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Health Benefits of Beef Biltong for Dogs – The Facts and Nutrition

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Is Beef Biltong Good for My Dog? 

When talking about meaty dishes, a particular form of South African dried meat dish (biltong and jerky) has gained immense popularity all over the world. Most people love biltong and can’t help reaching for a little more from the snack bowl. And while everything is good in moderation, biltong is one of the better snacks to enjoy. With so much footage almost all over the world and the magic of their taste on the taste buds, people have found newer uses of biltong and jerky. They are now feeding these delicious meaty treats to their dogs too.

But are these dried meat treats fit to suit the health of dogs?

Let us investigate as you read along:

Health Benefits of Beef Biltong for Dogs – The Facts and Nutrition

Beef biltong and jerky are a form of spicy treats that dogs consume while getting trained. These are a form of dog treats, which could help to train a sluggish or violent dog, when masters require training them for their behaviour.

Apart from these, many other dog parents take these delicious dried meat recipes to be an healthy alternative to foods for dogs.

10 Health Benefits of Feeding Beef Biltong to Your Dog

    1. Biltong contains fewer kilojoules than other snacks one usually reaches for when treating our furry folk.
    2. The reason for that is that biltong is rich in protein and low in carbohydrates. 25 grams of lean beef biltong can meet half your dog's daily protein requirement.
    3. It’s high protein content makes it the perfect post-training snack for dogs.
    4. It stores very well, so it is perfect for hiking especially long trails. It is light due to being dried, and won’t spoil due to the drying and spicing.
    5. There are less harmful chemicals in the flavouring and in the preserving. The traditional spices used on biltong do not have strange long names but are all natural ingredients you will be familiar with like salt, pepper, vinegar, coriander and paprika. 
    6. Biltong is low in fat, usually averaging 3%, which makes it a popular weight-reducing diet choice for dogs.
    7. It is high in Vitamin B12 which is essential for healthy blood and nerve cells as well as successful cell replication. Vitamin B12 is also involved in intestinal health, so your dog needs B12 to maintain healthy digestion.
    8. Dog parents purchase chewy biltong for dogs and puppies to chew on during teething.
    9. Beef biltong requires time to chew and slows down eating. Some dogs simply eat too fast. Beef is one of those treats that takes a little time to chew. It might be one way to help your dog learn to slow down while eating aiding digestion and preventing an upset stomach.
    10. Beef biltong is an excellent training treat. Some dogs are more stubborn than others. If that sounds like your dog, using his favourite snack might be the best way to get him to comply.

But... There is always a but.

We want the best for our furry friend, and one of the best things of owning a pet is being able to treat them without worrying about any consequences. Today, beef biltong is mass produced and sold under a variety of brand names and flavours. This is where dog owners with the best of intentions may run into problems. Plain beef biltong is a better option for dogs because it doesn’t have a lot of spices, salt, sugar, and artificial flavourings. 

Jerky made for human consumption is often heavily spiced. It should not be given to a dog. You need to find jerky treats specifically made for canine consumption...

Cue Betty & Butch.

Is beef biltong good for my dog?

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Our beef biltong treats are prepared and air-dried with dogs in mind. Our beef biltong is low in fat and packed with naturally occurring nutrients, including essential fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals. Betty & Butch beef biltong can boast a high protein percentage of 87%! We have removed the nasties… Absolutely no fillers, soy, dyes, corn, or gluten. 

Our premium beef biltong for dogs is characterised by three main attributes:

  1. Single-ingredient (100% beef gullet)
  2. Pure muscle meat (not pressed meat by-products)
  3. Human-grade quality

Furthermore, during the gentle air drying process, the natural taste and flavour remain present which means they are not only wholesome and healthy for your dog - but also super tasty!

 

How Much Biltong Can I Give To My Dog?

A great tip is to pack your biltong in daily snack portions for the week so it’s ready to grab and go, and you’re not tempted to finish the entire bag overindulging your dog – it’s been known to happen! Biltong treats are not intended to substitute the diet of your canine companion in part or whole. The rule of thumb is that treats should not account for more than 10 percent of the overall daily calorie intake of a dog. This is also a good guide when giving biltong to your dog. It’s not a good idea to overfeed your dog with any treat that isn’t part of a balanced healthy diet.

We do not recommend feeding your dog beef jerky made for human consumption. Instead, we suggest sharing high quality, domestic beef biltong treats that are made specifically for pets. 

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