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    Question Rejected raw duck liver...why?!

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    Yesterday I was making some duck liver pate at home (yum!) and put some scraps of raw liver into the dog's bowl at dinner time. She's been raw fed her whole life (2 years) and has never rejected any kind of raw meat, but she left this entirely - actually ate around it and left it there!

    She eats beef, lamb and chicken liver, so what is it about duck liver that's objectionable? It's making me suspicious about the (rather tasty) duck liver pate that's now in the fridge...!

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    My dog would not eat raw sheep liver fresh from the butcher either.

    And I never told the butcher that I wasn't going to eat it. I will only eat liver or offal if I know the sheep was killed within 24 hours of the eating, ideally less - cos after that it tastes horrible whether they properly chilled it or not. Some fish are like that too - Australian Salmon trout being one. Snook and Kingfish also. Much nicer the same day they're caught.

    Anyway - Frosty didn't want to eat the raw liver. And she has no problem with raw beef or roo mince. And she does not get raw very often. All I can think is when the stuff is not same day kill - it has a very strong odour that if you're not used to it, might make it a bit repulsive.

    Duck liver pate - I guess it would all depend where you got it and how much of it they sell and how old it was (how long since the duck died) when they got it and how long they had it. It might be worth phoning and asking if you can get some super fresh and what day do they get it in, and working out from that how long they'd had what they sold you.

    It might be perfectly ok to eat - it's just that some meat - gets smelly very quickly, properly chilled or not.

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    I think most pets have taste likes and dislikes, just like humans. My dog won't eat kidneys and is a bit fussy about what type of fish she eats. She'll eat any other raw stuff.

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    Mine turned their noses up at raw liver. So i held off till dinner time post long walk. They changed their minds. I think its a consistency/texture thing. But not significant enough to object to when hungry.

    to me, raw means raw. all meat is raw in the diet. This includes offal.
    Sheeps hearts are a treat, again, nudged the first few around for a ball for while.
    These days, they have cast iron stomachs and very hungry of a evening.

    I guess like most humans, they turn their noses up at offal, till they are hungry. Then you get far less fussy, which is how i came to love offal myself.

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    I always offer the duck offcuts to animals, so far every single one, including my cat, and several different dogs, have turned their nose up at it. Mind you these pets haven't been fed raw and probably don't know what to do with it. Thankfully Dexter does actually eat it! hurrah! I just hate wasting perfectly edible parts of an animal when it could go to some use. Dex gets the wings and the neck, I haven't tried him on the offal yet as we ruptured the gaul bladder and intestines and figured the rest might taste weird because of that. I would've offered the carcass but I plan on using that for stock. I know my cat isn't a fan of offal, I've tried him on liver and heart so far and he won't touch it, but bring out mince, raw chicken or fish and he'll climb your leg to get it. I guess animals can be a bit picky with some things too.

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    " I guess animals can be a bit picky with some things too. "
    Ive yet to meet a dog that turns its nose up at food when it is really hungry. Regardless of what it is used to eating.
    My fosters turn their noses up at raw diet. Till 24 hrs in, then they change their minds

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    I've been fostering a dog that won't eat raw meat of any kind, he just rolls it around in his mouth and spits it out. I think dogs just have their preferences, some things they like, some things they don't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mosh View Post
    I've been fostering a dog that won't eat raw meat of any kind, he just rolls it around in his mouth and spits it out. I think dogs just have their preferences, some things they like, some things they don't.
    WOW! So lucky for him he got fostered - wouldn't survive long on his own!
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    I dunno Finley - he might prefer slighty fermented road kill to fresh meat.

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    Duck meat is great because it provides a different protein than garden variety chicken.

    And so duck liver probably also provides something a little extra special. My dog wont eat raw kidney so I cook it for one minute in the microwave (better than not eating at all).

    My dog wont eat raw kangaroo meat or mince and wont eat it if cooked, but loves kangaroo dog treats (100% meat or lower).

    Like they say, your dogs nose will have its own preference and if you cant get them to eats it raw or cooked, their are many other raw options to try. Perhaps revisit it a year later, and just be happy with getting some form of duck protein into them?

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