Is Duck Good For Dogs?
A common question among pet owners looking for alternatives to beef, lamb, salmon dog food or chicken dog food is, can dogs eat duck meat?
The answer, of course, is a resounding yes!
Duck meat is a great source of important nutrients that dogs need, including protein, healthy fats, omega-3 fatty acids, iron, and antioxidants. Switching to a healthy, well-balanced duck dog food formula may help to clear up any digestive issues that your dog is currently experiencing.
What’s more, duck is not commonly found in dog food formulas, making it a “novel” protein and a great alternative for dogs that have chicken or beef allergies, or who are picky eaters that like trying new flavors regularly.
However, it’s important to note that not all duck dog foods are created equal; for instance, even though the dog food bag might say “Duck Meat” on it, there’s a good chance that it contains low-quality meat by-products that are not actually healthy for dogs.
At Lucy Pet Foods, we believe your pet deserves the only very best nutrition, which is why all of our Formulas for Life™ dog foods contain real duck meat as the first ingredient, and zero meat by-products, fillers, or artificial ingredients of any kind.
What’s more, our Formulas for Life™ duck dog foods also feature a blend of healthy, high-energy complex carbohydrates such as quinoa and potatoes to ensure your dog gets the fuel they need to run, play, and live their best dog life!
So, what are you waiting for? Make the switch to Lucy Pet Foods today and experience the difference!
Benefits of Duck Meat for Dogs
Duck meat contains a whole host of powerful nutrients, including:
- Healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats
- Antioxidants like iron and selenium
- Omega-3 Fatty Acids
- Helpful B vitamins
These nutrients can provide several health benefits for your dog, such as:
- Improved energy levels
- A more resilient immune system
- A stronger musculoskeletal system
- Better cognitive function in older dogs
- Improved heart and kidney function
- Reduced anxiety and hyperactivity
Below is a full rundown of the health benefits of duck dog food:
Duck is a Healthy Source of Protein
Protein is an essential nutrient required for building and replenishing connective tissue, hair, skin, and nails. Additionally, protein also plays an instrumental role in developing strong immune and musculoskeletal systems.
Without an adequate amount of protein in your dog’s diet (what dog food experts called the “maintenance protein requirement”), these systems and processes will start to fail, leading to adverse health effects like loss of muscle mass, difficulty breathing, vomiting, changes in mood, and much more.
Luckily, providing your dog with enough protein is relatively easy; however, not all protein sources are created equal.
Sure, cheeseburgers might contain a high amount of protein, but they’re also high in sodium and saturated fat—both of which can lead to rapid weight gain and a poor body mass index.
What’s more, cheeseburgers may also contain toxic ingredients like onions and garlic, so when choosing a protein for your dog, the best advice is to choose a natural, premium protein like duck meat.
What makes duck such an excellent protein source for dogs?
In short, duck meat is a near-perfect source of protein because it’s lean, easy to digest, and is low in saturated fat. And while low in saturated fat, duck meat is high in healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, making it an excellent source of energy for active dogs!
Duck is Full of Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Duck meat contains a high number of omega-3 fatty acids, which are crucial for proper brain and eye development in younger dogs and important for maintaining cognitive function in older dogs.
Additionally, some research has shown that omega-3 fatty acids can treat arthritis, improve heart and kidney function, and reduce anxiety, depression, and hyperactivity. [i]
Duck Contains Important Antioxidants
Duck meat is rich in antioxidants like zinc and selenium, which are important for bolstering your dog’s immune system and protecting him or her against bacterial infections, free radicals, viruses, parasites, and other dangerous pathogens.
These antioxidants can not only bolster the immune system but they can also improve thyroid function, which is important for preventing health problems like hair loss, dry or irritated skin, ongoing infections, and indigestion.
Duck is rich in Iron & Vitamins
Last but not least, duck meat contains a significant amount of iron.
Iron is responsible for several physiological processes, including the formation of red blood cells and hemoglobin.
Hemoglobin (what gives blood its color) is an important protein responsible for carrying oxygen and nutrients through the bloodstream; however, when a dog is iron deficient, he or she will be “starved” for resources, especially during strenuous activity, and become overly lethargic, tired, and listless.
Does Formula Matter? (Hint: Yes it does!)
It’s important to pay close attention to the ingredients used in your dog food, and when it comes to duck meat, there are a few things to watch out for—namely, dog foods with real meat vs. dog foods with meat by-products.
What’s the difference?
First, real meat is exactly what it sounds like: natural meat found on the animal, which in this case, would be the meat of a duck.
Meat by-products refer to not just the meat of a duck, but also its organs, bones, beak, and virtually anything else found on the animal, which you don’t necessarily want to feed to your dog.
