The Benefits of Freeze-Dried Organs for Pets
Even though it may seem gross, most people know that organs are high in nutrients 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 freeze-dried 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.
Freeze-dried 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.
Types of Organ Meat for Pets
You can purchase organ meat online or in many local pet stores. Generally, organ meat can either be purchased refrigerated, freeze-dried, or frozen in raw form.
Frozen Organ Meat
If you purchase raw frozen organ meat for your pet, there are a few things you'll want to consider.
- If you purchase your frozen meat in tubs or bulk, you'll 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 Organ Meat
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 Organs to Your Pet
There are all sorts of ways to serve freeze-dried organ meat for dogs or pets of any kind. Here are a few ideas.
Fed as a Single-Ingredient Treat
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.
Pure Pheasant's hearts and livers come freeze-dried and ready to consume. 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 hearts and livers 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.
Where to Buy Organ Meat for Dogs
Are you ready to add organ meat to your pet’s diet? You can order our freeze-dried hearts and livers and raw frozen hearts and livers online at PurePheasant.com and have them shipped anywhere in the United States.