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Raw Goose For Dogs: Benefits, Parts to Feed & More

Want to learn more about raw goose for dogs?

It’s part of the poultry family, but unlike chicken and turkey, it’s not a very common bird to eat in the States.

So that makes it more expensive than other birds, and I personally only buy it when I can get it on sale.

But when I do find it marked down, I stock up on it!

That said, here’s what you’ll find in today’s blog post:

  • Benefits of raw goose for dogs
  • Main nutrients of raw goose (with skin vs w/o)
  • Nutrient comparison tables for raw goose and other poultry birds
  • Parts of raw goose you can feed your dog
  • Where to source raw goose in the US
  • How to feed your dog(s) raw goose including a feeding video

Ready? Let’s jump right in!

Raw Goose For Dogs Benefits

Whole raw goose on a cutting board with a knife stuck inside it

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Raw goose is a white meat that’s not as commonly used in raw dog food as other birds, so it’s less likely that dogs react poorly to it.

That makes it a good alternative for dogs with chicken, turkey or duck sensitivities.

Chicken makes my pup Wally super itchy, but he can have goose, turkey and duck no problem.

As far as nutrients are concerned, they differ quite a bit depending on whether or not you feed your dog raw goose with the skin on.

per 100 g With Skin W/o Skin
Protein 15.86% 22.75%
Fat 33.62% 7%
Iron 2.5 mg 2.57 mg
Zinc 1.72 mg 2.34 mg
Vit. B9 4 mcg 31 mcg
Vit. A 55 iu 40 iu
The fat-soluble Vitamin A is measured in iu (International Units), and Vitamin B9 is measured in micrograms.

Nutrients of Raw Goose Without the Skin

A domesticated goose without the skin is high in protein, iron, zinc and Vitamin B9:

  • 100 grams of raw goose has 22.75% of protein
  • 100 grams of raw goose has 2.57 mg iron
  • 100 grams of raw goose has 2.34 mg zinc
  • 100 grams of raw goose has 31 mcg B9

Without the skin, raw goose has about 7% of fat, which makes it a good option for overweight dogs or those with pancreatic issues.

Nutrients of Raw Goose With The Skin On

As far as the fat content is concerned, it increases drastically when the skin is left on the raw goose: 33.62% as compared to 7% without the skin!

This high fat content makes raw goose with skin a great option for working dogs and underweight pups who need to put on some weight.

And since raw goose with the skin on has that much more fat, it’s also going to have more Vitamin A than raw goose without the skin.

That’s because Vitamin A is fat-soluble:

  • Vitamin A w/ skin vs w/o skin: 55 iu/100 g vs 40 iu/100 g

With the skin on, raw goose has 2.5 mg of iron and 1.72 mg of zinc per 100 grams of meat. So the amount of iron doesn’t change much, but there is less zinc with the skin on.

It also has considerably less Vitamin B9 with the skin on: 4 mcg compared to 31 mcg with the skin on. That’s because this vitamin is water-soluble and not fat-soluble (like Vitamin A).

And with the skin on, raw goose also has less protein: 15.86% vs 22.75%.

Comparing Nutrients In Raw Goose For Dogs To Other Poultry

Nutrients of Poultry With Skin

Macronutrients

When you’re looking at the numbers in the table for the fat content WITH the skin on, those numbers differ quite a bit!

Turkey is the leanest followed by chicken, and duck and goose have more than double the amount of fat than turkey.

Something to keep in mind when you’re considering feeding raw goose and raw duck to your dog with the skin on.

The amount of protein is similar in goose, chicken and turkey, but lower in duck.

W/skin Goose Chicken Turkey Duck
Protein 15.86% 16.9% 18.5% 11.49%
Fat 33.62% 18.6% 15% 39.34%
Iron 2.5 mg 1.1 mg 0.8 mg 2.4 mg
Zinc 1.72 mg 1.4 mg 2 mg 1.4 mg
Vit. B9 4 mcg 6 mcg 6.2 mcg 13 mcg
Vit. A 55 iu 140 iu 130.5 iu 168 iu
Select nutrient amounts of 100 g = 3.5 oz of poultry birds with the skin on. The fat-soluble Vitamin A is measured in iu (International Units), and Vitamin B9 is measured in micrograms.

FYI: When I feed my pup Wally goose and duck (he can’t have chicken), I take about 3/4 of the skin off.

Obviously fat is great for energy and works alongside fat-soluble vitamins, but I also don’t want him to gain any weight.

I used THESE raw meats for Wally's dog food

Micronutrients:

Raw goose and duck with the skin on have the highest amount of iron, while goose and turkey are richest in zinc.

Duck with the skin on has 3-4 x as much B9 than the rest of the birds (goose has the lowest amount).

Duck is also the richest in Vitamin A, while goose has the lowest amounts.

