Homemade Beef Liver Dog Stew Recipe
Oscar loves the days he gets to eat real meat. And I like to change his food up – dog cannot live on dry kibble alone! I don’t give him meat every day, just a few times a week. And that’s why I decided to expand his meat repertoire with beef liver. I’ve never eaten or prepared it before, so this Homemade Beef Liver Dog Stew Recipe was a bold step for me.
I’m not a huge fan of the smell of beef liver, but Oscar didn’t mind the smell of this dog stew. So be forewarned – your kitchen is going to smell like liver while you’re cooking it. But hey, it’s nothing that an open window and a little Febreze won’t fix.
Why Beef Liver For Dogs?
In short? It’s a doggy superfood. It’s rich in a TON of important nutrients. Nutrients like:
- Folic acid, B vitamins – These are key for preventing anemia and giving your dog energy and nerve support.
- Iron – Iron is your dog’s blood oxygen transport system. It’s key for making hemoglobin and regulating your body temperature. It brings oxygen to your dog’s blood cells and this is what keeps them full of vim and vigor. If your dog doesn’t have enough iron, they don’t have enough T-cells and antibodies in its immune system to stay healthy as it should.
- Copper and Zinc – These trace minerals are needed to support bone and joint health as well as give nice shiny, healthy coats and skins.
- Vitamin A – This powerful antioxidant is necessary for proper digestion and absorption as well as keeping those reproductive organs healthy.
- Vitamin D – Vitamin D is key for immunity in humans and dogs. It’s vital for immune function and can help with your dog’s mood, infectious diseases, muscle and bone strength and so much more!
Liver is also a great source of protein that doesn’t have the same fat in it that muscle meat does. Liver has more iron, calcium, niacin, copper, Vitamin D, zinc, magnesium, Vitamin A, manganese, choline and phosphorus than muscle meat does. All at 1/3 the total and saturated fats.
Yeah, it smells, but now that you know how good it is for your doggo, you’ll put up with it!
That being said, it should be fed to your dog in moderation, which is why you should only give this dog stew to your pooch twice a week. Just package the dog stew in serving sizes and store in the freezer until needed. I put the leftovers in freezer bags and will have enough to last for several weeks.
Homemade Beef Liver Dog Stew Recipe
Makes about 5-10 servings
1 pound beef liver
1 Tbs olive oil
1 potato or sweet potato cut up into bite-sized pieces
1 carrot cut up into bite-sized pieces
½ cup chickpeas, mashed
1 ½ cups water
- Cut up pieces of beef liver. I used scissors for this slimy task.
- Pour olive oil into frying pan, add beef liver and sauté on medium-high heat. Cook until brown.
- In a large pot, add beef liver, water, potato, carrot and chickpeas and bring to the boil.
- Simmer until vegetables are soft. This will take 45 minutes-1 hour.
- Let it cool and portion into serving sizes. Freeze until needed.
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Amy Tokic, Editor of PetGuide.com, is a passionate animal lover and proud pet parent of Oscar, a Shih Tzu/Chihuahua cross, and Zed, a Japanese Chin. Her love of animals began in kindergarten, when she brought her stuffed dog Snoopy into class with her every day. Now, she writes about her adventures in pet ownership and tirelessly researches products, news and health related issues she can share with other animal enthusiasts. In her free time, Amy loves perusing used book and record stores, obsessing over the latest pet products available and chasing squirrels with wild abandon (a habit attributed to spending too much time with her pooches).
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