|Barked: Sun Oct 24, '10 1:11pm PST |
|The files on K9KidneyDiet have a lot of information on how to figure out what to feed. Dogaware has a lot of terrific information but since I was coming from kibble it was really intimidating to do all the bits and pieces. One thing that really helped me was the box. You need to get enough protein into the dog, limit phosphorus and provide calories.
I wanted at least 44 grams of protein and about 1000 calories for Sassy for instance. Protein is in the chicken and egg white. I could probably give Sassy 16 ounces of chicken and stay below the phosphorus limit. Hers was 11 mg per pound, 484 mg per day. In early days it can be at requirement which is about 20-25 mg per pound. Not enough calories so I add in some butter. Too much fat for Sassy who needed about 30% fat calories so substitute potato at probably 2 ounces of potato to 1 ounce of chicken, darn it. I would probably end up with 6-8 ounces of boiled chicken, 2 egg whites, 1 ounce of butter and 16 ounces of potato or so. The cheese is very high phosphorus and probably a little goodie for being a good dog and taking pills I never gave her cheese for some reason but used peanut butter, liver jerky and canned tripe. The cod liver oil is probably for vitamin A and Omega 3 and probably has loads of calories too. Honey is an interesting idea, I did give Sassy little plain cookies which were a big hit. The other oil, not sure why it is good to use.
It is pretty intimidating so starting with what is important helps a lot. I used a special very low phosphorus rice most of the time and would mix in some pasta, potato or sweet potato for flavor. The meat is most important. Boiled chicken is lowest in phosphorus. I would mix in a little pork, beef or lamb for flavor variety. Without protein body condition gets worse so feed as much as you can. Sassy was getting about 26-29% protein, more than she got on kibble and she kept her muscle mass up so was far stronger.
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