Unfortunately, for dogs diagnosed with liver disease, there are no specific treatments available. The only way to treat liver disease in dogs is to adjust their diet and ensure they're always well-hydrated. This homemade dog food for liver disease recipe I show you in the video above and discuss later in this article is specifically designed to help with the condition.
Just like in humans, the canine liver is a vital organ involved with almost every process and directly responsible for many functions in the body. It also plays a large role in dog's immune system and ability to fight off diseases. Dogs with liver disease are at more risk to contract many other illnesses, which is why it's important to treat it immediately.
Having your dog diagnosed with liver disease means that you will need to change this diet. Even though there are some commercial dog food brands for liver disease, many vets recommend to make your own homemade dog food for liver disease.
Ultimately, the severity of your dog's condition will dictate the specific nutritional requirements.
Before you try this homemade dog food recipe for liver disease, it is absolutely imperative that you speak with your veterinarian. Do not switch your dog to a homemade diet until then. When it comes to canine liver disease, any changes to what your dog eats should be made with extra care and caution.
The reason being is because this condition is very sensitive. If your dog receives too much or too little of specific nutrients, that could accelerate the progression of his liver disease condition. Your veterinarian may even refer you to a canine nutritionist for testing and a more specific nutritional plan, so make sure you check with them beforehand.
Now, if you've already spoken with your vet about your dog's condition and you're looking for a homemade dog food for liver disease recipe, this one may be right for your Fido.
Note: This homemade dog food recipe was created for a dog weighing about 50 pounds.
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Homemade Dog Food for Liver Disease Recipe
- 3/4 cup low-fat cottage cheese
- 1/2 cup cooked, diced chicken
- 1/2 cup cooked oatmeal
- 1 boiled egg
- 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
The best thing about this homemade dog food for liver disease recipe is that it is extremely easy to make. As you see in the video, with about 15-20 minutes of prep work you'll have a meal ready to serve to your Fido.
The more often you do this, the quicker the process becomes. You'll have to get used to repetition since there aren't that many dog food choices for dogs with liver disease, so their diet will be fairly mundane for a while.
Start by cooking the chicken any way that you prefer. You can boil it, bake it or cook it in a frying pan on your stove top – it doesn't matter, as long as it is thoroughly cooked. You'll also need to boil the egg in advance and cook the oatmeal.
Once those three ingredients have been cooked, all you need to do is mix it all together. You'll want to chop the egg and cube the chicken. Then you can mix all five ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.
As you can see, this homemade dog food for liver disease recipe doesn't look very appetizing to us. But, trust me when I tell you that your dog will completely disagree. The aroma of the chicken, egg and cottage cheese will drive him wild! See my boxer Chloe devouring her meal below.
When you're trying to create a diet for a pooch with liver disease, there are a few things you want to focus on, including:
- high quality, easily digestible protein sources
- low in copper and sodium (stay away from organ meat, especially liver)
- high in antioxidants
- high in fat (your vet may recommend 20-50% fat in your dog's diet)
Carbohydrates are another nutrient that will need to be provided in your dog's diet. They aid in digestion and add fiber to his diet. Carbohydrates also help to remove ammonia from the system, which the liver may not be able to do on its own anymore.
Your veterinarian may also recommend certain supplements to add to your homemade dog food. Popular supplements for pets with a failing liver include Vitamin E, Vitamin B complex, Vitamin C, Vitamin K and Zinc. The necessity of these supplements will depend on your dog's unique condition, so don't add them unless directed to by your veterinarian or a canine nutritionist.
This recipe will make about 3 cups of dog food. You can serve it to your pet as soon as it is thoroughly mixed. Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. You can also make a larger batch and store it in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 2 months.