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Where to Buy Organ Meat for Raw Dog Food

This article is about why organ meat is important for a balanced raw dog food diet and where to buy it.

Organ meat is a small, essential part of feeding dogs a balanced, raw meat diet. Organ meat should only make up about 10% of a complete raw meal, yet it contains vitamins and minerals that aren’t found in other cuts of meat.

Organ meat is an essential component that can’t be overlooked.

Note that half of your dog’s organ meat should be liver, while the other half should be other (secreting) organs.

The remaining diet should consist of 80% muscle meat and 10% raw meaty bones.

For more information on the basics of feeding a raw diet, read this interview.

What counts as organ meat in raw feeding?

It’s important to understand that only secreting organs like the ones listed below count as organ meat in raw feeding:

  • Liver
  • Kidney
  • Sweetbreads (pancreas & thymus)
  • Brains
  • Spleen
  • Reproductive organs

Non-secreting organs like hearts and gizzards are good for dogs too, but they fall into the muscle meat category that makes up a much larger percentage of the overall raw feeding formula.

Where to find raw organ meat for your dog’s raw diet

Where to buy organ meat for raw dog food

Below, we offer 10 different options to consider.

1. Feed a base mix from The Honest Kitchen

If you don’t want the hassle of buying actual organ meat or if you worry about the correct balance, the base mixes from The Honest Kitchen and other brands such as Dr. Harvey’s are a convenient option.

The dehydrated base mixes contain all the right vitamins and minerals so all you have to do is mix in your own muscle meat such as ground beef or chicken breast. No organs or bones are required! Super easy.

A 7-pound box of base mix will last a 70-pound dog roughly a month. It’s not a bad cost either at around $58.

Ingredients in The Honest Kitchen grain-free base mix:

Sweet potatoes, peas, cabbage, organic coconut, apples, spinach, pumpkin, bananas, celery, organic kelp and organic honey, plus vitamin & mineral premix.

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2. Organ meat from a pre-made raw dog food brand

Another convenient option is to feed a pre-made raw brand that already has all of the organ meat ground in to every meal.

Darwin’s offers a trial order where you can get 10 lbs of balanced raw food for just $14.95 delivered right to your door.

Darwin's raw dog food

3. Online raw dog food retailers that sell organ meat

There are a number of raw feeding retailers that sell organ meat separately but one of my favorites is Raw Feeding Miami.

They ship to the lower 48 states, carry a large variety of protein sources, and have everything from liver to kidney to reproductive organs and heads containing brains.

For example, 2.5 lbs of rabbit heads from Raw Feeding Miami costs $6.50. (And yes, this looks gross.)

These fall into the organ and raw meaty bone category and can be fed alongside muscle meat and liver for a balanced meal or as a snack between meals.

Raw organ meat for raw dog food - rabbit heads
Rabbit heads

Frozen organ mix for raw dog food

Raw Feeding Miami also offers a ground organ mix called “Monstermash Organ Grind” which consists of beef liver, kidney, green tripe, and 2 other organs that it rotates.

The “Montstermash” is the most convenient form of feeding the right ratio of organ meat I’ve come across in my 5+ years as a raw feeder.

It’s perfect for starting out if you’re new to raw feeding and concerned you might not be getting the organ balance right.

It’s also a great option for dogs with weak teeth or those that are more finicky when eating whole or larger cuts of certain organ meats.

Monstermash organ grind for raw dog food

The Monstermash is available in pre-portioned 1 and 2.5 lb bags. I’d typically order the 2.5 lb bags and would thaw it out once it was delivered. Then I’d divide it into smaller food storage containers to re-freeze and then thaw as needed.

The only downside as far as the “Monstermash” is concerned is that it only consists of beef. Ideally you should rotate the protein sources you feed your dogs, so I didn’t solely rely on this organ grind.

4. Get organ meat from a wild game processor

My boyfriend goes hunting so we are able to use the venison organ meat for my dog Wally’s meals. Read more about venison for your dog here.

When we get a deer, we usually take it to a wildlife processor. When that processor heard that I’m a raw feeder, he said I could have as many organs as I wanted! They would’ve just been thrown away otherwise! Wow!

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5. Ask local farmers, butchers or hunters for raw meat

You can also get your hands on organ meat from local farmers and/or butchers, either at a Farmer’s Market or on site. See if they’re willing to part with the less popular cuts of meat of the farm animals they’re selling.

I was lucky to find out about an organic farm near me who sells chicken livers amongst other odd cuts like hearts and feet. I fed all three to the pups and also used the latter to make homemade batches of bone broth.

Wally with a raw meal

6. Organ meat for raw dog food from grocery stores

It’s fairly easy to find chicken liver, beef liver, turkey liver and sometimes calf liver in local grocery stores and big chain retailers like Walmart. But it can be a little more tricky to figure out where to buy the other organs.

Although, I noticed beef sweetbreads at a Publix store once before. (Sweetbread is a name for the thymus or pancreas.)

It pays to shop around and depends a little on how well stocked your particular local grocery stores are.

