Benefits of Organ Meat
We recently added Liver Jerky Stripz and Chicken Hearts dehydrated dog treats to our line of products at PAWsitively Sweet Bakery. Since I realize most humans do not consume organ meat, here's a quick overview of why it's worth considering it for your dog.
When feeding dogs a natural diet that is closest to its wolf ancestors, organ meat is often forgotten or not fed in proper amounts. When wolves eat their prey, 20% of the meat they consume is organ meat. They will often eat the organ meat first before they start eating muscle as it offers a high nutritional benefit
Vitamin D deficiency is almost as common in dogs as it is in humans. Organs are known to have some of the highest concentrations of naturally occurring vitamin D of any food source. Compared to regular cuts of muscle meat, organ meats are more nutrient dense than the average muscle meat. Organs are also loaded with minerals like phosphorus, iron, copper, magnesium and iodine, and provide the important fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K. Organ meat also includes heavy doses of B vitamins such as B1, B2, B6, B12 and folic acid.
The heart maybe a muscle, but is often lumped in the category of organ meat as it is a heavier, more dense muscle, and carries more protein and unique nutrients like other organs. The heart also contains twice as much collagen and elastin than regular meat, which is important to maintain healthy joints. Beef heart contains selenium, phosphorus, zinc, and essential amino acids that help build muscle, store energy and boost stamina and endurance. Chicken hearts provide lean protein that contains fatty acids and vitamin A along with iron and B vitamins. Because they also contain taurine, chicken hearts are good for your dog's heart.
While humans may not find the smell or look appealing, dogs absolutely love liver and for good reason. It is loaded with nutrients and vitamins. In fact, liver is known to be one of the most concentrated sources of natural vitamins of any food. Natural vitamin A works to aid digestion, and is a powerful antioxidant. It also contains folic acid, B vitamins. B12 aids with fatigue, mental ability and nerve health. Liver also provides iron – necessary for many functions including formation of hemoglobin, brain development and function, regulation of body temperature, and muscle activity. Remember to choose fresh, all-natural options.
As with any new food, introduce the organ meat slowly into your dog's diet. Organ meat is very nutrient dense so be careful not to overfeed. Too much of a good thing can take a toll on your dog's vitamin levels.