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Chronic kidney failure in 11 y/o dog. Need diet advice.

Chronic kidney failure in my 11 year old beagle. Have had her in the hospital twice to receive fluids, and am now having a vet tech over to the house daily to give her fluids.

She’s perky and happy and thus, our vet and we do not think it is her time to go, even though she does not like the hydration treatment.

My main confusion at this point, is her diet. I know that they said low protein is important, but more important is low phosphorus. She was eating a chicken and pasta canned food from a pet health food store, but is turning away from that. In desperation, I gave her a plain chicken breast which she gobbled up (am always worried that she is nauseous since that is when she stops eating and her BUN number rises).

So, is it o.k. for her to have chicken on a daily basis, or just be “strong” and leave the canned food down until she eats it? Have Pepcid from the vet and some other vitamin.

Any advice on any of these issues would be most appreciated because we adore our Jessica! Thanks much.


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One Response to “Chronic kidney failure in 11 y/o dog. Need diet advice.”

  1. Lisa Maloney says:

    My 16 yo Jack Russell Lucy had kidney failure and after I exhausted all of my reg. vets options, I took her to a holistic vet and he helped her through food, vitamins and a special fluid (less saline, so it didn’t sting her) and she made it 2 1/2 more years.

    It was definitely more expensive, but well worth it.

    By the way my regular vet was very helpful and interested in the holistic vet methods since Lucy did so well. I would be happy to give you more details, feel free to e-mail me.

    Lisa M.

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