Nutrients of Poultry Without Skin

Macronutrients:

Looking at the comparison table, you can see that raw turkey without the skin has the lowest fat content out of those 4 birds, followed by duck, chicken and goose at the top.

But the difference there isn’t anywhere near as high as it for the numbers WITH the skin on!

Regarding the amount of protein, there’s not a huge difference between the birds.

W/o skin Goose Chicken Turkey Duck
Protein 22.75% 19.4% 21.64% 18.28%
Fat 7% 6.6% 5.64% 5.95%
Iron 2.57 mg 1.2 mg 0.85 mg 2.4 mg
Zinc 2.34 mg 1.8 mg 1.8 mg 1.9 mg
Vit. B9 31 mcg 6.25 mcg 7 mcg 25 mcg
Vit. A 40 iu 75.75 iu 56 iu 79 iu
Select nutrient amounts of 100 g = 3.5 oz of poultry birds without the skin on. The fat-soluble Vitamin A is measured in iu (International Units), and Vitamin B9 is measured in micrograms.

Micronutrients:

Raw goose and duck without the skin have the highest amount of iron and zinc, about double the amount of raw chicken and turkey.

They also have 3-4 x as much B9 than chicken and turkey!

But chicken and duck continue to be the richest in Vitamin A.

What Parts of The Raw Goose Can You Feed Your Dog?

You can feed your dog the entire animal, including the:

  • Head
  • Neck
  • Trachea
  • Wings
  • Legs
  • Feet
  • Back
  • Heart
  • Liver
  • Gizzards

So yes, if you were wondering if dogs can eat raw goose liver or if dogs can have the raw goose neck, the answer is YES.

Tip: Keep your dog’s size in mind when you’re feeding larger cuts of raw goose, like raw goose wings.

Goose wings count as raw meaty bones (RMBs) in raw feeding, and they’re a good size bone for medium-large dogs.

Tip: You can also feed your dog raw goose eggs. They’re super healthy but harder to source than chicken eggs, duck eggs and quail eggs.

You can crack any of these eggs into your dog’s food, or offer them whole as a special treat.

When you offer them whole, make sure to do it outside or on a surface that’s easy to clean. Only feed the egg shells from untreated, organic eggs.

How To Feed Raw Goose To Your Dog

You can either give your dog the whole animal raw, or feed it in chunks that you portion up when you raw meal prep.

Another option is to grind it and feed it that way. Here’s a list of different meat grinders in my Amazon shop that get the job done.

Tip: You can fill a raw goose trachea with green tripe, then freeze it and offer it as a fully edible boredom buster. Works great as a refreshing summer chew, too.

Below is a video of my dog Wally eating a raw goose leg.

Raw Meaty Bones for Dogs: Wally Eats A Raw Goose Leg

Where to Buy Raw Goose For Dogs

You can either buy a raw goose for your dog at grocery stores or from select raw dog food retailers.

Frozen whole duck and whole goose on sale at a local grocery store
Frozen whole ducks and geese at a grocery store in NC

I’m aware of the following raw dog food retailers in the US that carry raw goose:

  • Raw Feeding Miami (they have a goose grind, goose necks, goose wing tips, boneless ground goose, goose hearts, chicks and trachea)
  • Hare Today (they carry raw ground goose with bones, heart and liver)
Combining Goose grinds from Raw Feeding Miami with Dr. Harvey's Paradigm
Mixing raw goose grinds from RFM with Dr. Harvey’s Paradigm

There’s also commercial raw dog food retailer Stella & Chewy’s who sells Duck Duck Goose. It’s a mix of duck, turkey, goose, fruits, veggies, and synthetic supplements.

Tip: If you hunt geese or you can get a whole goose from a hunter you know, make sure to freeze it for 3 weeks prior to feeding to kill parasites.

You’ll always want to do that with wild animals prior to feeding them. Here’s more on how to feed wild raw venison to your dog.

Raw Goose For Dogs: Bottom Line

Raw goose is a poultry bird that’s considered white meat.

You can feed the entire bird, and also raw goose eggs if you can find them.

Remember that there’s a big difference between whether or not you feed your dog raw goose with the skin on!

That’s because raw goose has 3.5 x as much fat with the skin on than it does without (7% vs 33.62%).

So something to consider when you’re getting a whole goose from the grocery store or from a hunter.

Have you fed your pups raw goose? Let me know in the comment section below this blog post if you’d like!

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Barbara launched her blog K9sOverCoffee in 2014 and has been feeding her dogs raw dog food since 2015. As a former professional dog walker, she’s passionate about balancing species-appropriate exercise with healthy dog nutrition. Barbara is raw dog food nutrition certified from “Dogs Naturally Magazine” and the author of several e-books about minimally processed, balanced raw dog food.


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