Why feed dogs and cats organ meat?
I can say with conviction that organ meats such as liver, heart, kidney, and even eyes, brain and trachea are a valuable part of a balanced, fresh meat diet. Think about it… What do wolves and wild cats eat? They don’t confine their feeding to the muscle meats of their prey; they eat their entire kill, internal organs and stomach contents included.
Canines and Felines have been eating this natural diet for millions of years. Organs are an important part of the “ancestral” or “evolutionary” balanced diet for dogs and cats. Their digestive system is perfectly adapted to maximise health and longevity, when fed the right balance of these critical elements. Organ meats make up around 20% of the “meat” content of a carcass and they are the nutritional powerhouse of the prey animal and therefore have higher nutritional value than plain muscle.
Aim to feed your pet all the organs they would have eaten had they hunted, caught and killed their food source as prey in the wild and you’ll be delivering them the most nutrient-dense part of that food source.
What organ meats are best for your pet?
Liver – More nutrients, gram for gram than any other food and is the best natural source of vitamin A. It is high in B vitamins, B12, folic acid and iron and has high levels of nitrogen containing compounds.
Heart – The best natural source of co-enzyme Q10, high levels of collagen and elastin. Heart muscle is high in vitamin B12, iron, and potassium and has significant levels of selenium, phosphorous and zinc.
Kidneys – Low in fat, high in protein and provide vitamin B12, riboflavin and iron, as well as useful levels of B6, folate and niacin.
How much organ meat to feed
Organ meat or offal should ideally make up about 15-20% of a dog or cat’s meat intake. Sometimes feeding liver can result in diarrhoea in pets so its best to introduce it slowly if they’re not used to it and its important to not feed too much liver as it can result in a dog or cat getting too much vitamin A which can carry health risks.
Organ meat in our foods
By including a range of organ meats into my pet foods, we have the opportunity to feed our dogs and cats the ultimate formula that is most closely matched to Mother Nature’s recipe. My Vets All Natural range of meats, RAW76 varieties, RAW Kangaroo and HealthRolls have been specifically formulated to contain the correct balance of organ meats, including liver, heart and kidney and therefore providing significantly improved nutritional value.
Dr Bruce Syme BVSc (Hons), Founder of Vets All Natural.
Dr Bruce Syme is a practicing vet and expert in natural pet nutrition, has spoken at the Australian Veterinary Association Annual Conference, and provides regular comment on TV and Radio.
Disclaimer: The entire contents of this article are based upon the opinions of Dr. Bruce Syme, unless otherwise noted. The information is not intended as medical advice, it simply shares the knowledge and information from the research and experience of Dr. Bruce and his community. Pet health care decisions should be based upon your research and in partnership with a qualified pet health care professional.
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