Kidney Supplements For Dogs And Cats
Kidney disease can be a devastating diagnosis, but pets can improve by using supplements along with the conventional treatment provided by your veterinarian. Since 2005, Ask Ariel has been offering the best kidney supplements for dogs and cats. The goal of treatment is to help the pet to live as close to a normal life as possible and slow the progression of the disease. Once the kidneys have been damaged, they cannot be repaired, but you can strengthen and support your pet's nephrons (filtering units in the kidneys) which will help them function better. Supplements for dogs with kidney disease can help by flushing out the toxins, filtering out metabolic waste and supporting the remaining kidney function. Our natural kidney supplements for pets are recommended by veterinarians nationwide.
Cat & Dog Kidney Supplements
Our company's story began with Ariel the Siberian Husky mix. At 13 years of age, after leading a very healthy and happy life, she was suddenly diagnosed with kidney disease. Her creatinine level was 6.4 (very high out of the normal range) even though her blood test 5 months prior had been on the high end of normal. Kidney disease can be detected with gradual changes in some pets (as is often the case with elderly cats) or suddenly where the pet seemed fine the day before and now is no longer wanting to eat and is completely listless. Ariel was dying before Pet Nutritionist Susan Blake Davis' eyes and she wanted to save her. The research, supplements and treatments that helped Ariel with her triumphant journey over kidney disease (she died over a year later due to a tragic fall) are what inspired Susan Blake Davis to start Ask Ariel Your Pet Nutritionist. We wanted to share our story in the hopes that we could help other pet owners who are struggling with the same condition.
Kidney Support for Dogs and Cats
Renelix is one of the best kidney supplements for dogs because it is a hallmark detox supplement. Renelix flushes out toxins that accumulate in the kidneys and urinary tract. It is also one of the most commonly ordered supplements for cats with kidney disease, but must be administered by syringe. While there are no guarantees and kidney damage is permanent, in many instances, Renelix has been show to slow the progression of the disease, improve symptoms and some pets do show improvement in laboratory tests after using the supplement. Excellent value - one bottle will last a small pet for over 9 months!
Kidney Health provides natural kidney support for dogs and cats. It breaks down protein and assists the kidneys to eliminate metabolic waste. Kidney Health is one of the best kidney supplements for cats because it is a tasteless powder that is easy to administer. Helps pets with kidney disease, protein loss in the urine, diabetes and protein malabsorption. Contains proteolytic enzymes that reduce inflammation and provide support for pets with protein loss and conditions that affect protein metabolism. Essential for diabetic pets as the kidneys are adversely affected.
Purrfect Pet CoQ10 is the best CoQ10 for dogs with kidney disease. NON-GMO Ubiquinol. This antioxidant plays a critical role in cell production and is essential for kidney and heart function. Kaneka Ubiquinol™ helps to protect cells, tissues and organs from oxidative damage caused by free radicals. CoQ10 also helps to boosts the immune system and reduces inflammation.
Gastro ULC + Power Probiotic provide comfort to pets with kidney disease by relieving symptoms of nausea due to acid buildup. One of the hallmark symptoms of kidney disease is that pets develop acid stomach and inappetence as the kidneys are not able to properly flush out toxins. Pets become very picky and often lose weight. Gastro ULC and Power Probiotic help relieve stomach discomfort and reduce vomiting, improving your pet's appetite. Power Probiotic contains ingredients similar to Azodyl (Bifidobacterium longum and Lactobacilus acidophilus). Research studies of these two probiotic strains reported positive effects in renal function and decreased blood urea nitrogen (BUN), urea and ammonia.
Happy Paws Organic Hemp Extract are easy-to-use organic hemp extract drops. Happy Paws can help manage the symptoms of kidney disease and make your pet feel more comfortable. Many pets with kidney disease will have digestive distress resulting in a reluctance to eat. This is especially true in senior cats. Happy Paws CBD for cats with kidney disease can help stimulate your pet’s appetite and reduce pain, inflammation and vomiting. Your pet can also enjoy general health benefits from using Happy Paws. As pets age, they can develop health conditions that impact their daily lives (arthritis, anxiety, dementia, etc.) and our Happy Paws Drops have been found to help these conditions and improve your pet's overall well-being.
