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How to Cook Pig Trotters for Dogs

Updated April 17, 2017

From a roasted loin to a cut of ham, meat from a pig is generally recognised by these popular and flavourful cuts. However, there is a myriad valuable cuts that come from a pig not as well known. Pig's feet, or trotters, are a flavourful piece of pig used in a variety of cuisines around the world. Trotters can also be used for feeding dogs, creating a nutritious and protein-filled meal for a favourite pet canine.

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  1. Fill a large pot halfway with water. Place it on the stove.

  2. Turn the burner to high and bring the water to a boil.

  3. Place the pig's feet in the hot water. Add more water if the pig's feet are not completely covered.

  4. Simmer the feet for an hour. Remove them from the water and allow to completely cool.

  5. Rmove the meat from the bone and mix it with dried food. Keep the boiled feet in the fridge for up to a week.

  6. Warning

    Feeding pork bones to your dog is dangerous, according to The Michigan Human Society. The bones can splinter and pierce a dog's intestinal walls, causing peritonitis -- an infection of the lining of the abdominal cavity -- which can sicken or kill your dog.

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Things You'll Need

  • Large pot
  • Fresh pig's trotters

About the Author

Based in Kingston, Canada, Samantha Lowe has been writing for publication since 2006. She has written articles for the "Mars' Hill" newspaper and copy for various design projects. Her design and copy for the "Mars' Hill" won the Associated Collegiate Press Pacemaker award in 2008. Lowe holds an Honors BA from Trinity Western University, and a MSc in Occupational Therapy from Queen's University where she is currently doing her PhD.

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