Your carnivore pets are designed to get their energy from raw meat, bones, organs, and fat. Because we are not feeding carbohydrates to our raw fed dogs, they need fat in their diet for energy. Fat contains some nutrients, vitamins A, D and K, arachidonic acid, DHA, choline, cholesterol and saturated fat, (critical for brain function), but it’s main use is fuel.
Raw animal fat won’t contribute to obesity or heart disease. It also doesn’t contribute to pancreatitis; cooked fat causes this painful condition. Cooked fat may also be a carcinogen.
When deciding how much fat a pet needs, go back to the “whole prey” diet and consider how much fat is on a rabbit or a bird. Wild animals don’t appear to be very fat, but they all have stores for warmth, lean times, and protection of the internal organs. The brain is fatty and so is the skin. There can be 10-20% fat on a wild animal or dead salmon on the shore.
When replicating the wild carnivore diet for your carnivore pet, allow some animal fat to be in the mix. Leave the skin on the chicken, fatty beef is fine for your red meat portions. Eggs, salmon, tripe are all sources of naturally occurring fats that we needn’t be alarmed about.
I’d like you to avoid adding plant fats to your carnivore’s diet. They aren’t natural food for carnivores and don’t get broken down fast enough for the nutrition to be absorbed as readily as animal/fish fats.
Raw unadulterated fats from animal sources are natural and quite safe for our pets. The only downside to animal fats is that fat is where toxins are stored. Carnivores are at the top of the food chain and the downside to this is the concentrations of pesticides and other unnatural chemicals they end up consuming. The best ways to avoid these nasty things is to feed organic meat, or wild game, or young animals like poultry, rabbit, and lamb. Clean fish like sardines are ideal for the fish portion of your pet’s diet.
The other side to this toxin problem is to get your pet regular exercise and adequate rest to ensure their body’s can flush out the bad stuff as efficiently as possible. Fasting one meal a week also helps with internal housekeeping.