7. Organ meat from ‘ethnic’ grocery stores

If you live close to Asian grocery stores, you can check them out to see if they sell any of the other organ meats mentioned above. Some will carry kidneys and sweetbreads.

8. Online meat stores geared towards people

You can simply do a Google search for “where to buy sweetbreads,” and you’ll get quite a few results:

I haven’t placed orders from any of them yet since I just recently found out about them, but certainly consider it for future organ purchases.

9. Treats and chews from Real Dog

Real Dog Box is a subscription box for dogs that offers monthly single-ingredient treats and chews made in the U.S. The boxes are customizable, but every month there is an air-dried treat made of a secreting organ!

September’s box contained beef spleen

While we wouldn’t recommend this as your dog’s only organ meat, it’s a great way to add some healthy organ meat treats to your dog’s diet!

10. Freeze-dried organ meat for dogs

A couple of brands sell freeze-dried organ meat for dogs such as freeze-dried chicken liver or freeze-dried chicken hearts. These are mostly marketed as treats or meal toppers:

Raw Paws freeze dried chicken liver

Stewart Pro Treat: Freze dried lamb liver

What is the best organ meat for dogs?

There really is no “best” organ meat, although you do want to try to include liver for roughly half of your dog’s organ meat.

Beyond that, the “best” organ meat for dogs is really whatever you can find. Variety is always good but sometimes you do what you can.

Darwin's raw dog food

Can I feed my dog raw meat from the grocery store?

Yes, you certainly can. You just won’t be able to find a huge variety of organ meat at most grocery stores. You’ll likely be able to find chicken liver, turkey liver and maybe some beef liver.

You’ll also be able to find chicken gizzards, chicken hearts and maybe even some beef hearts (pictured below) but these all fit under the “muscle meat” category of raw feeding.

How to measure the right amount of organ meat for a dog’s raw diet

Once you’ve bought organ meat for your dog, the confusing part for new raw feeders is knowing how much to feed. Organ meat should make up about 10% of your dog’s overall diet.

Here is the basic idea on how to measure:

Step 1: It’s easiest if you know the total amount of raw food your dog needs per day in ounces. This is typically between 2 and 3% of the dog’s body weight.

For example, my 50-pound dog ate 1 pound of raw food per day. (50 lb dog X .02 = 1 pound total food per day)

Step 2: Once you know how much food your dog needs total per day, you know about 10% of that should be organ meat.

For example, since Missy ate 1 lb of food per day (16 oz), I knew she needed about 1.6 oz of organ meat per day. (16 oz per day X .10 = 1.6 oz)

Since Missy ate twice a day, I gave her half at each meal or .8 oz of organ meat per meal.

Step 3: Use a food scale at first.

I’d usually have one container of the ground organ mix “Monstermash” in the fridge and would simply scoop out as much as I needed for my dogs’ meals.

I’d use a food scale at first to help me get the measurements right, but it didn’t take long until I was able to remember how much I needed to scoop out for each pup.

Questions on this? Just leave them in the comments!

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Barbara Rivers writes regularly for That Mutt about feeding her two boxer mixes a raw dog food diet. She is a blogger and former dog walker and maintains the blog K9s Over Coffee.


Thursday 27th of October 2022

Thank you very much . This has been helpful and ty for the 3 free recipe ( if this was you ) ? But also direction to who to use when this becomes overwhelming


Sunday 12th of December 2021

First time dog owner here. If I use your 10% organ meat ration, what should I be feeding my dog to make up the remaining 90%?

Lindsay Stordahl

Sunday 12th of December 2021

Regular meat like chicken breast or ground beef should be 80% and 10% raw bone.


Saturday 28th of August 2021

Hi.. I’ve been trying to feed a more species appropriate diet to the animals I have at home, and while on the search for whole rabbit with skin and organs I stumbled on this website. (Though most people are EITHER dog people or cat people) this is the most helpful amount of information I’ve found in regards of raw diets in general. I’m in the process of starting to move over to feeding my feline crew a raw meat diet as most if not all of the commercial food available is not feline appropriate at all because their body’s do not posses the necessary enzyme that both canines and humans have to break down vegetables into useful nutrients and covert to energy.

I just want to say thank you for compiling such an inclusive and extensive amount of raw meat / organ information.


Thursday 10th of December 2020

My dog has food allergies to 7 products, making it impossible to give him anything but grain free kibble. Holistic vet said give raw diet. Traditional vet said never give raw. Raw is health hazard potential for ecoli, salmonella, and broken bones in vital organs. Can you cook the organs and use powdered ground bones, or does that defeat the purpose

Lindsay Stordahl

Friday 11th of December 2020

Yes, you could do that if you wanted.

Poppy Hammond

Saturday 28th of November 2020

While I understand that you are recommending that 10% of a dog's diet should be organ meats, plz consider reviewing the part of this article that says 5% (of the organ meats) should be liver and 5% other organ meat. I do believe that you are trying to convey to the reader that 50% (of the 10%) should be liver, etc. so that 5% of the TOTAL DIET would be liver and another 5% would be heart or other organ meat. Thank you.

Lindsay Stordahl

Saturday 28th of November 2020

Oh yes, will fix that.