Kidney Problems in Dogs
Dogs kidneys are life sustaining organs that remove waste from the bloodstream and regulate body fluids. If the kidneys are not able to do their job the result could be life threatening for your dog. Kidney problems in dogs can effect all species and the initial symptoms can be hard to spot.
What is kidney disease in dogs?
Kidneys are very important because, as mentioned above, they remove waste substances from the blood, and help maintain the normal balance of fluid and minerals within the body.
When the kidneys are damaged, it is often referred to as kidney or renal disease. It can be very hard to detect kidney disease in dogs and problems may only occur after ¾ of kidney function has been lost. Dogs may show early warning signs of kidney disease but this is rare. Blood tests and urine analysis can help detect early kidney disease in dogs
What causes kidney disease in dogs?
A wide range of issues can cause dog kidney disease, including injury, infection, poisons, diet and cancer. Damage to dogs kidneys is usually irreversible but the use of a holistic diet can help maintain health giving your dog a longer, healthy, happier life.
Progression of kidney can be limited with a combination of good diet and herbs to support the dogs kidneys.
Factors normally affecting kidney disease in dogs include but are not limited too are: –
Diet: Some dog foods high in phosphorus can increase the progression of kidney disease.
Age: The chance of developing kidney problems in dogs increases with age.
Breed: Some dog breeds, including English Cocker Spaniels, Bull Terriers and German Shepherds, are more likely to develop particular types of kidney disease.
Environment: Disinfectants, antifreeze, lead paint and other chemicals can cause kidney problems in dogs
Does my dog have kidney disease?
The signs of kidney disease can be difficult to recognise but if any of the following can be seen, it may indicate your dog has a kidney problem.
Please check with your vet if you see any of the following signs in your dog;
• Bad breath
• Increased thirst and urination
• Loss of appetite
• Weight loss
• Vomiting and diarrhoea
• Sore mouth
• Lack of energy and increased sleeping
• Poor coat
My dog doesn't want to eat, what should I feed them?
Loss of appetite is common with kidney related problems. Due to the toxins accumulating in the dogs blood they are often left feeling very nauseous and tempting the dog to eat can be a struggle. Ensuring the dog is fed kidney approved foods will aid in the struggle. Foods such as eggs and cheese are recommended, particular for their smell. Hot water added to food will often encourage to dog to eat, as the water increases the smell making it more appealing to your dog. Many owners after giving their dog Robbie's Kidney Support dog food have noticed the change in their dogs reaction to dinner time, as their face lights up with the delicious smell.
Your vet will recommend a low protein and higher fat diet using easily digestible protein sources. However, if your dog is suffering from pancreatitis or liver disease is it recommended to feed a lower fat content diet. Several smaller meals throughout the day often helps aid with digestion and lose of appetite.
There are many benefits to feeding your dog a holistic diet, especially when it comes to kidney issues. Our Kidney Support is a low phosphorus premium dog food using egg as the main protein source, an easily digestible protein source.
Robbie's Kidney Support offers the following benefits through natural ingredients:
Egg provide a high-quality, kidney-friendly source of protein with less phosphorous than meats. They contain all the essential amino acids which result in the least waste, therefore aiding how hard the kidneys have to work.
Eating seaweed has many benefits for the kidneys. It effectively fights kidney stone formation by dissolving them as well as preventing polycystic kidney disease. Seaweed has long been studied for its beneficial effects on the pancreas, kidneys, and liver.
Sage naturally stimulates the kidneys and liver, resulting in more toxins being flushed through the body by urination. Sage also helps promote kidney and liver health.
Parsley is known as a beneficial herb for the kidneys often recommended for kidney infections or to help dissolve kidney stones. Parsley contains a rich array of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, enzymes, chlorophyll and volatile oils.
Carrots contain a moderate amount of potassium and are ideal for a kidney-friendly diet. The form of vitamin A found in carrots helps filter toxins out of the blood and prevent urinary track infections. It has been found to reduce inflammation and help repair damage made to the kidney-filtering structures.
Choosing Robbie's Kidney Support dog food is an excellent choice for your dog suffering from kidney related issues. As a dehydrated food it requires you to add hot water before serving. The water and steam will help to increase your dogs appetite and aid with lose of appetite as well as providing all the vital nutrients your dog needs to maintain and aid their kidneys.