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Notes from Tuesday 10/30 Wild Game Workshop

What to harvest for dog food and why.

Hand outs & Notes:

October 30 Workshop
What to harvest for your dog from your hunting season and why.

Venison contains less protein than beef, however, it contains less fat and cholesterol. Although it has less protein, venison is overall better for your dog's holistic heart health. With the exception of fish, venison is the healthiest meat for your dog's heart. In general, venison contains 159 calories per a 100 gram portion and only 3.3 calories are from fat.
Benefits of Venison In Your Dog's Diet
Venison can add some variety to your dog's diet, while giving him or her the protein necessary to build strong bones and muscles. Venison has fewer calories, less fat, and more iron than any other type of meat. Venison is also very high in B vitamins, phosphorus, selenium, zinc, and copper.

Average Wild Caught Venison Muscle Analysis 1 unit on an “as fed” basis
Calorie Information
Calories  44.0
  From Carbohydrate          0.0
  From Fat                              18.0
  From Protein                      26.0
Protein & Amino Acids
Protein                   6.1g
Tryptophan           53.8mg
Threonine             229mg
Isoleucine              260mg
Leucine                  461mg
Lysine                     492mg
Methionine           141mg
Cystine                   56.6mg
Phenylalanine       229mg
Tyrosine                 189mg
Valine                     294mg
Arginine                 362mg
Histidine                181mg
Alanine                  353mg
Aspartic acid         526mg
Glutamic acid       859mg
Glycine                   331mg
Proline                   266mg
Serine                    209mg
Hydroxyproline    87.6mg

Fats & Fatty Acids
Total Fat                                2.0g
Total Omega-3 fatty acids  29.1mg
Total Omega-6 fatty acids  63.0mg

Calcium  3.1mg
Iron                         0.8mg
Magnesium           5.9mg
Phosphorus           56.3mg
Potassium              92.4mg
Sodium   21.0mg
Zinc                         1.2mg
Copper   0.0mg
Manganese           0.0mg
Selenium               2.8mcg

Vitamin A                              0.0IU
Vitamin C                               0.0mg
Vitamin D~ ~
Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol)0.1mg
Vitamin K                               0.3mcg
Thiamin                  0.2mg
Riboflavin                              0.1mg
Niacin                                     1.6mg
Vitamin B                               60.1mg
Folate                                     1.1mcg
Vitamin B                               120.5mcg
Pantothenic Acid 0.2mg
Choline                  24.6mg
Betaine                  3.6mg

Organs: What's what?
(so that you know where to include them into your components of a raw diet)
Organs that are MUSCLE 
  1. Heart
  2. Gizzards
  3. Tongues
  4. Lungs
  5. Tripe
Organs that are OFFAL
  1. Liver
  2. Kidneys
  3. Spleen
  4. Pancreas
* the glandulars Pancreas & Spleen should be consumed within 3 months if to be used as a therapy for 
enzymatic deficiency or cancer 
  •   Feed 2 ounces of  pancreas for every 20lbs of body weight, divided between two meals.
  • If you have concerns over wild game parasites, freeze meat first 2-3 wks.
  • Use the liver sparingly-about 5% of the ration so as to avoid loose stools.

  • Tongue can be ground or fed whole raw or dried as a satisfying chewy addition

  • Lung is best used for making treats
  • Trachea is an excellent source of glucosamine and collagen and makes a therapeutic addition for joint health feed whole &raw as a chew, or add to your grind.
  • Yes, freezer burned meat from years past is ok to feed.
  • Trimmings full of tough sinew makes excellent dog food
  • Weight bearing bones can be fed "on the hoof" or thoroughly cleaned. Optimal is leaving some meat on them.
  • Scapulas and ribs or young prey are good meaty bones intended for full digestion for dogs that are capable raw eaters
  • Many dogs enjoy the nose part of the snout but not many hunters bother to get this.
  • Game muscle meat does not have the amino acid Taurine, but the precursors for it: Methionine & Cystine. Therefore if you're feeding cats wild game, you must add something with the amino acid taurine like the organ meats as cats cannot synthesize taurine from Methionine & Cystine like dogs.