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Homemade Dog Food: Chicken Liver & Veggie Stew

February 16th, 2014

So I’ve been making homemade dog food, and now my dog thinks I’m practically the Pioneer Woman. At breakfast and dinner time I am a rockstar.

My older dog, Liberty, a 12 year old Golden Retriever has been suffering her entire life from a bucketload of food allergies that affect her skin. While we did find a semi-good-for-her bagged food, it still wasn’t enough. It only took me 12 years to figure out I could make Liberty her own food. I’ve had Liberty tested and do know what she’s allergic to (pretty much everything), so I used that as my starting point. I also googled an s-ton of info of do’s and don’ts. Most important I consulted with our veterinarian, first.

Homemade Dog Food

Disclaimer: This is my recipe and I’m happy to share it. Please know I made this specifically for my dog and I recommend consulting your vetrinarian first if anyones wants to use my recipe.

Homemade Dog Food
2 lbs raw chicken livers (3 containers)
2 C. cooked brown rice, set aside
1 C. chopped carrots
1 C. chopped broccoli,
2 C. water
1 T. olive oil for pan

Homemade Dog Food
I chopped the liver into bite sizes that my size dog would like. Same with the carrots and broccoli. I’ll skip photos of raw, chopped liver. So gross. I browned the liver in a hot skillet with the olive oil, and after it’s browned I added the water to make a simmering “gravy”. I also used the left-over liquids (blood) from the containers. While it’s tempting to add salt and seasonings, I don’t. Dogs don’t need (or want) any additives.

Homemade Dog Food
After adding the liquid, I let the liver simmer on medium heat until all traces of pink are gone. Once the liver if thoroughly cooked I add in the carrots and broccoli and let them cook for a few minutes. I cook them only long enough so they become one with the liver stew - but hard enough so they retain as much raw goodness and nutrition as possible. Add water as needed. My dog could drink this gravy. Let cool. Cute, matching Japanese spatula optional.

Homemade Dog Food
I’m still weaning my dog off the store-bought food, so for now she gets 2 big spoons of kibble, and 2 big spoons of rice…

Homemade Dog Food
… next comes 2 big spoons of the chicken liver stew plus some drizzles of the gravy. My dog gets this once at breakfast time, and once at dinner.

Homemade Dog Food
I store the chicken liver stew in the (washed) containers they came in, and put the rice in a baggie. I keep the stew and the rice refrigerated, and store the other containers of stew into the freezer until about 2 days before needing it (and thawed in the fridge). I serve cold, I feel the love.

Oh, and this:
1. My dog has been on this diet for 2 + months now, and not only does she seem more active and perky, her licking and scratching has dropped by 80%.
2. An unexpected side bonus, Liberty is shedding less and her coat is soft and silky.
3. I’m saving money. Chicken livers are so economical.
4. After making brown rice for my dog, we as a family have switched from white rice to brown rice. Yummier and healthier.
5. I really enjoy making my dog her food. Like, really enjoy. It’s a very nurturing feeling. Really makes me feel good to be doing this for her and I know she’s getting healthy, whole food.
6. Our dog food travels well, we just pop it in a cooler when we drive to my parents house for a visit.
7. My dogs LOVES her Chicken Liver delight. Like crazy, love. When I make Libby her plate she barks at me. Not that crazy UPS or FedEx alert barking - but that PLEASE FEED ME NOW OR I WILL DIE bark.
8. My dog madly loves her breakfast and dinner. And me.

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16 Responses

  1. The fabulous Anita allegedly said:

    What a good doggie mama you are. Am I bad cat mama if I don’t tell my cats?

  2. The fabulous Mary Ann allegedly said:

    We had our dog tested too and I used to make him chicken, rice and veggies as well. It sure cut down on the licking and the awful hots spots he made from it. Have to admit I didn’t do the livers…hmm. Maybe with the puppy coming in the late Spring. Whatta good mama!

  3. The fabulous karen allegedly said:

    I totally wish I had seen this years ago when I began investing in hypo allergenic food for my collie. What a great recipe!

  4. The fabulous pam allegedly said:

    glad to hear shes responding to it!! food allergies are the worst.

  5. The fabulous Kim allegedly said:

    Lucky, lucky Liberty!!
    I’m so glad she’s doing so well on her home cooked diet :)

  6. The fabulous Thimbleanna allegedly said:

    Now that’s a love story if I ever heard one!!!

  7. The fabulous Kathleen allegedly said:

    How many servings would you say you get from this recipe? My dog is going on 14 and she has skin issues as well. She gets cooked ground burger along with her kibble, and carrots, sometimes sweet potato. I’m curious if she’d like chicken liver.

      I prefer to not indicate servings since everyone feeds their dogs different portions. Because I think chicken livers are so very economical (especially compared to burger), I can’t recommend enough giving it a try. And chicken liver is crazy packed with protein! Read the comment below by Ann, she’s left some great wisdom - worth a read! - m

  8. The fabulous Sandra R allegedly said:

    So cool! I have made dog food for my 4 a few times, they love it. But I am confused because the recipe calls for livers but the instructions talk about kidneys. Oh well, you aren’t doing transplant surgery!

      ——— All fixed. Typo.

  9. The fabulous Darice allegedly said:

    This just made my heart happy! It takes not only love but sincere stubborn determination sometimes! Way to go!!

  10. The fabulous Raesha de Ruiter Zylker allegedly said:

    You are the most awesome doggy mama ever!!!!I’d love to try this some day….but we free feed our 4 dogs so they would probably kill each other trying to get to the food bowl:) Our Maxwell the frenchie has skin problems and the food he was on just got discontinued by Science Diet. We are transitioning them all to a new food and it’s going well so far. But one of these days I want to be Pioneer Women too and make their food. How often do you have to make this?

  11. The fabulous Ann allegedly said:

    What a great post! We switched our Golden Retriever to home made food 2 years ago and this diet has transformed our girl. She is 10 years old and is happier, healthier and thinner. She literally dances with delight and races around the house at mealtime. We give her chicken and veggies, cottage cheese for calcium, no grains (husband is a veterinarian and believes a low carb diet is better for weight control). Snacks are raw carrots and apples. Our dog eats better than our teenager! We hope that this diet will giver her a longer and healthier life. So glad you are having great success too.

  12. The fabulous Cynthia allegedly said:

    I am so going to try this with our Starry, she’s an allergic dog though we haven’t had the testing done, it seems she’s allergic to everything we have tried so far (or she just won’t eat it lol!).
    We’ve also been giving her coconut oil and it seems to be helping her skin start to clear up, fingers crossed! :D!

  13. The fabulous tinajo allegedly said:

    I haven´t even imagined that it would be possible to make your own dog food - how neat! I´m sure my dog would love it! :-)

  14. The fabulous Doggie Luffy allegedly said:

    Found your blog when searching for some possible homemade recipes for my doggie Luffy. I love this recipe! It looks yum and healthy and I believe that Luffy will enjoy it too. Thanks for sharing :-D

  15. The fabulous Barb allegedly said:

    Is the kidney part a typo or do you also add kidneys? This is great, I think sometimes feeding dogs the bagged foods would be like feeding us tv dinners even the very expensive ones have chemicals and things.

      ——— All fixed. Typo.

  16. The fabulous Cj Shelton allegedly said:

    I am so glad I found this recipe. I was searching for purse patterns, but I have a new dog and am concerned about his food i give him. I will be trying this. Thanks for the recipe.

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