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20 Best Foods for a Rottweiler with Kidney Disease

Written by: Zyra Capalac
Zyra is a Special Project Coordinator of HomeLife Media and a writer for She has 3 dogs namely Skye, Luna, and one of them is a rescue, named Tesla.Read more
| Published on May 12, 2023
Does your Rottweiler have chronic kidney disease? You’re not alone. Members of our I Love My Rottweiler Facebook community recently shared their insights on the following question: What food would you recommend for a Rottweiler with kidney disease? We received hundreds of helpful replies and below have compiled some of the best responses.

Always remember to consult your veterinarian before making any health changes to your rottweiler’s diet, especially if the suffer from chronic kidney disease (CKD). iHeartDogs is reader supported, so some of the links below may be affiliate links where we receive a small commission at no additional cost to you.

20 Best Dog Foods for a Rottweiler with Chronic Kidney Disease

Maybe look up a diet of food you cook. My guy kept soft stool. I mix kibble with homemade chicken and rice and veggies. Friends dog gets fish as she can’t handle chicken. Be really careful as nutrients are most important. Good luck

Author: Denise J.

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Hills science K/D along with a homemade diet of pork, rice, sweet potatoes, apples, green beans, blueberries and pumpkin. Under the direction of our kidney specialist. Along with a phos binder and epakitin, probiotics and omega 3 fish oil. He was diagnosed at 11 months at a level 3 and we were able to maintain his numbers until he was 3 1/2 when they just gave out and he passed away at home.

Author: Britney S.

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We used to give our Rocky, Royal Canin Hepatic. He liked it and he lived for 3 years after the kidney issue started. He also got Omega 3.

Author: Chaturi I.

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When my boy got sick, we realized diet was part of the problem. My wife has started making our dogs’ food from scratch ever since. It’s way healthier and the dogs love it!

Author: Kenny G.

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Hills science diet k/d… mixed some of their dry with some of their canned (chicken was the only flavor he would eat) with a little bit of hot water.

Author: Sue M.

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Home cook for him rotisserie chickens are quite reasonable remove the skin white meat dark meat you can make him salmon green beans carrots sweet potatoes canned pumpkin there are many options and it’s a lot cheaper than the prescription dog food although you might want to get a bag just to throw in a little bit of crunch feed him according to body weight which you can talk to the vet about that’s what we’re doing for our girl she’s a pitbull with elevated levels

Author: Steve C.

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We had our boy on Hills. After a few years found he could no longer tolerate and start diarrhea. Started to home cook with rice and chicken. Found his allergies disappeared. But kidneys started to get worse. He now gets about 30% canin royal kidney and 70% other. Other consists of; brown rice, organic pumpkin puree, beats, apples, blueberries, strawberries, red pepper, broccoli, omega 3 oil, probiotics and a powder mixture (make into a gravy) with peptides and vitamins. His joints are better, coat looks great, more energy and kidney levels have improved. Removed meat from his diet.

Author: Cindy McChesney C.

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I would suggest raw diet. I feed mine green tripe, ground venison, pork kidney, raw eggs and raw goats milk.She does very well on this and she loves it!

Author: Keith J.

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we fed purina dry and can kidney food. she was also on prednisone. I tried homemade but couldn’t get her to eat it. tried to lower the prednisone but then she would quit eating… she was 5 when we found out and 7 when we lost her…. wish you the best

Author: Joy G.

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I suggest you make it for your pup beef chicken veggies pumpkin sweet potato any combo that your pup likes I also add oatmeal for a grain. Good luck!

Author: Paula Sullivan-Q.

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You can cook. Research homemade kidney diet. You need foods with low phosphorus. If I remember what I made for mine It was sticky rice, egg whites, boiled chopped beef and butter. I think I also gave her CoQ10 also.

Author: Laura P.

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Kidney diets need to be low protein, low sodium and low phosphates…my girl was diagnosed last year and put Royal Canin renal support and mobility…she does great on it, and has actually seen her kidney values reverse back to almost normal levels…she’ll be 9 in a few months and is going strong!

Author: Berni V.

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A good quality raw food I think is best!! We have always fed ours raw but sourced quality! Our rotties loved it, we now have frenchies and have continued with it and they also love it!! After watching a tv programs about supermarket and dried food we switched immediately!! That was a few years ago. All too often dogs are sick with awful diseases. We lost all 4 of our rotties to cancer.. if you ask me I think it all stems from the vaccines we are pressured to give our dogs.. don’t shoot me and no I’m not a conspiracy theorist!! It’s just my opinion…

Author: Paul I.

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Yep Hills K/D. Mine was diagnosed at 6 months. Wasn’t supposed to survive his first year but lived to 7 years. Name was Rennie Bennie.

Author: Beth A.

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have raised rotties for 30 years, beneful…. he has thyroid issues and allergic to everything

Author: Angie E.

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My girl (Gabby) passed in august 22 of kidney disease. I tried Hills KD can. Different flavors and textures. She liked the Stew one better than the regular Finally she just gave up fighting but she’s fought long and hard. She was my BFF. It took her from 136 to 67 lbs. horrible. She let me know when she was tired of fighting and we helped her pass at home. We had her on Cerenia and Fortiflora daily. My heart goes out to you. Wish the best for you and your pup.

Author: Tammy S.

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So sorry for your family members disease. Try Fromm or Orijen.

Author: Alan M.

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I use Diamond. But chop meat, rice, carrots, green beans is good too.

Author: Kelly T.

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Dr Harvey. Love it. I have been giving it to my dog for couple of years. You get to control the protein intake.

Author: Saima M.

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I fed my diabetic dog Bella NutriSource/PureVita

Author: Danette L.

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In conclusion, managing chronic kidney disease in rottweilers is crucial for their long-term health and well-being. Selecting the best dog food tailored to your pet’s specific needs can significantly improve their quality of life. Opt for diets low in phosphorus and high-quality proteins, with added omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and essential vitamins. Consult with a veterinarian for personalized recommendations for your rottweiler, and always transition your pet’s diet gradually. By providing the appropriate nutritional support, you can help manage your dog’s kidney disease and ensure they continue to lead a happy, healthy life.

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