Kidney Disease natural treatment with recommended remedies for your dog and cat provided by certified Master Herbalist Philip Reich. Philip specializes in medical herbalism for animals and conditions like kidney disease. We approach this situation in a holistic manner with the main priority being the health and safety of your animal. For this reason our Holistic Natural Kidney Disease Protocol focuses on organic, natural remedies that provide your animal's body with the nutrition and supplementation it needs to heal and repair itself.
We have had tremendous success when using a high-quality whole food diet, whole food vitamin supplements and organic herbal remedies when treating numerous different health challenges like kidney disease and believe our success is much greater than is often attained using pharmaceutical drugs and synthetic vitamin supplements recommended elsewhere.
We deal with problems like kidney disease frequently with numerous clients from all over the country. Our experience with issues like this has helped us become one of the few places people can go for answers to help solve tough issues with their dogs and cats. We have helped hundreds of animals just like yours - it is what we do! See what others have to say about us by reading some of The Pet Health and Nutrition Center Testimonials. Feel free to contact us by email if you have any questions or just use our toll free number 888-683-3339 during normal business hours. We provide free telephone consultations and are here to help!
I. What is Kidney Disease?
Kidneys contain functional units called nephrons that play important roles in the body such as filtering out nitrogenous waste products, regulating levels of various chemicals in the blood, maintaining proper water balance, regulating blood pressure and stimulating red blood cell production. As an animal ages the function of nephrons decreases. This can occur more quickly with poor diet, exposure to toxins or contracting an infection. Kidney disease is diagnosed when blood tests show that the kidneys are not working properly indicated by the presence of waste products like nitrogen or creatinine in the blood or larger than normal amounts of protein in urine.
Symptoms of Kidney Disease
Causes of Kidney Disease
II. Standard Veterinary Medicine Approach
Since the veterinary community does not have a lot in its tool box for this condition, the suggested treatment is usually a prescription, low-protein diet supplied by the vet. Unfortunately, being familiar with these diets, we, along with current research, find these to be a very poor choice. Dogs and cats placed on these diets will begin to suffer from weakness, muscle loss, more frequent infections and decline in heart function (the heart being a muscle) due to the insufficient protein and nutrition found in these foods. Current research, and better educated holistic veterinarians, instead focuses on raw food mixes or home prepared diets with high-quality protein, higher moisture content, much better nutrition and none of the additives found in commercial pet foods.
As the condition advances, or in cases of acute kidney disease resulting from infection or ingestion of a toxin, treatment usually consists of fluid therapy and perhaps even dialysis. In acute emergencies smaller, lower-protein meals can be helpful in the short term to relieve nausea and place less stress on kidneys struggling to recover.
III. Holistic Natural Protocol Goal
As we mentioned previously, veterinary medicine primarily recommends low-protein prescription diets for kidney disease. This is out-dated thinking and will do nothing to increase the health or longevity of your dog or cat, and unfortunately most likely quite the opposite. Our Kidney Disease Protocol includes supplements that provide organic, whole food nutrients that are easily digested so they are easy on the kidneys (as opposed to synthetic nutrients and additives that can stress even healthy kidneys) and herbal remedies that increase the flow of blood, containing important oxygen and nutrients, to the kidneys. This will help to maintain, and possibly even increase, existing kidney function. By combining the products recommended below, along with a quality diet, your dog or cat can live out their years with a high quality of life.
lV. Holistic Natural Kidney Disease Protocol
Our "Core Recommendations" form the backbone of our Natural Kidney Disease Protocol. They consist of the supplement recommendations we feel are the most important to provide to your animal companion for this condition. They are displayed individually at the bottom of this page along with other helpful products from which you may make additional selections. Pet foods can be purchased at your finer, local pet stores. As always, we are here to help and you may contact us by phone or email if you need more individualized attention.
Core Recommendation #1 - Kidney Tonic
Our Kidney Tonic is formulated by a certified Master Herbalist using organic herbs for the health of your dog or cat. While medications, and even other natural products, usually focus on the kidneys alone, our understanding goes further. We know that the kidneys and the heart are intricately connected. The kidneys require a large blood flow to remain healthy. This is why people and animals with heart conditions will usually have related decline in kidney function. Because of this, Kidney Tonic is formulated not only to strengthen kidney function and assist with elimination of metabolic waste products, but also to increase heart function helping to bring much needed oxygen and nutrients to struggling kidneys.
Core Recommendation #2 - Daily Multi Plus
Our Daily Multi Plus is formulated with organic, whole foods that are extremely important to an animal's nutritional needs but are often missing from the majority of canine and feline diets. This special formula provides the enzymes, probiotics, prebiotics, glandulars, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytonutrients that are so beneficial to the body's daily maintenance and repair needs for healthy aging. In this formula you will find the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants recommended by the veterinarian community for this condition - only in an organic, whole food form!
Core Recommendation #3 - Biopreparation
This special blend of four unique algae was developed by a Russian Scientist, Dr. Michael Kiriac after decades of research. It is grown in controlled hydroponic conditions so it is the purest microalgae supplement on the planet. Its thousand of nutrients are so bioavailable they do not have to be digested, they easily pass through the digestive tract and feed cells on a cellular level. BioPreparation can cross the blood brain barrier to feed the brain, support the hypothalamus to help balance the entire endocrine system and even cross the blood retinal barrier to nurture the eyes. We have had outstanding success with this product so it is highly recommended. We recommend Biopreparation F3+ Forte for this condition.
Whole Food Nutrition
With a serious condition like kidney disease, in which the body needs the highest value nutrition possible for maintenance and repair of damaged tissue, we highly recommend a raw food diet. Raw food is how carnivores, like canines and felines, have evolved to eat and they do best on a quality protein, low carbohydrate diet. They also thrive on a diet with sufficient moisture, especially since dehydration can greatly stress struggling kidneys. This is, unfortunately, the opposite of how most pets are fed since the majority of commercial diets are low protein with 50% or more carbohydrates and only a 5-10% moisture content (compared to 75% found in a carnivores' ancestral diet.
In addition, kibble diets are harder for an animal to digest and this is the last thing your pet needs at this point. Since kidney function declines naturally as part of the aging process (not even mentioning damage from poor diet, over-vaccination, medications, topical pesticide products etc...) without the right nutrition that is easily digested, absorbed and metabolized your animal will have a more difficult time maintaining healthy kidney function. If a raw food diet is not your cup of tea, the next best thing would be a cooked, whole food diet. There are now many quality premixes to choose from to which you can add your own raw or cooked meat. For more information read our articles How to Feed Your Dog or How to Feed Your Cat that can be found in our Education section.
Using our Kidney Glandular as part of glandular therapy for dogs and cats is one of the simplest, safest and effective Holistic modalities available to us. Essentially, the science behind the use of a glandular for pets, is that glands, when taken internally, support and nourish the corresponding gland in the body. In the wild, the ingestion of glands is part of an animals nutrition and glandular supplementation is obviously missing from the majority of domesticated animals diets.
Bovine colostrum is Mother Nature's perfect combination of immune factors, growth factors (anti-aging factors), vitamins, minerals, amino acids and more! Research has shown that colostrum has powerful natural components which help bring the body to a state of homeostasis (a powerful, natural state of health and well-being). In addition, the growth factors in colostrum help to maintain the youth of tissue and speed its healing when damaged and that is why we highly recommend it for all aging dogs and cats and especially those with degenerative conditions like kidney disease.V. Natural Products