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Food/Treat recommendations for low protein diets

lm9012
October 17th, 2007, 05:38 PM
Hello all..I posted here a few months back. My little Al gave me a scare. He had elevated BUN and Creatinine levels..$800 and two vets later..here I am today. I have him on yucky Hills k/d dry and wet. I have to give him about 400ccs of subcutaneous fluids once a week.

He is a doing a lot better than when we first got the results..the vet is sure he's going to be fine..we ran all the tests, ultrasounds, x-rays, blood, urine, etc...he assures me that while we are in the very beginning stages of kidney failure, with some responsible monitoring we can keep it at bay. He doesn't show the typical symptoms of failure..extreme thirst, lethargy. He's lost no weight (he's actually gained a few :o ) and seems happy and normal.

He doesn't need to gain any more weight, he is not obese, but he could stand to lose several pounds. I know I have to limit his protein...so I limit his treats GREATLY, due to his weight and his kidney problems. He's older too (7), so I limit treats to low-calorie, low-fat, glucomsamine added treats..not much flavor or fun I'm sure.

What foods can I use to treat him? The normal stuff that I used to give him is no good, I still have to watch his carbs too..eggs, cottage cheese, regular cheese, peanut butter, yogurt..that's all PROTEIN!!

any ideas for low fat, low cal, low protein FLAVORFULL treats to make my baby feel special?

Also, I would love to hear of any better suggestions to supplement his meals. I supplement the wet food with Nutro Lite LAMB/RICE. It has better ingredients but still keeps sodium/phospates low and has a high moisture content..

I'm in the US..so if anyone can recommend a better food, or even some natural things to try to help his kidneys..I can't tell you how much I hate poking him with that big fat needle every Sunday night.. :cry:

So far we've been monitoring him about 7 months and the levels are slooowly creeping up..I gotta take him in again around Thanksgiving and we'll see.... I think meds would be the next step if he's still getting worse? :fingerscr

growler~GateKeeper
October 17th, 2007, 08:00 PM
Hi lm9012

I'm not familiar with Kidney failure in dogs, however am becoming very very familiar with CRF in cats - my 16yr old girl has recently been diagnosed & lots of people here have been very helpful.

Here are some links for you to look at hopefully some will help you & Al

http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&S=0&C=0&A=572
http://www.petshealth.com/dr_library/caninekidney.html
http://www.dogaware.com/kidney.html

:grouphug:

want4rain
October 17th, 2007, 08:02 PM
have you talked to your vet abotu a homemade diet?? i dont know about YOUR dog but MY dog sure thinks the world of cherries. its a nice way to give them 'table scraps' and not make them fat. you can alter his proteins, carbs or whatever it is you need to adjust that way. i cant imagine any diet cant be replicated with fresh ingredients that way.

-ashley

mummummum
October 17th, 2007, 11:33 PM
There are quite a few treats recipes which are veggie-based posted in the recipes section. Just substitute homemade broth for store bought. To make your own low fat chicken broth, remove the skin from the parts of chicken you are using before you add it to the pot. After you have simmered the chicken for seven or eihgt hours and it's broth, remove the chicken pieces and strain the broth through a sieve into a fat separator (you can buy these nifty things at a kitchen gadgets-type store, it looks like a measuring cup with a spout the goes inside the cup down to the bottom). Pour off the fat, refridgerate. The remaining fat will gelatinize on top of the broth.

There are no holistic kibbles to my knowledge that are low protein (as in 14% crude) and low fat (6-8%) on the market now. Homemade/ raw would be my first choice if I were in your shoes but this will mean that given his dietary needs you will need to do alot of research on nutrition and food if this is the route you choose.