Amazing Omegas fish oil is also helpful for pets with kidney disease. It contains omega-3 fatty acids that help reduce inflammation and reduce filtration hypertension, which helps to improve kidney function. Resveratrol For Dogs is a powerful antioxidant that has been shown in research studies to reduce oxidative stress and renal inflammation, while improving kidney function. Resveratrol for Dogs contains high concentrations of trans-resveratrol, the active form of the compound most useful to your pet. Many times, pets with kidney disease will suffer from digestive upset. Soothing Digestive Relief contains a special blend of herbs and plant enzymes that can help dogs and cats with diarrhea, indigestion, tummy rumbling, mucous in the stool, upset stomach, gas and bloody stool.
"Last year our Ginger escaped & spent the night outside. We have no idea what she got into, but she became very sick. That Saturday, at the veterinary clinic, the doctor believed there was something wrong with his laboratory equipment. I even heard him in the back room calling the company that had recently calibrated the machine to complain. He sent her blood to an outside lab. I had Renelix on hand for my other kitty with kidney disease and started Ginger on it immediately. The following Monday our veterinarian phoned and stated that the outside lab had confirmed Ginger's severe acute renal failure. He stated "Normally when I notify somebody of results this poor, they no longer have a pet that is living". I explained that we had been through this before, and I attributed Ginger's survival to the kidney supplements for cats I had received in the past from Ask Ariel. Ginger was receiving IV hydration at home, as well as Renelix and the diet as advised by AskAriel. Ginger returned to her normal, healthy & spoiled self! Fortunately, she also slimmed down from her previous tubbiness! I can't thank Susan Davis and Ask Ariel enough!!" - Suzanne, Florida
Signs of Kidney Failure in Dogs and Cats
Kidney disease can be insidious and "suddenly" appear even though your pet may have seemed perfectly healthy the day before. The signs can be very subtle, such as not wanting to eat in the morning and pet owners may initially attribute that to "old age". Kidney disease can progress rapidly in some and slower in others. Clinical signs are often not detected until at least 2/3 of the kidneys are dysfunctional. Since kidney failure can often be a fatal condition, annual laboratory testing (blood and urine) is critical, along with watching out for the warning signs and notifying your veterinarian if you see them.
The kidneys are bean-shaped organs that operate as filtering mechanisms in the body. The kidneys filter out toxins in the blood such as metabolic wastes, drugs and mineral salts. The kidneys also help regulate blood pressure, balance the acidity of the blood, maintain calcium and phosphorus metabolism, and produce a hormone that stimulates red-blood-cell production. Since the kidneys perform so many important functions, it is easy to see why kidney malfunction would greatly impact the way your pet feels and behaves.
- Increased urination
- Increased thirst
- Weight loss
- Loss of appetite
- Strong (ammonia-like) breath odor
- Listless, lethargic
Treating Kidney Disease in Dogs & Cats Naturally
Treating kidney disease in dogs and cats starts first with an assessment based upon the pet's blood and urine test results. In the blood, three levels are especially important to test for kidney disease. These are creatinine, BUN (blood urea nitrogen) and phosphorous. (Please refer to next section.) In addition, your veterinarian will look to see if your pet is "concentrating urine" or if it is highly diluted. Based on the results, your veterinarian may recommend intravenous fluid therapy at the veterinary hospital followed by subcutaneous fluid therapy at home. The fluids are a critical first step as they flush out toxins from the kidneys and blood stream.
Your veterinarian may also recommend a reduced protein and phosphorous kidney diet, a phosphorous binder to bind the phosphorous from the food so it is not absorbed, GI medication for nausea and medications for blood pressure regulation, if needed. Kidney disease supplements for dogs and cats can be used in conjunction with these treatments. Supplements can help the kidneys to break down protein, excrete toxins and perform at a significantly improved level. Many pets that use AskAriel's kidney supplements for dogs and cats live a higher quality and longer life than was given in their initial prognosis. Moreover, we include free diet tips (e.g. recommended foods for dogs with kidney disease) along with your order.
