absolutely loved it and really helped his dry skin....This was back in the day when we didn't know about fish oil
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I drizzle some over Maddie's food. A tablespoon or so, if that much. I don't eat too much bacon so if she gets it once a month, it's a special treat for her. A little goes a long way, and she loves it!
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Thanks. Jax' diet is TOTW, and a weekly bully stick, weekly egg, salmon oil. He rarely gets anything other than that. I need to go get some yogurt or cottage cheese. He NEVER gets people food from us, so it seems to be ok as long as I keep it to a minimum.
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Too much fatty food can cause pancraetitis, pork is esp bad for this in dogs.
Ditto on this. Just like the people who take their steak scraps off a prime rib home for their dog. I do give my dogs some people stuff, however its always in their bowls and in moderation. Like this am, I made some eggs for hubby before I left for work, before I fed the dogs I mixed in some scrambled eggs in with their grainless kibble, added shredded cheese. They never know what they are going to get - tonight is Turkey Necks! ha ha ha

I do stay away from fatty foods. They get their fat from things like the rib bones and skin on the turkey necks. Other than that, try not to because of the pancraetitis.
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Old 01-16-2009, 11:19 AM   #10 (permalink)
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It's bad and should never be fed to dogs. My vet said it is very hard on their system. It also offers no nutritional value. Used to do it myself before my vet warned me.

Better to give the dog oil that offers nutritional value such as fish or olive oil.

Nothing wrong with so called people-food so long as it is nutritious. Nutritious food is nutritious regardless of who eats it. Many of the premium brands use human grade ingredients.
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