Last week, we set out to debunk the myths about including some skin and fat in your pet’s diet, and set out to challenge your perception of dietary fat, encouraged it to be incorporated into your pet’s diet,
We’ve thus put together a list of ways in which you could introduce (if you haven’t already), or incorporate fat into your pet’s diet!
Kibble, Raw, and Cooked Fat
There are three primary modes of pet food: Kibble (dry food), raw, or cooked.
Be it kibble, raw, or cooked, pet parents should always be sure to include a portion of fat for your fur kids.
According to nutrition expert Steve Brown, “your dog is the fats he eats,” and Fido’s nutrient and calorie intake, as well as his fur and skin health is dependent on the amount and quality of fats in his diet.
It is imperative that pet parents ensure that your fur kid ingests a healthy amount of fats.
So, where does the fat your pooch needs come from in their daily diet?
Be mindful that the nutritional value of fat varies according to the way it is processed.
If you feed your pooch kibble, chances are, that fat is already briefly incorporated into the ground up mixture.
However, the fat that is being processed this way for long term shelf life may adversely impact the nutrients retained.
“The drying temp of 200°C (for dried pet food) decreases concentrations of linolenic (omega-3) and linoleic (omega-6) fatty acids, and increased the concentration of oleic acid (omega-9 monounsaturated)”.
We suggest adding some fish oil or supplements to your pooch’s meals if you’re a kibble parent!
But what about raw or cooked meals?
How Much Fat, Exactly?
We actually recommend pet parents save the hassle of replacing the natural fats that come with a cut of meat.
Instead, we suggest you keep a calculated portion of the natural animal skin and fat that already comes with the protein.
Ideally, you should leave about 1/4 to 1/2 of the skin and fat that comes with the cuts of protein for optimal flavour-boost and nutrient-intake.
We whipped up some dishes for our pooches over the weekend:
Some of the skin and fat from the chicken thigh is kept on the cut of meat, and lightly pan-fried (with little oil used)
Steamed pork with some of the fats left on it
The important thing, for pet parents, is to be mindful of (i) the amount of fat and skin, you include in your pet’s dinner, and (ii) the processing methods, i.e. the methods of cooking said fat and skin.
For example, feeding your Kanine (canine) Fried Chicken probably isn’t wise:
Frying fat, especially deep frying tends to reduce the nutrient content.
Good fats like the omega-3 fatty acids found in fats are very delicate and prone to damage at high temperatures – which is needed for deep frying.
Besides, the additional calories and saturated fats that come with deep frying food is often uncounted for, and is less than desirable if you’re trying to provide a healthy diet for your pooch.
On the other hand, incorporating a healthy portion of boiled or lightly roasted/fried skin and fat with your fur kid’s dinner (a healthier cooking method) is advisable.
Slow cooking the skin and fat at a lower temperature helps retain the nutrients and essential fatty acids that might be lost with high-temperature cooking.
Deep fried chicken (left), Ah Beng Pet Store’s Cold Savoury Jelly Treat Recipe (right)
You could also incorporate skin and fat into your pet’s meals by chopping them up finely, or by blending them.
Including a portioned amount of fat is beneficial to your pet’s wellness, however, be careful with the portion size and cooking methods.
So pet parents, go on ahead and fatten up your pet’s meal, your pooch will thank you!