A Homemade Dog Food Challenge: Dogs with Special but Conflicting Dietary Needs

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A client that was recently referred to me by her veterinarian wanted me to formulate homemade dog food that would help manage her dog’s advanced kidney disease. In preparation for her consultation appointment, I gathered the necessary information over the phone that I needed in order to have some recipes ready for her dog.

 Patients with kidney disease need a protein restricted diet to minimize blood ammonia levels.

Patients with kidney disease need a protein restricted diet to minimize blood ammonia levels. When protein is broken down by the body it produces ammonia that is changed to a less toxic chemical in the liver called urea. In normal patients, the blood urea is eliminated from the body by the kidneys. Pets with kidney disease cannot eliminate urea effectively and urea levels increase in the blood. This increase results in decreased appetite and activity, vomiting and even painful sores in the mouth that causes drooling and refusal to eat altogether.

By restricting protein levels…

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