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6 vet approved homemade dog food recipes for kidney disease


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vet approved homemade dog food recipes for kidney disease

Hey dog lover! When it comes to the health of your dog, you cannot compromise in any aspect. Especially when there are diseases that need a lot of care and regulations. One such problem is the disease of the kidneys. You might be wondering about what foods your dog with kidney disease can eat. What are the foods that you ought to avoid? Are there any vet-approved recipes for such dogs? Are there any homemade recipes?

Well, if these questions are confusing you and you are exhausted, which I can tell, then my friend, this article is just for you. When it comes to crafting the vet approved homemade dog recipes, that are suitable for kidney diseases, there is a delicate balance that is needed. In this post step by step, you will learn about kidney issues and the foods and recipes that you can opt for. So, sit tight and stick through the end!

The first question that arises is about the severity of such diseases.

What are these kidney diseases?

Kidney disease refers to the failure or no longer proper working of the kidneys. We know that kidneys are required for filtering wastes in the bodies of organisms and are one of the most important organs that are required for survival. However, when certain diseases occur, their normal functioning is affected. In such cases, you cannot just give any kind of food to your dog and expect that it will get digested. For that, you have to regulate their food.

There are several kidney diseases such as chronic kidney disease which is known as CKD in which the kidneys lose their functioning gradually with time. There is acute kidney injury (AKI) which is described as the sudden and severe impairment of kidney functions. Further, there are problems like kidney stones, glomerulonephritis, Renal dysplasia, PKD, etc. For such diseases, you have to follow certain precautions and regulations while feeding your dog.

What ingredients should be avoided For Kidney Disease?

Bowl full of dog food

Now, you know the severity of the diseases related to the kidneys of your dog. Let’s have a look at the ingredients in foods that you should not be feeding your dog that has such problems. These foods can create problems for your dog’s digestive system. Let’s have a look at them:


We know that proteins are very important for the body and a dog with renal diseases still needs proteins. However, you should avoid feeding high-protein diets such as the raw diets. Reducing protein intake can help reduce the strain on the kidneys that it puts. This in return can help in slowing down the disease progression.


Fats are also among the major ingredients that you need for your dog’s body even if they have renal diseases. You don’t have to cut fat out of your dog’s diet completely though as it too can have a bad impact. However, vets do recommend reducing your dog’s fat intake following a kidney disease diagnosis. These high-fat foods can be in the form of fatty meats, dairy, vegetable oils, etc.


Dogs that are suffering from kidney diseases are not to be fed with salts. You can avoid it to a large extent by not feeding your dog scraps of human food. This is because our human foods contain a lot of added salt. Salt can also hurt the blood pressure and can put more strain on the kidneys of your pet.


This is another ingredient that can pose a danger to the health of your dog suffers from kidney disease. The best thing about it is that by reducing your dog’s protein intake, you will naturally be reducing their phosphorus intake, too. This has been shown to help slow the disease progression of canine kidney disease. Some ingredients that are particularly high in protein and should be limited in your dog’s diet include seafood, eggs, organ meats, bones & bone meal, whole grains, lentils, wheat bran, sweet potatoes, etc. You should opt for alternatives that are gentle on your pet’s kidneys.

Artificial additives:

This is something that many dog owners are tired of. There are so many dog food brands out there that are using artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives in dog foods which are meaningless. So, always read the ingredients of dog food as these are some things that can be dangerous for renal problems. Opt for natural food options or foods that are minimally processed.

Certain Vegetables and fruits:

Yes, there are some vegetables and fruits that must be avoided at every cost. Especially those that are rich in phosphorus, potassium, etc. They can be included in small amounts if you can control the overall intake. This is because monitoring the levels of such ingredients is important for dogs with renal diseases.

The best vet-approved recipes for dogs with Kidney diseases

Dog food in pan for cooking

My friend and I have dogs and most often we walk them together in the morning. My friend’s dog was recently diagnosed with acute renal failure due to which we both have become overly cautious about what we feed our dogs. I’m not a veterinarian, but I can offer some general guidelines for homemade dog food for those who suffer from any form of kidney disease. Always consult with a vet for personalized advice. One of the most important things to remember about feeding your dogs is that you want them to have a low-phosphorus diet and high-quality proteins. Make sure your dog has a properly balanced diet and do not strain the kidneys too much when they filter out the wastes.

