protein in kidney disease

should the protein in dog food be low when a dog has
kidney disease?

Asked by moses on Nov 11th 2013 Tagged kidneydisease in Health & Wellness
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Hilda, CGC

Latest research is showing lower protein is NOT a good idea for senior pets with impaired kidney function. There are other more important considerations such as lowering the phosphorus levels, lower sodium levels and adding a good quality, highly digestable, HIGH protein source.
Without proper amounts of protein the whole dog will suffer and the body will try to make up the protein loss at the expense of heart and other organ function.

Hilda, CGC answered on Nov 15th.

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Tasha (in memory)

Yes, but you should speak to your vet regarding what the level should be for your #1 pup. There are specific renal (prescription) foods that your vet might want your dog to be on. You should also cut out all over the counter treats and add another water bowl, preferably a running fountain. Finally, wet food is a good addition, but ask your vet what proteins s/he thinks are the most digestible for your dog! Hang in there!! ^_^

Tasha (in memory) answered on 11/11/13. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Yes, dog food for those with kidney disease should be considerably lower in protein.

Member 1166037 answered on 11/12/13. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer