Horse meat can offer various benefits for your dog's diet:
Valuable minerals: Horse meat is an excellent source of iron, which helps transport oxygen in the blood. It also provides a higher concentration of potassium compared to other meats, which supports your dog's heart function and muscle activity.
Recommended for digestion: To aid your dog's digestion, muscle meat is often the better choice as it is less rich in connective tissue than offal. When buying horse meat, make sure that it does not contain any offal. This applies regardless of the type of meat you choose.
Correct fat content: If your dog needs to watch its weight, you should choose lean quality horse meat with a fat content of less than 5%. You can often find high-quality, low-fat muscle meat at specialized horse butchers.
Option for dogs with allergies:Does your dog have allergies and has not yet tried horsemeat, this can be a valuable option for an exclusion diet. This is because a diet with only one protein source - in this case horsemeat - is often recommended in the case of a food allergy. If your dog tolerates horsemeat well, there is a wide range of treats and staple foods to choose from.
Our Sensitive variety Horse with Potatoes is a special treat for very sensitive pets. Thanks to the few components, it is particularly low in allergens and ideal for monoprotein diets.
Horse meat can be a good source of nutrition for many dogs. However, it is advisable not to feed your dog all available types of meat immediately. This way, if an allergy occurs later, you still have a previously unfed meat source as an alternative. Therefore, start with more common types of meat such as chicken and beef. Also choose treats from these varieties for the time being. If your dog later develops a food allergy, horsemeat can be a valuable alternative - provided you haven't fed it before. It is also always advisable to consult your vet when changing your dog's diet.
Horse meat for dogs: the most important questions
Is horsemeat suitable for all dogs?
An appropriate amount of horsemeat to feed your dog will depend on several factors, including your dog's weight, age, activity level and health. There is no set amount that is suitable for all dogs. It is important that you follow the recommended feeding amounts on the food packaging and the advice of your vet.
Feed horsemeat raw or cooked?
Horsemeat can be fed raw or cooked. If you feed it raw, you should ensure high quality and pay particular attention to hygiene and food safety to minimize the risk of disease. If you want to feed the horsemeat cooked, you should cook it thoroughly: Pour boiling water over the horsemeat to kill surface germs. For maximum safety, we recommend simmering the meat at a minimum of 65°C for at least 10 minutes.
Is horsemeat alone sufficient for my dog's diet?
Horsemeat alone cannot provide all the nutrients your dog needs. A balanced diet requires a variety of foods or specialized dog food to ensure that all the nutrients your dog needs are covered. If you want to feed your dog with horsemeat as the sole source of protein, there areSpecialized complete feeds with horse, which are balanced in composition.