Imbalance of Kidney is defined as a health condition of Kidney Qi Deficiency, Yin Deficiency, Yang Deficiency or Jing Deficiency.
Kidney, in traditional Chinese medicine is defined as a organ in charge of storing kidney essence (jing), will, determination, and power of memory, water distribution, bone marrow, spinal marrow, and brain marrow, graping qi and bladder as well as hearing , and 2 private parts.
Deficiency of kidney yin can distort the function of kidney in water distribution, growth, leading to damp- heat and moving fluid and qi upward.
2. Poor memory
3. Dry mouth
4. Sore back
5. Dark-scanty urine
7. Night sweating 8. Poor hearing
10. Hair falls
11. Declining muscle mass
12. Hot palms and soles
14. Tongue: Red, no coating with cracks
15. Pulse: Empty and rapid
II. List of foods that can nourish the kidney yin includes
1. Kidney beans
2. Black sesame seeds
3. Protein of all sources
5. String beans
8. Sea salt
19. Black beans
20. Coconut milk
21. All Fishes
22. Fresh water clam, and crab
26. Pork kidney
27. Chicken egg
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Frequently Asked Questions
Has anyone heard if Innovative Veterinary Diet foods is on the pet food recall list?
My dog had an allergy problem. He was on a special diet that was formulated for his allergies. The name of the maker of the food is Innovative Veterinary Diets better known in the industry as IVD.
Elmo, my pet Jack Russell Terrier, developed kidney failure. He had to be euthanized within two weeks of the onset of the problem. The only food Elmo was ever fed was IVD.
I find it to be very suspicious that he died from kidney failure just as a massive pet food recall was announced. Prior to the onset of kidney failure, he never had any problems with his kidneys. If any of you followers of Answers has had a pet die from kidney failure while eating IVD, please contact the corporate offices of IVD to let them know.
I wrote to them via email four days ago. They haven’t answered my inquiry yet. Please help me to get IVD added to the recall list. I don’t want any more pets to die from their negligence. Please help.
Only the foods on the recall list were affected as they were the only ones that got their wheat gluten from the infected supplyer.
If you suspect that there is a kidney problem, go to the vet asap and bring a sample of the food. The vet will test it to see if it was in fact the food.
Kidney Failure can be caused by a number of thigns and it was probably coincidence.
Please do not go around accusing companys before you know for sure.
www.menufoods.com has a full list of all companies that are affected.
Kidney Diet for Dogs besides Science Diet and Purina ?
Would like to know of a good kidney diet for my 10 year old dalmatian recently diagnosed w/kidney issues. She has tried Hills k/d and Purina n/f. I have heard Eukanuba/Iams makes one as well I might give a go. My other dog is on Pet Promise and sometimes Wellness (both no bi-products, etc) and when I look at the ingredients in some of these I hate to spend for a 15lb bag of fillers and bi products. Royal Canine has a canned food for kidneys and the first 3 ingredients include water sufficient for processing, by products, and more by products – ugh. and this costs a can on top of it! Any suggestions? Thanks!!
forgot to add, she hates hills and purina and refuses to eat it – will go about 3 days before caving in. won’t eat w/canned food on it either. will eat if chicken and cottage cheese are mixed in.
if it is a bag, you must be getting the 8 lb bag, either that or I need to be going to your vet I’m paying about for a 15-18 lb bag of Purina N/F that my dog hates.
Eukanuba does make one for that problem how ever it is also going to be expensive and not high quality ingredients.
NONE of those presciption diets are good quality ingredients. I have no clue as to why no one makes one but they are all full of cheap fillers and by products.
I wish someone would step up and make a better one.
I have a cat on one of the Purina diets. She looks good and it has solved the problems but I hate to feed her junk.
Can high amounts of protein in your diet do something bad to your kidneys?
i’m 16, a guy and i weigh 124, i eat lots of meat during the day. I take Muscle Milk, 32 Grams per serving (two servings of the muscle milk, so that makes it 64 grams of protein. On top of that i drink this other drink called Ensure (just once a day) for extra protein and that has 8 Grams of protein in it. I also eat a lot of meat/ foods with good amounts of protein during the day and i also drink good ole milk for even more protein. I was just wondering if this is too much protein for me and if protein in a high enough amount can do something bad to your kidneys.
Well, you haven’t told us how much protein you actually take. But, yes, large amounts of protein are not good for your kidneys. Most people who lift really weights don’t seem to care, however.
What are some good sites for discount (or not discount) cat foods on renal diets? My cat needs a wide variety?
My cat has chronic renal (kidney) failure and often gets sick of his food. It’s really important that he eats. Any good sites that have a wide variety of renal diet cat food? He won’t eat canned, only dry….thanks!
Try adding “Nuri-Cal ” to his diet.
“Energize your dog or cat with this palatable high calorie and vitamin dietary supplement. For dogs and cats who will not eat or need an added source of energy. Great for sporting and working dogs. Excellent for pregnant or ill dogs and cats. Especially helpful with the picky eater.”
(per 6 gm teaspoon) Vitamin E (5 IU), Vitamin B1 (1.7mg), Vitamin B2 (0.2 mg), Vitamin B6 ( 0.8 mg), Vitamin B12 (1.9 mcg), Folic Acid (0.2 mg), Niacin (1.9 mg), d-Pantothenic Acid (0.9 mg). Also contains Linoleic Acid, Linolenic Acid, EPA, DHA, Omega-6 and Omega-3 Fatty Acids.
-What is this product used for:
Nutri-Cal is a high calorie palatable dietary supplement used to provide supplemental caloric and nutritional intake in dogs and cats. It is also used to provide an added source of energy in hunting and working dogs. Calorie content is 338 Cal/100g (20 Cal/6g)
Nutri-Cal is a non-prescription (OTC) product.
-How this product should be used:
For supplemental use when animal is eating properly give 1 and ½ teaspoonfuls per 10 lbs of body weight daily. When animal is not consuming full feed ration, give 3 teaspoonfuls (1 tablespoonful) per 10 lbs of body weight daily.
-What are the side effects:
There are no reported side effects”
“Your veterinarian may prescribe a low protein/low salt/low phosphorus diet for your CRF cat. This diet is designed to reduce the amount of waste materials in the system that must be filtered out by the kidneys. The low salt and low phosphorous help control the electrolyte imbalances that are common with CRF. While there is no cure for CRF, this diet may slow the progression of the disease.* CRF cats sometimes have a difficult time eating any foods because they tend to secrete excess stomach acids. Since these foods are often less palatable than the commercial foods, you must be patient and persistent in your efforts to get your cat to eat the prescribed diet.
Some cats may eat some or all of these foods, but many cats absolutely refuse to eat any. DO NOT starve the cat. If a cat doesn’t want to eat, it WON’T. Remember that it’s most important for them to keep food intake and body weight up. When introducing a new low protein diet, start by gradually increasing the new food and decreasing the old. This procedure could take anywhere from a week to a month depending on how finicky your cat is. If your cat doesn’t like a dry version of the new diet, try the canned and vice versa. ”
What are some good sites/brands for feline renal diet cat food? My cat needs a wide variety & eats only dry?
My cat has chronic renal (kidney) failure and often gets sick of his food. It’s really important that he eats. Any good sites that have a wide variety of renal diet cat food? I would buy a bunch of different kinds and keep switching it around. He won’t eat canned, only dry.
If you don’t know any sites can you tell me what brand you’ve personally given to your cat? Thanks.
You need to get him off the dry food. It’s like pouring gasoline on a fire to feed him that. My cat also has CRF. When we first found out, the vet gave him Hill’s K/D. He hated the food and I hated the fact it was so low in protein. I decided to feed him better protein instead of less so I tried Wellness. It worked wonders. I now do a rotation of Wellness, EVO, and Blue Buffalo. He has made remarkable improvements with it.
What home foods are safe for a Mini Schnauzer with renal dysplasia?
My dog eats “Royal Canine” renal diet dog food for better kidney function but he also loves to have some of what ever he thinks I’m having, he likes everything… meats, fruits, veggies, ((like apples, oranges, melon, tomatoes, carrots, peas green beans, potatoes, corn etc (no sugar or salt added)) I give him a spoonful in his dry food twice a day plus a couple of baby carrots or slice of apple for a snack in between meals.
I’d like to give him more variety of safe foods, any recipes for homemade renal diet would be helpful!
Thank you for any ideas
(I know that chocolate, raisins, grapes, and onions are toxic, and potatoes must be cooked)
i would like to find a diet for kidney failure?
does anyone have info on what foods are good for kidney failure patients?
After kidney failure, various waste products can build up in the blood, and each kind can have different effects on your health.
Salt can increase blood pressure, so you may be encouraged to reduce salt intake. (Salt also has the effect of increasing thirst, so it makes it more difficult for patients to restrict their fluid intake).
Potassium is a mineral which is found in the cells of body tissue, and any excess would normally be removed by the kidneys. Too high a level of potassium is bad for the heart – in extreme case it may even cause it to stop.
Phosphate is a substance that is widely found in foods. It works very closely with the mineral calcium, and the healthy body keeps these two substances in balance. High phosphate levels may be associated with itch and over the longterm can damage blood vessels.
Protein is an essential nutrient that enables the body to build muscles. Low levels of protein can lead to fluid retention and to a reduction of the body’s ability to fight off infections.
Some patients may need vitamin B and C supplements.
Iron levels may drop and cause anaemia, this can be replaced with iron tablets.
Needing to talk to a nutritionist about a diet plan for my father.?
My dad has Diabetes type 2, congestive heart failure, and now renal failure. I am trying to set up a diet for him, but I am not sure of the foods he can have. A food that is good for his kidneys may not be good for his heart, where as a food that is good for his heart and kidneys is not good for him DM. If anyone can answer a few questions that would be great. Thank you in advance.
What’s a good diet for a dog with kidney disease?
My sister’s 14yr old blind border collie has been drinking water excessively. (She went blind very young..about 4yrs old) We took the dog to the vet and found she has kidney disease. Only 25% kidney function. (I’m working on second hand info, as I wasn’t there when the vet explained it.) We had been feeding her Kirkland Signature dog food for much of her life, but within the past year or so, we switched her to Acana (The fish flavor) because of allergies. What she’s allergic to, we don’t know. (could be chicken, corn, grains, etc)
The border collie has anxiety, but we’ve had to restrict her 24/7 to an outdoor enclosure/kennel because she pees and poops all over the house without alerting anyone she has to go. We’ve tried blocking her in a room at night, but she just chews up the walls, and messes all over the floor (pee and poo). I feel bad for the dog, as she barks all day (extremely high-pitched and ear-piercing) and sometimes all night, desperate for human companionship.
We’re willing to spend the money on a good diet and meds, but we don’t have a lot of time for home-made dog food. We’re taking care of the dog for my sister, as she couldn’t take her when she moved.
We’re also taking care of an old Japanese Chin we inherited. He doesn’t seem to be exhibiting the same problems. He does pee/poop everywhere, but that’s always been a problem. (He was never properly potty trained.) We keep him outside with my sister’s dog during the day, but bring him in at night.
They share food. Assuming the Japanese Chin doesn’t have kidney problems, is there a diet out there that will work for both dogs?
Yes there are specific brands that are for dogs with kidney problems. Science diet KD is one popular one. Basically you are wanting to reduce the workload on the kidneys. Most of these types of foods have reduced levels of protein, phosphorus and sodium. Some things to look for.are also increased levels of b vitamins, & antioxidants. Fish oil is a good source of omega fatty acids as well.
i need to start a healthy diet i donated a kidney.?
just looking for a any ideas to where i should start shopping. i have a picky eatter for a daughter and I have one kidney and my husband is freaking and bout geting healthy but I have no idea where to start looking or shopping. WHole foods is way to expensive. We also live with the parents and mom my mom needs a better diet she’s the one i gave the kidney to. THey eat old recipes that you know are good but not healthy in the least.
a general low calorie diet that’s based on whole foods that are high in lean proteins and low GI carbs is what most should follow.
What is a good food for a young dog with kidney failure?
