A kidney problem can appear suddenly and cause severe symptoms, or it can manifest more slowly, with less obvious symptoms.
Both situations can be dangerous for your pet and should be closely monitored by your vet, who will be able to recommend the best nutrition you can give. Because kidney disease has different stages, there isn't a one-size-fits-all nutritional strategy. Your dog might also need medication.
In general however, vets will recommend a diet with lower protein content for dogs with kidney problems. It's therefore very important that the proteins your dog gets are high in quality and easy to digest. Because we choose our protein sources carefully, all our food has these kinds of high-quality proteins. You might want to consider one of our senior recipes for your dog if they suffer from kidney issues. Don't worry, you can give senior food to adult dogs.
Vets also sometimes recommend a diet high in omega 3, in order to decrease inflammation. However, the ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 should not be higher than five to one, which means our dog and cat food both fit the bill. Important: our organic dog food has a ratio higher than five to one, and should therefore be avoided for dogs with kidney conditions.
Dogs or cats with kidney problems should always have access to fresh water. Because wet food tends to have high protein and fat content, dry food plus plenty of clean, fresh water nearby is usually the best option.
*We don’t have a specific diet to prevent or cure any bladder or kidney stones. Every stone is different and needs other treatment or dietary management . None of our diets are suitable for these issues.