Q. My dog has kidney issues, is on meds, and has lost some weight. What can I feed him to bring his weight up in addition to his regular food
DR. JENNIFER LADD, DVM
A. I recommend frequent feedings, and trying to find a canned food that is high in calories per serving. Your local pet store should be able to help you find a high quality canned food that is calorically dense. Hard boiled eggs are also a great supplement, and I recommend 1/2 daily for smaller dogs, or a whole egg for larger dogs. If the kidney disease is causing protein loss in the urine ( an easy thing for your veterinarian to test for with a urinalysis), you can ask them about starting on an ACE inhibitor. Usually thins class of drugs is used for cardiac disease, but it can help reduce protein loss in cases of canine kidney disease. Best of luck.