The goal of kidney disease treatment is to manage the symptoms and help the functioning nephrons (cells of the kidneys) work at an optimal level. Conventional treatments for kidney disease, when combined with the kidney supplements and diet, can often manage the symptoms so well that the pet is comfortable and able to lead a near-normal life. Maintaining hydration is critical as fluid therapy assists in the removal of toxins and can also replenish important electrolytes. As kidney disease progresses though, the pet may not be able to keep up with the regular detoxification required and the body chemistry may become more acidic. Pets can develop a condition called uremia, where metabolic waste products buildup faster than they can be excreted. This can make pets feel lethargic, nauseated and inappetant. An abundance of patience is often needed to help your pet find natural foods that are palatable. Supplements for dogs and cats with kidney disease can be especially helpful in this regard as they can coat the stomach, give pets energy, assist in the detoxification process and increase their appetite.
"Molly, our 13 year old black lab was diagnosed with kidney disease and was given a few months to live. She had been healthy most of her life and my husband and I were stunned with the diagnosis. In addition to her kidney disease, her legs were getting weak from arthritis and she was also starting to show signs of dementia. Needless to say, we were not optimistic about her future. That weekend, we went to the Pet Expo in Baltimore and were lucky enough to talk to a vendor who recommended we contact AskAriel.com. We used Renelix and the Kidney Health Formula for her kidney disease in addition to the Amazing Omegas and used the diet that was recommended for her. We've been treating her with the supplements in addition to administering sub-q fluids and 5 months later Molly is still eating, drinking and very much full of life. We know that she is still with us because of Susan Davis' (Ask Ariel Pet Nutritionist) expertise, compassion and arsenal of supplements. We are so grateful we found Susan and AskAriel and have already started our younger dog, Brandy on the Amazing Omegas. - Jennifer, Maryland
Kidney Values That Can Appear In Your Pet's Test Results
In the blood, there are three levels that are especially important to test for kidney disease. These are:
- Creatinine - Creatinine is a waste product from muscle and protein metabolism. It is filtered through the kidneys. An elevated creatinine level signifies impaired kidney function. As kidney function declines, the creatinine level in the blood will rise due to poor clearance of creatinine by the kidneys.
- BUN (Blood Urea Nitrogen) - BUN measures the amount of urea nitrogen, a waste product of protein metabolism in the blood. Urea is formed by the liver and then taken by the blood to the kidneys for excretion. Because urea is cleared from the bloodstream by the kidneys, a buildup in the blood is an indicator that the kidneys are not functioning properly.
- Phosphorous - Phosphorus is another waste product that is removed from the body by the kidneys. Once the filtration process through the kidneys is impaired, phosphorous begins to accumulate in the blood. Elevated blood phosphorus levels can contribute to lethargy and poor appetite.
What Is The Difference Between IV Therapy and Subcutaneous Fluid Therapy?
When pets have kidney disease, their kidneys are not able to flush out toxins as efficiently as they did before. Veterinarians often recommend fluid therapy to keep the pet hydrated and help the kidneys flush out toxins. This can be done through IV fluids or subcutaneous fluids (under the skin). Intravenous and subcutaneous fluids can reduce symptoms of nausea. Pets generally feel much better after fluid therapy and will often eat and play once they have been hydrated.
- IV Fluids are administered by injecting the fluid directly into your pet's vein and must be done in your veterinarian's office. IV fluid therapy can offer your pet many benefits including continuous hydration which is the most efficient method for toxin removal, quicker response to treatment, and oversight by your veterinarian. There are downsides however. IV fluid therapy can be very stressful for pets and the expense of a hospital stay must also be considered. If a pet is badly dehydrated or in chronic renal failure, IV fluid therapy can bring fast relief and help pets feel better quickly.
- Subcutaneous Fluids are given at home by the pet owner. While that might sound scary, many pet owners (even those afraid of needles) can be easily trained by their veterinarian's office and out of love for their pet, can comfortably perform this life-saving service at home. Pet owners inject the fluids under the skin in between the pet's shoulder blades. A blob will form under the skin and the pet will absorb the fluid gradually over time. Depending upon the pet's kidney function, fluids are given anywhere from 2 times a day to every few days. This loving at-home treatment can save your pet the stress of hospitalization and keep them comfortable, giving them as close to a normal life as possible.
"My beautiful, sweet, soon-to-be 13 year old "baby" girl Zoe is thriving thanks to Ask Ariel supplements. She was diagnosed with a kidney issue over a year ago and today her numbers improved and she is enjoying life. She is my fierce loyal companion. Thanks to Ask Ariel I am sure we will have many more years of memories together. Thank you for giving us both renewed hope!" - Claudia, Georgia
Products used: Power Probiotic, Kidney Health Protein Support, Ultra-Flex, Purrfect Pet CoQ10.
