Raw turkey for dogs? Some folks are concerned about bacterial or pathogen exposures. This is always a risk, and it also occurs in the processed pet food industries. In fact, more processed pet foods have been recalled than raw pet foods. Many people feed raw turkey to their dogs for years and have happy healthy dogs to show for it.
Turkey is a very good prey for dogs, and it offers some unique benefits. Turkey has lots of lean white meat providing an excellent source of protein comparative to beef per pound with less fat. Turkey is also an excellent source for complete proteins containing all needed amino acids.
Not only is turkey rich in protein, but it is also full of great minerals such as zinc, niacin, phosphorus, selenium, and potassium. It is also high in vitamin B-12. B-12 provides energy to the muscles and helps prevent the buildup of homocysteine. Homocysteine is an amino acid that has been linked to mental disorders.
Turkey is lower in saturated fat and cholesterol which can help with weight control. The niacin found in turkey may help with lowering LDL (bad cholesterol) and increasing HDL (good cholesterol).