How To Make Your Own Low Residue Dog Food

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There are a variety of conditions that necessitate a low residue diet for your pet.
There are a variety of conditions that necessitate a low residue diet for your pet. (Image: Thinkstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Low residue dog food is food that creates very little stool or residual remains from eating. While large amounts of protein and fiber are normally considered part of a healthy diet, low residue dog food is meant to provide your pet with complete nutrition that requires very little digestive work. This food contains very little fiber and easily-digestible protein. Low residue food is easily metabolized and gives your dog’s digestive system a break. The Pet Place website provides this recipe from “The Pocket Companion to Small Animal Clinical Nutrition."

Things You'll Need

  • Calcium carbonate
  • Cottage cheese
  • Egg(s)
  • Human adult vitamin
  • Salt
  • Vegetable oil
  • White rice

Check with your veterinarian to determine the correct ratios of the ingredients for your pet and whether or not additional components are needed. This will depend on the reason for the low residue diet.

Your vet will help you determine the best diet for your dog.
Your vet will help you determine the best diet for your dog. (Image: Dean Golja/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Cook the rice and hard-boil the egg.

White rice is easy to digest.
White rice is easy to digest. (Image: Dynamic Graphics/Dynamic Graphics Group/Getty Images)

Chop the egg into the rice.

Eggs provide the protein your dog needs.
Eggs provide the protein your dog needs. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Add the calcium carbonate, cottage cheese, salt and vegetable oil to the egg and rice mixture and mix well.

Vegetable oil provides necessary fatty acids.
Vegetable oil provides necessary fatty acids. (Image: BananaStock/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Pulverize the vitamin and mix with the food before serving.

Some dogs will take vitamins orally.
Some dogs will take vitamins orally. (Image: PhotoObjects.net/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

Tips & Warnings

  • If you decide to go with commercial low residue dog food, avoid those that contain beet pulp, chicken by-products or corn grits.

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