What Meat Can Great Pyrenees Eat? 5 Yes and 3 Maybe!

Oh my word! What is my Great Pyrenees eating?

If you’re anything like us, you’ll find your Pyrenees eating some kind of “mystery meat” out in your yard almost every week.

what meat can my great pyrenees eat

The important question – what meat can Great Pyrenees eat?

Below we cover a variety of different meats (both common and a little more adventurous) and let you know if it’s ok for your Great Pyrenees to eat them.

Can Great Pyrenees Eat Chicken?

Yes, Great Pyrenees can eat chicken with some exceptions.

Some dog breeds are known to be picky eaters, and that’s especially true for Pyrenees (or at least ours.) To help get our Pyrenees the nutrition she needs, we will sometimes give her deboned chicken, chicken feet, and raw chicken.

Chicken is actually a healthy food for dogs and provides them with plenty of protein, minerals, and vitamins.

Saying that, many people don’t know that chicken bones can be dangerous for dogs. While Great Pyrenees are known to be able to eat chicken, it’s important not to allow them to eat whole chickens.

They have many small bones that could get caught in your dog’s intestines and cause serious health problems.

If you have backyard chickens and give them the carcass from your chicken dinner to finish picking over, make sure your Great Pyrenees can’t get it!

Side note – we still can’t get over how much chickens LOVE cooked chicken! Strange…

Can Great Pyrenees Eat Pork?

The short answer is no, your Pyrenees should not eat pork. There are some exceptions, but it’s best to avoid pork products.

Pork is a high-fat food and can cause pancreatitis in dogs if eaten in large quantities. Great Pyrenees should also not be given raw pork, as this could lead to a bacterial infection.

Raw pork is also known to have parasites. If eaten raw, your dog may require deworming/a vet visit to help rid them of the issue.

Some exceptions to the rule are if the pork is cooked to a human safe temperature and isn’t preserved and full of sodium (bacon, ham, etc.)

A few pieces of fat from your pork chops won’t hurt your Pyrenees. Keep in mind, however, that Pyrenees are picky eaters, so too many table scraps can cause issues with eating their dog food.

We will also give our Pyrenees a spoonful of bacon grease on rare occasions. If you do this, it should be given as a special treat.

Can Great Pyrenees Eat Rabbit?

The answer to this question is yes, the Great Pyrenees can eat rabbit. Pyrenees do very well on a raw dog food diet, and rabbits are a great choice as the meat source.

In fact, they may actually prefer rabbit to other types of meat (although they’re unlikely to be picky about any raw meat.)

Rabbits are classified as small prey animals and they are a good source of amino acids and other meat-based vitamins.

We raise meat rabbits to eat personally. On butcher day, after we remove the backstraps and legs to cook for ourselves, we give our Pyrenees the feet and the rest of the rabbit carcass.

She loves it and it helps keep her in good shape! Pyrenees are known to have joint issues as they age, so the collagen in the rabbit is great to help keep them mobile.

Can Great Pyrenees Eat Beef?

Yes, Great Pyrenees can eat beef.

Beef is a good raw source of protein and other nutrients that are essential for their growth and development. It is also a good source of energy, which helps them maintain their active lifestyle.

If you’re feeding your Pyrenees a raw dog food diet, it’s important to watch the cuts that you give your dog.

Some may be too fatty and not contain the macronutrient balance that your dog needs to stay healthy.

If you are giving them bones or cooked meat as an occasional treat, then I personally wouldn’t worry about the amount. They love beef (which isn’t much of a surprise!)

Can Great Pyrenees Eat Venison (Deer)?

Yes, Great Pyrenees can eat venison. Venison is a type of red meat that comes from deer.

It is a good source of protein, zinc, and niacin. Depending on how you feed your dog, it can be fed to your Pyrenees both raw and cooked.

Unless your property is overflowing with deer, it’s unlikely that venison will become a staple of your dog’s diet. If you’re able, the leg bones and antler drops make great chew toys for Great Pyrenees.

In the winter and early spring, our Pyrenees always seems to find antlers and deer bones that she brings back to chew on (our neighbor hunts the 200 acres next to us that he runs cattle on).

The bones are large and durable enough to last her for weeks before they’re too small for her to safely chew on.

Can Great Pyrenees Eat Raw Meat?

The answer to this question is both yes and no. As we’ve discussed above, it depends on the type of meat. Most raw meat is perfectly fine for your dog to eat.

As you start giving them raw meat, keep an eye on them and their, ahem, #2’s and make sure there’s nothing unusual or concerning. Some dogs, for whatever reason, aren’t able to digest raw meat very well.

However, most dogs can digest raw meat without any problems, and I’ve personally never heard of any of our friends’ Pyrenees having issues.

Additionally, many dog health experts believe that a raw meat diet is better for dogs compared to eating processed dog food.

Raw meat and raw eggs are great diet additions to improve the health of your Great Pyrenees.

Can Great Pyrenees Eat Deli Meat?

Yes, they can eat deli meat, but it’s probably best to avoid giving it to them.

If you do want to give them deli meat, make sure to only give them meat that is free of additives and synthetic preservatives.

Most deli meat is very high in sodium and other preservatives that can make your dog sluggish and dehydrated (especially concerning during the summer).

Also, it’s best to give them small amounts as treats only as too much deli meat can lead to digestive problems.

Can Great Pyrenees Eat Old/Rotten Meat?

The answer is usually yes, and your Pyrenees will likely find and eat it whether you want them to or not.

Obviously, it’s best to avoid giving them meat that is noticeably spoiled. Rotten meat may have bacteria or parasites that could hurt your dog.

Keeping them away from rotten/road kill meat is probably easier done in a suburban setting with a fenced-in yard.

Our Great Pyrenees routinely is finding dead animals to drag back to our yard to eat. We try our hardest to monitor and stop her from doing so, but she’s eaten her fair share of weeks-old roadkill.

If you’re in a similar rural setting, it’s important to keep a dewormer on hand and check your dog’s poop every so often for signs of infection.

Great Pyrenees can eat a variety of different meats, either raw or cooked. When trying new food, it’s important to watch your dog and make sure they’re not having digestive problems.

Always consult with your veterinarian if you have any concerns. Thanks for reading!

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