Venison, the general term for deer meat, is an excellent source of lean protein for dogs, and is considered a “novel” protein in that it is not commonly found in dog food. Venison is a red meat similar to beef, but is leaner being lower in fat and cholesterol. Venison is rich in iron, niacin, riboflavin, and B vitamin and also contains higher levels of omega-3 fatty acid than beef.
Leaner than beef and with fewer calories than other protein sources, venison is a very healthy source of protein. If your dog is overweight, switching to a venison-based dog food can help as long as the food does not contain high glycemic carbohydrates like grain and potato. The higher the protein content and the lower the carbohydrate load the better, and Venison helps by providing a highly nutritious source of lean animal sourced protein.
Venison is packed with nutrients that support the health and well-being of your dog and is an excellent protein for your dog. Venison is a low fat, low cholesterol source of protein that is a natural high source of Taurine and these all combine to help maintain a healthy weight and a healthy heart.
Venison also includes a good amount of B vitamins, and minerals such as zinc, phosphorous, and iron, all necessary components of a healthy diet. Zinc has a wide range of health benefits that include an improved immune system, a more efficient digestive system and increased production of essential hormones. Niacin, also known as Vitamin B3, is another micro nutrient that is abundant in Venison. Niacin has been shown to increase cardiovascular health and help maintain a healthy metabolism. It increases brain function and has an especially beneficial effect on a dog's skin and coat.
If your dog has allergies or sensitivities to other proteins like beef or chicken, venison is a good option. Venison is considered a novel protein which means it is a protein source that most pets have not been exposed too so it is unlikely they will have developed an allergy to it, as they might to a more common protein like chicken or beef. Ultimately, food allergies are created by a condition called “Leaky Gut” where the protein the dog is eating leaks through the gut wall and activates the immune system to react against what it perceives as an invading pathogen. Consequently it is crucial to use a dog food without grain or potato that will not cause leaky Gut. Brothers is formulated to heal Leaky Gut and prevent future allergies from developing. If Leaky Gut is not healed the dog will eventually develop an allergy to the new protein.
Venison is lower in saturated fat than other red meats such as beef or lamb which can contain as much as five times more fat. While dogs need fat in their diet, some dogs need lower levels than others. Venison is a rich source of animal sourced protein (that is rich in Taurine), which is a more appropriate source of protein for your dog than vegetable sourced proteins that do not contain Taurine. The FDA has recently stated that it is NOT a lack of grain in dog food that leads to heart disease in some dogs, as was incorrectly claimed by some, but the lack of Taurine because so many dog food companies are switching from animal sourced protein to the less expensive vegetable proteins that do not contain Taurine.