Diet

What foods you feed when your dog has liver disease is very important. There are many factors to consider when the liver is not functioning properly. To put as little stress as possible on the liver, the quality of the protein being fed is very important. High quality protein, low ammonia producing foods and in some cases low salt intake are necessary. The diets below have been specifically developed to work in combination with our canine liver health program. Our herbal formulae work with the home prepared diet to ensure your dog will have the best chance at recovery. Please do not feed your dog a commercially prepared diet or any processed foods (wet or dry) while on our program as this will only lessen the effects of the herbs and in turn put more stress on the liver.

Please offer only filtered drinking water to your dog, do not give him tap water.

The Egg and Sweet Potato diet is the first diet we would recommend you start with. We have seen this diet work best with severe cases of canine liver disease and it can easily be pureed to a fine consistency so it can be syringe fed if your dog is not eating on his own. After you have completed the first 3 week cycle, you are seeing improvement in your dog’s symptoms and his blood work is improving, you may be able to move on to the other diets listed below for more variety. Remember we are here to help along the way so give us a call if you have any questions.

If your dog is suffering from Ascites (abdominal fluid retention) please see the natural diuretic suggestions on the instructions page.

EGG & SWEET POTATO (Great to puree if you are syringe feeding)

This recipe is the daily amount for a 40 lb dog, divide the meal in two or more servings this will put less stress on your dogs body. Adjust recipe according to your dog’s weight.

Two large boiled Organic Eggs

3 cups of boiled Organic Sweet Potatoes with skin

1 1/2 cups of pureed raw veggie mix: carrots, zucchini, sprouts, broccoli, celery, parsley, cucumber, beets, other green leafy vegetables any good healthy veggies except onions grapes or raisins as these 3 are toxic to dogs.

1 tablespoon of Organic Oil blend – any organic oil blend that says 3-6-9 omegas preferably with DHA, UDO’s makes a very nice one.

Add appropriate dose of dog greens based on your dog’s weight to each meal serving.

If your dog has Ascites (abdominal fluid retention) and you are planning on syringe feeding this recipe because he is not eating on his own, instead of thinning it down with water, use the parsley tea as described on the instructions page.

RAW DIET (This is the best recipe if your dog has an appetite and is eating on their own.)

This recipe is roughly enough to feed a pet 15-30 lbs. Adjust to the needs of your pet. Generally, one meal daily is adequate. Allow pet to eat its fill. Pick up leftovers after 20 minutes.

· 1/2 lb. raw beef, chicken, lamb, turkey, venison or eggs

Add appropriate dose of dog greens based on your dog’s weight to each meal serving.

· 1/2 cup pureed raw veggie mix: carrots, zucchini, sprouts, broccoli, celery, parsley, cucumber, beets, other green leafy vegetables any good healthy veggies except onions grapes or raisins as these 3 are toxic to dogs.

Add appropriate dose of dog greens based on your dog’s weight to each meal serving.

CHICKEN & EGG

This would be the daily amount for a 40 lb dog, you may wish to divide it into two or more meals per day. Adjust recipe according to your dog’s weight.

4 oz Cottage Cheese

3 oz Raw Chicken

2 Eggs Raw or Boiled

6 oz Oatmeal Cooked

4 oz Pumpkin or Squash Cooked

½ cup grated/pureed raw veggie mix:  carrots, zucchini, sprouts, broccoli, celery, parsley, cucumber, beets, other green leafy vegetables any good healthy veggies except onions grapes or raisins as these 3 are toxic to dogs.

Add appropriate dose of dog greens based on your dog’s weight to each meal serving.

If you are concerned about the cleanliness of raw meat, rinse the meat with food grade hydrogen peroxide diluted 1 tsp/qt of water, then rinse with clean water. Food grade hydrogen peroxide is available at most natural food stores.


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Hi and welcome to Five Leaf Pet Pharmacy. My name is Amanda Banting, I am a Herbalist and the founder of Five Leaf Pet Pharmacy.

In 2002 one of my seven dogs, Tom (he was 6 years old at the time and my eldest), was diagnosed with heart disease, he was given only 6 - 12 months to live. I was devastated. My dogs are my children, so I could not accept his prognosis. I was already practicing natural healing and was very knowledgeable in the power of herbs as medicine, but my education had focused on treating humans, not canines. I, like many other dog owners, thought dogs were dogs - they were fed kibble, brought for walks, given vaccines here and there and they would live into their teens, hopefully dying in their sleep.

Since all my dogs were still young and relatively healthy up until that point, I never had to think about treating them with herbs and natural healing. Since the Vets had given me no hope for Tom and actually told me flat out “there is no cure for heart disease” I felt I had no choice but to take matters into my own hands...

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