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Cheddar cheese treats for dogs with renal disease

Updated: Dec 20, 2023

Here's a quick and easy recipe for some tasty cheddar cheese biscuits that you can easily make at home. I've adapted the recipe from a BBC Good Food recipe, to be suitable for adult dogs with chronic kidney disease.

These biscuits are low in protein - 11% protein on a metabolisable energy (ME) basis, which is the same as Hill's Prescription Diet k/d Canine (canned formula). They are also low in phosphorus (0.45 mg per 1000 kcal ME), which is again similar to commercial renal diets (Hill's Prescription Diet k/d Canine contains 0.48 mg per 1000 kcal ME).

Please note:

1) This is a recipe for treats, so the biscuits aren't complete and balanced.

2) We recommend that a maximum of 10% kcal per day from treats, so be careful not to feed too many - these biscuits provide approximately 447 kcal per 100 grams.

3) These treats contain 55.3% fat ME, which is similar to commercial renal diets. However, if your dog is on a low fat diet, or has a history of pancreatitis or hyperlipidemia, these probably aren't the best choice.

Anyway, here's the recipe. The best thing is, you can share these with your dog too!


115 grams plain flour

55 grams grated full fat cheddar cheese (the cheese needs to have 33g fat/100g, so use 'Coon' Tasty cheese in Australia, or 'Mainland' Colby cheese in NZ)

55 grams butter

1 large egg yolk

1/4 teaspoon salt

Preparation instructions:

1) Preheat oven to 180 C.

2) Blend the flour, cheese and butter in a food processor until it looks like fine crumbs.

3) Add the salt and egg yolk to the food processor, and mix until it forms a soft ball. You may need to add a little water to encourage the ball to form.

4) Roll the mix on a lightly floured board to a thickness of about 8mm and cut the biscuits. You can make small circle-shaped biscuits, heart-shaped biscuits, bone-shaped biscuits ... whatever you prefer.

5) Place the biscuits on a non-stick tray and bake in the oven for 10 minutes, or until golden brown. Allow to cool, then enjoy!

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