Offally good dog food recipe

by | Jan 16, 2012 | 4 comments

Offal dog food recipe

Lites (plucks) are animal lungs and sold as offal…they are used in haggis and in faggots and often minced and added to pork for sausages…they are a main food used in tinned dog food, but as tinned dog food is 80% water you are paying a high price for a very cheap source of meat…think about this…if you pay £1 per tin then you are paying 80p for the water and 20p for the meat content and and vegetable scraps added…as an average they are composed of 75% good quality protein and 25% easily digestible fats…most game registered butchers will sell you lites very cheaply and because of the high protein content dogs don’t need much of them…

My dogs love their lite dinners…yours will too!


To make dog food using offal, you will need lungs (aka lites/pluck tops) or Lung, heart combo (aka Plucks) veg trimmings such as potato/carrot/parsnip peelings…the leaves and stalks from cabbage/cauliflower/broccoli etc or a diced up turnip/swede …my dogs love peas and beans and lentils ..but any veg that is going a bit limp and sorry for itself is good…but no onions…add a packet of cheap couscous/pasta…or if your dog isn’t rice sensitive then cheap rice.



animal lungs

Wash lites

offal in large pot

Place in a large pot and cover with water

cooked animal lungs

Bring to the boil and cook for 20/30 minutes

cooked animal lungs cooling off

Remove from pot

vegetable trimmings in pot

Add veg trimmings such as potato/carrot/parsnip peelings etc with pasta to stock

chopped animal lungs mixed with veg

Dice the cooked lites and mix with the pasta/rice and veg.

portioned homemade dog food

Allow to cool and divide into portions, freezing what you’re not using in the next 2 days

dog eating homemade dog food

For an average dog of around 20kg the lites, veg and pasta will make 8+ days worth of dinners….add 2/3 mug of plain wholemeal biscuit mixer to the evening meal if you feed twice a day…don’t add this in the morning meal.

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 entertaining my three dogs and attending to five hens and my vegetable garden. 


  1. Ohh.. My dog love boiled boar lungs. Can I mix it with red pumkin?

  2. Hi Jamie,
    I am going to try this out as soon as I can find me a friendly butcher. Today I cooked up some meaty beef bones from the reduced meat section at work, removed the meat from them and added a couple of leeks and carrots to the stock. Luckily I have an electric pressure cooker which saves oodles of time (and electrickery)!! I think they’re going to love this!
    I’m making the change because the dogs are doing well with home cooking so far.
    Thanks again for the knowledge you share so freely!

    • Hey Rosemary,

      What a lucky dog you have. I hope he appreciates it. Carrots are great, but I’d prob stay away from leeks, also onions too as not that good for dogs. Garlic is ok in small quantities and keeps ticks and fleas away. Sweet potato is great.


    • Thanks for the tip about leeks… I hadn’t considered them as like onions.

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