Still waiting for serology report to know exactly whats wrong, x-rays show kidneys. I believe i need to change diet. Anything I can do for his comfort until lab resusts come back?
I had a Miniature Schnauzer with kidney disease and our Vet put her on Science Diet “KD” which is formulated for dogs with kidney problems…it comes in canned or dry. I mixed the two for her. You have to get the food from a Vet, and it isn’t cheap. Please don’t feed your dog “people food”…some dog breeds are just more susceptible than others, too. We didn’t know that and had to learn the hard way. “Hilde” developed the disease when she was about 8 years old. We always fed her the best food or so we thought…turns out the IAMS had too much phosphorus or something and was bad for dogs who are prone to kidney problems. We treated her for a year until the disease progressed so much that we had to put her down. I truly loved that dog…she was very special. I really feel for you and wish you and your dog the best.
Good and Bad Dog Foods?
I notice I get a lot of thumbs down when I tell about my bad experience with a high protein diet. My dog had a kidney infection that I didn’t know about and months of high protein aggravated his ailing kidneys to the point of near renal failure.
Now I know some people are huge advocates of *their* brand, but is it so bad that it just doesn’t work out for some dogs? We all know not every food is good for every dog.
On top of that, most people are quick to put down foods like Eukanuba and Purina, but I just have to add that some of the top show dogs in the US and Canada live and obviously THRIVE on brands of food that people here consider *bad*.
Is a food BAD if a dog does wonderfully on it?
My dogs are on Blue Buffalo.
And yes the kidney infection went unnoticed because there were no symptoms. No pain, no smelly urine, nothing, until the high protein was added.
I’m not saying EVO is bad for EVERYONE, but it didn’t work for US.
no a food is not bad if a dog does good on it but brands like Purina one use chemically enhanced ingredients unlike wellness and blue, I would rather feed my dog blue or wellness because of the health factor and the ingredients, them foods all use real food for there ingredients instead of the chemically enhanced ingredients and my dog is not a show dog but looking at him you would think he was. And just because someone has a show dog does not mean they are feeding them the best food out there, a show dog is just that a show dog, judges don’t care what food they are being feed so the people that do have show dogs should stop being so arrogant about it. And actually the best diet and food to feed and animal is the raw diet!.
What food is good for Yorkie with Renal Failure?
My sweet yorkie (approximately 10 yrs old ) has been diagnosed with renal failure. Our vet has put him on sub-cutaneous fluids and phosphate binder/hypertensive/
pepcid medication. As a result of this treatment, his energy level has dramatically improved but his desire to eat has also changed within the past few weeks. He seems to be hungry and wants to eat something, but something stops him. We have been giving him special kidney food in a wet form which he likes but he doesn’t eat too much of.
Anybody out there have any advice of what else would be healthy addition to his diet aside from his wet food? We want him to eat more.
Also, we have noticed that with treatment, he has started shivering. Anybody with experience with this and why would it be happening? We will ask our vet tomorrow, but we are truly concerned. He is the baby of the house and we want to see him healthy and happy. Thanks
You can try another brand that offers a kidney diets (like Science Diet, Eukanuba, Purina, and IVD). Just be sure to speak with your vet before you switch diets.
As for the shivering, I have never heard of any proven reason for this (I have heard of a few reasons, but none have been medically proven). You may want to ask your vet about it next time you talk, but I do not think it is something to really worry about.
Is this a good diet for a dog?
I’m taking care of a dog while his owner is deployed for a couple of months. The dog eats a mixture of home cooked and dog food. I only feed my dog Blue Buffalo dog food so I don’t know much about home cooked food. The owner said that he’s trying to transition to RAW, but the dog so far only likes lightly cooked meat. Is this a good diet?
Home cooked in the morning. Some ZiwiPeak dog food in the evening.
The home cooked menu changes every day. The dog eats chicken or beef 4 times a week, Fish (canned salmon or sardines) the other 3 days. 2-3 times a week a whole egg is added to the meal. A small portion of organ meat (heart, kidneys, mostly liver) in every meal along with some crushed eggshells if the dog isn’t already eating an egg that day. 2-3 times a week the dog is given cottage cheese or plain yogurt. The owner said that he sometimes gives the dog leftover veggies, but purees it first. Veggies aren’t a regular part of the dog’s diet and the dog is never fed grain. The dog is also given some multi-vitamin/digestive enzyme powder thing every once in a while.
The dog is very healthy. Lean and very active with a soft glossy coat and the stools are firm and small considering his size. I guess the food is working for him right now, but is there anything missing from his diet that he needs?
Sounds really good to me. If only more people would use fresh feeding. I fresh feed mine a similar diet. I don’t know ZiwiPeak, but if it is grain free and has no byproducts it would be good. I do add Salmon oil to my dog’s food, I think it is important for the omega oils.
High blood pressure, high cholestrol, bad kidneys. What diet?
So my dad has had high blood pressure for a while, he’s on medication for it but it’s not helping. He had some tests done and found out he also has high cholestrol and his kidneys are only just working. He’s having more tests done in 2 weeks to find out the cause but untill then we are kind of left in the dark. Just hoping someone could tell me what foods could help all three. I’ve read that for the kidneys you shouldn’t eat to much protein, eggs etc. but that these are good things for cholestrol. So alittle confused. I don’t want to hear about what the cause’s and any diseases he could have because we know about them. Just want to know what we can do with his diet to try and help in the mean time. Thanks very much.
Thanks, he has been trying to do more exercise but he has a condition in his back where the sponges in between his disc’s are worn away so he has to do special exercise which is pretty limited. Also he’s on other medication (which isn’t causing the problem) and he can’t take aspirin.
If your dad has not been on a diet for LDL, HDL etc., I would reccommend
very strongly he do this. Cholestrol is a major concern to clog arteries, reduce their diameter
and cause blood pressure to increase and to also cause strokes and heart attacks.
Strict diet and some natural supplements can lower bad cholestrol and raise the good.
Esercise works also to raise the good cholestrol and increase vessel size. Niacin, garlic, fish oil, aspirin help. A new all natural product from Menage Innovations called Cardio Plus helps condition the blood for better flow and remove cholestrol, plus another called Fiber Plus helps take cholestrol out of your digestive system before it enters the blood stream. There are natural products to help with this problem because the meds for this damage your liver and kidneys and
I feel this is a better and healthier way to go long term
My new Vet insisted I feed Hills/Science p/d diet to my dogs. Do you think it’s good food?
Is this some kind of joke? I’m a breeder and feed my dogs and puppies excellent human-grade food. The Vet himself told me my current litter is beautiful and so healthy then he turns and asks me what I feed the mother. I told him and he went on to tell me that I should be feeding Hills p/d because it has everything a nursing dog or puppy needs.
He didn’t know the brand of food I feed and asked what it was. I said it was high in protein. He then went on to tell me that dogs don’t need a high protein diet and that high protein can even cause kidney damage. (oh yeah all the wolves out there have kidney damage…did you know?)
I asked what Hills had that my girl needed? He said it was high in protein… LOL.. yes, and high in calcium. I looked at the ingredients. Here they are:
Hills p/d Ingredients:
Ground Whole Grain Corn,
Chicken By-Product Meal,
Corn Gluten Meal,
Dried Beet Pulp,
Chicken Liver FLAVOR,
WHY would I want to feed my nursing dog and then puppies that?!!
He knocks the food I’m feeding, and goes on to tell me how Hills and Iams and Eukanuba are the only companies that do true research on dog foods.
Is he on drugs or something? I know that corn, by products, and no meat is NOT good for dogs.
So do you think Vets really believe what they tell us when they tell us to buy the food they sell? Or is it just to make the 40% profit off Hills??
I sometimes feed raw, when I can afford it. Imagine if I told the Vet that?
LMAO at least 40%. Seems all Vets are in the dog food business these days.
I also find it funny the first ingredient listed is CORN. Ya, you do see a lot of
wolf packs hanging out in the corn fields of Iowa just munching down on some good
ole ears of corn. I wonder if the prefer it on the cob or like to have it cut away so it
doesn’t get stuck inbetween their teeth. I assume the Beet pulp and Liver FLAVOR
or kinda like desert after of course getting rid of all that corn. Funny humans
don’t digest corn all that well either
Is this a good diet so far?
I’m 18 and over 300 lbs. (No, I’m not joking.) And for the first time in my known life I ate nothing but fruits and veggies yesterday, I’m proud of myself, not bad for the first day. I had so little to eat I can even tell you what I had. About 1 banana every 4 hours. Which was a total of four bananas. For dinner I had just a bowl of rice and about 4 or 5 pieces of lettuce. I Also drank ALOT of water. About 6 or 7 16 oz. bottles. I’m doing this because I learned that the liver is the natural fat burner and it is unable to burn fat because it’s too busy doing everything else like converting our food into energy and cleaning our blood of chemicals found in processed foods, which is supposed to be the kidneys’ job. So that is why I’m eating natural and organic foods so that the liver can forget all that and focus on burning my fat. So to summarize that, am I missing anything and should I continue with what I’m doing?
I don’t like to use the term diet, because a person will go on a diet and lose weight but gain it back when they abandon the diet. Losing weight is a total lifestyle change.
You actually have a pretty good plan going. This is what my dad taught me (he had to lose 30lbs because he was border line diabetic). So don’t eat 3 meals a day but instead eat 5-6 meals. It’s easier for your body to burn calories when you eat 5-6 small meals instead of 3 large meals. So let’s say meal #1 eat a banana with a small bowl of cereal or oatmeal. Next meal could be an orange with half a sandwhich and some water. After that eat small salad with some kind of chicken or fish (baked or grilled is better than fried)…and you should ge the idea. Don’t eat just one thing because too much of anything is bad for you. Have a variety of health food so your body can get all the different nutrients…and also it will keep you from getting bored and going back to junk food. Here is the key to controlling your weight loss. Keep track of the calories you take in by reading the food labels, eat the recommended serving and keep track of the calories. So let’s say you eat a total of 3000 calories, in order to lose weight you have to burn more than 3000 calories. What you can do is research activities that burn a lot of calories.
Also take a multi-vitamin every morning (like One a Day Men’s health)…the vitamins will give your body a boost in energy.
So way healthier and also excercise. Running is how my dad lost weight. First he started out slow my jogging around the neighborhood, than one mile, than a few more miles, he just kept losig weight and getting healthier. Now he runs 5-8 miles every other day. So start out slow, take a walk around the neighborhood, when you feel you are ready talk a jog around the neighborhood…just keep improving.
Also your weightloss plan will not work if you have other overweight people in your family. When my dad had to lose weight my whole family got involved. If you have people in your family that are unhealthy try to encourage them to become healthier with you. If you try to lose weight by yourself your family could pull you back into your old ways.
Don’t give up, when your health you will have nicer skin, a sharper mind, a stronger immune system (you’ll get sick less), more energy, and overall you will be a happier person.
I dont know if this helps to motivate you but if your a Christian that can motivate you. Jesus said to do all things for the glory of God, and also when your a Christian the Holy Spirit lives in you so your body is Gods temple and you are suppose to keep Gods temple clean. That’s what motivated my dad to stop smoking, drinking, cussing, and to be a healthier person. This mentality helps me to do good in school, be healthier, and to fight hard when I’m in my wrestling matches and other combat sports I compete in.
Good luck my friend!
Diet for preventing kidney stones ?
I had a few kidney stones about a year ago and I’d like to hear from other people who know about them or who have had them as well. What diet are you on to prevent you from getting them again ? What are some foods that are good for people prone to kidney stones ?
The following are a general list of things to do related to diet in order to avoid any renal calculus formation.
Taken from “Renal lithiasis and nutrition” located at http://www.nutritionj.com/content/5/1/23
• Daily intake of a suitable liquid volume (minimum 2 L water/day)
• Avoid strictly vegetarian diets
• Avoid excessive animal protein diets
• Avoid excessive salt (NaCl) consumption
• Avoid excessive vitamin C and/or vitamin D consumption
• Consume phytate-rich products (natural dietary bran, legumes and beans, whole cereals)
• Avoid exposition to cytotoxic substances (i.e., analgesics abuse, residual pesticides, organic solvents and cytotoxic drugs)
Is Innova a good cat food or is it too high protein?
