The chance of developing kidney disease greatly increases as dogs get older (over 10-15 years of age)
Some dog foods high in phosphorus, sodium, and protein can accelerate the progression of CKD.
Some breeds are more likely to develop certain kidney conditions.
Other illnesses and health issues can contribute to the worsening of CKD in dogs.
Any conditions that lead to dehydration (eg, vomiting, diarrhea, shock) can worsen kidney function and contribute to CKD progression
The signs of early-stage kidney disease are not visible. On diagnosis, CKD has already been present for some time but may be managed with the help of vet-approved dog food for kidney disease. Signs of late-stage kidney disease tend to be similar but are far more noticeable to pet parents.
Nutrition for dogs with kidney disease
If your dog has kidney problems, the right nutrition may be able to make a positive impact on their lives and potentially even lengthen their lifespan. Specially formulated nutrition for dogs with kidney disease can be beneficial by having less protein and phosphorous than other pet foods. Phosphorus restriction can lessen the severity of the symptoms and progression of kidney damage, while controlled, high-quality proteins can help restore normal acid-base levels.
While it has gained some popularity online, yeast is relatively high in phosphorus, which could be a concern for dogs with CKD. Similarly, many websites now propose creating a raw diet for dogs with kidney disease but fail to mention the range of factors to consider, such as contamination risks, providing the right balance of nutrients, and the overall cost. When looking into nutritional options for dogs with kidney disease, it’s always best to get a specific recommendation from your veterinarian.
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