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Diabetic Kidney Problems in Dogs and Cats

Diabetic Kidney Problems in Dogs and Cats

Herbal nutrition to help address symptoms related to diabetic kidneys problems and to help support pancreatic function in cats and dogs.

The metabolic system is complex, involving organs such as the thyroid, liver, kidneys, and pancreas. Some signs indicative of metabolic stress may include changes in insulin levels, immune system challenges, excess weight or fatty deposits.

The liver is a complex organ that interacts with most organs in the body, including the intestinal tract, cardiovascular system, kidneys, and autonomic nervous system. Nutritional support for the liver must address these interactions must support liver metabolism, the pancreas and pancreatic function, hepatic circulation, bile production and flow, and hepatic immune function.

Nine in every 1,000 dogs and cats that are examined suffer from chronic renal disease. And while dogs of any age can be diagnosed with the kidney disease, it is more commonly seen in older animals and in animals with diabetes.

Failure of the kidney, which among other things regulates blood pressure, blood sugar, blood volume, water composition in the blood, and pH levels, and produces red blood cells and certain hormones, all occur slowly.

By the time symptoms have become obvious, it may be too late to treat the condition effectively. Often, the kidney will find ways to compensate as it loses functionality over the course of months, or even years.

While chronic renal failure cannot be reversed or cured, treatment and management aimed at reducing the contributing factors and symptoms can slow its progression.

Symptoms often occur gradually over an extended period of time. In addition, symptoms may vary and not all of those listed below will be seen in every dog:






Weight loss

Excessive thirst

Lack of appetite (anorexia)

Marked increase in appetite

Marked decrease in appetite

Acute blindness

Seizures and comas

Blood in the urine (hematuria)

An increase in the frequency and amount of urination

Causes of kidney failure can include:

Kidney disease

Urinary blockage (obstruction of the urinary tract or of the ureters

Prescription medications


Diabetes mellitus

Genetic (hereditary) factors

The following breeds are prone to chronic renal failure:


Bull Terrier

Cairn terrier

German shepherd

English Cocker Spaniel

Herbal Remedies:

Herbal remedies are used successfully in both prevention and management of diabetes by supporting pancreatic health and digestive function, to maintain blood sugar levels and normal insulin levels, to maintain eye health, to prevent nerve and tissue damage often associated with the disease, to boost immunity and to help limit disease recurrence or progression.

I’m Allergic to Needles – (learn more) is used for proper pancreatic support, health and function, charged with producing proper insulin levels, for all types of diabetes I and II, to reduce glucose levels in blood and for insulin resistance, to improve the glycemic index in pets with diabetes, to regulate metabolic stress, and maintain proper liver metabolism, circulation, bile production and flow, for hepatic immune function, useful in regulating excess weight and fatty deposits.

DIA-BEAT-IT! (learn more) is used holistically for its critical nutrient content, including inulin, oligofructanes (FOS), vitamins including B complex, trace minerals, digestive enzymes & proteins to promote pancreatic health; to help produce adequate insulin & to improve insulin utilization; to support normal blood sugar levels; to help combat Diabetes I & Diabetes II; to limit and help repair neuropathy; to reduce glucose levels in the blood; to improve the glycemic index and to reduce insulin resistance; for hypoglycemia; to support normal blood sugar levels; to promote cardiovascular health by reducing the risk of arteriosclerosis & atherosclerosis related to insulin resistance & to reduce the risk of osteoporosis by improving calcium absorption. 

Baby Love Bits  (learn more) helps to build, promote and support muscle, joint, bone, cartilage and tendon health, mobility and flexibility; as a powerhouse Probiotic Vitamin B complex; helps prevent against flea and tick infestations; supports the Central Nervous System; stimulates immunity and healthy metabolism; aids digestion and promotes whole body microbial balance; improves liver function and liver health; purifies whole bodily systems; keeps the skin, hair, eyes and mouth healthy; for dental disease, gout, Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD); for infectious diarrhea, including rotavirus diarrhea, for nervousness and fatigue.

I AM A ROCK STAR - (learn more) helps to support and nourish the endocrine system; helps support adrenal gland health and response to stress and metabolic demand, supports glandular ability to rebuild and regenerate, promotes hormonal balance, regulates stress on liver, kidney and digestive functions by reducing thirst and excessive elimination, promotes cognitive function and memory performance, balances blood sugar levels, for natural energy in young and geriatric pets, increases muscle use, ability and stamina, provides anti-inflammatory and immune support, helps maintain healthy adrenal, central nervous, digestive, immune and reproductive systems.

Other suggestions:

Along with an appropriate diet your diabetic pet should eat at the same time each day at least twice a day, or smaller amounts at multiple intervals. Many pets have timed feedings according to their insulin shots so ask your veterinarian to advise what feeding schedule will be most appropriate.

Female diabetic pets should be spayed as soon as possible to avoid any complications of the insulin reacting with the female hormones secreted by the ovaries.

Remember to take your diabetic pet for regular check-ups and monitor their blood-sugar closely as changes in the condition may occur and treatment may need to be altered.

Exercise is important for your diabetic pet, but make sure it is constant and regular. High activity will affect your pet’s insulin levels and over-doing it can lead to a sudden drop in blood-sugar levels so this should be avoided. Remember that if your pet is on insulin, the amount of insulin needed will change according to activity levels so consistency is the key word here.


Conventional Treatments:

Your dog or cat will undergo a complete blood profile, including a chemical blood profile, a complete blood count, and a urinalysis. Dogs and cats with chronic renal failure may have anemia, abnormal electrolyte levels, and elevated blood pressure. The levels of certain protein enzymes and chemicals such as creatinine and blood urea nitrogen (BUN) will also be high.

Another good indicator of chronic renal failure is urine that is neither concentrated nor dilute, thus indicating the kidney's inability to process the urine correctly. X-ray or ultrasound imaging may also be used to observe the size and shape of the dog's or cat’s kidney(s) to see if there are any visibly noticeable abnormalities. Often, chronic renal failure causes kidneys to become abnormally small.

Typically, synthetic medications are prescribed, including oral medications and insulin injections.

Oral Medication: While synthetic, pharmaceutical oral medications are often effective in human use, they tend to be far less effective in pets. Drugs such as Glipizide stimulate pancreatic function to produce more insulin. This type of treatment has shown some success in cats, however, studies reveal that these types of medications can cause further pancreatic and liver damage.  

Insulin Injections: Insulin injections are the most common form of treatment for diabetes in dogs and cats. The method and dosage will be dependent on the severity of your pet’s condition.

Herbs can be used in conjunction with synthetic medications, to support proper pancreatic, digestive and immune function and to reduce neuropathy, however, may also potentiate synthetic drugs.




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