cook book for dogs

Welcome to our Cookbook Page..

If your best friend was recently diagnosed with an illness or disease and needs a special diet, then our recipes may be helpful for you.

What You’ll Find …

  • Simplified recipes developed for crock pot use.
  • Recipes include whole limited ingredients for easier digestion.
  • Each illness section includes different meats, vegetables and grains (when permitted) in order to vary your dog’s meals and provide variety.
  • A serving size chart based upon your dog’s weight.
  • Recipes tailored to meet the dietary needs of the specific disease/illness that your dog is experiencing (see a list of covered illnesses below).
  • Healthy, affordable and flavorful meals.
  • Recommended herbs, supplements and guidance for each sickness.

Co-written by a certified nutritionist.

Home Prepared Meals are Your Dog’s First Line of Defense …

Diet is critical to the recovery of any illness.  Traditional veterinarians tend to push prescription pet foods, yet the ingredients in these foods are painful to read, let alone feed to a dog that is sick.

Janie Knetzer, founder of YourOldDog.com wrote “Home Cooking for Sick Dogs” in collaboration with certified nutritionist, Darleen Rudnick of PurelyPets.com to provide dog owners a healthy option regarding diet for their sick dog.  The book  features recipes made from whole foods and healthy ingredients.

Choosing the right herbs and supplements can also be overwhelming for pet owners. Yet, they play a critical part of healing and that’s why we include specific supplements for each disease and sickness that are best known for their healing properties.

Proven to support and nourish dogs with a variety of existing health conditions including:

Bullet pointKidney Disease, Seizures, Liver Disease

Cancer, Heart Disease and Pancreatitis

Real foods play the largest role in the recovery of sick or unhealthy dogs…

Healthy Dog Food

By using the same foods that you have in your kitchen along with a Multivitamin Tablet, a good oil (and calcium since home cooking), you can make a tremendous difference in how your dog feels and responds.

KiUnappetizing Kibblebble ~ Especially Hard on Sick Dogs

Kibble is hard on your dog’s organs.  Dogs AND especially cats are not meant to eat dry foods like this over and over.  Overcooked, chemical laced kibble is becoming more and more a thing of the past.

Pet owners are starting to understand that diet is your pet’s best defense against health problems.  When you download this book, you will not only learn how to optimize your dog’s diet for premium health, but you will also learn:

  • Which grains, meats, and vegetables are suitable to feed your dog with his or her particular condition.
  • Which supplements are best for each condition and disease.
  • A helpful “About the Recipes” page which includes many helpful tips regarding rotation, substitution, vegetables that should always be included and vegetables that should never be included, using fresh or frozen vegetables, time and temperature control.
  • Appropriate serving sizes.
  • How long each specific meal will remain edible for your pet.

 It’s up to YOU to take charge of your dog’s health

  • Give your dog’s health a chance by taking complete charge of his diet yourself.
  • Feel better knowing that your best friend is eating whole, real foods that provide real nutritional value.
  • Spend minimal time preparing home cooked meals, yet deliver superior dietary needs for your sick or aging dog.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Some of our top frequently asked questions

Are the recipes in this book designed by a qualified canine nutritionist?

Yes!  Unlike other canine cookbooks written by well-intentioned dog owners, “Home Cooking for Sick Dogs” was written under the consultation of a certified nutritionist. Darlene Rudnick has been a student of nutrition since 1987 and her qualifications certainly speak for themselves!

While I too have been working with nutrition for dogs for many years, I do not hold a degree.  For this reason, I wanted to work with an expert on nutrition for pets, and Darleen has been studying nutrition health since 1987. Here’s Darlene’s credentials:

  • A Master’s of Science in Holistic Nutrition
  • Certification as a Holistic Nutrition Practitioner
  • Conducts ongoing workshops on nutrition
  • Is an Instructor at the Southern Institute of Healing Arts
  • Owns and runs Purely Pets Wellness Center

Is home cooking for my dog going to be expensive?

No! You’ll be surprised at how much money you will save by following the recipes in “Home Cooking for Sick Dogs.” Consider the cost of a bag of prescription dog food. Then consider the cost of treating uncontrolled health issues in your sick dog. Now consider the cost of basic nutritious foods and the long-term health of your pet…

Backed by nutritional science, the recipes in this book not only provide your dog with healthy, whole nutrition, but they also allow you to cater your dog’s specific needs by supplementing deficiencies caused by illness.

Can I feed my dog these recipes if they have limitations on their phosphorus intake?

Yes! This book includes several recipes for dogs who need a low phosphorus diet!

Can I feed my dog these recipes if he or she has elevated liver enzymes?

The recipes found in my book can be used for dogs with Early Stage Liver Disease. If your dog has elevated liver enzymes due to ammonia in the blood (Hepatic Encephalopathy) or he or she is vomiting bile due to early stage liver disease; these recipes can be used. The recipes ARE NOT MEANT for dogs who are STORING COPPER in their liver.

