If you plan on serving your dog a regular homemade diet, check with your veterinarian first. Dogs have their own nutritional needs that should be met to ensure a healthy pet.
1 fryer chicken (cut up)
1 package chicken organs (hearts, livers)
1 cup barley
2 medium potatoes – cubed
4 carrots – chopped
2 stalks celery – chopped
1/2 head garlic
Optional additions: Bone Meal (for calcium)
Toppings: Olive Oil & Parsley
- Place potatoes in the crockpot, add chicken pieces, then cover with the rest of the vegetables and ingredients. Top with water until covered. Cook in the slow cooker for several hours until chicken is cooked and vegetables are done.
- Take the chicken out and remove all the meat from the bones. Using a food processor, or a blender, or hand masher–mix all the meat, vegetables & barley together. You could have a puree or a thick mash, both are fine. Add some broth from the crockpot to get the consistency of thick chili.
- Separate into serving portions and mix in 1 TBS of bonemeal for each portion. Freeze the portions in separate containers or freezer bags.
Before each serving: Sprinkle 1 TBS parsley and drizzle about 1 TBS of olive oil over the food.
Serving Size: 1 1/2 cups per serving for a 15 lb dog.
Chicken Liver Treats:
In our family the chicken livers do not get eaten. Here’s a recipe to use those up, just freeze them until you have enough (chicken livers are quite cheap to buy if you want to splurge on your pup).
1 cup chicken livers
2 cups oats
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 TBS parsley
- Boil or saute livers until fully cooked. Set aside to cool.
- Chop cooked livers into small pieces, then mix with rest of ingredients.
- Drop by spoonfuls onto baking sheet and bake at 250 degrees for 45 minutes. Keep refrigerated.
*If too dry, add a bit of water or another egg until recipe binds together. You could also use beef liver instead of chicken.