Lamb in dogs' diets: can I give the flesh, bones and by-products
For a dog to be healthy, strong, sturdy, it must have a complete diet.
Many veterinarians advise to dilute the varieties of meat, so the owners wonder whether to give the dog lamb or not.
The product has undoubted benefits, but some by-products and parts are not recommended to add to the food.
Can dogs eat lamb?
Lamb is suitable for dogs of all sizes, breeds. Veterinarians recommend its constant use for large animals, which are breed for guarding or shepherding purposes.
It is best to use lamb, that is, young meat. It satiates the body of the pet, which daily expends a lot of energy.
For example, it would be an excellent addition to the basic diet of sheepdogs.
It is recommended to use sheep meat for dogs with allergies. It has hypoallergenic properties and does not cause individual intolerance. Use both the meat itself and by-products to diversify the diet.
Lamb meat contains the following substances:
- Micronutrients (iodine, iron, chromium, cobalt, copper);
- macronutrients (calcium sulfur, phosphorus, magnesium, chlorine);
- multivitamin composition (A, B, E, D).
It is recommended to use raw meat: it preserves vitamins and minerals, which are destroyed by heat treatment. To exclude the risk of helminth infestation, it is recommended to store the product in the freezer. In the morning it is scalded with boiling water, allowed to thaw, and then placed in the pet's bowl.
Lamb meat is useful for pets weakened after an illness or surgery, in old age.
In what form is the product given
Puppies from 1 month in the presence of molars can eat raw meat, but in the form of minced or chopped.
Separately, products pre-treated with boiling water are given. They are ground, added to porridge, supplemented with vegetables, dairy products. This allows you to raise a healthy pet with strong teeth.
It is recommended to choose the largest bones, so that they do not get stuck in the pet's esophagus.
Large breed, adult animals can eat lamb raw, a whole piece together with by-products. If veins, cartilage are present, it is not necessary to remove them. An adult animal is able to chew even the toughest gristle and bones.
Lamb is used to buy or make dried giblets and meat on its own. They are not given daily, but only for encouragement.
The treat will not harm the health if used in a limited way. If the pet eats jerky products regularly, the daily caloric value of the food increases.
Ration of lamb in a day.
Meat products make up no more than 30% of the total diet.
Protein counts depend on the activity of the animal:
- In an inactive lifestyle, the daily requirement of protein products is 30 g for each 1 kg of body weight;
- With an active lifestyle (herding, working, service breeds) the amount of such products increases to 40-50 g per 1 kg of body weight.
The table with the daily amount of lamb meat shows the dependence of the amount of this food on several factors.
|Dog size||Puppy||Adult||Older individual|
|Up to 10 kg||Under 100 grams||Up to 200 g||100-200 г|
|10 to 20 kg||150-300 г||250-500 г||400-500 г|
|From 20 kg and up||350-700 г||600 g-1 kg||800 g-1 kg|
If the dog is after an operation, a long illness or is older than 8 years, the amount of protein is increased. They are needed to replenish energy and strengthen the body.
Some owners want to save money on pet food and give the animal not muscle tissue, but by-products of sheep.
For example, hearts, ventricles, lungs, kidneys, liver, and trachea. The cost of such food is much lower, but the composition is richer.
Legs of lamb.
In veterinary pharmacies, large stores sell dog treats – legs of lamb. It is a treat for the pet, but not a permanent food.
Periodic use produces the following effects:
- elimination of plaque, improvement of gum quality;
- normalization of digestion, intestinal peristalsis.
If the dog chews furniture, wallpaper, shoes, it is recommended to give him a leg of lamb: it distracts the dog from the desire to chew foreign objects. The treat is suitable for adult animals.
This part of the leg has no nutritional value. It is included in the dog's diet for protein, so that the animal chews it to distract from foreign objects.
The hoof is given to pets that live in enclosures all the time.
The intestines are cleaned and dried beforehand. The product is not used for nutrients, but for encouragement.
