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Royal Canin Canine Veterinary (Clinical) Diets Hepatic Dog Food

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  • Dry » 1.5kg Bag £14.99
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  • Dry » 12kg Bag £74.50
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Royal Canin Hepatic provides nutritional support to dogs in cases of chronic hepatitis, copper metabolism disorders, liver disease and failure. The diet combines highly digestible vegetable proteins and a patented blend of antioxidants to protect cells and strengthen your dog's natural defenses. With added zinc and L-carnitin to cater to the high energy needs of the liver and promote healthy internal systems. The food is specially formulated to contain reduced copper and sodium levels in order to reduce portal hypertension and extravascular water flow. Delicious and nutritious to suit even the fussiest canine appetites.


HEPATIC is a complete dietetic feed for the nutritional management of dogs formulated to support liver function in the case of chronic liver insufficiency and for the reduction of copper in the liver. Moderate level of high quality protein. High level of essential fatty acids and highly digestible carbohydrates. Low level of copper.

HF16 Dry Food


It is recommended that a veterinarian’s opinion be sought before use or before extending the period of use. Initially feed Hepatic for up to 6 months.


  • Vegetable Protein - Vegetable protein which is better assimilated by dogs with liver insufficiency.
  • Low Copper - Low level of copper to help reduce its accumulation in liver cells.
  • Antioxidant Complex - A patented synergistic complex of antioxidants to help neutralise free radicals.
  • High Energy - Adequate energy intake to meet the needs of an adult dog without overloading the stomach.


  • Composition - Rice, maize, animal fats, soya protein isolate*, hydrolysed animal proteins, beet pulp, minerals, soya oil, vegetable fibres, fish oil, fructo-oligo-saccharides, marigold extract (source of lutein).
  • Additives (per kg) - Nutritional additives: Vitamin A: 11600 IU, Vitamin D3: 1000 IU, E1 (Iron): 115 mg, E2 (Iodine): 4.3 mg, E5 (Manganese): 53 mg, E6 (Zinc): 212 mg, E8 (Selenium): 0.38 mg - Preservatives - Antioxidants.
  • Analytical constituents - Protein: 16% - Fat content: 16% - Crude ash: 4.7% - Crude fibres: 2% - Essential fatty acids: 43 g/kg - Total copper: 5 mg/kg - Sodium: 0.2% - Potassium: 0.9% - Metabolisable energy: 4043 kcal/kg. *L.I.P.: protein selected for its very high assimilation.


Analysis table Amount
Arachidonic acid (%) 0.05
Ash (%) 4.7
Biotin (mg/kg) 1.17
Calcium (%) 0.73
Fibre (%) 2.0
Dietary fibre (%) 7.2
DL-methionine (%) 1.02
EPA/DHA (%) 0.21
Fat (%) 16.0
L-carnitine (mg/kg) 300.0
Linoleic acid (%) 3.77
Lutein (mg/kg) 5.0
Metabolisable energy (calculated according to NRC85) (kcal/kg) 3785.5
Metabolisable energy (measured) (kcal/kg) 4043.0
Methionine Cystine (%) 1.04
Moisture (%) 8.0
Nitrogen-free extract (NFE) (%) 53.3
Omega 3 (%) 0.6
Omega 6 (%) 3.88
Phosphorus (%) 0.52
Protein (%) 16.0
Starch (%) 48.1
Taurine (mg/kg) 2200.0
Vitamin A (UI/kg) 19000.0
Vitamin C (mg/kg) 200.0
Vitamin E (mg/kg) 600.0
Other nutrients Amount
Arginine (%) 1.16
L-lysine (%) 1.04
Minerals Amount
Chlorine (%) 0.47
Copper (mg/kg) 5.0
Iodine (mg/kg) 5.4
Iron (mg/kg) 167.0
Magnesium (%) 0.08
Manganese (mg/kg) 65.0
Potassium (%) 0.9
Selenium (mg/kg) 0.38
Sodium (%) 0.2
Zinc (mg/kg) 241.0
Vitamins Amount
Choline (mg/kg) 2100.0
Folic acid (mg/kg) 1.1
Vitamin B1 Thiamin (mg/kg) 8.6
Vitamin B12 Cyanocobalamin (mg/kg) 0.09
Vitamin B2 Riboflavin (mg/kg) 4.4
Vitamin B3 Niacin (mg/kg) 17.2
Vitamin B5 Pantothenic acid (mg/kg) 29.0
Vitamin B6 Pyridoxine (mg/kg) 9.4
Vitamin B7 (mg/kg) 0.01
Vitamin D3 (UI/kg) 1000.0

Feeding guidelines

The following table shows the recommended daily feeding guidelines (grams per day). Fresh water should be available at all times.

