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Homemade treat recipes for dogs with kidney disease

Here’s some tasty (but also healthy!) treat recipes you can make for your dog with kidney disease. Both recipes are low in protein and low in phosphorus, and also contain nutritious ingredients that provide antioxidants, essential vitamins and minerals, and prebiotic fibre.

 

Please note:

 

  1. These recipes are for treats, so they 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.

 

Anyway, here are the recipes. You can absolutely share these with your dog, if you would like to!

 

Strawberry, kiwifruit and banana oat slice





These treats are:

  • Suitable for IRIS stage 1-4 chronic kidney disease

  • Moderate to low in fat; may be suitable for dogs with a history of pancreatitis (please consult with your vet first)

  • High in carbohydrate, so not suitable for dogs with diabetes mellitus

  • Moderate in potassium. If you dog is hyperkalaemic (high serum potassium), then these treats may not be suitable

 

Ingredients:

 

2 large ripe bananas

¾ cup finely diced kiwifruit and strawberries

120 grams rolled oats

2 tablespoons almond butter (no added salt or sugar)

 

Preparation:

 

  1. Preheat your oven to 180C.

  2. Use some unsalted butter to grease your baking dish.

  3. Using a fork, mash the bananas and diced strawberries and kiwifruit together.

  4. Add the rolled oats and almond butter, and mix well. Smooth the top with a spatula.

  5. Bake the slice for 35-40 minutes, then allow to cool completely and cut into small squares. The slice will should be slightly soft and golden brown on top.

 

You can swap the kiwifruit and strawberries for blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, or diced mango or papaya. Peanut butter (no additives) can be substituted for the almond butter, if preferred.



 Nutritional information:

 

Each batch provides: 1060 kcal


0.82 g phosphorus per MCal or 0.35% on a dry matter basis

9.9% protein ME basis or 12.2% on a dry matter basis

22.8% fat ME basis or 11.6% on a dry matter basis

67.2% carbohydrate basis or 73.3% on a dry matter basis

 




These treats are rich in thiamine, niacin, magnesium, manganese, vitamin B6, and vitamin B5. Oats contain beta-glucans, which are a type of fermentable (or prebiotic) fibre. Supplementation has been shown to reduce uremic toxin formation in patients with kidney disease.

Strawberries are rich in fisetin, which has been shown to reduce kidney fibrosis and inflammation. Kiwifruit is a good source of vitamin C and prebiotic fibre, and almonds are rich in vitamin E, which may also help to reduce fibrosis.

 

Chicken, cheese and broccoli tots




 

These treats are:

  • Suitable for IRIS stage 1-4 chronic kidney disease

  • Moderate to low in fat; may be suitable for dogs with a history of pancreatitis (please consult with your vet first)

  • High in carbohydrate, so not suitable for dogs with diabetes mellitus

  • Moderate in potassium. If you dog is hyperkalaemic (high serum potassium), then these treats may not be suitable


Ingredients:

 

20 g plain roasted chicken breast (skinless and boneless)

30 g full fat cheddar cheese (or full fat tasty cheese or Colby cheese)

280 g sweet potato (washed, not peeled)

130 g broccoli

 

Preparation:

 

1.    Preheat the oven to 180C.

2.    Boil the chopped sweet potatoes and broccoli until soft. Drain, then empty into a mixing bowl.

3.    Mash the vegetables with the grated cheese and shredded roast chicken breast. Mix well.

4.    Line a baking tray with baking paper.

5.    Scoop up tablespoons of the vegetable mix, and shape the mixture into tots. Place on to the baking tray.

6.    Bake the tots for 25-30 minutes, or until golden brown. Allow to cool completely before feeding.

 

You can use orange, red or purple sweet potatoes – whatever you prefer. The broccoli can be substituted for cauliflower, green beans, zucchini or capsicum. If your dog doesn’t tolerate poultry, you can substitute the roast chicken breast for lean cooked pork (tenderloin or loin, fat trimmed off).


Nutritional information:

 

Batch provides: 406 kcal

0.86 g phosphorus per MCal or 3.7% on a dry matter basis

17.3% protein ME basis or 20.7% on a dry matter basis

24.3% fat ME basis or 11.7% on a dry matter basis

58.2% carbohydrate ME basis or 63.4% on a dry matter basis

 

These tots are rich in the essential nutrients, magnesium, folate, manganese, vitamin B6, and niacin. Extra B vitamins are beneficial for dogs with kidney disease, because they can be increasingly lost as the kidneys lose their ability to concentrate the urine normally.


Sweet potato is a good source of the antioxidant, beta-carotene. It is also rich in prebiotic fibre. Broccoli contains sulforaphane, which has been shown to slow disease progression. Finally, cheese and roast chicken are delicious – every dog deserves a tasty treat, especially dogs that are unwell or finding life hard.


Any questions: info@vngpets.com



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