I got a new cat @ the shelter and I want to switch her onto a good quality food. I researched and Innova among other names came up. I heard, however, that feeding too high protein diet gives cats kidney problems??? I know it is high protein. My cat is a spayed female, age 2. Please advise the best food choices for her. I lost my beloved cat about a month ago and do not want this new cat to get sick! Thanks
That’s absolutely not true that it “gives them kidney problems”. Cats are obligate carnivores and the more protein, the better.
Evo is an excellent – one of the best on the market. It’s not always easy to find, though. One I use that’s far easier to find and quite comparable is Blue Buffalo Wilderness. It’s grain free, 45% meat protein and easily found at PetSmart and Petco.
Also give your cat canned food daily as well. Read some of the articles at http://www.littlebigcat.com/index.php?action=library Really great info about cat nutrition and what cats should – and shouldn’t – be eating.
Every time I go on a particular kind of diet, I get leg pain that seems to originate near the pelvis. Why?r?
The diet is nothing drastic, but every once in awhile I get yeasted so I like to go thru periods where I will avoid all bread, sugar, alcohol, anything fungus or moldy, eat tons of veggies and lean meats. Actually, this probably sounds like a pretty good diet, anyway, but it does not allow fruit, bec it is a sugar. The diet does allow plenty of veggies and lean meats and sprouted grain breads. My thinking is this, and tell me what you think. I think the extra protein in the diet is putting a strain on my kidneys and this is causing the pain. Not sure. I always heard kidney pain was back pain, but this starts near my scrotum and goes down my right leg. I check myself and have checked myself regularly for testicular cancers etc so it isn’t that. This is an intermittent thing that arrives with this diet. It isn’t debilitating, just a minor annoyance. I’m thinking I should be diligent about drinking lots and lots of water, that perhaps I’m eliminating my diet of foods that either contain lots of water (fruit) or help the body retain water (bready, carbo foods) but I’m not sure about that. Any ideas? Also, there is no attendant increase or use of some sort of supplement while on this diet that might cause this. I’m not taking any sort of garbage like diet pills to increase weight loss so it isn’t that. And there are no real other symptoms..no fatigue, fever, pain while walking or during urination, etc.
My dog has kidney problems the vet put her on a diet..?
The vet recommended k/d dry and canned dog food. She hates the canned dog food and she won’t eat her dry dog food without something in there. Can anyone recommend any store brand canned dog food good for dog’s kidneys? Thanks.
Try a home made recipe for your dog to add in with the dry food.. it is good for kidney problems as well as bladder stones. I used this before when my pomeranian had bladder stones many years ago. (actually dissolved all the stones, vet was impressed and amazed) He lived to be almost 17 years old so it worked great for him!
Brown rice (follow recipe on box for 2 cups cooked) while water comes to a boil add in one beaten egg, stir well. Add 1 cup of cooked chopped chicken (you can also use lean hamburger)
Also add in 1 teaspoon honey
1/2 cup shredded carrot
1 cup canned kidney beans
1/4 cup finely chopped parsley
After everything is added put lid on cooking pan and turn off the heat. let it set till rice it done.
What is a healthy vegetarian diet?
I’ve been vegetarian, but then I go back to eating chicken or fish (yuck). I’m afraid of getting anemia, because most of my friends who are vegetarian have anemia, because they are not getting enough B-12, and I’ve been researching and I found out that you may get kidney stone for eating foods with too much protein. I would like to know what is a good healthy vegetarian (including dairy products) diet. Thanks.
Natural treatments and best diet for kidney failure in dogs?
My GSD,Lulu,is 8 years old and the picture of health.She eats Merrick,Eagle Pack Holistic and several other premium foods. For the last several days,she has been urinating more frequently and has had two accidents in the house during the night.I took a urine sample to the vet today and her specific gravity was very low.The vet suspects kidney failure and Lulu is going in for bloodwork next week.She is otherwise acting fine – eating, active, good weight,etc. I have had dogs with renal failure before,and most of them were in their teens when diagnosed and did not last long. I did have a mixed breed called Lilac who was diagnosed at age 9 and lived to be 13,which is what I am hoping for Lulu.I really do not think I can bear to lose her right now. Lilac,( the mixed breeed) ate Hill’s KD and Cycle Senior ( this was back in the late ’80′s) and did well on them. I have been looking online for alternative treatments and diets and wonder if those of you who have had experience with canine renal failure can recommend any herbal/dietary treatments to help my dog should she have renal failure.Is there a dog food or homemade diet that you have had good results with? I am open to trying anything,because Lulu is so very special to me,she is just such a great dog and is so loyal and sweet;she is my shadow. Any advice will be appreciated and if you would star the question so that others who have had or do have dogs with renal failure can see it,I would appreciate it.Thanks in advance.
I’d suggest that you give your dog a natural supplement called Tripsy. It contains a powerful combination of herbal extracts proven to:
Promote healthy kidney functioning
Fight kidney infections
Improve urinary flow
Reduce the pain and discomfort of kidney stones
Tripsy is high effective, yet is totally natural and 100% safe for long-term use.
Here’s the link with more info: http://www.petwellbeing.com/dog-kidney-disease-p91.cfm
My old cat has CKF and it’s hard getting her to eat. She loves a peice of shrimp daily. Is this bad for her?
She won’t live long but we want her quality of life to be good. She eats a little of the kidney diet food but she doesn’t have much appetite…except for shrimp. We are giving her 1 or 2 a day. Does anyone know if we should be doing that?
Shrimp isn’t good for a cat, iodine content and all. If she isn’t going to live long, then go for it. Quality over quantity and all. You could also try grinding the shrimp up and mixing with the food to help get her to eat more. Make sure she is getting plenty of water. Ask your vet about giving SQ (sub q means under the skin) fluids at home, it will help her kidneys significantly. Maybe try another brand of prescription kidney food. Canned over dry can make a difference too sometimes.
Diabetes /sugar/carbs/starches….or too much protein for kidneys…what do you do?
Kidneys only working at 34% …on transplant list, watch carbs,but low carb foods are usually high in protein,hurting kidneys,and high blood pressure as well hurting kidneys..Diabetes diet really is shifted to mean too much protein in meats and etc. On 15 med.s too at 31 years old! Any Ideas? But, under Great Dr. at UAB Just wonder if others diabetes diet of low carbs and eating good carbs finds you eating too much protein for your kidneys , eating fish and chicken and etc.?
You really need to follow a specific diet from your doctor.As far as sugars and carbs,this could at least be controlled with rapid acting insulin.If they want you to have whole grains that break down glucose slower,oatmeal is a rather good protein source.To one cup of old-fashioned oatmeal,add one half cup of apple juice.Add some splenda if you like.Add some chopped nuts,also a protein source.Do not cook.The texture is marvelous. Best of luck,follow all orders,and I will be praying for you and better days ahead.
Have you considered feeding you dog a Healthy Natural Diet like BARF?
The most important thing you can do is to feed you dog well from the earliest age possible.. Forget any processed foods and try feeding a natural food diet like BARF. If you want a healthier long lived pet then you can never start too early! Remember that most processed dog food canned or dry is rubbish (bordering on poison!)
My dogs diet is as follows:
(ALL HUMAN GRADE FOOD – NOT PET GRADE!)
chicken frames minced
minced lamb liver/ beef hearts/ kidneys/tongue
some soaked ‘vets all natural complete mix’ supplement to mix with the meats.
I weigh it into a serving per bag it and freeze them individually
- then it is as convenient as a can of food only healthy.
For Breakfast I also give the dogs:
lamb briskit bones
chicken frames / carcasses
fruit & veg – oranges / apples/ carrots/ zucchini/ berries/ blueberry/raspberry/strawberry)
Make breakfast bones/chicken frames and
for dinner the special mix from the freezer
Before I feed them I also mix in some:
Pet Pep Up probiotic supplement
GreenPet Complete supplement
Omega 3 blend of Oils
(I defrost a couple of bags in the bottom of the fridge and replace them as they are used – that way you always have fresh food ready to go!)
Feeding you dog this diet will save you money on vet bills and keep your pup healthy for the longest time possible. Bonus you also have a dog that has fresh breath / good teeth / less f*rting
I know others will say that pet food is fine – but keep in mind most pet food is made by the same companies that make dog pharmiceuticals and it is in their best interest for you dog NOT to be healthy! That way they can sell you the drugs to make it better.. It is up to you!
For more info http://www.barfworld.com/main.shtml
I am interested in others ideas on this kind of feeding regime and hoping to inspire others into feeding their dogs better.
All the meats listed are RAW
It is based on the BARF Diet
BARF = Bones And Raw Food
I have 2 Dobermanns both are show dogs.
The cost of the meat is .20 (AU) per Kg. – I have to buy it in 10Kg lots so I do a 30kg mix and then freeze it for the month.. It works out much cheaper than most of those fancy dry foods.
I’m a college student, working a part time job (possibly switching to full time soon), and have both a dog and a ferret to care for. To be blunt- I don’t have the time and/or money to work through the BARF diet.
I’ve found finding information that seems reliable to be quite hard, time devotion is a bit more than I can handle at the moment, my dog is allergic to half the stuff generally on the food lists (Chicken being one of the top ones), and bluntly I’m not 100% convinced it’s healthier for my dog than good quality kibble.
I feed TimberWolf Organics- It’s worked well, I feel good about it, and it’s the best I can do. I don’t feel any guilt over that.
I heard mixed reviews on Holistic Cat Food and Natural Diets for cats, are they good or not?
I’ve read that Natural brands of cat food can be high in magnesium and kill cats but, I’ve also read that cats that eat natural diets are at less risk for allergies, kidney problems, heart problems, or cancer. Indigo Moon Holistic Cat Food sounds good but, I’m not sure on its magnesium content or if anyone has had any serious problems when feeding their cat it. Is that brand as good as it claims? Here’s the link to the cat food:
I’m just not sure if natural diets are as good as they claim. Thanks for the help!
Let me share with you what I have learned about feline nutrition to help you make an informed decision on what diet you should feed your cat.
Many brands of manufactured cat foods claiming to be “healthy” really are not. In fact they are made of the lowest ingredients possible. I’m not saying that a cat can’t live off them… just the same as you could live off hot dogs and Mac and cheese forever, but better choices can and should be made for your feline friends. I would not venture to say that any manufactured food is “best” for a cat but a grain free organic wet food would be a good start. Feeding canned is certainly better than feeding dry in all cases.
Cats were never meant to eat dry food, also known as cereals or kibble. We, humans, make them eat it for convenience to us. It has nothing to do with them or their nutritional needs. It’s completely species inappropriate.
All small domestic cats descended from desert cats. In the wild, desert cats derive their entire liquid intake from their prey. They do not have a thirst mechanism because they don’t need it when eating a species appropriate diet. They get all they need from what they eat. Additionally water was usually not available to them in their desert climate. So they do not often drink water. Regular ol’ house cats have descended from those same wild desert cats.
So in a home environment, your kitty does not get the moisture it needs from dry food and it’s almost always in a constant state of dehydration. Water fountains are encouraged to TRY to get your cat to drink more and your kitty may even enjoy it, but it will never meet its water intake needs drinking from a bowl.
Deadly feline illnesses such as diabetes, kidney failure, obesity, allergies, Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD), bladder stones, kidney stones, urinary tract blockages and Urinary Tract Infections (FLUTD), with and without deadly crystals run rampant these days. Cats are not taking in enough water to stave them off. Proper water intake through a species appropriate diet alone can prevent most of these conditions.
Overall, wet is all around better for any cats diet, be it canned or Raw and they should never be fed dry cereal kibble if we wish to most closely match their wild nutritional and dietary needs. Kibble meets our needs… not our cats.
I personally feed a Raw Meat and Bones based diet to my cats and they are very healthy on it. I HIGHLY recommend it. Once I got the hang of it and felt comfortable with it it’s a snap to prepare. It’s something you might want to consider someday. Cats are obligate carnivores after all and must derive ALL their nutrients from meat based sources. They are unable to absorb them from any other source. Despite thousands of years of domestication they remain strictly carnivorous. True and honest meat eaters and that is what they need most. Protein from meat!
