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Canine & Feline Kidney Failure & Canine & Feline Kidney Dysfunction

Canine & Feline Kidney Failure & Dysfunction

Nutritional remedies for dogs and cats to help address symptoms of kidney failure and dysfunction, and problems related to kidney disease.

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When the kidneys suffer dysfunction or failure, they require nutritional support and rehabilitation, but the animal body also requires that same nutritional support be provided to the liver, cardiovascular system and autonomic nervous system to reduce kidney stress and to help provide body balance.

Like humans, all body systems are linked. The endocrine system interacts with many organs and bodily systems, and the adrenal and thyroid glands plays a major role in providing critical trace nutrient support to all glands and tissues. When the adrenal glands can become stressed and fatigued, they also affect and potentially stress or strain the liver, duodenum, and kidneys.

The kidneys are responsible for various functions including regulating fluid, electrolytes, and supporting an acid-base balance. Kidneys also filter and excrete metabolic wastes such as urine, as well as regulate blood pressure and the production of calcium and phosphorus metabolism. As kidneys perform so many tasks and are fragile organs, they are often the first body organ to break down in older pets.

Kidney failure can be acute or chronic. This document helps break down the differences, symptoms and what you can do to help your dog or cat.  

Acute kidney failure occurs suddenly and is a condition in which an animal’s kidneys are no longer able to remove wastes from the blood, resulting in a buildup of toxins in the blood. An animal with kidney failure shows signs and symptoms of uremic poisoning. Acute kidney failure can be highly fatal. It can be a result of some sort of poisoning, such as exposure to anti-freeze poisoning, raisin or grape poisoning, or certain medications, such as some antibiotics and chemotherapy drugs.

Acute kidney failure can be related to bacterial infections and congestive heart failure as well as dehydration, when an animal does not have access to fresh, clean water. A pet suffering from acute kidney failure requires hospitalization with emergency treatment of intensive fluid therapy.

Symptoms of Acute Kidney Failure: 

Loss of appetite

Lethargy 

Dehydration 

Walking with stiff legs or reluctance to move 

An arched back due to painful kidneys

 Little or no urine output 

To test for dehydration in dogs or cats, gently pull the skin away from your pet’s back. If the skin does not immediately spring back, your pet may be dehydrated.

Chronic kidney failure is more common in older dogs and cats and is usually a slow, progressive disease that unfortunately often goes undetected for a long time. You may or may not notice changes in your pet until kidney failure presents. When the kidneys have lost 70 to 75 percent of their cells, it is considered that kidney failure has begun. Up until this point, although kidney cells may be deteriorating or dying gradually, the proper functioning of the kidneys usually remain intact and the cell loss is unnoticed. With proper supplementation, the process can be slowed and sometimes reversed, depending on the extent of damage present.

Dietary change is a crucial way to control kidney disease in animals. Some studies suggest that a low-phosphorus diet supplemented by calcium is beneficial to pets with chronic kidney failure, since the diet can reduce the chances of kidney crystal and stone formation, thereby slowing down the deterioration of the kidneys that eventually leads to kidney failure.

Some holistic veterinarians suggest low-protein diets for dogs with chronic kidney failure as they generate fewer nitrogenous wastes. The down-side of low-protein diets is that the dog may not be able to get sufficient nutrients from the foods. Instead of low-protein diets, many holistic vets suggest a diet with high-quality protein sources, such as eggs, cottage cheese, milk, and yogurt.

Animals can also develop kidney problem as a result of other diseases, such as diabetes, cancer, congenital and inherited disorders, and autoimmune diseases. 

Symptoms of Chronic Kidney Failure:

Increased thirst

Frequent urination with large quantities of pale urine

Poor appetite

Weight loss

Nausea or vomiting

Constipation

Lethargy

Fatigue

Bad breath

Mouth ulcers (in later critical stage)

Herbal Nutrition - (listed in order of relevance and recommendation by holistic vets - human grade meets/exceeds highest safety criteria for pets)

Herbal nutrition can be highly effective to nutritionally and phytochemically ease kidney failure and kidney disease as well as help feed and nourish related endocrine systems, including the adrenal glands, which help provide critical support to proper kidney function. Along with diet, herbal nutrition may help limit disease progression; help repair and rehabilitate the kidneys and liver and related tissues and organs; help support kidney conditions and function; support healthy urinary function; help purify and cleanse the blood; help nutritionally promote overall kidney, liver and urinary tract health; help regulate electrolyte and fluid balance and diuretic effects and help regulate blood pressure.

Stix & Stones – (learn more) promotes improved kidney function, helps to treat urinary tract infections (bladder and kidney infections; for kidney and liver disease; tones and balances kidney, liver, intestine, pancreas, gall bladder function and health; reduces uric acid levels in urine; increases urination, blocks the formation of calcium crystals such as calcium oxalate and prevents them from entering kidney and bladder cells, provides pH modulation (urine pH balance); for urinary system disorders and pathologies and for hepatic insufficiency, helps to break up kidney, liver, gallbladder and bladder stones and gravel (active stones, crystals and as a preventative); helps to safely remove stones from the body. This product has been proven to be 94% effective at addressing urinary tract infections, and all types of stones, gravel, calculi and crystals in dogs and cats.

