Cooking Gizzards For Dogs

Feed your doggy only the best with is easy recipe for Crock-Pot Homemade Dog Food! You will know exactly what is in your pooches dog food with this frugal recipe made super easy in your slow cooker with chicken or turkey gizzards and meat!

My grandmother made our 3 dogs dog food every month. She got out the huge stock pot and worked on it all day and then froze it in weekly containers. Our lab lived 15 years eating it every day. This is my variation of what she made.

NOTE – After much debate in the comments and doing a little of our own research we have removed the onion and garlic powder from the original recipe. We would never want to include ingredients that may harm your beloved pets. Even though I have never had an issue including a little onion and garlic powder in my homemade dog food it would be amiss if those ingredients did harm someone’s dogs. The original recipe called for 1/2 cup chopped onion and 1 teaspoon garlic powder added with the chicken/turkey and carrots.

How do you cook giblets for dogs?

Can I feed my dog chicken gizzards everyday?

Originally Answered: Can I give my dog cooked chicken gizzard everyday? Absolutely. Gizzard is a natural muscle meat and a very healthy treat and supplement. Any natural meat product is great for your dog.

Chop up roughly three pounds of chicken gizzards and place them into your stockpot. Follow the gizzards with two cups of potatoes (chopped and peeled), eight cups of water, one cup of cold-pressed and organic apple cider vinegar, two cups of chopped carrots. Turn your heat to high, and get the mixture going at a rolling boil. After this, you will want to reduce your heat so that it is at a simmer and then cover it. Allow your stew to cook for one hour. After the hour has passed, remove your mixture from the heat and allow it to cool completely before you serve it to your pup.

You will need one pound of chopped and raw chicken gizzards, one pound of chicken (that is raw and has been deboned), one cup of water, three large and chopped carrots, and four hard-boiled eggs that still have their shells (crushed). Place your slow cooker on low and allow this mixture of ingredients to cook for 2 or 3 hours. You will know that it is done cooking when the chicken falls apart easily.

When you have your gizzards and you are ready to prepare them, rinse them well and then cut them. In order to have your cooking remain simple, place the gizzards into a saucepan, cover them with some water, and then place your heat onto medium. Cook for at least fifteen minutes, or until the gizzards have been thoroughly cooked through. After that, you want to remove them from the heat and allow them to cool. Keep in mind that gizzards are tough due to their constant use by the animal they come from, so in order for them to be digested easily by your dog(s), you will want them to be chopped fine or diced. This is especially important if you are introducing chicken gizzards to a dog that is new to eating them.

After this, you want to stir in two cups of white rice that has been cooked and one more cup of water. Allow this to cook for thirty more minutes and then let the entire mixture cool. It needs to be completely cool before it is acceptable for your dog to eat.

Homemade dog food is becoming more and more popular these days, due to the fact that when you know exactly what your pets are getting to eat you can be sure that they are eating healthy and nutritious food. And one ingredient that is suitable for dogs when it comes to their food is chicken gizzards. The gizzard is often found wrapped in parchment and stuffed inside a whole raw chicken, and in some cultures, they are considered to be delicacies. For the chicken, they take the place of teeth. They come packed with protein, which makes them excellent for the nutrition of canines, and as a bonus, they also contain zinc, iron, and vitamin B-12. Gizzards also come packed with glucosamine, which is beneficial to your furry friends as it helps with arthritis issues and cartilage issues. However, it is worth mentioning that gizzards should be limited to roughly twenty percent of your dogs diet due to the fact that they are high in cholesterol. Some store bought dog treats may have more balanced nutritional makeup..

Chicken gizzards are those little organs covered in silvery membranes that you usually find wrapped in parchment and stuffed in the cavity of a whole raw chicken. Gizzards are used by chickens in lieu of teeth. The gizzard grinds up the food the chicken eats and becomes a tough and lean muscle from the constant use. Slow-cooking the gizzards will soften them up for a tasty and inexpensive addition to your dog’s homemade food.

If you are concerned about grain in your dog’s diet, here is a grain-free alternative. You’ll need a large stockpot for this recipe. Chop up 2 to 3 pounds chicken gizzards and put them in your stockpot along with 2 cups peeled and chopped potatoes, 2 cups chopped carrots, 1 cup organic cold-pressed apple cider vinegar and 8 cups water. Turn the heat on high until the stew is at a rolling boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer, cover and cook for 1 hour. Cool the stew thoroughly before you feed it to your dog.

Dr. Lew Olsen, a canine nutritionist and American Kennel Club judge, recommends feeding your dog 2 to 3 percent of his body weight daily, divided into two feedings. A 25-pound dog would eat half to three-quarters of a pound each day; a 50-pound dog would eat a pound to a pound and a half a day; and a 100-pound dog would need two to three pounds of food daily. Split the recommended portion in half and feed twice a day.

For such a small organ, a chicken gizzard is high in protein and contains iron, minerals, and vitamins C, E and B. They contain glucosamine, which can help with cartilage and arthritis problems. Limit chicken gizzards to no more than 20 percent of your dog’s diet, because they are also high in cholesterol.

Based in Las Vegas, Sandy Vigil has been a writer and educator since 1980. She taught high school and middle school English and drama for 11 years. Vigil holds a Master of Science in teaching from Nova Southeastern University and a Bachelor of Arts in secondary English education from the University of Central Oklahoma.


How much gizzards should a dog eat?

Feeding Amounts

A 25-pound dog would eat half to three-quarters of a pound each day; a 50-pound dog would eat a pound to a pound and a half a day; and a 100-pound dog would need two to three pounds of food daily. Split the recommended portion in half and feed twice a day.

Can dogs eat chicken gizzards raw?

Benefits of Raw Chicken Gizzards

Raw chicken gizzards have all the benefits of cooked chicken gizzards. In fact, they are even more nutritious than cooked gizzards. The gizzards lose some nutrients during the cooking process. It’s also natural for your dog to eat raw meat.