Should I Feed My Dog Meat?
It’s easy to compare your dog’s diet with your own (or other humans). However, there are a few differences that are important to know and follow (this is why we created this Dog Friendly Food!).
For meats, it’s understandable that throughout evolution, animals and humans alike have consumed all types of meat. But, is it really healthy and recommended by veterinarians? In this article, we will touch on what meats are best, and what is the safest way to feed your dog high-protein meats.
Steak, Chicken, Pork, Fish. Which is Best?
In short, there is a sort of hierarchy of which meats are best to feed your dog. Chicken, Turkey, Pork, Beef, Lamb, and Fish, are all acceptable forms of meat/animal product that your dog can enjoy. Many dog owners mix these meats in with their normal dry kibble food, which can add protein and added flavor.
However, not all meats are treated evenly. It’s advisable that pork is avoided when possible, and chicken or fish to be embraced. Steak is also healthy, and can be fed both raw or cooked (just try to avoid a well-done steak!).
It’s also important to avoid an abundance of salt or other seasonings when feeding your dog meat. This won’t kill them, but it can be unhealthier for their heart.
Can I Feed My Dog Meat? Answer: YES.
As mentioned in our healthy dog diet article, we have one brand of dog food that will dog wonders for your dog. Try out Hill’s Science Diet Perfect Weight Dog Food. This and many other meat oriented dog foods are more both nutritious, and will help them with a balanced diet of protein, carbohydrates, and vitamins.
Since dog food companies must abide by federal regulations, you can rest assured that whichever store bought dog food you are purchasing, will not harm your dog. Be sure to check out our Top 5 Grain-Free Dog Foods article that has specific recommendations and suggestions on the healthiest most flavorful options out there.
Reasons for Meat, No Grain
Like humans, meat can be an excellent source of protein for a dog. However, again, we do stress that grains are to be avoided when possible.
It’s best to avoid pork if possible. This is one exception to the above aforementioned advice on feeding your dog meat. There are many healthier meats, such as dog friendly salmon, and myriad types of store-bought dog foods that are much better for your pet, than raw or cooked pork. Pork contains a high salt content, which is not very heart-healthy, and shorten the lifespan of fido.
It’s okay to feed your dog meat. It’s filled with protein, can be eaten as a substitute for your normal dog food on occasion, or can be fed as a compliment to their normal kibble. However, it’s not advisable to feed your dog a meat-only diet, because like us humans, they will need more nutrition to be strong, healthy, and energetic.
We advise either purchasing a type of dogfood from our Top 5 Grain-Free Dog Foods article, or complimenting their current kibble dry food with bits and chunks of either salmon, chicken, turkey, lamb, or beef. It’s best to avoid pork.