My youngest Saint Bernard had surgery last year and 3 feet of her intestine was removed. She has been on a lamb and rice dry dog food ever since, and when she gets something different her stomach gets upset and she doesn't eat. Well about 2 weeks ago this happened and continued, I took her to the vet, they did blood work and found that her kidneys were not doing well and did not give her a good chance for survival. They kept her overnight, gave her fluids, twice, and when they checked on her in the morning she had eaten and blood work was great. She's home now, continuing to eat and do well, and I have bought a bag of the Hills k/d dog food to the tune of $80 (40 lb bag). Does anyone know of any other, just as good, low protein dry dog foods? I will strech this by adding rice, hamburger, hard boiled egg, and bread, and will do some research on my own as well. But if anyone can offer any advice, it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Paula
personally I would google low protein diets, and just make your own. It is the easiest and probably the cheapest thing for a dog as large as yours. I looked in abook I have, but couldn't find anything. I wish you the best of luck
UUUhhhhhh was it the vet who said low protein? My dog had 12 inches of intestine removed and I was told LOW FAT they need protein. Also, ask your vet if the dog might have leptospirosis, classic kidney failure red flag. There are so many strains it's impossible to vaccinate for it, the vaccines that do have lepto cannot cover every strain.. I found out the hard way, my bitch got pneumonia,aborted the litter, got kidney trouble and then found out it was lepto.
Could you try a Vegatarian diet? May cost you less. Protein is harder for dogs to digest, but a Vegetarian diet may be easier. Medi-cal has a Vegatarian diet, also there is a web site called Balanceit.com or .ca not sure, it has diets you can make yourself!!
When I look up into the sky, I think to myself, Wheres the ceiling?
Low protein, Holistic Solid Gold Whitefish, 18% protein, low fat, so much better than Hills Science k/d, my dog - who was given 12 months to live with kidney disease has been going for over 3 years on this. Great food. By the way, wish someone other than Hills would clarify what the best diet is for kidney disease in dogs, makes me crazy that they are the only game in town.
Hills isn't the only one, but the vet may not carry all of them. Royal Canin makes MP Modified for chronic kidney disease and LP Modified for late stage kidney disease. Purina makes NF and I believe all are available in dry and wet. Your vet may have a homemade kidney diet which might be cheaper,I honestly don't know. If not I know my vet has one somewhere, I'll ask him for it when I go to work in the morning.
And adding things like hamburger and hard boiled eggs is actually adding more protein which would be defeating the purpose of the low protein food. Maybe ask the vet if you could add rice or something to bulk it up and make the dog feel full and save food. But make sure that you find out exactly how much of the kibble you should be feeding per day. The balance of nutrients is important. If you pull back some low protein kibble and add high protein meat, you may wind up going slightly or heavily over on the protein. It then becomes a waste of the 80$ for the k/d food. A vet can help you with that.
I know the food can be expensive, but it is really in the long run going to be less expensive then not feeding the right food. Think about how much the hopitalization, bloodwork and iv fluids cost. If the diet isn't right, the kidneys will shut down sooner and you will have more hospital stays.
I'm curious about a couple of things. How old is the dog? And when you say the bloodwork was great, do you mean it was better, or actually normal again?
And go to www.hillspet.com/get25 and you can get a 25$ rebate on any Hills rx diet. You just need your receipt and the upc from the bag.