Why Give Dogs Liver

To those who are not fans of liver (like me), it may look gross and smell gross. Others love it! Whichever side you’re on, liver is a great addition to your dog’s diet.

I have older relatives who squirm at the memory of having to eat liver as a child .. but as with so many things, grandma was right! Liver holds a wide range of nutrients, including copper, zinc, iron, vitamins and more.

And you don’t need to add that much… about an ounce per pound of meat should do it.

How I Cook Liver

In my grocery store, beef and calf liver are in the freezer section in 1-pound packages – about 4 or 5 slices. I rinse it off, put it in a skillet with a few ounces of water, and cook for about 20 minutes on medium heat or until it’s cooked through, cutting it up as it cooks.

Once it cools, I freeze it in batches of about 2 – 4 ounces per bag. Then I take bags out periodically and use for a few days, supplementing my dog’s meals.

Eating Liver to Support the Liver

Did you know that you can serve liver to support liver health? This is based on an ancient practice known throughout the world… feeding specific tissues can help support the corresponding tissue. Therefore, you can feed liver to support liver health, feed hearts to support heart health, etc.

One thing to keep in mind is that liver is one of the body’s detoxifying organs, so try to buy as clean a version as possible. This is why I opted for calf liver here.