Can Dogs Eat Liver?
Today, Dexter’s dehydrator is going. Inside his dehydrator are pieces of cut-up beef liver. The liver I’m using comes from local grass-fed, hormone-free, and antibiotic-free cows. Not only will these dehydrated liver treats be tasty, but they will also pack a nutritional punch.
Can Dogs Have Liver?
Liver a great addition to most healthy meal and treat plans for dogs and cats. As always, I recommend sourcing your pet’s liver from quality meats. Just say no to feed-lot-fed cows, antibiotic and hormones. Remember, whatever the cow ate or was given, will transfer to your dog or cat.
Liver contains a lot of good vitamins and nutrients for your dog. Liver has high amounts of vitamin A (Retinol), B2 (Riboflavin ), B3 ( Niacin). B6, B9 (Folate), B12, D3, Copper, Lysine, Magnesium, and Phosphorus.
How to Feed Your Dog Liver
Dogs, and cats, can eat liver in a variety of ways. You can feed liver to your pets raw, boiled, dehydrated, or freeze-dried. Or, like me, you can feed raw for meals and dehydrated or freeze-dried as liver treats. If your dog or cat is not typically raw fed, I wouldn’t recommend starting with raw liver.
Too Much of a Good Thing
Liver is very rich and can cause loose stools. This goes for all pets and all ways of feeding. Start feeding liver in small quantities. Liver is also high in vitamin A and copper. Too much of either nutrient can have your dog headed down a path of ill-health. Never feed your pet more than 5% liver in his overall diet. If he receives a lot of vitamin A and copper in his other foods, you may need to cut the liver or other foods down.
How Many Liver Treats Can I Give my Dog?
Dehydrated or freeze-dried liver treats pack a lot of punch in a little bite. I would limit your dog’s intake to one bite-sized liver treat a day or less. Remember, moderation and rotation is key to a healthy pet.
|Prep Time||10 minutes|
|Cook Time||12 hours|
- Slice liver into bite-size pieces. Slice while slightly frozen.
- Place on a dehydrator tray.
- Dehydrate to the consistency your dog prefers. Approximately 12-hours.
- Allow to cool. Place 3-7 treats in a cookie jar for the week. Keep remaining treats in a container and freeze until needed. This preserves the freshness.
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2 thoughts on “Can Dogs Have Raw or Cooked Liver? Dehydrated Beef Liver Treats for Dogs”
What temperature for dehydrating?
Honestly, it doesn’t really matter. I use my highest setting, which is 170 degrees F