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The Benefits of Duck Meat for Dogs

More owners are offering duck for dogs

More owners are offering duck for dogs

More and more dog owners are considering duck for dogs as a protein variation and as a solution to common food allergies.

Dogs rely on a high-protein diet for optimal health. Of course, some proteins are better than others, and duck meat is among the proteins with the best biological value to dogs. Like humans, dogs thrive with a varied diet, and the introduction of duck into a diet that relies heavily on beef or chicken can help create a more balanced nutritional profile. Unlike humans, dogs allergies are nearly always related to common food proteins, and dogs with allergies to common proteins used in dog food, such as chicken, can explore the option of substituting duck.

Why offer duck for dogs?

Duck meat is a rich source of trace minerals like selenium, zinc, copper, and iron. These help boost the immune system, support the thyroid, promote red blood cell health and keep energy levels balanced. Vitamin B3 (niacin) and many other B vitamins support cardiovascular health and contribute to skin and coat health. Duck meat also contains Omega 3 and Omega 6 for antioxidant protection against free radicals and vitamin A to support eye health.

Duck for dogs with allergies…

Duck meat is an allergy-friendly alternative for dogs that are food sensitive to chicken or beef. According to PetMD, the most common sources of allergies for dogs are proteins they metabolize in food sources, especially beef, dairy, and wheat. Testing for allergies can be an expensive proposition, and the information gained is not always worth the effort or expense. Even if one is lucky enough to definitively identify the cause of the allergies, many dog food products will contain the allergy-causing substance the owner is trying to avoid in trace amounts or much more. Owners who are dealing with dogs who are suffering from allergies (usually manifesting as a chronic itch) will often skip the allergy testing and a make a dietary switch to less common protein sources in the hope of eliminating the allergen. Duck meat (as well as lamb, bison, and others) is a very good alternative for this strategy; however, it is incumbent on the dog owner to find a trustworthy, uncontaminated source of duck or other non-allergic protein.


Springtime Products containing duck…

Duck Cookies

Springtime Duck Cookie
Real-meat duck cookies are a healthy treat your dog will love. All natural and gluten free.

Duck Feet

Springtime Duck Feet
Allergy-friendly, crunchy duck feet for dogs. Dogs thoroughly enjoy this tempting treat! A natural source of chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine.
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7 responses to “The Benefits of Duck Meat for Dogs”

    • Hi Sharon! We generally don’t make recommendations on dog foods, but our customers have had good things to say about Acana Duck And Pear Dog Food (part of the Origin family of products). You might have more luck in the raw category, if you’re looking for a dog food with quality duck.

        • Not a recall. Someone has filed a class action lawsuit related to marketing and labeling and based on a very questionable set of data from Clean Label Project (which recommends Beneful and Pedigree !!!!). It only concerns Acana/Orijen food made in the Kentucky plant not the Canadian product. You can find Champion Pet Foods response on their website. It is very informational.

  1. Excellent article!!!
    Feeding duck and lamb to my senior dog and younger dog, has shown improvement for my senior!!
    It was suggested that I go to ‘cooler’ meats when he developed hot spots! While I do feel it helps it is not yet our solution so I have added goat’s milk for added gut health.

  2. Thinking that duck would be an excellent protein for my German Shorthair Pointer, I bought a 30-lb bag in my favorite brand. It didn’t work out as planned, however. My dog absolutely reeked after consuming a half bag. His body odor was horrendous, and upon changing proteins, he’s back to his loveable, huggable self.

  3. Unfortunately I went the way of allergy testing for my cattle dog….duck and ksmb were the offenders in protein choice, which I have NEVER fed her. I switched to a raw frozen with fermented veggies diet, chicken version (Answers) which my holistic vet recommended…..it has helped tremendously along with some herbals…..dogs bark….dogs itch….it’s a given, but it doesn’t need to be excessive…..Blackwood is made in OH and I was impressed with their offering in dry kibble (which is what I’ll go to if I go back to dry)….the vet said the vets trained in allergy treatments don’t put much stock in the testing, which substantiates Soringtime’s statement!

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