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Kidney Disease in Dogs / Kidney Disease in Cats

Kidney Disease in Dogs / Kidney Disease in Cats

Herbal nutrition to help address symptoms of kidney disease and kidney problems in dogs and cats.

 

The endocrine system interacts with many organs and bodily systems, particularly the liver and kidneys, as the adrenal and thyroid glands play a major role in providing critical hormones and trace nutrient support to both organs to promote balanced function. Because body systems are interconnected, if the adrenals become stressed and fatigued, that imbalance can also affect the kidneys, liver and duodenum.

Kidney disease, also known as renal disease, commonly affects both dogs and cats. The kidneys perform vital functions in the animal body, including filtering the blood, removing waste out of the body and lending support to the liver. When the kidneys experience dysfunction, waste build ups and your pet can become very ill. 

There are two forms of kidney disease: acute renal disease and chronic renal disease. 

Acute renal disease occurs suddenly and is severe in nature; often the result of exposure to toxicity, infections and changes in the body that restrict the blood supply to the kidneys.

Chronic renal disease occurs gradually, often over a long period of time and normally without any specific symptoms to indicate illness. If chronic kidney disease is not treated, kidney failure can follow.

Common symptoms of kidney disease include:

Increased water consumption

Increased urination 

Increased volume of urine

Lack of urination

Decrease in urination

Voiding urination during the night

Blood in the urine

Vomiting

Diarrhea

Loss of appetite

Weight loss

Lethargy

Hunched over posture and reluctance to walk

Poor skin and hair condition

Some of the symptoms mimic other diseases and conditions and diagnosis is sometimes not made. As a result, the kidneys can function improperly until they fail, seemingly as if your pet's kidneys failed overnight. 

Common causes of kidney disease and kidney failure include:

Fungal infections

Viral infections

Bacterial infections

Parasites

Aging

Inflammation

Trauma

Autoimmune diseases

Cancer

Congenital diseases

Amyloidosis (abnormal protein deposits in the kidney)

Genetics (inherited disorder)

Toxic reaction to certain medications or sustained toxin exposure which can collect in the kidneys and liver. Toxin accumulation can be scattered or localized.

Helpful suggestions:

Feed your pet a holistic, premium quality food that contains essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals and doesn’t include corn, wheat, soy or inferior proteins

Give your pet fresh, filtered water daily.

Encourage your dog to urinate regularly by providing access to bathroom breaks often. Extended periods without proper elimination can strain the kidneys and bladder, cause inflammation and open up susceptability to bacterial, viral and fungal infection. If your pet spends long hours indoors, consider investing in a pet loo. 

Make sure that you cat has access to a clean litter box daily.

Make sure your pet exercises daily to help stimulate the lymphatic system, support metabolics and help promote balanced elimination.

Add immune-building supplements into your pet’s diet to strengthen the immune system, potentially avoiding disease and infection

Avoid exposing your pet to chemicals and toxins, both inside and outside of your home which includes rug and room deodorizers, dryer sheets and scented detergents, scented candles and perfums.

Have regular veterinary check ups to maintain the overall health of your pet

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

Herbal remedies can be highly effective in helping to address kidney disease and dysfunction; to help improve kidney and urinary function and support; to help purify and cleanse the blood and help nutritionally and phytochemically support propert elimination and detoxification of the kidneys; to help tone and strengthen kidney tissues; to help build natural defenses against bacteria, viruses and fungi that frequently attack the kidneys, to help remove waste and to reduce water retention; to help promote kidney, liver and urinary tract health and to help maintain healthy blood pressure.

Stix & Stones – (learn more) promotes improved kidney function, 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; 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, for urinary system disorders and pathologies and for hepatic insufficiency. This product has been proven to be 90% effective at addressing urinary tract infections, and all types of stones, gravel, calculi and crystals in dogs and cats. 

Kidney Support Meal Topper* - (learn more) is a potent antioxidant and kidney nutritional support, containing first class adaptogen plus a variety of natural plant chemicals, vitamins, minerals, fatty and amino acids plus silica and boldine which may help support robust nutritional, phytochemical and rehabilitative support of the kidneys, help balance kidney function, help tone connective tissues and help stabilize pH balance, may help reduce inflammation in the kidneys and bladder related to urinary inflammation and infection by helping limit toxin load on the kidneys and susceptibility to the growth of certain bacteria, virus and fungi that affects the kidneys and liver, may help support proper excretion of waste products by the kidneys and may help detoxify and protect the kidneys and liver by promoting bile production.    

Hepa Protect – (learn more) may help support proper liver function and metabolism, bile production and flow, may help rehabilitate the performance, health and repair of the liver, kidneys, bladder and gall bladder, may help rehabilitate and detoxify the kidneys and liver; tones and balances the connective tissue of the liver, kidneys and bladder, normalizes liver enzyme levels, regulates kidney acid/alkaline levels, for all types of stones and gravel of the liver, kidneys, bladder and gallbladder, including oxalate and struvite crystals and stones; reduces 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, ehrlichiosis.

Love Your Liver - (learn more) promotes the performance, health and repair of the liver, kidneys and bladder, facilitates rental and digestive excretions, provides protection and detoxification from insecticides, toxins, vaccinations, an inappropriate diet and an excess of food, relieves symptoms such as pressure, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting and flatulence, regulates kidney acid/alkaline levels, for hepatic lipidosis, Fatty Liver Disease (FLD),  Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD), Feline Urological Syndrome (FUS) and Feline cholangiohepatitis.

 

 

Conventional Remedies:

The diagnosis of kidney disease is based on the symptoms, a physical examination and review of your pet’s medical history. Diagnostic tests will be conducted and likely will include blood tests, urinalysis, x-rays and ultrasonography. 

 

Your vet will prescribe medications to reduce the workload on the kidneys.

 

Dietary changes such as a low protein, sodium and phosphorus diet including drinking plenty of fresh, clean water will be recommended.

 

Hospitalization may be required where intravenous fluids, medications and nutritional support will be administered. In severe circumstances, kidney dialysis and kidney transplants may also be performed on cats and dogs, but are costly. 

 

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