Non-traditional proteins for dogs: Venison, Rabbit, Bison, Elk


Before dogs were domesticated, their diet was raw and free of preservatives and fillers that are added to most dog treats these days. The raw meat included deer, rabbits, elk and bison.  So, why do most dogs eat foods full of starches and meat by-products? Here are the reasons why feeding non-traditional proteins food diet is beneficial for your dog. Before I proceed, I will like to acknowledge the world's leading veterinarians whose work, lectures, resources and publications we continue to learn about dog nutrition and natural health - experts like Dr. Jean Dodds, Dr. Karen Becker, Dr. Peter Dobias, Dr. Steve Marsden, Dr. Barbara Fougere, Dr. Ihor Basko, Dr. Rick Palmquist, and Dr. Judy Morgan.

Non-traditional meat such as venison, rabbit, pork, bison and elk are growing increasingly popular because they are high in protein and lack unhealthy cholesterol. If you are considering buying dog food that contains venison, rabbit, pork and elk meat, be sure to read the information that highlights the nutritional value of the meat.

Venison contains less fat and cholesterol than other proteins, although it has less protein, non-traditional meat like venison is generally better for your dog’s holistic heart health. With the exception of fish, venison is the healthiest meat for your dog's heart. In general, venison contains 159 calories per 100-gram portion and only 3.3 calories of fat. This meat can add some variety to your dog's diet while giving your dog the energy needed to build strong bones and muscles. Venison has fewer calories, not so much fat but rather more iron than beef and is also very rich in vitamins, zinc, phosphorus, selenium, and copper. This increasingly popular protein source is used in our Venison & Cherries Hearts and Stars cookies.

If your dog suffers from food sensitivities or allergies to popular protein sources, then venison is a good option for your dog and we believe all dogs deserve a treat!  

Rabbit meat is lower in cholesterol than nearly all other protein sources, which contain low amounts of saturated fats. The healthy fats in rabbit meat keep your dog’s joints lubricated and coat shiny. Rabbit meat, particularly the nutrients packed organs, is a great source of vitamin B12 that works to ensure that your dog's nervous system functions correctly. It is as well needed for normal cell growth. If your dog is acting slothful, it may be due to lacks of vitamin B12 since vitamin B12 helps maintain their energy level. As a novel protein, it means that your dog has either seldom or never been exposed to this kind of food, which is why it is a great protein option for dogs who’s tummies are either sensitive or if they have a food allergy to other sources of protein. Your lucky dog can try this non-traditional meat in our Grain-free Rabbit Crackers! Other benefits of using non-traditional protein like a rabbit are that this meat is all white meat, which means that those couch-potatoes dogs won’t have to worry about their mid-line, but it’s still full of nutrients, even high-energy dogs. 

Treats rule, dogs drool!