If you are interested in feeding a raw diet (or just educating yourself about feline nutrition) a great place to start learning is www.catinfo.org .
If you would like to try raw with your cats and don’t want to get all technical about it but want to try a trusted, time tested and balanced raw diet you can order from felinespride.com. I purchased this myself when I first started and my cats loved it! Another premade Raw you can try is Natures Varity. I personally have never used this but know many people that do and it’s pretty easy to find.
If raw is not an option for you please be aware that there are three Categories of manufactured Pet Foods:
-”Grocery store” foods – (Special Kitty, Friskies, Meow Mix, Generic Brands and Grocery brands) Those foods found in grocery stores and mass-market retailers are made with lower-quality, less-digestible, inexpensive ingredients and are therefore a cheaper alternative. While easy on the pocketbook, “grocery store” foods normally do not provide your cat with the healthiest, most nutrient-dense ingredients.
-Premium foods – (Iams/Eukanuba, Purina One, Hills Science Diet, Nutro and such) Foods often found in grocery stores, pet stores, and veterinarian offices that contain higher-grade ingredients, but still include many elements of “grocery store” food, such as artificial colors, artificial flavors, chemical preservatives, and “filler” ingredients such as corn and wheat products, by-products and even animal digest. Yuck! Premium foods are usually more expensive than “grocery store” foods because their ingredients are sometimes of a higher quality, and are therefore somewhat more beneficial and digestible. But don’t be fooled, some of those same so called Premium brands are sometimes worse than grocery store foods, but they charge prices like they are better. They aren’t!
-Healthy foods – (Wellness, Merrick, Eagle Pack, Drs Foster & Smith) The newest addition to the pet food market – provide pets with the highest quality, healthiest, and most nutritious ingredients. They are typically available for purchase online or direct from the manufacturer. Some better retailers are starting to carry them now. Complete Petmart carries a few healthy brand foods. Foods in the Healthy class contain nutrient-rich ingredients. Formulated to provide optimum health benefits for pets, these foods often use real meat as the primary protein source, carbohydrate-rich whole grains like brown rice and barley and whole, fresh fruits and vegetables. They should not contain artificial preservatives, flavors, or colors. They will almost always be fortified with additional vitamins and minerals, and will use the best natural sources for fatty acids to help build healthy skin and a beautiful coat. Because healthy foods use high quality ingredients, you should expect to pay a little more than you would for other types of pet food. Remember, though, with healthy foods you can feed less since healthy foods are more nutrient-dense than other types of food so it often evens out or cost’s les than feeding foods filled with cheap non-nutritional by-products fillers.
With all that information in mind, when you are choosing a new cat food, study the ingredients. All ingredients on pet food labels are listed by weight. Meaning whatever ingredients are listed first on the list, there is more in there. The first ingredients listed should be whole meat ingredients, protein sources, such as Chicken or Turkey. NOT just the word “meat”! Who the heck knows what that is? The word Chicken Meal is ok, but it should be a secondary ingredient, not first. Meal is the meat dehydrated and ground into a powder.
The ingredients also should NOT include any by-products or animal digest whatsoever. Those are disgusting left over animal parts that are scraped off the filthy floors of meat and poultry plants. They should just go into the trash but they put them into pet food instead. EW!!!! Also make sure there are no artificial colors or flavors. And make sure there is no BHA and BHT used preservatives. These preservatives have been shown to cause cancer in both cats and dogs. Bad Bad stuff and it’s in almost every cat treat on the market. :o(
So, in summery of the ingredients… if you see the words by-products, Animal Digest, the word “meat” alone, Corn, Corn Gluten, Wheat Gluten, or BHA or BHT… stop reading, put down that product and move on to the next.
Be aware that when switching to a Healthy, Holistic or Organic food, you will pay for what you get. Good foods are not cheap. They are pricey and will cost you more than cheaper products, just like steak costs more than hotdogs. But again, you will be feeding a better food and improving the over all health of your pet. This in turn leads to less vet visits for illness now and more importantly later in life in their geriatric years. You will also feed less of this food on a per animal basis because a smaller amount of food contains what your cat needs. Overall healthy wet foods are well worth it, if only for the piece of mind that the ingredients are better for your cat than cheap crap.
You can start your research for a healthy cat food here if you are not ready to try feeding a Raw diet:
Could anyone else use a ‘Daily_Diet’ food ranking system for the ‘overall’ nutrition of various foods?
In trying to develop an easy way to ‘rank’ the total nutrition of various foods so I could more easily establish my daily nutritional plan, I took the time to modify Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s ranking system and generated the list below.
>>>>> My question is; does this listing help anyone else who might review this post? <<<<<
For me this listing has helped me to stay focused on making better choices in my future than what I have made in my past.
Thanks in advance for any insights anyone would offer, or questions if this is confusing to anyone.
My best to whoever responds,
Numeric Total of %DV's/100-calories for Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, and Zinc for the ten items totalized.
596 | SPINACH,CKD,BLD,DRND,WO/ SALT
571 | SPINACH,RAW
439 | CABBAGE,NAPA,COOKED
403 | CABBAGE,CHINESE (PAK-CHOI),CKD,BLD,DRND,WO/SALT
390 | ASPARAGUS,CKD,BLD,DRND
390 | MALABAR SPINACH,COOKED
381 | LETTUCE,COS OR ROMAINE,RAW
376 | TURNIP GRNS,CKD,BLD,DRND,WO/SALT
376 | PARSLEY,DRIED
374 | NEW ZEALAND SPINACH,CKD,BLD,DRND,WO/SALT
373 | PARSLEY,RAW
351 | PUMPKIN LEAVES,CKD,BLD,DRND,WO/SALT
349 | RICE BRAN,CRUDE [FLAWED DATA > vitamins & cals locked into insoluble fiber is not digestible.]
344 | MUSTARD GRNS,CKD,BLD,DRND,WO/SALT
343 | SPINACH,FRZ,CHOPD OR LEAF,CKD,BLD,DRND,WO/SALT
339 | SPINACH,CND,NO SALT,SOL&LIQUIDS
336 | CORIANDER LEAF,DRIED
324 | CHICKEN,LIVER,ALL CLASSES,CKD,PAN-FRIED
324 | PARSLEY,FREEZE-DRIED
320 | CORIANDER (CILANTRO) LEAVES,RAW
314 | SOY PROT ISOLATE,PROT TECHNOLOGIES INTERNATIONAL,PROPLUS
284 | BEEF,VAR MEATS & BY-PRODUCTS,LIVER,CKD,BRSD
280 | OKRA,CKD,BLD,DRND,WO/SALT
276 | BEANS,KIDNEY,MATURE SEEDS,SPROUTED,CKD,BLD,DRND,WO/SALT
275 | COLLARDS,CKD,BLD,DRND,WO/SALT
273 | WHEAT BRAN,CRUDE [FLAWED DATA > vitamins & cals locked into insoluble fiber is not digestible.]
267 | ASPARAGUS,RAW
242 | PUMPKIN FLOWERS,CKD,BLD,DRND,WO/SALT
224 | KALE,SCOTCH,CKD,BLD,DRND,WO/SALT
216 | CELERY,RAW
211 | BROCCOLI,CKD,BLD,DRND,WO/SALT
201 | CAULIFLOWER,RAW
188 | GRAPE LEAVES,CND
186 | ALFALFA SEEDS,SPROUTED,RAW
184 | BROCCOLI,RAW
184 | SQUASH,SMMR,ZUCCHINI,INCL SKN,CKD,BLD,DRND,WO/SALT
179 | BEANS,NAVY,MATURE SEEDS,SPROUTED,CKD,BLD,DRND,WO/SALT
177 | GRAPE LEAVES,RAW
173 | BRUSSELS SPROUTS,FRZ,CKD,BLD,DRND,WO/SALT
167 | CELERY,CKD,BLD,DRND,WO/SALT
164 | LETTUCE,ICEBERG (INCL CRISPHEAD TYPES),RAW
149 | PEPPERS,SWT,GRN,RAW
143 | SAUERKRAUT,CND,LO NA
138 | PUMPKIN,RAW
136 | LEMONS,RAW,WITH PEEL
136 | TOMATOES,RED,RIPE,CKD
128 | BEEF,VAR MEATS&BY-PRODUCTS,HEART,CKD,SIMMRD
127 | BEETS,RAW
126 | YOGURT,PLN,SKIM MILK,13 GRAMS PROT PER 8 OZ
124 | CABBAGE,CKD,BLD,DRND,WO/SALT
123 | PUMPKIN,CKD,BLD,DRND,WO/SALT
123 | PEAS,GRN,CKD,BLD,DRND,WO/SALT
121 | MILK,NONFAT,FLUID,WO/ VIT A (FAT FREE OR SKIM)
121 | CUCUMBER,WITH PEEL,RAW
119 | MILK,DRY,NONFAT,REG,WO/ VIT A
119 | BEANS,SNAP,GRN,CKD,BLD,DRND,WO/SALT
113 | LENTILS,MATURE SEEDS,CKD,BLD,WO/SALT
112 | COWPEAS,COMMON (BLKEYES,CRWDR,STHRN),MTURE,CKD,BLD,WO/SALT
106 | BF,CHUCK,SHLDR CLOD,TOP & CNTR ,STK,LN,0″ FAT,SEL,CKD,GRLD
100 | LEMON PEEL,RAW
95 | TURKEY,FRYER-ROASTERS,BREAST,MEAT ONLY,CKD,RSTD
95 | TURNIPS,RAW
94 | CHICKEN,BROILERS OR FRYERS,BREAST,MEAT ONLY,CKD,RSTD
92 | SUNFLOWER SD KRNLS,DRIED
91 | CARROTS,RAW
89 | MULBERRIES,RAW
86 | CHICKEN,BROILERS OR FRYERS,LT MEAT,MEAT ONLY,CKD,RSTD
85 | BEANS,NAVY,MATURE SEEDS,CKD,BLD,WO/SALT
85 | SOYBEANS,MATURE CKD,BLD,WO/SALT
82 | SALMON,PINK,CKD,DRY HEAT
81 | BEANS,KIDNEY,ALL TYPES,MATURE SEEDS,CKD,BLD,WO/SALT
81 | BEEF,TENDERLOIN,LN,0″FAT,CHOIC,CKD,BRLD
80 | SEEDS,FLAXSEED
77 | LIMA BNS,LRG,MATURE SEEDS,CKD,BLD,WO/SALT
76 | FLATFISH (FLOUNDER&SOLE SP),CKD,DRY HEAT
74 | CHICKEN,BROILERS OR FRYERS,BREAST,MEAT&SKN,CKD,RSTD
74 | STRAWBERRIES,RAW
73 | LEMONS,RAW,WITHOUT PEEL
72 | BLACKBERRIES,RAW
72 | MILK,WHL,3.25% MILKFAT
64 | ONIONS,RAW
63 | RASPBERRIES,RAW
62 | FISH,TILAPIA,CKD,DRY HEAT
61 | CORN,SWT,YEL,CKD,BLD,DRND,WO/SALT
61 | OATS
61 | WHEAT,HARD RED SPRING
60 | PEANUTS,SPANISH,RAW
59 | ORANGE JUC,FRZ CONC,UNSWTND,UNDIL
58 | ORANGES,RAW,FLORIDA
58 | CHEESE,COTTAGE,LOWFAT,1% MILKFAT,NO NA
58 | EGG,WHL,CKD,HARD-BOILED
57 | ORANGE JUC,CND,UNSWTND
57 | PAPAYAS,RAW
56 | LOUIS RICH,TURKEY BREAST (OVEN RSTD,PORTION FAT FREE)
53 | MOLASSES [FLAWED DATA > high iron content is largely toxic metallic iron from production pots.]
