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Today when I was at a local dog bakery, I noticed they were selling dehydrated trachea and tendons along with dehydrated duck feet (which is what I went there for). I picked up some trachea and tendons, because I've read that animal parts like that are good for dog's joints.

Anyway, I also saw that they were selling dehydrated liver, kidney and testicles. Would these have the same nutritional value as a non-dehydrated organ? It is hard to find raw liver, kidney and other secreting organs around me. When I find it, I stock up. It would be much easier to give the dehydrated version, but I thought I'd ask around and see what you all thought before I do that. They were selling the dehydrated organs as "treats". I didn't buy any of the dehydrated kidney or liver but would definitely be willing to make the drive again to pick them up if they are as nutrient dense as the raw version.
 

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There is not a lot of difference in nutrients between dehydrated and raw. I was very surprised to find that out. Since the water is removed, the actual dehydrated meats are MORE nutrient dense if that makes sense. So you would need a smaller piece to meet the requirements. I routinely feed dehydrated or freeze dried liver as a treat. I would DEFINITELY buy other organs that were dehydrated. Variety is key. I say go get some! :)
 

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Wow, that is surprising! I thought if anything they would have less nutrients. Looks like I was way off!!! This is good news. I am definitely going to go back to the store sometime next week and pick up an assortment of dehydrated organs. Awesome!!!
 

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I'd be certain to ask if they prepare them themselves or where they source them. You'd hate to load up and then find that they got them out of a big bag from China in the back room.

Otherwise-sounds great!
 

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I'd be certain to ask if they prepare them themselves or where they source them. You'd hate to load up and then find that they got them out of a big bag from China in the back room.

Otherwise-sounds great!
Great call Karen!!! Yes! Definitely ask where they sourced them from.
 

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I'd be certain to ask if they prepare them themselves or where they source them. You'd hate to load up and then find that they got them out of a big bag from China in the back room.

Otherwise-sounds great!
They make most of the "bakery" items themselves, and sell chicken/beef/lamb jerky that they make themselves. They also sell duck feet that they dehydrate themselves. Everything else, they pride themselves on only buying USA made treats and toys. It's such an awesome shop. The people there are so nice and it's two stories of dog goodness!!! Haha. Love it!
 

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They make most of the "bakery" items themselves, and sell chicken/beef/lamb jerky that they make themselves. They also sell duck feet that they dehydrate themselves. Everything else, they pride themselves on only buying USA made treats and toys. It's such an awesome shop. The people there are so nice and it's two stories of dog goodness!!! Haha. Love it!
They sound awesome! Do they have a website? I would definitely buy some dehydrated kidney. I am in the process of trying to source some from a supplier but she's having trouble getting it in!
 

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They sound awesome! Do they have a website? I would definitely buy some dehydrated kidney. I am in the process of trying to source some from a supplier but she's having trouble getting it in!
The website is Giggy Bites - Home-Baked Gourmet Dog Treats - I had seen the shop at the local Flower Market, then went on the site & thought "oh this must be a small store" because they don't have all that much product listed on the site. I went up there and it's a giant two story building jam-packed with product! I asked about getting items shipped, and the ladies were very kind and said that if I need something that's not listed on the website to e-mail. Not sure if the kidney/liver is on there, but it would be worth e-mailing about if it's not! They are located in Chadds Ford, PA!

And thank you very much for the awesome links to nutrient comparisons!
 

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I was just about to search for this question then I noticed it was at the top!

Jaxx met a new friend tonight who had freeze dried liver. She asked if she could give Jaxx a piece of it and luckily she had the bag with her so I could make sure it was not made in China and look at the ingredient list (which was just 100% beef liver)

Jaxx went nuts for it! I have never seen him respond to treats in such a energetic manner.

He also had a lot of fun playing with his new German Sheppard friend.
 

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I WANT THAT STORE HERE! That sounds so cool! I would go broke in there. I was able to fond freeze dried beef liver USA made at Trader Joes so I bought a bag. My girls loved it. We don't have a Trader Joes here but there is one 3 hours away and we travel there twice a year so I'll need to stock up :)
 
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