These dog treat recipes are part 4 of an article series on dogs with liver disease.

The following recipes were the actual recipes that I prepared and used for Lulu as part of her diet for liver disease. Diet is EXTREMELY critical when you’re dealing with a dog who has liver disease and treats are an enjoyable part of your dog’s daily diet.

The treats are low in phosphorus and safe for dogs who are suffering with copper storage disease.

Both of these recipes are low in phosphorus and sodium and should be okay to use for dogs with kidney disease as well.

Treat Recipes For Dogs With Liver DiseaseDeveloped by a nutritionist, the recipes are pretty simple to prepare and Lulu actually loved them. The treats were about the size of a quarter and I used a lid from a bottle to cut the shapes.

*NOTE: Use parchment paper for these recipes and NOT ANY KIND OF COOKING SPRAY which can alter the recipes.

Vanilla Yogurt Cookies

3 Cups of White rice flour
4 Beaten egg whites
1 Cup of Plain whole fat yogurt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
4 tablespoons honey

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine the beaten eggs, vanilla, honey and yogurt. Stir in the flour until a nice dough consistency is formed. Roll out to 1/4″ thickness on a floured surface and cut out into the shape of your choice. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and bake the treats for 10 minutes or until lightly browned.
*Recipe includes 360 mgs of phosphorus and 166 mgs sodium You can cut this recipe in half if you prefer.

Fennel Dog Treats

2 Cups of White rice flour
2 Eggs
1/2 teaspoon of powdered fennel
4 tablespoons of unsweetened applesauce
1 teaspoon of NOW carbonate calcium powder

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Combine all the ingredients and add a little water at a time until you can form a nice dough. Roll the dough out onto a floured surface to 1/4″ thickness. Cut into shapes. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and bake the cookies about 10 minutes or until lightly golden.
*This recipe contains 252 mgs phosphorus and 173 mgs sodium Most dogs love fennel, but if yours doesn’t, you can eliminate it.

Other Treat Ideas for Dogs With Liver Disease

Lulu always enjoyed chewing on a nice hard treat and really enjoyed every minute of it. We used get the biggest kick out of watching her. She would close her eyes and just enjoy it immensely.

Outside of Lulu’s baked treats which only lasted a second,  I would give her one tripe Stick or bully stick daily (made in USA ONLY) which are both low in fat.  Lulu really loved bully sticks, but they are pricey.  Shadow River offers what I think is the best price on them over at Amazon, and they are from American cattle, all natural and they don’t cheat on the size of the stick.

You can view my other recipes for actual meals for dogs with liver problems here.

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  • Teresa lankester

    Hi once the cookies are cooked can you freeze them, if not how long do they keep fresh for
    As seam to have made quite a lot
    Thank you

  • Lauren Geffert

    We are making the vanilla yogurt treats for the second time. Victoria, our King Charles cavalier Spaniel, has copper storage disease and LOVES THESE! We used parchment paper the first time and found it stuck to the treat. I got some dog bone shaped silicone molds on Amazon, and they work very well! Thanks for sharing your recipe!

    • janie knetzer

      Hi Lauren!

      You’re very welcome and I’m glad that Victoria likes them and that you figured out a way to stop the sticking. Yay!


  • Ronette

    Hi! I’m very excited to do this treat recipe for our Zeke, but I was wondering if brown rice flour is ok to use in this recipe?

    • janie

      Hi Ronette:

      Brown rice is grainier and changes the consistency, but it’s worth a try if that’s what you want to use.


  • Robin H Gray

    Ty I’m Going to make the Vanilla yogurt treats tomorrow. We have two dogs & Its just not fair that one dog can have a Treat & The other cant. It is Heart breaking. Ty Again! To Baking I shall go!!

  • Sue Warr

    Thank-you for the receipe for vanilla yogurt cookies. I was worried as to what I could use as a treat once my lab had elevated LFT’s. the dough made 100 small cookies so I hope they last longer than 5 days! Do you know if you can freeze the dough or how many cookies a large size dog can eat safely in a day? Thanks again for sharing your receipes

    • janie

      Hi Sue:

      I don’t know if the dough freezes well or not. I used to give my own lab who weighed the same amount around 5-6 small cookies a day.

      Hope this helps.


  • Faye

    Your recipes are just what I have been looking for. Being lazy, I thought instead of rolling the dough out why not just make a roll and cut into 1/4 inch thickness. If your dog is really small, like my Sophie, cut them again into 1/2 or 1/4. They won’t be a cute as the shapes but I don’t think your dog will care.

    • janie

      Hi Faye:

      I’m so glad you like the recipes. Great idea about creating a roll instead of rolling out the dough! I like it.

      Thanks for sharing a great tip!


  • Judy

    Hi I had honey cinnamon In the cupboard….Is this ok to use?

    • janie

      Hi Judy:

      The vanilla yogurt recipe already calls for honey, so “yes” you can certainly add a little cinnamon to it as well.


      • Sherrie Waltz

        The People’s Pharmacy › is-cinn…
        Jul 31, 2017 · Cassia cinnamon contains coumarin, which can damage the liver. Without coumarin, Ceylon cinnamon does not seem to be bad for the liver.

  • janie knetzer

    Hi Ron:

    You’re welcome and I’m glad that you found the recipes helpful.

    It’s been a long time since I made them, but if I recall, I used to keep them in the fridge and they were fine for roughly 5 days. However, I’ve always had big dogs and they didn’t last much longer than that, simply because of the size of my dogs.

    I hope this helps.


  • Ron Benson


    Wanted to say thanks for the recipes. I have a little 5lb 5 year old dog. He is a Bichon-Yorkshire. He was born with a liver shunt that the vet didn’t find until he was a little over four years old. He when through surgery Sept of 2014 and is doing fairly well now. He went 8 months without a seizure, but did have one at 3:15am this pass Monday morning.
    Anyway, I made your Vanilla Yogurt Cookies and was wondering how long you can store them before they go bad.

    Thanks Much,
    Ron Benson

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