So this sucks
My dog, The Gabber, has been diagnosed with early stage chronic renal failure.
Basically this means she’s 12 years old and things are starting to break.
There’s no medicine to fix kidneys in any species. And there is no real success rate with dog kidney transplants (cats, oddly enough, can get them).
But, caught relatively early, the failure can be slowed through special kidney diets low in phosphorus, protein, and sodium.
This might not be a problem for your run of the mill, I eat anything, dog.
But that Gabber, she is picky. Picky like she’d rather starve than eat something she feels is beneath her. She gets bored with food and even stuff she likes she’ll turn her nose up at eventually.
So now I have to find a variety of foods she’ll put up with.
Hill’s Prescription diet makes a kidney food. Royal Canine makes one. Purina Pro-Plan has one too. So we’ll see if we can get things for her. She also has to have low sodium dog treats. It’s very difficult to find dog treats that don’t have salt as one of the first three ingrdients or so… and in order to be “low” salt has to be missing, or near the very end. Plus, she’s so very picky.
So.. we’ll see how she does. She has to drink lots of water and eat this new kidney diet. It’s still early. Her Creatinine level has gone from 2.1 last year to 2.7 this year (I think 7 or so is, like, time’s up), but her red blood cell count looks good. The vet did not seem overly panicked. Just wants her diet to be more strict.
This will present the most difficulty to my dad, who loves to give her treats when we visit on the weekends. I’ll have to start bringing treats she can have over there, because her favorite treat of choice over there is liverwirst, and i’m pretty sure that’s not in the “low sodium” camp.