|Barked: Fri Apr 10, '09 10:36pm PST |
|Sassy is just starting her third year as a kidney disease dog. She gets home cooked food and her only medication is pepcid and her very important treatment is subcutaneous fluids twice a week. Her numbers aren't bad and she didn't have to crash, her disease was discovered during a routine pre surgery blood test when she was 13.5 years old. She doesn't even have high phosphorus yet. I asked, she still needs to watch how much she gets, no edible bone for her.
Besides K9Kidney you could join K9KidneyDiet. Dogaware.com has a lot of good information on caring for kidney dogs.
Good quality fresh food is very important for health but kidney dogs must limit phosphorus. Meat is high in phosphorus, bone is absolutely not a good idea. High phosphorus foods make Sassy feel worse, if she so much as gets her weekly raw beef rib [she only pulls the meat off, no bone eating] without any calcium smeared on it she gets all queasy. Sassy recommends canned green tripe but, well, she's a dog - the humans in the house think it stinks up the joint. Since my other dog is raw fed she might want to eat raw meat but raw meat isn't as smelly as cooked so might not be as good at enticing a reluctant eater.
Pasta is one of Sassy's favorites too. Browned hamburger. Pumpkin, you can make a bitty pumpkin pie with egg whites and no sugar. Potato. Never had to but baby food with no onion would be tasty. Peanut butter is NOT good but Sassy will always eat it. Rice - cook starchy stuff in fat for more flavor. Chicken gizzards are much tastier than plain chicken but very chewy.
First get her to take a couple bites, then work on getting calories and protein into her. Hope you find a magic food soon.
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