Can I feed a dog cooked meat or fish that is a week old?

  • Sometimes I have cooked meat or fish in my refrigerator that is a week old. Is this food safe to feed to a dog without reheating? Is it safe to feed to a dog after reheating?

    Would **you** eat it?

    @JoshDM No, I would not.

    @JoshDM that's not really an argument, I would totally eat chocolate but my dog shouldn't. Dogs can cope far better with old and rotten stuff than humans.

    If a cooked piece of meat rots in your fridge in only a week, get a new fridge. That old one evidently is faulty.

    I think, if you can afford to own a dog, you can certainly afford fresh food. If you have fresh food, I wouldn't bother risking it.

  • John Cavan

    John Cavan Correct answer

    8 years ago

    One thing to know is that dogs that become feral are known to be scavengers1 and as consequence are not necessarily eating fresh, unspoiled meats. From that aspect, you can discern that dogs are capable of eating meat that could very will sicken and kill us. The reason that dogs are able to do this is that their stomachs are very acidic and that allows for the dog's natural biology to destroy harmful bacteria.

    So, despite the evidence that would indicate that it is probably safe to feed your dog the meat, I don't know that I would. In general, if (s)he is already getting a properly balanced set of meals and snacks, I'd just toss the meat. The risk may be low, but there's no real value in it anyways.

    1The Behavioural Biology of Dogs, edited by P. Jensen, 2007, pages 157-158

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