What's the Skinny on Liver Stix?
When I suggest beef liver as a dog treat many people get screamish and say “Ugh, it’s disgusting”. Beef liver is the reverse of disgusting, it is awesome, raw beef liver is silky to the touch and it’s nutritional profile is exceptional.
Beef Liver is a Great Source of Protein
Beef liver provides high quality protein which is vital to life and found in almost every part of the body, only beef heart contains more protein but it has a higher fat content too. Protein is required to make and repair cells and turn food into energy. Over 25% of beef liver is made up of protein but more importantly it is high quality protein so it provides all of the essential amino acids necessary for a healthy body. Amino acids are the building blocks that make up proteins. Some amino acids can be made in the body but those known as essential amino acids must come from food.
Beef Liver Can Help Your Dog Lose Weight
If your dog is overweight, or you want to maintain an ideal weight, a high protein diet can help with weight loss as it suppresses hunger and appetite. Furthermore, a high protein diet can help your dog build muscle and tone up so including a beef liver dog treat as a training aid or love snack can help your dog stay trim, or even lose weight.
Beef liver also has a number of other great nutrients, these include:
Vitamin B12: Vitamin B12 helps with the formation of red blood cells and DNA. It also helps maintain a healthy brain.
Vitamin A: Vitamin A is important for healthy vision, immune function and reproduction. It will also ensure that your dogs kidneys and heart function properly.
Riboflavin (B2): Riboflavin is important for cellular development and function. It also helps
turn food into energy.
Folate (B9): Folate is an essential nutrient of cell growth and the formation of DNA.
Iron: Iron helps carry oxygen around the body. The iron in beef liver is heme iron, the kind most easily absorbed by the body.
Copper: Copper is key to activating a number of enzymes which help regulate energy production, iron metabolism and brain function.
Choline: Choline is important for brain development and liver function.
The only downside to beef liver is that it is high in cholesterol.
Dogs Love the Taste of Beef Liver
It's almost as if they know how healthy it is for them and they crave the taste of ‘real food’ rather than processed treats. The good news is when beef liver is dehydrated the smell is evaporated with moisture so we cannot smell it although the subtle aroma will continue to stimulate your dog.
Always Buy Dog Treats Sourced and Produced in the USA
Like anything we eat or feed our pup we must buy the highest quality available. Here at K9CRACK we purchase our grass fed Oregon beef liver directly from the slaughterhouse, so we know that it is fresh, free range, USDA approved and local, because we like to support our farming community. Always check the the ingredients to your dogs treats and make sure it is sourced and produced in the USA. If you have any questions please email us, we are happy to help your pup stay healthy and trim.
Attached is a breakdown of how beef liver compares to apples, carrots and red meat, it’s impressive!