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Kidney Disorders in Dogs and Cats

Natura Petz supplements to help reduce kidney disorders in dogs and cats

Kidney Disorders in Dogs and Cats

Herbal nutrition to help reduce symptoms of kidney disorders in dogs and cats.

In renal challenges, the kidneys require support toward rehabilitation but nutritional support must also be given to supporting organs, including the liver, cardiovascular system and autonomic nervous systems.

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. The adrenals can become stressed and fatigued, also affecting the liver, duodenum, and kidneys.

The kidneys are responsible for many functions including regulating electrolytes, fluid, and supporting an acidic base balance in your pet. The kidneys also filter and excrete metabolic waste such as urine, and regulate blood pressure and the production of calcium and phosphorus metabolism. As kidneys and liver are both organs capable of performing under duress, and can perform under strain for long periods of time, which makes it seem as if overnight, your pet is suffering from a serious kidney disorder or disease. 

Kidney failure can be acute or chronic in nature. Kidney failure that occurs suddenly is referred to as acute kidney failure or it can occur gradually over a period of time, known as chronic kidney failure. As the functions of your pet's kidneys deteriorate, excessive amounts of nitrogen, acids, ammonia, and other chemical wastes are retained in your pet's blood blood and tissues, referred to as uremia.

Acute kidney failure 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.

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 quite some 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.

Common causes of Chronic Kidney Failure include:


A diet that contains excessive amount of phosphorus in the food AND insufficient quantity of usable calcium is problematic since the kidneys may not be able to eliminate the phosphorus effectively. The end result is the formation of kidney stones or degeneration of kidney tissues, which can lead to kidney failure long term.  

Other Diseases

Animals can also develop kidney problem as a result of other diseases, such as diabetes, cancer, congenital and inherited disorders, and autoimmune diseases. As animals with chronic kidney failure usually do not show symptoms until they have lost 75 percent of their kidney functions, it is often impossible to cure the disease at that stage. However, once diagnosed, at least the progression can be slowed down with proper treatment and care. Acute Kidney Failure: Acute Kidney Failure occurs quickly.

The following symptoms may be observed:

Loss of appetite



Walking with stiff legs or reluctance to move

An arched back due to painful kidneys

Little or no urine output

Symptoms of Chronic Kidney Failure:

Increased thirst

Frequent urination (with pale urine)

Poor appetite

Weight loss

Nausea or vomiting




Bad breath

Mouth ulcers (late stage)

Dietary change is another 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.

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 to help ease kidney failure and kidney disease; to supply vital nutrition to help repair kidney disorders; to help tone and strengthen kidney condition and function; to help nutritionally and phytochemically slow kidney disease progression; to help support healthy urinary function and support; to help purify and cleanse the blood; to help promote kidney, liver and urinary tract health; to help encourage healthy cellular function in kidneys and liver; to help maintain healthy 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.

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, for 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.

Break It Up  (learn more) helps to eliminate liver, kidney, bladder and gall stones, crystals, grains and gravel (calcium oxalate, struvite, uric acid, cystine, calcium phosphate and silica stones ) with less pain and safely removes them from the body; helps to treat bladder and kidney infections (urinary infections) and diseases, balances and normalizes liver enzyme levels, reduces uric acid and increases urination, for cystitis and prostatitis, infectious hepatitis and leptospirosis, Fatty Liver Disease, (hepatic lipidosis), Feline cholangiohepatitis, Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD), Feline Urological Syndrome (FUS), Feline Immunodeficiency Virus Infection (FIV), Leaky Gut Syndrome, Intestinal Dysbiosis and Intestinal Hypermerability. This product has been proven to be 90% effective at addressing urinary tract infections, stones, gravel, calculi and crystals in 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 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.

Conventional Remedies:

Diagnosis of kidney failure involves a blood test and a urine test. As the functions of your pet's kidneys deteriorate, excessive amounts of nitrogen, acids, ammonia, and other chemical wastes are retained in the dog's blood and tissues referred to as uremia.

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

Animals 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 is suffering from chronic kidney disease, your veterinarian's office will most likely train you to do this at home.



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