If you’re not sure, please ask your vet if your dog has copper storage disease. Also, dogs who are in late stage liver disease, may develop kidney problems and suffer seizures associated with their liver problems.

If this is the case for your dog, then the recipes in this book for liver disease ARE NOT recommended. I recommend talking to a pet nutritionist who can personalize recipes for your dog in either of these cases.

Does my dog have to be sick to eat the recipes from this book?

Not at all! Whether your dog is suffering from current illness or whether they are completely healthy, the recipes in this book are designed to create well-rounded and appealing meals!

Just keep in mind that whenever you cook for your dog it is always recommended that you include the following healthy supplements:

  • Multivitamin Tablet or a Multivitamin Powder
  • Calcium
  • A good non toxic Fish Oil

Can I feed my dog these recipes if they have ‘X’ blood creatinine levels & Kidney Issues.

Yes! The kidney disease recipes in this book are safe for all levels of Creatinine in the blood!

ESPECIALLY NOW, YOUR DOG NEEDS A WHOLESOME DIET IN ORDER TO HELP WITH THE RECOVERY PROCESS

It’s important to act quickly when your dealing with sickness or disease.  You do that by implementing a plan of how you’re going to fight your dog’s illness and hopefully regain his or her good health.

Download your copy today RISK FREE with our 60 day satisfaction guarantee!

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Testimonials
What customers are saying

Hear how a few furry friends have benefited from this book

  • Your Old Dog Cookbook Testimonial

    Hi Janie, I thought you should know that my shepadoodle has had some very itchy skin. Poor thing was kept up at night just scratching and scratching. Your recipes have made all the difference. Let’s face it, using your recipes is the only diet change we made for him. The winter was particularly rough, but now he’s much less irritated and seems much happier. He’s always had lots of energy, but we just couldn’t get over the scratching. I know you’re not a vet, but even my vet didn’t have answers. All they seem to do is shrug their shoulders and say; “Sometimes that’s the way it is.” Which, of course, is no help at all. Let’s do the math. One vet visit $120 dollars vs your cookbook $9.99.

    It’s a no brainer! I highly recommend these recipes for your old dog. Even though mine’s only three 🙂

    Thank you Janie!

     

  • I just wanted to say that I purchased your cook book a few days ago, and have found it truly wonderful. My sweet old boxer Bessie has been wolfing down every last morsel! She has been a fussy eater her whole life, and especially disinterested in her food the last week or two since we discovered her illness, but is loving her kidney diet.

    I have looked online at so many diets for dogs with kidney disease and yours has been the most simple and easy to manage.  And obviously tasty! So thank you!

    -Celia

  • People who knew Zoe before say her new found health is a miracle! But we know it’s just Janie, her advice and her genuine concern. We will forever be in her debt for saving our sweet Zoe!

    – The McNamara Family (Zoe’s family)

  • Natural is God’s way .. it’s the only reason I can think of why He and Mother Nature have provided this earth with such bounty .. .. I am so happy but, Jasper is delighted AND an absolute delight. His old self again, or should I say, his YOUNG self again? Thank you Janie for all your beautiful wisdom.

    -C. Howard (Jasper’s mom)

    Jasper’s Young Again


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The recipes were created with both dog and owner in mind and contain
no more than 5 nourishing ingredients. Created by a Certified Nutritionist and
proven to help restore your dog’s health.

The recipes can also be used for general maintenance
of healthy dogs.

The recipes were designed to
be cooked in the crock pot for slow cooking
and easy clean up, but can be gently cooked on
your stove or in your oven as well.

You’ll receive recipes for Pancreatitis, Kidney &
Liver Disease, Cancer, Heart Disease and Seizures. Recommended
supplements and interchangeable ingredients are also included.
Most recipes can be used or adapted for dogs with IBS
as well.

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  • I just wanted to say that I purchased your cook book a few days ago, and have found it truly wonderful. My sweet old boxer Bessie has been wolfing down every last morsel! She has been a fussy eater her whole life, and especially disinterested in food the last week or two since we discovered her illness, but is loving her kidney diet.
    I have looked online at so many diets for dogs with kidney disease and your has been the most simple and easy to manage. And obviously tasty! So thank you!
    Celia (Bessie's Mom)
    Celia (Bessie's Mom)
  • People who knew Zoe before say her new found health is a miracle! But we know it’s just Janie, her advice and her genuine concern. We will forever be in her debt for saving our sweet Zoe!

    The McNamara Family (Zoe’s family)
    The McNamara Family (Zoe’s family)
  • Natural is God’s way .. it’s the only reason I can think of why He and Mother Nature have provided this earth with such bounty .. .. I am so happy but, Jasper is delighted AND an absolute delight. His old self again, or should I say, his YOUNG self again? Thank you Janie for all your beautiful wisdom.

    C. Howard (Jasper’s mom)
    C. Howard (Jasper’s mom)
  • Janie:  Thanks for your reply!  Our littlest dog, Mayble, is still a little thinner, but she is completely back to her normal self. Here is a photo of Mayble (in the purple jacket) along with her pack from a couple of weeks ago. She's in the thick of things as usual. I will continue to use your website for advice as our dogs grow older. I do appreciate the effort you have made to help guide other owners of older dogs. Thank you again!  Have a great day!

