Can I Give My Dog Innards or Internal Organs?

Can I Give My Dog Guts?Many people cringe at the thought of consuming internal animal organs. Your dog, on the other hand, probably loves to eat guts.

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In fact, you may be surprised to know that your dog is likely already getting some animal innards. Most pet food has internal organs in it.

That said, giving fresh entrails to a dog is way more nutritious compared to processed by-products in even premium grade canine chow.

Can I Give My Dog Animal Guts? Answer: Yes, absolutely! It is highly recommended

Fresh kidney, spleen, heart, liver, small intestine, large intestine, lung, udder, bladder are all fair game for Fido.

Innards are loaded with valuable nutrition that dogs thrive on. Commercial pet food is a source of internal organ protein but it tends to have some undesirable animal parts such as beaks, feathers, hair, hooves, nails, etc. Sadly there’s usually no way to tell what your dog is getting. That is why fresh organs are best.

Alternatively, you can get a quality organ powder supplement. Both are a no brainer (no pun intended) and your dog will agree!

Mystery Meats & Organs

Much like raw food diets in general, folks tend to shy away from the idea of feeding their dogs unfamiliar yet very healthy foods.

Though you may not like innards, fresh whole chicken (cattle parts or turkey gizzard) makes a lot of sense for your pet dog. If you live in a rural area then deer organs may be easy to come by.

Often the best and most practical advice is to become friends with your local butcher. You will have a healthier dog and more money in your pocket!

The Liver Misconception

Some pet parents are reluctant to feed a dog liver due to its detoxifying nature. The truth is that the liver does not store any toxins. It’s totally safe for canine consumption.

Actually the liver is extremely healthy for dogs. It has lots of vitamin A, vitamin B12, iron, folic acid and digestive enzymes.

When serving this entrail to your dog don’t cook it! The powerful nutrients and potential health benefits will be mostly lost. We recommend making liver up to 5% of your pet pooch’s overall diet.

Organs Better than Meat

It can be shocking to learn but entrails are comparatively healthier than meat. We have always heard that cats and dogs need meat protein which is generally true.

But the fact is internal organs, like the heart or even a pancreas, are more densely packed with nutrients than regular meat. Your dog’s evolutionary wild side (the beast within) inherently knows this!

Often overlooked is that animal entrails have minerals like copper, iodine, magnesium and phosphorus. Notable vitamins in these organs are A, E, D and K. Benefits, think long life, for dogs are vast!

Conclusion on Innards

You can feed your dog internal organs. Chicken and cattle parts are most popular. Guts are very natural and healthy for hounds to be eating. The nutrition is unmatched and you will also save money by incorporating more fresh animal entrails into your dog’s diet.

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Dr. Stephanie Flansburg Cruz, a practicing vet, has reviewed and endorsed this article. She has 3 dogs of her own and cares about the welfare of all animals.

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