Why Does Kidney Disease Cause Inappetance?
The kidneys filter metabolic waste products from the body and excrete them through the urine. When pets are diagnosed with kidney disease, their kidneys are no longer functioning at an optimal level. Thus, waste products and toxins that should normally be flushed out, instead spill into the bloodstream affecting the pet's overall health (a condition referred to as uremia). The pet is not able to keep up with the regular detoxification required because the kidneys are impaired. Over time, the ability to remove toxins is outweighed by the buildup of those toxins, causing the symptoms of uremia to get worse. Symptoms of uremia can include lethargy, lack of appetite, digestive problems such as vomiting, diarrhea and bad breath.
One of the first signs of kidney disease is inappetence, especially in the morning. Pet owners may notice that their cat or dog may seem more finicky and attribute their picky eating to old age. Kidney disease makes pets nauseated and they often don't feel like eating. It's very common for pets to eat something one day and then refuse it the next. This can make caring for a pet with kidney disease extremely challenging. Many cat owners will report having 5 or 6 cans of opened cat food in the refrigerator. Some may say their kitty will only eat it when the food is room temperature or warmed but no longer wants it once it has been in the refrigerator. These types of signs should not be ignored as they are an indicator that toxins are building up and the pet needs kidney support.
Once kidney function starts to weaken, pets may develop a variety of additional health issues such as acid stomach, anemia, high blood pressure and pancreatitis. Natural kidney supplements can help to improve kidney function while GI supplements, like Soothing Digestive Relief and Power Probiotic, can provide relief from nausea and digestive problems. Many pets with kidney disease will use phosphorous binders to absorb the phosphorous in the diet. These phosphorous binders can reduce the workload on the kidneys and help your pet feel less nauseated. Cats and dogs with renal insufficiency can benefit from a reduced protein, restricted phosphorous diet.
The Connection Between Hypertension & Kidney Disease
Hypertension is the medical term for high blood pressure. In both cats and dogs, it is most commonly found as a complication of other underlying medical conditions - in particular kidney disease. When the kidneys are damaged, either by age or disease, it becomes more difficult for blood to filter through them effectively. This can cause blood to back up in the arteries and increase blood pressure. Studies show that about 60% or more of cats and dogs with kidney disease will also have hypertension. It can be challenging to manage both high blood pressure and kidney disease simultaneously, as each condition can make the other one worse.
In cats, hyperthyroidism can also be connected to both hypertension and kidney disease. Hyperthyroidism is the most common hormonal disorder in cats. The thyroid becomes hyperactive and produces too much hormone resulting in an increased metabolism and pumping pressure in the heart. This overstimulation in the heart muscle leads to high blood pressure. This increased pumping pressure can also affect kidney function because the blood passes through too quickly to be properly filtered. Many pet owners are looking for the best supplements for cats with kidney disease to help create balance with these multiple health conditions.
Natural kidney support supplements can help maintain optimal filtering function in the kidneys and decrease the risk of high blood pressure in cats and dogs. Purrfect Pet CoQ10 is essential for dogs and cats with heart and kidney diseases.
Food For Cats & Dogs With Kidney Disease
Pets can eat a natural, kidney-friendly diet in place of commercially prepared prescription diets that may contain chemicals and synthetic ingredients. Cats and dogs with kidney disease often have a reduced appetite and can become very finicky with their food. By reducing protein and phosphorous in a pet’s diet, there is less buildup of metabolic waste and dogs start to feel better. By restricting phosphorous, protein wastes are reduced, decreasing the workload on the kidneys. Foods especially high in phosphorous include bones, organ meats such as liver, egg yolks, dairy and fish. While fish should be avoided, due to its high levels of phosphorous, omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil can help to reduce inflammation and improve kidney function. Foods for dogs with kidney disease can include an assortment of freshly steamed vegetables (e.g. green beans, carrots, squash) that are high in fiber and vitamins. Varying the forms and temperatures of food can be especially helpful for cats with kidney disease. At Ask Ariel, we will include free kidney diet tips on the packing slip that comes with your order.
