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Q. My cat is a birman and12 yrs old recently she has had to have two anesetic , is there anything I can feed her to keep her kidneys etc in good health

Answered By
ANGEL ALVARADO

A. Have her examined by your vet and submit blood work (CBC, chemistry panel and urinalysis) to assess major organ function. If she has any degree of kidney disease, your vet will likely recommend a diet low in protein, salt and phosphorus. There are prescription diets (Hills's, Royal Canin, Medi-Cal, etc.) that satisfy these dietary needs. If you choose an OTC commercial diet, you will need to read labels carefully and compare. Discuss these choices with your vet before feeding. Choose a canned diet with a high quality, named protein source. No meat meals or by products. A high quality protein will be easier to digest and easier on the kidneys after it is metabolized. Canned food is also higher in moisture content which can help keep the kidneys flushed. Always have fresh water available. Preferably more than one bowl in different areas of the house.

Answered By
DR. CHRISTIE LONG, D.V.M., C.V.A.

A. Feed a good quality diet formulated for seniors. Both Royal Canin and Hill's make excellent diets for seniors. You can also add a fish oil supplement to her diet as well. Purchase a brand that's formulated for pets, such as Wellactin or 3-V. You can get it in a pump bottle and put it directly on her food. Dose according to label recommendations. You may want to start with very small amounts and work up to the full dose as cats can be very sensitive to new smells and flavors.


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