Wholly Healthy KIDNEY/LIVER CARE Muffin Mix Recipe

These vegetables have been carefully selected to support your dog’s special needs, and help to maintain a correct pH balance. Dog with Kidney/Liver issues often need to increase their water intake. You can add a small amount of water to the crumbled muffins just before serving if desired.

  • Most dogs with kidney/ liver dysfunction or stones/crystals, require less calcium, and a different calcium to phosphorus ratio. Our suggested calcium source for these diets is ground egg shell. Egg shell has the correct calcium/phosphorus ratio for most dogs with kidney/liver dysfunction or stones/crystals. Ground egg shell must be added unless otherwise specified by your Veterinarian.  Use one half teaspoon (1/2 tsp) per day of ground egg shell powder for each 30 lbs of body weight. The egg shell powder can be mixed in with the muffins just before serving.

  • Ground egg shell powder is easily made by washing egg shells and baking them for 10 minutes in a pre-heated 300F oven. Grind the egg shells in a coffee grinder or crush them thoroughly with a rolling pin. The powder can be kept in a cool dry place in an airtight container for up to one month.


INGREDIENTS

  • 5 cups West Coast Canine Life No Calcium Premix

  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups minced raw green and orange vegetables (See below)

  • 1 minced red apple (Red Delicious is our first choice)

  • 1 or 2 raw eggs (See below)

  • ½  cup PURE  unsweetened cranberry juice (e.g., R.W. Knudsen family or Bremner’s)

  • ½ cup organic sunflower or safflower oil or Extra Virgin Olive Oil (The oil from the first pressing)

  • 1 to 1 1/2 lb boneless Whitefish, boneless ground chicken, or turkey

  • ½ to 1 cup filtered water (more or less water  may be required depending on the water content in the ingredients you use)

 

BAKING INSTRUCTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 350F (180C).

  • Lightly grease 20 medium size muffin tins

  • Combine all ingredients except water and Premix in a large bowl. When thoroughly mixed, add 5 cups of Premix and mix well. Add water if needed to make the mixture resemble the consistency of cookie dough that can be rolled in your hands without sticking.

  • Roll 20 even size balls between your hands and pop them into muffin tins, or place them on lined cookie sheets. Press the muffins down slightly. A potato mash works well. You can also score them with a knife which allows them to be broken into two even pieces. This is suggested if you are feeding a small dog. If you score the muffin in half you will get two even halves. Scoring with an X allows for four even quarters.

  • Bake time at 350F (180C) 15 to 20 minutes.

Muffins should feel moist when cool and should not stick when removing from pans – Do not over bake!

  • Remove from oven and cool thoroughly on racks before storing in an air-tight container or freezer bags.

  • Keep enough food in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days and freeze the rest of the muffins for up to two months.

 

Quick Method:

Combine vegetables, apple, oil, water and cranberry juice in a blender or food processor. If you are using fish, you can add it to the blender too. Thaw the fish slightly, and chop it, before adding it to the blender.  Pour blended ingredients into a large mixing bowl. If you are using ground meat rather than fish, place the ground meat into the bottom of the mixing bowl, then add the blender ingredients and the Premix. Mix together well. Spoon or scoop batter into lightly greased muffin tins, or scoop out onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Follow the baking directions above.


Below are a list of the vegetables for you to choose from, based on your dog’s kidney or liver issues.


Use at least one green and one yellow vegetable from the list below, per batch of muffins.

  • KIDNEY DIET:  1½ cups of a  blend of any 2 or 3 of the following vegetables: green beans, zucchini, parsley, celery, squash, or turnip

  • LIVER DIET: 2 cups of  a  blend of any 2 or 3 of the  following vegetables: green beans, zucchini, parsley, celery, squash, or turnip

  • OXALATE CRYSTALS OR STONES DIET (Low pH/acidic urine): 1 ½ cups of a blend of any 2 or 3 of the following vegetables: zucchini, broccoli, bok choy, parsley, celery, yellow beans, squash, or turnip

  • STRUVITE CRYSTALS OR STONES DIET (high pH/alkaline urine): 1 ½ cups of a blend of any  2 or 3 of the following vegetables:  spinach, beet and beet tops, okra, endive, kale, or sweet potato