Dogs love liver and that's a good thing because it's filled with beneficial nutrients. It's a concentrated source of vitamin A, which aids digestion, and is rich in folic acid and B vitamins, helpful in battling fatigue and preventing anemia. It's also a great source of iron, vital for many body processes including regulating body temperature and muscle activity, and helping the blood cells carry oxygen throughout the body.
The liver's job is to filter toxins from the body, but it doesn't store them. If you're going to feed your dog liver, Dogs Naturally Magazine recommends using grass fed liver, free of hormones or antibiotics.
Dried Liver Training Treats
Things You'll Need
- One pound of beef liver
- Large pot
- Aluminum foil
If you're trying to teach your dog a trick or you just want to reward him with a tasty snack, tasty dried liver treats are hard to beat for gaining his attention. Rinse a pound of beef liver in cold water and place in a large pot of boiling water. Simmer the liver for 30 to 45 minutes, until it's thoroughly cooked. Remove from the water and cool. After the liver has cooled to room temperature, cut it into 1/2 inch pieces. Spread the cubes on a foil-lined baking sheet and bake in a 250 F oven for two hours, or until the cubes are dry to the touch and are approximately 1/4 inch in size. Store a few treats in an airtight container in the refrigerator, keeping the rest in the freezer for up to six months.
Things You'll Need
- One pound chicken liver
- Two tablespoons canola oil
- One teaspoon dried oregano
- Two cups salt-free chicken broth
Gravy doesn't have to be left for potatoes. Your dog will appreciate some liver gravy on his meal, lapping up every drop. Rinse 1 pound of chicken livers in a mesh strainer and drain well. Heat the canola oil in a skillet, adding the liver and dried oregano. Using a wooden spoon, break the liver apart as they fry. Cook for about five minutes, until the liver is browned. After they've cooled, place in a blender with chicken broth and puree until smooth. The gravy will last a week in the refrigerator or in the freezer for six months.
Don't feed your dog more than 1/2 ounce of liver per 25 pounds of body weight per day. Too much liver can cause runny stools.