This is the third article of the series on treating dogs with liver disease.  In this article you’ll find two recipes for dogs fighting liver disease.

These recipes ARE NOT public domain and are not meant to be shared over the internet without our written consent.

Both were developed by a nutritionist specifically for our girl “Lulu” when she was diagnosed with the disease.

Most often traditional veterinarians will want to place dogs on a prescription diet such as Hills LD.  A home made diet is in my opinion, and most nutritionists opinion, a much better, healthier option. By the way, Lulu wouldn’t touch it.


These recipes were paid for by me and I’m sharing them as a courtesy to other dog owners who might be able to use them. Copyright restrictions apply and you must ask me before posting this anywhere on the internet or offline.

When I started Lulu on these recipes, her liver enzyme levels weren’t extreme so this diet was o.k. but you have to be very careful.  This means that having your dog’s blood work done routinely (every 6 months); including a complete liver profile is critical.  If the liver enzymes remain stable, then you can continue with the diet; but, you have no way of knowing this information unless you have the blood work done on a regular basis.

Neither recipe should be given to a dog who is storing copper.  It’s critical that you ask your dog’s vet if you’re uncertain.

Can Raw Be the Answer?

Many believe that feeding a species appropriate raw diet can help dogs with liver disease. While this is the complete opposite of what you’ll find here, I don’t believe that it’s not possible.  I’m a huge fan of a raw diet and I recommend them all the time, however, this page is dedicated to what I actually did for Lulu when she was diagnosed with Liver Disease.


The following recipes for liver disease in dogs are for a weeks worth of food and based upon Lulu’s weight which was approximately 70-75 pounds at the time they were developed.

Also, you’ll notice that there are no veggies included in the recipe and this is because Lulu had IBS and veggies can often cause soft stool and diarrhea. You can always add your veggies to the recipe.


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If you prefer less complicated recipes, please see our 5 ingredient recipecookbook here.

**Please be sure to read both of of our articles on Dandelion Root and Burdock Root which are very powerful tools for your dog’s liver problems.

Including desiccated liver in with the diet can also be a very a good idea as a glandular therapy for dogs with liver disease and elevated liver enzymes.  Learn more here.

Recipe #1If your dog has elevated liver enzymes which could be due to ammonia in the blood (Hepatic Encephalopathy), or he or she is vomiting bile, this recipe is fine. Do NOT feed this recipe if your dog has copper storage disease.  If you’re not sure, ask your dog’s vet.

**NOTE: The original recipes below called for brown rice. It’s been said that brown rice contains 50% more arsenic than white rice.  We used brown rice for our girl and she was fine. It’s your call if you want to use brown or white rice.  BUT, there is a method that you can use to significantly reduce arsenic levels in any rice.  See Dr. Lee’s article here.

Fish & Ground Beef

8 Cups of well cooked brown rice (1560 grams)
7 Cups peeled, cooked and mashed sweet potato (1000 grams)
3 Cups cooked and chopped chicken livers (420 grams)
7 large hard boiled eggs chopped
2 Cups poached, flaked, boneless haddock, cod or other whitefish (not tuna, shark or mackerel)
18 ounces regular ground beef, cooked in a little water but not overly browned

  • Mix together and allow to cool completely. Stir in 1 tablespoon of fish oil.
  • Next, YOU MUST and I repeat MUST add the following supplements in order to balance the diet:
  • Calcium: Now Calcium Carbonate was the product recommended to me and what I used for Lulu. *It should be noted that Lulu was given 1 cup of cottage cheese daily so this effected the amount of calcium carbonate needed.
  • Iodine: Add 6 kelp tablets (take apart and sprinkle over the mixture).
  • Zinc 50mg: Finely crushed and and sprinkle THREE (3) through-out the food.
  • Manganese 10mg Caps: Add TWO (2) finely crushed caps.
  • Copper 2mg : Sprinkle SEVEN (7) of the capsule through-out the food.
  • Coconut Oil: THIS SHOULD BE ADDED DAILY and NOT ALL ONCE -Add 1/2 teaspoon daily to your dog’s food.

Using your hands, mix the food real good so that the supplements are mixed evenly through the food. Divide the food into 7 even batches and place in a freezer bag and freeze. Pull a bag out of the freezer the day before. Divide the bag into two meals for your dog that day.

Each morning 1 can of low sodium sockeye salmon (1476 grams) was added to Lulu’s breakfast and at dinner she received 1 cup of low fat cottage cheese with her meal.

Recipes #2 If your dog has elevated liver enzymes  which could be due to ammonia in the (Hepatic Encephalopathy), or vomiting bile, then this recipe is fine. Do NOT feed this recipe if your dog has copper storage disease.  If you’re not sure, ask your dog’s vet.

