How to Make a Liquid Diet for a Sick Dog
Liquid Diet Recipe for a Sick Dog That Can't Eat Solid Foods

Liquid Diet for Dogs and Cats

How to make a nutritional broth that will supply easy to assimilate nutrients and fluids that are necessary to animals who are too sick to eat solid food.

As a substitute for the regular diet during a fast or during periods of convalescing after gastric or intestinal surgery or upsets, pancreatitis or weakness and inability to eat solid food. To encourage anorexic, post-surgical, geriatric, or very ill animals to eat. Force-feeding critical patients. Pour over food as a flavor enhancer or caloric boost. For malnourished or underweight animals only! Not for finicky eaters.

Avoid most bouillon cubes, canned broth, or soup due to excessive chemical content and lack of nutrients.

  • Chicken: bones, necks, backs,wings, and giblets.
  • Turkey: bones, necks, wings, and backs.
  • Beef: bones or stew meat.
  • Liver: diced into cubes.
  • Fish: heads, canned fish, or smelt.
  • Vegetables: carrots, potatoes, squash, greens, peas, etc.

  1. Make one quart to one gallon per batch.
  2. Cover and simmer over low heat until meat falls off the bone.
  3. Cool and strain off liquid. Discard vegetables.
  4. Save any edible meat and freeze for pet food. Scrape any marrow from bones and return to the stock.
  5. If fat collects on the surface it is okay to serve unless the patient is overweight or has a pancreas problem.
  6. Add 1 Tbsp. of sea salt (or kelp/kombu a type of seaweed containing healing micro nutrients and minerals) to each gallon of broth. Omit if the animal has a heart problem or is being treated for fluid retention (edema).
  7. Optional, add 1-10 cloves of minced garlic per gallon. Add to the hot liquid after the broth is done.
  8. After The liquid has cooled, add 1-3 Tbsp. of Vitamin C powder per gallon. OR, you may add vitamin C in proportional doses right before serving. Vitamin C is heat sensitive so the broth should be served just slightly warm.

How Much to Feed:

  1. Dogs; Small - 1/4 - 1/2 cup every 4-24 hours. Large dogs, - 1/2 to 1.5 cup every 4 - 24 hours.
  2. Cats; 1/2 to 1.5 cup per meal.
  3. Sick animals can have a tiny quantity up to every 30 minutes. Reduce this amount if vomiting occurs. If vomiting, gastrointestinal disease or appetite loss is the initial problem, for quick relief, use the homeopathic remedy suggestions and dosing schedule found on Pet Remedy Charts, Homeopathy to the Rescue chart for dogs or cats.


  1. The broth will keep at least one week in the refrigerator if stored in a sealed container.
  2. It will keep for months if frozen. Store in ice cube trays, plastic containers or zip-lock freezer bags.
  3. Warm the broth in a hot water bath before serving. Do not boil. Do not reheat in a microwave oven.

Healing Recommendations:

We recommend using Pet Remedy Charts, a Step-by-Step Holistic Home Healthcare System that will enable you to naturally treat your pet at home (in most cases without using drugs) using safe, side effect free healing methods for
dogs, cats, horses, or birds.

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