Should I feed liver to my dog or cat?
Liver is a rich source of:
- amino acids
- fatty acids
- vitamins (A and B)
- minerals (copper, iron, niacin, phosphorus and zinc)
We definitely recommend that you feed it to your cat or dog as part of a well-planned, species-appropriate diet.
There are a couple of things to consider when feeding liver: the source, and the amount.
There is a small amount of liver in some of the Raw Essentials product. This in keeping with the fact that most wild carnivores would regularly consume small amounts of liver.
Buy the best quality liver that you can. Heavy metals and other detrimental compounds can build up in the liver of production animals (beef, lamb etc). For this reason - we only use human-grade liver. Human-grade organs come from younger animals which have not had time to accrue a high toxic load. if you are buying pet food that contains organ from other sources - it might pay to check whether the sources are human-grade.
You can read more about the issues with heavy metals in food chains here.
There is concern that excessive liver intake will lead to a toxic level of vitamin A.
You would have to feed quite a large amount of liver on a regular basis to cause an issue with a health cat or dog. This is why we feed it as a small part of a well-planned, species-appropriate diet.