Let’s have a look below:

Recipe#1 Harvest Protein Bowl

Vet approved recipe 1

Ingredients to use:


  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • ¾ cup dry parsley
  • 2 cups organic puree 100% pumpkin
  • 1 pint of cooked egg whites (12-15 egg whites)
  • (leave 1/3 beef out to combine at the end)
  • Puree:
  • 1 large apple cubed
  • 1 large boiled sweet potato
  • 1 l cooked green beans
  • ¼ cup of water
  • 2lbs cooked 95% lean beef

Combine all and let cool


  • Cooked Rice: Provides carbohydrates for energy and is easily digestible.
  • Dry Parsley: Contains vitamins and minerals, including vitamin K, which supports bone health.
  • Organic Puree 100% Pumpkin: High in fiber, promotes healthy digestion, and can aid in regulating bowel movements.
  • Cooked Egg Whites: Excellent source of high-quality protein, contributing to muscle maintenance and growth.
  • Apple: Contains vitamins and antioxidants, supporting overall health and immune system function.
  • Boiled Sweet Potato: Rich in vitamins, minerals, and fiber, promoting digestive health and providing a source of energy.
  • Cooked Green Beans: Low in calories and a good source of vitamins and minerals, contributing to a balanced diet.
  • Water: Essential for hydration and overall well-being.
  • Cooked 95% Lean Beef: High-quality protein source, essential for muscle development and maintenance.

This recipe is a nutritious and well-rounded meal for your dog to enjoy.

Recipe #2 Stew with Liver and Seafood to Boost Nutrients

Dog looking at homemade food


– 1/8 cup sliced beef or calf liver Good source of iron, B vitamins, and vitamin A, which supports general health and vigor.

– Oysters, in the necessary quantity: Packed with vital minerals, omega-3 fatty acids, and zinc, this food supports heart health and the immune system.

– 1/8 cup millet: A whole grain free of gluten that offers antioxidants, fiber, and magnesium to support healthy digestion and nutrition absorption.

– ½ cup chopped sweet potatoes: Rich in vitamins, fiber, and beta-carotene, which supports the immune system and promotes eye health.

– ½ cup chopped green beans are Low in calories and abundant in vitamins, fiber, and antioxidants that aid in digestion.

– ½ cup shredded spinach or kale: Loaded with vitamins K, A, and C, as well as iron, enhancing bone health and immunological function.

– ⁠1 egg without the yolk (no shell): A great source of vitamins, minerals, and protein that promotes general health and the health of the muscles.

– ⁠ 1.5 cups of oil-fried sardines: Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, and vitamin D, improving heart health and bone strength.

– ⁠Kelp or Lysp seaweed (amount to taste): Rich in minerals, including iodine, that promote thyroid function and offer antioxidants.

– ⁠1 teaspoon of calcium from eggshells: This natural calcium source is good for bones and general structural support.

– ⁠1.25 tablespoons of wheat germ oil: Rich in antioxidants, healthy lipids, and vitamin E, this oil supports strong immunity and healthy skin.

– ⁠2 cups of chunked cod: Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which promote heart and brain health, low in fat, and high in protein.

– ⁠Water for covering: necessary for both cooking and making sure the dog is well hydrated.


  1. Place the oysters, millet, sweet potatoes, kale or spinach, and calf or cattle liver into a big pot.
  2. Include one egg in the mixture without its shell.
  3. Add eggshell calcium, wheat germ oil, less seaweed or kelp, and sardines to the oil.
  4. ⁠To guarantee correct cooking, cover the contents with water.
  5. ⁠Give the mixture a good stir and cook it gently.
  6. ⁠Add the fish chunks after the veggies are soft and the flavors have combined.
  7. ⁠Keep cooking the cod until it’s well done.
  8. ⁠Present this nutrient-dense stew, which offers a balanced mix of proteins, vitamins, and minerals to support general health and well-being.

Note: Vary the amount of kelp or lisp seaweed and oysters according to your preference.

