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Old 11-05-2008, 03:17 AM   #11
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I wonder if that is like cat poop, my Maddie loves that.
My label for by Doggie Beer Bars says "Better Then Poop". Only dog lovers get it. LOL
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Old 11-05-2008, 03:41 AM   #12
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I wonder if these spent grain treats are really good for dogs.

I think the dog food industry would tell us it is fine since their products are mostly comprised of cereal grains too. Probably many vets would say the same.

My dogs love Milk Bone treats, so I'm sure they'd love spent-grain cookies too.

But still... Dogs are carnivores by nature, not herbivores or omnivores. I've recently been feeding raw beef and chicken to my dogs. They go nuts over it. And then afterwards they want a Milk Bone... go figure.
Please, please, please, before you start your dog on one of these raw meat diets, talk to your vet first. Dogs really are not strict carnivores by nature, and do quite well with a fair amount of carbohydrates to balance out a protein rich diet (A TON of research has been done on this) You will find, if you talk to your local vet, that many of these raw diets are actually deficient in many minerals and vitamins, including Calcium and Phosphorus. I will not say that these diets cannot be healthy, but it does take some effort to balance them for your pet. Not only do these diets tend to not be balanced, but dogs can and will get many of the food borne diseases that we can get from raw meat (Salmonella, E. coli, Camphlobacter, etc.)

On the other hand, a "treat" of raw meat, or spent grain doggie bars are quite acceptable.


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Old 11-05-2008, 12:01 PM   #13
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for what it's worth, make sure there are no hops that make it into the cookies. I understand they are poisonous for dogs.

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Old 11-05-2008, 12:43 PM   #14
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for what it's worth, make sure there are no hops that make it into the cookies. I understand they are poisonous for dogs.
Ah, thank you for bringing this up. There have been a few reported cases of sight hound breeds (mostly greyhounds) developing malignant hyperthermia (kinda like an uncontrolled fever, body just keeps making itself hotter and hotter) after the ingestion of hop products. This is not something that I would generaly not worry about, as it takes a while to dig up the details in the archives of veterinary litterature (translate: pretty freakin rare...) BUT, I would also say don't tempt fate and feed your dog the leftover hops from that IIPA your brewin next weekend
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Old 11-05-2008, 01:21 PM   #15
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Dogs, like humans, are carnivors by nature but that doesnt meant that won't like a good spent grain dog biscuit.
Humans are not carnivores by nature.
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Old 11-05-2008, 01:37 PM   #16
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My dog Kaya likes to RDWHAHB with me! Now she can have some grain treats as well.

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Dogs, like humans, are carnivors by nature but that doesnt meant that won't like a good spent grain dog biscuit.
Dogs are carnivores, humans however are omnivores with a much longer and more complicated digestive tract.

This recipe sounds pretty good as a snack for dogs or humans. I would not feed it to either as a significant part of the diet. I may have to make a batch for myself next time i brew.

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You can also add bacon grease or beef tallow instead of or in addition to the peanut butter.

Our dog loves them, and our daughter loves to mess around in the kitchen and make them. I get an automatic brew assistant as long as I agree to let her make dog cookies.

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Thanks for the alternative. I have the one dog in the world that doesn't eat peanut butter. Go Figure.

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You can also add bacon grease or beef tallow instead of or in addition to the peanut butter.

Our dog loves them, and our daughter loves to mess around in the kitchen and make them. I get an automatic brew assistant as long as I agree to let her make dog cookies.
Mmmmmmm, bacon grease.
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