We are celebrating the pig this month and encourage Moms and Dads to think differently about adding pork to your pet’s diet. Pork is perfectly safe for both cats and dogs and is slightly higher in protein than chicken. Pork really is the other white meat and is now gaining an excellent reputation in the natural pet food industry. Over the years I’ve watched leaders of the natural pet food manufacturers add lean pork to their recipes with great response.
Lean pork is highly digestible meat and is often a protein your pet has never experienced in other pet foods. This is often what we call a novel protein, meaning it is new and has never been introduced before. I often suggest adding pork foods and treats to pets with sensitive bellies. Most pets love the taste and have very little adverse reaction to pork. Our cat Primal Raw and Freeze-Dried Pork is our best seller. So it is fair to say that cats love pork, too!
The pork added to any high quality pet foods are de-fatted and only the lean cuts of the pig are used. Therefore it is perfect for dogs suffering from pancreatitis and a good protein option for weight management. Pork blends are often the lowest fat products within a product line. However bacon and other fatty parts of the pig are never used for pet foods, as the fat content would be too high. Think of when you cook a pork loin, you do have to add bacon or fats to make the meat less dry because lean pork is simply not heavy in fats.
According to ancient Chinese medicine, pork is a neutral/cool food. What this means is it does not cause inflammation and does not irritate any allergic response in the body. This may seem a bit ‘far out”, but this is a tried and true way to think about pet foods for optimum health.
There are some pork products your dog may come into contact with this summer that you may wish to avoid including:
- Cooked pork rib bones are dangerously fragile, can break and cause choking so please avoid these bones. It is also very high in fat. You won’t find any pork bones in my chew bar due to this concern. So please avoid tossing Fido the leftover rib bones this summer at your family BBQ.
- I am also not a fan of the dark colored fried pig ears that often are darker in color and come in a package. I cringe when I see these at grocery stores or big box pet stores. These are double fried pork and contain dangerous level of fat. Of all the products on the market please avoid these pig ears and consider trying our baked pig ears and snouts that have no added fats.
So come join us as we have lots of yummy and healthy pork options to ensure your pets can celebrate the PIG! We’ve added several new bacon products and what dog does not like bacon? Bring your pooch to sample tasty Darford Grainfree Tasty Bacon Treats or switch out your training treats to the Zuke’s Mini’s Pork recipe. Peanut Butter & Bacon ice cream for pets is a sure pleaser and our Primal Pork treats and foods are big hit with our cats and dogs.
Swine is Oh So Fine at Patsy’s. Come join us in July as we celebrating the PIG!