Cooking steak for your dog can be a nutritious part of their daily food intake. You can cook it as you would for yourself but without seasonings. Alternatively, you can make it part of a raw food mix or other meal.
If you’re just starting to feed your dog raw meats, cook the steaks to make it easier on the dog’s digestion. With every passing meal, decrease how thoroughly you cook it.
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How to Safely Prepare Steak for a Dog
Whether you have cow, ox, kangaroo, venison or bison steak, you can cook it for your dog. You have three options available:
- Frying Pan: Cook on medium heat in a nonstick skillet. Use a little olive oil and preheat the pan.
- Broiler: Cook at 500°F for 5 to 15 minutes on each side depending on the size and thickness of the steak.
- Grill: Same as when using a broiler.
Regardless of the method you employ, make sure the piece of steak you intend for your dog doesn’t have salt, pepper, fresh garlic, onions or other harsh seasoning. That said, you can use some olive oil, a dab ground turmeric or fresh parsley.
- Don’t cook the steak for your dog on at the same time as people food. For instance, if you’re grilling, cook the dog’s steak first on a clean surface. Then cook the ones meant for humans. This will allow the meat to cool so everyone can eat together.
- When you rinse the meat off for your pooch, be sure to dry it with a paper towel before cooking. A light brushing of olive oil over the steak will help prevent sticking, especially when grilling or broiling it.
- When finished cooking the steak, allow it to cool and cover it for 10 to 15 minutes. Then, cut it up into bite-sized cubes that make it convenient for your dog to eat. Don’t give a whole steak to your dog.
Doggie Jerky Treats
Whatever lean meat you have in the form of steak, you can make it into steak jerky treats just for your precious pup. This could be any kind of bovine steak like cow, ox or bison. You can also do this with venison or kangaroo.
For every pound of meat you have, marinade 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar to one cup of water. If you would like to add more flavor to the meat, you can add a pinch of ground turmeric. If you want more suggestions, ask your vet which seasonings are okay for your dog.
Do not add salt, pepper, fresh garlic, fresh cut onion or any other questionable ingredients. Cover and let soak for at least four hours.
Then, on the lowest oven setting or with a dehydrator, dry the meat until it becomes the texture of a chewy beef jerky. This could take as little as two to as much as eight hours depending on how big and thick the pieces are. Store the steak jerky in an airtight container.
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Pooch’s Paleo Bison Steak Meal
Bison is a healthy, hypoallergenic meat that’s excellent for dogs with sensitive stomachs. You can use this as a daily meal or as a treatment for an upset stomach. Either way, your dog will benefit from the nutrients and minerals this meal provides.
Items You’ll Need
- Cutting Board
- Measuring Cups & Spoons
- Medium Sauce Pan
- Medium Nonstick Skillet
- Freezer-Safe Containers
- 2 Cups Bison, raw and cubed
- 1 Tbsp Olive Oil, extra virgin
- 1 Cup Pearl Millets
- 1 Cup Green Beans, fresh and chopped
- Cook the millets according to package instructions.
- With the cutting board and knife, cut the green beans and then the bison. Cube them so they’re bite-sized.
- On low heat in the medium skillet, brown the meat with ½ the olive oil.
- Then add the millet and cut green beans.
- Cook until tender and soft.
- Take off of the stove and add the rest of the olive oil.
- Divide the mixture into two servings and put each into a freezer-safe container.
- Allow these to cool completely and then insert them into the freezer.
Venison Victuals for Dogs
Venison steaks are excellent for dogs to eat. It’s lean, hypoallergenic and packed with plenty of nutrients perfect for your pup. This is particularly ideal for dogs with food sensitivities or those who are natural hunters of larger pray when in their wild habitats.
Items You’ll Need
- Large Nonstick Skillet
- Parchment Paper
- Small Sauce Pan with a Lid
- Cutting Board
- Measuring Cups & Spoons
- Large Spoon
- 7 oz Venison, cooked
- 1½ Cups White Rice, cooked
- ½ Cup Baby Spinach
- ½ Cup Sweet Potato
- 2 tsp Parsley
- 2 tsp Sunflower Oil
- Cook the white rice as directed on the package instructions.
- Chop the sweet potatoes and remove the stems from the baby spinach.
- With one teaspoon of the sunflower oil, cook the venison until just browned.
- Remove the meat, cover with a piece of parchment. Chop in cubes once cooled.
- Add the sweet potatoes and spinach to the pan along with the cubed venison.
- Add the cooked rice along with the parsley and stir well. Remove from heat.
- Add the remaining sunflower oil and mix well.
Are There Any Feeding Guidelines for Serving Steak to Dogs?
While meats should make up at least 50% of a dog’s daily food intake, there are some guidelines to remember. Of course, your dog’s dietary needs, nutritional requirements and weight management will come into the equation.
But, for all the recipes found here, consider the following portions per day:
- ¾ Cup for five-pound dogs
- 1¼ Cups for 10-pound dogs
- 1½ Cups for 15-pound dogs
- 2 Cups for 20-pound dogs
- 2¾ Cups for 30-pound dogs
- 3½ Cups for 40-pound dogs
- 4 Cups for 50-pound dogs
- 4¾ Cups for 60-pound dogs
- 5¼ Cups for 70-pound dogs
- 5¾ Cups for 80-pound dogs
- 6½ Cups for 90-pound dogs
- 7 Cups for dogs weighing 100 pounds or more
My name is Ken and I’m one of the staff writers at Petloverguy.com. I’ve cared for pets most of my life starting with hamsters, turtles, and snakes. Then moving up to parakeets, guinea pigs, and even ducks.
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