The benefit of such Kirkland food is the content of enzymes of the microflora of the lower gastrointestinal tract, which stimulates the digestive process.
Lamb's trachea for dogs diets.
Vitamins are included, but in small quantities. With frequent consumption, the enamel of the teeth is cleaned of plaque, which prevents the formation of stones.
Liver is used for puppies and adult animals. Liver contains a large number of vitamins that accelerate metabolism, improving the regeneration of damaged tissues.
Liver contains components that have their own detoxification of the body, free radicals.
Liver is a dietary product, so the dog does not develop allergies, there is no negative impact on the internal organs.
The liver contains a large amount of iron, necessary for blood enrichment. With its intake, additional red blood cells are created, so it eliminates hypoxia (oxygen starvation) of the brain and other organs.
The animal's body receives folic acid, which is useful in carrying the offspring. It prevents neurological defects and diseases.
It is best to choose large lamb bones. Tubular varieties are not recommended because the sharp edges formed during chewing damage the walls of the digestive tract.
Properly selected lamb's bone improves the quality of teeth, prevents stone formation and periodontitis.
Bones contain calcium, potassium, phosphorus and other minerals useful for the musculoskeletal system.
It is recommended to add lamb ribs with leftover meat. If there is fatty tissue on them, it is completely removed. Ribs should not be boiled as they impair digestion.
Bones that have been chewed up by an animal should be removed before the dog chews them up otherwise the splinters may injure his esophagus.
They contain vitamins, minerals and trace elements. If the dog is young, the product is boiled beforehand.
For an adult, they are used raw, include them in the diet as a complete meal. They include proteins that saturate the body.
Mutton rumen is the section of the digestive tract in which plant digestion occurs. The mucous membrane walls of the organ form an enzyme that improves the digestive process.
Rumen is pre-washed, frozen – so the pet gets more useful minerals and trace elements. Before use, the product is completely defrosted, given raw.
These by-products are given to adult dogs. Lungs have a delicate consistency, a lot of vitamins, micronutrients.
They are not used as a mono-food, because they are poorly digested due to the large amount of connective tissue. The byproduct is added to porridges, mixed with meat, vegetables, giblets.
It is easily chewed and swallowed. The edges of the trachea do not scratch the esophagus and other parts of the gastrointestinal tract. The nutrient content is small, so the trachea is given for encouragement rather than as the main food.
The dog is distracted from gnawing on foreign objects by switching his attention to the treat. There are bones inside, so the entertainment will take time. There are no tubular bones, the trachea is safe.
Can I give mutton fat to my dog?
Giving mutton fat is not recommended: it puts a great load on the liver tissue, gradually deposited in the body, leading to hepatitis, hepatosis, fatty liver rebirth.
Fat is found in by-products or meat. If it is present, it is trimmed. For example, the heart is good for the pet's body, but only the muscle part is given, the layer is removed.
Dry food with lamb
Lamb can be contained in a variety of dry food. It is not recommended to use cheap options that put a lot of stress on the digestive tract, contributing to the deposition of concrements inside the kidneys.
It is better to use expensive food storage containers, such as Acana, Royal Canin. In addition to natural lamb, they contain additional vitamins, minerals. The dog gets a complex meal.
How to give mutton to a dog if he does not like it
If the animal does not tolerate the smell of this type of meat, add small portions to favorite foods.
For example, use ready-made canned food to which slices are added. Gradually, the portion of lamb is increased.
If the pet refuses the food, it can be replaced with other varieties. Beef without fat will do.
Owners wonder whether it is possible to feed the pet with meat parts of lamb. Veterinarians recommend the use of muscle tissue, lung, calves (part of the trachea), hearts, ventricles. The parts are used for the daily diet.
To give treats to the pet, hooves or legs are used. Raw lamb, which contains more beneficial substances, is recommended.
To destroy pathogenic bacteria, parasites, the meat dish is previously frozen.