Best Dog Food Diet For Kidney Issues
My mom's dog was recently (about 2 months ago) diagnosed with elevated protein levels in her urine. Her vet said her kidneys were weakening and/or she was beginning to develop a kidney disease. I don't have the levels from the test. But further urine test apparently confirmed her diagnosis.
Her vet put her on Enalapril 5mg and gave her Hills KD canned for the diet.
I know there is a lot of controversy about a low protein diet for kidney issues. I don't agree with it and believe the problems come from the cooked foods. But everyone seems to look to their vet for nutritional information when I also know that most of them have had little to know nutritional training. Holistic vets are the exception.
From my research I told her the best diet would be a high quality raw food diet. This I believe would put the less stress on the kidneys.
Her not wanting to do raw yet led me to a recipe that I found in a reference book at our store from
Dr. Pitcairn's New Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats. The kidney recipe he recommends is hamburger, rice, eggs, carrots, a little garlic, b complex, C, safflower oil, salt and calcium.
This upped her protien to 17% and fat to 25%.
She stopped eating the KD food and when I introduced this food, she ate it great. After a couple days she's not so interested. My mom has to add something, NV's Boost, baby food, cottage cheese or something to get her to eat it now.
She doesn't know what's best and needs a little more guidance as for diet and/or any supplements.
We are asking for any recommended diets, supplements, or suggestions as to what we need to do for her long term.
She is open to a raw food diet if you suggest this to be the best thing for her.
We do carry several raw foods for dogs, one is about 95% protein and 5% veggies and the other is 80% with 20% veggies. Both have bone and organ meat ground up in them.
We are also looking for what variety of proteins she might have so to keep her interested in eating.
Her dog is a 14 y/o dachshund who has been healthy most of her life. A few teeth issues.
She has a few fatty lumpy tumors that the vet is just leaving alone. Her weight is good and her activity is good.
My wife and I own a natural pet food store so she has been eating only premium pet foods and some homemade. We haven't been able to convert her to a raw food diet as of yet.
She mostly gets grain free canned food, a little homemade that consist of ground turkey, oatmeal and some veggies. She gets a few grain free kibble bits on top.
She gets enzymes and probiotics on every meal, a fish pill and some greens.
I have no photo's of her with me but she is a standard looking black and tan dachshund.
Thank you for your help.
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