Chicken and Salmon
7 Cups well cooked brown rice cooked very well (1365 grams)
2 Cups (measure out 2 cups of raw Quinoa) then cook (340 grams)
3 Cups peeled, cooked and mashed sweet potato (600 grams)
9 Cups lightly cooked ground chicken with fat (990 grams)
3 Ounces poached liver finely chopped
2 – 6 oz cans low sodium sockeye salmon (170grams per can)

  • Allow this mixture to cool and stir in one tablespoon of fish oil. Add all of the following supplements.
  • Calcium: Eight and one half (8.5) LEVEL teaspoons and sprinkle evenly over food. *Again, it should be noted that Lulu was given 1 cup of cottage cheese daily effecting the amount needed in the recipe.
  • Iodine: Sprinkle SIX (6) capsules evenly over the food.
  • Zinc 50mg: Finely crush and sprinkle FOUR (4) evenly over food.
  • Manganese 10mg: Finely crush and add ONE (1) evenly to food.
  • Coconut Oil: THIS SHOULD BE ADDED DAILY and NOT ALL AT ONCE -Add 1 teaspoon daily to your dog’s food.

Using your hands, mix the food real good so that the supplements are mixed evenly through the food. Divide the food into 7 even daily portions and place in individual freezer bags. Freeze and pull out what you need the day before. The bag is for two daily meals.

*Note: Each morning 1 can of low sodium sockeye salmon (1476 grams) was also added to Lulu’s breakfast and at dinner she received 1 cup of low fat cottage cheese with as well.

Copyright June. 2012, Janie Knetzer

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  • Bianca Parsons

    Good day,
    My Bella is only 5 years old (Labrador). She got sick suddenly and after a few days of tests it was discovered that she had cancer in her spleen (which they could remove), but she also had cancer in her liver. The vet said that the liver looks bad and there is only a little piece of the liver that has not been taken over by cancer yet. Because of this, there is nothing they can do.
    She is only 5 years old and I am not willing to just give up. For the last few days I have been doing so much research on diets, cannabis oil, on every possible thing that I can do. and that’s how I came upon your site.

    We want to have an x-ray done to see if it has spread to the lungs, but that will only happen next week.

    Please could you advise on the best possible diet for Bella?

    She is in a lot of pain at the moment, we don’t know if this is due to the spleen being removed or the cancer on the liver. She struggles to climbs down stairs. It is very heartbroken, my 5 year old puppy has aged 5 years in the matter of 7 days. Any help or advise would be appreciated.

    Thank you

    • janie

      Hi Bianca:

      I’m so very, very sorry to hear about your young dog. Is there any idea of what may have caused or contributed to the cancer such as chemical flea and tick products, vaccines which impair immunity, etc.?

      The 15 minute rule is because homeopathy typically requires placing the pellet under the tongue and you want the mouth to be free of flavors and anything that may coat the mouth. Water really should be okay. Liquids typically refer to any kind of drink with artificial flavors or strong flavors. Water should be fine.

      Feed Bella lots of MEAT, FISH, EGG and GREEN VEGETABLES. Only lightly cook the meat on low heat and keep it pink inside. Fish should be cooked all the way like you would for yourself. Green vegetables should be steamed until soft. You can buy the bags that you steam in the microwave. Include kale, spinach, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cauliflower. Not all at once, but rotate them. You can also include a good whey protein isolate that is pure and natural with NOTHING else added. This will help to keep the muscles from wasting. If you can afford to feed organic meats, please do.

      You should include Essiac Tea Bianca. It is believed to impair tumor growth. I would definitely include this. Plus, it’s economical and will last you a long time. You can purchase this on our website here.

      I also highly recommend that you include our Daily Multivitamin. You won’t be disappointed. It includes all the very best herbs, plus probiotics and digestive enzymes and 13 glandulars for organ health. This vitamin formula works extremely well on digestion and dogs with cancer often suffer with many digestive issues. It also includes Astragalus, Dandelion and Burdock Root (this is also in Essiac Tea). Astragalus is highly recommended for cancer. The liver loves Dandelion and Burdock Root. You can learn more here.

      Be sure to include a good oil. I don’t recommend fish oil. Instead I recommend that you include wild caught fish (not farmed) on a regular basis so that Bella gets her fatty acids from a fresh source vs a fish oil. I also recommend including coconut oil daily for her. I would give her a half of a 1/2 tablespoon for breakfast and dinner. Honestly, I don’t know enough about Cannabis oil to be of help on that.

      There is another product that we sell called Resvantage. This product contains resveratrol (comes from the Japanese Knotweed plant) and is believed by many to help keep the disease local and from spreading. So using the Essiac to help with tumor growth and the Resvantage for keeping the disease from spreading is encouraged. I’ve done both and I recommend it. You can see that here. That link will take you away from out website, but we still get credit Bianca.

      I ask that you please support our site by purchasing any products that I recommend from our store.

      I really hope this helps. All the best to you and Bianca.


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