Dog Food: Vitamin & Mineral Sources the Magic of Liver: Part 2
Milk and cheese are probably the only important sources of calcium and phosphorus among the foods that are not fed as much as they should to dogs, especially as sources of these minerals. Magnesium is found in nuts and beans, potassium in almost any natural ingredient. Most trace minerals in a natural raw dog food diet are derived from the natural ingredients.
Liver: Newborn puppies, dying from the “failing puppy syndrome”, have a tablespoonful of chopped liver added to their mother’s diet. Overnight, the pups snap out of it and start gaining again. Orphan puppies, stunted because their formula is inadequate, have a little liver puree added to that formula and those same puppies suddenly begin to grow and gain weight.
A young adult male, starting his second year at stud is listless, uninterested, and underweight. A daily teaspoon of raw liver returns the stud to his original luster and aggressiveness. A dog struck by an automobile fails to respond even though surgery has successfully corrected its injuries. About a week after the operation a tablespoonful of liver is prescribed – in addition to his dog food mix three times weekly. By the end of the third week all of the dog’s lost weight has been regained and healing of the external wounds appears complete.
All of the dogs described above had one thing in common; liver was added to their daily raw dog food diet. Perhaps liver should be called a “miracle” food rattler than a mystery food. But whatever you call it, the recoveries described were the results of liver, and whatever it is that enables liver to produce such ”miracles” remains a mystery.
For years veterinary nutritionists have referred to the ”unidentified liver fractions” and their seemingly miraculous effects. Whatever it is in liver, known or unknown, few canine nutritionists deny that liver does something special when it comes to a dog’s daily dog food diet mix. If there is one single dog food that every dog should have in its diet, that food would definitely have is to be liver.
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