We all want our dogs to live long and healthy lives. We support this by keeping them safe, giving them love and attention, exercise (sometimes in the form of a job that keeps their brain stimulated) and healthy food.
Nutrition is at the top of the list of importance because without a healthy immune system and proper nutrients, our dogs don’t thrive.
Navigating dog nutrition has been an interesting journey. The more I read and heard while becoming a canine nutrition specialist, the more I realized that a bag of dog kibble doesn’t always provide an optimal diet, even though the bag might say it does. Advertising allows for all kinds of deceptive terms and dog food standards allow for some pretty questionable ingredients. Even if you know what’s in the food, the source of the ingredients is also hugely important.
All bison liver, for example, is not created equal.
Skalliwags dog treats are artisan crafted using only grass-fed, restaurant grade meats for good reason.
Grass fed meat does not contain antibiotics, added hormones, has more vitamins and minerals and contains the perfect balance of high and saturated fats. Another great thing is that grass fed meat is not likely to carry e-coli whereas grain fed meat does. (levels may be low enough for your dog to deal with it but not worth the risk I’d say!) The same is true for the organs, another important part of a truly healthy dog diet based on the advice of dog nutritionists.
When choosing your dog’s diet, be sure to include organ meat along with muscle meat.
Organ meats are more nutritious and carry other important health benefits. Compared to muscle meat, organ meats pack a nutritional punch.
Just as an example, beef heart delivers .5 mg of thiamin compared to muscle meat at .04 mg, liver contains 49 IU vitamin D compared to 3 IU in muscle meat and kidney has 98 ug of retinol compared to 6 ug in beef muscle.
So what organs should you feed and how much?
A good rule of thumb is that 25% of your dog’s daily diet should come from a variety of organ meats. You don’t want to feed 25% of just one organ. 1/4 of each of 4 organ meats is a great place to start.
While you probably think of liver first, other organs such as brain, kidney, heart and stomach (even eyeballs) are excellent sources of health boosting nutrients. Animal glands are a great and essential addition to a dog’s diet as well.
As I did my courses, I learned that organs do not all contain the same amounts of nutrients. It was confusing until I learned that good way to look at it is: liver supports liver health, heart supports heart health, kidney supports kidney health, etc.
Skalliwags Organ Meat Meal Topper is a great way to add organ meat to your dog’s diet whether you feed raw or kibble. (remember to moisten the kibble if that’s what you feed!)
Just sprinkle our blend of organic Canadian beef heart, organic Canadian beef kidney, grass-fed bison liver and green tripe on top of your dog’s meal and watch him devour it!