These liver dog treats are more than treats - they are nutritious and can be added to your dog's meals as an added punch, in both the taste and nutrition departments!
A super tasty, healthy, and nutritious diet is important for all dogs, but even more so for dogs fighting cancer.
Dogs with cancer need nutritious foods to boost their immunity. However, very often, they do not have as good an appetite as most healthy dogs do. That's why home-made dog treats are so valuable for these poor babies, as these treats are not only healthier and more nutritious, but also tastier, so much so that these treats can entice these dogs to eat more.
Liver is one such food item that can be used to make tasty dog treats for those with cancer.
But is liver good for dogs? Let's take a look...
Liver is protein-rich and is packed with B vitamins, in particular, B6, B9 (folate), and B12.
Vitamin B6 helps produce serotonin, which, as you may know, regulates moods and helps us sleep better. Dogs with cancer may have pain and other discomfort, which can disrupt their sleep patterns. Eating foods rich in vitamin B6 may help them sleep better.
Folate is important because it helps DNA synthesis and repair. It encourages cell and tissue growth.
Vitamin B12 is essential for nerves and red blood cells.
In addition, liver is rich in vitamin A, which is important for the health of the skin and immune system. Vitamin A is very often depleted during times of stress - as in the case of cancer fighting. Liver dog treats are therefore a good way to supplement this vitamin to dogs with cancer.
However, do remember that too much vitamin A intake can cause vitamin A toxicity. Moderation is important!
Liver is also rich in minerals such as iron and zinc. If your dog has cancer that causes blood loss (e.g. due to internal bleeding), eating iron-rich foods is essential. Zinc has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and can also strengthen the immune system.
As you can see, liver dog treats are one of the best ways to supplement your dog's diet with essential nutrients during periods of stress and ill health.
If your dog is allergic to a particular protein (e.g. chicken), then obviously you shouldn't use chicken liver for this recipe. Substitute the chicken liver with a protein that your dog can tolerate (e.g. duck, cow, pig).
Don't know which animal proteins your dog can tolerate? Visit this page to see how to do an elimination diet.