Feeding Dead Animals

 

 

 

Since there seem to be several questions concerning feeding dead livestock to Guardian Dogs,  we would like to present a coherent discussion of our views on the subject.  First, and most importantly, feeding dead livestock to guardians does NOT teach Guardians to kill livestock.  If this were not the case, there would undoubtedly be no sheep and goats in the world today as they would have disappeared sometime in prehistory.  The fact that many, many modern shepherds and goatherds, including us, continue the practice of feeding dead livestock to Guardian Dogs with no incidents of Guardians going on a killing rampage seems to provide adequate proof for our first statement.  

The financial benefits of using the carcasses of our valuable stock in one last economically effective way should be clear to anyone who has ever purchased dog food.  Other disposal methods with the exception of composting provide no benefits and, in fact, carry a price tag in one or more of the following areas:  lost of your time, wear and tear on equipment such as a backhoe, extra use of various fuels, environmental pollution, and the increased presence of predators.  Composting dead animals does provide some benefit, but is much more involved (to control odor, health risks and vermin) than composting straight vegetable matter.  

Economics aside, although some owners of pet livestock have expressed intense outrage at this concept, others believe that it is a final honor to their pets for them to provide one last benefit to their home.  

Although dogs may kill and or eat various species of encroaching wildlife, we have become aware that there is a not-too-common parasite that may possibly be spread when your dog eats freshly killed dead animals of any species.  The parasite is called a sarcocyst and cannot survive extreme heat or cold.  As raw meat and innards are more beneficial to dogs than cooked meat and raw bones are less dangerous to dogs than cooked ones, we freeze dead stock before feeding it.  

For those of you interested in this practice, we were able to purchase in August 2005 a 5 cubic foot freezer at WalMart for $136. 

 


Dan & Paula Lane
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