My landloard does a lot of hunting, and in the past he would give me frozen moose hearts for my Wolf. I would just give them to him as a Moosecicle to chew. But in the last year he died of cancer, and I decided to get a Border Collie as my next companion. I don't feel he has the same system as my wolf, so I am looking at thawing the heart and cooking it. Any ideas on how to prepare this for the little guy?
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I am going to recommend you cook the meat as wild game are not processed anywhere as quickly as domestic animals. One of the side effects of moose meat is it makes the dog, and people gassy. And we all know what gas produces. And, moose toots have a distinct room clearing odor.
When feeding raw I am sure you know to start off small and let them adjust just like switching horses to a new feed.
I always feed raw. Raw poops are SO much better than kibble poops. My dogs have NEVER had a problem eating raw. If you are worried about internal parasites in the moose meat, just be sure to worm your dog monthly.
I used to wrap moose meat for a butcher. Here's the scenario. The moose is shot usually a long way from the processing plant. If shot on an island, the carcass is dragged thro the water beside the boat to the mainland. Once it's up on shore it's hung and gutted, then quartered if it's a really big animal and loaded into the truck for the drive to the butcher's. This often involves at least 4 hours. The meat is no longer prime. Bacteria are growing at a rampant rate. It's fine if it's cooked but the dog could become quite ill if it eats it raw. When dogs or wolves kill they eat it immediately while the carcass is still warm.
I would freeze it for a couple of weeks and then feed it raw in small portions. Heart is a very rich muscle meat and could cause a bit of the runs unless you are already a raw feeder and your puppy has enough bone in her diet to keep things moving along. Like someone else mentioned, dogs and wolves have the same digestive tracts. I feed raw to my great dane - it's an amazing diet and is so good for them. I bet your puppy will enjoy the special treat!
I figure if my dog can eat a rotten carcass with no ill effects (ravines...sigh...), a 4hr-old moose heart shouldn't be any different. The acids in dogs' saliva and stomachs kill off bacteria and their digestive tracts are so short that the food is processed and eliminated before any bacteria can build up in the gut. This is why they are able to eat raw meat (poultry especially) without risk of salmonella.