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Why Organ Meats Are So Important For Dogs

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Organ meats are packed with vital nutrition for dogs and cats, the same as “super-food” green vegetables for humans.  A huge powerhouse of nutrients from iron, and vitamin D to vitamin B12 and zinc.

Although meat, bone and some carbohydrates in your pet’s diet are great, they may be lacking in some important nutrients, which is why organ meats are so important for our pets. We love to talk about organ therapy, and the organs are often the first thing a wild dog or cat will choose from hunted prey. Their bodies may be craving certain nutrients, and if their liver needs help, they choose liver, if their pancreas has an issue, they choose pancreas, and so the list goes on.  Dogs and cats know what they need like we as humans used to know and still do to some extent!

Nutrition in Liver for Dogs and Cats

Liver is one of the most nutritionally dense foods on the planet and is worthy of the title “super-food”.  Many years ago, liver was popular in our diet, but in the last few decades, it has become unpopular and rarely seen on restaurant menus.  It and other essential organ meat are in many recipes from - use discount code SimplyRawFeeding20 for a 20% discount and free shipping on your first two orders, thereafter SimplyRawFeeding10 for a permanent 10% discount - you need to create an account to use these codes.  Liver is full of protein and packed with iron, vitamins and minerals.

What is liver?

The liver is the largest vital internal organ in the body of animals and humans. Liver filters toxins from the blood and provides high-quality protein that is vital to life to help to make and repair cells and turn food into energy. Liver also provides all the essential amino acids needed. This awesome organ processes toxins so they can be removed from the body.

If your dog doesn’t eat liver, they are missing out,  not only on something they will love eating but on a powerful source of nutrients to fuel their body.

Nutrition in kidneys for dogs and cats

Kidney is rich in nutrients and proteins and also contain omega-three fatty acids, and is known to be good for the heart as it has anti-inflammatory properties. This great little organ is packed with lots of vitamins from A, B6 and 12 to Niacin, Iron and Selenium.

Kidneys act as a filter in the body and are very efficient at removing waste and toxic substances.  A few of the kidney’s health benefits for dogs and cats include:

  • Support for vision and bone health

  • Helps to prevent inflammatory issues

  • Supports brain and skin health

Nutrition in heart for dogs 

Heart is packed with taurine and co-enzyme Q10, a much needed amino acid that is vital for the proper function of muscles, especially the heart.

Blood for dogs

Haemoglobin is considered an elixir by a great number of people around the world, not least of all the fittest people on earth, the Massai Mara - and they're right. Blood contains all the nutrients the animal was planning to use in readily available form. It even contains opioid peptides that induce opiate-like effects in animals, proven to affect the nervous system as well as gastrointestinal functions in meat eaters. Heart is full of blood.


Nutrition in Pancreas for Dogs

The exocrine glands of the pancreas produce enzymes that are essential for digestion. These enzymes include amylase, chymotrypsin, lipase and trypsin, all needed to assist the body in digesting protein, carbohydrates and fat.

What is the pancreas?

The pancreas is a V-shaped organ situated below the stomach, and its main responsibility is to release enzymes that help the body digest protein and absorb all the essential nutrients from the food that is eaten. 

Why do dogs need pancreas in their diet?

It is a simple answer to this question, they need pancreas to support their pancreas, and we often find that feeding a dog or cat with pancreatitis, the organ that is in trouble, can make a huge difference to their recovery.  If you give a little pancreas in their diet, they may be less likely to get it in the first place

Nutrition in spleen for dogs

Spleen is another unpopular organ for humans but seems to be making a comeback as people realise that ‘nose-to-tail’ eating is the way forward.  What we don’t want to eat can easily be fed to our dogs.  Spleen offers many health benefits and is an excellent source of minerals and vitamins.

What is the spleen?

The spleen is a tongue-shaped organ on the left side of the abdomen, near the stomach. It is smaller than the liver and larger than the kidney.  The spleen is full of blood vessels which act as a reservoir for blood, making red blood cells filter out and remove old blood cells, which help to fight infection as part of the immune system.

Why do dogs need spleen in their diet?

Spleen is important in a dog’s diet to help fight any invading germs in the blood.  This clever organ contains an army of  ‘infection-fighting’ white blood cells. The Spleen also removes any unhealthy, old or miss-shapen red blood cells from the circulation.  The healthy red blood cells carry oxygen through the body and remove carbon dioxide, and the spleen controls all of this.

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