The Benefits of Organs for Pets

pheasant hearts and livers in a pet bowl

Even though it may seem gross, most people know that organs are nutrient dense and can be beneficial to incorporate into your diet.

Many people turn up their nose at the thought of eating organs. Pets on the other hand, adore these tasty and nutritionally-beneficial treats. Incorporating organ meat into your dog or pet's diet may be one of the best decisions you make regarding their health.

A Nutrient-Dense Treat

Believe it or not, organs are actually a lot richer in nutrients than muscle meat. For instance, liver and kidney are high in protein, vitamin A, and fat. It is also a good source of vitamin B, omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, zinc, copper, and of course, iron. While it may not sound like a tasty snack to you, your pet will chow down liver and the health benefits in itself will be the true reward.

Hearts provide a leaner source of protein. They contain iron, fatty acids, and vitamin A. They are also a good source of taurine which is great for your pet’s heart.

Can There Be Too Much of a Good Thing?

Like all foods or treats, there is a point where healthy foods can be overfed. Just like taking a pill form vitamin, there is a guideline as to how many you should take. If you were to overload on beta-carotene for instance, you’ll turn orange! The same concept applies to your pet.

To avoid giving your pet too much, we suggest feeding organ meats between 2-3 times a week. You should speak to your veterinarian to determine a specific feeding schedule of organs for your pet.

Feeding Your Pet Organ Meat

At Pure Pheasant, we incorporate pheasant hearts and livers into our frozen raw prey diet make from pheasant meat, bones, and organs. This is a great way to incorporate organic meat into your pet's diet in a simple way.

Frozen Organ Meat

If you purchase raw prey diet for your pet, there are a few things you'll want to consider.

  • If you purchase your frozen meat in bulk, you may want to thaw it out slightly ahead of time so you can serve your pet in smaller portions.
  • It can be messy. Make sure you either serve your pet these tasty treats in a bowl or outside. Avoid carpets or furniture.
  • You may want to consider breaking your purchase up into smaller quantities and re-freezing. Once thawed, raw meat is generally only good for a few days in the refrigerator.

Freeze-Dried Pheasant Treats

You may find yourself wondering, "Are freeze-dried treats good for dogs?" The answer is yes.

Freeze-drying gently removes moisture while preserving nutrients. You will want to be sure you provide plenty of fresh water for your pets to drink though while they are eating these treats.

How to Feed Freeze Dried Treats to Your Pet

There are all sorts of ways to serve freeze-dried meat for dogs or pets of any kind. Here are a few ideas.

Fed as a Single-Ingredient Treat
dog chewing on treat holding toy

We're sure you're already used to tossing your dog a treat on their way inside after going potty or doing a new trick. Take advantage of this time to feed them a high-quality treat.

You can pop one out of the bag and serve it as a crunchy treat or you can break it into smaller, bite-sized pieces if you have a smaller dog.

Our freeze-dried treats can also be placed into an interactive treat toy such as a Kong to keep your dog busy and provide a tasty prize.

If your pet doesn’t love crunchy treats or has a hard time chewing, our freeze-dried treats can also be reconstituted by simply adding the organs to a bowl of lukewarm water for a few moments prior to serving.

Serve as a Meal Topper

You can use our treats as a delicious meal topper for your pet. Again, you can serve them dried or rehydrate them with lukewarm water. Either way, they will add a special touch to your dog’s regular meals.

You’ll be sure to see some extra tail wagging with these as an exciting meal addition.

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