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Shades of Gray Indigenous Pet Treats offers a large variety of protein options for your pets. Here you will find useful information that will help you make the right choices about your pet’s diet. We advise you to speak with your vet if you are not sure or would like specific information beyond what is contained here.

Rabbit Protein

Rabbit meat is lean making it a superb choice of protein for carnivorous or omnivorous pets. It’s significantly leaner and higher in protein compared to other meats, making it ideal for pet owners looking to diet their pets or just looking for a healthy alternative to high sugar or processed fats found in many other pet treats.

The diet and lifestyle of rabbits, even those that are free range farmed, contribute to their low body fat levels. Unlike cows or pigs, which are slow-moving and sedentary, rabbits are fast and mobile. 

Benefits of Rabbit Protein

An 85gram serving of uncooked rabbit has only 96 calories, according to the USDA. It also delivers about 18 grams of protein, fewer than 2 grams of fat and no carbohydrates. Compared to other meats, particularly beef, rabbit has very little fat.

This means that pets fat intake is better controlled and regulated by consuming rabbit than any other protein, apart from free range chicken. High fat diets are a major killer of not only humans but of a lot of pets as wells, especially indoor cats.

The feeding of corn and treated grains to farm animals, typically used in Pet Food or Pet Treats, not only increases the total fat content but also the omega-6 fatty acid content. According to the Linus Pauling Institute, omega-6 fatty acids increase markers of inflammation in the body. Chronic inflammation is associated with health conditions including obesity, diabetes, cancer and arthritis. Shades of Gray Rabbits eat more grass, green leaves and plants than their domesticated counterparts, which leads to leaner meat with lower omega-6 fatty acid content.

Rabbit meat is lower in cholesterol than most other protein sources, containing minimum amounts of saturated fats. The healthy fats in rabbit meat will keep your dog or cat’s joints lubricated and coat shiny.

Rabbit meat is an excellent source of vitamin B12 which works to ensure that a dog or cat’s nervous system functions properly. It is also needed for normal cell growth. If your dog or cat is acting sluggish, it may be because they are lacking B12. Vitamin B12 really helps maintain their energy level.

Rabbit is a novel protein which means that your pet is unlikely to have been exposed to this type of meat which is why it is a wonderful protein choice for pets whose stomachs are sensitive. If they have a food allergy to other protein sources this can also give them a much-needed neutral protein option.  If your pet is seemingly itchy, or has some GI issues, introducing a novel protein, like rabbit, into their diet can help “reset” their system and give their immune system a break from fighting off the proteins it may be reacting to. Top veterinary dermatology specialists highly recommend it. Speak to your local Vet if you have any additional questions relating to pet diet’s and proteins.

Rabbit fur in small volumes is great for Carnivore digestion processes. It follows a natural process that would occur in the wild. The fur also helps to clean the teeth when chewed, not unlike your own toothbrush which vastly improves dental hygiene of your pet. The bone is also rich in marrow and calcium which offers some much needed naturally occurring sources of vitamins and core compounds fundamental in bone growth.

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Beaver Protein

Beaver meat is an excellent source of protein and iron. Protein is needed to build and repair muscles, skin and blood. Beaver meat is also high in Amino Acids with a low Cholesterol and Fat content making it a brilliant addition to any pet’s dietary needs. 

Benefits of Beaver Protein

Beaver meat is very low in fat (10%) when compared to beef, pork and chicken (33 – 55% fat). Additionally beaver fats are lower in additives which come from farming processes. They are naturally occurring fats which result in a much more nutritional fat content for pets.

Beaver meat is high in natural amino acids which can really help a pet out. A lot of treats and pet foods out there contain little in the way of amino acids and those that do typically have it added artificially in concentrated form. There are many benefits to having amino acids in your pet diets such as improved mood, improved exercise performance and faster recovery from injury or strenuous activities.

Beaver is an excellent source of vitamin B and Potassium.

Beaver is also an excellent source of iron. Iron helps make healthy blood giving pets energy to be active and to grow strong. Healthy blood also helps pets from becoming lethargic.

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Bison Protein

For those looking for leaner alternatives to beef for their pets, bison is a great option. Bison has a similar texture, flavor, and appearance to beef but in a leaner and more nutrient-dense meat. Even humans have found it to be a great alternative to beef.

Compared to beef, bison is lower in calories, fat, and saturated fat. It is higher in protein, omega-3 fatty acids, iron, selenium, and certain B vitamins. This less common meat can provide a healthier alternative to beef.

Benefits of Bison Protein

Bison is “lean” since it’s relatively low in saturated fat while being very high in natural proteins. This is a result of the body structure of bison as well as the practice of having them roam freely outdoors. It’s a good source of omega-3 fatty acids and conjugated linoleic acid — known as the “good fats.”

These vitamins help convert the nutrients from foods pets eat into the useable energy needed for their bodies as well as supporting multiple metabolic functions and overall brain health.

Selenium is a necessary mineral that acts as an antioxidant and eating bison is another great way to boost your pet’s intake. Selenium, a necessary mineral, acts as an antioxidant that fights inflammation, and helps prevent the oxidative stress that causes cellular damage and the aging process.

Bison meat is a great way to naturally acquire zinc. Zinc is critical for proper immune system and cellular functioning. Bison meat is high in iron. It’s what gives the meat its bright red color that makes it noticeably different from beef or poultry. The iron in animal products is more absorbable than the kind found in plant foods and more effective for preventing low energy, immune system suppression and other anemia symptoms.

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Elk & Venison Protein

Elk and Venison (deer) meat is good for pets as it is low in fat and cholesterol. With its natural lean red meat, it is a healthier protein source for dogs and cats compared to other pet food proteins such as beef or chicken. Venison has high nutritional content. Venison is rich in iron, niacin, riboflavin and B vitamins. Unlike beef, the latter also contains a higher level of Omega 3 fatty acid.

Benefits of Venison Protein

Unlike other red meats your pet may eat, venison and elk have a much lower fat content. This helps with their cholesterol and helps promote weight loss. High fat diets are a major killer of not only humans but of a lot of pets as wells, especially indoor cats.

Iron helps make healthy blood giving pets energy to be active and to grow strong. Healthy blood also helps pets from becoming lethargic. Venison and Elk both contain high levels of iron in their meat which pets can absorb easily from the treats.

Like most natural novel protein choices (beaver, rabbit, bison) Elk and Venison do not have the added hormones common to most pet food proteins (beef, duck, chicken). This lack of additive hormones can really help pets that suffer from hormone imbalances and is particularly beneficial to puppies or kittens who are still growing. Additive hormones can have many unpleasant side effects in pets.

Due to the natural environment that they thrive on, Elk and Venison meat is rich in B12 and B3 vitamins, Omega 3 and Omega 6 acids and selenium and zinc. These help with coat lushness, immune system boosting, as well as brain and optic development in both young and old pets.

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