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DateOct 14, 2021
CategoryKidney Disease
Pet TypeCat
TopicFood for kidney disease
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Question:

Im looking to adopt a cat with kidney disease. How often will he need to go in to get a prescription for his food?

Answer:

It really depends on the severity of the kidney disease and how often his veterinarian needs to recheck him, so consult his veterinarian for the most accurate advice. Annual (once-a-year) visits with bloodwork are usually a minimum, then that veterinarian can approve the prescription for a full year, but this varies by state and individual veterinarian.

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DateOct 5, 2021
CategoryKidney Disease
Pet TypeCat
TopicKidney disease/Blood clots
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Question:

I have read that cats with kidney disease are vulnerable to blood clots that can cause massive strokes. Is there an anticoagulant that can be administered that can help deal with the clots without causing additional damage to the kidneys?

Answer:

No, we do not start kidney disease patients on anticoagulants. Keeping the kidney disease patients well hydrated (with things like fluid therapy, canned prescription kidney food, water fountains, etc.) is what decreases the risk of strokes in them.

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DateAug 3, 2021
CategoryKidney Disease
Pet TypeDog
TopicDenamarin
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Question:

Since I am unable to buy Denamarin what would you suggest as a substitute. My pet is a 16 year old cocker spaniel weighing around 28 lbs.

Answer:

You categorized this question under kidney disease and Denamarin is for liver disease so consult your veterinarian for the best advice. This product has some of the components that Denamarin does: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Denosyl-prod10434.html

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DateJul 16, 2021
CategoryKidney Disease
Pet Typenull
TopicAlternative treatment
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My daughter’s vet prescribed Benzapril for her dog’s kidney failure and it gave her diarrhea. The vet said there’s nothing else they can give her. Is there an alternative treatment out there for this?

Answer:

Treating kidney failure is tough - there is usually no direct treatment, but here is a link to our article about some helpful support treatment options: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/kidney-disease-treatment-dog-cat-31.html

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DateJul 10, 2021
CategoryKidney Disease
Pet Typenull
TopicKidney Diet
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Hello, I wanted to ask for your vet recommendation on switching my dog from hills prescription kidney diet (hills k/d) over to another kidney diet food brand. He is not very happy after being on it for 7-8 months now. So what brand would be best for transitioning. He wants table food but I do not give him any as he has kidney issues. Thank you!

Answer:

Purina makes a good kidney diet called NF : https://www.proplanvetdirect.com/dry-nf-kidney-function and then Royal Canin makes another good one: https://www.royalcanin.com/us/dogs/products/renal

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DateJun 2, 2021
CategoryKidney Disease
Pet Typenull
Topicconstipation
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My almost 14 year old cat has kidney disease (level 3) and seems to be constipated. I feed her only wet food (K/d kidney diet) but I don't think she is drinking enough. Is there something I can give her?

Answer:

Ask your veterinarian whether subcutaneous fluids might be right for her.

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DateMay 18, 2021
CategoryKidney Disease
Pet Typenull
TopicDiet needed
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Question:

Hello Dr. Dym, I have a male maine coon that is 8 years old and has CKD. My vet prescribed a Hills KD. He's been eating it for a few months, but really doesn't like it and he's hungry all the time. It's awful. Is there a diet or brand or additive you can recommend? Kind regards, Debbie

Answer:

This is often a problem with our little carnivores because he needs low protein, which is what K/D is. I don't know of a low protein additive. I would recommend calling Hill's and speaking directly with them - they are very helpful. There are a couple other really good low protein prescription diets, made by Purina and Royal Canin, but switching around can potentially make him pickier, so that's not always the greatest idea.

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DateApr 30, 2021
CategoryKidney Disease
Pet Typenull
TopicCat health
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Question:

She has uncontrollable poop and urine. Drinks water like crazy. Loosing weight where you can see her boney body. Ii think her kidneys are going. She's 17 years old.

