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Renal disease is seen in older patients, especially dogs on NSAIDs and cats with hyperthyroidism. In cats, it can be masked until the hyperthyroidism is brought under control, at which time it becomes evident. Treatments include subcutaneous fluids, calcitriol early in the disease, phosphorus binders and erythropoietin when anemia becomes great enough. In addition, there are some natural treatments that can help.




The following nutraceuticals or natural/herbal formulas can also provide effective treatment for your canines and felines living with arthritis.





Integrative Medicine


Once your canine or feline’s kidneys are damaged with scar tissue, it can be difficult to find a treatment.  However, the following nutraceuticals or natural/herbal formulas can also provide effective treatment and relief for your dogs and cats living with renal disease.


» Omega 3’s (essential fatty acids): Make sure you choose a supplement that contains only Omega 3’s – not Omega 6’s (they get plenty of that in their food).


» B-complex: Just like B-complex supports the adrenal glands in humans and de-stresses the body, it does the same in both cats and dogs by replacing the water-soluble vitamins lost in urination.


» Antioxidants: Vitamin C and E are important to prevent toxins, chemicals and pollutants from the water, air and food from attacking healthy cells.  De-toxing your dog or cat help maximize their kidney function.


» Probiotics: Known as “friendly bacteria,” probiotics can be added to your canine or feline’s food to aid in digestion.


One of the most important things you can do for your dog or cat living with renal disease is to reduce their stress level for a better quality of life.  There are many herbs that can help strengthen kidney function and improve the health and vitality of your dog or cat. Specifically, these natural remedies help:


» balance urine pH;

» promote healthy circulation;

» detoxify the body;

» improve renal blood flow;

» support the immune system; and

» help eliminate foreign material in the urinary tract and kidneys.


Furthermore, herbal formulas that help support the heart and spleen will also promote optimum kidney function.  These effective herbs and botanicals include the following:


» Cranberry Juice Extract: Helps prevent bacteria from adhering to the bladder wall and balance urine pH.

» Marshmallow Root (Althaea officinalis): This herb helps reduce inflammation and irritation in the GI tract and urinary tract organs soothing irritated tissues.


» Astragalus Root Astragalus (Huang qi): Helps the body balance out the liver, lungs, kidneys, spleen, heart and stomach plus supports the immune system by improving white blood cell growth.

» Rehmannia Root Cooked (Rehmannia rutinosa) or Rehmannia (shu di huang): Normalizes moisture imbalances in the body, nourishes the blood and replenishes the kidney.


» Hawthorn Berries (Crataegus oxyacantha): Promotes healthy circulation and is essential to overall kidney health.  Strengthens the heart by improving circulation in the blood vessels of the heart which also improves renal blood flow while acting as a diuretic. 


» Corn Silk (Zea mays): Very helpful for relieving uncomfortable urination especially when it comes to kidney stones and all areas of the urinary tract system.  Also helps reduce formation of crystals in the urine. 


» Olive Leaf Extract (Olea europaea): This plant has a powerful anti-bacterial effect.  It also reduces inflammation and strengthens the immune system. 


» Ginkgo Biloba Leaf: Promotes healthy blood flow circulation to all tissues and organs and prevents oxidative damage from toxins, chemicals and pollutants. 


Chronic Renal Disease (CRF)
(Reference: Veterinarians’ Desk Reference)

(Live Link)


Species affected: Cats, Dogs

Background: Causes of premature kidney failure include congenital defects, poisoning, exposure to especially heavy metals, antifreeze and pesticides, cancer, some drugs, infections, diabetes mellitus and nutritional imbalances. Older cats and dogs are especially prone to CRF.

Symptoms: PU/PD, vomiting, anorexia, bad breath, poor coat quality and weakness are often non-specific in the early stages, so clients may not bring the animal in until later in the disease process. In later stages, anemia occurs.

Diagnostics: Blood and urine tests define the disease as well as giving a prognosis of survival time.

Special Notes: CRF has different outcomes in dogs than in cats. Cats may live with CRF for a long period of time, especially when supported with natural medicine and fluids. Dogs tend to succumb more rapidly despite good care.

Principles for Supplementation: Natural treatment supports renal function and replaces nutrients lost in the dilute urine.






B ComplexVET12

Cats: ¼ capsule sid
Dogs: 1 capsule/25 lb sid

To replace water-soluble B-vitamins lost by polyuric animals.


1 capsule per 20 lb bid or
1 scoop per 20 lb bid

Supports healthy renal function.

Small Animal

Cats: 1 capsule sid
Dogs: 2 capsules/25 lb sid


Super EPAVET12 or Omega PlusVET12

Cats: 1 gelcap sid
Dogs: 2 gelcaps/25 lb sid

Anti-inflammatory; fish oil has been shown to slow loss of glomerular function.


Dose varies with package sizes because the scoops are different sizes

Binds Phosphorus


1-3 capsules per day

Reduces BUN by decreasing available intestinal nitrogen


To help you quickly find the right Integrative Medicine formulas and manufacturers to help treat your dogs, cats and horses, please refer to the Veterinarians’ Desk Reference
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