Urinary Tract Infection Meal Topper  – (learn more) Organic Urinary Tract Infection may nutritionally help support healthy kidney function and its natural plant adaptogen content may help identify the source of the urinary tract infection at a cellular level and nutritionally work to help restore balance in the bladder, kidneys and ureters; may help moderate cortisol and calcium levels in the blood; may help normalize pH levels toward balance (neither acidic or alkaline); may work to help limit all types of future urinary tract infections (UTI's) and stone formation and crystal formation by blocking their formation in the kidneys and bladder (i.e. calcium oxalate stones from acidic urine; struvite stones from alkaline urine); may help address and break up commonly occurring stone formation related to kidney, liver, gallbladder and bladder stones, gravel, crystals and calculi; adaptogen content helps carry out reparative actions against cellular dysfunction that allows stones to form by helping to block unwanted material from entering kidney cells and supporting their safe elimination in the urinary tract; suitable for all life stages of dogs and cats. 

Urinary Tract Infection Starter Pack – (learn more) is used holistically and nutritionally to help support healthy kidney function and its natural plant adaptogen content may help identify the source of the urinary tract infection at a cellular level and nutritionally work to help restore balance in the bladder, kidneys and ureters; may help moderate cortisol and calcium levels in the blood; may help normalize pH levels toward balance (neither acidic or alkaline); may work to help limit all types of future urinary tract infections (UTI's) and stone formation and crystal formation by blocking their formation in the kidneys and bladder (i.e. calcium oxalate stones from acidic urine; struvite stones from alkaline urine); may help address and break up commonly occurring stone formation related to kidney, liver, gallbladder and bladder stones, gravel, crystals and calculi; adaptogen content helps carry out reparative actions against cellular dysfunction that allows stones to form by helping to block unwanted material from entering kidney cells and supporting their safe elimination in the urinary tract; suitable for all life stages of dogs and cats. 

Love Your Liver - (learn more) promotes the performance, health and repair of the liver, kidneys and bladder; adaptogen content may help identify cellular dysfunction and nutritionally work to restore liver health; may help facilitate liver cell regeneration and may promote renal and digestive excretion; may help provide protection and detoxification from insecticides, toxins, vaccinations, a diet which contains fillers, preservatives and chemicals; may help address anemia due to iron content; may help relieve symptoms such as pressure, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting and flatulence; may help regulate kidney acid/alkaline levels; used holistically for hepatic lipidosis, Fatty Liver Disease (FLD),  Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD), Feline Urological Syndrome (FUS) and Feline cholangiohepatitis.

Hepa Protect – (learn more) helps support proper liver function and metabolism, bile production and flow, helps rehabilitate and repair the performance and health of the liver, kidneys, bladder and gall bladder, helps rehabilitate and detoxify the kidneys and liver; helps tone and balance the connective tissue of the liver, kidneys and bladder; helps normalize liver enzyme levels; helps regulate kidney acid/alkaline levels, to nutritionally address all types of stones and gravel of the liver, kidneys, bladder and gallbladder, including oxalate and struvite crystals and stones; helps reduce uric acid, for gall bladder inflammation, gall stones and gallbladder infections, for renal colic and renal calculi; helps to protect red blood cell formation, useful in diseases such as ehrlichia and ehrlichiosis.

Urinary Tract Infection Starter Pack – (learn more) is used holistically and nutritionally to help support healthy kidney function and its natural plant adaptogen content may help identify the source of the urinary tract infection at a cellular level and nutritionally work to help restore balance in the bladder, kidneys and ureters; may help moderate cortisol and calcium levels in the blood; may help normalize pH levels toward balance (neither acidic or alkaline); may work to help limit all types of future urinary tract infections (UTI's) and stone formation and crystal formation by blocking their formation in the kidneys and bladder (i.e. calcium oxalate stones from acidic urine; struvite stones from alkaline urine); may help address and break up commonly occurring stone formation related to kidney, liver, gallbladder and bladder stones, gravel, crystals and calculi; adaptogen content helps carry out reparative actions against cellular dysfunction that allows stones to form by helping to block unwanted

 

Conventional Remedies:

Diagnosis of kidney failure involves a blood test and a urine test. As the functions of the kidneys deteriorate, excessive amounts of nitrogen, acids, ammonia, and other chemical wastes are retained in the blood and tissues, a condition called uremia.

The degree of uremia is determined by a blood test that measures the blood urea nitrogen (BUN), creatinine, and electrolytes.

Dogs and cats with chronic kidney failure have high BUN and creatinine levels. (Normal BUN and creatinine levels are about 10-25 mg/dl and 1-2 mg/dl, respectively.)

One common treatment is subcutaneous fluid therapy. If your dog and cat is suffering from chronic kidney disease, your veterinarian's office will most likely train you to do this at home.

 

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