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Can Dogs Eat Veal? Vet-Reviewed Facts & FAQ

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For dogs, protein is a vital component of their diet.  The essential amino acids found in protein are vital for a dog’s growth and health. Protein can come from animal sources such as veal or plant sources. Good quality animal protein usually provides a better amino acid balance.

You may be used to feeding your pup chicken, beef, or turkey as their primary source of protein. But do you ever wonder whether dogs can eat veal? The short answer is yes! Compared to beef, veal is even easier for them to digest. However, be mindful of quantity control to ensure your furry friend doesn’t gobble up too much veal. Keep in mind that, for dogs, this is an uncommon meat option, so it’s best to educate yourself as much as you can about this meat before including it in your beloved animal’s diet.

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What Is Veal? Nutritional Facts

The meat of a younger animal that is either a beef breed, a dairy crossbreed, or a dairy breed is known as veal. In contrast to beef breed calves, which are kept with their mothers and separated at an older age, dairy crossbreeds and dairy calves(typically males) are raised separately from their mothers at an early age and grown out on specialized rearing areas if raised for veal.

Below are the nutrition statistics provided by the USDA 1 for 4 ounces (113 grams) of lean veal loin.

Calories: 129
Carbohydrates:  0 g
Fat:  3.28 g
Fiber: 0 g
Niacin: 8.19 mg
Phosphorus: 268 mg
Potassium: 294 mg
Protein: 24.6 g
Sodium: 112 mg
Sugars: 0 g
Vitamin B12: 2.99 mcg

Is Veal Good for Dogs?

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Veal can be an incredibly beneficial protein source for dogs when served in moderation and as part of a balanced diet.

Proteins are essential nutrients that act as building blocks in a dog’s muscles and organs and can produce energy when digested. Proteins, such as hormones and antibodies, have important functional roles in vital bodily processes and need to be constantly replaced by your dog eating protein in their diet.

Veal is also rich in B vitamins and Vitamin E which are important for a wide range of cellular functions, as well as a source of phosphorus and zinc. The meat is also tender since it comes from a young calf, making it easier to digest.

Eating veal can improve your dog’s skin health, metabolic rate, energy levels, etc. Veal is only not a good choice for your dog if they are allergic to it.

Risks of Feeding Veal to Dogs

The main downside to feeding veal is if your dog is allergic to it. Dogs can have food allergies to meat proteins, and beef is one of the more common allergens. Signs of food allergies are usually skin or tummy problems so your dog may itch more, have skin rashes , vomiting or diarrhea. Speak to your vet if you have any concerns and your dog is showing any of these signs.

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How Much Veal Should You Feed Your Dog?

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Your dog’s nutritional needs vary based on the amount of exercise they get, their metabolic rate, breed, age, and many other factors. It is important to feed your dog a complete and balanced diet so they get all the nutrients they need to stay healthy.

Veal is an uncommon ingredient in commercial dog foods. It can either be fed as a treat or tasty topper on your dog’s food, in which case it should account for no more than 10% of your dog’s daily food allowance.

If home cooking your dog’s food and incorporating veal then it is advisable to seek help from a veterinary nutritionist to formulate their meal plan with the right mix of ingredients and supplements. In order to maintain a healthy weight, it is crucial to monitor your dog closely and adjust the amount of food they consume as needed.

What Are the Alternatives of Veal for Dogs?

Potential alternatives for veal are plenty. For example, you can give your furry friend beef, chicken, venison, lamb, fish, goat, rabbit, and quail depending on any food allergies your dog may have. Make sure it is prepared carefully and free of parasites.

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In summary, dogs can eat veal safely, and most enjoy it! If they aren’t allergic to it and you’re giving them an appropriate amount, there’s no reason they shouldn’t consume it. However, it’s best fed in moderation, and it may be best to get the go-ahead from your vet if your dog suffers from any allergies.

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