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Wilbur
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« on: October 08, 2007, 03:39:13 PM »

Hello to All:

Is microwaving meat and vegetables OK..The reason I ask is that I read today that a lady buys Human grade Ground Turkey and zaps it in the microwave with veggies and gives it as a meal to her dogs...

Is ground Turkey a good protein source and,
Is microwaving foods for dogs safe....
Can you boil ground turkey and is that a good idea??
Thanks
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EricV
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« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2007, 03:54:36 PM »

I've wondered this same thing about canned cat food.
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« Reply #2 on: October 08, 2007, 04:32:34 PM »

Wilbur- You would be better off frying it or baking it.Dr Pitcairn & Dr Strombeck both say in their books that you lose more nutrients when cooking in water. I use mostly ground turkey or chicken thighs for mine.I steam the fruits & veg[ after chopping fine in food processor]. If they will eat the veg & fruit raw it is better for them. Only 2 out of 5 will eat them raw here. I do occasionally do the veg in the micro.
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« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2007, 09:25:03 PM »

Have used a microwave for 22 yrs now and do not notice any ill effects from using it. Just heat or cook anything in glass instead of plastic, paper plates, styrofoam as this can leach into the food you are heating or cooking.
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« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2007, 10:56:40 PM »

     Microwaving vegetables actually preserves more nutrients than cooking in water.  I also use the microwave to cook many meats and fish.  More healthful than frying and takes less time than broiling or baking. 
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« Reply #5 on: October 09, 2007, 04:13:03 AM »

I agree with micro over frying for us but cats & dogs need the fat for their skin & coats. If using a lean cut of meat I don't even drain the fat before feeding them. No more scratching or flaky skin,so it is helping.And definitely only in a lead free glass or ceramic. It's scary how much plastic leaching into food when cooking in it.
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« Reply #6 on: October 09, 2007, 07:39:55 AM »

I like the leanness of ground turkey, and don't see a problem with microwaving it in a glass pan. My older dog doesn't digest fatty meats as well as when she was young. I add cold water fish oil to the PF mixture for the dogs' coats and skin.
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« Reply #7 on: October 09, 2007, 12:18:58 PM »

I have been heating up canned cat food in the microwave for a long time now and have not seen any ill effects for doing so.  My cats won't eat cold food from the fridge so I zap it for a few seconds before serving.  I do use a glass bowl.
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JanC
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« Reply #8 on: October 09, 2007, 03:01:41 PM »

I do boil most everything as I thought fried stuff wouldn't be good for my dog.  Burger & ground turkey I do put in a skillet.  I cook my chicken & then add my frozen veggies so they cook in the chicken broth.  Also do my brown rice that way.

I did ask one time about nuking cat/dog food (in a holistic pet store where the girls really do seem to know a lot about nutrition).....was told it's ok to just warm it up but not to leave it in for very long. 

I don't cook anything in the microwave.....it never came out right & I didn't care for the taste of it.  I use it primarily for heating stuff.  I also have a very old & very plain microwave.....not the fancy ones they have out now.

I nuke Hannah's chicken/veggies/rice.....break up the dog food into little pieces, add the warm home-cooked stuff & I figure that will take the chill off the cold dog food.  She's never had any problems.  Then again, she's never refused a meal.....but that's a Lab for you...... Grin
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« Reply #9 on: October 09, 2007, 03:29:16 PM »

JanC- I know tht feeling ! Trooper would happily eat the food packaging if you let him. If it looks or smalls like food he'll it eat.
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« Reply #10 on: October 09, 2007, 06:08:09 PM »

"To each his own" applies to microwave-cooking, I guess.  Personally, I use the microwave just to warm-up people food and pop pop-corn  Grin. I have used it to bring refrigerated cat food to room temp and that means running it in the microwave for less than 8 - 10 seconds.   Although I don't use the microwave to actually cook meats and veggies in, I can't imagine my kitchen without it!  As for cooking petfood in it... I don't think its a good idea - again, this is just my very humble opinion.  But I have read articles that advise against it - says that cooking foodstuffs in the microwave somehow alters the molecules in food (that's why food tastes different when cooked in the microwave).  And if it alters the molecules, one can expect it alters the nutritional values.  The best way to cook veggies IMHO is to steam them.  As for cooking meats meant for pets, there are studies out there that show that the manner of cooking actually affects the nutritional content of the meat.  For example, a lot of taurine is lost when meats are cooked in water; a lot less is lost when the same meats are either fried or baked.  For us humans, this little detail may not be so very important becuase we can make out own taurine from other amino acids.  But this little detail is of supreme importance if you are cooking for a cat!   Ergo, procter, hoc!  I do not cook the meats I feed to my cats. 
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« Reply #11 on: October 09, 2007, 06:27:40 PM »

Oh--- you asked if turkey is a good "meat" to feed your dog... YES, it is.  NATS nutritional profile for one pound of roasted turkey thigh shows the folowing numbers:

Nutrient Total
Calories  712.14 (Kcal)
Protein (g)  85.27 
Fat (g)  38.56 
Carbohydrates (g)  0   -- 
Fiber (g)  0   -- 
Calcium (mg)  36.29 
Iron (mg)  6.8  6 
Sodium (mg)  1982.19   
Potassium  (mg)  1093.15   -- 
Phosphorus (mg)  775.64
Ash (g)  9.53     
vitA (IU) 
vitC (mg) 
Thiamin (mg)  0.38 
Riboflavin (mg)  1.16 
Niacin (mg)  10.93
Water  70.6   
satFat (g)  12.02
monoFat (g)  11.48   
polyF (g)  10.66
Chol (mg)  281.23



Turkey is also very rich in Taurine.  But you need to "balance" it with some calcium and vit A and D sources.  Liver is a good source of vit A and D.  You can use eggshells for the calcium source or figure out how much food grade bone meal to add. 
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kaffe
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« Reply #12 on: October 09, 2007, 10:26:05 PM »

ha ha ha ha Klondike!  I like that zombie army!
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JanC
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« Reply #13 on: October 10, 2007, 05:54:53 AM »

Hey Klondike......one of those guys is my neighbor....... Grin

Or maybe it's his personality that makes him appear that way........ Wink

What a bad girl I am......tsk tsk....... Tongue
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JanC
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« Reply #14 on: October 10, 2007, 05:55:15 PM »

Ha ha ha ha......naw, will send Hannah out to bark at him.  My "guard dog" will probably lick him to death & invite him in for coffee....... Wink
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