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    This might seem like a silly question but can red meat make a little dog hyper? I have over the past week been giving my little terrier pieces of a lamb neck. We normally give him chicken necks but I figured a change for a treat would be nice. He seems to have turned into a little monster over the past week - not sure if there is any relationship to the red meat. But he is all hyper on walks and keeps running a way from me when we are at the park (dog friendly and safe of coure!). Just curious

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    Not a silly q at all. Yes, it can. Red meat can cause aggression and skin problems in dogs.

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    I rarely feed red meat, prefer raw chicken
    Last edited by GoodiesGirl; 07-08-2009 at 10:25 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Occy View Post
    Not a silly q at all. Yes, it can. Red meat can cause aggression and skin problems in dogs.
    aggression? why's that?

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    It heats up the blood in the dog.

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    Red meat is a bit like red cordial and kids. You get the odd dog and the odd kid whose system can't cope with the red stuff.

    I've owned around thirty odd dogs over the years and none of them has had an adverse reaction to red meat. I'm a foster carer so I have looked after quite a few human kids. Only one child MAY have been affected by red cordial but as he also suffered from fetal alcohol syndrome it was hard to tell.

    If you feel red meat is a problem don't feed it.

    Dogs are individuals. I used to look after two Weimaraners who both had a severe allergy to chicken. They did best on lamb and beef. A friend had an Irish Wolfhound who was also allergic to chicken. She did best on fish and lamb.

    My naturapath always maintained that feeding cows milk to puppies contributed to skin troubles in later life. I feed beef but I don't feed milk and my dogs don't have skin problems. Don't have aggression problems either apart from my own sometimes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoodiesGirl View Post
    It heats up the blood in the dog.
    yeah, right ...

    Dearhound, I understand and agree with your explanatio. Thanks, I thought that might be it.

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    *sigh* - just because you don't agree with it Fedra doesn't make it crazy.

    Red meat causes aggression and skin problems - I have seen it repeatedly over the years. I have found that with GSDs in my care - beef causes skin problems and lamb causes increased behaviours that can manifest as aggression.

    Definition of aggression: overt or suppressed hostility, either innate or resulting from continued frustration and directed outward or against oneself.

    If you build up energy and don't use it constructively - as many owners don't - including any of us who don't work out WORKING (so that would count out your non working breeds) dogs for several hours a day - it often manifests as aggression - as an acting out due to frustration.

    It also manifests as aggression turned onto oneself - for example - dogs that pluck out their own coats in frustration.

    It might manifest as destructive behaviour...or seemingly obsessive behaviour.

    It is worse these days because of the hormone treatments our food receives.

    In addition - it my time as a dog trainer more than once I have suggested people take their dogs off red meat - and voila - a dog that is far less toey and less likely to act out in any way.

    My opinion is not the only opinion - naturally - however, the more dismissive people are with no research or apparent experience, the less I respect anything they say.

    To answer the original poster - yes - red meat can make your dog well and truly hyperactive. If you want to experiment just take your dog off the red meat - and try some chicken or fish instead. Indeed, dogs are individuals, and perhaps this will work for you
    Last edited by Occy; 07-09-2009 at 10:33 PM. Reason: to add more explanation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fedra View Post
    yeah, right ...

    Dearhound, I understand and agree with your explanatio. Thanks, I thought that might be it.
    So because you don't understand, I'm crazy? Fair enough, good to know.

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    Thanks for the great information. I think I will definately avoid red meat - especially lamb.

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