Recipe#3 Vegetarian Lentil & Tuna Rice Dog Bowl:

Recipe 3 Vegetarian Lentil Tuna Rice Dog Bowl


– Cooked lentils (1/2 cup)

– Sweet potatoes (1/4 cup)

– Carrots (1/2 cup, divided for stew and rice bowl)

– Spinach (1/4 cup)

– Low-sodium vegetable broth

– Canned tuna in water (drained, ¼ cup)

– Brown rice (1/4 cup)

– Green peas (1/4 cup)

– Fish oil (suitable for dogs) for omega-3s


  1. Plant-based fiber and protein from lentils promote healthy digestion and provide energy.
  2. A highly nutritious and readily absorbed source of carbs is sweet potatoes.
  3. Carrots produce beta-carotene and enhance eye health.
  4. Iron and other vital nutrients that are good for dogs are added by spinach.
  5. Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, tuna is a lean protein source that is good for kidney function.
  6. Brown rice is a mild, easily absorbed whole grain that supplies carbs.
  7. Green peas include vitamins, fiber, and protein that are appropriate for dog diets.
  8. Fish oil, which is safe for dogs, increases omega-3 content and promotes general health.

Method of Preparation:

  1. Put cooked lentils, sweet potatoes, spinach, half of the carrots, and low-sodium vegetable broth in a pot. Reduce heat and simmer until veggies are tender, making a lentil stew that is dog-friendly.
  2. Combine brown rice, canned tuna, green peas, leftover carrots, and a drizzle of omega-3-rich dog-friendly fish oil in another bowl. This makes up the dog dish of rice and tuna.
  3. For a well-balanced dinner appropriate for dogs with renal issues, serve the vegetarian lentil stew and the tuna rice bowl side by side. Always check with your veterinarian to make sure the recipe suits the unique nutritional requirements of your dog.

Recipe#4  Quinoa and Turkey Meatballs:

Recipe#4  Quinoa and Turkey Meatballs

  • Ground turkey (1/2 cup)
  • Quinoa (cooked, ¼ cup)
  • Pumpkin puree (1/4 cup)
  • Carrots (1/4 cup).

To prepare, combine cooked quinoa, pureed pumpkin, and ground turkey. Shape into meatballs and bake until well cooked. Add finely sliced carrots for extra nutrients.


  • Turkey is a lean protein source.
  • Quinoa is a complete protein and rich in nutrients.
  • Pumpkin and carrots give fiber and vitamins.

Recipe #5 Nutrient-Rich Canine Support Stew

Recipe #5 Nutrient-Rich Canine Support Stew


– 4 lbs lean ground beef (96% fat-free, recommended for dogs with pancreatitis)

– 2 pints liquid egg whites

– 2 lbs organic green beans (for steaming)

– 4 cups white rice (cooked in 8 cups of water)

– 3 lbs organic sweet potatoes (baked, skin removed)

– 3 cups canned pumpkin (1 ½ cans)

– 6 tablespoons coconut oil

Ingredient Benefits:

– Lean ground beef: High-quality protein source.

– Liquid egg whites: Additional protein without added fat.

– Organic green beans: A food high in vitamins minerals and nutrients.

– White rice: A carbohydrate that is easily digested.

– Organic sweet potatoes: Rich in fiber and vitamins.

– Pumpkin in a can: Aids in digestion and offers vital nutrients.

– Coconut oil: Healthy fat for coat and skin health.

Method of preparation:

  1. Place in a pan with the ground beef and cook for fifteen minutes. (Don’t forget to leave the beef somewhat uncooked.)
  2. Tenderise organic green beans by steaming them.
  3. Use water to cook white rice.
  4. Bake sweet potatoes until the peel is off.
  5. In a big bowl, combine the ground beef, egg whites, green beans, rice, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, and coconut oil.
  6. Divide the mixture into serving portions that are appropriate for your dog.
  7. Refrigerate the remaining portion for later use and serve at room temperature.

With a blend of lean protein, easily digested carbs, and vital elements to maintain general well-being, this nutrient-rich stew helps dogs with kidney issues. When in doubt, get advice from your veterinarian regarding a customized diet.

