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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 would probably be okay to use for dogs with kidney disease as well.

These treat recipes were developed by a nutritionist that I hired to compile a diet for Lulu many years ago. They are pretty simple to prepare and Lulu actually loved the treats. The treats were about the size of a quarter and I used a lid from a bottle to cut the shapes.

liver disease dog treats

*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 in 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. I used get the biggest kick out of watching her. She would close her eyes and just enjoy it immensely.

I asked the nutritionist what she would recommend for Lulu outside of her baked treats which only lasted a second and she recommended Tripe Sticks and Bully Sticks (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.

Disclaimer: I am not a veterinarian, nor do I have any formal training with animals. The information presented here is not meant to replace your veterinarian’s advice or prescribed medications, but only to offer additional options in dealing with your dog’s condition.

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  • Ron Benson
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    Hi,

    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

  • janie knetzer
    Reply

    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.

    Janie

  • Judy
    Reply

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

    • janie
      Reply

      Hi Judy:

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

      Janie

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