Did you know that liver is one of the most important organs to feed to your dog?
If a dog is on a raw diet 10% of their diet should be organ meats with 5% of that being liver. Even if your dog isn't on a raw diet, this shows how important liver is to dogs.
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Beef liver is high in vitamin A and also contains vitamin D, multiple B vitamins, iron, copper, and zinc.
Vitamin A is a powerful antioxidant that supports the immune digestion and reproductive organs.
Vitamin D is an important nutrient for immune function. It helps protect against cancers, autoimmune and infectious diseases. It also supports muscle and bone strength too.
B vitamins support mental and nerve health. They also help avoid fatigue and prevent anemia.
Iron is important for brain function. It transports oxygen to the blood cells. This increases your dog’s endurance and strength. Lack of iron depletes antibodies and T-cells in the immune system.
Other minerals like copper and zinc help to support bone and joint health, skin, coat, and immunity.
But feeding too much liver can cause Vitamin A toxicity.
Symptoms of vitamin A toxicity include appetite loss, constipation, weight loss, lethargy, limping, stiffness, weakness.
In order to feed too much liver you would need to consistently feed your dog more than 5% of your dog’s diet in liver every day.
It's not something you should be afraid of, but it is important that you are aware of the possibility of it and the symptoms.
You can easily include liver into your dog's diet with our Beef Liver Excite Bites dog treats! They're one of our best selling dog treats.
Source of information: www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com