Q. What kind of dog food can I give my 12 year old blue heeler when she is showing signs of kidney failure?
A. The best diet depends on the degree or severity of the kidney disease. Generally, feed a diet with a high moisture content to maintain hydration. Restrict sodium and phosphorous. Add kidney friendly vitamins and antioxidants to support cellular health. Protein levels will vary according to the degree of disease present. Discuss a proper diet with your vet before switching foods.
In depth information on kidney disease in pets can be found here: http://www.iris-kidney.com/index.aspx
DR. LEIGH PUSATERI, DVM
A. There are many different kidney diets available. I suggest you ask your veterinarian the best diet for your dog. It really depends on the stage of kidney disease and results of your dog's bloodwork.