Answer:

It may be her kidneys, but it may be diabetes as well as other things - all of these are treated differently, so see your veterinarian for some blood work to see exactly what is going on.

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DateApr 28, 2021
CategoryKidney Disease
Pet Typenull
Topickidney problems
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The vet said my 13 year old dog' s habit of drinking excess amounts of water is akidney problem. He recommends Royal Canin renal support food, which he sells. Is there a homemade diet that is good for a dog.? $1.00 a can per day is expensive. He also get the dry food. Thank you, Millicent Gustafson

Answer:

If he has been diagnosed with kidney disease from blood work, the prescription diets work best. Threre are a few other companies that make them but they are all expensive: Science Diet K/D and Purina ProPlan NF Kidney Diet are the other 2.

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DateApr 10, 2021
CategoryKidney Disease
Pet Typenull
TopicFood
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I try to feed my cat renal food, I have tried them all in order to get him to eat it, I have to mix a little bit of regular cat food in with it. What should I purchase? Is cat food for cats with urinary health issues ok? Most foods say high protein and I’m not sure he should be eating that. Any recommendations? Thank you.

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He needs lower protein. The foods "for cats with urinary issues" are for cats that have crystals, not for kidney failure cats. There are many companies that make good, prescription diets for kidney failure: Hills Science Diet, Purina, Royal Canin and Blue Buffalo. They are all more expensive than regular food because a lot of research has gone into them so they really help cats with kidney failure.

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DateApr 7, 2021
CategoryKidney Disease
Pet Typenull
TopicSupplements
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My 15 yr old ShiTzu has elevated kidney levels (34SDMA) She is currently taking Enapril and Levothoroid. Is there a an over the counter supplement that you recommend?

Answer:

Your veterinarian, who has access to all of her blood results and x-rays, is definitely the best one to ask. Enalapril is hard on the kidneys but she may need it for her heart. In general though, this is a good supplement for geriatric dogs: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Senilife-prod11874.html

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DateApr 6, 2021
CategoryKidney Disease
Pet Typenull
TopicKidney Disease
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My dog Bailey who is almost 8 was recently diagnosed with kidney failure. creat 2.6 to 2.8. We changed to kidney diet. Are any of her meds dangerous for her now. Anything else we can do to help her?

Answer:

I need to know the exact medications (and strength) and her weight - some medications are hard on the kidneys and some are not. Here is a link to an article about treating kidney disease: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/kidney-disease-treatment-dog-cat-31.html

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DateMar 11, 2021
CategoryKidney Disease
Pet Typenull
TopicDog food
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Question:

I am trying to find a wet food that my dog will like. He has kidney disease and does not like the food my vet has. Also looking for treats for him.

Answer:

Multiple companies make prescription kidney diets - have your veterinarian either order or approve prescriptions for them: Hills makes one, Purina makes one and Royal Canin makes one. Try canned if you haven't already. Try warming the canned just a little.

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DateMar 6, 2021
CategoryKidney Disease
Pet Typenull
TopicKD food
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Question:

I am currently feeding one of my two cats a prescription KD dry food recommended by my vet. Can I feed the same food to my other cat who is about the same age (16) but who has not been diagnosed with kidney disease? It’s much easier for me to feed them both the same food. Thank you.

Answer:

Yes, it should be fine to do that, especially because of their ages. Check with your veterinarian, who has access to their last blood work, to say for sure though.

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DateMar 4, 2021
CategoryKidney Disease
Pet Typenull
TopicKidney Problem
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Question:

Hi, My Kitten is 6 months old. He has stopped eating. We went to vet and then took blood report. The Creatinine is 10.9 and Urea > 130. We are very disturb. Can you suggest any medicine.

Answer:

This is very unusual in a 6 month old kitten. More tests are ideally needed to determine why the kidneys are failing at that age. A referral to a kidney specialist is an option - often found at your nearest veterinary school.

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