Liver Shunt Diet

Home-made diets can be used for dogs with congenital portosystemic shunts and other liver diseases. Remember that each commercial diet has been formulated to meet the lifelong nutritional needs of a pet. If substitutions are made, it changes the balance of the diet. The same is true for home-made diets; if you choose to feed your dog a diet such as the one listed below, you should not change the components of the diet or you may affect his long-term health.

Canine Low Protein Diet for Liver Disease
Revised by Dr. Claudia Kirk, Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Nutritionists,
April 18, 2005

¼ lb of ground beef (not lean chuck)
2 Cups cooked rice
1 hard cooked egg, finely chopped
3 slices of white bread, crumbled
1 tsp powdered bone meal for feeding (if you can’t find this, substitute calcium carbonate)
¼ tsp lite salt
1 Centrum vitamin-mineral supplement
1 tsp corn oil
100 IU vitamin E capsule>BR? 1 gram fish oil nutritional supplement
1 tsp Metamucil

Cook rice in advance. Cook beef in skillet, stirring, until lightly browned.
Mix cooked beef with remaining ingredients. Store refrigerated.

The mix is somewhat dry; moisture and palatability can be improved by adding warm water or low sodium chicken broth.

Yield: 598 grams (1.25 pounds) and 936 kcal/batch
Analysis (% Dry Matter):
Protein 19%
Fat 19%
Carbohydrate 54%
Sodium 0.5%
Calories 750 kcal/lb.

Feed sufficient amount to maintain normal body weight (approximately ¼ lb food per each 5 lb body weight).
Supplements: SAM-e, ursodiol, and L-carnitine as indicated by your veterinarian


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