How to cook chicken liver for dogs
The liver is an organ that performs many different functions in the canine. It helps fight against bad cholesterol, purify the blood, and it contains many vitamins like vitamin A, vitamin B12, vitamin K, etc.
In this article, I’ll teach you guys how to cook chicken livers for your dog. For each dog, it’s important to know the right quantity of food depending on their size. So I’ll teach you guys how much to feed them.
Even though these are super healthy foods, they should only be given occasionally because all dogs can’t eat just any type of meat or liver due to allergies or intolerances. If your dog doesn’t have any issues with eating organs, then follow these rules:
- Adult small breeds: 1-2 teaspoons of chicken livers per day
- Adult medium breeds: 2-3 teaspoons of chicken livers per day
- Adult big dogs or pregnant/ lactating dogs : 3-4 teaspoons of chicken livers per day.
Further Reading: Can dogs eat chicken cartilage?
Now, How to cook it? Here are some tasty ways:
1) Chicken Liver Pate (with cream cheese) Ingredients you need for this recipe are; 500 grams of chicken liver, 300 grams of cream cheese (reg or low fat), juice from half a lemon, and 1 teaspoon each of parsley, thyme, rosemary, and basil.
Method; Put the liver in boiling water for three minutes, then take it out and put it under cold water. Now cut the liver into small pieces and mix with the cream cheese. Add all the herbs in there too. Mix everything well, then put it into a bowl, cover it up and place it in the fridge for 30 minutes to let it cool down completely.
2) Chicken Liver Salad Ingredients you need are; 1 teaspoon of olive oil, 100 grams of chicken livers, 2 medium tomatoes (cut them into small pieces), half an onion (chopped), salt, pepper, and parsley.
Method; Put the liver in boiling water or steam them, as I said above. When it’s cooled down, cut it into small pieces and add all the other ingredients plus 100 ml of water (optional). Mix everything together, taste with salt & pepper if needed, sprinkle some chopped parsley on top, and that’s it! So easy, right?
3) Chicken Liver Nuggets Ingredients you need are; 100 grams of chicken livers, 50 grams of bread crumbs (powder), one egg, salt, and pepper. Method; Put the liver in boiling water or steam them, as I said above. When it’s cooled down, cut it into small pieces and add all the other ingredients (except for breadcrumbs).
Mix everything very well! Now make little balls with your hands, roll the balls in bread crumbs powder until they’re covered, then put them on a baking sheet. Preheat oven to 200 °C (392 °F), then bake them for 20 minutes. Done!
Remember, kids, if your dog has sensitive stomachs or is a fussy eater, try these recipes again after two weeks. So you can see if they are allergic to something in the ingredients list. If not, make them often, and your dog will love them!
The Benefits of Cooking Chicken liver For Dogs?
Sure liver, chicken is very nutritious for your pets. However, this nutrient is not enough to provide a healthy life if you don’t know how to prepare it in the right way. In fact, there are many disadvantages of cooking chicken liver for dogs in the wrong way, such as:
1) Causing digestion disorders
2) Bad smell from the kitchen after cooking that will spread into your room and make your dog not want to eat it
3) Liver doesn’t taste good in some cases even though it’s cooked thoroughly
4) It’s difficult to feed all of these necessary nutrients in 100 grams of chicken livers without knowing how to cook them well. So what would you do? Would you just throw it into the trash and buy expensive dog food from the market?!
Lucky for you, I’m here to teach you how to cook liver in a healthy way. So before we start, let’s take a look at some of the benefits of cooking chicken liver for dogs :
1) Prevention and treatment of digestive disorders such as diarrhea and constipation
2) Providing strong bones and teeth with calcium
3) Iron-rich, which is very important for all breeds of dogs because lack of iron can cause anemia (weakness, fatigue, etc.)
4) Maintaining blood formation because of the high amount of vitamin B12 (liver contains more Vitamin B12 than any other animal organs)
5) Good for skin and coat because of the high amount of zinc, vitamin B3 and copper
6) It contains a lot of folic acids that help the body to produce blood cells properly.
7) Maintaining hormonal balance in dogs with an active lifestyle
8) Helps reduce anxiety in nervous or hyperactive dogs. In fact, they are so good for this purpose that they can be used as a natural calming aid by feeding them before giving your dog a bath! Or even when you have guests over! So easy, right?
The Wrong Way Of Cooking Chicken Liver For Dogs :
A common mistake people make while cooking chicken liver for dogs is completely overcooking it. In fact, this mistake will destroy all the benefits of cooking chicken liver because it’s going to make your dog’s stomach uncomfortable.
