Or maybe you’re wanting to do everything you can to help prevent kidney disease from happening?
If that’s you, you’re in the right place to help your pet. Kidney disease will affect 1 in 3 cats and 1 in 10 dogs at some point in their life.
Chronic kidney disease is the most common condition diagnosed in a senior cat.
However, this disease is usually not discovered until 75% of the kidney function is gone, because the symptoms can be very mild.
What are some of the dog and cat kidney disease symptoms to watch for?
Some of the more common symptoms to watch for include:
Increased drinking and urination
With cats, many of these signs will not appear until later in the disease, which is why it seems like kidney disease can appear overnight when degenerative changes have been occurring over years.
Here are some natural pet remedies we recommend to help support kidney function and help reduce the progression of your pet’s kidney disease:
These supplements can reverse kidney disease in their early stages! And here’s the best part – you can give these as treats for your cats with kidney disease since they are pretty tasty and well-accepted.
Renafood is one of the many Standard Process supplements I recommend to help your pet detoxify better. When the kidneys are not working well, toxins will build up in the body which is your pets don’t feel their best.
But when you use natural pet supplements that support detoxification and help the kidneys function better, you can help them feel their best and even reverse some of the kidney disease.
This supplement is commonly used in many pets with kidney dysfunction and can be a great place to start when your pet is first diagnosed with chronic kidney disease.
When your pet has chronic kidney disease, make sure to use species-appropriate whole-food diets that are lower in phosphorus content.
For optimal food for cats with kidney disease, make sure to check out the amazing resource http://catinfo.org and make sure to get them onto a wet food diet if you’ve been feeding them raw.
Ask your veterinarian about JustFoodForDogs and Darwin’s who are one of many companies that have prescription diets that are healthier than many of the RX diets being sold at veterinary clinics. Dr. Harvey’s Canine Health is an easy-to-make recipe that is formulated for dogs with chronic kidney disease and is a great option for pet parents wanting more their dog.
As always, check with your veterinarian before starting any new supplements, or make sure you’re working with an integrative holistic veterinarian that can guide you to the best treatment plan possible for your pets.
So what can you do to help prevent kidney disease from happening?
We can use healthy pet food and natural supplements to help support the kidneys and even treat kidney disease if there has already been damaged.
Using biologically appropriate whole-food diets and proteins will help support kidney health. Pets should not be on a lower protein diet until the later stages of kidney disease. So if your beloved dog or cat was just diagnosed with kidney disease, make sure to transition them to the best, least processed food that you can to support their overall health.
Numerous natural remedies can be used to support optimal kidney health, reduce infections and help maintain normal blood pressure. Herbs like Rehmannia, astragalus, and dandelion can support optimal kidney health and are included in many of the supplements recommended above.
However, preventative veterinary care is key for diagnosing this quiet disease.
Make sure that you take your dogs and cats to the veterinarian at least once a year and get routine wellness bloodwork done. This will help identify any changes.
However, the kidney values, BUN and creatinine, don’t become elevated until 75% of function is gone. You want to make sure you are asking for an SDMA test, which is more sensitive for determining if kidney function is declining.
If you need help figuring out the best plan possible, send us a message. Dr. Katie Woodley has helped many dogs and cats reverse their kidney disease and feel better.
Watch our short video below to learn more about how to help your pets with kidney disease:
In this video, you’ll learn about:
What is kidney disease and why does it cause issues for the body?
How does kidney disease occur for dogs and cats?
Symptoms of kidney disease
How to diagnose kidney disease
Treating kidney disease with holistic medicine for dogs and cats
Using holistic nutrition for dogs and cats to prevent and treat kidney disease
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