Homemade Dog Food Recipe for Dogs with Heart Disease

We have gotten a lot of emails about what is a good homemade diet to feed dogs with heart disease.

Before feeding this diet, discuss it with your veterinarian and get their approval to ensure it is right for your dog.

Pocket Companion to Small Animal Clinical Nutrition, 4th Edition
Editors: Michael S. Hand, DVM, PhD, Diplomate American College of Veterinary Nutrition and Bruce J. Novotny, DVM, Helios Communications, LLC
Copyright 2002 by Mark Morris Institute

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Balanced low-sodium/low-mineral homemade formulas for adult dogs with heart disease:

Daily food formulation for an 18-kg dog (as fed)

Ingredients Grams
Beef, regular cooked 94
Rice, white, cooked* 330
Cereal, All Bran 9.0
Oil, vegetable 2.0
Calcium carbonate 2.0
Salt, substitute (KCl 1.0
Total 438

Nutrient Content (%DMB)+

Dry matter 38.7
Protein 20.8
Fat 12.4
Linoleic acid 1.0
Fiber 2.9
Calcium 0.49
Phosphorus 0.26
Magnesium 0.11
Sodium 0.12
Potassium 0.59
Energy (kcal/100g) 431

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

Directions: Cook or bake the meat component until well done. Cook the starch component separately. 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.

Looking for other dog food recipes? Also see dog food recipes for normal healthy dogs, dogs with kidney disease, obese dogs, and dogs with intestinal disease.

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