Q. My dog has bad kidney problems from eating Dragon Train chicken jerky. We now know it was that product, but now it's too late...Any suggestions?
JESSICA L DESROSIERS
A. I'm sorry to hear that a product caused kidney issues in your dog! If you are concerned about the product itself, it is best to contact the manufacturer to let them know the problem that was caused. Increasing awareness for products and manufacturers can always help others in the community. To look up any other recalled pet products, you can visit https://www.avma.org/News/Issues/recalls-alerts/Pages/default.aspx which is run by the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Working with your vet can also help to provide care for your dog to help him feel better and provide some relief. Many vets are now carrying kidney and urinary health foods that may help alleviate symptoms or reduce problems associated with kidney disease. Treats that are healthy or low in phosphorus and protein can also help by putting less work on the kidneys. Carrots, broccoli and lean meats such as chicken in moderation can be used. However, it is always best to let your vet know of any treats or diet changes prior to starting them.