If your dog has been diagnosed with kidney disease, then you've already had a conversation with your veterinarian about it. You also know that diet is key to controlling the disease. You'll need to work with your vet or a canine nutritionist to come up with a balanced diet for your Fido, but this homemade dog food for kidney disease is a good place to start.
The kidneys are part of the body's filtration system. They help to process waste and filter it into urine to be excreted by the body. They also help to maintain normal concentrations of water and salt. Kidneys aid in controlling blood pressure, calcium metabolism and help to sustain phosphorous levels.
As you can see, if your pup's kidneys are failing it's a major concern. Kidney disease can ultimately result in death, and it's something that you need to take extremely seriously. Your vet will work with you to come up with a treatment plan, but there is no doubt that diet will be a huge part of that.
It is likely that your vet will recommend a diet low in phosphorus. They will also discuss the importance of high quality proteins and other stomach related conditions, such as sensitive stomach in your dog. When the canine body digests protein, nitrogen is left behind. The kidneys help to filter out this nitrogen.
Higher quality proteins leave behind less nitrogen as they are digested, so it's important to incorporate them in homemade dog food for kidney disease. It's a common misconception that dog's with kidney disease shouldn't eat protein, but that couldn't be further from the truth. Your vet may recommend a smaller percentage of protein in the diet as your pet's kidney disease progresses.
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Simple and Quick Homemade Dog Food for Kidney Disease Recipe
- 2 lbs. lean ground beef
- 1 pint liquid egg whites or 12-15 egg whites
- 1 lb. green beans
- 1 large sweet potato
- 2 cups brown rice
- 2 cups pumpkin
- 1/2 cup fresh parsley chopped or 3/4 cup dried parsley
- 1 large apple chopped
- 2 tbs. coconut oil
As you'll see in my video guide, I prepared a lot of the ingredients for this homemade dog food for kidney disease before beginning to put it all together. It's easiest to take 20 minutes and prepare many of the ingredients before you get ready to mix the food.
Cook the ground beef, green beans and sweet potato. Fry the egg whites in a pan using the 2 tablespoons of coconut oil to keep them from sticking. You'll also need to cook the rice according to the directions on the box.
After you've prepared those ingredients, it's time to begin putting your homemade dog food together. In a very large mixing bowl add the cooked rice and mix in the parsley. Mix in the pumpkin and egg whites.
If you have a food processor, this next part will be easy. If not, you'll need to use a blender like I did. Either way, you'll need to purée two-thirds of the ground beef, the apple, the sweet potato and the green beans. Add the leftover ground beef (with fat) and the puréed mixture to the rice mixture.
It's a pretty simple homemade dog food for kidney disease recipe that will yield about 12 cups. For better digestion, it's best to serve your pet food 3 times per day. Your vet will discuss this with you.
The recommended serving size for this recipe is about 1/2 cup for every 20-25 pounds of body weight. This is just an estimate, as more active dogs may need more calories and lazier dogs may not need quite as many.
You can store the leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 5-7 days. You can also store them in an airtight container in the freezer for 6-8 weeks. This is ideal for busy pet owners that may want to prep food in advance for use during weeks when they don't have the time to prepare a homemade meal.