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I came home with some beef liver for Jackson and I want to boil it to cook it.  Any idea how long I boil it for?

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ACL tear in right hind leg 12/5/12 and scheduled ACL repair surgery 12/21/12. Pre-op xrays revealed osteosarcoma. Amputation 12/28/12.  Chemo (carboplatin) started Jan 10, 2013 and ended on April 5, for a total of 5 doses. He handled carbo like a champ!  No side effects.  We started metronomic therapy at his third chemo and have been also doing some holistic treatments.  He's a lively, playful 10 year old huskie-boarder collie and a very proud member of the Winter Warriors!  Our love. Our funny little guy!

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I don't eat liver, but had prepared it a few times in recent weeks for Harley.  I think if you boil it, it will become tough and rubbery.  What I did was just sort of saute it in a tiny amt of water and just sort of prick it with a fork every time I turned it to make sure it was done.  I had to open the kitchen windows because it does have a distinct smell to it, that might be why people make it with onions.  Also, when I googled liver for dogs, I read not to give a lot because you could be giving too much Vitamin A I think it was, also it can make their stool very soft.  I didn't have any problem with the latter but I only made the liver once a week.  Too bad you are in CT because I would have been happy to give you the liver steaks I had left.  Hopefully someone who knows more about liver will post.

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We had Zeus on a slightly modified version of Dr. Dressler's dog cancer diet, which did include boiled liver.  They suggest cutting it into very small, bite-sized pieces prior to boiling b/c liver is very fatty and cutting it down allows more of the fat to cook out so it does not cause GI upset.  (Tip:  Cutting raw liver is like trying to cut through snot.  Seriously.  Freeze it for a while before cutting it and then cut it while is is still partially frozen - MUCH easier to cut that way.)  Then put the cut pieces in a pot of water and boil until cooked/not red.  Usually took about 15 or 20 minutes.

Kathy is right - it has a terrible smell.  We finally took to cooking it outside on the burner on our grill, which says a lot b/c it was winter in Pennsylvania!

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Zeus was a Husky mix diagnosed with Osteosarcoma at age 11.  A visible lung met and suspicious spot on his liver meant a poor prognosis-six weeks was our vet's best guess. We decided to fight for our boy and his right front leg was amputated on 12/1/11. We did six rounds of chemo, changed his diet and spoiled him completely rotten. We were blessed with 10 great months after diagnosis. Against the odds, the lung met remained a single met and grew very little over those months. A wonderful furbaby with the most gentle spirit, he fought with a strength that we never imagined he possessed. We have no regrets...
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I have been making the Dressler diet for Evelyn, even though she's a perfectly healthy quadpawd, because it seems to be a good diet. I put a 1/4 pound piece of liver in the pot with all the ingredients and cooked everything together. I did not cut the snot, I mean the liver, in advance and just boiled it with the veggies and meat and brown rice. Then I used my immersion blender and it smooshed everything nicely. Cooked liver disintegrates pretty easily.

Maybe because I had a whole pot of stuff cooking, the liver didn't stink. But I was raised by a mother who believed we had to eat liver frequently, and I still remember the smell of it cooking. Not as nasty as some other things we cooked (my dad hunted) but definitely not like fried chicken.

I must also concur that a little dab'll do ya for liver. It is incredibly rich and nutritionally dense. If you give your dog too much, you'll know. Yard cleanup will tell the tale.

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Hmm...well we always eat it raw in my pack, at least the dawgs do.

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Well I guess I better ask for advice on my latest concoction. My husband raises pigs and slaugtered one last weekend. I had been telling him organs were good for dogs so he took ALL the organs and cooked them outside until they looked done. Then he ground it all up in his grinder and he said it looked like canned dog food. I haven't seen it yet but was planning on mixing it up with veggies and I feed about half a cup with kibble. Do you think this will be ok? I kind of feel like wolves in the wild eat everything so why not our dogs. Granted our dogs are domesticated but I doubt their digestive system has changed much??

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Hey Penny that's pretty cool, do you live on a farm?

Looks like it's OK to do it and of course organ meat is extremely beneficial, especially when you've raised the meat yourself. Lucky dawg! Here are some posts I found that explain why it's so good:

The Benefits of Liver for Dogs

Pork Liver for Dogs

 


Raw Fed Dogs

 

 

 

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14 January 2013 - 11:13 am
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I boiled it for 15min.  It didn't stink!  I have no idea why not.  After boiling, I let it cool and cut into 1 inch cube pieces.  He got about 5 chunks with dinner.  We held off for his bfast, as we're still in the window where his chemo (first dose was Thurs Jan 10) could cause upset and we'd rather know he was sick from chemo and not the liver.  He liked the liver!  It sure is cheap meat, so it'd be an easy and affordable option to keep topping his meal with.

Penny - if this is the first time feeding your pack raw foods or any other pure meat product, I recommend starting slowly.  The only experience we have with raw feeding was when Jackson scored (stole?! He wasn't supposed to....) some chicken that was ready for the grill.  He swiped a huge breast!  Well, there were so many messes to clean up throughout the night and next day....

Lucky pups to have such fresh, pure products.  Enjoy!

ACL tear in right hind leg 12/5/12 and scheduled ACL repair surgery 12/21/12. Pre-op xrays revealed osteosarcoma. Amputation 12/28/12.  Chemo (carboplatin) started Jan 10, 2013 and ended on April 5, for a total of 5 doses. He handled carbo like a champ!  No side effects.  We started metronomic therapy at his third chemo and have been also doing some holistic treatments.  He's a lively, playful 10 year old huskie-boarder collie and a very proud member of the Winter Warriors!  Our love. Our funny little guy!

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Hi, Thanks for the advice. I do live on a small farm, pigs, 3 horses, chickens, pigeons and dogs. Funny thing is I was a vegetarian for 20 yrs then started eating fish a year ago. So I don't eat pig but I think home grown meat is good for dogs. I don't feed raw because I tried that several years ago and Maggie got sick BUT I am positive it wasn't that. She had started having problems with colitis about then and I think it was a coincidence. It turned out to be grains. BUT my husband was sure it was raw food and if you don't have your mate onboard who also feeds the whole thing won't work. SO homegrown pig and veggies will have to do.

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I make dog cookies with boiled liver & veggies ground up & mixed with an egg & some gluten free flour or oat flour but I dehydrate them in a food dryer in the garage because they stink up the house for a week! They absolutely go crazy for them, but we're on a severely restricted cookie ration starting today!

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