Articles about protein
When dogs are diagnosed with kidney disease, the first piece of advice given by a vet is usually to change the diet. While this is often good advice it shouldn't become a rigid regime, because as the kidney failure progresses - the diet needs to change along with it. This article explains why some things given early in the disease may not be suitable later on.
Dogs with kidney failure tend to be picky eaters. Their food also needs to be low in sodium, phosphorus and low-quality proteins, but at the same time it must be nutritious and tasty. These 10 homemade recipes are a good starting point for owners struggling to manage this disease. They offer a good balance of minerals, high-quality proteins, carbohydrates and vitamins while still adopting the prohibitive rules of a kidney failure diet.
Calcitriol Therapy has been suggested as a beneficial treatment for dogs with kidney failure for many years, but many vets seem to be unaware of its potential and only rarely suggest it to distraught owners. While this kind of treatment is complex and can be costly, it offers a complimentary form of management that can both improve the quality of life and extend it for many dogs suffering from this devastating illness.
Just like humans, dogs can have an allergic reaction to almost anything. Although some allergies are easy to identify and straightforward to manage, owners often need to turn detective to identify the cause of a food allergy so it can be eliminated from the diet.
My 10-Step plan of action gives dogs diagnosed with kidney failure the best possible chance of surviving. It is designed for owners that have only just received this startling diagnosis for their best friend, but also provides information useful to anyone now caring for a dog with this disease.
Dogs suffering from Chronic Kidney Disease often develop a multitude of secondary conditions that both owners and vets have to deal with. Anemia is among the most challenging, in part because there are so many different types, each requiring different treatments - and because some symptoms are identical to the primary kidney disease. This article looks into the challenges and suggests the best way forward for dog owners and their best friends.
Canine kidney disease causes many associated issues for dogs, but few are more worrying or frustrating for their owners than the refusal to eat. This article looks at why dogs with the disease stop eating and offers suggestions to help rectify the problem.
Raw dog food is a major topic of debate among pet owners, veterinarians and canine nutritionists all seeking to find the best food for our pets. But the information available is often conflicting and confusing. I set out in this article to bring you the facts about raw diets for dogs and draw some conclusions about whether it really is better than tins, kibble and other forms of mass-produced manufactured dog food products.
Studies reveal that 93% of dogs with chronic kidney disease also have high blood pressure (hypertension). This article explores why dogs with CKD get the condition, why owners need to get their dogs checked by a vet at the earliest opportunity and what treatment options are available.
Muscle twitching and tremors or seizures happen for different physiological reasons during the course of canine kidney failure and some owners may understandably confuse them. This article differentiates between each symptom and explains why they occur and how they can be treated.
A dog's health and quality of life are severely undermined by the build-up of toxic blood phosphorus during canine kidney disease. Controlling how much phosphorus dogs eat becomes a priority in later stages of the condition and phosphate binders become an increasingly essential component in battling the disease.