Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Tasty Tuesday-Ping's Healthy Liver Diet

If you have been following the blog you know that our Ping has been having problems with her liver.  Our vet is fairly sure that Ping's liver problems are chronic and related to her advancing years, as such he suggested diet changes.  Thanks to the wonder of the internet that led us to our friend Christy mom to Daisy, Donald, and Angel Payton we had excellent information about beginning the  Dr. Jean Dodd's Liver Diet.  Dr. Dodd's is a wholistic veterinarian who has done a lot of research on the risks of vaccines, natural medicine, and the importance of proper diet in overall health.  Her medical diets are healthy, highly palatable and are natural home made alternatives to the Hill's Prescription diets.  Of course before you start your dog on a home made diet, or begin any diet change, you need to speak to your vet.  I also contacted Dr. Dodd's through her hemopet site to make sure that she thought Ping was a good candidate for her diet.   Luckily she is and the diet is quick and easy to make.

 Ping's Dr. Jean Dodd's Liver Diet 
  • 1 pound cod filets (poached)
    1/2 pound sweet potatoes (boiled and mashed)
    1/2 pound white potatoes (boiled and mashed)
    1pound green beans

    1 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 tbsp curcumin or tumeric 
Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl until very well combined.   This batch makes enough to feed Ping for about four days.  She eats four times a day, 1/4 cup at each feeding, because multiple small meals are better for the liver.  I pre-measure the portions in zip lock bags and then freeze them.  Ping gets quite a few supplements: salmon oil, 200 IU of Vitamin E, Coenzyme Q10, Rainbow Light Nutri Start Multivitamin Powder (again thanks Krissy!), Denamarin, and Milk Thistle.  I just measure out the supplements and add them to her meals.  She is also on one medication, Ursodiol.    

So far Ping seems to be a big fan of the new regime.  


  1. Ping has quite the satisfied look on her face! Dr. Dodd and her center has a wonderful reputation. I sent Wilson's blood sample there when my vet thought he needed to start thyroid medicine. She is the authority on canine thyroid issues! Her lab said he was fine and just to test again in a year.

  2. Ping looks pretty happy with the new diet! I'll be anxious to read how she's doing on it.

  3. Wow....now that is one happy pup!

    Hap-Pee ToesDay!

  4. She certainly cleaned her plate, so must be tasty. Hope her liver problems clear up or improve on the new diet.

  5. Yum. Sounds tasty too.
    Hope you're feeling good Ping.
    Toodle pip!

  6. Yum, go Ping! Looks like she enjoyed every last drop. Hope she is feeling a bit better!

  7. Hiya Ping! Glad to hear you've found a healthy diet that works for you. And cheers to your Mom for doing all that research and making this special food for you. Make sure you give her extra cuddles! I hope it helps with your liver levels.


  8. That is great news that you found a liver friendly diet for Ping. We can see Ping if enjoying it. Win-win we say. Have a terrific Tuesday.
    Best wishes Molly

  9. WE thinks that food sounds really good! I hope it helps your liver settle down alot! We can tell you like it also. Great job momma!!
    stella rose

  10. It sounds like a great plan! Anything homemade with no preservatives is going to be better. Pawsome!!

  11. Well, it looks like Ping thinks its delicious! So glad you found a home made alternative for Ping.

  12. So glad you have found a diet that Ping likes and which is doing her good.
    She is such a cutie, I love her grey muzzle - every time I see her, I just want to give her a hug!
    Lynne x

  13. Ping is lucky to have such smart and dedicated owners! She's a honey.

  14. Sounds like she's eating pretty darn well... yum!

  15. The last photo says it all. Happy Tasty Tuesday. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

  16. We'd love that food. We love fish. And we love healthy liver TREATS...does that count?

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  17. Oh Ping, you have the bestest mom to take such good care of you! Looks like you love your new diet! It tastes yummy and good for your liver :-)

  18. Ping looks thrilled with her new diet. Then again, what dog wouldn't be? Can't wait to hear how this goes with her.

  19. My Daddy would like that :) Bet your loving it Ping :) xx00xx

    Mollie and Alfie

  20. Ping
    How wondewful that yoow pawents found such a vewy yummie way to help yoow livew. I am sending addishunal healing smoochies to add to the mix

  21. I'm glad Ping likes his new food! It sounds yummy.

    Your pal, Pip

  22. That sounds really, really tasty (whether for pup or human! :)) and so wonderfully healthy. I hope dearly that it helps precious Ping.

    Big hugs to all of you,
    ♥ Jessica

  23. Wow Ping, you is loving those stuffs! They looks delicious AND healthy.


  24. Dr. Dodds has been doing great work for decades...I would trust any diet she recommends ...Hope Ping does well on this one

  25. That is a mighty clean bowl...must be yummy!


  26. You licked that bowl clean, so it sure must taste good!
    Hope it helps you, Ping!
    Pippa :)

  27. I think that meal sounds good enough to eat!

  28. I love Ping's face in that last picture! It really does say it all.

  29. Our Momma was starting to cook for us then her Dad got very sick and it's been placed on hold :(

    It looks like Miss Ping is really enjoying her new food. You all have a very wonderful and dedicated Mom. You all are very lucky doggies. Be good for your Mom over your blogging break and we can't wait to hear about all your adventures when you return.

  30. I'm so glad that the info we passed along was helpful. Ping is still in my prayers. I hope she is doing well.