Can dogs have vegetable broth or juice?
A: Yes, they can.
Vegetable broth is very good for dogs, as long as it’s not prepared with high-nitrogen meats. Some veterinarians don’t allow it, because too much of a protein can contribute to kidney damage. If a recipe calls for vegetable broth, however, it’s safe for dogs.
But be aware that the high amount of nitrates (in some cases) and/or nitrites (in others) can contribute to bladder cancer.
Dogs aren’t allowed to eat spinach or other spinach-like greens because of the nitrates. (Nitrites are different.)
How do I store raw meat?
A: It should be refrigerated and kept below 40 degrees Fahrenheit (4.4 degrees Celsius) for 24 hours. (It’s okay to keep it for two days at lower temperatures, but it can lose nutritional value.)
You can freeze or keep meat on ice, but it should be cooked to an internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit (63.5 degrees Celsius) before serving. Cooked meat can be kept in the refrigerator for three to four days.
When is the best time to make meat for dogs?
A: You can prepare it anytime of the year, but we usually make it for the holidays when we have time to slow down and savor the day. We also make it at the start of the month, to use throughout the winter when we can’t get meat.
Why does cooked meat not keep well?
A: Meat has natural enzymes that can break down protein when it’s overcooked.
What do you mean when you say raw meat isn’t cooked to the “perfect temperature?”
A: It’s very difficult to predict what internal temperature meat will be at a given time. For us, it’s 145 degrees Fahrenheit (63.5 degrees Celsius) at the end of a roasting process. It may go a few degrees above or below that. It depends on the size and shape of the piece of meat, as well as the oven’s temperature and the humidity of the room.
What does “doneness” mean?
A: It’s very difficult to tell by looking at the meat. You can look for a pink center, but that doesn’t always indicate a fully cooked item. A thermometer is very helpful for determining doneness.
How can I freeze meat?
A: Freezing can preserve meat, but it doesn’t make it safe to eat. It won’t keep you from getting sick.
What do you mean when you say a chicken breast is ready to eat when it’s white throughout and cooked to 145 degrees Fahrenheit (63.5 degrees Celsius)?
A: If it’s cooked to 145 degrees Fahrenheit (63.5 degrees Celsius), it will stay safe when it’s reheated.
When can I thaw meat?
A: As soon as possible after thawing. The meat should be kept in the refrigerator, wrapped in an airtight bag.
When I’m about to cook a dish that contains meat, do I need to thaw it first?
A: If you’re cooking the meat on its own, the answer is no. Thawing time depends on the size of the package and how much meat is in the package.
How do you keep raw beef?
A: We freeze raw beef in one-gallon (3.8 liters) containers and label it with an expiration date. It’s the same way we’ve done it for years.
How do you know when the steak is cooked to an internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit (63.5 degrees Celsius)?
A: We thaw it in the fridge and pat it dry. We then rub a thermometer down the steak and cook it to 145 degrees Fahrenheit (63.5 degrees Celsius) and test it again.
How can you tell if cooked beef has been sitting out?
A: Meat is safe to serve once the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees Fahrenheit (63.5 degrees Celsius).
What can I feed a dog who has cancer?
A: In general, we don’t recommend feeding a dog a diet of just one single type of meat, since it’s not nutritionally balanced. Instead, we’d recommend making a menu that incorporates several different meats, vegetables, fruits and other foods. We recommend feeding a raw diet for at least one month before making any changes to a cancer-suffering dog’s diet.
What can I feed a dog who is overweight?
A: If your dog has been overweight for a long time, it may need more than just a healthy diet to lose weight. In that case, you might want to get a nutritionist or a veterinarian to help you design a diet that works.
Can a dog be allergic to red meat?
A: No. The red meat protein we get is fine. The nitrates and nitrites in processed meats can contribute to a dog’s bladder cancer.
Do dogs eat bread?
A: Yes, they can eat bread, as long as it has been baked. Dogs love to chew on it and swallow it whole. We make a lot of their treats that way.
Do dogs eat cheese?
A: Yes, they can. As long as it has been made without milk products. We don’t recommend dairy-based cheese.
What should I feed a dog who is pregnant?
A: Dogs who are pregnant should not be fed processed meats. They need to avoid eggs and some dairy products, too. You can feed a healthy raw diet to a pregnant dog. We recommend keeping a food journal that notes what she eats, how she eats it, the consistency and the amount. Keep her records on file.