How to Cook Turkey Giblets for Dogs

Often, you will find the giblets packed in a bag inside the turkey.

Often, you will find the giblets packed in a bag inside the turkey.

Most dogs will do just about anything for meat -- any type, any cut, anywhere. This includes turkey giblets, which includes the liver, kidneys, heart, gizzard and neck. Most of these make delicious doggy snacks. The only exception is the neck, as it contains bone.

Remove giblets from turkey cavity. If they are within a bag or other package, remove them from packaging.

Rinse giblets with water.

Put giblets in small pan and cover with water.

Put pan on stovetop and bring to boil.

Reduce to medium and cook for 5 to 10 minutes or until giblets are cooked through.

Remove from heat and allow to cool completely before serving to your dog.

Items you will need

  • Giblets from turkey, except the neck
  • Small pan
  • Water
  • Fork or spoon


  • To quicken cooking time, cut giblets up before or during cooking.


  • Never give cooked neck or any cooked bone to your dog.
  • If your dog is not accustomed to having foods like giblets, offer a very small amount (perhaps just one giblet) first. If he is OK with it, give him another piece the next day, and so on.

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