    Gwen Farrington (Mayble's Mom)
    Gwen Farrington (Mayble's Mom)
  • Maisy is doing really well (I probably mentioned the vet said she had 1-3 months as of Jan 26th). She's happy and sweet, wants to play and go on walks, has a lot of energy (like when she was a puppy), appetite is great, and she acts like the pain is managed well. I'm doing everything you recommended.   I'm so grateful to have found your website with such good information, and thank you again for all of the advice you provided. My head was spinning and I was completely overwhelmed and devastated at the time. You gave me the info I needed to get started on a good protocol for her quickly.

    Ali (Maisy's Mom)
    Ali (Maisy's Mom)
  • Hi Janie Here is Maizy enjoying a second breakfast of fresh fish risotto. I must say I was tempted to join her it smells so good! I find so much joy in making her food! Thank you again!

    Lou (Maizy's Dad)
    Lou (Maizy's Dad)
  • On October 4, 2017  I contacted Janie in hopes for help to know what to do for our little Kinsler whom was recently diagnosed with Stage 3 Kidney Failure.
    She recommended the cookbook and supplements. At that time he was not eating and Janie suggested the fresh greens in coconut water and Bentonite Clay. I had a time getting the greens down him, but it worked! He is now eating everyday! We are so pleased with the cookbook and the recipes along with the variety of meals that it offers.They are really easy to make in the crock pot.
    Once the recipe were done, I would then divide it up into serving sizes, placing them into ziplock snack baggies and then into the freezer. Pulling out what I've chosen for him to eat the night before. So easy and he loves the variety. (Beef with sweet potatoes & green beans, turkey with Kale, chicken with rice and spinach) His favorite is the Beef recipe.  Tomorrow I will preparing the Salmon Rizzuto can't wait to see how he will like that one.
     Kinsler when first trying out his new food, he would spit out the vegetables so I placed the cooked recipe into a chopper which blended it. He now eats all his vegetables and really likes the texture. He thinks he's getting gourmet dog food! He is now running around  the house playing with his toys and out in the yard chasing his little sister Callie.
    ??????????
    Your cookbook and the recipes you've created have truly turned his life around.
    Thank you Janie for always being there to give us support and the knowledge to help us in saving our little Kinsler!  You are truly an angel!
    Here is a picture of Kinsler  for you.
    Betty Bradford
    Betty Bradford
  • Your Old Dog Cookbook TestimonialHi Janie, I thought you should know that my shepadoodle has had some very itchy skin. Poor thing was kept up at night just scratching and scratching. Your recipes have made all the difference. Let's face it, using your recipes is the only diet change we made for him. The winter was particularly rough, but now he's much less irritated and seems much happier. He's always had lots of energy, but we just couldn't get over the scratching. I know you're not a vet, but even my vet didn't have answers. All they seem to do is shrug their shoulders and say; "Sometimes that's the way it is." Which, of course, is no help at all. Let's do the math. One vet visit $120 dollars vs your cookbook $9.99. It's a no brainer! I highly recommend these recipes for your old dog. Even though mine's only three 🙂 Thank you Janie!

    Tom Heibel Web Coder/Sys Admin
  • I just wanted to say that I purchased your cook book a few days ago, and have found it truly wonderful. My sweet old boxer Bessie has been wolfing down every last morsel! She has been a fussy eater her whole life, and especially disinterested in food the last week or two since we discovered her illness, but is loving her kidney diet.
    I have looked online at so many diets for dogs with kidney disease and your has been the most simple and easy to manage. And obviously tasty! So thank you!
    Celia (Bessie's Mom)
    Celia (Bessie's Mom)
  • People who knew Zoe before say her new found health is a miracle! But we know it’s just Janie, her advice and her genuine concern. We will forever be in her debt for saving our sweet Zoe!

    The McNamara Family (Zoe’s family)
    The McNamara Family (Zoe’s family)
  • Natural is God’s way .. it’s the only reason I can think of why He and Mother Nature have provided this earth with such bounty .. .. I am so happy but, Jasper is delighted AND an absolute delight. His old self again, or should I say, his YOUNG self again? Thank you Janie for all your beautiful wisdom.

    C. Howard (Jasper’s mom)
    C. Howard (Jasper’s mom)
  • Janie:  Thanks for your reply!  Our littlest dog, Mayble, is still a little thinner, but she is completely back to her normal self. Here is a photo of Mayble (in the purple jacket) along with her pack from a couple of weeks ago. She's in the thick of things as usual. I will continue to use your website for advice as our dogs grow older. I do appreciate the effort you have made to help guide other owners of older dogs. Thank you again!  Have a great day!

