|Barked: Tue Jun 11, '13 1:11pm PST |
|I fed raw, among many other things, to a 19 year old cat in renal failure. He lived another year, but sadly he was too far damaged to make much of a recovery.. rather we did what we could to keep him happy and healthy. His appetite was not good, so we offered him anything he would eat: canned food (dozens of kinds), raw meat/fish, table scraps, tuna fish, etc.
The moisture levels of raw make for a very helpful diet to dogs with renal problems, but sometimes it's necessary to give sub-cutaneous fluids as well. I really recommend you have your vet teach you how to do this, and give fluids a few times a week. Without the extra fluids, our cat's health would decrease dramatically and it was difficult to get him to eat and drink.
Thankfully, raw foods are generally high value to dogs and cats, and it shouldn't be too tough to get your pup to eat. I do recommend starting the same way that everyone else does, and go slow because not doing your research could result in diarrhea, and the last thing a dog in renal failure needs is added dehydration.
Edit: You can feed raw and kibble as a diet, but I suggest you separate them to maybe breakfast and dinner. Some dogs are more sensitive than others, and might experience a more difficult time getting their stools on track if you mix something else into the raw food.
Edited by author Tue Jun 11, '13 1:13pm PST
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