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9 things you didn’t know about Emu!

1. Emus are not your typical birds!

Emus are part of the ratite family which are Birds that can not fly! Emus are the second-largest living bird in the world and are closely related to the extinct elephant bird!

L to R: Elephant bird and a human, Source: World Atlas

 

2. Emus have red meat!

Unlike other poultry birds, emus have red meat – similar in taste and texture to lean beef. It is called the ‘better beef’  for a reason though: Emu meat is higher in digestible protein, iron, and vitamin C than beef!

 

3. Emu is particularly nutritious for cats as well as dogs!

Emu contains plenty of thiamine (B1) which is an essential nutrient and can easily be deficient in the diet for plenty of reasons such as a processed food diet or even in a home-cooked diet as the thiamine doesn’t last through the cooking process. Thiamine is a nutrient that has to be fed as the body can not manufacture it. It is especially important when your pet eats carbs or processed foods, as it helps metabolize them, helping high energy organs like the brain and nervous system to function well. Cats need 2-4 times more thiamine than dogs, so Emu (or Duck) are fantastic proteins for your cat!

 

4. Feeding Emu fights a plethora of medical issues!

Being lean and cooling, Emu meat helps fight a range of health issues – from itchy skin to pancreatitis, obesity to high cholesterol. Emu is a mighty nutritional addition to the diet that carries a bomb of different unique benefits!

 

5. Emus take about 20 months to grow!

Wondering why it is difficult to source and find responsibly raised Emu meat and bones? It’s an extreme effort and expensive to raise Emus. Not only do they need insane amounts of farm land and space to run – they can run up to 50 km/h! 😳

They also take almost two years to grow to adult, breeding age so you can imagine how happy we are to be able to offer your pups the widest selection of this superprotein!

 

6. Emu Liver is a superfood!

Emu Liver is extremely rich in vitamin A. Vitamin A is beneficial for eye health and for reducing diseases that cause inflammation, including everything from Alzheimer’s disease to arthritis. Emu Liver also contains folic acid, iron, chromium, copper, and zinc and is known to be particularly good for the heart and for increasing hemoglobin levels in the blood.

 

7. Emu is hypo-allergenic!

If your pet has inflammation issues, allergies, joint problems or skin itches – Emu can help fight all of these as it’s anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and has natural healing properties!

 

8. Emus swallow little stones or grit as a digestive method!

Gizzards are an organ that mostly only birds have – and it works by saving little pieces of rock or grit that the Emu or other birds swallow when picking their food up (given that they get to roam fields). Then when food needs to pass through the body it gets milled and broken down in the gizzards by these little rocks. Once the stones are used and get too small they are either passed or even regurgitated by the bird!
Don’t worry though – these little stones could never hurt your pet if you found one but we do wash the Gizzards thoroughly to make sure there are none left in your pet’s food 🙂

 

9. Emu eggs are different…

Emu eggs are really not your typical egg! Five to six inches in length, around one pound in weight and a dark green color! They have been used to carve art into the shell because it is so durable and sturdy! But they also make a delicious meal.

 

You won’t find a better and more unique new protein for your pet than our Emu Range!

We go through all the effort to travel across the country to find the best farms and see the animals being raised free and species-appropriate, we make sure the cold chain is never interrupted and we are extremely careful about the quality of anything on our menu – so grab yours now while stocks last!

You can browse our Emu Range here.

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