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Feeding in Urinary Tract and Kidney in Dogs

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The kidney diseases are distinguished between acute and chronic deficiency. In the first, it is a critical condition and must be treated with conventional medicine, infusions and appropriate antibiotics. For a chronic disease, damage of the kidneys is based on blood level recognizable only when renal function falls by more than half.

The myth that high protein causes kidney disease or worsening of existing illness among the public stubbornly hold; although it has frequently been scientifically proven that most do not act in such way. Proteins are required in order to form and maintain tissue of the body. If we fed insufficient amounts of protein, the tissue will be broken, weakening the immune system and the activity of enzymes weaken. It only accelerates the degradation of tissues, including the kidney. The kidney is reasonable to reduce the intake of protein. When the value exceeds a certain level, it makes sense to reduce the phosphorus content in the feed. In renal deficiency, renal phosphorus excretion is impaired and may lead to uremia. If never feed pellets, but the BARF diet, the easiest way to reduce the phosphorus content of less bone as they contain not only a lot of calcium, but also of phosphorus. Calcium can then supplement with calcium carbonate, calcium citrate or egg shells, this extra calcium connection bind phosphorus.

Other important dietary measures with renal deficiency, in addition to reducing the intake of phosphorus, potassium, trace element supplement, coenzyme and vitamins B, because of their utilization is impaired renal function decreased. A little extra vitamin C may also be helpful.

What to Watch

It is particularly important that dogs with kidney disease should drink plenty of water. Attention, never use seasoning granules and salt broth because dogs with kidney diseases should not receive any extra salt.

Vegetables rich in carotenoids (yellow and red vegetables) should be added in feed, as well as foods rich in sulfur (egg yolk, liver, fish, broccoli and fruit). Vegetable oils should be avoided.

Valuable herbs in renal deficiency are nettle seeds that reduce creatinine, Cordyceps because of its properties protect the kidneys, burdock and Marshmallow as an anti-inflammatory agent soothing tonic, ginkgo support heart function and blood circulation. Also suitable are diuretic herbs such as dandelion and parsley juice.

Diseases of the Urinary Tract

Inflammation of the bladder (cystitis) occurs most often with bacterial infections. Other causes include tumors, polyps, and bladder stones. Alkaline urine helps inflammation, therefore, first dietary measures should be the modification of nutrition so that the urine more acidic. The dog should be fed entirely without such cereals and fruits and vegetables that are low in oxalic acid. Vegetables can be boiled for some time, as this will further reduce its content. Vitamin C helps fight against bacteria and acidifying the urine, in high doses, however, it should be used for short periods. Prolonged administration of synthetic vitamin C in high doses can cause a formation of calcium oxalate stones. In the aftermath of inflammation is useful to add to the feed herbs, fruits and vegetables that contain a lot of vitamin C and bioflavonoid a little oxalic acid. This is especially useful Rose hip, apple, mango, cabbage, peppers and zucchini.

Herbs that help with inflammation of the urinary bladder are parsley, bedstraw, alfalfa, plantain, and althea. Moreover; also cranberry extract helps, which prevents adhesion of bacteria to the bladder walls. Tincture of bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi) has an antibacterial effect, but less effective in acidic urine. Barberry is a good example for dogs with inflammation of the bladder due to oxalate stones.

Herbal mix of traditional Chinese medicine can be very effective in the presence of urinary gravel or stones. Apple cider vinegar can be used in addition in small quantities in all bladder problems. Other useful ingredients for supporting the bladder are fish oil (vitamins A and D), coenzyme Q10, vitamin E and vitamin B.

It is important that drinking heavily prevents the formation of urinary stones and ensure that the bladder is well rinsed. Feeding should be administered with water and clean water should always be provided.

Crystals / Stones

Cystitis often leads to the formation of stones. Then it is also necessary to slightly acidify the urine, but should not be reduced intake of magnesium and phosphorus (which is normally recommended), because such reduction leads to an excessive excretion of calcium, and this in turn causes the formation of calcium oxalate stones.

Calcium Oxalate Stones

Calcium oxalate stones can usually be removed using surgical methods, so it is important to prevent them from this harm. It should not be administered to them at any extra salt, no synthetic urine acidifying agents (vitamin C) and feeding should be low in oxalic acid (vegetable cook).