So please, if you love your pet and want only the best for them, then always cook chicken livers a little bit less than overdone.
Further Reading: Can dogs have chicken broth with garlic?
The Right Way Of Cooking Chicken Liver For Dogs :
Cooking the perfect, healthy & tasty liver for your pets takes some skill, but I guarantee that if you follow my methods below, then they’ll turn out perfectly! Remember kids. There are three important things in cooking any kind of food, whether its humans or canines:
- 1) Temperature (slowly increasing it until one point)
- 2) Time (how long you cook it)
- 3) Amount of ingredients
With that in mind, follow the instructions below to successfully cook the best chicken liver for your pet:
1) First, gather all your ingredients and tools because we’re going to start cooking! The tools needed are a big pot, a baking tray, and aluminum foil. You can also use a stove if you want, but I like using my electric oven better. So whatever is easier for you, go ahead and take it out from its place now. Then preheat the oven (to 200°C or 392°F)
2) Next step is to take the chicken livers out of their package and put them on a baking tray covered with aluminum foil. Then pour some olive oil on top of the livers and spread it evenly by using a spoon or your hand. You can also use any kind of cooking oil, but I prefer olive because it is healthier for humans as well as dogs.
3) After you are done with oiling, put the baking tray inside the oven, close the oven door and wait until the temperature reaches 180°C or 356°F. This process will take about 15-20 minutes, depending on how much chicken liver you have because if you have less, then obviously, it will require less time. Once the right temperature is reached, leave them in there for another 20 minutes before taking them out because we want to reduce moisture & concentration of nutrients.
4) After 20 minutes, take the baking tray out of the oven and put chicken livers on top of the big pot. If your pot is too small to place all the chicken livers, then you can cook them in three batches (or more if needed).
5) Now that you’ve successfully cooked the perfect amount of chicken liver for your dog, leave them in there until it cools down. Then transfer them into an airtight container or sealable bag to prevent them from any kind of moisture because this will decrease their shelf life. The cooking process should look something like this:
6) And lastly but not least, wait for about 30-40 minutes before giving them to your dog, so they have enough time to cool down. You can tell your dog is ready for them because they’ll make cute “yummy” noises & will start sniffing everywhere (no kidding, I’ve seen it with my own eyes!)
Dried Dog Treats, Chicken Liver
- Single ingredient
- Taste dogs love
- Easy to chew
- Highly digestible
- Great training treat
The Best Chicken Liver For Dogs Recipes:
Now that you know how to prepare the chicken liver for dogs, here are some of the best recipes around! These are good because they contain veggies that not only act as supplements but also improve the overall health of your pet. So try these out and let me know in the comments section below which one was your favorite!
1) Chicken Liver With Potato: This recipe is perfect when winter is coming because it’s super easy & quick to make, plus it contains lots of healthy nutrients. The ingredients are:
2) Chicken Liver With Kale: A perfect recipe for any owner who wants to live a healthy and active lifestyle because it contains lots of proteins & vitamins. The ingredients are:
3) Chicken Liver Dog Treats: These treats will leave your dog breathless, so be prepared for some serious sniffing! The ingredients are:
4) Zucchini And Chicken Liver For Dogs: This is great for dogs with sensitive stomachs because it is super easy & quick to make, plus much healthier than normal liver treats. Plus, zucchini is packed with lots of important nutrients that improve the overall health of people and pets! The ingredients are:
5) And lastly but not least…
6) Chicken & Sweet Potato Dog Treats Another recipe for dogs with sensitive stomachs is because it contains chicken which is easier to digest than the liver. Plus, sweet potatoes are super healthy for humans and pets alike!
Further Reading: Can dogs eat rotisserie chicken?
Nutritional Value Chicken liver for dogs?
Chicken liver is rich in nutrients that can keep your dog healthy & happy throughout its life! The most important ones are:
1) Iron – If your dog is an active one or if you have a hunting dog, then this nutrient will come in handy. Why? Because apart from being easy to digest, iron also gives lots of energy, so it’s perfect when working physically. However, do not overfeed them with this because too much of something is never good for you or your pet!
2) Iodine – This nutrient helps the thyroid gland function well and prevents different types of problems related to it. It’s great to feed dogs with iodine because it strengthens their muscles & bones. Don’t give too much at once because it can lead to higher levels of cholesterol & skin problems!