    Gwen Farrington (Mayble's Mom)
    Gwen Farrington (Mayble's Mom)
  • Maisy is doing really well (I probably mentioned the vet said she had 1-3 months as of Jan 26th). She's happy and sweet, wants to play and go on walks, has a lot of energy (like when she was a puppy), appetite is great, and she acts like the pain is managed well. I'm doing everything you recommended.   I'm so grateful to have found your website with such good information, and thank you again for all of the advice you provided. My head was spinning and I was completely overwhelmed and devastated at the time. You gave me the info I needed to get started on a good protocol for her quickly.

    Ali (Maisy's Mom)
    Ali (Maisy's Mom)
  • Hi Janie Here is Maizy enjoying a second breakfast of fresh fish risotto. I must say I was tempted to join her it smells so good! I find so much joy in making her food! Thank you again!

    Lou (Maizy's Dad)
    Lou (Maizy's Dad)
  • On October 4, 2017  I contacted Janie in hopes for help to know what to do for our little Kinsler whom was recently diagnosed with Stage 3 Kidney Failure.
    She recommended the cookbook and supplements. At that time he was not eating and Janie suggested the fresh greens in coconut water and Bentonite Clay. I had a time getting the greens down him, but it worked! He is now eating everyday! We are so pleased with the cookbook and the recipes along with the variety of meals that it offers.They are really easy to make in the crock pot.
    Once the recipe were done, I would then divide it up into serving sizes, placing them into ziplock snack baggies and then into the freezer. Pulling out what I've chosen for him to eat the night before. So easy and he loves the variety. (Beef with sweet potatoes & green beans, turkey with Kale, chicken with rice and spinach) His favorite is the Beef recipe.  Tomorrow I will preparing the Salmon Rizzuto can't wait to see how he will like that one.
     Kinsler when first trying out his new food, he would spit out the vegetables so I placed the cooked recipe into a chopper which blended it. He now eats all his vegetables and really likes the texture. He thinks he's getting gourmet dog food! He is now running around  the house playing with his toys and out in the yard chasing his little sister Callie.
    ??????????
    Your cookbook and the recipes you've created have truly turned his life around.
    Thank you Janie for always being there to give us support and the knowledge to help us in saving our little Kinsler!  You are truly an angel!
    Here is a picture of Kinsler  for you.
    Betty Bradford
    Betty Bradford
  • Your Old Dog Cookbook TestimonialHi Janie, I thought you should know that my shepadoodle has had some very itchy skin. Poor thing was kept up at night just scratching and scratching. Your recipes have made all the difference. Let's face it, using your recipes is the only diet change we made for him. The winter was particularly rough, but now he's much less irritated and seems much happier. He's always had lots of energy, but we just couldn't get over the scratching. I know you're not a vet, but even my vet didn't have answers. All they seem to do is shrug their shoulders and say; "Sometimes that's the way it is." Which, of course, is no help at all. Let's do the math. One vet visit $120 dollars vs your cookbook $9.99. It's a no brainer! I highly recommend these recipes for your old dog. Even though mine's only three 🙂 Thank you Janie!

    Tom Heibel Web Coder/Sys Admin
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  • Christine Howard
    Reply

    Dear Janie,
    Reading up on the family ‘Vitalogy’ book, which was first published in the mid 19th century and enjoyed several updates and subsequent publications to the mid 20th century, I decided many years ago to treat my child with the old herbal and natural remedies – plus many methods of treatment during illness – that I found there.

    It is the book my mother, and my Grand and Great-Grandmothers used in the home, in the times of isolation, no telephone and a doctor unable to be reached in the middle of the night. Through the years I gradually began to apply certain things to my own health and now … to my 15 year old Bedlington Terrier, Jasper. Your natural food diet is what I give him, and I don’t need to look up your ingredients because I know we do the same. Six months ago the local vet tried to “upsell” me when he said Jasper had Cushing’s.

    The diagnostics were not only expensive but known to be risky to the pet, especially if they were testing for adrenal and it turned out to be pituitary. Plus I checked with old dog owners and Bedlington owners around the world, telling them I told the vet I wanted Jasper’s last months/years to be free of toxic treatments, injections, etc etc and I could not justify putting my dear old dog through the testings he described. He was angry with me and sacked me!! Buoyed up by what I read in my Vitalogy book and the support of old dog and old Bedlington owners around the world, I eliminated every single thing that he ever had that came out of a packet. Treats are now frozen chicken stock or dried boiled chicken bits, he has three small meals per day instead of the one, he always had and I added essential omega oil one day and flaxseed the next.

    Hey presto! Within 3 months I swear he was even catching glimpses of me out of his blind eye and hearing me from his deaf ear! His gait lifted and so did his tail and our morning walks got longer and earlier. Everybody exclaims about this amazing 15 year old dog, especially our darling vet Derek who welcomed Jasper back to his practice after my stupid decision to go to the ‘local’ vet when I moved house.

    Natural is God’s way .. it’s the only reason I can think of why He and Mother Nature have provided this earth with such bounty .. .. I am so happy but, Jasper is delighted AND an absolute delight. His old self again, or should I say, his YOUNG self again?

