Liver Homemade Dog Treats

Liver – Great Homemade Dog Treats

Liver is a nutrient-rich organ meat that most dogs love!  Liver provides many vitamins, minerals protein and fat as well as Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, and essential amino acids your dog needs from his diet to keep him healthy.

I recommend getting your liver from your local butcher ( I use Newlyn’s Farm shop in North Warnborough) and avoid game from the wild because you cannot guarantee the quality of the organ. Some deer, for example, are affected with liver flukes that make their livers unsafe for canine consumption.

Liver is an important component of a raw food diet for your dog  too but should not make up more than 4% of their overal intake as too much liver can be harmful to their health.  Feed liver to your dog once or twice a week by giving him small amounts of fresh cooked liver as a supplement to his regular diet.

One of the easiest ways to add liver to your dog’s diet is to make your own liver treats. Simply slice the liver up thinly, place on baking paper on a tray and bake in the oven on 160 degrees for 1.5-2 hours. The only down side is that the house will smell somewhat. If you have a dehydrator then these can be used instead and placed outside to avoid any smell!

Roddy with Liver

If you have a small breed dog, you can give him one or two treats twice a week, while medium breed dogs can have 3 or 4 treats twice a week and large 5 or 6 treats twice a week.

I find liver treats great to use when training too.