Indeed raw diet has quite a big influence on the general health of a dog, and kidney disease has slowly become a huge concern, so I decided to do some digging and bring you some tips on the best raw diet for dogs with kidney disease.
A lot of people sometimes blame the cause of kidney disease or renal failure on dogs lifestyle type, but as much as that might have some truth in it, let’s not forget that sometimes sickness like kidney diseases can be a genetic issue rather than just lifestyle, and this is the same for man and pets.
The most important thing I found out is that raw diet has a huge role to play in the health of dogs with kidney issues more than we know, and here is how.
The Diverstating Effect Of Kidney Disease On Dogs
The kidney is very important to both pets and man, and dogs are not left out. As a fact, dogs might just be the ones that need healthy kidneys the most in comparison to many other lower animals.
This is the effect of Renal Failure on dogs.
- Harmful substance meant to be discharged along with dog stool are sent back into the blood seels
- Unwanted food remains cause blockage in the digestive system
- Excessive Dehydration due to the impact of unwanted substace on the oxygen in the blood
- Watery and unorganised stool is produced
- The dog appears to be generally slow in everything and unusually sad
How Raw Diet Helps Dogs with Kidney Disease
Raw diet is the best you can do for a dog with kidney disease, there is no doubt that at this stage of health anything that goes into a dog’s system can help, or make things worst.
Consider some of the effects of kidney disease on dogs listed above, and take time to look at the benefit of raw diets for dogs, then you will understand why it’s important to place your dog on a special diet if it comes down to issues like kidney diseases.
Please note, along with fluid therapy, nothing beats a good diet structure for dogs that are in this kind of situation. although you have a vet that gives your dogs medicine at this point, but this is just to sustain the dog through pain and all.
Real treatments involve the use of proper dog dieting in combination with fluid therapy. Commercial feeding can not do much for your dog at this point.
And like most serious diseases it’s important to check your dog from time to time, the earlier kidney disease is discovered the better the treatment process can perform.
Why Electrolyte is Needed in Dogs with Kidney Disease
Electrolytes in a dog’s system help replace any spoiled tissue that might occur in the body, it is so important especially at sick times. The function of electrolytes is to help keep the dog hydrated, regulate its nerves, balance blood acidity and muscle function.
And this is why electrolyte is important.
During kidney disease, dogs usually tend to lose the electrolyte present in their system, this happens along with dehydration.
Most vets will add electrolytes directly to your dog’s diet by giving it potassium to help boost the amount of electrolytes present in the dog’s body and keep the dog stable and calm.
Raw diets like Watermelon, Spinach, broccoli, yogurt, milk, pumpkin, are great sources of electrolytes, but only if prescribed by your vet.
This type of diet also gives your dogs extra calcium, potassium, magnesium, which are very important to a dog sick with kidney disease.
What Not To Feed Your A Dog With Kidney disease
It is important that you run your dog diet choice through your vet, as this can sometimes vary for different breeds of dogs.
Omega-3 fatty acid is also quite important to be present in the dog diet at this stage.
Here is the danger that a lot of people don’t know!!!
As much as it is important to give your dog supplements during this time, it is also important to note that not all nutrients are helpful for a dog with kidney disease.
In fact, some nutrients are considered dangerous to a dog’s health under this condition.
A food diet that contains high levels of sodium and phosphorus are very bad for a dog with kidney disease although this depends on the quantity.
Like I said before, it is important that you run whatever diet choice you make with a vet.
These are some of the reasons why I made that statement.
There have been arguments surrounding the type of protein required for dogs with bad kidney conditions,
some professionals say it’s okay to feed the sick dog a low protein diet, and other vets argue that high protein diets are preferrable,
at this condition, low protein diets can actually affect a dog’s ability to have proper hydration because low protein diet can stop the proper movement of fluids through important organs of the dog’s body, a phenomenon called perfusion.
The argument on if to feed low protein diet is better or not, finally came to a resolution just 4 years ago
So a lot of vets are now embracing the method of not feeding a sick dog a low protein meal,
this will improve perfusion i.e the easy circulation of fluid around the body of a dog with kidney problems.
Keep in mind that not all vet is aware of this recent resolution, so be sure to discuss this with your veterinarian if he or she advises you to feed your dog low protein meals.
Looking at the best raw diet to feed a dog with kidney disease, we find that a high protein raw diet like egg and raw meat are easily digestible proteins for dogs at this stage.
With that being said, it is important to watch the protein available for your dog and also note that not all proteins are easily digestible for a dog in this condition.