Dog Weight 2kg 5kg 10kg 15kg
Lean 70g 130g 220g 295g
Normal 55g 105g 175g 235g
Overweight 40g 80g 130g 175g

Dog Weight 20kg 30kg 40kg 50kg
Lean 365g 490g 605g 710g
Normal 290g 390g 480g 570g
Overweight 220g 295g 360g 425g

Wet Food


  • Low Copper - Low level of copper to help reduce its accumulation in liver cells.
  • Antioxidant Complex - A patented synergistic complex of antioxidants to help neutralise free radicals.
  • Electrolyte Balance - A low sodium intake decreases portal hypertension and reduces extravascular fluid loss.
  • High Energy - Adequate energy intake to meet the needs of an adult dog without overloading the stomach.


  • Composition - Cereals (maize, rice), meat and animal derivatives (chicken), oils and fats, derivatives of vegetable origin, eggs and egg derivatives, minerals.
  • Additives (per kg) - Nutritional additives: Vitamin D3: 248 IU, E1 (Iron): 18 mg, E2 (Iodine): 0.2 mg, E4 (Copper): 1.3 mg, E5 (Manganese): 5.5 mg, E6 (Zinc): 55mg.
  • Analytical constituents - Protein: 6.5% - Fat content: 4.2% - Crude ash: 1.5% - Crude fibres: 2% - Moisture: 64% - Sodium: 0.05% - Omega 6 essential fatty acids: 1.6% and Omega 3 essential fatty acids: 0.01% - Total copper: 2.9 mg/kg.


Analysis table Amount
Arachidonic acid (%) 0.02
Ash (%) 1.5
Biotin (UI/kg) 0.12
Calcium (%) 0.35
Fibre (%) 2.0
Dietary fibre (%) 3.0
Fat (%) 4.2
L-carnitine (mg/kg) 120.0
Linoleic acid (%) 1.5
Lutein (mg/kg) 3.0
Metabolisable energy (calculated according to NRC85) (kcal/kg) 1347.5
Metabolisable energy (measured) (kcal/kg) 1484.0
Moisture (%) 64.0
Nitrogen-free extract (NFE) (%) 21.8
Omega 3 (%) 0.01
Omega 6 (%) 1.6
Phosphorus (%) 0.24
Protein (%) 6.5
Starch (%) 20.8
Taurine (mg/kg) 1900.0
Vitamin A (UI/kg) 5500.0
Vitamin C (mg/kg) 80.0
Vitamin E (mg/kg) 250.0
Vitamins Amount
Choline (mg/kg) 700.0
Folic acid (mg/kg) 0.3
Vitamin B1 Thiamin (mg/kg) 10.0
Vitamin B12 Cyanocobalamin (mg/kg) 0.025
Vitamin B2 Riboflavin (mg/kg) 4.0
Vitamin B3 Niacin (mg/kg) 15.0
Vitamin B5 Pantothenic acid (mg/kg) 11.0
Vitamin B6 Pyridoxine (mg/kg) 1.5
Vitamin D3 (UI/kg) 250.0
Minerals Amount
Copper (mg/kg) 3.0
Iodine (mg/kg) 0.35
Iron (mg/kg) 30.0
Magnesium (%) 0.035
Manganese (mg/kg) 10.0
Potassium (%) 0.27
Selenium (mg/kg) 0.14
Sodium (%) 0.05
Zinc (mg/kg) 60.0

Feeding guidelines

The following table shows the recommended daily feeding guidelines (grams per day). Fresh water should be available at all times.

Dog Weight 2kg 5kg 10kg 15kg
Lean 185 g 1/2 can 360 g 3/4 can 595 g 1+1/2 can 805 g 2 can
Normal 150 g 1/4 can 290 g 3/4 can 480 g 1+1/4 can 640 g 1+1/2 can
Overweight 110 g 1/4 can 215 g 1/2 can 360 g 3/4 can 480 g 1+1/4 can

Dog Weight 20kg 25kg 30kg 40kg
Lean 990 g 2+1/4 can 1165 g 2+3/4 can 1330 g 3+1/4 can 1645 g
Normal 790 g 2 can 930 g 2+1/4 can 1065 g 2+1/2 can 1315 g
Overweight 595 g 1+1/2 can 700 g 1+3/4 can 800 g 2 can 985 g

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Reviews (46)

Summary of Reviews for Royal Canin Canine Veterinary (Clinical) Diets Hepatic Dog Food

Overall 5
Value For Money
Pet's Opinion
Nutritional Value
46 out of 46 (100%) customers would recommend this product.
5 stars (36 reviews)
4 stars (8 reviews)
3 stars (2 reviews)
2 stars (0 reviews)
1 stars (0 reviews)

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45 Hepatic dog food
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By on 6 November 2018

Royal Canine Hepatic dog food was recommended by AHT Newmarket, to balance the liver function of our Mini Schnauzer. He is fed a mix of wet and dry food, which he eagerly devours. Cannot comment on any medical benefits at this time, but he seems a lot brighter than previous and he is putting on a bit of weight!

