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My dog has stage one renal. 3 weeks has been on vet food and within week he has hives raised bumps been getting no treats. Called vet yesterday he said benedril and change his food asap. Dog has chewed groin tail feet there inflamed. Does great on grain free. No problems with brown rice or oatmeal. Please any kibble in Canada that's low phosphorus and low to max 28 percent protein?
 

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There are canine nutritionists who will formulate homemade diets for different health problems for you. The one I know of is Monica Segal. I was on her nutrition forum for years until it switched to Facebook, which I don't do, and I have both her books on canine nutrition. There are others who formulate diets specifically for a particular dog.

I really empathize, as I have one dog I feed a raw diet to just because no kibble (and I looked at dozens) doesn't have at least one ingredient she's sensitive to, which in her case brings on itching which brings on hot spots. If, as I suspect, you can't find a kidney specific kibble without something your dog is allergic to, homemade, raw or cooked, is another route to investigate. I fed a cooked homemade diet to my last Rottie for years after the Chinese melamine scandal.

You might also search for a forum specific to dogs with kidney problems. When I had a cat with crf (chronic renal failure), I found a forum like that for cats. My cat would not eat any of the feline kidney foods, and lo and behold someone had compiled a list of the regular cat foods that had the best protein and phosphorus percentages for crf cats. Toes lived to 20 (5 years after diagnosis) eating those non-prescription foods.
 

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Iv been searching and can't find anything. I picked up a bag of wellness senior complete not low enough phosphorus but best I could find at my local store just to get him off the food asap that was causing allergies. I use to feed raw dog food this is the company. Rawdogfeed.com my dog did great and it was expensive but doable compared to trying to buy meat on sale and making it balanced. Do you think this is a good food for kidneys? I'm concerned about feeding raw as I have a 2 yr old daughter which kisses and pets my dog. Salmonella is a concern for her safety. My vet is against raw but I am running out of options.
 

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Iv been searching and can't find anything. I picked up a bag of wellness senior complete not low enough phosphorus but best I could find at my local store just to get him off the food asap that was causing allergies. I use to feed raw dog food this is the company. Rawdogfeed.com my dog did great and it was expensive but doable compared to trying to buy meat on sale and making it balanced. Do you think this is a good food for kidneys? I'm concerned about feeding raw as I have a 2 yr old daughter which kisses and pets my dog. Salmonella is a concern for her safety. My vet is against raw but I am running out of options.
What phosphorus levels are you looking for? The Wellness, at .55% is almost as low as most Rx foods... If you're open to home cooking food, there is a nutritionist I'd recommend who can formulate a diet with your dog's specific needs in mind. Not sure I'm allowed to link outside recommendations? (but if you google 'Cat Lane' I'm sure you'll be able to find helpful information on her web pages)
 

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Wellness senior is .75 phosphorus .55 is min. I will look into that. Thankyou. Waiting to hear back from Merrick nature's variety and natural pet company on levels.
 

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Wellness senior is .75 phosphorus .55 is min. I will look into that. Thankyou. Waiting to hear back from Merrick nature's variety and natural pet company on levels.
Check into Lotus senior as well. It's very low phosphorus (but also very low in protein) I've been doing a balancing act with my 13.5 year old's diet for three years now.
 

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With a special needs dog, I don't think anyone should just "feed raw," even pre-formulated frozen raw that meets AAFCO standards. With a kidney dog, if you decide to go raw (or cooked), you really should consult a canine nutritionist. And you need to know exactly what his food sensitivities are. Good luck finding what works.

If I were concerned about salmonella, I'd use a washcloth with some warm soapy water on the dog's face after every meal, then do it again with a plain water cloth to rinse. My personal feeling is that considering the kind of trash dogs eat whenever they can and the fact they lick their butts.... But I don't have a two-year-old, and while I pet my dogs and they lick me sometimes, I don't kiss them on the mouth.
 

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For other people that might be looking for low phosphorus dog food I called these companies. Merrick all goods 1 percent phosphorus or higher. Wellness out of all there line wellness complete senior is 0.68 phosphorus max as fed. Only natural pet is above one percent phosphorus. Nature's variety raw chicken patties is 0.50 average phosphorus as fed. They could not give me a max level as fed but I will look into the price and quantity it comes in. Hopefully this can help or save time for others searching.
 

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Just got off phone with rawdogfeed.com. he tested his food for me to high unfortunately 1.24 phosphorus as fed. This is a raw food made in Battersea Ontario. All food is inspected and from human grade slaughter. They are mink farmers. Great price if picked up in person for those who want more affordable option feeding raw. My dogs have done great on this in the past.
 
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