    Thank you Janie for all your beautiful wisdom. God bless, Christine and Jasper Bedlington. x x

    • janie knetzer
      Reply

      Hi Christine:

      You have no idea how you made my day today. Thank you so much for sharing your very, very inspiring story about your old boy “Jasper.” What a wonderful story and an amazing outcome. Your mom, grandma and great grandma were all very smart ladies. While there is certainly a place for traditional medicine; when you learn to care for the body as a whole, and you routinely apply this method, you can eliminate the need for most man made (chemical) drugs.

      I can’t thank you enough for this very uplifting post and I’m so happy that Jasper is once again feeling like a “young” boy.

      God bless you as well Christine and stay in touch okay. Give your old boy a hug from me.

      Janie

    • Louise
      Reply

      Thank you for posting, I’m going through the decision about tests for Cushings disease and reading your post has helped me know my hearts decision is the right one! I too have cooked all our 13 yr old food for years now and make her treats too. I use turmeric mixed in with her pure pumpkin, also ground flax seed, pumpkin, brown rice flour, in with her treats. I can’t bring myself to put organ meats in her food…any suggestions?
      Love this site!

      • Louise
        Reply

        She is a miniature pinscher that weighs 20 lbs.

      • janie knetzer
        Reply

        Hi Louise:
        Thank you and I’m glad you like the site. I appreciate it. Did someone tell you to include organ meats in with her food Louise?

        Janie

  • Christine Howard
    Reply

    I wish I could send you a photo of Jasper .. but all the way from Australia it seems our different systems won’t allow me to. Look him up on facebook .. Jasper Bedlington. He talks funny !! xxx

    • janie knetzer
      Reply

      I will certainly look him up over on FB Christine! 🙂

  • Robin
    Reply

    I just found these comments and I’m going to look into this. I took my 14 year old heeler to the vet and she mentioned Cushings and Evan’s Syndrome and he’s on some expensive meds. He has virtually no platelettes in his red blood cells and his system is crashing on him. If anyone reads this and has good ideas, email me at ranchlady9 at Hotmail dot com and we can chat. I’m going to try chlorophyll tablets as well. He eats well … not much junk. Canidae platimum, Old Mother Hubbard biscuits and human food. Once in a while he gets some biscuits from a friend…but now I’m going to stop that and change his diet. He also drinks reverse osmosis water and never tap water. I look forward to hearing from anyone on this.

  • Louise
    Reply

    I sent you an email.
    Love the healers, beautiful dogs!

    • janie knetzer
      Reply

      Thanks Louise. I didn’t receive an email. Where did you send it? I can share some ideas with you.

      Janie

  • Christine Howard
    Reply

    Dear Janie and friends,
    Jasper’s life throughout 2014 was happy, healthy and enhanced tremendously by the change to all natural.
    I am devastated to tell you that Jasper crossed over to the Rainbow Bridge last Wednesday, 22nd April.
    January 28th he had a sudden seizure .. inexplicable .. but he recovered magnificently and life was soon back to normal, although with the acceptance that he was a very senior boy who had had a head injury in 2011.
    After a second mild seizure he fell, knocked and bloodied his ear on a sharp corner.
    From there we cannot work out exactly what proceeded but suspect a deep inner ear infection was the result of blood running deep into the ear canal.
    He had vet treatment regularly but it was up to me to tend to him at home which I did with the great pleasure of knowing that Jasper accepted this daily routine, was not upset or hurt with it, and enjoyed treats and walks afterwards (or a big long sleep in his favourite Beddie Bed).
    I treated him twice a day and he was happy, right up to the last couple of nights when he suffered break-through pain from an abscess behind the ear.
    I believe Jasper’s time had come a couple of weeks before this, when he was safely escorted back into my room in the middle of the night by the spirit of my mother.
    An apparition maybe ? My eyes playing tricks?
    I don’t think so .. ..
    I buried Jasper last Thursday, 23rd April, in a beautiful enclosed copse of trees on a hillside in the country. It is a private property into the sixth generation, so the land will never be disturbed.
    Jasper is surrounded by soft trees and grass, he hears the sound of running water from the feeder dam, the birds carol night and day, he faces the morning sun and his grave is surrounded on all sides by green hills and valleys, cattle lowing on one side and the soft valley breezes through vineyards on the other.
    No love has ever been more special to me.
    There is no question in my mind that the past year of wholesome, all natural food enlivened, strengthened and rejuvenated Jasper so that his last year of life was happy.
    I wish I could show you a photo .. but perhaps you could check out his facebook page where I have posted a video of Jasper, in all his glorious old age, last December, romping in the morning with a little friend.
    Janie, keep up the good work.
    My view about organ meats is that I gave him small country grown chicken hearts, broiled, dried and sliced as his treats while out and about. I just don’t trust anything on a shop shelf ! The broth also was great to add to his regular diet of natural grown chicken (occasional beef) with rice and veg.
    I stopped the frozen chicken necks after a while as, the older Jasper became, the more inclined he was to ‘scoff’ them and it was just too much of a risk in case one stuck in his throat (which happened twice and I pulled it out .. .. a desperate thing for an owner to do, and many owners are just not capable of jamming their fingers that far down their dog’s throat, so they stand and watch their beloved pet choke and die rather than take such drastic action.)
    I will miss Jasper for the rest of my days. I loved him with a grand passion .. and he loved me.
    God bless you in your work to help and educate pet owners.
    Christine.

