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What is the Best Way to Cook Liver for Dogs?

Overhead view of a skillet full of raw liver

Liver is not only nutritious but also serves as a scrumptious treat for your canine friend. Although it can be prepared in several different ways, boiling is considered the best possible method. This is because it is easy and won’t take a lot of effort or time. Keep reading to know more about the best way to cook liver for dogs and learn why organ meat is beneficial.

Is Cooked Liver Good for Dogs?

Yes, it is great for dogs because of its high protein content. It is believed that the liver has 10-100 times more nutrients than muscle meat. It is also a rich source of many vitamins and minerals. For example, it is loaded with vitamins A, D, and B. Similarly, it contains useful quantities of zinc, magnesium, calcium, and iron.

How Much Liver Can I Give to My Dog?

Dog bowl full of raw liver surrounded by dog toys , apples, and vegetables.

Liver should never exceed 5% of your dog’s daily diet. This is because it is very rich in vitamin A and can lead to a condition called hypervitaminosis A. In easier words, it means an overdose of vitamin A that can cause several problems, like bone deformities and weakened muscles. Generally, small dogs can consume 0.2 ounces of liver while larger canines can have 2.5 ounces of liver. Medium breeds can take somewhere around an ounce of liver.

How to Boil Liver for Dogs?

Hand lifting lid from orange boiling pot on a stove

This is the easiest and best way to cook liver for dogs because it’s simple and won’t take very long. Simply wash the livers and boil them in some water for a few minutes and that’s all. Read on to learn how it can be done.

Boiled Chicken Livers for Dogs

Raw chicken livers on a white dish

Boiled Chicken Livers for Dogs

Raw chicken livers on a white dish

Ingredients

  • 1-10 chicken livers
  • Water

Instructions

  1. Remove the livers from the packaging and place them in a bowl.
  2. Then, run them under cool water to clean them and soak them for about 10-15 minutes.
  3. Now, drain the water from the bowl and dry each liver with a paper towel.
  4. Place the pot on the stove and throw in freshly-cleaned livers. Avoid adding any seasoning like butter or salt because they may upset your pup's stomach.
  5. Add enough water to the pot so that there is about 1 inch (2.5 cm) of water above the chicken livers.
  6. Wait for the water to come to a boil.
  7. Now, turn down the heat and let the livers simmer uncovered until they are tender (this should take about 10-15 minutes). In the case of beef liver, the simmering time can be increased to 30-50 minutes.
  8. Once the livers are fully-cooked, drain the pot using a colander. You can also save the water as a yummy treat for your dog in an ice cube tray.
  9. Allow the livers to cool before cutting them into small pieces for serving.
  10. Feed an appropriate serving to your dog and store the remaining livers in an airtight container for up to 2 days. They can also be frozen for up to 3-4 months.

Notes

NOTE: Although beef liver can also be prepared in this way, the recipe instructions are for cooking chicken liver.

Thank you to Wiki How for this recipe.

Other Recipes to Cook Liver for Dogs

The following are a couple of methods (other than boiling) that can be used to cook liver for your dog.

Baked Beef Liver

Beef liver, sliced on a piece of slate with a knife laying on the slate, with a dill sprig, and coarse pepper sprinkled around.

Although boiling is the best technique, we can also bake liver for dogs. This method is also very easy as you will be able to prepare your pup’s meal in less than 30 minutes. Here’s how to do it.

Baked Beef Liver

Beef liver, sliced on a piece of slate with a knife laying on the slate, with a dill sprig, and coarse pepper sprinkled around.

Ingredients

  • Fresh beef liver

Instructions

  1. Set the oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Put the liver on the foil in the pot and don’t forget to cover the liver with foil to stop it from burning. Cook for 15 minutes with the foil and then finish for 10 minutes without it.
  3. Remove the liver from the oven, allow it to cool, and then cut it into small pieces.
  4. Serve a nutritious meal for your dog! 

Notes

Thank you to Pet Lover Guy for this recipe.

Cooked Beef Liver

Cooked beef liver in a skillet with oil

This balanced recipe is particularly useful if you want to use frozen liver for your dog’s meal. It contains sweet potato, chickpeas, and carrot to provide other useful nutrients, like fiber, vitamins, and minerals.

Cooked Beef Liver

Cooked beef liver in a skillet with oil

Ingredients

  • A pound of beef liver
  • 1 sweet potato, cut into small pieces
  • 1 carrot - cut into small pieces
  • Mash half the chickpeas
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1.5 glasses of water

Instructions

  1. Cut up the beef liver by using a sharp knife.
  2. Then, put the olive oil and liver into a skillet and fry over medium heat until browned.
  3. When finished, pour the beef liver into a large pot.
  4. Add potatoes, carrots, chickpeas, and water (and bring it to a boil).
  5. After that, keep simmering until the vegetables are tender. For this, you may need up to an hour.
  6. Allow the food to cool before serving it to your pup. Make sure to divide the portion size of each meal.
  7. You can freeze the excess food and use it when needed.

Notes

Thank you to Ranova Pet Treats for this recipe.

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