Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Quail

We continue our Dog Food Ingredients A to Z series with the letter “Q”. Today’s ingredient is Quail.

What is Quail?

Quail is a collective name for several families of mid-sized birds generally considered in the order Galliformes. A “game” bird, quail is an alternative source of fowl protein.

Common names for Quail

The most common name variations include Old World Quail, New World Quail, which includes Quail found in North and South America.

Why is Quail included in dog food?

Using quail, instead of more typical fowl like chicken, provides a “novel” protein source that can help keep a dog from developing an allergic reaction to frequently fed protein sources or help calm the intestinal system of a dog with an existing food allergy.

Is Quail a commonly used ingredient in dog food?

Quail is very rarely used and is in only a handful of dog foods currently.

Common benefits or risks of Quail

Quail is a relatively low calorie and high in protein food. One ounce of quail has about 66 calories, 7 grams of protein, and 4 grams of fat. It is also a source of the B Vitamins and the minerals phosphorous and iron.

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