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.


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


  • 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.

  • DiddlyD

    Tripe, Hearts and Liver are high in fat which is visually not seen like regular meats do with marveling and that needs to be taken into consideration as too much fat might cause pancreatitis. Some dogs can do well with no effects and others don’t and can turn life threatening.