Taking care of a dog with health problems can be challenging, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. It can be done if you’re committed to learning what it takes to properly care for your furry friend and give them the love and nutrition they need. When it comes to dealing with a dog suffering from kidney disease in particular, it’s important to focus on what’s going in their food. Unfortunately typical dog food available at most grocery stores is often filled with questionable ingredients, which is why so many pet parents are choosing to make their own at home. If this is something you’re interested in, then the information below can help guide you through it from start to finish.
Why Homemade Dog Food?
One of the things that you can control in your dog’s life is their diet, and when it comes to dealing with kidney disease, the food they eat is crucial. Phosphorus in particular is something that should be limited, but most commercial dog foods are quite high in it. Fortunately by making your own, you’ll be able to reduce the phosphorus while ensuring the proper vitamins and nutrients are going into every meal your furry friend is eating. This also means not having to worry about what the ingredients in the grocery store dog foods really are, because you’ll be able to control everything that goes into the recipe!
How to Make It?
Before you get started making homemade dog food for your dog with kidney disease, you should speak with your veterinarian. They’ll give you advice on what important nutrients your dog in particular needs, which will be helpful if your pet suffers from other health problems. If you’re ready to get started, then the following sample recipe is a great way to do it!
– 1 Grated Apple
– 1 Lb Fresh Green Beans
– 1 Pint Liquid Egg Whites
– 1 Lb Lean Ground Beef
– 1 Lb Lean Ground Pork
– 2 Cups Uncooked Rice
– 1 Lb Sweet Potato
– 2 Cups Pureed Pumpkin
– 3 Tbsp Coconut Oil
– 1/2 Cup Fresh Parsley
1. To begin, cook your rice according to package directions (omitting any extra salt). While that’s cooking, clean, dry, and chop the parsley before dropping it into the rice.
2. While bringing a large pot of water to boil, clean your sweet potato so no dirt is left on it. After this, remove the skin and cut it into cubes. Drop those cubes into the water and allow to cook until the cubes are just tender. Drain from the water once they are ready and then mix into the pumpkin puree until well combined.
3. Thorough rinse the green beans and then steam them until they are nice and tender. Set them aside.
4. Fry up the meat in a hot skillet until there is no more pink left behind. You may be tempted to drain the fat, but allow the meat to cool without draining it.
5. Next take 1/3 of the ground meat, half the green beans, and 1/2 of the pumpkin and potato mixture and put it all into a blender. Puree until it’s smooth and then add in the rice. Continue to add in the rest of your ingredients, making sure to include the fat from the meat.
6. Heat up the coconut oil in a skillet and cook your egg whites in it until cooked through. Then add in the pureed mixture to the pan and mix until thoroughly combined.
7. Serve this to your pup 4-5 times per day in 1/2 cup measurements. Placing each serving in a plastic bag will make it much easier to keep track of how much you’re feeding them.
What are Ingredient Alternatives?
If you’re looking for ways to keep your dog loving their food, the alternative ingredients below can help. They can be used in place of the ingredients in the recipe above.
Protein: Duck, White Fish, Ground Beef, Ground Pork
Fiber: Pearled Barley, White Rice
Carbohydrates: Pumpkin, Carrots, Apples, Acorn Squash, Sweet Potatoes
Vegetables: Kale, Collard Greens, Green Beans
Fat: Coconut or Avocado Oil
As you can see, there are a lot of low phosphorous ingredients that dogs with kidney disease can eat. You may want to experiment with different flavor combinations to see what your pet would like, especially if they are picky. What’s even better is that by making your own food with the proper nutrients in the first place, you’ll be feeding them meals you can feel good about.