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When To Start Liver

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Best Answer TRDmom , 22 March 2016 - 08:33 AM

"When" depends on you. "How much" depends on your dog. I've started my dogs off with full servings of liver from the "get go" and not had digestive issues. The biggest reason for delaying liver and organ is to prevent diarrhea. If stomach upset/diarrhea is the concern, I would start off by giving very small (bite-sized) pieces and seeing how the dog does. If all is well, gradually increase until they're able to eat the suggested serving amount (around 5% of total body weight). Feeding liver daily rather than weekly can also help digestion. Remember, liver has a greater concentration of vitamins essential for your dog's health--not something I personally want to delay if I can help it.

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So Mya is successfully transitioned onto turkey, and she just started pork today. She hasn't had any loose stool since we started raw. When should I start introducing liver? I know it's a vital part of the diet. 



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According to the getting started guide organ should be introduced week seven. I started feeding organ meats (10% per meal) week one with no G.I. trouble. Initially some coaxing was needed to get my older dog to eat It.

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I have always waited until pretty close to the end of the transition period before introducing liver. When you do, start with a very tiny amount and work up. I always give mine theirs with a bone in meal, because I have a couple who are pretty touchy about it. 

 

A lot of people worry about becoming deficient by waiting, but it takes  months to become deficient in nutrients, and you are only going no longer than six or seven weeks at the most. I have done this way for the last ten years or so, and it has worked well every time. You can intro liver sooner, but only if your dog seems to be handling the red meats with no digestive upset. The earliest I have introduced it has been about in the middle of transition, after pork went fine.



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✓  Best Answer

"When" depends on you. "How much" depends on your dog. I've started my dogs off with full servings of liver from the "get go" and not had digestive issues. The biggest reason for delaying liver and organ is to prevent diarrhea. If stomach upset/diarrhea is the concern, I would start off by giving very small (bite-sized) pieces and seeing how the dog does. If all is well, gradually increase until they're able to eat the suggested serving amount (around 5% of total body weight). Feeding liver daily rather than weekly can also help digestion. Remember, liver has a greater concentration of vitamins essential for your dog's health--not something I personally want to delay if I can help it.


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I think it's best to start early. The nutrients are essential (especially with puppies) and dogs/pups who get used to organs early tend not to be picky about them, while delay too often results in aversion. Starting small and working up and serving liver with bone is wise. 

 

I disagree (entirely) with the advise in the "getting started guide" on this issue. I really wish the guide would be revised. 

 

Bill



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I've always started giving liver anywhere from the middle of the transition to close to the end, and personally have never had a problem with pickiness towards them. I think it's more or less all a personal preference, and depending on how well the dog/puppy handles it.



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Also, what types are okay? I have both calf and cow

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I think I might start giving her super tiny pieces after she is okay on pork

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Also, what types are okay? I have both calf and cow

Both are ok, but calf is the best. It's from a younger animal, with less "use" from the liver, if that makes sense. Calf liver is a little more expensive usually too because of the quality difference, but even still both are fine. 







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