Organ Meat Benefits for Dogs
Whether you have a Dachshund, German Shepherd, Doberman, Doodle, or any breed in between, your dog is a descendent of one of Earth’s most dominant species. When wolves complete a successful hunt, the alpha gets the main course and goes directly for the liver, kidneys, intestines and other organs. This is because organs are the most nutrient dense part of the animal, and contain significantly more vitamins and minerals than compared to muscle meat.
Beef Heart: Heart is the richest natural source of CoQ10, boosts heart health, and supports the basic functioning of cells. It helps build muscle and increase stamina and endurance.
Beef Kidney: Kidneys are high in vitamins A and B, as well as Iron and Omega 3 fatty acids supporting your dog’s blood, heart, and coat.
Bone Broth: Broth is rich in glucosamine, chondroitin, and hyaluronic acid, which help promote collagen growth and support joints and gut health.
Blood: Blood is an excellent supplier of calcium, magnesium, copper, manganese and zinc, supporting your dog's energy levels and immune response.
Beef Liver: containing 10 to 100 times the nutrients found in a serving of muscle meat, liver is the true superfood for dogs. With vitamins A, B, D, Folic Acid, Iron, it helps support your dog's immune system, coat, endurance, and strength.
Liver is the most nutritious ingredient available today.
Liver is nature's multi-vitamins, and contains more nutrients than the equivalent amount of muscle meat.
100g of liver compared to 100g of lean ground beef:
1/3 the amount of saturated fat
1/3 the amount of total fat
6 times as much iron
23 times more calcium
Twice as much niacin
16 times more vitamin D
100 times more copper
260 times more magnesium
6 times more phosphorus
1200 times more vitamin A
1300 times more manganese
5 times more choline
20 times more zin
Iron – Crucial for dogs, iron helps create red blood cells and hemoglobin, regulates body temperature, supports oxygen transport in hemoglobin, aids in enzymatic functions, and supports brain functioning. Iron is shown to improve your dog’s endurance and strength, while making them more intelligent.
Vitamin A – Liver is a great source of this fat soluble vitamin, which is essential to your pet’s health. Vitamin A supports many processes in the body including your dog’s vision, immune system, and overall growth and development.
B Vitamins – Beef liver is high in many B vitamins including folate (B9), riboflavin (B2), and B12 which are essential for the functioning of body cells. B12 can help support your dog’s appetite, nervous system development, gut health, red blood cell production, energy levels, and immune system. Liver and other organs are the most potent sources of these key nutrients.
Copper and Zinc – Dietary copper helps red blood cells, supports iron absorption, and helps synthesis of collagen. Zinc is crucial for immune function, aids in wound healing, and supports your dogs inflammation response. In balance together, zinc and copper support your pet’s ability to create and use superoxide dismutase (SOD), an important antioxidant enzyme.
High-Quality Protein – Beef liver is an excellent source of high quality protein that provides all the essential amino acids. In addition to being an excellent source of protein, liver and other organ meats are also much easier to digest than commonly found foods in dog treats such as grains and vegetables. High quality protein is essential for your dog’s muscle growth and maintenance, coat health, and joint health.
What Organs can my dog eat?
As you can see, most organs are perfectly OK for your pet to consume. In fact, you may be surprised just how much your dog enjoys their new treats (especially liver!).
How do I get organs for my dog?
As with your own diet, your dog deserves the highest quality source of nutrition. When possible, source your organs from local farmers, butchers, or natural grocery stores where regenerative farming practices are prioritized. Look for grass fed, grass finished beef. Your butcher should be able to secure a majority of organs including liver, heart, tongue, kidneys, and intestines. For some of the more obscure glandulars, you may need to seek out online sources of frozen or freeze dried products.
Modern day bulk dog food contains fillers and cheap ingredients which would never be found in nature. It is our job as responsible owners and companions to treat our pets to the best nutrition possible. This means providing whole prey, nose-to-tail nutrition just like wolves would eat in the wild. If possible, include raw organs as a daily addition to your dog's meals. A good place to start is by replacing 5-10% of your pets regular food with varying raw organ meat (liver, kidney, heart, etc). If raw liver isn’t accessible, there are many freeze-dried options, including Heart of the Canine Whole Beast.