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    Default Chicken / Beef Stock

    Hi Everyone,

    I have seen a post where some people have said to put some stock in water and freeze for a nice treat for your dog in summer. Just wanted to know if stock is ok for pups? I know we have to be so careful what we give to our little ones! Has anyone out there given to pups? Thanks for your help.

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    Watch out for the salt content in shop bought stock - or make your own from chicken carcase or meat bones.

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    Hi Samuel and Rose,

    How old are your pups?

    It is important to keep diet simple and consistant for little ones with no major diet changes.

    Having said that puppies do enjoy a small chicken neck from an early age (8 weeks)

    I make my own stock and skim off all traces of fat. You would only need a tiny amount with water for a puppy (like very weak cordial) add a small fresh raw chicken neck and freeze.

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    Honestly, I don't think it's good idea at all.
    First of all - ice blocks. It the temperature outside is high 30's chewing on ice cold pieces may cause sore throat. The difference in temperature is huge!
    Secondly, even for us humans, nutritionists do not recommend ice cold drinks in summer, because it doesn't really cool the system but makes it worse. I believe the same is for animals. Let's put aside polar bears - these are dogs.
    Chicken/beef stock - I don't even use it in my diet because is full of aditives, salts and who knows what. I wouldn't give it to my dog. Ever.

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    Hi Fedra,

    I am sorry you feel that way, it was a simple and popular suggestion thats all.

    I can assure you this technique is used in Zoo's worldwide for animals other than polar bears. Monkeys, bears, girafes to name a few.

    Many experienced dog owners and trainers i know also offer this to their dogs in hot weather to cool down and for a means of stimulation.

    I said previously that i use home made stock and remove all fat. Perhaps i should have made that clearer....

    Ice will not give people or animals a sore throat. You need a viral or bacterial infection to do that.

    Lastly i don't know about everyone else, but we drink heaps of ice cold water in summer with ice.

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    Last edited by Billy; 01-24-2009 at 09:15 PM. Reason: for spelling...i hope.

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    Sorry Billy, I didn't read carefully, obviously.
    I didn't realise these blocks were home made from cooked meats etc. And I didn't realise (or I hope) this blosks are so big so dogs can't swallow it at once. I thought you guys want to give small icy chunks, and many dogs do swallow without chewing and I don't think it's good.

    I still think icy cold drinks are not as refreshing in summer as those that are not so cold. Bacterial infections are definetelly a major cause for sore throats, but there are other things too My dog ate heaps of snow, next day she was sick - diagnosis: she got a cold - sore throat and stomach.
    Last edited by Fedra; 01-25-2009 at 02:56 AM.

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    Hi Fedra,

    I am sorry too, as i was very tired and stressed when i replied

    This can be used as a treat, and to offer stimulation for your dog while cooling them down, though can also be used as a method of feeding your dog their daily meal.

    I only use raw fresh meats like chicken necks, wings etc. Liver treats etc can be added, apple etc. If you are worried about stock you can always just skip that altogether.

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