Does Liver have a place in Your Dogs Diet ?
is often said that, “liver blows any fruit or vegetable out of the
water in terms of nutrient-density” – do you know how important Liver
is and what a nutritional powerhouse it is for your dogs ?
The liver stores many nutrients, as shown in the chart below.
think it also stores toxins, but this is incorrect - it filters and
neutralizes toxins [from drugs, poisons, chemicals etc.], but these are
then stored in fatty tissues and in the nervous system in the body.
On average,organ meats are between 10 and 100 times higher in nutrients than musclemeats.
Liver Nutrient Comparison Chart:
Aswell as all those listed above, it also contains Omega 6, Omega 3 and other nutrients.
is so good that a very well-known and effective remedy made for fading
puppy syndrome, is made simply from boiling some liver in water, and
then feeding the cooled water and juices from the liver to the puppies,
as it contains so muchgoodness:
BEEF LIVER REMEDY FOR FADING PUPPIES
It's so simple.....Large piece of Beef Liver, little bit of water,
boil slowly, about 5 minutes until the blood comes out.
Let cool, drain the liquid and put just 4 drops
(no matter the breed) into a dropper and give to puppy.
At first you give it every 2 hours for 12 hours,
then every 4 hours.
You can do this for however long you have to,
until you feel the puppy is thriving.
In just 2 days the turn around can be miraculous.
Don't use any of the liver itself, it's much
too rich, just the liquid.
Keep some Liver in the freezer just in case.
recommend organ meats make up approximately 10% of a natural raw diet,
and it really is quite important that as much as possible, half of
that be liver.
dogs can be fussy with the texture of Liver, but there are ways to get
around that with mincing, mixing etc., other, like mine absolutely love
it and eat it straight up first of all.
feeding of Liver as a normal regular part of your dogs diet, will go a
long way to ensuring they do not have dificiences in the nutrients
contained in it, and in other important essentials like Thiamine.
Commercial petfoods are often over-processed which can lead to
deficiencies in the amount of Thiamine present in them, and they are
often also preserved using Sulphites which interfere with the absorption
of Thiamine in the body.
you feed a raw diet, we do not recommend you make fish the mainstay of
your dogs diet,as this can contain an enzyme which destroys Thiamine.
sell fresh raw Liver from a butcher whose stock are all ethically
reared, and grassfed from local farms, frozen in 1lb and now also have
1/2lb size bags, so it is very easy to add this to your pets diet, and
for dogs it is fine to let it warm sufficiently to be able to cut off
the amount needed, then pop it back in the freezer for another day.