|Barked: Wed Aug 29, '12 1:48pm PST |
|Hydration, hydration, hydration. Feed wet stuff! Sassy had trouble drinking enough water but for some reason could clean out her food dish if I added water to meals. Like you don't know that already!
I concentrated on lowering phosphorus levels in Sassy's food but that is mostly to prevent acidity which makes the tummy hurt and the dog doesn't want to eat. Sassy stopped eating for a scary couple of days early on but the vet gave her a simple antacid and she ate again! Ask your vet, it might help. I thought it was the end, nope - just had a tummy ache.
The bad values could be the teeth or tick disease or..... Lew Olson suggests that kidneys don't just go bad, something happens to them. As well as reading dogaware, there are a couple of articles here that may give food for thought.
Egg white is the best low phosphorus protein but she stopped tolerating it so she got mostly stewed chicken and glutinous rice. Dog food has lots of phosphorus because the meat meals used are rich in bone and bone has oodles of phosphorus. Vegetable proteins have lots of phosphorus too. A random ounce of tofu from nutritiondata has 15 calories, 28 mg of phosphorus and 2.1 grams of protein, an ounce of stewed chicken with skin has 61 calories, 39mg of phosphorus and 7 grams of protein. So getting 5.5 mg of phosphorus per gram of protein with stewed chicken and 13.3 mg of phosphorus with that particular tofu! Since I mentioned egg white, an ounce has 13 calories, 3.1 grams of protein and 4.2mg of phosphorus for a whopping 1.34 mg of phosphorus per gram of protein!
After the best hydration you can get into the dog protein is a huge help. Sassy didn't lose muscle mass once I figured out how to get 27-28% protein into her daily so she stayed on her feet and happy to take a walk until her last week or so. She had always been on 22% protein food before that and maintained good muscling until she was a senior but she was burning through the calories and protein when she was a geriatric dog.
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