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8 year Rottweiler with kidney disease. Need recipes

I have an 8 year rottweiler with kidney disease – diagnosed about 6 weeks ago.  He is taking Azydol and Rubenal.  He was prescribed Hills Science Dog Food/KD.  He is refusing to eat the dog food.  I have found some recipies for making food for him myself, but most have too much protein in them.  First of all, is there anything I can put over/mix with the KD food to make it more appealing to him?  Do you have a recipe for food I can make myself?  Thanks for your help.



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3 Responses to “8 year Rottweiler with kidney disease. Need recipes”

  1. Taylor - Blog Administrator says:

    Hello Janet,

    Sorry to hear about your dog’s diagnosis. It’s a tough disease and it’s so important that he eat properly.

    Often getting a pet to eat their ‘diet’ foods is a challenge. Some people have had success using a broth over the food, some by adding brewers yeast. It’s trial and error to be quite honest.

    Here are a couple of recipes we’ve come across over time. These are from published works for dogs with kidney disease:

    From The Good Food Cookbook for Dogs…Kidney-Care Diet
    Ingredients: 1 lb. salmon, 1 1/2 qts. water, 4 potatoes (peeled and cubed), 4 carrots (peeled and cubed)

    *or use 1 lb. cooked chicken breasts or a combo of cooked chicken & eggs, depending on the type of kidney disease your dog has. Your vet will let you know whether a fish or chicken diet is appropriate.

    1. Place salmon on foil-lined baking sheet and place in preheated 400 degree oven. Bake until fish is cooked through and flakes easily, about 20 minutes. Let fish cool slightly, then flake, picking through fish carefully to remove all bones.
    2. Meanwhile, bring water to a boil in a large saucepan. Add potatoes and carrots and cook until vegetables are tender, about 15 to 20 minutes. Drain and mash.
    3. In a large bowl, combine vegetables and flaked fish. Makes about 1 1/2 qts. Serve with kidney diet (k/d) dry dog food. Mix half and half


    Ingredients – grams
    Rice, white cooked – 237
    Beef, regular cooked* – 78
    Egg, large boiled – 20
    Bread, white – 50
    Calcium carbonate – 3
    Salt, iodized – 0.5
    Oil, vegetable – 3
    Total 390

    Nutrient Content (%DMB)+

    Dry matter 41
    Protein 21.1
    Fat 13.7
    Linoleic acid 1.8
    Crude fiber 1.4
    Calcium 0.43
    Phosphorus 0.22
    Magnesium 0.09
    Sodium 0.33
    Potassium 0.26
    Energy (kcal/100g) 445

    *Also feed one human adult vitamin-mineral tablet daily to dogs to ensure all vitamins and trace minerals are included.
    May substitute rice baby cereal and flavor either selection with meat broth during cooking.
    *Retain the fat.
    †Nutrients of concern are italicized.

    Directions: Cook the meat component until well done. Cook the starch component separately. Hard boil one large egg. Grind or finely chop meat if necessary. Mix with all other components except the vitamin-mineral supplement. Mix well and serve immediately or cover and refrigerate. Feed the vitamin-mineral supplement with the meal; give as a pill or pulverize and thoroughly mix with food before feeding.

    Blog Administrator

  2. Bobbie says:

    Hi, my 9&1/2 yr old GSD has stage 2 kidney diease and we are on KD dry and canned. I do regular amount of dry and then I add 1/4 can of KD and smash it or cut it in small tupperware, add @1/4 c water or a little more warm in microwave for 30 seconds and she likes it. She doesn’t always finish her kibble but mostly. I also know that the better than bullion organic and low sodium adds a smell they like. thought I would recommend some alternate ideas.

    Also, she is not on any meds but we do subcutaneous saline fluids 2xwk. My vet techs also said to cut the KD canned in really thin slivers and bake it in low then let dry another 24 hours to make treats for her. I hope my info helps!

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