Why? Because meat by-products can be downright awful for your dog.
At Lucy Pet, we offer two duck-based formulas for dogs: Duck, Pumpkin, & Quinoa and Duck & Potato Limited Ingredient.
These dog food formulas use only premium duck from France, with no duck by-products, artificial flavors, or artificial preservatives.
Keep in mind though that a dog food formula includes more than just the main ingredient, and when you shop for dog food, you shouldn’t ONLY be shopping for the main ingredient.
As we explained in our Blog Post on “How to Pick the Right Dog Food”, you should start by selecting a dog food that contains the protein source you choose, but which also offers a series of supporting ingredients that provide all the non-protein nutrients your dog needs to be healthy.
In fact, the formulation of your chosen dog food is something that cannot be overlooked, as the main ingredient (in this case, premium duck protein) is of course vital, but the formula surrounding it is also extremely important, since it can affect your dog’s health in several ways.
To ensure that our duck dog foods are as healthy as possible, they include our proprietary Prebiotic Balanced Fiber™ blend which supports optimal gut health and digestion.
This blend features superfood ingredients like pumpkin, quinoa, flaxseed, and is based on 40 years of research by renowned scientist and animal nutrition expert, Dr. George C. Fahey, and can’t be found anywhere else!
All this makes Lucy Pet’s Formulas for Life™ duck dog food formulas a great choice for pet owners looking to enrich their dog’s diet and bolster their immune system with proteins, vitamins, minerals, and complex carbohydrates.
Duck Dog Food FAQs
For more information regarding duck meat for dogs, below are some of the most common questions and answers about feeding duck.
Can Duck Make My Dog Sick?
Duck meat is safe for dogs unless they happen to be allergic to it.
If you’re planning on switching or incorporating duck meat into your dog’s diet, it’s best to do it slowly—mixing in a little at a time with their usual food—to see how they respond.
If the duck meat appears to have no ill effects and your dog is happy, mix in a little more until their old food has been completely replaced by the new food.
As always, please consult your veterinarian before making any significant changes in your dog’s diet. What’s more, do not hesitate to call your vet if your dog is experiencing an allergic reaction to their new food.
Is Duck Or Rabbit Better For Dogs?
Both duck and rabbit are excellent protein sources for dogs, and one isn’t necessarily better than the other.
In short, the best protein for your dog is the one he or she can consume without experiencing any side effects, so if your dog is allergic to duck, rabbit meat might be a great alternative (and vice versa).
Is Duck A Common Dog Allergy?
Duck is a novel protein, meaning it’s not commonly found in dog foods, and therefore, shouldn’t cause an allergic reaction.
However, just because a protein is “novel” doesn’t mean it’s 100% safe.
As mentioned, when making a change to your dog’s diet, observe how they respond and note side effects like indigestion, itchy skin, diarrhea, etc., as this may indicate a duck meat allergy.
Is Duck Fat Okay For Dogs?
Duck fat is more than just “okay” for dogs: it’s one of the best sources of healthy fats for your dog!
Duck fat is rich in healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, making it an ideal choice for active dogs who love to run, fetch, or act like a complete goofball at the dog park!
Can Dogs Eat Raw Duck Meat?
As mentioned, the answer to the question “can dogs have duck” is yes; however, there’s one caveat: cooked meat is better than raw meat (as it’s much safer).
Although dogs can eat and digest raw meat, there are too many health risks associated with feeding your dog raw meat to consider it a safe practice.
Raw duck meat, or any meat for that matter, may contain bacteria like salmonella and listeria, which put not only the health of your dog in jeopardy but also the health of your family.
For example, feeding your dog raw meat can contaminate your dog’s bowl, snout, etc., meaning more surfaces will have to be cleaned and disinfected to eliminate the risk of someone in the household becoming sick.
This task can be difficult, especially if your dog happens to rub their snout on a surface without you noticing (e.g., the floor, a cabinet, furniture, etc.).
Therefore, it’s far safer to serve your dog cooked meat, as cooking meat reduces the risk of anyone in your family contracting food poisoning and becoming sick.
Try Lucy Pet’s All-Natural Duck Dog Food Formulas For Life
When it comes to deciding on the best duck-based food for your dog, there’s one clear winner: Lucy Pet’s Formulas™ for Life duck dog food.
Lucy Pet’s premium, all-natural duck dog food formulas feature duck as the first ingredient (no duck meat by-products!) and healthy, complex carbohydrates like potatoes, quinoa, and more.
Our Formulas for Life™ dog foods are formulated to include everything your dog needs to thrive and is perfect for dogs of all breeds and life stages.
So, make the switch today and treat your dog to Lucy Pet’s Formulas for Life™ dog food!