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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  • Christin

    I was encouraged to see recipes for liver disease until I read that they should NOT be used for dogs with copper storage disease. I’m getting desperate to find something he can eat. (and will eat) Do you have any recommendations for a copper storage disease diet?
    Thank you

    • janie

      Hi Christin:

      I’ll send you a private email.


  • Sandra

    My buddy Jack who is 12 years old this month has been diagnosed with liver issues. Yesterday at the vet an ultrasound showed a mass of some kind either tumor or possibly something else about 10 cm it is thought. Blood work today shows liver enzymes are in the 5000 range. Also, kidney levels are high and pancreas a bit higher. Before this diagnoses, about a month ago, he had begun eating his food slower for a few days then began refusing it. We live on a small farm and he was eating horse manure or the horse feed so when he stopped being as interested in his food about a month ago and had a few vomiting moments, I figured something he ate outside didn’t settle well. I gave him plain greek yogurt, chicken and rice for a few days and slowly added back the kibble (Wellness Simple Ingredients Salmon/Potato which he has been on for several years). He didn’t want the kibble part of this. I began looking for another dog food for him thinking it was the salmon in it because he at the Wellness Core senior food that we tried and he did better. Then he stopped eating that this past week and I changed to Nulu turkey recipe which he ate with vigor with nothing added. At this same time, on June 1st, I applied the Frontline Plus product we have used for years. Over this past weekend, he began having a very loose stool which I thought was the different food because I didn’t switch it slowly because of his refusal to eat the other and the foods were very similar in content. I sent back to chicken and rice on Sunday and took him to the vet for bloodwork and to discuss on Monday (yesterday). Through all this, he drinks and urinates fine although at times a bit more thirsty lately (which vet says is the kidney failure). The thing is, he wants to eat! He is enthusiastic about it until I put his dry food down and he smells and turns away. I have thought all along that it was something about the kibble like he knew it wasn’t good for him. He is a very intuitive soul. Very aware when something is wrong with me, etc. The vet is surprised he wants to eat. So to back up a bit, I do like my vet very much. He is a not one that takes drastic measures, or pushes only medicine. He believes in homeopathic treatment and will work with me about it although is not completely treating issues in a natural way. He gave me metronidazole for 5 days to treat colitis/diarrhea, amoxicillian to treat any possible infection with the liver in case it is not a cancerous tumor he was seeing, and Denarmin supplment. After bloodwork came back today, he still believes the medications are a good move but going forward he does not feel there is anything else to be done because of the tumor and organ failure. He said to feed him what he wants and encourage liquids, love on him, follow my heart and my dog will tell me it is time to make the hard decision. So, again, the vet said he was very surprised he was eating at all which is what I am hanging onto. I am not going to believe this a death sentence for my beloved friend! I decided since eating is what he is doing and it is the surprising thing with this diagnosis then I am going to do something about that to support the liver and kidney. I sat down to search the internet, praying as I often do for answers, and found your website. I want to try your recipes. My question to you is about the Frontline first. I think giving him changed the course this weekend of his issues because I was not aware until yesterday about the possible liver, kidney issues. I was reading something about the detoxing with clay and thought I would post hear to see if you have any other advice for me or insight into what I am describing. There is a phrase I am holding onto and it is Biblical in nature concerning Abraham and his stand in faith to believe God’s promise in the face of the facts of he and his wife not having a child. The phrase is this…..”He (Abraham) didn’t deny the facts, but he refused see them as the whole truth because it didn’t take into consideration the promises of God.” So, that is what I am standing on because God created dogs,specifically, for companionship for man kind and I will believe for healing for my sweet boy. He may be 12 but he is so full of life and I know he is not ready to be taken out by something like this! Any help you can give me is greatly appreciated.

    • janie

      Hi Sandra:

      I’m very sorry to hear about Jack. I wouldn’t give up!

      Chemical flea and tick products are dangerous period, for healthy dogs and unhealthy dogs. It makes healthy dogs, unhealthy sadly. I would ask you to please contact me using the form on our site and include your phone number. I will reach out to you today or tomorrow. I don’t know what time zone you are in? We are on EST. Tell me what time is a good time to call.

      It’s a lot to write, so it’s easier if we talk over the phone.

      Here’s the form: Contact Us


  • Dania

    HI I have a 15 mix Llapso / cocker spaniel and has just being diagnosed with high liver enzymes and an enlarge liver. What do you recommend?
    Thank you,

    • janie

      Hi Dania:

      I would definitely consider my cookbook for your little one and use the recipes for and recommended supplements in the book for liver disease. As long as she’s not storing copper, then recipes in book are fine. If she’s storing copper then they are not and you need a custom recipe. You can view the cookbook here.

      It’s important to include the recommended supplements in the book for liver disease and also try and include burdock root and/or fresh dandelion in any of the recipes.

      I hope this helps.


  • Raghav Kumar Marwaha

    hello, I have labra dog boy, Name Astro. He is suffering from Nodular Cirrhosis of liver and Ascites. Not taking food by own and became very week day by day
    What diet for my dog . please tell me because my dog is my life help me.

    • janie

      Hi Raghav:

      I recommend purchasing my cookbook here and use the recipes in the book for liver disease. It’s an instant download and the cost is $9.99. They are easy recipes that can be cooked on the stove, oven or in a crockpot. You can view it here.

      Include milk thistle, dandelion and burdock root daily. I’m not sure what part of the world you live, but if your dog is NOT storing copper, you must include meat in the diet. You should also detox your dog with Bentonite Clay.

      I hope this helps.


  • Brittany

    AND! what are your thoughts on blue buffalo food? as i have been feeding this to my girl for the 3 and half years that i have had her! just curious – is it really kibble vs real raw food? as the nutrients is richer?

  • brittany

    ALSO! one more thing – any recommendations on heartworm prevention? the vet wants her on heartguard because it is south carolina law – looking for an option for this as well!

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