52 | CEREALS,QUAKER,MOTHER’S INST OATMEAL (NON-FORTIFIED),DRY
50 | BANANAS,RAW
50 | POTATOES,BLD,CKD WO/ SKN,FLESH,WO/ SALT
50 | BURGER KING, WHOPPER, no cheese
49 | BARLEY FLOUR OR MEAL
46 | CHEESE,LOW-SODIUM,CHEDDAR OR COLBY
46 | SWEET POTATO,CKD,BLD,WO/ SKN
46 | PIZZA HUT 12″ CHS PIZZA,THIN ‘N CRISPY CRUST
45 | RICE,BROWN,LONG-GRAIN,CKD
44 | PEACHES,RAW
42 | BRAZILNUTS,DRIED,UNBLANCHED
39 | PEANUT BUTTER,SMOOTH STYLE,W/SALT
38 | STOUFFER’S LN CUISINE CHICK & VEG W/ VERMICELLI,FRZ ENTRÉE
38 | FAST FOODS,SUBMARINE SNDWCH,W/TUNA SALAD
31 | GRAPES,RED OR GRN (EURO TYPE,SUCH AS THOMPSON SEEDLESS),RAW
30 | BLUEBERRIES,RAW
27 | PLUMS,DRIED (PRUNES),UNCKD
27 | OLIVES,RIPE,CND (SMALL-EXTRA LRG)
26 | ICE CREAMS,VANILLA
26 | CEREALS RTE,KASHI GOLEAN CRUNCH! BY KELLOGG
24 | CRANBERRIES,RAW
24 | COOKIES,OATMEAL,COMMLY PREP,REG
23 | ICE CREAMS,FRENCH VANILLA,SOFT-SERVE
23 | CRANBERRY JUC,UNSWTND
23 | CANDIES,MASTERFOODS USA,SNICKERS BAR
22 | PIE,PUMPKIN,COMMLY PREP
22 | SPAGHETTI,DRY,UNENRICHED
22 | MACARONI,DRY,UNENRICHED
21 | COOKIES,SUGAR,PREP FROM RECIPE,MADE W/MARGARINE
20 | PEARS,RAW
20 | AVOCADOS,RAW,FLORIDA
19 | COOKIES,SUGAR,REFR DOUGH,BKD
19 | APPLES,RAW,WITH SKIN
19 | APPLE JUC,CND OR BTLD,UNSWTND,WO/ VIT C
18 | CANDIES,SWEET CHOCOLATE
11 | COCONUT CRM,RAW (LIQ EXPRESSED FROM GRATED MEAT)
10 | ALCOHOLIC BEV,BEER,LT,BUD LT
8 | CANDIES,MASTERFOODS USA,3 MUSKETEERS BAR
1 | BUTTER,WITH SALT
1 | ALCOHOLIC BEV,DISTILLED,WHISKEY,86 PROOF
0 | OIL,OLIVE,SALAD OR COOKING
0 | SUGARS,GRANULATED
Nutrient | 100%DV amounts
*Calcium | 1000 – mg
*Iron | 18 – mg
*Magnesium | 400 – mg
*Phosphorus | 1000 – mg
Potassium | 3500 – mg
Sodium | 2400 – mg
*Zinc | 15 – mg
Copper | 2 – mg
Manganese | 2 – mg
Selenium | 70 – mcg
Vit C | 60 – mg
*Thiamine-Vit B2 | 1.5 – mg
*Riboflavin-Vit B3 | 1.7 – mg
*Niacin-Vit B4 | 20 – mg
Pantothenic_acid-Vit B6 | 10 – mg
*Vit B6-Pyridoxine | 2 – mg
*Folate-Vit B10 | 400 – mcg
Vit B12 | 6 – mcg
Vit A | 250 – mcg
Vit E | 30 – mg
Vit K | 80 – mcg
* – Total of %DV’s/100-calories of Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, and Zinc for the ten items totalized.
Excerpts from Dr. Fuhrman’s listing are given below.
Dr. Fuhrman’s – Food Score Listing <>
The ANDI Scale – Aggregate Nutrient Density Index <>
1000 <|> Kale
1000 <|> Watercress
876 <|> Collards
853 <|> Spinach
803 <|> Bok Choy
672 <|> Brussels sprouts
670 <|> Swiss chard
559 <|> Arugula
554 <|> Radish
452 <|> Romaine
444 <|> Bean sprouts
420 <|> Red peppers
412 <|> Boston lettuce
376 <|> Broccoli
334 <|> Artichoke
329 <|> Cabbage
295 <|> Cauliflower
295 <|> Green Pepper
273 <|> Carrots
269 <|> Asparagus
245 <|> Strawberry
236 <|> Salsa
193 <|> Pomegranate juice
187 <|> Tomato
178 <|> Blackberries
157 <|> Plums
150 <|> Blueberries
145 <|> Raspberries
118 <|> Papaya
116 <|> Brazil nuts
109 <|> Oranges
100 <|> Cantaloupe
87 <|> Apple
84 <|> Peach
81 <|> Kidney Beans
80 <|> Green Beans
80 <|> Green Beans
77 <|> Sweet Potato
77 <|> Soybeans
74 <|> Pineapple
71 <|> Salmon
71 <|> Tofu
69 <|> Lentils
63 <|> Walnuts
62 <|> Sunflower Seeds
59 <|> Mango
53 <|> Oatmeal
51 <|> White Potato
51 <|> Shrimp
38 <|> Avocado
35 <|> Banana
35 <|> Corn
32 <|> Macadamia
31 <|> Chicken
31 <|> Whole Wheat Bread
30 <|> Low Fat Yogurt
27 <|> Eggs
26 <|> Feta Cheese
25 <|> Whole Milk
19 <|> Whole wheat pasta, cooked
18 <|> Plain Bagel
17 <|> Apple Juice
17 <|> Amer. Cheese
17 <|> Turkey, ground
17 <|> Cheese Pizza
16 <|> Roast Beef Sandwich, w/cheese
14 <|> Tuna Salad Sub Sandwich
14 <|> Cheeseburger, w/bun
13 <|> Pretzels
12 <|> French Fries
12 <|> Potato Chips
11 <|> Chicken Fillet Sandwich
10 <|> Blueberry Muffin
8 <|> Van. Ice Cream
8 <|> Beef Hot Dog
7 <|> Chocolate Cake
6 <|> Jelly Doughnut
2 <|> Olive oil
0.6 <|> Cola
“ANDI scores are calculated by evaluating an extensive range of food factors, including vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, and antioxidants capacities, based on an equal number of calories for each food. After completing the calculations, foods are ranked on a numerical scale of 1 to 1000, with the highest nutrient foods given a score of 1000.” A complete description of how ANDI scores are calculated appears in Dr. Fuhrman’s two-book set, “Eat for Health.”
From Dr. Fuhrman’s two-book set, “Eat for Health,”the following are the considerations that were used to calculate Dr. Fuhrman’s “Nutrient Scoring Method,” that is currently patent pending. The %RDI’s for each calorie where calculated for those elements that are established, and were ‘estimated’ for those that are not established for each of the following elements: Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, and Zinc AND Caratenoids, Beta-Carotene, Alpha-Carotene, Lutein & Zeaxanthin, Lycopene, Fiber, Glucosinolates Iron, Selenium, Vitamin B12, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, plus ORAC score X 2 (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity is a method of measuring the anti-oxidant capacity or radical scavenging capacity of foods.)
Unfortunately I could not use Dr. Fuhrman’s listing since it is skewed to rank high glycemic fruits higher than green beans, which is much higher than ‘I’ think they should-be ranked, especially since I must not eat fruits due to my past diabetes and present pruritus diseases. Also, my list can be used to make a good calculation of one’s combined %DV’s whenever the numbers are multiplied by a food’s calorie- amounts. For instance, by eating 100 calories of boiled spinach would give me an approximated amount of 59.6 %DV for each of the ten nutrients. Or by eating 100 calories of boiled lentils would give me an approximated amount of 11.3 %DV for each of the ten nutrients. For me, using a list like this is a simple way of trying to get my %DV’s each day so I need never be concerned about the efficacy of sometimes(?)- toxic synthetic supplements.
Readily verifiable nutritional research has shown that when people eat ALL their foods that have less micro-nutrition per calorie than whole milk, or approximately 72 percentage points per hundred calories, they will invariably become very sickly over time with various organ failures similar to what occurred to myself or anyone with pellagra scurvy or beriberi; while those who would eat considerable calories above that of sauerkraut at 143 percentage points from organic foods without added chemicals – these should remain the healthiest strongest and most productive for a lifetime. Also, from those who would develop pellagra scurvy or beriberi from diets of sweet-corn wheat-flour or polished-rice, their average percentage points per 100 calories consumed likely did not exceed 61.
Dr. Fuhrman’s listing compiled from:
I hope these efforts might have helped others.
PS1 – I currently feel that what Dr. Fuhrman MD teaches is the best nutritional information available in the nation.
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Want to know what NOT to feed a dog?
~Bones~ of any kind.They can splinter & puncture the trake or intestines or stomach or colon etc & can be fatal.Rawhide chewies are best but not for older dogs because they are harder to digest.
~Salt ~especially older dogs.Some dogfoods do not contain salt.We use Nutro senior.
~Chocolate~Is toxic & fatal,,can cause heart attack,,bad for nervous system,,liver & kidneys
~Grapes~ are toxic & can be fatal as is,,
~Dairy products~including milk cannot be digested as in humans
~No Spicey Foods~
~No Tomatos~ too acidy
~No Sugar~ can cause diabetes (including cookies & ice cream etc)
~No Bread~ turns into sugar
~Fruit ~ has no nutricianal value to a dog
~Small amount of potatoe occationally is ok
~Rice,,cooked veggies & boiled boneless beef/liver or chicken is good.Cool Completely.This is a good diet with a dog multi vitamin daily.
The reason many dogs have had trouble with the digestion of bones is because today’s commercial dog food do not support a dogs digestive system to function properly and they can no longer form the proper concentration of acids and enzymes to effectively digest their food. Rawhide is absolute crap for dogs, old or young. while many of the other things you listed are not good or even toxic to dogs, the reason for tomatoes is wrong, along with a few others. Also be careful with feeding live, as it can cause vitamin A toxicity, especially when giving vitamin supplements. Check this site; http://mooreshaven.com/pets/dogs/safety/badfoodslist.html
Diet for cat with kidney issues?
I have been feeding my cat Chicken Soup for the Cat Lover’s Soul, which gets very high ratings as a good quality food with few artificial ingredients. My elderly cat, however, is starting to show early signs of kidney disease, and I think the food may have too much protein for her. My vet has recommended Hills K/D for her, but I swear I’m convinced that vets get some sort of kickback from Hills because they recommend their food for one thing or another everytime I’m in there. Does anyone know anything about pet nutrition and what a good food for a cat with burgeoning kidney issues would be ? (BESIDES Hills ?….unless you can give me a good argument of why they really would be the best food. I’ve heard their foods really aren’t very good from an overall nutrition standpoint)
Wow, great answers so far. I expected a lot of “opinions” but it sounds like a lot of you have experience and/or have done your research. Thank you so much !
The original thought was that low protein diets helped the cat deal with kidney stress. Hills K/D was developed for this–however cats don’t want to eat it.
CURRENT thought, due to new research, shows high protein diets are best, with a high water intake for the cats so their kidneys are helped in their function. You need to keep the cats hydrated, that’s the biggie. Canned food is best, it has higher moisture content.
Mine is CRF, showing kidney disease (he’s 19 after all) but he’s been stable for 4 years with this. I put out extra water bowls and he’s on a canned diet, good quality food.
There are very good CRF sites online (Chronic Renal Failure) in regards to cats, just go to google.com and type in ‘feline CRF’ and read the basics. There are also feline kidney issue groups over on YahooGroups for cat owners as well, and you can discuss the disease with other owners who are treating their cats. Even the Handicats group has talked about kidney issues, so there’s plenty of places to go for help.
Cat foods and UTI Question?
We just got home from the emergency clinic where our male cat was diagnosed with a UTI. I had a cat previous to this that started out having UTI’s with occasional blockage. We had him on the Science Diet perscription diet for years and that kept it in check. Later in life he developed a problem with his kidneys which led to kidney failure. I don’t know if there’s a connection but I’d sure like to avoid it if possible, and common sense tells me there could be a connection with UTI and kidney problems.
