Kidney Failure: What To Feed Your Dog - Dogs Naturally Magazine
The controversy about using low protein dog foods for the treatment of kidney disease.
Kidney disease in dogs is a very serious issue. However, it's not the only reason to consider low protein dog food as other health problems may also be a good cause for concern with changing your pet's diet. If you were unable to pick a good low protein food for your dog in the above list, here are ten more alternatives you should consider.
Firstly mirtazapine shouldn’t be increased in dogs with kidney disease as the renal clearance of this drug is decreased so usually prescriptions are written 30% below regular dosage. There is still a lot of controversy surrounding protein levels in dogs with kidney disease; I tend to stay away from homemade diets as they can be difficult to perfect and you may end up leaving out an important nutrients. There are many different commercial diets which would be suitable for most dogs suffering from kidney disease; if you are to make your own food: high quality highly digestible protein like dairy products (be careful if lactose intolerant) and egg whites as well as sweet potatoes, spinach or kale along with an omega 3 supplement. Nutrition isn’t my area, so it may be worth speaking with a Veterinary Nutritionist who may be able to recommend a diet with measurements etc… Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
Kibble is not a good option for these dogs
Non-Prescription Commercial Diets for Dogs with Kidney Disease
If your dog is suffering kidney disease and has been asked to be fed with low protein dog food, here are some great recipes for your adorable pet.Low protein dog food can help manage the symptoms of chroniccanine kidney disease by reducing the work load facing the kidneys asit filters waste products from your dog's body. Though there is no curefor chronic kidney disease, the symptoms can be more easily managedthis way.An ideal diet for combating urinary stones and renal health-related problems is one that's moderate in high-quality proteins (and devoid of substandard protein sources), high in complex carbohydrates (whole grains, fruits, and low-purine vegetables help rid the body of extra uric acid), low in fat (fat holds onto uric acid in the kidneys), low in unnecessary fillers (foods that add little in the way of nutrients and for the most part simply result in larger stools for your dog), low in phosphorus (more important during advanced renal failure than in early stages of kidney disease), low in salt, and, for in particular, low in purines (components of certain foods – primarily found in animal proteins – that metabolize into uric acid in the body).The dog foods that I’ve recommended for dogs with kidney disease are mostly veterinarian-prescribed because of their low protein content. Talk with your dog’s veterinarian to find the perfect food for your dog.