Weight Loss Diet


This diet is one that we kind of backed into. When some of the Epi Guardian Angels were dealing with liver damage and their dogs were on the liver cleansing diet (developed by W. Jean Dodds, DVM), we noticed a slow weight loss without the dog being hungry. They would lose about a pound every week or so which is a good rate for dogs. Here is the liver cleansing diet adapted for weight loss which has been highly effective.


2 cups zucchini
2 cups string beans, celery, carrots, or summer squash
4 cups cod fillet or chicken

Wash the zucchini and cut up with string beans, celery, carrots or summer squash and cook in a covered pot until very tender.

4 cups cod fillet poached in a frying pan with water until fish is white OR 4 cups of chicken which has been skinned. Simmer a whole skinned chicken in a covered pot (barely covered with water) for about 2 to 3 hours. Drain the chicken in a colander and put the left over chicken soup in the fridge and skim off the fat when it is cold. You can use 1/2 cup of the chicken soup heated in a microwave mixed in with the meals for extra nutrition of trace minerals.

Mix all the above 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.

Try and feed in 2, 3 or 4 small meals (depending on your schedule), the last one being at bedtime. Smaller meals spread apart will burn more calories. Put one meal portions in baggies and freeze what you won't use in 3 days. Then you can put them in the fridge the day before and they will be thawed out. 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.

To determine how much "Weight Loss" food to feed, start with 1 1/2 to 2 cups of the amount you feed regularly. If your dog eats 4 cups of food a day, give 6 to 8  cups of the "Weight Loss" mixture. 

 >>>This is very important: You need to watch their weight carefully so that they don't lose too much weight too quickly because that can trigger seizures.  Go slowly and adjust the amount of Weight Loss" mixture to their needs. The slower the better. 

For full supplementation, use an infant's liquid multi vitamin (use the dose for the body weight recommended) or read the list of supplements in the article "Supplements For Home Cooked Diet".

Joanne Carson, Ph.D.
Metabolic Therapist

If you are switching from kibble, and/or canned dog food, to home cooking and your dog is on potassium or sodium bromide, please be aware that there is considerably less sodium (salt) in home cooking than kibble or canned (which can have large amounts of sodium). Sodium, or salt, in the diet "uses up" the bromide and less salt in the diet could raise bromide levels substantially which would cause bromism. After switching over to home cooking, if your dog has weakness in its legs, gets "wobbly" or loses it's balance, your vet can reduce the bromide dose slowly and in small amounts. W. Jean Dodds, DVM, recommends reducing the dose of bromide slightly or by 1/3 to see if the signs of bromism go away or are lessened. In a month, have the bromide levels checked to make sure they are in the therapeutic range. Don't worry about lowering the bromide as long as it stays in therapeutic range. Less bromide and home cooking will be healthier for your dog in the long range.