I hope someone can give us advice! We are having a hard time with our 9 year old lab’s diet. To start, she has a pretty serious food allergy – we think it is gluten or wheat. For the past 2 years, she has been on Cyclosporine and Ketaconazole and it has controlled her itching, scratching and yeast buildup. Unfortunately, it has contributed to her kidney problems. She has quickly moved to Stage 3 kidney disease. We originally attributed her failing kidney function to her food. We have been feeding her gluten free food because of her allergies, but they have a high protein and sometimes higher sodium and phosphorus content. After reading countless labels, we think we have found the best combination, but her kidney function continues to decrease. Although our Vet wanted us to boost up the Cyclosporine, we think this is actually the cause of her quick decline. We have taken her off both medications, and might just give her an antihistamine if she begins to itch too much. The Vet also prescribed Enalapril because her blood pressure has been sky high related to the declining kidney function.
So, now we are looking for another solution with her diet. All of the prescribed foods for kidney issues have gluten or wheat, so we can’t give her any of those. She was miserable before we cut wheat from her diet. We are willing to do whatever it takes! We can make her food, but we don’t really know where to start and what to add to make sure she gets the nutrition she needs – low sodium, low phosphorus, low but adequate protein, etc. Any suggestions?!?!
check out dogaware.com, and also k9kidneydiet group on yahoo. They have been an invaluable resource for me in my quest to find a good home-cooked diet for my puppy with kidney failure.
Is she on a phosphorus blocker? Any other supplements?
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