Watching your dog suffer from Cushing’s disease is really rough! Your dog is constantly hungry, thirsty, itchy, balding, and growing what looks to be a dog beer belly.
In addition to external symptoms, dogs with Cushing’s disease also suffer internally. Many dogs with Cushing’s disease suffer from hyperlipidemia–too much fat in the blood.
Hyperlipidemia makes feeding a dog with Cushing’s disease a bit tricky. You want to feed in a way that lowers the amount of circulating fats in the blood.
Why You Should Cook for Your Dog With Cushing’s Disease
To be very proactive with feeding a dog with Cushing’s disease, you need to incorporate a fat-restricted diet combined with TCVM Veterinary Food Therapy.
Sounds really tough, right? Not really! Just follow the steps below and you’ll be off to a good start!
#1 Figure Out Your Dog’s Energetic Body Type
Take a look at our feeding chart. Review all columns and make note of the column with most of the issues your dog experiences.
The food listed is what will bring your dog into or keep your dog energetically balanced.
#2 Choose The Appropriate Recipe
Once you know what type of food your dog needs, choose the appropriate recipe from our recipe list.
The recipes include lists of foods energetically appropriate for your dog. You’ll also find a sample slow cooker recipe to use as a guide when you create your own recipe with foods your dog loves.
#3 Cook and Have Fun!
Simply mix and match the foods on the list, keeping the proper protein, fat, and carbohydrate ratios.
Remember, because of the hyperlipidema, you must feed to lower the amount of circulating fats in the blood.
The best way to lower the amount circulating fats is to keep the fat in your dog’s diet below 16%.
So, adjust the recipe, choosing foods your dog loves but keeping the fat total at 16% fat or less.
If you have trouble doing the math, you can use a nutrient counter like what’s available on Livestrong or FitBit websites.
You also need to be careful what treats you feed a dog with Cushing’s disease. The best treats for Cushing’s disease, freeze-dried organ meats, are naturally low in fat.
By making a few small food and lifestyle changes, dogs with Cushing’s disease can live long, healthy lives. Your dog is lucky to have someone who cares enough to learn how! 🙂