Can Dogs Eat Chicken Livers?

Written by Wen Duan

 Can Dogs Eat Chicken Livers?

Yes. Liver is healthy treat. 

Liver is normally given as a treat or a small ingredient in dog food. It is high in protein, fat, vitamin A and other minerals. Fat and vitamin A can be beneficial to your dog in moderation. 

Liver helps with weight gain. Due to its high fat content, liver is a good food for underweight, growing, young dog. With that in mind, liver is not good for over-weight dogs due to its high fat content. Liver helps cleanse the blood of toxins and is a nutritional boost. However in large quantities, liver's high fatty content can cause tummy problems. 

Liver: Best serving practices 

Ways to make liver:

  1. Dehydrated treat
  2. Cook the liver lightly and add as a topper
  3. Added as ingredient 

When feeding your dog liver, do not feed your dog more than one ounce of liver a day to avoid exposing your dog to an overdose of Vitamin A.  

How to make dog food liver treats for dogs: 

Three Ingredients Homemade Dog Treats 

What are some ways to prepare liver for your dog?

Liver is an inexpensive organ that can be found at the meat counter or in the frozen section of your local grocery store. If you have access to a butcher, they will have access to liver. Liver also comes with some whole chickens or whole ducks. Usually, these will be in the cavity of the bird.


When preparing liver, there will be a strong cooked liver smell. Which your dog will love, but humans not so much. I've dehydrated chicken livers in my oven before, and the smell of baked liver lingered in my house for days. I was OK with it but certainly not thrilled. 

Now, if you just cook the liver in a skillet with just a little bit of oil, the smell isn't so bad. 

How to prepare and Dehydrate Liver


Give these treats in moderation. Do not give more than a couple of pieces a week. When liver treats are dehydrated, you increase the chances of hypervitaminosis A. Since the liver is reduced in volume during dehydration, they contain ten times or more Vitamin A than liver cooked with other methods. When dehydrating liver it will smell but will have an excellent shelf life. These treats will be thin and should break when snapped.




  1. Use whole semi frozen beef liver and slice it as thinly as possible (1/10 inch).
  2. Lay onto mesh sheets (if you are using silicone sheets or parchment, remove the sheets after 2 hours)
  3. Dehydrate on 155F for 12-14 hours
  4. Snap into appropriate treat size for you dog.

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About the author

Wen Duan

Wen is a proud dog mom and a frequent contributor to our blog.