Offal is a nutritional powerhouse. Owners who feed their pets a raw diet may be already aware of this nutritious meat, but just in case, offal is considered to be a vital part of a dog’s and cat’s nutritional requirements.
To receive the full spectrum of nutrition, pets need to consume more than just raw muscle meat and bones.
A lot of people may consider offal to be waste organs, unsafe or these ingredients are a taboo in some western cultures. In reality though, organ meats are super foods, jam packed with vitamins and minerals essential for pet health. Offal is very popular in many Middle Eastern, Asian and North African countries. With the appropriate knowledge and handling they are a great addition to both pet and human diets. Fresh offal from naturally raised, grass-fed animals is some of the most nutrient-rich foods you can eat. It far exceeds the nutrition found in that of a processed pet food that is often sprayed on synthetic vitamins and minerals.
So, what is offal?
Offal, also commonly referred to as ‘organ meats’ literal definition of offal is to “fall off”—that is, whatever falls off the skeleton during the butchering process.
This includes the heart, liver, lungs, kidneys, pancreas and all other abdominal organs, as well as the tails, feet, brain, tongue, tripe and yes, even the testicles.
The origin of meat varies from ruminate animals like chicken, turkey, duck, fowl, cow, pig, lamb, etc.
What are the benefits of offal?
There are a wide spectrum from a great source of nutrients like B-complex vitamins, vitamins E, D and K2, amino acids, iron, and trace minerals like copper, chromium, and zinc.
There is a reason dogs and cats ate offal as part of their Ancestral Diet to keep them healthy in the wild. Let’s take a look at some of offal used in Furchild’s Meals and Supplemental Foods and their health benefits.
It’s clear that offal is jam packed with nutrients and is considered ‘rich’ so certain precautions must be taken into consideration before feeding your pet.
Furchild Meals have made it easy by taking all the necessary precautions to ensure your pet consumes the right quality, variety and quantities of organ meats.
Are you looking for new ways to incorporate organ meats into your diet?
Finding a tasty offal recipe can be tricky, as they are more of a niche specialty today—but they are out there. Here are a few we stumbled upon that look like they are worth a try.
Too lazy or squeamish to cook it yourself? Here are a couple of restaurants in the UAE that feature organ meats on their main menus. Please note, the lists below are not necessarily recommended by us. If you know of any, or have positive reviews, let us know!
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