Homemade Liver Dog Treat (Pate)

This liver dog treat is extremely easy to make (no baking), smells good (if you like livers), tastes wonderful to dogs, and is loaded with protein and other nutrients good for dogs.

Homemade Liver Dog Treat Livers are rich in protein, as well as vitamins, especially vitamin A. In fact, livers are so rich in vitamin A that they should not be given in large amounts to dogs to avoid vitamin A toxicity, even though dogs love the smell and taste of livers.

If you are giving liver treats to your dog for the first time, give a little bit at first to see how well your dog can tolerate this food item.

For Dogs with Allergies...

If your dog has food allergy, you may want to consider using duck livers for this recipe. (Also omit the bread crumbs). Duck is a protein source that most dogs have not been exposed to, and is often used in making hypoallergenic dog foods. Similarly, duck organ meats are uncommon protein sources for dogs; therefore, duck liver pate may just be a good treat for dogs with allergies.

It's worth a try!

Recipe: Liver Pate For Dogs


  • Chicken livers, 1/2 pound
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup plain low-fat yogurt
  • 2/3 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (not sure if garlic is safe for dogs? Read this page to find out.)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped


  1. Saute the livers in olive oil over medium high heat for about 5 minutes, or until the livers are brown on the outside.
  2. Add garlic powder, stir well.
  3. Remove from heat and let the livers cool to room temperature.
  4. In a food processor, combine the livers, herbs, yogurt, and bread crumbs and process for 15 seconds or so.
  5. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and process for another 10-15 seconds, until smooth.
  6. Let cool and store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

The pate can be added to your dog's food as a "topper", or give a teaspoon to a tablespoon (depending on the size of the dog) as a treat.

GR with a rolling pin

Fido's Tips

  • Most of us doggies like the taste of herbs. Try to experiment with different culinary herbs, such as oregano, dill, and fennel. They are all good, safe, and tasty for us.