Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Venison

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We continue our Dog Food Ingredients A to Z series with the letter “V”. Today’s ingredient is Venison.


What is Venison?

Venison is the meat of the game animal deer.  Deer is a member of the Cervidae family.


Common names for Venison

The most common name variation is deer.  Other species within the Cervidae family include elk, moose, red deer and reindeer (caribou).


Why is Venison included in dog food?

Venison is used in dog food to provide an alternative (novel) and lower fat protein source for the dog.


Is Venison a commonly used ingredient in dog food?

Venison’s popularity is increasing as the demand for novel proteins is increasing, in part due to consumer realization that feeding a dog the same food repeatedly can lead to nutritional deficiencies and allergic reactions.  Currently venison is in about 3% of all dog foods.


Common benefits or risks of Venison

Venison is a relatively lean meat and lower in calories, fat, and cholesterol than most cuts of beef or pork. For example, ground venison (mixed cuts) has about 50 calories, 7 grams of protein and only 2 grams of fat per ounce.   Compare to a lean (85% lean, 15% fat) hamburger which has about 70 calories and per 4 grams of fat per ounce.

Venison is a good source of B vitamins, especially Niacin and B-12 (which is not readily available in most foods) as well as the minerals zinc, phosphorous, and iron.


Miscellaneous facts about Venison

According to Wikipedia, Venison originally described meat of any game animal killed by hunting and was applied to any animal from the families Cervidae (deer), Leporidae (hares), and Suidae (wild pigs), and certain species of the genus Capra (goats and ibex). In the northern hemisphere the word’s usage is now almost entirely restricted to the flesh of various species of deer.

Deer organ meat is called “humble”. This is the supposed origin of the term “humble pie”, which quite literally means deer pie.


Slimdoggy Ingredient Comfort Level

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Venison gets the Slimdoggy Happy Face due to all of its health benefits and the fact that it is a novel protein for dogs.


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  1. I don’t think us dogs have ever had venison. It is big around here with the people that hunt. Mom tried it but didn’t like it…that isn’t saying much as she doesn’t like tripe, pigs ears, etc. She has no appreciation for the finer foods in life. I think it would be a great food for dogs to have in their food and/or treats.
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  2. Though we’re not hunters, we have friends that do and have shared with us. The dogs love venison! Great post.
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  3. Hubby missed a big buck last hunting season. Too bad, I would have shared with brown dawgs. 🙂 I did not know about the humble pie.

  4. ohhhhh my gang loves venison, Nellie ate a whole deer one year it was that tasty. I don’t feed a venison based dog food but will give them venison scrapes when we are cutting up our game and they get to chew on the bones. Good stuff!
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  5. Venison is all time favorite here! I love feeding it (raw) to my dogs, as it is free-range, grassfed, organic goodness. It also contains a high level of Omega-3 fatty acids.
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  6. Eww venison blah! Not for me…..
    Although I’m sure the pups would enjoy it!
    Hey btw I am passing along some awards to different blogs today and yours is one of them if you have a chance to pop my blog 🙂
    ((Husky hugz frum our pack))
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    • Thanks for stopping by and for the award. You should try the venison, I’m sure your guys would love it.
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  7. we have had, and enjoyed, venison

    retro rpver

  8. Seen many raw venison food in the stores and they are seem to be popular. Happy Tasty Tuesday. Golden Woofs
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  9. Excellent information. My humans love venison, so I’m afraid that I might have to deal with their drooling and begging. 😉
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    • It might be worth it.
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  10. I never knew where Humble Pie came from! 🙂 Thanks for sharing this info with us, we love your dog ingredient series!
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    • Great – glad you like it Nailah – hope your doing good on your weight loss!
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  11. There’s no fresh venison here but venison stew wet food is definitely a favourite of Donna’s!
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    • Fresh or stewed, it’s still good for her!
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