Healthy Foods Checklist: Venison for Dogs

PetMD Editorial
Published: May 16, 2017
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While venison, or deer meat, has less protein than beef, it also contains less fat and cholesterol, making it an increasingly popular meat source in commercial dog foods.

Venison is a good source of B vitamins and minerals such as zinc, phosphorous, and iron. It helps dogs maintain healthy energy levels and many dogs enjoy the taste.

Pet foods containing venison are a good option for dogs who may have food sensitivities or allergies to other protein sources such as beef or chicken. Since venison is a novel protein, it may help reduce allergens and skin irritations in pets with food-related issues.

You may find venison on a dog-food label listed as venison meal. Venison meal is a rendered meat concentrate that contains substantially more protein than fresh venison, making it a quality ingredient in commercial pet foods.

Venison can be included in homemade raw-food diets for dogs, but make sure to consult your veterinarian before switching your dog over to a raw-food meal plan.