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Healthy Foods Checklist: Venison for Dogs

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. 

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