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Kidney Function

Kidney Function

Herbal treatments to help support healthy kidney function in dogs and cats.  

In renal challenges, the kidneys not only need to be supported and rehabilitated but consideration should also be given to support of the liver, cardiovascular system and autonomic nervous system.

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

The kidneys perform the essential function of removing waste products from the blood and regulating the water fluid levels. The kidneys are also responsible for regulating electrolyte balance and supporting an acid-base balance.

Kidneys 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 already fragile organs, they are often the first body organ to break down in older pets.

Kidney failure can be acute or chronic. Kidney failure can occur suddenly (acute kidney failure) or come on gradually over a period of time (chronic kidney failure).

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 large quantities of pale urine

Poor appetite

Weight loss

Nausea or vomiting




Bad breath

Mouth ulcers (in later critical 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 Remedies:

Herbal remedies can be highly effective to ease kidney failure and kidney disease and to help slow disease progression, to help support kidney conditions and function, to support healthy  urinary function and support, to purify and cleanse the blood, to promote kidney, liver and urinary tract health and to maintain healthy blood pressure.

Stix & Stones – (learn more) promotes 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; treats urinary 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 oxalate, provides pH modulation, for urinary system disorders and pathologies and for liver and kidney insufficiency.

Hepa Protect – (learn more) supports proper liver function, metabolism, bile production and flow, rehabilitates the performance, health and repair of the liver, kidneys, bladder and gall bladder, detoxifies 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, reduces uric acid, for gall bladder inflammation, gall stones and gallbladder infections, for renal colic and renal calculi.

Break It Up – (learn more) eliminates 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; for bladder and kidney 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.

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Conventional Remedies:

Diagnosis of dog kidney failure involves a blood test and a urine test.

As the functions of the dog's kidneys deteriorate, excessive amounts of nitrogen, acids, ammonia, and other chemical wastes are retained in the dog's 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 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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