Defend Their Health, Pawsitively: Tackle Canine Renal Disease

Canine renal disease is a life threatening
and aggressive illness in dogs.

I am the Original Holistic Pet Health Coach, and am now training passionate pet parents, and pet professionals to be Certified Holistic Pet Health Coaches so that more pets can be helped holistically.

While it is most typically seen in senior dogs and is regarded to be a natural part of the aging process, it is becoming more common in younger canines. Traditional veterinary medicine considers canine renal disease to be permanent, and canine renal disease to be fatal. There are many treatment Plan For Kidney Disease in cats and dogs and Here’s what Dr. Ruth Roberts, a Holistic Integrative veterinarian always recommends to her consult patients. Kidney failure is usually detected by blood tests. The issue is that blood testing can’t tell us exactly how much of the kidneys are truly operating. It’s thought that the readings don’t start rising above normal until the kidneys have lost 75 percent of their function. This indicates that the kidneys aren’t genuinely failing until they’re down to the last 25% of their function. This suggests that we just require a little more than 25% to survive. When your veterinarian tells you that your dog’s kidney function is just 25% or less, it’s not always as awful as it appears. Many of the second opinions I provided began with the client claiming, “The vet claimed my dog has kidney failure, but my dog appears to be in good health,” so let’s distinguish between renal failure and kidney disease. The international renal interest society, or Iris, is a group that establishes recommendations for determining what stage of kidney disease your pet is in. 

Chronic kidney disease (CKD)

Unmasking the Silent Threat - Chronic Kidney Disease

Some pets can develop acute renal failure; however, the majority of these animals have been exposed to a substance that damages the kidneys, such as antifreeze or a medication. It’s essential to consider holistic pet health to prevent such exposures and promote overall well-being. Unfortunately, there is a condition known as congenital kidney disease, which occurs when very young animals are born with either incorrectly formed kidneys or kidneys that do not function properly. They frequently cause renal failure within a few years, and their lives are sadly cut short. Adopting a holistic approach to pet care, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, and natural remedies, may help improve their quality of life and potentially reduce the risk of certain congenital health issues.

Canine Renal disease manifests itself in a variety of ways

dogs in our program have been diagnosed with the following conditions:

  • Kidney Failure (Acute)
  • Kidney Failure (chronic)
  • Kidney Disease (Congenital)
  • Glomerulonephritis is a kind of glomerulonephritis.
  • Kidney failure as a result of Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses

CKD has four stages, with stage four being the only one termed as renal failure. This final stage of the disease is when the majority of the pain that the pet suffers from CKD occurs. Vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, loss of appetite, weight loss, infections, weakness, and increased thirst are all possible symptoms at this stage. If you’ve ever had a pet with CKD, you know exactly what I’m talking about, and it’s not fun.

Considering holistic pet care can be beneficial for pets with CKD. Holistic approaches focus on addressing the overall health and well-being of the animal, not just managing the symptoms of the disease. Holistic pet care includes natural remedies, nutritional support, stress reduction, and lifestyle adjustments tailored to the individual needs of the pet. By adopting a holistic approach, pet owners may help enhance their furry companion’s quality of life and potentially slow down the progression of the disease. Regular monitoring of biomarkers like creatinine is essential, but a comprehensive holistic care plan can complement traditional treatments and provide a more comprehensive approach to managing CKD in pets.

The Stages Renal Failure in Dogs

The presence of protein in the urine, as well as an increase in blood waste products, can indicate the severity of the chronic renal disease.

According to the International Renal Interest Society (IRIS) (with four being the most severe). The higher the stage number, the more symptoms your pet may have. When the pet is at a specific stage of chronic renal disease, it’s best to start some treatments.

Dogs have a median survival duration of more than 400 days, whereas 

Dogs have a median survival time of 200 to 400 days and 

Dogs have a median survival time of 110 to 200 days.

Called as the endstage is irreversible and incurable. By the time an animal exhibits symptoms of the disease, the damage has already been done. The remaining nephrons (microscopic units in the kidneys) are working overtime to compensate for the nephrons that have been lost due to disease or aging. These surviving nephrons will eventually fail as well.

The prognosis worsens as the disease progresses, and survival time diminishes with each stage. According to IRIS, the median survival time for Stage 4 renal disease is 14 to 80 days.

Sign up to Ipets Ally Ultimate for $299 a year or subscribe monthly for $29.99 to get access to all Holistic Courses especially the Kidney Support and learn more about my 5 step Holistic Treatment Plan. Get ongoing guidance & support from Dr. Ruth Roberts and weekly follow-up via Q&A Session.

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The Comprehensive Kidney Health Program for Dogs and Cats

Here’s a sneak peek to what the course does:

5 Step Holistic Treatment Of Kidney Disease in Dogs

  1. Improve Quality of Nutrition
  2. Increase Water Consumption
  3. Decrease Inflammation
  4. Improve Kidney Function
  5. Improve Gut Health

I was told by my vet that my 6yo double doodle has kidney disease and I had to place her on Hills KD. I refused that thought and did an internet search. Found Dr. Ruth and after starting her diet and supplements, it’s been great. That was 4yrs ago. 3yrs ago my vet said things were dire. But soon after there was a real switch and her kidney values were able to be turned around. The last 3 blood tests (done every 6months) have been completely normal. Her activity level has improved. She is a wonderful happy loving dog!! You helped with your knowledge and love of animals.

We greatly appreciate your suggestions

Denise Currin & Pet Ruby

Lilly Grace, has an Acute Kidney Injury last Nov 2021

Dec 2021 update:

“Lily Grace loves the new food and is eating very well and her health continues to improve. Today she was awake more than she slept and has returned to her original active self.” 😍

Feb 2022 update:

“All numbers are down, phosphate levels normal, and her red blood count is almost normal. Staying on the same plan and has no adjustments in her supplements!! 

So far so good!  So grateful for the support and helpful recommendations!”

– Linda Hostetller  

Dr. Ruth Roberts DVM, CVA

Dr. Ruth Roberts Holistiv Vet

Dr. Ruth Roberts is The Original Pet Health Coach, and has supported thousands of dogs and cats to overcome health hurdles like kidney disease, GI Illness, allergies and cancer. Her natural approach to healing creates a gentle yet effective path for your pet to take on their journey to wellbeing. Dr. Ruth created The Original CrockPet Diet, a balanced home cooked diet for pets, as the foundation of health. Dr. Ruth is now training passionate pet parents, and pet professionals to be Certified Holistic Pet Health Coaches so that more pets can be helped holistically.