Anyone feed whole, raw mackerel?

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Anyone feed whole, raw mackerel?

Postby BabyReba » Wed Mar 11, 2009 10:41 am

The supplier I get my food from is now offering whole or ground raw mackerel. She gave me a sample of a couple of fish--they are frozen, whole fish (head, tail, not gutted or cleaned), about 8 to 10 inches long. I did feed the dogs half of one each, and they loved them . . . But before I ordered, I figured I'd ask here if anyone's fed this before.

I've only fed mackerel from a can before, never raw . . .

Are there any health concerns with feeding raw mackerel that anyone is aware of?

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Postby JurisMyDiction » Wed Mar 11, 2009 11:14 am

sorry to kind of go off topic, but the bones don't hurt the dogs?

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Postby RuffMuttK9z » Wed Mar 11, 2009 11:25 am

I used to feed whole, raw mackerel and my dogs loved them. They're readily available in the Vietnamese markets around my house.

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Postby FransterDoo » Wed Mar 11, 2009 11:33 am

I wish but nobody around here likes them whole.

I now buy them and grind them up with meat and such as a treat.

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Postby BabyReba » Wed Mar 11, 2009 11:48 am

So in your guys' experience feeding them whole has been relatively safe? Any particular length of time I should keep them frozen before feeding, like with pork or some other kinds of fish?

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Postby FransterDoo » Wed Mar 11, 2009 12:04 pm

I don't freeze things as a precaution anyways so I can't answer that Erin.

The one foster I had that liked to eat Fish never had a problem but that's not much of a sample.

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Postby HappyPuppy » Wed Mar 11, 2009 4:38 pm

Yeah - I get those at the super market for like $2.99 for 2 lbs. I usually give one that's about 6-7 oz (plus other food) or two smaller ones. Ruby loooves them even semi-frozen. I was worried about contamination from the internal organs initially but we've not had any problems. That's pretty much the only 'whole prey' item I can offer ATM and I feed it usually every Sunday.

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Postby OlympianAB » Thu Mar 12, 2009 9:59 am

hey erin i get them from AJA, and my kids love them... i feed them mostly frozen bc of the fishy smells makes me sick

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Postby BabyReba » Thu Mar 12, 2009 10:38 am

Hey Becky,

Aja is the person I was talking about . . . she told me she could get them, and I was debating on whether to buy a case of them or not. I fed the ones she gave me partially frozen and they do smell bad . . . but nice weather is coming, so I figured they could eat them outside!

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Postby msvette2u » Thu Mar 12, 2009 10:42 am

I don't so I don't have experience but man, I'd worry about worms.

http://www.fao.org/wairdocs/tan/x5951e/x5951e01.htm

It's gross enough finding one cooked in your fish fillet...

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Postby RuffMuttK9z » Thu Mar 12, 2009 11:42 am

Roundworms won't be an issue for dogs that get a monthly all-in-one heartworm preventative such as Heartgard.

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Postby BabyReba » Thu Mar 12, 2009 12:09 pm

yes, regular worming would help with the worms, and the article also says this, which makes me feel much better:

Freezing of fish at - 20°C for 60 hours kills all worms.


i may go ahead and get some and see how it goes. thanks guys!

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Postby msvette2u » Thu Mar 12, 2009 12:17 pm

Ah good, definitely freeze them.

As an Alaskan girl growing up, we caught all manner of fish and you'd (maybe) be amazed at how wormy they can be!! It's just disgusting. The worms get in the muscle meat, not just the stomach. They burrow in the muscles to lay their eggs or whatever, and you filet the fish out and there they are.

I even asked hubby the other day before we ate at KFC (they have a new fish sandwich), "Will we see any worms in there??"
He was like, "Oh, I trust this fish".

ookay...


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