    • janie knetzer
      Reply

      Hi Christine:
      I’m so very sorry to hear about Jasper. Boy, I know the pain that goes along with losing a family member. I’ve lost many. You’re right though; he’s surrounded by soft trees and grass, running water from the feeder dam and the birds carol night and day. He had an excellent mom. I believe we’ll see them again Christine. This is what always helps me to cope with the loss. I will definitely check out his video on Facebook and leave a comment. You’re a very wise owner in knowing that food is really the key to good health. I’m so sorry to hear that your boy has crossed the bridge.

      They’re all waiting for us. Thank you so very much for your kind words and for letting us know about your beloved Jasper. They do so much more for us than we often realize. Like with the people I love, I’ve learned to never take my dogs for granted either. Their time here is too short.

      God bless you too Christine and I promise you, I’ll be thinking of you.

      Janie

  • Karon
    Reply

    Do you have a diet for my 15 year old Maltese? She had her gallbladder removed and is on a hepatic diet. I would love to address any pain issues, as well.

    • janie knetzer
      Reply

      Are you looking for recipes for liver disease Karon?

      • Marilyn
        Reply

        Can u send me some recipes plz.? I have a 4- legged baby that has liver problems?

        • yourolddog
          Reply

          Please see my cookbook here which includes recipes for dogs with liver problems. Please read the notes regarding copper storage disease.

          Janie

  • Robin
    Reply

    An update on my sick heeler: He’s fine now. THe prescription meds I was giving him made him sicker than what he had. I took him off all meds and went holistic. I should have done that in the first place. I’ve changed up his diet a bit (chicken and rice with a little little scoop of dry dog food), added chlorophyll and coconut oil to his diet. He had dog anemia from what I can tell caused by an injury/trauama from being attacked by a pit bull. That’s the best I can figure out, with NO help from my vet. $800 worth of vet bills and I figured it out by myself. 🙁

    • janie knetzer
      Reply

      Hi Robin:

      Good for you for taking control of your dog’s long term health. I’m so happy to hear that he’s doing better. Chlorophyll and coconut oil are two of my favorite supplements!

      Thank you so much for sharing.

      Janie

  • Sara
    Reply

    Are the recipes in this book designed by a qualified canine nutritionist?

    • janie knetzer
      Reply

      Hi Sara:

      Yes they are.

      Janie

      • Sara
        Reply

        I now noticed that the book was written by you, Janie, so would you mind telling me what kind of canine nutrition qualification you have? Sorry to be so particular, but I think recipes for dogs, especially sick dogs, have to be done by a person who has studied canine nutrition and professional experience in designing diets for different dog needs as well.

        • janie knetzer
          Reply

          Sara:

          The book was written by me and co-authored with Darlene Rudnick who IS A QUALIFIED nutritionist! What I can tell you is that I’ve been working with and studying dogs my entire life. I’ve hired qualified nutritionists over the years to design recipes for my own dogs, and I can certainly design a meal for my dogs when they have cancer, diabetes, renal issues, etc.

          I’m curious as to what kind of dog you have and what the health issues are? If your dog needs a special diet, I would think that you would want to get on this right away. The first time I heard from you was back on July 9, 2015.

          Perhaps you might want to look into another book, please.

          • Sara

            My dogs are all healthy. I am the regional head of a dog club in Singapore and am looking for some good cook books that I can recommend to the club’s members – hence the questions asked… Don’t want 500 members complaining to me if the books are not up to par… Appreciate your time and sorry for asking all the questions.

          • janie knetzer

            Hi Sara:
            No need to apologize for asking questions. In fact, I’m going to add the information to the page about the book that you requested. I’m sure at some point others will also want to know.

            I receive a lot of emails & comments from people who are simply phishing for information for their own personal use. Quite honestly, I thought you might be one of those people. Instead, please accept my apology for being short with you. It’s nice to hear that your dogs are all healthy and you’re trying to help your members.

            Janie

  • judy
    Reply

    Our 8 year old lab was just diagnosed with chronic renal failure and I cannot stand the ingredients in the prescription food the vet put her on. We have 5 other labs as well and I am not sure I can make food for all of them but she deserves this special treatment. Does your book have recipes for her?

    • janie knetzer
      Reply

      Hi Judy:
      I actually sent you an email earlier today, but, I guess you didn’t receive it. I’m so sorry to hear about your lab. That’s awful young for a dog to have chronic renal failure.

      Did your vet say what it was caused from? Did he say it was caused by some underlying factor such as another disease or a urinary obstruction?

      Yes, my book does offer recipes for kidney disease along with 2 different supplements geared towards dogs with kidney (renal) disease.

