If your dog has been diagnosed with kidney disease or other kidney issues, it’s a worrying time. Alongside worrying about your dog, you’ve most likely had advice to try a vet-recommended renal diet and are wondering what food is best for kidney disease.
The following information will help you navigate your dog’s kidney issues, dietary choices and support you in adjusting to a new feeding routine.
Here are the signs of kidney disease to look out for if you suspect your dog has a kidney issue:
Drinking more than usual
Poor dental hygiene (ulcers, bad breath, pale gums)
Urinating indoors due to the more frequent urination
|Stage 1||Normally, no noticeable signs or symptoms at this stage. Usually, if blood work was done, kidney disease may not be detected.|
|Stage 2||Still normally no noticeable signs, however, if blood work was done, the creatinine levels would be higher than usual.|
|Stage 3||Here is when you would start to notice changes in your dog. They may be drinking more along with urinating more. They will start to display the symptoms of kidney disease, and these will become noticeable.|
|Stage 4||Your dog would become a lot weaker, and kidney disease symptoms would be shown in the dog at their worst. The creatinine levels in the blood would be at their highest.|
There are a number of key elements to renal dog food that protect the kidneys:
Low protein levels in the food. By reducing the amount of protein contained in a dog’s diet, the kidneys don’t have to work as hard to process waste products.
Reduced salt. Removing salt from dog food is a good way to support kidney health
Low Phosphorus content. If phosphorus levels build up, as is often the case in dogs with kidney disease, symptoms may include increased thirst and urination, as well as dehydration. Feeding a low-phosphorus diet may help alleviate some of these issues.
Kidney function may be improved by adding Omega 3 fatty acids into the diet with things like salmon oil, which reduces harmful triglyceride levels and inflammation and helps boosts immunity.
Hydration is also key to caring for kidney problems in dogs, so make sure to choose a diet like Pure, which is high in moisture.
As a general rule it’s important to choose foods with a lower protein content, so here are some options of ingredients that can be added to make the food both healthy and tasty:
Fruits, such as apples, blueberries and strawberries are good to combat toxins and support the dog’s kidneys.
Egg whites are a low-phosphorus food which are good as they are gentle on the kidneys.
Potatoes, carbohydrates with a punch when it comes to B vitamins
Unfortunately, the complexity of producing homemade food for your dog increases with a renal diet.
At Pure, we’ve spent a lot of time building a renal range that is healthy, tasty and nutritious while placing you dogs kidney health as the highest priority. Our vet recommended range has been formulated by our inhouse nutrtionists.
Cheeses can be high in salt along with other common treats such as deli-meats and bread products and should be avoided
Tomatoes should be excluded from your dogs diet. High levels of potassium are not recommended for kidney issues
Tuna is very high in phosphorus and so not suitable for dogs with kidney disease
Always check with your vet if unsure and rest assured that our renal dog food range is designed to care for your dog’s health. Simply trll us about your dog and we’ll create a plan to suit their needs
Taking care of your pup’s dental hygiene is important as it is vital to a dog’s long-term health
Keeping your dog away from consuming harmful substances such as medications, cleaning products and food
Having a balanced and nutrient-rich diet.
Keep up-to-date on vaccines.
Have regular check-ups.
Aid the signs associated with accumulating waste products in the blood.
Support fluid and mineral balance
Maintain suitable and adequate nutrition.
Help slow the progression of chronic kidney disease (CKD)
Tell us about your dog - we’ll take into account their age, weight and ailments
We'll create your tailored plan - completed and balanced meals just for your dog
Written by: Dr Andrew Miller MRCVS
Andy graduated from Bristol University in 2010 and sees nutrition as a foundation for our pet's wellbeing and takes a common-sense approach. We are what we eat, and it shouldn't be any different for our pets.