Giving meat to your dog could not be more natural, with most masters agreeing that their companions are real carnivores.
However, supplementing your dog’s diet with meat, or opting for an entirely meat-based diet, should not be done randomly. Otherwise, you will create deficiencies in your doggie.
Here’s more information on how to feed your favorite carnivore properly and increase its well-being without harming its health.
Meat in the dog’s diet
Meat is arguably the food that best fits dogs’ digestive system, which, short and simple, is designed to easily and quickly digest animal protein before the meat has the time to putrefy in its intestine.
Highly digestible, it provides dogs with essential nutrients for their development: proteins, minerals, group B vitamins, lipids, and water.
It is, therefore, a choice dish, adapted to your dog’s body and largely meeting his nutritional needs.
Nevertheless, I do say “in good part” and not “in full”, which unfortunately is where the shoe pinches.
By “meat” we mean the muscles of animals, which excludes offal, the skin, the belly and the bones, which contain a number of nutrients essential to the proper functioning of the body of carnivores.
Also, meat cannot be enough to meet all your dog’s needs, and when it is given as a complete meal, it must be accompanied by food supplements to avoid deficiencies, with sometimes severe consequences.
Red meat or white meat, what should I choose for my dog?
Both red meat and white meat are fine for healthy dogs, and an ideal diet should include both.
It should be noted that red meat is more caloric than white meat, because it is richer in fat. It is therefore a little more difficult to digest, and puts more strain on your dog’s digestive system.
Also, overweight dogs, those suffering from pancreatitis or digestive disorders, should eat more white meat to rest their body and not absorb too much fat.
Beef should be avoided in dogs with food allergies or intolerances, which generally manifest themselves as mild (dandruff, dull hair, etc.) to severe skin disorders (itching, pimples, redness, sores, etc.).
Beef protein is, in fact, involved in about 65% of cases of allergic dermatitis in dogs, which places it at the top of the worst tolerated proteins.
Conversely, chicken meat is very digestible, and is only rarely the cause of digestive or skin disorders in dogs.
Raw meat or cooked meat, what should I choose for my dog?
When you give meat to your dog in order to offer him a more natural diet, you are tempted to favor raw meat which may remind him of his distant wild origins.
In fact, it is indeed possible to give raw meat to your dog, provided that it is fresh and of good quality.
It should however be noted that the ingestion of raw meat increases the risk of contamination by the bacteria and parasites which proliferate there.
Healthy dogs resist these bacteria well, but the situation is more delicate for fragile, sick or convalescent animals.
Raw meat, and this is its main asset, is also more digestible than cooked meat, cooking causing agglutination of proteins which are more difficult to digest by gastric juices.
Ultimately, it is therefore more reasonable to give cooked meat to a fragile dog, when raw meat will be very suitable for a healthy doggie.
Note that, contrary to what a stubborn rumor has it, raw meat and red meat do not make dogs aggressive.
Meat does not give them a “taste of blood”, nor does it awaken in them some deeply buried savage instincts.
So you can give it to your pooch without worrying that he will turn into a wild beast! Meat or kibble, you should always avoid disturbing a dog that is eating.
Replace my dog’s kibble with meat
If you want to switch to the BARF diet or household meat rations to do away with industrial kibble, I recommend that you find out about the complexity of these diets beforehand.
Dogs fed home-cooked meals or raw meat, the latest fashionable diets, tend to have pathological deficiencies that had long since disappeared in the majority of doggies.
It is therefore necessary to seriously consider the subject to be able to offer your dog a balanced menu, containing all the minerals and vitamins that meat will not provide.
In addition, replacing your dog’s usual foods with meat must be done very gradually to avoid any digestive disorder. (2)
Supplementing my dog’s diet with meat
If you want to give your dog a piece of meat from time to time, you should avoid table scraps, which are often mixed with other foods that are harmful to our animal friends.
Opt for fresh cuts of meat in moderate quantities, and adjust your dog’s kibble ration accordingly so that he does not absorb too many calories or too much protein compared to his daily needs.
Finally, I advise you to distribute the meat away from the kibble meals, because these two foods do not go well together.
They tend to clump together in the stomach, making digestion difficult and sometimes painful.
Dog meat frequently asked questions by owners
Can I feed my dog meat?
Yes, you can give meat to your dog as long as it is part of a balanced diet adapted to his nutritional needs.
Does raw or red meat make dogs aggressive?
No, giving your dog meat, whether raw or cooked, red or white, does not make him aggressive. This belief stems from baseless rumours.
However, you must avoid disturbing a dog that is eating, and it is true that some doggies can defend a dish more vigorously when it is rare and they particularly appreciate it.
What meat should I give my dog?
You can give any kind of meat to your dog, but avoid giving too much fatty meat (beef, pork, etc.) to a dog that is overweight or has digestive problems (pancreatitis, for example).
Can a dog eat only meat?
No, a dog needs to supplement his diet with foods rich in fiber, minerals and vitamins to get all the nutrients he needs.
In nature, wild carnivores find these nutrients in the various organs of their prey (skin, joints, bones, offal, etc.).
Meat, which corresponds to the muscles of animals only, does not contain all these nutrients and cannot be sufficient to preserve the dog’s health.
Whether it is to form the basis of its diet or as a supplement to an industrial diet, meat is one of the foods that are best suited to dogs and have almost nothing but advantages.
Rich in protein and trace elements, it makes a healthy and easily digestible dish that our four-legged friends love.
However, meat cannot be the only ingredient in a dog’s diet. Otherwise, the animal would risk developing mild to severe deficiencies, with consequent repercussions on its health.
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