Does your dog turn their nose up at offal?
When we discuss offal here, we are discussing secreting organs such as liver & kidney. We are not discussing the likes of heart which is a muscle meat. To learn more about what is offal and what is something else, see page 28 of our Starter file.
When feeding a fresh food diet, offal is important because it delivers nutrients in amounts that are challenging to get elsewhere. Not giving offal and not finding appropriate alternatives will create deficiencies over time, that might not be seen for 5+ years.
There are some exceptions such as Dalmatians who by large require a low purine diet which means they cannot consume offal, alternatives must be found for such dogs, we would like to direct you to the Dalmatian Nutrition Pack at the My Doggie Boosters website if you are a pet parent of such a dog.
Unprocessed foods are the most ideal because that is nature working in synergistic ways and in some ways we don't actually understand yet. Providing processed i.e. freeze-dried or dehydrated offal can be a good back up or put on rotation but I do not believe it is an appropriate full-time solution as there is nutrient loss.
Pet parents giving dehydrated liver often do not consider that they are likely giving too much as they're likely not calculating the rehydration rate.
Instead, we need to put the effort in to get them used it and I have a method that is 100% guaranteed but many pet parents don't like the labour involved so don't do it...
Step 1: Blend it
Step 2: Mix it in well into your meat & plant mix
If these 2 steps alone do not working then proceed to step 3...
Step 3: Only mix into a meal an amount that is not offensive to the dog, this may be something as small as the head of a needle...if you need to go that small then so be it, and then gradually increase from there. If your dog refuses the inclusion in such a small amount then we recommend you refer to the fussy dog file.