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meat type/water intake

October 2nd, 2007, 12:03 PM
So I've noticed that when the dogs get beef, their water intake goes up noticeably, compared to when they have chicken.

Other people I've spoken to have noticed this with any red meat. Has anyone else experienced this? Any theories on why? Protein content? Fat?

October 2nd, 2007, 02:41 PM
probably because its a heavier meat and that chicken is also 'enhanced' with 'chicken broth' up so some %.


October 10th, 2007, 05:39 AM
May chicken producers also "water-chill" (soak) their chicken.

October 25th, 2007, 12:27 PM
Not sure if it would cause it but beef also has different enzymes in it and it breaks down very differently. Higher phosphorus levels too...and that can increase thirst. Bison isn't as "bad" as beef in this regard but I understand people notice it with it too.

November 15th, 2007, 02:47 AM
was curious so did a check on the phosphorus level. And found this..

Meat // Serving // Phosphorus (mg)
Beef // 3 ounces, cooked* // 173
Chicken // 3 ounces, cooked* // 155
Turkey // 3 ounces, cooked* // 173
Fish, halibut // 3 ounces, cooked* // 242
Fish, salmon // 3 ounces, cooked* // 252

*A 3-ounce serving is about the size of a deck of cards.