Offal or Meat, a quick guide

This is a quick guide to help you work out the difference between offal and meat when it comes to DIY raw feeding.

We should be aiming to stick to the 80/10/10 rule, that’s feeding 80% meat, 10% bone and 10% offal. Of that offal, half should be liver.

The easiest way to tell is as follows: it the organ secretes, feed it as offal, otherwise feed it as a meat. Some people like to class different organs in their own way, but as a general rule, this will be okay.

Below are a few meats and offals listed for your convenience.

Meat

  • Muscle
  • Heart
  • Lungs
  • Tongue
  • Tripe (green tripe, not white/bleached)
  • Trachea
  • Gizzard

Offal

  • Liver
  • Kidney
  • Spleen
  • Brain
  • Pancreas
  • Testicles

If you ever get stuck, just ask yourself ‘does this organ secrete?‘ and you should be able to work it out from there.

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  • Kathy Buckner Johnson

    I know this is an old thread, and I hope someone is still monitoring it. My question is: Is it OK to feed raw, ground-up beef testicles to an intact female dog? I’m concerned that lingering testosterone in the meat might affect her hormonally and mess with her heat cycles.