Can Dogs Eat Lamb? The Truth on Lamb Benefits, Bones, Allergies & More | Pupford
October 26th, 2023
Filed under Health + Wellness
We love helping our community show their pups some love -- and what better way to do that than by giving them something delicious to munch on and get excited over?! But of course, the question must be asked... can dogs have lamb? And what about lamb bones?
We love tapping into our dog’s natural instincts by giving them meat-based treats that awake their inner hunter (yes, even your snuggly little lapdog has it in their blood).
But of course we need to make sure that’s done in a safe way, which is why we take the time to answer common questions about what dogs can and can’t eat.
The most recent food we’ve been getting questions about is lamb. Today we’re going to dive deep into some FAQs about lamb for dogs, including:
- Can dogs eat lamb?
- Is lamb good for dogs?
- Benefits of lamb for dogs?
- How to give your dog lamb
CAN DOGS EAT LAMB?
Lamb makes for a savory, delicious meal for humans -- but what about dogs? Can dogs eat lamb?
Lamb is safe for your dog to eat, so feel free to give it to them when you’re looking for a new type of meat or treat for them to try.
We’ll get more into this in a little while, but lamb is actually very good for your dog, especially when you give it to them in the right form.
IS LAMB GOOD FOR DOGS?
While we’re sure you’ve figured out by now that lamb is good for dogs, there are a few caveats we want to make sure we bring up here.
While lamb is great because it’s a good source of protein, some common ways of preparing lamb can make it dangerous for dogs.
Some things to be cautious about when giving lamb to your dog:
- Remove all bones (more on this later) as they can irritate the digestive tract, get lodged in the intestines, or pose a choking hazard.
- Remove any skin before serving, as the high fat content can upset your dog’s digestion.
- Make sure there is no seasoning or spices on the lamb. Salt, pepper, garlic, onion, and similar spices and seasonings can be toxic.
If you follow these guidelines, you can give lamb to your dog worry-free!
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CAN DOGS EAT LAMB BONES?
Wondering if your dog can eat lamb bones? The simplest answer is... probably not. While there are some caveats to this, bones often pose more risks than benefits for your pup!
Here's why lamb bones can be dangerous for dogs:
- Cooked bones can splinter and cause serious internal damage to your dog... it can be really bad
- For some dogs, bones present a choking hazard
- While dog's stomachs can typically break down bones, it can still cause irritation to their digestive tract
Okay, so now let me contradict myself for a moment...
You can give your dog a raw lamb bone, but even that has some risks. Raw bones can carry germs and bacteria that could end up being harmful for you or your pup.
With that being said, if you do want to try giving your dog a raw lamb bone then do it under close supervision. AND, clean up the area where they chew it once they are done to eliminate any bacteria or germs.
So can you technically give your dog a lamb bone? Yes, if it's raw and you supervise and clean... But truthfully, it's much safer to not let your dog eat lamb bones!
BENEFITS OF LAMB FOR DOGS
So we talked about how you should give lamb to your dog, now let’s talk about why you should give it to them.
- It’s a great source of protein, boasting 7g per (cooked) ounce of meat.
- It’s rich in iron.
- It’s a source of Omegas, which help keep your dog’s skin and coat healthy and shiny.
But the great thing about lamb is that it goes beyond basic health benefits. There’s so much more for your dog to love, including:
- It’s easy to digest and can actually soothe gastrointestinal distress.
- It’s novel -- dogs don’t typically smell or eat lamb very often so it’s really exciting to them.
- It can be easily broken into pieces to be used for rewards.
IS LAMB GOOD FOR DOGS WITH ALLERGIES?
We also love lamb for dogs with sensitive stomachs and allergies.
So if your dog gets an upset stomach from most meats, don’t give up on the carnivore life just yet -- lamb could be just the thing you need.
Remember any time you introduce a new meat to your dog's diet do it gradually so as to not upset your dog's stomach.
Lamb can be a great alternative meat option for dogs with allergies!
HOW TO GIVE YOUR DOG LAMB
Now that we’ve covered all the great things about lamb for dogs, let’s talk about how easy it is to incorporate it into your dog’s diet.
One of the best ways is green tripe. Lamb tripe is one of the most nutritious parts of the lamb. It’s packed with more nutrients per ounce than just about any other part.
Yes, we will admit, green tripe is a little… funky. Its green color and distinct scent may not resemble the lamb you find on your own plate, but we promise your dog doesn’t mind. In fact, the unique smell will intrigue your dog and get them excited to try something new!
If you’re interested in adding lamb tripe into your dog’s diet, do it in treat form! We recently introduced our and they’re perfect for spoiling your dog. Here’s what makes the Pupford Lamb Jerky Treats unique:
- There’s just one ingredient: lamb tripe. You won’t find any fillers, sugar, hormones, preservatives, or anything that you wouldn’t feel great about feeding your dog.
- They’re naturally and humanely sourced.
- They’re sized for special rewards.
- They’re crunchy, unlike typical jerky treats, giving your dog a little something different.
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Has your dog tried lamb yet? We’d love to hear how they like it in the comments below.