« on: Mar 16, 2015, 17:35 »
Hi MrsC, I can empathise with your current situation. My own dog has health problems, quite similar to your own dog. I put my dog on hills k/d after tests showed some loss of kidney function last year. My dogs kidneys have since stabilised but recent blood tests have shown liver problems and he has lost weight. I have read that a good diet can help successfully manage kidney problems so I'm sure you can help your dog a lot with a good diet. My recent research into dog food suggests that low protein is not needed in early stage kidney or liver failure and can actually be harmful so I think you are right to maintain good protein levels if this is where your dog is at. I believe I placed my dog on a low protein diet too early and am now seeking a change. I have read that low levels of phosphorous is far more important in managing the disease and read on the dogaware website that 0.6% is the figure we should be aiming at. Like your vet, my surgery is quite keen for me to remain on a hills or canin food (renal or not) but similar to yourself I wanted a natural and enjoyable diet for my dog. I too feel at an impasse with the surgery over my dogs diet and I sympathise with your situation. However, a good protein low phosphrous diet seems alittle like the holy grail in dog food for me at the moment. And with regards to hills or royal canin, if the foods give the appropriate levels of protein and phosphorous for my dogs health then I have to admit that I have to consider them, even though their quality of ingredients seem poor. A good dog food is only good if it's right for your dog and although the ingredients don't look great it may be what my dog needs - this is how I'm seeing it at the moment. (Hope that makes sense). I do hope you soon find a diet to help keep your pooch in good health Good luck and I would be interested to hear if you find a suitable alternative.