My question is I’d like to research better foods and would be interested to hear any thoughts or good links to start researching. My cat has been eating dry food and I’m reading it’s not the best. It’s going to be hard to get this cat on a wet diet if it’s needed (he doesn’t like canned) and if you have suggestions about that it’s welcome also. So far I’ve been looking at Wellness
Thanks in advance…
And yes I am going to talk foods with my vet also.
Sorry. No there were no crystals that showed up. It’s just a UTI but it’s worrying me.
Good for you! I’m always happy to see questions like this where the querent is obviously open to new ideas.
The prescription food is crap. Technically it may work, but it is NOT good food, and certainly not appropriate for the long-term.
Dry food in general is crap, and not just because it leaves cats dehydrated. It often leads to obesity, doesn’t clean the teeth, and often causes digestive upsets due to all the filler used.
The solution is to feed moist food. That can be a properly balanced raw meat diet or a good commercial canned food.
Wellness is definitely one of them – see the What to feed link for other suggestions.
I went through the same thing a year ago – I had to convert two kibble junkies to canned food. It took me two weeks! Part of the problem is that Poppy is a very picky eater and it took me that long to stumble across the one food she would accept. I did waste a certain amount of money and food, but it WAS worth it in the end.
What I did was to get 1-2 cans of some of the brands listed in the What to feed link. If they offered more than one flavor, I got 1 or 2 cans of each flavor – but no fish flavors at all. I didn’t see the point in trying them.
I offered them in addition to the regular food, and noted which ones they ate. If there seemed to be a liking for turkey, I would try other brands with turkey. I kept on charting the results, and then I’d buy more of what they seemed to like.
In retrospect, I would do things slightly differently. I’d still buy a variety of the foods to try, but I wouldn’t give up so easily. I’d offer a spoonful of the food and keep the remainder refrigerated (but take it out of the can and put in a plastic container) so I could keep offering it. I’d crush the dry food and sprinkle it over the canned to make it smell more familiar.
If you put the leftovers in the fridge, you can warm them up before feeding. Just run the container under warm water until it gets to room temp. That may make it more palatable. Or you could nuke it for just a couple of seconds.
There are other bribe foods that you can mix in or sprinkle on top of the new food. It’s just a question of finding what your cat likes. Poppy didn’t care for any of the bribes I’d read about – parmesan cheese, soy sauce, salt, baby food, (I didn’t try any fish oils or tuna), etc. But see the Switching food link for other suggestions and good advice as you transition.
Good luck! And just remember that the efforts are definitely worthwhile.
the best diet for people who have complex diseases?
i want to ask about food that is good for people who have complex diseases?
my mom has complex diseases, can anyone suggest which food and fruit should be taken. my mom diseases are: high blood pressure, diabetes, kidney failure(not too extreme yet, not need to have hemo-dialysis or kidney transplant yet) and the last one is cholesterol..
can anyone please tell me, which is the best diet for her????
needing some help with my cats’ diet?
please read whole question before answering, thanks.
I’ve always had my one cat (2 years old) on Fromm four star salmon dry food, which she loves and seems to do very well on it. My 5 month old kitten loves it too, but I just mixed some in with her dry wellness kitten food.
So after some research, I saw the wet food vs. dry food debate and have read the pros and cons on each. Yes i know canned cat food is more like what they would eat in the wild, and it contains more moisture and is easier for the kidneys and can prevent obesity and diabetes since it has less carbs than dry food, so please spare me the details on why wet food is better, because I know.
My problem is, I did decide to try them on wet food, and I’ve tried everything that my pet store carries (wellness, chix soup, eagle holistic, natural balance, evolve, instinct, fromm, and others), but both of my girls really do not like canned food! Doesn’t matter the flavor, whether it’s loaf form or chunks in gravy — they turn their noses up and both LOVE the fromm four star dry food. I will not feed iams, euk, or science diet because I do not like the quality of those foods, so i’m not even gonna try those. There is ONE brand called weruva and it’s great food, and they will eat that – but it’s 3 dollars a can, and sorry – but I can’t afford that in the long run being that each cat gets a can of food for a day. So a months worth of cans is too expensive.
Now, can I just keep them on the dry food since they like it more? I mean it’s high quality and they enjoy it, and they drink plenty of water as well. I am careful as to how much to feed them so they do not become over weight. Growing up, my parents had always had their cats on dry kibble (not even good quality kibble!) and many of the cats lived to be 15+ years so I don’t know. Would it be all that bad if I just put them back on the dry food? Or do I just keep looking for some other canned food if dry food really is that bad? Thanks for your help.
I would keep looking for a canned food they would enjoy. I have also recently done the research and would never feed dry again, due to the reasons you described above. I understand your issue with them not liking anything else, it’s sometimes hard to convince the cats about what is healthy for them (just like children who only want mcdonalds and candy :-))
Here is a good article on transitioning kibble junkies to wet food, maybe you will find some advice there: http://www.catinfo.org/docs/TipsforTransitioningPDF12-18-09.pdf
Yes, some cats make it with dry food only, but 10 years ago, there was not much attention paid to why the cats died eventually, so the food could have contributed. 15 is a medium life span, but a lot of cats live up to 20. And sometimes there are exceptions, just like heavy smokers living past 100. That doesn’t mean that majority of them won’t die much earlier.
One thing though: I would avoid gravy in wet food, gravy means there are more carbs, which contribute to obesity and diabetes. Some other brands to try would be Merrick, Nature’s Variety, EVO, Blue Buffalo Wilderness. If your store doesn’t carry them, you can get them online, which is often cheaper.
If your cats won’t absolutely take up wet food, you may also consider raw feeding. I supplement my cats canned diet with raw meat with good results, and I’m thinking of eventually going all raw. My cat is slowly taking up to that and I feel that is even more healthy than canned, even though it takes a little more work.
I hope you will find what you’re looking for, and I think you are doing a great job at trying to give your cats the best!
Kidney cat – one day at a time?
I posted something yesterday and got great responses concerning the care of my kidney cat.
From those of you with experiences with this, I guess you take it one day at a time? That sounds stupid and obvious, since we do that in life anyway.
I am giving her sub Q fluids and pepcid. Got the shocking news from the vet yesterday that her creatine levels were very very high. We were doing fluids for a couple of weeks because we thought maybe she got into poison or a plant. Not so. The only difference is now I have her on pepcid. She will not eat canned or wet foods, only dry and hates human foods. I have her on a dry Science Diet kidney food. That’s the best I can do. Anyway, last night before bed I found her laying in the litter box just hanging out. She saw me, got up and pooped some hard stool. Then had dry heaves. It broke my heart. I know that bowel movement probably hurt and upset her.
I talked to the vet this morning and he had me stop and pick up an appetite stimulant from him since I did not see her eat last night. He is encouraging me to bring her in soon as her quality goes down. I agree. I forced another cat I had to hang in there and I won’t be that selfish again.
I was so distraught today I left work early to come home and be with her. When I walked in the door she was rolling around on the floor happy to see me. She ate something. I figure maybe the pepcid is kicking in now. She is bright-eyed and looking good. Fur still shiney though she has lost a lot of weight.
I know where this is headed. I’m just trying to be a good mom and do what’s right and keep her comfy, keep bowls of water for her on all floors of my house. I know we don’t have a crystal ball for time. I was just surprised she was doing so well when I got home today.
Please share if this has been your experience — good days bad days. I’m sure I’m leaving out information. I don’t need websites about diets and such. I know this is coming down the wire. Please be nice to me. I’m a basket case right now.
Ken I know you are an advocate of canned food but I just said she won’t eat it. Obviously I have tried it. I’m not into forcing my cats through things for my own selfish sake. Right now the numbers she has, she’s terminaly ill
Nancy,you and Sunshine are wonderful.I have had the same experience but all I can do is say a prayer for the recovery of your “little one”.
FYI:Sunshine is one of my contacts and one of my favorite YA people.
I need some homemade kidney diet recipes for my dog?
My dog was recently diagnosed with early renal insufficently. Although his BUN level was still within the normal range (can’t remember the exact number but remember the vet telling me it was normal) and the Creatine level was still normal (1.3 with 1.6 being the high) buthe does have dilute urine. So I have started the Hills K/D dry and canned and I have a few recipes from my vet to make. He is doing well but the problem I have always had with him is that he gets bored with food. Thats why I am doing all three. I am looking for more recipes for his kidney diets. I do use different meats as my vet said I could do but I was wondering what kind of veggies he can have. I am basically doing meat and potatoes. I know that carbs are good for him but I don’t want him to get bored with this so I need to mix it up. Please help. I really appreciate it. My dog is doing so well with this diet and he feels good I just want to keep it up.
I am doing the meat, potatoes calcium carbonate tablet and vitamin supplement for senior dogs (he is 15).
the myth of pets boredom with food is overrated.
Dogs are not like humans, and do not think like a human.
At his age and basically at ANY age,some days he will be more hungry, some days not.
What your are doing is obviously okay because you just said he is doing fine so why change it?
Dogs in the wild eat meat. Period.
Domesticated dogs eat dog food. Period.
The flavor changes are for the human owners, not the dogs and designed to sell dog food, not because someone determined that dogs get bored with food.
How exactly do you know he gets bored with his food? He cannot tell you, you just assume.
I certainly wouldn’t worry about a menu for him. WHat is important is the right nutrients to support his failing kidneys.
Be very careful to follow the vets guidelines because not all veggies are allowed in human kidney diets and if dogs are the same in that respect you could be doing more harm than good.
High protein, GOOD carb food ?
I just started working out again, and was just wondering what are some foods that are high in protein, such as eggs, kidney beans and tuna. Additionally, I would like to know some foods with GOOD carbs. Everyone wants to have a low-carb diet, however, your recommended daily intake for carbs is 45-65% (if i remember correctly) ! which is significantly more than protein reuquirements, but im getting off topic ! thanks in advance.
Believe it or not, chocolate milk. With a carb:protein ratio of about 2.75:1, studies have shown that chocolate milk speeds workout recovery faster than regular milk, and faster than many sports beverages. Good luck! Oh, and broccoli. 91g of broccoli has 12g of carbs and 5.2g of protein; plus, almost 5g of fiber.
Whats healthier for my cat has severe kidney disease doesnt want to eat anything a diet high or low in protein
my 15 year old cat was recently diagnosed with severe kidney disease and its highly important for me to know if its better for me to feed her a diet high in protein consisting only of meat and half cooked liver (she seems to eat this better than other foods) or a diet consisting only of veterinary reccomended Hill’s brand canned cat food(which she wont eat). If anyone knows please let me know and if possible also any tips on how i can make her eat more. thanks.
When I took on Cameo she was 15 and at that time I was starting my cats on a raw meat diet, home-prepared with a supplement powder. When her kidneys started to give her problems at around 18 I was told she should have a low protein diet and so I looked into the whole matter. After reading and investigating the “research” on this subject I stuck with the raw diet (high protein). She died at 22 and 1/2 when her kidneys finally gave out. Up to that time she was the marvel of all the vets she saw – bright eyes, fiesty and in very good health.
The “research” done about lowering protein when kidneys are compromised was done on RATS fifty years ago. There has been nothing since to show that lowering protein helps the kidneys, slows the progress of the disease, or is in any way better for your cat. Still vets won’t give it up!
If your cats likes the meat and liver it will be great for her. She must get calcium supplemented in ground meat. Just the meat alone will throw the calcium/phosphorus level out of balance. The liver is exellent for her as it is a great source of Vitamin A which cats cannot make in their bodies.
Cameo loved a “treat” of raw liver. There was liver in the raw diet too. Vitamin A is not water-soluble and you can overdose your cat on that – so don’t use too much.
