Tasty Liver Cookies for your Dog

Black Lab at Alcala Pet CareYou know it is Thanksgiving time when the smell of these liver cookies fills the air at Alcala. We’ve been making batches of these goodies for our guests for many years. In fact, we originally published this recipe on our Alcala Pet Care web site 10 years ago.

Dogs absolutely love this recipe. What’s not to enjoy, you’ve got liver and garlic? You can vary the recipe by adding an egg, fresh garlic, different types of flour, etc. Feel free to play with the recipe. Your dog will love anything with that much liver.

  • 1 pound of raw liver
  • 1 cup flour—- (whole wheat works well)
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Liquefy liver in blender, do not use a hand-held blender stick. I made that mistake and burned out the motor. Add dry ingredients to the liver. Grease cookie sheet. Drop teaspoonfuls of mixture onto cookie sheet and flatten with bottom of glass dipped in water and cornmeal.  Alternatively, you can spread the liver mixture over an entire cookie pan and cut them into cubes after the sheet has cooled.

Bake for 15-20 minutes. This makes a huge batch.

The aroma is better for the dogs than company, so don’t cook them the day of a big party. You’ll want to keep the finished cookies in the refrigerator.

These are also great for training your dog. Dog shows are filled with people carrying liver treats in their coat pockets.

More information about the poisonous dog food

The ASPCA has released the following information about the pet food recall.

Nationwide Pet Food Recall Crisis Continues

NEW YORK- Based on new reports issued by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets that rodent poison was found in laboratory testing of the tainted pet food recalled last week, the ASPCA. (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.), through its Animal Poison Control Center (APCC), has the following information to provide to the public:

Aminopterin, a toxin found in some rodenticides available outside the USA, is a folic acid antagonist, i.e. it disrupts the body’s ability to utilize folic acid. In animals, this can result in loss of appetite, diarrhea and weight loss. It may also cause leucopenia, which is a reduction in white blood cells, as well as birth defects.

Aminopterin is closely related in chemical structure and mechanism to a drug called methotrexate, which is used to treat some cancers, both in humans and animals. Renal failure has been reported in human patients receiving methotrexate. We do not know if aminopterin can cause renal failure in pets.

Based on these findings, the ASPCA does not recommend any change in treatment of animals affected; animals currently being treated for kidney failure suspected to be related to the ingestion of the contaminated food should stay on such treatment. Please follow your veterinarian’s advice.

It is unclear at this point in time how this toxin came into contact with the affected food. The ASPCA will continue to analyze the data on calls the APCC receives (which number between 400-700 daily on a wide range of substances), and release any new information it finds immediately.

In addition, pet parents may find the following information useful:

For a complete list of affected brands, please visit http://www.menufoods.com/recall.

The American Veterinary Medical Association has some excellent advice and information on its Web site for both pet parents and veterinarians at http://www.avma.org/aa/menufoodsrecall/default.asp

If your pet shows any signs of illness, including loss of appetite, lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea, changes in water consumption or changes in urination, please consult your veterinarian immediately. If you are unable to reach your veterinarian and suspect your pet is gravely ill, you may call the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 for emergency advice (a $55 fee applies).

To report adverse actions or other problems to the FDA, pet parents can go to http://www.fda.gov/opacom/backgrounders/complain.html to contact the FDA complaint coordinator in their state.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Dog Food Recall Information

There’s been a significant pet food recall this week. Find out if your pet’s food has been recalled.

Menu Foods supplies food for many different manufacturers. They’ve recalled their food after many pets fell ill and almost a dozen died.

“We take these complaints very seriously and, while we are still looking for a specific cause, we are acting to err on the side of caution” said
Paul K. Henderson, President and CEO, Menu Foods. “We will do whatever is necessary to ensure that our products maintain the very
highest quality standards.”

Paul K. Henderson, President and CEO, Menu Foods

For more information, you can call their service number: 1-866-895-2708.