3) Copper – This nutrient is needed for dogs so they can form hemoglobin properly. Hemoglobin, as you might already know, absorbs oxygen and distributes it all-around your dog’s body, which means it makes sure your pet gets the energy it needs. However, do not feed them too much or with chicken liver sourced from older chickens. Why? It’s because older chickens might contain high levels of cadmium which is extremely harmful to dogs (and humans alike!)
4) Protein – We know that protein is one of the most important nutrients in our diets but did you know that it is also super good for dogs?! That’s because proteins are extremely important when it comes to strengthening muscles and bones, so it is perfect for active dogs! However, just like with iron, do not overfeed them, or your dog might experience some serious side effects!
5) Vitamin A – Vitamin A is extremely good for both humans & dogs alike because it strengthens the immune system, improves eyesight, and keeps different types of infections at bay. You can feed your pet chicken liver sourced from younger chickens because they contain higher levels of this nutrient. Why? It’s because young animals are always healthy & active, which means they absorb more nutrients that later get stored into their livers.
6) Niacin – Well, Niacin is probably one of the most boring nutrients on the planet, but it is still extremely important because it strengthens dogs’ muscles & bones and helps them grow to their full potential. For the best results, feed your dogs with younger chickens! Why? Younger chickens contain higher levels of Niacin that later gets stored into their livers which means it’s better for both dogs and humans.
7) Vitamin B12 – This is a difficult one simply because there isn’t enough research about what too much of this vitamin does to our bodies! However, we do know that dogs need it to make sure they have healthy brain function along with forming red blood cells properly. Vitamin B12 helps produce energy from the carbohydrates you eat, so if your dog is always hungry, then maybe this nutrient will come in handy!
8) Pantothenic Acid – If your dog is an active one, then you might want to consider feeding it with chicken liver because this nutrient comes in handy when working physically. Why? Because Pantothenic Acid strengthens muscles, increases energy, and helps fight stress, fatigue & tiredness.
9) Co-Enzyme Q10 – Dogs need Co-Enzyme Q10 for different reasons, but the most important ones are strengthening their immune system and fighting cancer cells! However, make sure you don’t overfeed them with this nutrient because too much of something isn’t good!
10) Vitamin D – This vitamin is extremely important for humans that spend too much time indoors (have you seen how pale they look?!). Vitamin D is extremely good for dogs as well because it strengthens their immune system and fights cancer. As you can see, there isn’t much difference between humans & dogs, so it’s really important to give them the nutrients they need.
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11) Vitamin E – This nutrient doesn’t have a lot of benefits, but we still know that it helps fight stress and heart problems by preventing clots from forming in the bloodstream. However, make sure you don’t overfeed your dog with this one because too much can be fatal!
12) Retinol – As we mentioned earlier, chickens contain high amounts of Retinol which makes them perfect for feeding your pet. Why? It’s because this vitamin might prevent blindness & promotes healthy cells.
13) Influential Saccharides – This nutrient has a lot of benefits for the human body, but it might help your dog feel full for longer, which is important if you are on a strict diet.
14) Uridine Monophosphate – Dogs need this vitamin to give them some energy boosts while protecting their central nervous system. However, make sure you don’t overfeed them with this one because too much can be very harmful!
15) Folic Acid – Folic acid is really helpful when it comes to strengthening muscles and bones, so feeding your pet chicken liver will help its growth immensely. However, do not overfeed them because too much of this might lead to serious problems!
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Are cooked chicken livers good for your dog?
A: Yes, cooked chicken livers are good for your dog, but you should not give them too many because they contain high amounts of cholesterol & fat.
Q: How much-cooked chicken liver can I feed my dog?
A: As said in the article above, you shouldn’t feed your pets with too many cooked chicken livers at once. It’s best to give them smaller portions throughout the day!
Q: Should I give my dog raw or cooked liver?
A: This is a question we get asked a lot, and the answer is: it depends! As said in the article above, you should not give your dog too many chicken livers because they contain high amounts of cholesterol & fat.
If you’re looking for ways to strengthen their immune system, then cooked livers are perfect for this job. However, if you want to help them deal with stress, then raw livers will definitely do the trick because they have no cholesterol or fat at all!
Further Reading: Can Dogs Eat Corned Beef 
Q: Can dogs eat liver-cooked?
A: Yes, dogs can eat cooked liver, but it’s best to go with small portions because large quantities might cause problems!
Q: Can dogs eat raw chicken livers?
A: As said earlier, if you want your dog to strengthen its immune system, then raw livers will do the trick. However, make sure you don’t overfeed them with these or even give them too many of these because they contain a lot of cholesterol & fat.
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