The diet that you feed your dog will be directly related to his overall health and well-being. If your dog is suffering from health problems, the right diet should be an integral part of his treatment. Just be sure to consult your veterinarian before switching to this homemade dog food for heart disease.
I know the diagnosis of heart disease can be overwhelming. This condition is more common than you may think. According to Veterinary Centers of America Animal Hospitals, about 1/3 of dogs over 10 years of age have some form of cardiovascular disease.
Studies have shown that proper nutrition could slow the progression of heart disease and/or reduce the amount of medication that your dog will have to take. Of course, the right diet will also provide your dog with a better quality of life; a healthier dog is a happier dog!
But, before you begin thinking that this recipe is going to help manage your dog's heart disease, you MUST consult your veterinarian or a trained canine nutritionist. Just because this recipe has been beneficial for some dogs with heart problems does not mean it will be what is best for your pup.
Your veterinarian will evaluate your dog and evaluate this recipe. They will be able to tell you whether this recipe will offer your Fido a complete and balanced diet. They may also recommend adding supplements, vitamins, or minerals to this homemade dog food for heart disease.
Homemade Dog Food for Heart Disease Recipe
- 1 lb. lean ground turkey
- 2 cups UNCOOKED brown rice
- 6 cups water
- 10 ounce package of frozen vegetables (I used broccoli, cauliflower and carrots)
- 1 tsp. dried rosemary
As you will see in my video guide above, this recipe is extremely easy to prepare. First, brown the ground turkey in a large pot over medium heat. Once the turkey is brown, add the water, vegetables, rice and rosemary to the pot.
Once the recipe has cooled, you can feed it to your dog. The recommended serving size is about 1/2 cup for every 20 pounds of body weight. Of course, you need to consult your veterinarian before serving this diet. More active dogs may need more calories, while senior pets and lazier breeds may not need as many calories.
Your veterinarian may also recommend adding supplements to this recipe to make it complete and balanced for your pooch. You can store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for about 5 days or in an airtight container in the freezer for 8-12 weeks.