Tuna is very healthy for dogs in a regulated amount, as it’s rich in muscle-building protein and omega-3 fatty acids and low in fat. Because it has higher mercury levels than other types of fish, your dog shouldn’t have tuna every day, but a few times a month is fine. Tuna steaks can be expensive, too, so this is a meal make sporadically. When I can find tuna steaks on sale, I buy them in bulk and freeze them. If you can’t find tuna steak, you can substitute canned tuna, but be sure to buy tuna packed in water and not in oil.
This recipe makes 4 servings for a 50-pound dog.
¼ pounds tuna steak,
¼ cup (2 ounces) chopped beef heart,
2 cups diced red potatoes, skin on,
¼ cup canned pure pumpkin.
Step 1. In a large pot, cover the tuna with water and set over medium-high heat. Cook for 15 to 20 minutes, until the tuna is cooked through. Drain and set the tuna aside to cool.
Step 2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the potatoes and cook them for 20 minutes, or until they are soft. Drain and set them aside to cool.
Step 3. Once the tuna is cooled, cut it into bite-size pieces or coarsely chop it in a food processor.
To Make One Serving
11/3 cups cooked tuna,
1 tablespoon chopped beaf heart,
½ cup cooked potatoes,
1 tablespoon canned pure pumpkin.
In your dog’s bowl, combine the tuna, potatoes, beef heart, and pumpkin. Refer to the feeding chart at previous post here, and adjust according to your dog’s weight. Refrigerate any leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
by Christine M. Filardi