How to Cook Beef Liver for Dogs


In this day and age, feeding your dog a natural diet is slowly becoming the norm. When you make your own dog food and dog treats, you have full control over your pet’s diet and can ensure that they’re getting all the nutrients they need.

And among the long list of natural foods that are good for dogs, beef liver rests comfortably on the top.

There aren’t too many foods out there as healthy for dogs as beef liver. It contains iron, vitamins, and a bunch of other nutrients and compounds that can benefit your dog’s health, but we’ll get into more detail on that later.

While the beef liver is a great ingredient for your dogs, many people wonder how to cook it properly.

That’s where we come in. In this article, you’ll learn how to cook beef liver for dogs, why you should add it to your diet, and a couple of other healthy organ meats you can add to your dog’s diet to improve their overall health.

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Why Should I Feed My Dog Beef Liver?

One of the reasons beef liver is such great food for dogs is that it’s accessible. Just about any grocery or butcher shop out there will have liver and other organ meat readily available. And if you can’t find it in your local stores, there are many safe places to buy it online.

With that said, the main reason we highly encourage feeding your dog beef liver is all the health benefits. Beef liver is loaded with tons of nutrients and compounds that promote good overall health. These nutrients include:

  • Iron
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin B
  • Copper
  • Zinc
  • Protein

All of these compounds promote good overall health. Iron promotes healthy blood cells, vitamin A and B are crucial parts of your dog’s diet, protein supports good muscular health, while the other compounds all contribute to your dog’s health in different ways,

The bottom line is that beef liver offers tons of great health benefits for dogs and people should consider adding a couple of pieces to their regular weekly diet.

How Long Does It Take to Cook Beef Liver for Dogs?

Another great reason to add beef liver to your dog’s diet is that it only takes around 20 minutes to cook. Once thawed, you can simply boil your beef liver for 20 minutes or so, and it will be safe for consumption.

On top of that, you can store boiled liver in the fridge for 3-4 days. And if you choose to freeze the liver after it has cooled (which we highly recommend) it can las you and your pet up to a couple of weeks!

How to Cook Beef Liver for Dogs

Here are all the steps to cooking beef liver for your dogs.

Thaw & Clean

There’s a high chance that you bought the beef liver frozen. If so, you have to start the process by thawing it. You can thaw beef liver just like any other meat, and it will take a couple of hours to completely thaw.

Once thawed, you can rinse the livers under cold running water. Do this until you remove any and all debris that may have come from the packaging.


After that, all you really have to do is put the liver in some boiling water. You can put the livers in before it boils, and once the water hits a boil, you can lower the heat. From there, you can simmer the beef livers for around 15-20 minutes.

Cool & Chop

After boiling, remove the livers from the water. From there, you have to let the beef completely cool first. To speed up the process, you can put the liver on a flat sheet to disperse the heat. Once it’s completely cooled, you can chop it up into bite-sized pieces for your dogs.

Feed & Store

Once cooled and chopped, the liver is ready for consumption. You can give a couple of pieces a day as a healthy and nutritious treat or mix a little bit into their regular meals to boost their health.

You can store the liver in the fridge for 3-4 days and you won’t have to worry about it going bad. However, for longer shelf life, we recommend freezing the livers, as they can last you a couple of weeks when frozen properly.

What Other Kinds of Liver Can I Feed My Dog?

Animal livers and organ meat, in general, are great for dogs. You can mix in chicken, lamb, and even pork livers with your dog’s meal. You can experiment with different types until you find the right one for your dog.

However, keep in mind that liver and other organ meats are a supplement to your dog’s diet. For this reason, we recommend that the liver should only comprise 5% of your dog’s diet. Too much of anything is bad for dogs, so always start small and slowly increase the amount you feed to your dog.