LIVER CLEANSING DIET
By Guardian Angel Pat
damage has been determined by a pre- and post-meal bile acid test or a urine
bile acid test and a chemistry panel which show elevated values of Alkaline
Phosphatase, Alt (SGPT), and GGT, there has been great success in reversing
liver damage by doing three things:
1. Reducing the amount of Phenobarbital on a program determined by your vet
and replacing it with potassium or sodium bromide.
2. Using the liver cleansing diet
3. Adding Milk Thistle to the diet
The liver cleansing diet has been formulated by W. Jean Dodds, DVM. Dr.
Dodds recommends a formula of 2 cups of cod fillet to 6 cups of veggies
and potatoes, or 25% cod fillet to 75% veggies and
1 and 1/2 cups new white potatoes
1 and 1/2 cups sweet potatoes
1 and 1/2 cups of zucchini
1 and 1/2 cup string beans, celery or summer squash
2 cups cod fillet
Wash the potatoes well and cut them up crosswise into 2" pieces so the skin
circles the potatoes. Simmer for 45 minutes to 1 hour and remove the
Wash the zucchini and cut up with string beans, celery or squash and steam
or cook until very tender.
2 cups cod fillet poached in a frying pan with water until fish is white.
Mix all ingredients together until it is well blended. This will give you
approximately 8 cups of food. Depending on the size of your dog, you can
double or triple the recipe.
With liver disease try and feed in 3 or 4 small meals, the last one being at
bedtime. This puts less stress on the liver. Put one-meal portions in
baggies and freeze what you won't use in 3
days. You should be able to cook once a week and
freeze what you don't use. This recipe will stay fresh for 3 days
in the fridge.
You can or cannot supplement the liver diet. Supplements are not needed on a
short term basis while you cleanse the liver. If you feel you MUST
supplement the diet, you can add one-half (1/2)
the recommended dosage of "Missing
Link" food supplement to just ONE of the meals each
day. This food supplement is recommended by Dr. W.
Jean Dodds for normal diets to ensure that all
nutritional needs are being met. Missing Link can be purchased at most pet
food stores and online pet food websites (see package for dosage by weight).
If this causes diarrhea, discontinue.
Cod fillets or white low-fat fish has branched chain
amino acids that actually
helps heal the liver. Soy and fat-free cottage cheese also have this
specific amino acid, but should not be used in
a diet until the pre- and post-meal bile acid test comes back in a normal range.
Dr. Dodds recommends using milk thistle in the doses listed below to help
heal the liver along with reducing Phenobarbital (according to your vet)
and feeding the liver cleansing diet.
Milk Thistle Dosage (from the newsletter "Healthy Pets - Naturally"):
Dose as % of adult human dose
5 lbs 10%
5-10 lbs 15%
11-20 lbs 20%
21-40 lbs 30%
41-70 lbs 50%
71-100 lbs 75%
100 lbs 100%
W. J. Dodds, DVM
Healthy Pets - Naturally newsletter
*Dodds WJ, Donoghue S. 1994. Interactions of Clinical Nutrition with
Genetics. In:The Waltham Book of Clinical
Nutrition of the Dog and Cat, Chapter 8. Pergamon
Press Ltd., Oxford, England, pp. 105-117.