How to Make Low-Protein Dog Food

How to Make Low-Protein Dog Food
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Things You'll Need

  • 1/2 lb. fatty ground beef

  • 4 cups white rice

  • Two eggs

  • Six slices of white bread


Always consult with a vet before altering your pet's diet. Your vet might recommend supplements to round out your feeding regimen.

Avoid feeding your dog treats or table scraps, because those foods might add too much protein to your dog's diet.


Adjust the feeding quantity to maintain your dog's healthy weight.

Consider alternating between a homemade diet and a specially-formulated kibble like Hill's Prescription Diet for Kidney Health.

Dehydration is a common problem associated with kidney failure. Ensure your dog has access to clean water at all times.

If your dog has been diagnosed with an acute or chronic kidney disease, your vet may recommend a low-protein diet to help manage your dog's condition. The kidney works to eliminate wastes, and for a dog with kidney disease, protein is difficult to process. Though kidney disease is often irreversible, you can help improve your dog's quality of life through feeding him a specialized diet that you can make at home. This recipe yields 3 lbs., enough to feed a 20-lb. dog for three days.

Step 1

Brown the ground beef in a skillet with a small amount of water. Do not drain.

Step 2

Cook 4 cups of white rice. Do not add salt.

Step 3

Hard-boil two eggs, then chop the eggs into small pieces. Set aside the shells.

Step 4

Break six slices of white bread into 1/2-inch pieces.

Step 5

Combine the ground beef, white rice, eggs and bread. Stir until thoroughly mixed.

Step 6

Grind the remaining eggshells into a fine powder, and stir it into the food.

Step 7

Serve with a small amount of water mixed into the food. Refrigerate leftovers.

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