Since November is all about Turkey Day aka Thanksgiving here in the States, I figured it’d be a good opportunity to talk about Missy’s & Buzz’s love for the large bird – although it’s definitely not only a seasonal favorite!
Neutral Protein According To TCM
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, turkey falls into the category of neutral foods, as opposed to those of cooling and warming.
I’ve come across some sources that claim it’s part of the warming food category along with chicken, but since I know that Missy doesn’t do well on warming foods such as lamb and chicken and isn’t bothered by turkey, I believe in the neutral version.
It’s a lean source of protein (= great for weight management purposes!) that’s rich in a variety of minerals and vitamins such as:
Iron. Mineral that’s needed to carry oxygen throughout the body.
Choline. Nutrient responsible for proper liver & brain function. Also reduces seizure frequency in epileptic dogs.
Selenium. Mineral with antioxidant properties.
Zinc. Trace mineral and a necessary component of a healthy, functioning immune system.
Phosphorus & Calcium. Minerals that are important for skeletal & dental health.
Potassium. Mineral needed for healthy muscles, nerves, and enzymes.
B vitamins (B 1, 2, 5, 6, 9, 12, Niacin = B 3). Water-soluble nutrients vital for a healthy nervous & immune system, healthy nails & skin, healthy digestion.
I Regularly Feed My Dogs The Following Cuts Of Turkey
Turkey necks. They’re a favorite raw meaty bone with a nice crunch factor.
Who’s a lucky puppy?! 😉Turkey neck/greek yogurt (grocery store), beef green tripe/ground sardines/organ mix from Raw Feeding Miami & homemade banana/kelp treat. A post shared by K9s Over Coffee Raw Feeding (@k9sovercoffee) on
Turkey gizzards. They’re rich, so feeding them in moderation is crucial (fed as muscle meat).
Sunday morning yumms ~ turkey gizzards, beef cheek & beef green tripe, rabbit kidney (buried under the pumpkin purée, oops), green-lipped mussel powder. || #WhatsInYourBowl ? A post shared by K9s Over Coffee Raw Feeding (@k9sovercoffee) on
Ground turkey. Whenever I see ground turkey on sale at my local grocery store, I buy it and use it for the pups’ (& my) dinner.
Complete turkey mix from Bravo Blends Raw Diet, consists of ground turkey, turkey bone, turkey heart, turkey gizzard, turkey liver, and also includes green beans, squash, and broccoli.
Where I Buy My Turkey Cuts
I have three main sources for our turkey supply. The most conveniently located one is my grocery store just around the corner where I can find turkey necks and ground turkey meat.
Raw Feeding Miami, my trusted online raw dog food retailer, carries anything Turkey, from Turkey heads to livers, hearts, gizzards, broth, necks, tails – you name it, they have it.
Some of Raw Feeding Miami's Cuts Of Turkey
Every now and then I’ll also buy pre-made, ground raw turkey from Bravo Blends Raw Diet. I can find it at a local, independently owned pet retail store, Naturally Unleashed.
Raw Meaty Turkey Bones Are Ideal For Larger Dogs
Turkey necks are the perfect size for larger dogs. They vary in length and thickness and can measure anywhere between 4-7 inches, and weigh between 4 and 8 ounces. I just recently learned on RawFeedingMiami.com that smaller (& somewhat softer) turkey necks are sourced from female turkeys as opposed to their male counterparts.
They’re an excellent source of calcium and phosphorus, important for skeletal health, and keep Missy’s and Buzz’s teeth clean.
What About Smaller Dogs?
I wouldn’t recommend any whole raw turkey bones for smaller dogs, simply because of their size. Once they’ve been ground, they’re ok to include in raw meals for smaller dogs.
Raw meaty bones from smaller poultry are a great turkey bone alternative for small dogs, such as chicken or duck feet. Keep in mind that chicken is a warming food, whereas duck has cooling qualities. Both chicken and duck feet are about 4-6 inches in length and weigh about an ounce. They’re a great source of chondroitin and glucosamine which are needed for joint health.
Raw Duck Foot Weighing In At Just 1 Ounce
Turkey is an inexpensive source of protein that’s low in fat. It’s chock-full of all the minerals and vitamins necessary for a strong immune system. It’s definitely a year-round favorite with Missy & Buzz.
Are your dogs turkey fans? As always, we’d love to hear from you in our comment section!