Don't bother discarding the fat mate. As Phil was alluding to, it's the best source of energy intake for a dog and does no harm at all. Hard working dogs (eg huskies) will take 60%+ raw fat into their diet to perform properly. Raw fat is GOOD for dogs, and has no negative consequences on the cardiovascular system as it would in humans.
Regarding veggies. I KNOW this comes up all the time lads, but can we please drop the "essential"? Most authorities believe a dog is a carnivore, and does NOT need vegetables etc.
I am not (and never do) say that you are WRONG to feed veggies - it's free choice and can't do any harm. BUT they are certainly not essential. Essential means the dog would die without them, which they most certainly do and will not!
I never ever feed my dogs veggies.
As for the old argument about wolves eating the stomach contents - balderdash! Show me one source showing this? Wolves DO NOT eat the stomach contents of their prey. They scatter it around the kill site and once the actual stomach (a meat item!) is free of veggie mush they eat the muscle/meat.
Any wolf expert can tell you that - see the works of Dr. L. David Mech and others. He is a life-long expert of wild wolf ecology and has many times re-iterated that wild wolves WILL NOT eat stomach contents or (unless hungry in the extreme) herbage.
If you're gonna feed veggies etc, fair play and all power to ya. But can we stop saying they're essential, necessary, or even "natural" please? Feel free to prove me wrong, but the operative word here is PROVE.
Back-and-forth discussion proves nothing. Provide sources, show video, quote journals, ecologists, zoologists... Best of luck in that quest, you'll be there a very long time, as they just don't do it LOL
All the best, with no offence intended.
Edited by RainmakerKennels, 03 September 2006 - 02:19 am.