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InkedMarie is right, Shawna is very knowledgable on this situation. I’ve only had experience with CRF in an older dog. A few things I can share are that when in renal failure, a wet diet instead of dry is much more beneficial since your giving the kidneys more moisture to work with. You might want to check out Grandma Lucy’s website. I believe their food is made with low phosphorus. Tripe and egg white are low in phosphorus, while organ meats tend to be high in phosphorus so you might want to avoid foods that contain liver, etc. I also found a FB page called CRF Dogs that has a lot of helpful advice, although it isn’t as active as it was a few years ago. Good luck with Alvin!
Prescription diets for dogs with renal failure are low in phosphorus, so they remain a good foods for dogs in this condition
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Dogs with chronic kidney, or renal, failure cannot recover. However, proper feeding may help prolong their lives. Avoid any high protein, high sodium or high phosphorous foods that will task the kidneys. Along with safe foods, make sure a dog with chronic kidney failure is always well-hydrated. Before embarking on any dietary changes, check with your veterinarian to make sure they are safe for your dog. Renal Support Diet for Dog & Cat Kidney Health | Royal Canin
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What is good food for dogs with kidney disease? The best dog food for renal failure, or any kind of kidney issues, has Omega 3 fatty acids for kidney health and decreased inflammation. Vitamins B, C, and E help to increase immunity and fight kidney disease.Many veterinarians will recommend a wet food diet for your dog with renal failure. The idea is that the extra moisture content will increase your dog’s daily water intake to help flush his system. If you or your dog prefers a wet food diet, Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets NF Kidney Function Formula is one of the best choices.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).Shawna is absolutely correct! Dry food is the worst thing to feed a dog in renal failure! She’s had a good deal of experience in the subject.
You do need to work with your vet for lab tests & results. There are several websites and a FB page I found helpful when my dog was diagnosed CRF.This food available only from veterinarians is formulated for dogs with kidney disease, which is the K/D in the name. It is low phosphorus to help maintain kidney function in a dog in renal failure, and low protein to keep kidney workload to a minimum. To help maintain blood pressure, the food is low sodium. It includes additional B vitamins because those vitamins are lost in the urine in dogs with chronic renal failure. It also contains Omega-3 fatty acids to aid the kidneys and anti-oxidants for the immune system.Thank you for all the advice, She is smelling better today, We are just 2 days in with the pre and probiotics and the renal support. Does it matter when you give the supplements with food, prior to food, after ? I have been trying to give her 3 small meals but she is getting fussier by the day. Prior to all this happening she ate everything and anything hence probably why she got the pancreatitis. Big learning experience for us and my 4 other dogs aren’t allowed anything but their dog food now.
A few years back my brother was septic and experienced acute tubular necrosis, he was in kidney failure for about 2-3 months and his kidney function returned. Have you ever heard of a dogs kidney function returning after an acute injury? That is my hope.
Thank again Shawna for all your suggestions I will keep you posted.
gina