Liver and heart dog’s dinner

by | Feb 9, 2012 | 20 comments

A natural alternative dog food

I have 4 clumbers and a springer, so in total we are looking at a total 165 kilo of dog!

Yesterday on Tesco’s sell off shelf there was 2 packs of pig liver and 1 pack of sliced heart with a total price £2.10.  In the fridge I had a sorry looking neep that wasn’t used on burns night alongside some rather wilted carrots and half a bag of sorry looking mange tout and some left over mash tatties.

The Benefits?  Well, I know what is in it and I know what is not in it!  They love it, also as it’s a meal for in between bones days and because liver is a natural laxative they wont need any oil on their bones tomorrow.

Over the course of a week I feed 3 bone days 3 home cooked days and 1 fish day, alternating the bone days with homecooked/fish.  Happy dogs = Happy me and cheap at half the price!  Go for it folks…am here to help and advise!


1 Pack of Sliced Heart, 2 Packs of Pigs Liver (any liver will do), 1 Turnip, Some Carrots, 1 bag of Mange Tout, A couple of Potatoes, 1 bag of Couscous


diced liver and heart

Dice the meat and chuck it in the dog’s stock pot.

diced potatoes, carrots, mange tout and neep

Add the diced potatoes, carrots, mange tout and neep!

Add a cup of water, a couple of tablespoons of olive oil and a handful of chopped parsley.

Add a cup of water, a couple of tablespoons of olive oil and a handful of chopped parsley.

Cook until veg is crunchy

Cook lightly so that the veg is still crunchy! They’ll still be water in pot but don’t worry about that…

Chuck in a bag of couscous!

Chuck in a bag of couscous, stir and leave to rest for 10 mins! That’ll soak up all the water and juices!

Split into portions

If you have an average size dog then you’re looking at 12 – 15 meals…especially if you add a cup of whole meal type mixer!

Bev says: I split half of it between the 5 dogs and added a chopped raw apple on the top…the rest is for Saturday as tomorrow is a bone day…this will give each of them 2 days of food…about 32p per dog…so that is 10 meals.


How to store

As a general guide if meat protein is present in recipe then it will last around 3 to 5 days stored in a cool place.  If it has second class protein in it eg. cheese, lentils, eggs, etc, then they will store for about 10 days in a cool place. You can use cake tins lined with baking paper – greaseproof. If there is no meat or second class proteins present then it will last around 3 weeks before they go soft like human biscuits.

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By Jamie Shanks

BDWS is owned and run by me, Jamie Shanks. I’ve been a professional dog walker since 2010. When I’m not walking dogs, I’m usually at home (like everyone else) entertaining my two dogs and attending to five hens and my vegetable garden.

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6 years ago

What is mange tout?

Maureen Smith
6 years ago

Been reading about your recipies and wonder if you have something suitable for a Yorkie and a Yorkie cross Jack Russel. I would be grateful for your suggestions. The first is 3 years old the second is 7 this month.
Many thanks
Mrs M Smith

6 years ago

what are ‘neeps’ please? are you talking about turnips?

6 years ago

I noticed you suggested parsley in the recipe. I read that parsley was actually toxic for animals, have you read anything about that?

Elaine Harvell
7 years ago

Good to find a place where I can cook the meat lightly,I have a fussy 5 year old spaniel who is so fussy about certain raw meats.

7 years ago

Hi, I made this lovely recipe today but I am wondering if it’s ok to freeze?
I also made the liver tray bake but used to can of tuna instead and It worked great, my dog hasn’t left the kitchen all day!!


8 years ago

Hi, I’ve literally just started making my dogs food (we have a 9 month old border collie) – I bought a ‘Dogs Dinners’ book.
I love the recipe’s you have here but there’s no mention of quantities, i.e. how much liver / how many carrots, potatoes etc.
Sorry if I sound stupid but I’m sure the ratio is important.

8 years ago

I have been making my dogs food since January and he loves it but have just read you have bone days? what bones do you give them and where do you get the bones? do you give them anything else on these days? my dog’s a chocolate lab and puts weight on at the drop of a hat. will bone days help? thanks for your help and advice. Gillian.