      I apologize for the delay; I was gone the entire day today.

      Janie

  • Tina
    Reply

    Does you book include recipes for dogs that get chronic bladder stones (struvites)? I have 2 pugs on Royal Canine SO which I hate.

    I also have diabetics in the house.

    • janie knetzer
      Reply

      Hi Tina:

      Thanks for your interest in my book. So many dogs developing stones now. I firmly believe that the biggest problem is due to kibble. Dogs are not meant to live on a diet such as this.

      I’m sure you do hate Royal Canine; I’m not a fan either. As much as I would like to see you purchase my book; for dogs with stones, I would rather recommend a dehydrated food such as The Honest Kitchen either their Force formula or their Zeal formula which is crazy expensive. The reason that I would like you to use this food is because of the high water content that you add. Don’t make it soupy, but add enough warm water that it’s nice and moist (not thick and dry). Hope this makes sense. I would also recommend that you add potassium citrate to their food which should control the stone formation. This seems to help most that use this method.

      Do do you need help with the diabetics as well? I’m sorry, I was sure about that. Let me know and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can. I have to run out for a little while.

      Janie

  • Trent farrell
    Reply

    I like what you stand for but is it a shopping site or an information forum?seems like a lot of links for selling somethings he first heading item in the links, column for instance is SHOP

    • yourolddog
      Reply

      Hi Trent:

      You probably have no idea how much I appreciate your feedback. My site is both an informational site and a place for my readers to purchase tried and true NATURAL products that I personally recommend. I spend a great deal of time with my readers recommending help. This is why I decided to share products that are helpful for older dogs with specific health problems right here.

      Although my blog is old, the design is very new. I’m working with my developer to get the shopping links straightened out.

      Thanks for your feedback and I apologize for the intrusion.

      Janie

  • Leslie
    Reply

    Do you have or recommend a cook book for dogs who are not sick and just need good food?

    • yourolddog
      Reply

      Hi Leslie:

      While specific recipes in the book are for specific health issues, any of the recipes in the book can be used for healthy dogs as well. However, I do recommend that you add a multivitamin such as Nuvet since you’re home cooking.

      I hope this helps.

      Janie

  • Leslie
    Reply

    Thank you. I’ve never made dog food, this is all new to me. Good to know how to start.

    • yourolddog
      Reply

      You’re welcome Leslie.

  • Angel
    Reply

    Hi Janie,

    This is a great and informative site…thank you so much for sharing all of your knowledge with us! I’m hoping you can weigh in on a situation that just transpired…

    My 4yr 9mo old yellow lab almost died this last weekend. Backing up a week, she started having a decreased appetite and then not eating at all, or throwing up what she ate. She also became somewhat lethargic. We took her to our vet on Friday afternoon and he noticed that she was jaundiced. We did blood tests and the next morning my vet called telling us to take her to the vet hospital immediately. Her liver enzymes were through the roof, her bili was 7+ and she was extremely anemic. She also had melena stool. Long story short, she stayed 3 nights in the hospital while they tried to figure out what was causing all of this. Only history is that she has been on Rimadyl/Carprofen for 3-4 years; unfortunately, she has bilateral hip and knee issues. They were not sure if it was a mushroom toxicity, copper storage disease, IMHA (horrible, horrible disease as I’m sure you know) or what it was. Her liver function improved somewhat, but she did become more anemic. After racking up a $3200 bill, we said we had to take her home. She had an US which showed major liver damage that looks old with uneven edges and nodules; this was inconsistent with a mushroom toxicity. So, hoping for more answers, we went ahead with a liver needle aspiration, since we couldn’t afford the $2000 liver biopsy. That has been somewhat inconclusive as well, only showing that this may be an acute on chronic issue. Still waiting to r/o copper tox.

    We brought Daisy home on a Hills prescription Liver diet. She barely eats any of it. I would like to make her some food that will help restore her liver. I thought it would easy to find some homemade dog food for liver disease, but it obviously isn’t. Can you let me know which diet you would recommend?

    • yourolddog
      Reply

      Hi Angel:

      Thank you for your kind words. I’m so sorry to hear about Daisy. She is WAY to young to have this many problems. Before I discuss diet with you, can you share with me what else you do for Daisy. Do you use chemical flea and tick products such as spot treatments and do you vaccinate her routinely? What food was she eating before last weekend? Do you give her any supplements, if so, what do you give her?

      Janie

  • Carole Johnson
    Reply

    I am curious about your book. We have a twelve year old Wired Haired Fox Terrier, a huge Husky/Rottweiler mix and an Australian Heeler. The WFT had a severe bout with pancreatitis several years ago and our vet put her on Royal Canine GI. She didn’t like it, so I added cooked low fat white meat chicken. I also gave some to the two other dogs so they would feel life is somewhat fair. We moved cross county and our new vet is very open to new ideas. The WFT now is having kidney issues with large amounts of protein in her urine. The vet has prescribed small dose aspirin with 10mg Enalapril for blood pressure and Hills g/d kibble. All three dogs are fed twice per day, receive fish oil and the two older ones glucosamine. The vet offered a nutritionist, but wanted to first check her blood after six weeks. We went out of town for a week and the dog/house sitter gave her the same food as the other dogs (despite my written directions) and I want to wait a few weeks to get an accurate blood test. Will your cookbook address the needs of both issues for our WFT – need to be low fat for the pancreatitis as well as excess protein in the urine?

