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10 Benefits of Kangaroo Meat for Dogs

Raw kangaroo meat and kibble

Is kangaroo meat good for dogs? You bet! Kangaroo meat is a healthy choice for your dog’s primary protein, and dog raw food with kangaroo meat as the primary protein is a great choice for your dog! Kangaroos are indigenous to and one of the animals that are commonly identified with Australia. Many restaurants sell entrees made from kangaroo–and while not all human food is good for dogs, kangaroo is one that is. 

Kangaroos, unlike domesticated animals, live in the wild and enjoy a high quality of life because they don’t have to endure cruel or inhumane conditions that many other animals do during their short lives. And dingos, a wild variety of domestic dogs, catch and eat kangaroos as part of their diet. So you can be sure that it will be good for your dog as well.

So what are the benefits of adding kangaroo to your dog’s diet? Here are 10 reasons why you should consider kangaroo for dogs.

A kangaroo staring into the camera

1. Tastes Great

    Dog food with kangaroo meat is a real treat for your best friend’s tastebuds. What makes is more mouth-wateringly tasty for canine palates? Kangaroos forage on a wide variety of natural, indigenous plants instead of just one or two like domesticated animals. Their diet gives them very lean and flavourful meat for dogs. It is a protein that your dog will love, so if you have a fussy eater, kangaroo-based dog food is a great option.

    2. Healthy Choice

      Kangaroo meat is certified in Australia as safe for human consumption, so if handled properly, it poses no health risks to your doggo. Since kangaroos live in the wild, they do not have high levels of harmful microbes that flourish in factory feedlots where sheep, hogs and cattle are usually grown. 

      Kangaroo meat is very lean and low in cholesterol. Because of this, it will help to reduce the chance of your furry friend contracting heart disease and diabetes [1]. Kangaroo-based dog food tastes great and is a healthy protein–great for your dog, and consequently great for you!

      3. A Wild Protein

        Unlike domestic animals, kangaroos live in the wild, with no added antibiotics and hormones. You probably don’t want to be feeding your fur baby unnecessary hormones and antibiotics anyway.

        Since kangaroos range free, they do not contract diseases as easily as animals in feed lots. No human is out in the bush giving them shots or pills. This means that the meat is pure, without the chemicals that domestic meats have.

        4. High in Protein

          Dog food with kangaroo meat has more protein per serving because kangaroo meat is almost 25% protein, which is higher than domestically raised meats.[1] This is especially helpful if your vet has recommended placing your dog on a high-protein diet.

          5. Amino Acids

            Kangaroo meat is a complete source of all the essential amino acids that your dog requires. You can be assured that there’ll be no nutritional gaps when you use dog food with kangaroo meat, and your dog will have all the amino acids that they need to build and maintain healthy muscles.

            6. Low in Fat

              Since kangaroo is a very lean protein, dog food made with kangaroo meat is very low in fat. In fact, crude analysis shows less than 3% fat content. [1] Kangaroos are naturally very active animals, moving all over the landscape to find food.

              Kangaroo meat is also very low in saturated fat. [1] So it will help to keep their cholesterol level low. So if you have a dog that needs a low-fat, high-protein diet, look for kangaroo on the label of ingredients.

              7. More Nutrients

                Kangaroo packs many more micronutrients than domesticated meat. It is high in iron and zinc, full of B vitamins, and a great source of omega-3 fatty acids. Many other types of dog food are fortified with vitamins and minerals that their meat lacks–this is not the case with kangaroo. Their natural and varied diet provides them with all the micronutrients that they need, consequently, all the micronutrients that your forever friend needs to stay happy and healthy.

                8. Novel Protein

                  Is your dog having an allergic reaction to their current food? The advantage of feeding your furry friend a novel meat is that they are less likely to be allergic or intolerant of an ingredient that they have never eaten. Food allergies arise in most cases when dogs eat the same food day after day. Kangaroo is a great option if your dog has developed allergic reactions to more common meats like chicken, beef and pork.

                  9. Fewer Chemicals

                    Kangaroos in the wild are exposed to fewer heavy metals, radionuclides and pesticides. [2] So, kangaroo meat only contains chemicals that are naturally occurring and is less likely to damage your fur baby’s health. It is a great way to give them the long and happy life that they deserve. So if you’re looking for protein sources with less artificial hormones, antibiotics and chemicals, kangaroo is the way to go.

                    10. Better for the Planet

                      Kangaroo meat is an environmentally friendly protein source. They produce about 95% less methane than cows due to their gut microbiome [2]. This means that your dog’s food is responsible for fewer greenhouse gas emissions and will help our planet as we try to reduce global warming.

                      Kangaroo Meat: A Must-Do for Your Dog’s Diet

                      A dog cleaning their bowl of their raw kangaroo meat

                      When it is all said and done, Kangaroo is a great choice for your dog’s primary protein as well as the main ingredient in their chews and treats. Kangaroo is a natural meat that is ethically harvested, is higher in protein, lower in fats, full of micronutrients, less likely to produce an allergic reaction and great for the planet. Who could ask for a better protein for their forever friend?



                      [1] Kangaroo Meat as a Valuable Raw Material for Dietary Products

                      [2] Decreasing methane yield with increasing food intake keeps daily methane emissions constant in two foregut fermenting marsupials, the western grey kangaroo and red kangaroo | Journal of Experimental Biology | The Company of Biologists