The Alternative Diet: Low Protein Dog Food Recipes

Protein is always an integral part of a dog's diet, since it helps repair worn out and damaged tissues over the years. However, there are conditions when the pet's protein intake should be calibrated. In case of the following concerns:

  • Canine renal disease
  • Canine kidney problems (acute, chronic, genetic, congenital)
  • Heart ailments
  • Urinary stones

The owner should immediately consult the proper medication, resolution, and feeding techniques to give to the pet. While considering the use of low protein dog food, consider the following arguments: firstly, never compromise the quality of protein. Meat and grains, the common composition of commercial dog food, may offer the lowest quality protein. Secondly, keep the phosphorus levels regulated also, as they cause build up in the body, further messing with the potassium and calcium levels in the pet's bloodstream. Another thing to consider is how the pet adapts to the changes of the low protein diet. Unfortunately, many dogs may find the fare bland and not as tasty as before - this could cause decrease in the normal food intake, and eventually, malnutrition. To avoid this, many experts suggest that with close monitoring, some efforts (like exploring low protein but palatable fares) could be checked.  Remember that it is crucial to keep the dog continually eating, as the dog’s health is already not in the optimum condition. Next, the owner should make sure that the dog has a high level fluid intake. Keeping the pet hydrated will help the kidneys maintain a healthy bloodstream balance, as well as eliminating the toxins in the body. In line to this, more experts veer towards wet dog food, because of its higher concentration of water content.

That being said, here are some sample recipes for variety, that could help sustain the dog’s appetite (courtesy of Ms. Sheila Mandora - http://www.buzzle.com/articles/low-protein-dog-food-diet.html):

Beef and Potatoes

(contains 737 Kcal)

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ calcium carbonate tablets
  • ½ multiple vitamin/mineral tablet
  • 3 cups potatoes
  • 2 oz lean ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons chicken fat

Directions:
Let the ground beef simmer in chicken fat, adding all the ingredients as you go. Any leftovers should be kept in a sealed container. To make this low-protein diet contain the normal phosphorus levels, instead of the usual bone meal tablets; infuse 1 ½ calcium carbonate tablet. This is fit for any 23-24 pound dog.

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Chicken and Tapioca
Ingredients

  • 1 ½ calcium carbonate tablets
  • ½ multiple vitamin/mineral tablet
  • 2 cups tapioca
  • ½ cup chicken breast
  • 2 tablespoons chicken fat

Directions

Prepare the chicken fat. In it, cook the chicken breast and the tapioca. As with the beef and potatoes recipe, to put normal amounts of phosphorus, 1 ½ calcium carbonate tablets should be added.
Once again, if pet owners plan to adopt his or her very own concoction, consult first with the veterinarian about the preparation of these recipes -  after all, there is a reason that pre-packaged foods ARE pre-packaged foods. Being the owner of the dog, you are the person most familiar of your pet’s quirks, tendencies, and appetite. Keep track of whatever was agreed upon with the veterinarian, most especially how to feed and what to feed the pet.

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