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Recipe for dogs with liver disease

A homemade liver-friendly diet can be a tasty alternative to a convenience liver diet. In this case a moderate supply of protein, copper and vitamin A is recommended.

With meat, carbohydrates, dairy products, vegetables, oils and our Vitamin Optimix Hepatic you create a liver-friendly diet.

Feeding recommendation for adult dogs with liver disease (daily amount in gram):

body weight (kg)

meat (raw weight)

cooked carbohydrates

dairy products

vegetables

oils

Vitamin Optimix Hepatic*

2.5

30 - 40

45 - 55

20 - 25

35 - 45

2.5 - 3.0

1.2

5

55 - 65

75 - 95

35 - 40

60 - 75

4 - 5

2

10

90 - 110

130 - 155

60 - 70

100 - 125

7 - 8

4

20

150 - 180

210 - 260

100 - 115

170 - 210

12 - 14

6

30

200 - 250

290 - 350

130 - 155

230 - 280

15 - 18

8

40

250 - 310

360 - 440

160 - 190

290 - 350

19 - 23

10

50

295 - 365

425 - 520

185 - 230

340 - 415

22 - 27

11

60

340 - 415

490 - 590

210 - 260

390 - 475

25 - 31

13

70

380 - 465

545 - 665

240 - 295

440 - 530

28 - 35

15

*one measuring spoon (leveled ) corresponds to approx. 3.0 g

further information:

meat/fish:

The meat should be mainly muscle meat with a medium fat content (about 8-12%), duck and goat meat or 1: 1 mixtures of slightly leaner and fattier varieties are well suited (examples: 50% lean beef goulash / 50% fatty beef goulash, 50% poultry meat with skin / 50% poultry meat without skin).

If the exact fat content of the meat is known, you should use 8–12 % fat content.

Once a week, a fatty fish such as salmon or mackerel are possible.

bones:

In dogs with liver disease, meaty bones (50% meat / 50% bone) may be tolerated as a small culinary delight up to a 5% share of the daily amount of meat. However, it is advisable to abstain completely from bone feeding during the first 6-8 weeks of the diet and until the liver values have been checked.

carbohydrates:

To keep the protein and phosphorus content of the diet as low as possible carbohydrates are an essential additional energy source. Suitable carbohydrates such as potatoes, pasta or rice are high in starch, easily digestible and a readily available source of energy. To be properly utilized they must be cooked very soft (rule of thumb: cooked 15-20 minutes longer than for humans usually).

It is possible to mix it up, as long as the products and the daily change is well received.

A good alternative is to give different types of flakes, such as potato or rice flakes. These should be soaked in approximately three times the amount of hot water and cooled before feeding them. 100 g of cooked carbohydrates correspond to about 25-30 g of dried flakes.

dairy products:

Suitable dairy products such as farmer's cheese, cottage cheese, yoghurt 3,5 % and sour cream are highly digestible proteins that partially contain lactic acid which balances the desired intestinal bacteria. Please consider that lactose may lead to diarrhea for some dogs. Therefore, it should always be individually tested which and how much of a dairy product can be tolerated.

vegetables/fruit:

With a few exceptions, all types of vegetables and fruit can be given. They are a source of fiber and folic acid. It is essential to exclude the following varieties: onions, garlic, leeks, avocados, grapes and raisins.  Instead of fresh vegetables or fruit you can also give flakes or canned vegetables. In case your dog refuses vegetables, the feeding of cellulose fibers may be useful to balance intestinal activity if their stool gets too soft. 

supplements:

  • oils: To cover the essential fatty acids we recommend thistle, hemp or sunflower oil and salmon oil. The daily amount should consist of ¾ of one of the vegetable oils and ¼ of salmon oil. Instead of salmon oil from the bottle you can use salmon oil capsules

 

We hope you enjoy feeding! If you have any questions or would like to make an individual change to the recipe, please do not hesitate to contact us! Please note that questions by phone and email are chargeable after consultation.

 

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