    • yourolddog
      Reply

      Hi Carole:

      I’m very sorry to hear about your dog.

      There are 5 recipes in the book for kidney disease. Most of the recipes should be fine for her Pancreatitis issues; but I would avoid the salmon recipe, or simply replace the salmon with cod or flounder and bake, don’t fry. Any of the recipes can be used for your other dogs as well.

      I am not a fan of Hills g/d kibble. You would be doing all of your dogs a favor by feeding them a high quality diet. The twelve year old could certainly benefit from home cooking and the other two could benefit from a food such as The Honest Kitchen where you add warm water and your dog has a home cooked meal. I still recommend that you add a little meat to the Honest Kitchen Force, or other formula. You can even add Wellness Ninety Five Percent to it which is 95 % meat and 5% fat and water.

      I’m not sure if you seen my article that went out this morning regarding the herb Burdock Root. This is very good for the liver and kidneys. You can read my article here. I would consider feeding it to all of your dogs. I’m not sure what you do with regards to flea and tick prevention and vaccinations. But, you need to understand that chemical flea and tick products and vaccinations DO NOT come without severe consequences (seizures are a very common side effect). Go Natural Carole with regards to flea and tick. Read about vaccinations here.

      Here’s an article I did on kidney disease that you definitely should read. You must build their immune systems and avoid things that poison and pollute their bodies.

      Consider giving all of them a good multivitamin such as Nuvet. Read the testimonials. For the dog with kidney issues, I would definitely home cook.

      I hope this helps.

      Janie

  • Laura
    Reply

    Our 10 yr old golden retriever Mish was recently diagnosed with early kidney disease. I have been doing a lot of research on diet and vitamins. I am ordering some vitamins now but still unsure of what way to go with diet. I want to do home cooked but feel it could be very expensive although I would do anything for him. If you can help me I would appreciate it so much. Thank you
    Laura

    • yourolddog
      Reply

      Hi Laura:

      The book includes diets for dogs with kidney disease if this helps.

      Janie

  • Elsa Ruiz
    Reply

    Hi my name is Elsa and my baby name is Duece, he is 9 years old. He is a brindle pitbill. So I have more of a question than a comment.
    He s healthy as I can see but lately he has been sleeping allot. He’s always been an outside dog till last winter he then became an inside dog. Well my question is, is that normal for him. He’s always happy, but he loves his sleep.

    • janie
      Reply

      Hi Elsa:

      I’m so glad to hear that Duece is now an inside dog. 🙂

      Does he have any other unusual symptoms besides sleeping a lot? Like people, the older dogs get, they too value their sleep a little more.

      Do you play with him and encourage activity at all?

      Janie

  • Bette
    Reply

    Hi Janie

    I have a Papillon on a novel protein diet due to a nearly fatal illness a few months ago which the vet specialist believed to be IBS or something related. Prior to that I had been home cooking a prescribed diet by a holistic vet which appeared to be working well until that point.

    She also has mitral valve disease with her heart enlarging and collapsing trachea. She has always been a finicky eater so it is a challenge to get her to eat and I am concerned about balance. Her recent labs are showing her BUN levels are up but not the creatine. Urine showed protein. She had not been on any meds prior to this illness and had always had healthy labs so I suspect the meds and hospital treatment probably contributed.

    Do you have a balanced diet for multiple conditions such as this? Heart disease, IBS, allergies, possible kidney disease. I am not clear on if your book download includes only one dietary type or all of them. I have had her tested for allergies though I know there are different opinions on the effectiveness. Do your recipes allow for different proteins?

    Also, any other recommendations on products? She’s on herbs and supplements for her various issues and some meds. No vaccines or flea/tick/heartworm chemicals are being used. Vet provided slippery elm recipe which includes chlorophyll to help with IBS which I plan to start now.

    My Betty Boop has just turned 12 and I want to do all I can to help her as she is very special to us.

    Thank you in advance.

    • janie
      Reply

      Hi Bette:

      I’m so sorry to hear about Betty Boop! What a cute name…. 🙂 I’m a little tired right now, but I will be sure to get back to you tomorrow, if that’s okay.

      I will send you a private email Bette. I need some to read through your comment and gather my thoughts. It would be very helpful if you could share what she is eating and what supplements she takes. Has she always had IBS and allergies since she was young?

      Janie

  • Twinkle
    Reply

    I have a dog …he is 13 now … he is suffering from bloat… can i give him arnica 30c
    ..
    And how much

    • janie
      Reply

      Hi Twinkle:

      If your dog is suffering from bloat, you absolutely MUST get him to the vet immediately!!! No arnica.

      Janie

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