Serving size: 1 pound
Preparation time: 30 minutes
5 ounces beef, lamb, pork or chicken livers, from good sources
7 ounces whole grain oats, organic
5 ounces low fat cottage cheese, organic
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 egg, free range
1. Preheat oven to 355ºF
2. Finely mince the livers with a sharp knife.
3. In a medium size bowl, mix the livers, oats, cottage cheese, oil and the egg until well combined.
4. With wetted hands, form small meatballs and arrange on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
5. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Let cool and serve as snacks.
Liver provides protein, fat and vitamin A, copper, iron niacin, phosphorus and zinc, B vitamins, omega 2 and 6 fatty acids and essential amino acids. Administered in very high amounts liver may lead to a vitamin A overdose in dogs.
Whole grain oats are low in calories (about 100 calories per cup cooked) and can reduce the risk of high blood pressure, artery clogging and help boost the dogs’ immune system in general. Oats are also gluten free in case of gluten intolerance.
Cottage cheese is great in dairy tolerant dogs as it is high in calcium and protein.
Olive oil does not only taste great to dogs, it also helps with weight loss and extends canine longevity.
Make sure you only add cooked eggs to your dogs’ diet as raw egg whites can cause biotin deficiency and are hard to digest. Cooked eggs contain digestible protein, riboflavin and selenium.