We understand how hard it is when your pet is suffering from kidney disease and we will do all we can to help. It can be confusing to know which cat and dog supplements would be appropriate for your pet. Please email us at Support@AskAriel.com. Please note that we cannot provide consultative advice due to veterinary regulations, but we will be happy to provide articles and information so that you can make an informed decision about what's best for your pet.
What supplements can I give my cat with kidney disease?
Natural supplements can help support kidney function and slow the progression of kidney disease (CKD). Supplements can’t help repair damaged kidneys. Unlike the liver, the kidneys cannot regenerate new tissue. But, the goal of using supplements is to help the kidneys flush out toxins and improve the efficiency of the remaining nephrons. Our holistic spagyric remedy Renelix is the first line of defense for cats with kidney disease because it can help flush out toxins in the kidneys and urinary tract. Kidney Health Protein Support, a blend of proteolytic enzymes, improves the efficiency of kidney function by breaking down protein and improving the elimination of metabolic waste. In addition, veterinarians often prescribe phosphorous binders to be given with meals to reduce the amount of phosphorous that needs to be processed by the kidneys.
What can I feed my dog with kidney disease?
Dogs with kidney disease often have a reduced appetite due to uremia and can become very finicky with their food. By reducing protein and phosphorous in a dog’s diet, there is less buildup of metabolic waste and dogs start to feel better. When a dog has chronic renal failure (CRF), the kidneys are not able to efficiently filter waste products from the blood resulting in uremia. When urea and other nitrogenous waste compounds buildup in the blood, dogs feel lethargic and nauseated. By restricting phosphorous, protein wastes are reduced, decreasing the workload on the kidneys. Foods especially high in phosphorous include bones, organ meats such as liver, egg yolks, dairy and fish. While fish should be avoided, due to its high levels of phosphorous, omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil can help to reduce inflammation and improve kidney function. Freshly steamed vegetables (e.g. green beans, carrots, squash) that are high in fiber and vitamins can help to lower dog kidney protein. At Ask Ariel, we will include free kidney diet tips on the packing slip that comes with your order.
What are the best kidney supplements for dogs?
The best kidney supplements for dogs will help to flush out toxins and metabolic waste and support the remaining kidney function. Renelix is essential for dog kidney support because it can help flush out toxins in the kidneys and urinary tract. Kidney Health Protein Support, a blend of proteolytic enzymes, improves the efficiency of kidney function by breaking down protein and improving the elimination of metabolic waste. Power Probiotic contains ingredients similar to Azodyl (Bifidobacterium longum and Lactobacillus acidophilus). Research studies of these two probiotic strains reported positive effects in renal function and decreased blood urea nitrogen (BUN), urea and ammonia. Research studies show that CoQ10 for dogs with kidney disease can help to lower creatinine and blood urea nitrogen levels.
What can I give my cat for kidney failure?
Renal insufficiency is common in senior cats. Natural kidney disease remedies for cats work best when they are used in combination with conventional veterinary treatments and a reduced phosphorus diet. Feeding a phosphorous-restricted diet along with a phosphorous binder, administering subcutaneous fluids and using a few kidney supplements for cats can improve longevity and quality of life. Holistic supplements for kidney failure can help the kidneys to break down protein, excrete toxins and perform at a significantly improved level. Renelix is our hallmark kidney detox formula. It helps to flush out toxins in the kidneys and urinary tract. Kidney Health Protein Support for Pets helps to break down proteins and reduces the workload on the kidneys and liver. If your cat is suffering from acid stomach or inappetence due to uremia, Power Probiotic and Gastro ULC can help relieve stomach discomfort and reduce vomiting, improving your pet's appetite. At Ask Ariel, we will include free cat kidney diet tips on the packing slip that comes with your order.
Can hyperthyroidism in cats cause kidney problems?
Cats with hyperthyroidism often develop other health issues such as high blood pressure (hypertension) and kidney disease. Recent studies show that hyperthyroidism in cats can contribute to the development or progression of kidney disease. Hyperthyroidism is a hormonal disorder in which the thyroid becomes hyperactive and produces too much hormone. This accelerates metabolism, overstimulates the heart muscle and can lead to high blood pressure. The increased renal blood flow reduces the effectiveness of kidney filtration and can lead to proteinuria and reduced kidney function over time. Supplements such as Renelix, Power Probiotic and Kidney Health can support kidney function. Olive Leaf Extract and Purrfect Pet CoQ10 are helpful for blood pressure regulation.