Kidney Disease

Kidney Cleansing Diet for Dysfunction (not failure)

Should companion pets who have chronic kidney disease eat lower protein diets?

“some older dogs may have reduced digestive efficiency, the quality of the protein that is in the food is very important” [4]

“not only should we not reduce protein for healthy older dogs, research has shown that healthy aging animals benefit from slightly higher levels of dietary protein. They need this to help to support lean body tissue and possibly also to support a healthy immune system.” [5]

"There is a lot of misinformation floating around regarding optimum protein intake for senior dogs (Case et al., 2011; Wannemacher & McCoy, 1966). Many people believe that protein overworks older kidneys and that protein should automatically be decreased in an older dog’s diet. This is false. Dietary protein does not stress or harm the kidneys of otherwise healthy senior dogs. On the contrary, healthy older dogs require slightly more protein.  Protein minimizes loss of lean body mass that accompanies the aging process. [2]

“Protein reserves are also important because the body mobilizes protein as a natural part of its response to stress, including disease, infection and injury; therefore, loss of protein reserves inhibits an animal’s ability to respond to stress. In direct opposition to common recommendations, senior dogs actually benefit from moderate to high levels of high quality, readily bioavailable dietary protein” (Case et al., 2011)." [5]

Daily phosphorous intake recommended for dogs with chronic renal failure (in early stages): By W. Jean Dodds, DVM

  • 10 pound dog: 68 – 182 mg (up to 272 mg)

  • 25 pound dog: 170 – 455 mg (up to 682 mg)

  • 50 pound dog: 340 – 900 mg (up to 1364 mg)

  • 75 pound dog: 511 – 1364 mg (up to 2045 mg)

  • 100 pound dog: 680 – 1818 mg (up to 2727 mg)

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