If you want information about the supplement powder I use with the ground organic turkey and ground organic chicken I use for my cats feel free to email me.
which food is better for my sick cat?
my cat is 4 years old. he has a sand in a kidney. i keep him on a diet, never feed with ocean food or any fish. only chicken or beef or turkey. i have been giving gim Fensy Feast can food, but i heard its no good. any advice?
my cat has recently been sick about twice a day for a whole week. First, make sure your cat isnt eating grass. aparently its supposed to make your cat better but it doesnt. it just makes it harder for the cat to digest. Secondly, we took my cat to the vets and they said for a sick cat feed them bland dishes such as chicken and rice. we fed my cat that but she wasnt eating it. you have to make sure that the food is not left down all day. keep it to a schedule. if your cat gets hungry it will eat it but DO NOT give into your cat if it keeps whining. you can feed your cat small amounts of tuna not alot but about a teaspoon full every 3 hours if they are not eating the chicken and rice. DONT FEED YOUR CAT RED MEAT SUCH AS BEEF OR LAMB OR PORK. JUST TURKEY OR CHICKEN. hope it helps ^-^
good work out/ diet plan? and suggestions?
oatmeal with fruit in it
ill munch on either string chesse or some snap peas or a peice of fruit befor lunch carrots
either a turkey sandwich(lettece,turkey,wheat,ranch instead of mayo very little) and maybe a small salad
il have a salad with kidney beans, little bit of ranch and sometimes ill add some chicken in it..
pretty much on what i said earlier
a little bit of steak, steamed veggies(broccli,green beans, potaote slices very few etc..
a lean pocket
salmon with veggies
every now and then have a 100 calorie snickers or cup of pudding
any other food ideas!?
run for 15-20mins
elyptical-10-15 (high endurence
few arm machines
then do matt excersies for my abs
i have 12 weeks to get in shape and get tonned for a hughe boat trip!
all suggestions would be awsome!
and what should i do if im still hungry befor i go to bed that happens every now and then..
you should go to a old video rental shop and buy Anerobics it is the best way to get in shape. It might be kinda old but it gets u workin out and sweating in no time. I’ve seen great results when i was working with it and it’s pretty fun. xoxoxo
Does anyone feed their cat Hi Tor Diet for kidney disease?
Is this a good quality food like Hill’s prescription k/d?
I’ve never heard of these so I looked them up. Their list of ingredients isn’t overly impressive – beef is debatable as a steady diet, byproducts are debatable as well.
I can’t say whether or not these foods are any good or whether they do what they’re supposed to, but if I were you I’d do some research into kidney disease in cats and see what foods others are feeding them.
The Felo diet contains:
Beef, Water Sufficient for Processing, Meat By-Products, Poultry By-Products, Liver, Chicken, Whole Egg, Guar Gum…
Water sufficient for Processing, Meat By-Products, Chicken, Beef, Liver, Ocean Fish, Rice Flour, Guar Gum….
And what do you know – I found an article.
“Several nutritional supplements may be helpful for cats with kidney disease. Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to be beneficial in CRF. Antioxidants are also important. Both of these are contained in the highly digestible algae, Biosuperfood. A nutritional supplement called “Renafood” from Standard Process, is a good renal detoxifier and helps to maximize kidney function in cats. Give one or two a day. Most cats eat them readily if they are crushed into the food. Call Standard Process at 1-800-558-8740 to find a distributor in your area. Remember, though, that the basic diet is the most important factor in your cat’s health, and no supplement will make up for poor quality nutrition. For more info on feeding, choosing a good food, and switching to a better diet, see the many nutrition articles in our Library.”
Does anyone feed Ziwipeak?
Does this sound like a good diet? My dog is currently on a BARF diet, but now that she’s older I want to cut down on the raw meats as her immune system might not be up to be par to handle it.
ZiwiPeak Dog Food is a complete natural diet, for daily vitality, prepared with care beneath the Bay of Plenty’s celebrated peak, Mt Maunganui.
The peak health of dogs depends on the sustenance they get from meat. ZiwiPeak Dog Food is formulated on the same balance of meat ingredients, that dogs would find by hunting in the wild. ZiwiPeak Dog Food allows you to feed your dog the diet nature intended with the nutritional excellence of a healthy, meat diet containing essential vitamins and minerals. ZiwiPeak Dog Food ingredients are ranch-raised (free of antibiotics and hormones) on New Zealand’s green fields and fished from its clear blue waters. With no colors, preservatives, fillers or grains, ZiwiPeak Dog Food is suitable to feed your dog at any stage of life – from puppy to mature adult. Most importantly, they love the taste!
ZiwiPeak Dog Food Benefits
- Gently air-dried meat jerky style pieces
Offer better nutrient quality than kibble which is cooked at high-heat and formed at high-pressure.
- Matches your dog’s digestive system
Over the centuries dogs have evolved their own anatomical specialization, especially in relation to digestion. It is evident in the ratio of gastrointestinal tract to total body length which is considerably lower than the omnivorous pig or the herbivorous sheep. This specialization particularly suits a diet high in protein and fat and low in carbohydrates.
- Avoids weight control difficulties
Recent studies in the United States reveal that as many as 40% of the nation’s dogs may be obese. The most common (but not only) reason is that they are eating over-large portions of higher carbohydrate foods and not getting the exercise they need to burn off the calories. Nutritionally sound, meat-based diets require less food intake by dogs.
- Fully complies with regulatory standards
ZiwiPeak Dog Food is formulated by animal health professionals to ensure it fully complies with industry requirements (AAFCO) as a nutritious diet for dogs.
- Reduces flatulence and stool volume
Unlike grain-based diets, dogs can more fully digest ZiwiPeak food, thereby reducing the flatulence and stool volume associated with high carbohydrate diets. This is particularly advantageous for dog owners living in more confined urban environments such as apartments.
- Free of any preservatives, fillers or grains
A good number of cheaper dog foods contain high levels of carbohydrates in the form of low quality grains and grain by-products. Add to this the popular use of preservatives, various colorings and a rich assortment of fillers and you have a large line-up of commercial foods that are more likely to be hindering, rather than helping, your dog to achieve optimum energy and health.
- Provides readily usable essential vitamins
Dogs are unable to produce minerals and can only produce some vitamins. They cannot, for example, synthesis sufficient Vitamin D to meet their requirements, so this vitamin needs to be incorporated into their diet. This is achieved by including foods in the diet that are rich in Vitamin D, such as liver and fish oil.
- Contains valuable ingredients
Joint problems are more evident in some breeds of dogs than others. Ingredients like New Zealand mussel, and venison connective tissue (which provides digestible levels of Chondroitin and Glucosamine) are included in ZiwiPeak ‘Cuisine’ products to nutritionally support long-term joint health.
- Offers your dog wider nutritional benefits
As dogs hunting in the wild would eat virtually the whole animal, and derive the nutritional benefits of consuming items like the liver, heart, kidneys and stomach lining (tripe), these should also form a small part of a naturally healthy diet as they do with ZiwiPeak Dog Food.
- Retains the original nutritional value
For dogs to derive the most benefit from their food, it is important to retain as much as possible of the original nutritional value during the processing of the dog food. Air-drying the product to reduce the moisture (and thereby naturally preserving it), then sealing it in an airtight package, is an effective way of retaining the nutritional value of the protein and vitamins for your dog.
- Mirrors a ‘wild’ hunting diet
Despite parting evolutionary company with wolves over 10,000 years ago, dogs still thrive on the sort of natural, predominantly meat diet they would ingest if they were hunting in the wild. A diet that stimulates optimum energy and good health. Highly processed foods and high levels of carbohydrates, on the other hand, cannot be easily metabolized by dogs. ZiwiPeak Dog Food Details
ZiwiPeak LAMB Dog Food
The ranch-raised lamb used in ZiwiPeak Dog Food is a pure source of high quality protein and fats. Lamb provides these essential proteins and fats that dogs
I’ve fed Venison and Lamb ziwipeak to my dogs when we were traveling and weren’t able to prepare their normal RAW meals for them. One of my dogs has severe allergies and it’s difficult to find kibble for him, which is why we started the dogs on RAW and feed them dehydrated raw when necessary. They did well on it and really enjoyed it, but the food is much too expensive for me to feed it to them regularly. If you can afford it then go right on ahead.
Is this food ok for a cat w/ hyperthyroidism/ poor kidney function?
The vet wanted to start my 15 year old cat on their special (expensive) food due to a slightly lowered(?) kidney function. She said their food is better on the kidneys because it doesnt make them work as hard or something. I asked if any in store food would be as good, and she said to stick to the older cat food. Right now we have a big bag of Science Diet “Mature Adult (7+) hairball preventive dry food. Would this be ok for her? Also, her wet (canned food) says “special diet”..is that the right food for her? Thanks!
Oh and if I do switch brands, Im looking for something low to medium priced.
To make this more understandable, i beleive that the kidney’s main job is to flush toxins. Salt, and any preservitives are NOT recommended. so, just look at the nutritien box to see if it has alot of salt, or alot of different ingredients which often means preservitives.
a diet plan please help!!!! 70ds overweight?
hi well not sure of my height but i weigh 199 pds and my doctor wants me to get down to at least 130 because of my weak kidneys and does not want me to get over 200!!!!!
my tummy is sticking out and my arms need some work and my thighs and anything for stretch marks??????
well she had given me a list of 1,500 cal.s but i lost it
ive started to eat less and do tie bow about 15mins a day
i know not enough but im working on it
so what are some good foods?
any pills or something to help?
no clubs or nothing please i dont have the money!!!
OK I went on weight watchers and lost the 26lbs I wanted to. Here’s some tips; PORTION Control! Drink a lot of water. Particularly about 10 min before you eat. Cut all your portions down. Get rid of the fattening side dishes. Add a lot of fiber and vegetables. Keep your meats lean..Keep exercising. Go walking, do your Tao BO but keep moving! And don’t get frustrated. Allow 1 day a week for a splurge. NOT the whole day, just a meal or a special treat. There are a lot of low fat, low calorie snacks out there. Try some. Not too much you can do for stretch marks. THey may improve a bit w/time. I’m not optimistic for that one.Good luck.
Good commercial canned cat food for cat with kidney failure?
I’ve got a 13 year old female B & W kitty named Pepper. Due to kidney failure issues, our vet recommended that she eat a vet prescribed reduced protein diet (canned). I can’t remember off the top of my head what it is – Hill’s or Royal Canin.
She’s been eating this food for about a year and a half and everything’s been fine until the last couple of weeks, where she seems to have been “turned off” by the food.
I am absolutely beside myself because I don’t know what to feed her. I’ve done some research to try and find a good commercial brand canned cat food (low protein low phosphorus) that I can mix into her regular food to make it more appetizing to her. I’ve tried Whiskas (turkey / chicken in gravy) and Friskies (shredded chicken and cheese) and she seems to like these. I’ve also purchased some other ones…Evanger’s, Wellness… All of these seem to be OK protein wise.
Has anyone out there had similar issues? Can anyone recommend a good quality canned food that she might find appealing?
I’m really worried that she’s going to start losing weight from not eating. I just lost my oldest cat (17 years old) to a stroke a couple of weeks ago and I guess I’m extra paranoid.
Thanx, everyone, for any recommendations!
Many now believe it’s the quality of the protein, not necessarily the quantity. My own cat with kidney issues has maintained remarkably well on a diet of canned Wellness, rotated with Merrick and some other premium canned foods. Often when a kidney-issues cat won’t eat, it’s because they get a heart-burn like condition called uremic gastritis. It can be helped by giving them 1/4 of a pepsid A/C tablet about 20 minutes prior to eating – ask your vet about it.
And yes, they can lose weight if they won’t eat. It’s more important that they eat rather than eating a specific diet, as they’ll go downhill much faster being starved to eat something they hate that is “good for them” rather than something they like that might not be so good for them.
I need help understanding/interpreting feline blood test results. No guessing please.?
