How to Cook Rabbit for Dogs (Solved & Explained)

When looking to make your own meals for your dog, you want to provide a wide variety of protein, vitamins and nutrients. Many people use rabbit as part of a homemade dish and it comes highly recommended by vets. There are many ways you can try, but these are three of the best and most popular.

Raw Rabbit & Sardines

Of all the meats that dogs can eat, rabbit and sardines are only a few they can consume raw. This is great for dogs with sensitive stomachs that need a boost of supplements with their food.

Items You’ll Need

  • Big Spoon
  • Large Bowl
  • Freezer Storage Container(s)

Ingredients

  • 10 lbs ground rabbit
  • 4 to 5 oz green tripe sardines
  • (2) 12-16 oz cans/jars fermented vegetables
  • Supplements: Omega 3s, Probiotics, Spirulina or a Joint/Bone Supplement (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl combine the ground rabbit, sardines, fermented veggies and any supplements (if using).
  2. Mix it all well and thoroughly with the spoon. When in doubt, stir some more.
  3. At this point, your dog is probably begging. So, give them a bit of a treat if you want or feed them one cup of the mixture.
  4. Portion out the rest in 1 or 2 cups (however much you need to feed the dog) and put them in the freezer.
  5. Be sure to thaw the food prior to serving it in the future.

Rabbit Dinner for Dogs

This full-course meal for your dog comes packed with plenty of protein, vitamins, nutrients and minerals. Not only will your pooch love the flavor of it, but you may have to watch your dog while you cook it. It’s that good! The yogurt provides nice probiotics to promote healthy digestion.

Items You’ll Need

  • Large Boiling Pot with a Lid
  • Measuring Cups
  • Knife
  • Cutting Board
  • Large Stirring Spoon
  • Ziplock Freezer Bags or other similar container

Ingredients

  • 2 rabbits, each weighing about 4 lbs
  • 8 Cups water
  • 2 Cups barley
  • ½ Cup wild rice (or white rice)
  • ½ Cup chopped asparagus
  • ½ Cup chopped carrot
  • ½ Cup chopped kale
  • ½ Cup lima beans (fresh or canned)
  • 1 chopped potato
  • 1⁄3 Cup canola oil
  • 1 Cup plain yogurt (Greek-strained yogurt has more probiotics)

Instructions

  1. Put the rabbits into the large pot, cover with the 8 cups of water and bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 to 45 minutes; at least until the meat is cooked and falling off the bone
  3. Remove from the pot and then take off all the meat from the bones, ensuring you get all the bones out of the pot too. Don’t throw away the water, all the nutrients are in there.
  4. Discard the bones and return the rabbit meat to the pot.
  5. Retrun the pot’s contents back to a boil.
  6. Then add the barley and rice; allow this to cook for five minutes.
  7. Next stir in the asparagus, carrots and lima beans. Then cover the pot and allow this to simmer for 20 to 25 minutes, until the rice and barley are just starting to get tender.
  8. Add the kale, cover and allow it to simmer for another 10 to 15 minutes.
  9. Cook the meal until the liquid has mostly absorbed into the rice and barley.
  10. Remove the pot from heat and add the canola oil; stir well.
  11. Allow the food to completely cool and then add the plain yogurt.
  12. Portion out the meals in freezer-safe bags or containers.

Doggie Rabbit Stew

For a high-end meal jammed with vitamins and veggies, try this rabbit stew for your dog.

Items You’ll Need

  • Large Kitchen Knife
  • Cutting Board
  • Large Sauce Pan with a Lid
  • Measuring Cups
  • Three Bowls
  • Storage Containers or Freezer Bags

Ingredients

  • 1 whole 4 oz rabbit
  • 2 cups water
  • ½ cup wild or white rice
  • ¾ cup fresh peas
  • ¾ cup chopped carrots
  • 1 apple
  • 1⁄3 cup of chopped fresh parsley (1/8 cup dried – but fresh is better)
  • ½ cup vegetable oil

Instructions

  1. Cut the rabbit carcass into sections.
  2. In the large saucepan over medium heat, warm up the vegetable oil.
  3. Add the rabbit and cook it in the hot oil until golden brown.
  4. Pour in the water until the rabbit sections are just covered.
  5. Cover the saucepan with the lid and simmer for about one hour.
  6. While your waiting, chop the carrots, apple and parsley. Put in to separate bowls and set off to the side.
  7. Once the rabbit is cooked, remove it from the saucepan but keep the water and oil there.
  8. Remove the bones from the meat and chop it up into smaller pieces.
  9. Return the chopped meat back to the saucepan along with the rice.
  10. Bring to a rolling boil for about five to 10 minutes.
  11. Then add the chopped apple, carrots and peas.
  12. Return the stew to a boil and then reduce heat to a low setting. Allow this to simmer until the rice is totally cooked all the way through; about 20 to 30 minutes.
  13. Then add the chopped parsley (unless using dried, add it with the fruit and veggies).
  14. Remove the pot from heat and allow the stew to cool.
  15. Add some to your pup’s kibble and freeze the rest in meals portioned out in freezer-safe bags or containers.

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About Cooking Rabbit for Your Dog

Use the following tips and guidelines to help you when you cook any meals for your dog.

  • If your dog whimpers, stares or hounds at you while preparing these meals and it’s a problem, either put the dog outside or make sure you feed the dog prior to starting.
  • Make sure the rabbit you purchase doesn’t smell like rotten meat. When in doubt, throw away meat if you have any questions about its freshness.
  • Before cooking dog food, talk to your vet to guarantee the foods within the recipes will be safe for your dog to eat.
  • Always use clean equipment and prepare food in a sterile environment to avoid contamination.
  • You can always substitute things to suit your dog’s preferences. For instance, instead of asparagus, use celery.