Shawn H asked in PetsDogs · 10 years ago

Diabetic dog in renal failure?

My dog has had diabetes for a number of years and was recently diagnosed with renal failure. Could someone provide information on any experience they have with a similar situation in addition to diet, supplements, and any cautions. I'm being a bit cautious with fish oil, flax seed oil, bilberry (for his cateracts), Vitamin E, Q10 even though I've read some good articles. I did read bilberry can lower blood sugar so I want to also be careful in that area since he is on insulin.

Additional information:

The dog food previously used was Hills W/D and but now additionally Hills K/D and Purina NF have been added to his list of foods.

I'm also supplementing him with Azodyl.

He is on fluid therapy twice a week.

16 Answers

  • 10 years ago
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    I do kind of agree that a raw diet may be his best option. I know it isn't realistic for some to feed raw to their pets, but it just might help with your dogs insulin levels. But you also want to be careful about high protein levels.

    I'm not sure if you've already read these sources, if you have, my apologies, but you might want to look into them and get some advice from there. Also, I'm sure there is a Diabetic Dogs Yahoo! Group you could join.

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  • 10 years ago

    Like in people kidney failure is a common side effect of diabetes. It gets worse if the diabetes isn't very stabilized. So the first step is to make sure that his diabetes control is stable. Your vet might recommend a frucosimine test which shows the stabilization over a long period of time. Some might recommend a glucose curve also. You also need to determine as to what stage of renal failure your dog is in. That is determined by the lab results. The tests that you want to look at are the BUN, Creatinine, and Phosphorus. A urinalysis should be done to check for infection and urine concentration as this will also help determine how much of the kidney is damaged. The foods and azodyl are good. The twice weekly fluids is actually the best therapy as this will keep the body flushed out and the kidneys don't have to work so hard to maintain the fluid balance. Some vets may prescribe human phosphorus binders, ACE inhibitors, and other medications to maintain the kidneys. I'm kind of ignorant on the herbal supplements so I cannot offer much advice there. The K9 kidneys group might be able to help you more on that subject.

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  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    I am not a vet. My vet says that Science Diet has too much corn for dogs and cats with kidney problems. Apparently the kidney has to work very hard to get protein from grain. If you use low quality meat products like meat meal or animal by products it's almost as bad. She recommends grain free, meat meal fee food for all dogs and cats but especially diabetics and kidney patients. My neighbor's cat went off insulin after following the recommendation and my own cat lived 4 years in complete kidney failure on Fromm's food after switching from Science Diet. While he was on SDiet he needed subcutaneous fluids every day to keep from getting dehydrated.

    I am not a vet. I do know that changing a pet's food when he is on insulin is dangerous without your vet doing serial glucose tests for a whole day. I did it. My neighbor did and we are glad. This is only two unique stories. It might not apply to you.

    Plus you have a dog. Even so, vets take very little nutrition classes in vet school for a very short time. Guess who pays for the nutrition text books? Hill's. They make Science Diet which used to be made by a private company but Carnation bought it and decided corn is cheaper than meat. Yes, as a matter of fact it is. And it's better. Just sayin.

    There are Board Certified Veterinary Nutritionists.

    Source(s): personal experience and vet advice
  • 5 years ago

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    4 years ago

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