Organs in your dogs raw diet are one of the most vital components. Many companies manufacturer raw with a single organ making up the 5-15% content in the food. Some companies make raw without organs. Some homemade diets include WAY TOO MUCH ORGAN. Lets go over why none of these are ideal for your dogs long term health, and what the best solution is!
Single Organ Diets
The danger of single organ diets comes from two main components. Balance in your dogs daily, weekly and monthly food intake and sensitivities from too much of a rich organ like Liver.
Each Organ in your dogs raw diet has a specific purpose, some could be a high source of B vitamins, Zinc, CoQ10, etc... too balance this out we need to offer our pets multiple choices, like they would have in the wild. No dog would ever just eat the liver of their prey and nothing else every time. They would naturally create balance in their own diet over the course of weeks.
Too much of a rich organ especially liver can give your dog the runs, upset stomach and other unpleasant reactions.
No Organ Raw Diets
Hopefully none of these brands are making it to the shelves at your local retailer as this can be super dangerous. A big part of what can make a raw with or without vegetables be a complete meal for your dog is the organs, they are so nutrient dense and necessary in your dogs diet.
Too Much Organs In Their Diet
As I was saying earlier too much of any one organ in the raw diet can cause issues with G.I. upset, so assuming the diet is too rich in multiple organs this could end in really bad G.I. Health and long term health issues.
The Simple Answer
All of this can be a ton to take in. However its not overly complex to solve. Back2Raw diets are formulated with the perfect answer and what we would recommend to anyone looking to purchase a raw diet or homemade one. 10% Organs tends to be the perfect balance. Mix this up with a minimum of 3 different organs, no more than 2.5% liver. Not only is liver really rich and should not be fed as more than 5% of the diet, but keep in mind many dog treats are made with liver. So 2.5% is much safer.
Here are a few great organs too look for in your dogs raw diet.
Hear is rich in protein, thiamine, folate, selenium, phosphorus, zinc, CoQ10 and several B vitamins. These nutrients helps build muscle, store energy and boost stamina and endurance.
One of the most common organs, liver is a great source of high quality protein and is one of the most concentrated sources of vitamin A, along with copper, folic acid and iron. It also contains Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), which is important for cardiovascular functions. But not more than 2.5% of the diet!
Lots of protein without lots of fat. Kidneys contain lots of B12, riboflavin and iron, as well as healthy amounts of B6, folate and niacin.
Thats just a few to get you started we also like Lung, Spleen and more!