I took my 13 yr old cat to the vet last week because she is having labored breathing. She seems fine, not distressed, eating fine but her breathing sounds bad and her sides retract each time she breathes. She was breathing very quick shallow breaths. The vet said it was asthma but wanted to do xrays and blood tests to be sure. Her blood test results were as follows:
Test Result Reference Range Indicator
ALB = 3.1 g/dL 2.3-3.9 Normal
ALKP = 36 U/L 14-111 Normal
ALT < 10U/L 12-130 No graph shown
AMYL = 573 U/L 500-1500 Normal (at the low end of normal)
BUN = 16 mg/dL 16-36 Low (on the line for low/normal, vet says Low)
Ca = 9.1 mg/dL 7.8-11.3 Normal
CHOL = 126 mg/dL 65-225 Normal
CREA = 2.3 mg/dL 0.8-2.4 High? (inside the "normal" box but towards high end,
vet says "High")
GLOB = 3.7 g/dL 2.8-5.1 Normal
GLU = 155 mg/dL 71-159 High (line between normal/high, vet says not a
concern, it's just high because she's scared
PHOS = 5.1 mg/dL 3.1-7.5 Normal
TBIL < 0.1 mg/dL 0.0-0.9 No graph shown
TP = 6.8 g/dL 5.7-8.9 Normal
HCT = 37.9% 24.0-45.0 Normal
HGB = 11.5 g/dL 8.0-15.0 Normal
MCHC = 30.3 g/dL 30.0-36.9 Low (line between low/normal)
WBC = 25.2 x10^9/L 5.0-18.9 High
GRANS = 22.0 x10^9/L 2.5-12.5 High
L/M =3.2 x10^9/L 1.5-7.8 Normal
%L/M = 13%
PLT = 46 x10^9/L 175-500 Low
Retics ~ 0.6%
Her vet said she has CRF/kidney disease and told me to start her on Hill's Prescription Diet or if she wouldn't eat that (said a lot of cats won't) a recipe she gave me that consisted of liver, calcium carbonate, eggs and vegetable oil immediately. She said based on her creatinine levels my cat was in the 3rd of 4 stages and her kidneys would fail quickly if I continued with her current diet. She made it clear that I needed to start feeding her the new diet immediately. My cat won't eat it, any of it. She's always been a very picky eater. I went back and asked for a can of the prescription food, the vet tech sold me a can of a/d critical care formula, she ate this. I went back to get more and the vet said it was not good for her kidneys :^/ That she has to eat the k/d formula. I bought this and she won't touch it. I even tried adding tuna juice and she won't touch it.
While researching what else she can eat, I noticed that her blood test results don't seem to be consistent with CRF test results. ie: her BUN is low/normal not high, HCT is normal, PHOS is normal
I am wondering if anyone that knows veterinary medicine can answer this for me. I'm extremely concerned because she was eating fine before the diet change even with the labored breathing, now she won't eat any of the k/d foods and not more than a bite or two of anything else. The vet says if she won't eat the kidney diet to add water and force feed it to her from a squeeze bottle. This seems counterproductive (and painful for me, she doesn't like being force-anything) if she isn't in kidney failure. If she is, then I would really appreciate suggestions on alternatives to the aforementioned k/d food (tried can and dry) and the k/d liver recipe that she won't eat.
She has had antibiotic and steroid shots for the lung infection. Plus the vet prescribed liquid antibiotics and probiotic paste to take home. My cat would let me give her the antibiotics to begin with because she didn't have much "fight" in her. Now she has it back and is fighting me when I give her the antibiotic. She won't touch the probiotic or any food that I put it in, even tuna (the bribe food/her fave). I've also been putting her in a crate and giving her albuterol nebulizer treatments followed by percussions. Her breathing is better than it was. But her respirations while laying down/resting are 55-60 breaths per minute.
Vet did xrays because she felt "lumps" in her hind legs. Turned out to be nothing. The xrays did show "something" in her lungs (two hazy spots, one at the top edge of right lung and one on the towards the edge of the left lung) but the doctor said with her age she doesn't recommend surgery to find out if it is something "bad" or not. Just do antibiotics/nebs/percussions
JC: Thank you so much for your reply. I appreciate you taking the time to read my entire question and to give an informed answer. She is family. I've had her since she was a tiny kitten and she means the world to me. My gut told me that something wasn't right with her diagnosis. Especially when she was looking at the xrays. She went up to the light board and stared at it, then moved really close and stared again for a bit and then said "there's something here..and here" pointing at the very light hazy spots but didn't tell me what that meant until I asked for more information. So, no, she did not send them to a radiologist. I had taken her in because of the breathing and she also had a hard spot under one of her nipples. We got a dog last year, so for the past year she doesn't live in my lap like she always has. Needless to say, when I was holding her, I felt the "tough" spot on her tummy/under the nipple. The vet seemed somewhat unconcerned about the spot but said from feeling it that
unconcerned about the spot but said from feeling it that it was a "mammary tumor" which seems like something to be concerned about. She said if it gets any bigger to bring her back, but that was that. Velvet has always been a very healthy fiesty girl (she's a Russian Blue) but in the last couple of years she developed a small lump over her front right shoulder, it looks/feels like fluid filled skin, I was told by everyone this is nothing to be concerned about especially since it doesn't hurt her in the least to touch it, press it, etc. The vet said it wasn't anything to worry about either, just due to her getting older. She did say that because of the lumps in her legs and the hard spot in her tummy we should do xrays to make sure it wasn't a tumor in her lungs causing the breathing problems. I asked about the legs, because she didn't even mention them when reviewing the xray. She said "it's nothing, if it was, I would have told you".
I was terrified when I went in. She seems to have
Time to find a new vet.
Those aren’t the kidney numbers of a CRF cat. A better predictor of kidney health is to test the specific gravity of the urine – if it’s concentrated, the kidneys are functioning properly, if it’s too dilute, they are starting to age. The reduced kidney function is one of aging, and not a disease. A cat’s body craves and needs protein – that is why she is instinctively rejecting the K/D. Very few vets will prescribe a low-protein diet for cats with aging kidneys – they 1) won’t eat it 2) it leads to muscle wasting (the body needs to get protein from somewhere!) and 3) it hasn’t been proven that low-protein slows down the progression of the CRF. What she needs is to eat – a high quality canned food free of by-products and chemical preservatives. That’s what my vet recommends, based on the latest research. The by-products are hard to digest, and the chemicals are tough on the kidneys. Good canned foods will keep her better hydrated, and slow down the aging of the kidneys.
Did the vet send the xrays out for a ‘real’ radiologist to interpret? Cats with asthma – untreated – can get hard spots in their lungs, and those will show up on xrays. It takes a real radiologist to interpret an xray – the answer is NOT surgery to find out what it is, it’s to have a qualified person read and interpret the xray. Personal story – my rescue rex was coughing prior to his coming to me, and was taken to the vet who did a chest xray, and diagnosed severe hear disease and wanted to do ultrasounds, etc. I insisted that the xrays were to be sent to a radiologist – diagnosis was asthma. Quite a bit different than the vet’s diagnosis of an aorta ready to self destruct.
CRF is not a death sentence. And yours isn’t there yet. Feeding her a food she can’t stand is counterproductive, and can lead to liver failure when she refuses to eat. Find another vet, and feed her a quality canned food so that the poor thing eats! At 13 – with that pretty good bloodwork – she should have some good quality years left to spend with you.
Special diet cat food?
My cat has been diagnosed with kidney stones and bladder infection and the vet says he needs to eat special food. The problem is we have other cats in the house so they all have to be on it to avoid the one with a problem getting other food. I bought a 20lb bag of Hills Science Diet from the vet and it was . This is a bit steep for us feeding all of the cats. Is there any other brands you could suggest that is just as good but a bit eaiser on the wallet? Thanks!
There is no other less expensive food that will dissolve stones. There are some other urinary tract care foods you can find at the pet stores. But often times the cat with problems will end up back at the vet with another big bill after feeding something else. I realize it is expensive to feed the food suggested, but it should help pay for itself in the long run. A lot of cats gain weight on it, so you won’t need to feed nearly as much as you did other foods. The cats may think they are being deprived, but they won’t NEED as much.
My father-in-law needs dialysis 4 times a week?
due to kidney failure and I was wondering what are good salt-free spices, foods, etc . . .,
that can be given for him. My mother-in-law, also, stated that he can not have anything
that has phoperous(sorry not sure of spelling) in it (an example is potatoes).
My father-in-law has other ailments to that are bad; but, I was wanting to help out with getting information for a good diet.
Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanx,
This would be a perfect question for a dietitian–see if his doc or the hospital can recommend one. They can provide recipes, and all kinds of things. Use a medically oriented dietitian that is familiar with renal failure diets.
Has anyone used Hills Science Diet or SD/CD for cats with urethral obstruction?
My 3 year old neutered tabby was taken into the emergency clinic last night for a urinary blockage. I’ll find out from the vet what, if any, crystals were found in his urine, or if there are bladder/ kidney stones etc, and know better after that. But for now the recommended treatment is Hills SD veterinary prescription diet. The formulas would be SD (Stone dissolving) for 4-8 weeks, or until the active problem is under control, and cd as a long term maintenance diet.
Since we just switched two weeks ago from free feeding dry Natural Balance to canned Wellness as long term therapy for a female with recurring bladder infections/utis, I’m assuming easy access to clean fresh water is not the source of the problem. Although I am also considering making it filtered or distilled water which is likely to have fewer minerals in it. How unusual a coincidence is that to have two of the three come down with urinary related problems ?? They’ve never been on low quality foods….
So anyone have good luck with Hills Science Plan SD or CD..?
It’s gonna be expensive so I’m open to OTC alternatives if you’re not convinced it’s the right food….
My cat had the same problem 2 years ago, he was catheterised by the vet to remove the crystals and is now on Royal Canin Urinary s/o dry food, which our vet has recommended we feed him for life, I don’t find the food too expensive, it’s around £14.00 for a bag which lasts a month, although we do supplement his diet with the odd pouch of wet food (although we have found since he has his struvite crystals this tends to make him sick) He just drinks normal tap water (out of a pint glass by the bed, or the toilet, or a puddle or basically anywhere that isn’t the bottled water in his bowl!)
We did have a slip up in a locum vet advising us to stop feeding him the urinary s/o food, which led to a huge infection and cystitis for the little fellow, so although it may be a little more expensive, i think it’s best to keep the cat on a urinary food to avoid any future problems! hope this helps!
GOUT diet HELP??????
I don’t have gout but I went to a follow-up with my urologist after passing a Kidney stone and my urine test came back with very high Uric acid. I was advised to cut back my protien intake and I did research and asked my doctor again who stated that a deit for Gout would be ideal. Only problem is this seems very overwhelming to me without guidance. My question is this and please be specific. I need some good reliable resources for Gout diets. Preferably, good cookbook recommendations, helpful books, menu plans, or websites? I have only found lists of foods I shouldn’t eat but that doesn’t help me to devise a healthy and balanced diet.
Any Tips for Feeding a Dog with Kidney Failure?
So my angel has been diagnosed with kidney failure, I don’t know how long we have, so I’m willing to try anything. I have her on IV fluids, antibiotics, anti nausea meds, and pain meds(non anti-inflammatory of course) and prescription kidney diet dog food, wet and dry.
But she won’t eat on her own.
She sniffs it, but just won’t take a bite. I know it must taste good, because my other dog loves it. I have to hand feed her small pieces and try to get her to swallow. I’ve heard organic baby food, like apples or something might work, anything with low protien and phosphorus, putting that on the dry food. I’ll try that … but if anyone has some info on what has worked for you or if you have anything to share, please help, I want to extend her time with us if I can keep her comfortable.
Thank you, thank you from Sable and her mommy
She is a 70lb 7 yr old APBT. She has never had any problems in the past, and unfortunately we weren’t able to catch it until 75% of her kidneys had already failed. She is so strong, mentally, and never showed any signs. She has been a house dog her whole life, and under my close supervision whenever outside, so has never gotten into anything. It’s just so devistating, I feel for everyone who has ever lost a pet.
She is my heart and soal.
Thank you to everyone for such wonderful feedback. There has been some great articals and some very kind words, and I’m going to join that group because I need some help, because I think I’m gonna “loose it”. Sorry I’m crying…. I appreciate everyone of you for helping during this time.
Here’s a pic just for fun..
This is an excellent article about caring for a dog with kidney failure:
The last link is concerning loss of appetite.
I will be praying for you and Sable.
This site recommends a couple of helpful books, as well as homemade diets. You can find those books on Amazon, or order at any bookstore.