AN IMPORTANT AMINO ACID, TAURINE IS VITAL TO YOUR DOG’S HEALTH, AND THIS SIMPLE RECIPE WILL ENHANCE YOUR BEST FRIEND’S MEALS IN THE MOST DELICIOUS WAY POSSIBLE!
Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins. Our dogs need them for vision, digestion, heart health, and immune health. There are 22 amino acids — one of which is taurine. It’s found in many of the body’s tissues — the nervous system, retinas, muscles, heart, and even the blood platelets — and is crucial to many metabolic processes. While dogs have the ability to synthesize taurine, as we have learned over time (especially with all the news about dilated cardiomyopathy in some breeds), some dogs need more taurine in their diets. This means they must either take a supplement or consume taurine-rich whole foods, including organ meats. Here’s a simple topper recipe that will do the trick!
RECIPE: Tasty Topper Stew
1 lb (454 g) ground turkey
1/4 oz (approx. 10 g) beef liver, chopped
1/2 cup whole brown rice, whole barley flakes, oatmeal, quinoa, or teff, optional
1/2 cup green vegetables, chopped
(e.g. broccoli, green beans, zucchini)
1 small red apple with skin, chopped with core and seeds removed; or 1/4 cup blueberries
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
4 cups filtered water
Calcium supplement for dogs, as directed
Choose organic ingredients whenever possible.
Combine all ingredients in a Crock-Pot or other slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for six to eight hours or on high for three to four hours. If you don’t have a slow cooker, simply combine all the ingredients in a big pot, bring to a gentle boil, then turn down to simmer for two to three hours, stirring from time to time, so ingredients don’t stick to the bottom.
After blend has cooled to lukewarm, you can run through a food processor to blend all ingredients, or serve as is.
Topper serving size depends on size of dog.
Note: This recipe can also be served raw. Simply leave out the grains or cook them up as a side dish or base for your raw ingredients. Recipe is not designed to replace a nutritionally-balanced diet.