Customer recommends this product

45 We're was Murphy,'s food
Verified Purchase

By on 19 July 2018

The product is good but I had to ring up to find out where it was as it hadn't arrived in 48 hrs to be told the warehouse hadn't had any in however it arrived a couple of days later

Customer recommends this product

45 Bought for older dog with liver problems
Verified Purchase

By on 7 April 2018

I bought this for my 15 year old dog who had just been diagnosed with a liver problem. Fortunately he likes it. Too soon to say if it's had an effect yet.

Customer recommends this product

55 my beloved Collie socks had this food.

By on 20 March 2018

My Border Collie, Socks, was diagnosed with an inoperable hepatic shunt at the age of 2. Our vet was amazing and said that in her condition that she probably had a yr of good quality life left in her. We put her on Royal Canin hepatic food (dry) and along with lots of TLC and supportive vetinary care she out lived everyone's expectations. I know it will not be the same for every dog with this condition but I cannot recommend this highly enough. She suffered headaches, lethargy and generally looked depressed before we put her on this feed. She was put to sleep just before her 9th birthday when her liver function finally dropped to a level that would not bounce back. She remained happy and healthy on this food and bounced, ran and enjoyed life in general. Anyone who has a dog with Hepatic shunt should definitely give this a try. I tried lots of other diets but this one definitely gave my girl her wag and bounce back for lots of bonus years.

Customer recommends this product

55 Wet food
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By on 3 February 2018

My little princess has now been on this food for two months at first I had to add some rice and veg as she don't have a lot of teeth is was a bit tacky for her to eat the other stuff added made it a bit easy to swallow as it broke it up in smaller bit's but she's doing good a little over weight but loves her walks again she loves food so getting her to eat this was a bit trying got there in the end.

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Q & A

Below are some recent questions we've received regarding Royal Canin Canine Veterinary (Clinical) Diets Hepatic Dog Food, including answers from our team.

9 September 2017 at 12:01pm

Can Wet and Dry food be mixed and if so what quantities?

Brian O'Hara

  • VioVet customer since 2012
  • From: Lincolnshire, United Kingdom

My dog has been diagnosed with Liver Disease and has been recovering well. So far she has only been on the dry Royal Canin Hepatic food and I have been adding protein supplements. By mixing with the Wet I think I could reduce the supplements and help manage her weight better.

  • VioVet Staff


We would advise you to speak to your vet before you change or add anything into your dog's diet, just to ensure it is safe to do so.

Many thanks.

8 October 2015 at 12:44pm

Hepatic Encephalopathy

Sophie Owens

  • VioVet customer since 2015
  • From: Worcestershire, United Kingdom

Will this food be ok for my 9 month old working cocker spaniel he has hepatic encephalopathy. He is currently on Purina Hypoallergenic.

  • VioVet Staff

This should probably a much better diet for your dog and I would recommend it. However the cause of the hepatic encephalopathy needs to be identified of course and treated if possible. Your vet should also be able to advise on diets and any other appropriate measures.

1 May 2015 at 4:46pm



my jack russell has just been prescribed hepatic food as she has liver problems and i was wondering if there are any treats that she can have as i have been told by my vet that she can't have anything

  • VioVet Staff

You should not give her any treats which are based on meat, fish, cheese or any of the protein sources which dogs normally love. It is a shame but it is true that these should come from the hepatic food and no extra given. However it might be possible to give some sorts of treats, depending on what your dog likes. For instance the treats which are made from dried carrots are usually regarded as safe for a dog such as yours and many dogs to enjoy them. Check with your vet first, but carrot treats for dogs are on the website and should be OK to give.

28 March 2015 at 2:15pm

Liver shunt in my shit zhu

Sharon doolan

Can I use royal canine hepatic as his food?2

  • VioVet Staff

Yes, this food should be very suitable for your dog with a liver (porto-systemic) shunt.

25 September 2014 at 4:48pm

Do I need a prescription?

Andrew Brewster

Do I need a prescription from a vet to order this food? It has been recommended by the vet for my dog.

  • VioVet Staff

No, a prescription isn't needed to buy this food. We'd always recommend that customers seek veterinary advice before feeding therapeutic diet to their dog, so it is great that your vet has already given you guidance.

10 August 2014 at 9:51pm

Is royal canin hepatic wet food suitable for my dog

Ben Gale

My 11 year old jack Russell terrier had a bout of pancreatitis approx 18 months ago which was corrected using a diet of royal canin gastro intestinal low fat kibble & chicken breast & rice which I cooked for him. He now has elevated liver enzymes but his pancreatitis results are now normal, is it safe to give him the royal canin hepatic wet can food? I also add some chicken breast to this or he won't eat it. Could He be at risk of the pancreatitis returning with this diet??

  • VioVet Staff

Generally speaking it seems that high fat foods tend to be associated with pancreatitis. This diet for liver support is quite high in fat so it might not be ideal for your dog, though pancreatitis is an unpredictable condition. His chances of getting pancreatitis again now are not high, but if you change the diet you should do so gradually so that he gets used to it. Can your vet explain the elevated liver enzymes? It is difficult to decide which condition is of more importance right now. It might be worth investigating further, perhaps with an ultrasound scan.