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Kidney Disease

Dogs with Kidney Disease by Alex Seilis

If you go to a conventional vet, the typical treatment path involves cutting down the protein and feeding a dry, low protein prescription kibble diet. This diet keeps the Blood Urea Nitrogen (BUN) and creatinine levels in your dog’s body from increasing.

The problem with limiting protein though is that it really just suppresses and masks the real issue, rather than treating it and giving your dog what he needs to fight the disease.

It’s all about moisture in, moisture out. A dog with kidney disease needs more water to filter out the toxins, so dry kibble is bad and definitely NOT the answer. Vets will push dry prescription diets, when in fact a dog with kidney disease needs more moisture, not less.

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So what’s one alternative? One solution is natural treatment from a Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) perspective that’ll both protect and support your dog’s kidneys.

There are 4 patterns of kidney disease:

1. Kidney Jing (life essence)

A Jing deficiency is usually characterized by:

  • Congenital defects
  • Developmental bone disease – born with hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, luxating patella
  • Growth problems
  • Generalized weakness
  • Brittle bones
  • Premature aging

    If your dog has a Jing deficiency, feed:

    • Anchovies or sardines
    • Spouts – alfalfa, just a little added to the diet a day (buy organic alfalfa if you can as it’s a big genetically modified crop)
    • Sesame seeds – either make a tea with them or grind them up in a coffee grinder and add a half teaspoon to your dog’s food.
    • Eggs – feed raw or at the very least keep the yolk as runny as possible

2. Kidney Yang (heat, warmth)

A Yang deficiency is usually characterized by:

  • A dog who is always cold
  • Lethargy
  • Weakness
  • Frequent clear urine or incontinence
  • Poor teeth
  • Hearing loss

    Feed foods that warm the body:

    • Feed at room temperature
    • Lamb, Venison, Chicken as the main protein sources

      3 Kidney Yin (cold)

      A Yin deficiency is usually characterized by:

      • A dog who is always warm, panting all the time
      • Dry coat, nose, tongue
      • Dandruff
      • Nighttime restlessness
      • Noise sensitivity
      • Scant, infrequent

        Feed Foods that will cool and moisturize the body

        4. Kidney Qi (energy)

        A Qi deficiency is usually characterized by:

        • Urinary incontinence
        • Fecal incontinence
        • Arthritis
        • Infertility
        • Hind-end weakness
        • Tongue pale, wet, thin and floppy

        Dogs with Qi deficiency, feed:

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