The target of dietary management is to minimise clinical signs of kidney failure, help maintain the dog’s well-being and if possible prolong its life. Unlike us, dogs with kidney disease rarely experience hypertension. A diet for kidney disease should provide the following.
- Moderately reduced level of highly digestible protein with a high biological value.
- A good source of non-protein calories
- Restricted phosphorus
- Fibre to trap nitrogen waste products
- B vitamins and a good balance of omega 6 and 3 fatty acids to reduce renal inflammation.
All major pet food manufacturers produce a range of “veterinary” diets formulated to help dogs with kidney disease. These include Eukanuka Renal Formula, Waltham Early Renal Support, Waltham Renal Support, Hill’s K/D, Hill’s U/D, Purina Renal Failure. We will give you specific advice.