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Anyone here have a dog with renal failure?

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Last year our Cocker spaniel (12 at the time) was diagnosed with renal failure and as such is on a 'renal' diet consisting of a wet food and kibble aimed at being easier on his system. He was also pu…
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7y, 8m agoPosted 7 years, 8 months ago
Last year our Cocker spaniel (12 at the time) was diagnosed with renal failure and as such is on a 'renal' diet consisting of a wet food and kibble aimed at being easier on his system. He was also put on a monthly injection schedule primarily for steroids to give him some energy along with Ipaktine powder and Buscopan to keep his system's levels in check. He also takes Seraquin for his arthritis (but not Metacalm as that went for his pancreas) and some capsules to help his circulation, neither of these are directly related to his renal failure.

Anyway, I'm wondering if anyone has or had a dog in a similar condition? The main problem now is that I'm having a lot of difficulty getting him to touch his food at all, initially his appetite was raging and he'd choke down whatever was put down in front of him which is apparently a side effect of the steroids. However recently he became less interested in his food, putting small bits of chicken (the only type of meat he is allowed) in would get him to eat it but now even with a lot of chicken he's not touching it, I need to hand feed him it to make sure he gets his medication but he's not getting as much dry/wet food as he should.

For a renal failure patient he is apparently doing well and while he won't touch his food he's still desperate to have any of ours (which he doesn't get), he's not being sick and his energy levels are not bad so I think it's just him being fussy rather that getting worse. We were warned at the start that the dogs don't like the renal food so I'm wondering if anyone else's dogs have been difficult with the food and any recommendations for getting them to eat it?

Thanks,
John
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7y, 8m agoPosted 7 years, 8 months ago
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banned#1
stick with the dog food or chicken or tripe .. human food and begging a big no no
#2
I am sticking with the dog food but the problem is he's not touching it and he's already noticeably losing weight, he's only just recovered from his fourth infection (in a row) and I'm concerned this is going to start pulling him downhill.

John
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Johnmcl7
I am sticking with the dog food but the problem is he's not touching it and he's already noticeably losing weight, he's only just recovered from his fourth infection (in a row) and I'm concerned this is going to start pulling him downhill.

John


have you tried any other white meat, ie fish tripe etc ?
#4
If hes on the dried food have you tried to soften it with hot water, then letting to cool. My 16month dog is on an hepatic dog food, for liver failure and he wouldn't touch it until it was softened. Now he eats it totally dry.
Also put his food down and if he doesn't touch it after 15minutes or so , lift it and put it down to him a couple of hours or so later. A dog will eat when hes ready and not before so persevere and good luck.
#5
Also, a month ago i bought another dog. Now my first dog eats for England! A bit drastic in order to get your dog to eat but maybe a friends dog fed at the same time might encourage him.
#6
some vets have a gravy type product, cant remember the name. maybe that would help to improve the taste and his interest, as well as soften. worth asking.
#7
Hi - sorry about your pet being ill and not eating - I've two kidney failure cats and I'm having the same problem in getting them to eat. Can I ask, what brand of dog food you are feeding him..? Some 'specialist diet' food suppliers have recently changed their 'recipes' without advising the general public or some vets, who believe they're getting the former recipes.
#8
Im very sorry to hear about your dog.
We found ourselves in a similar situation with our 14 year old springer spaniel.
He was getting older and nothing like as active as when he was young.He was also quite deaf.
We put his failings down to old age but he wasnt touching his food either and was becoming visable thinner so we took him to the vet who diagnosed renal failure and we were told at that time " he wasnt in too much pain". Well who can gauge what is too much pain ?
We carried on trying all sorts of foods that he used to love but in the end he was eating around 6 slices of cold ham a day and was literally starving and what he did eat he was taking up again.
All this was over the course of around 6 weeks - 2 months .In the end he couldnt even get up onto his back legs and when he did manage they were going out from under him.
A month ago we had no choice but to have him put to sleep.It was all very sad but when i think about his last days it would have been cruel to let it go on and it was heartbreaking to watch him try to go on.
Im sorry for this sad story and thought long and hard before i wrote it
I wish you all the best and hope you do find foods that your dog will eat .
There is a lot of information available online if your google " renal failure in dogs"

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