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My 10 yo female beagle Daisey, has had kidney disease for about 3 years and has been prescribed Hill's KD formula by our vet.She has never been nuts about this food ,but lately she has been eating less and less. she behaves normally otherwise and would to get to the dry food I feed my other dogs. as my vet sells this rather expensive food He has an interest in keeping her on it. I would just like to know if there is a simular product from another manufacturer out there. thanks ,in advance, for any help.
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I am not sure what type of kidney problems your dog has but studies show that restricting protein does not preserve renal function. Check out the links below for information on the study(s) and diet. Unless my dog was diagnosed with chronic renal failure, I would not feed him that crappy KD. I'd make home made meals before I bought one can of that stuff.

http://www.thepetcenter.com/imtop/protein.html
http://www.dogaware.com/kidney.html
 

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I honestly don't know enough to know if there are alternatives to Hills K/D, but working for a vet I do know that K/D has lengthened the life of many of our patients with renal failure.

Granted this example is a cat, but we had this lovely cat come in just sick as could be. After running bloodwork the vet determined it was kidney failure and said we could of course start treatment, but she was SO sick she may not live more than a month. That was over a year ago after the owners started K/D and subcutaneous fluids three times a week. We have also had many others (mainly cats) that have done wonders on K/D.

I really don't know what is in K/D that seems to make the difference, but I'm sure their must be alternatives (I am not a fan of Hills myself, but many of the their prescription diets seem to work really well for certain problems)
 

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KD is high in fillers and very low in phosphorus which is the culprit that is bad for dogs in chronic renal failure. If a dog with kidney problems is not eating well or if a dog is anorexic for any reason, I've heard that green tripe can jump start them into eating again. It's healthy for them and it's also great for pancreatic issues. I've never fed it to my dogs but I hear it is nasty smelling stuff that dogs love. Go figure.

http://www.dogaware.com/kidney.html#tripe
 
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