Fish, meat, egg, and milk, are very good choices of protein to leverage once you get a go-ahead from your vet. it is always important to know a few things about the raw dog diet that is beneficial to your dog and then decide which ones are okay for a sick dog.
Combine those with hydration diets like watermelon will do well for your dog’s system.
Please stay away from processed meat at this point,
commercial and processed meals are very bad for a dog with kidney disease, it is bad enough that processed diet comes without efficient nutrients,
combining that with the low level of dehydration the sick dog will be experiencing, is such a disaster.
Kidney disease gets worst as the dog grows old. Just like in humans, the older we get the more we need to stay away from commercial diets and stick to natural nutrients-filled homemade meals and vegetables.
Keep that in mind.
Not All Dogs Feed On Vegetables
Dogs are not too much of a vegetable fan, It’s no doubt that dogs love meat and bones, this is a good thing especially if we are considering the importance of protein to a dog with such a condition.
Dogs eat only 10 percent of Vegetables, maybe this is just in their blood, because if you look at their ancestors like wolf’s you will see that wolves are more meat eaters than dogs.
Wolfs eat about 98 percent meat and like 2 percent vegetables, it is no wonder dogs are the way they are with meat.
You can not talk about a commercial diet for dogs without bringing up kibble.
Kibbles are the worst food for dogs with kidney disease, you don’t want to add that to a dog’s diet if you are looking to manage its kidney.
The high plant matter in Kibble makes it bad for dogs.
How To Control The Protein Level in Diet Of Dogs with Kidney Disease.
Research has found that the amount of high-quality protein you feed a dog with kidney problems will vary depending on their age and depending on the stage of kidney disease they are at.
At Stages 1 & 2 of kidney disease, dogs are still able to digest high-quality protein, but at stages above that, you need to start watching the amount of protein in their diet, as a matter of fact.
It is recommended that you feed your dogs smaller amounts of protein because at stage 3 of kidney disease dogs are not able to digest a high amount of proteins anymore, so it’s better to feed them a low amount of meat, fish, and other protein-related food.
This recommendation came about when vets found traces of protein In the dog’s urine which indicates a lack of protein digestion. At this stage, low-level protein only is allowed, to help dogs easily digest them.
Also if for any reason your dog has any condition that keeps them in need of high-level protein I recommend you speak to your vet first before a diet switch of any kind.
Ratio of Raw Diet For Dogs With Kindey Disease
- 5% fish (Great source of protein with less starch, but should be given in a reduced amount)
- 10-30% organ meat (very helpful and somhow easi to digest)
- 12-15% meaty bone (Easy to digest while giving the dog the pleasure of chewing bone)
- 30-50% muscle meat (Great for sustaining muscle functionality)
- Animal Protein
- Whole Fruits and Vegetables
- Moisture Content between 80 -85%
- Easily Digestible Proteins
Types Of Diet Dogs Should Eat Or Avoid During Kidney Disease
- Fresh Food: Fresh food are the best, they cover alot of what a dog needs in terms of nutrition and digestion of food. food digestion is a big deal during renal failure or kidney diseas do keep that in mind.
- Avoid Kibble: kibble are one of the worst at any stage of kidney disease for dogs, its not even manageable to add it a little, due to the tendency to cause dehydration in dogs with this problem.
- Avoid Phosphorous and Sodium : the earlier kidney disease is detected the easier it is survived, but if your dog diet has phosphorous or Sodium, this will further boost the risk of early death.
- Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Omega-3 fatty acids improves kidney functionality while keeping the body pressure stable.
- Avoid Canned And Processed Food: Canned and processed food already lost lots of vitamins, and to make things worst, they contain preservatives and chemicals. so lets keep them away quickly
- BARF Diet: BARF is an acronym for Biologically Appropriate Raw Food, its actually a standard raw food diet for pets and dogs in this case will benefit from them, ideal for dogs in general regarless of kidney disease or not. It usually consist of bones, vegetables raw food or uncooked meats and fruits. These are great source of nutrition for dogs
- Add Vitamins and Antioxidants : vitamins and Antioxidants help repare cells and boosting immune system that are decreasing due to the underlying kidney failure problem.
- Potassium Citrate: Making blood acidic by reducing the kidney’s ability to disolve acid contain in substances that goes into the blood.
Yes, there is a right amount of raw diet for dogs with renal failure AKA Kidney disease, it is very beneficial to dogs if you stick to this percentage.
Basically, you want to try and make sure that your dog has food with high fluid content, and raw meals are a great source of fluid.
Always speak to your veterinary doctor before any kind of diet change for Dogs with Kidney Disease, I hope these tips help.