Recipe#6 Wholesome Canine Delight

200g frozen green tripe, 1 cup white rice Half an apple, 3 chunky slices of cucumber


  • 200g frozen green tripe (ensure it’s designated for dog consumption, not white tripe for humans)
  • 1 cup white rice
  • Half an apple, peeled and deseeded
  • 3 chunky slices of cucumber, cut into quarters


  • Green tripe gives dogs’ digestive systems the vital nutrients, enzymes, and probiotics they need to stay healthy.
  • White rice provides readily absorbed carbs for long-lasting energy.
  • Apples provide antioxidants, fiber, and vitamins that support general health.
  • For dental health, cucumber adds vitamins, moisture, and a crisp texture.

Preparation Method:

  1. Follow the directions on the packaging to thaw the frozen green tripe.
  2. Prepare the white rice per the instructions on the package, making sure it’s simple and devoid of extra seasoning.
  3. Cut the apple into bite-sized pieces after peeling and seeding it.
  4. Chop the cucumber into quarters to give it a nice crunchy bite.
  5. In a bowl, combine the cooked rice, diced apple, cucumber, and frozen green tripe.
  6. Present your dog with this nutritious treat, making sure it satisfies their nutritional requirements.

Note: Before adding new items to your dog’s diet, always get advice from your veterinarian.

Thus, it’s important to carefully analyze the components while preparing homemade meals for dogs who have kidney problems. These dishes follow nutritional guidelines while attempting to provide a balance of vital elements. Remember that it is essential to speak with a veterinarian to customize the diet to your dog’s unique requirements. These dishes combine healthy foods like sweet potatoes, green beans, and quinoa with protein sources like turkey, tuna, and lean meat. Keep in mind that every dog is different, and getting individualized advice from a veterinarian guarantees your pet’s well-being.

Some tips for dogs with Kidney diseases

Dog eating in a bowl

It is usually recommended to opt for homemade foods for dogs that have problems related to their kidneys. There are some other tips that you can keep in mind so that you can provide the ultimate comfort to your dog.

Tip#1 Always make sure that your pup stays hydrated. Water intake is crucial for dogs with kidney problems. If there isn’t sufficient water in their body, the filtration of the blood becomes very hard. So, you have to ensure that the water is available all the time.

Tip#2 Some vets recommend wet foods for dogs with renal diseases. This is because these foods are rich in moisture. Similarly, dry foods are also advised to be soaked in water before feeding.

Tip#3 While serving your dog with treats, it is important that they do not contain any dangerous ingredients that can cause problems for your pet.

Tip#4 Whenever you are trying to change the food of your pet, make sure that you are making the change gradually. This should happen for at least a week. Give the system of your pet, plenty of time to adjust accordingly.

Tip#5 Always avoid overfeeding. If your dog is losing weight, you will feel like increasing the food intake but if some digestive problems are going on, then you should avoid it and consult a professional vet.

Tip#6 Omega 3 oils can also be very helpful for the renal functions of your dogs. Fish oils are the best source for these. They are usually added in many pet foods but you can add them as a supplement as well.

Tip#7 Carnitine is another supplement that is recommended by vets to combat loss in muscle quality as it helps increase the use of fat as an energy source. However, you must always consult your vet before making any change in your pet’s diet.

Tip#8 Always notice your dog’s behavior. You can tell a lot from their moods. Whenever you are feeding them or playing with them, pay attention to how they are reacting to different things and how they are acting.

Final words:

Lastly, I will say that it is important to consult with a vet, always! If your dog is suffering from renal problems, opt for homemade foods. This is because you can make the necessary changes that are needed for your pet’s diet. This is something that can be time-consuming, at times, but it is necessary for your pet’s good health. So, never compromise on that!

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About Adam

Adam has been a fervent dog enthusiast since his early days with his beloved pet, Tiger. Recognizing a gap in unbiased dog product reviews in the UK, Adam embarked on a mission to bridge this divide. With the invaluable expertise of Dr. Emily Smith, a seasoned veterinarian, they collaboratively endeavor to provide dog owners with trustworthy information and reviews. Together, they strive to ensure every canine receives the care and love they truly deserve.

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