March 27th, 2008, 12:51 PM
Thank You For Reading This And I Will Be Eternally Grateful For Anyone Who Can Help Me With Chronic Renal Failure Diagnosis. My American Eskimo Has Just Been Diagnosed And I Have Researched For Hours/days On The Internet But Absolutely Must Talk Or Hear From Someone Other Than Vetinarian About What Can Be Done For Her...:MA
March 28th, 2008, 02:04 AM
I have a :cat: with kidney failure & some things are similar......
-you need to ensure your dog is drinking an adequate amount of water
-if possible switch her to a canned dog food instead of dry & add a teaspoon or two to the food to give her added moisture. Do not add water to dry food unless she eats it all within 20 mins or you will end up with moldy dogfood.
-low protein is not the best way to go, as the newer research indicates the level of protein is not nearly as important as the level of phosphorus. A good high quality protein with low phosphorus is what you need to look for. Often the prescription low protein food is so unpalatable to the animal that they refuse to eat, this leads to more issues.
-get a copy of the lab results & have your vet explain the numbers to you, so you have a better understanding of what the levels mean and how the disease progresses.
Some links below for articles about kidney failure in dogs: