I recently decided that 2.5 years into feeding my pups a balanced, raw food diet, I was ready to become a little more adventurous and introduce some new protein sources and cuts thereof.
As I browsed Raw Feeding Miami’s (RFM) delightfully varied protein selection, I decided to check out their pork section. I had heard before that pork might not be a great protein to feed because it might contain a pathogen that causes trichinosis (disease caused by parasitic worms), and had hence stayed away from it.
Since learning that “Biosecurity measures on pig farms have become very sophisticated and effective” and trusting that RFM only offers high quality raw food, I decided to kick my fears to the curb and give pork a try after all.
Part of Raw Feeding Miami's product description for the pork uterus reads "For the more adventurous raw feeder".
Pork Uterus – Neutral Protein To Be Fed As Muscle Meat
Missy does better on neutral and cooling protein sources as opposed to warming ones, which was another reason to order pork as it falls into the category of neutral foods (according to Traditional Chinese Medicine). Dogs Naturally Magazine has a good article about the topic of food energetics (click to read).
Did you know? Pork is rich in thiamin, riboflavin, zinc, magnesium, vitamin B12, vitamin B6, niacin, phosphorus, and iron.
When putting your own raw meals together, you’ll want to achieve balance by feeding about 80% muscle meat, 10% raw meaty bones, and 10% organs (5% of which is liver).
Pork is to be fed as muscle meat, so it can make up to 80% of a meal. I prefer introducing new protein sources slowly and mixing things up for variety’s sake either way, so I mixed the uterus with a thread herring and beef heart (& some pumpkin purée).
The meal pictured below does not feature organs or raw meaty bones. Those were fed at a different time of the day.
Meal Ideas Featuring Pork Uterus
As you can see in the picture below this paragraph, I added a little pork uterus to other choices of muscle meat (beef heart, chicken & fish blend), raw meaty bone (duck head) & some supplements (pumpkin purée, organic mushroom complex, & raw goat milk). Liver (organ) is present in ground form in the chicken & fish blend.
Puppy birthday 🎉 breakfast consists of a duck head, beef heart, chicken & fish mix, pork uterus (all from @rawfeedingmiami ), pumpkin puree, raw goat milk (just bought some from @primalpetfoods ) and organic mushroom complex (from @drmercola ). 😋#rawfeedingcommunity
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Now, as you can see in below video, Missy loved the pork uterus, while Buzz didn’t like it at all. This was definitely a first!! He did try it several times but kept spitting it out. This was the case when I offered it to him thawed AND partially frozen.
I figured the flabby, somewhat slimy, consistency of the thawed uterus might not be to his liking, but he also (more or less) politely declined the more frozen version of it.
So far, both pups have liked every single raw item I’ve bought for them, meaning Buzz not liking the pork uterus was definitely a first.
Although trying out pork uterus wasn’t 100% successful since Buzz decided to be a spoiled little brat puppy and not like it, Missy was totally into it, so it’ll make it on our raw feeding meal plan again at some point.
Have you fed your dogs pork? As always, we’d love to hear from you in our comment section!