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Best vet diet for chronic renal failure?

Discussion in 'Pre-Veterinary' started by mustangsally65, Nov 23, 2005.

  1. mustangsally65

    mustangsally65 Sally 2.0
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    I am visiting from the pre-med forums.

    I have a 19 year old kitty who was diagnosed with chronic renal failure yesterday. My question is: is there a "best" food for cats with this problem? I have searched the net and found that Eukanuba, Purina, Royal Canin and some other brands make vet diet foods that have low potassium/protein etc.

    Just wondering if there was a "gold standard" or anything. Thanks!
     
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    The best person to help answer your question is of course your vet. If the vet that made the diagnosis doesn't know (which would be very suprising), they will certainly be able to refer you to an internal medicine specialist who would.

    In any case whatever new diet may be recommended, odds are you will have to get it from your vet anyway.

    Jen

     
  3. Megalofyia

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    I had a cat who had polycystic kidney disease, but she was only 5 when she was diagnosed.
    I tried to put her on a kidney friendly diet but she hated it.(Obtained from my vet's office) In the end I decided that her happiness was more important and she loved.. LOVED eating, (Possibly more than I love eating.. which is difficult) but not the kidney diet stuff. Anyways I ended up just totally indulging her in whatever she wanted to eat.
     
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  4. mustangsally65

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    Well, the vet didn't have any renal/kidney diets, and he didn't recommend any specific brand. He just said to go online and do some research, but it's a very small town I live in, so he only has a few kinds of vet food.

    And there are places online that sell vet prescription diets, however legal that is! ;) I just wondered if there was a preferred brand, but since I wasn't told about a specific one I'm gonna do some more research on my own. My cat has another appointment in a few weeks to monitor her condition. I just wanted to get her food changed ASAP.

    Thanks!

    How's your kitty, Megalofia?
     
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    It was a science diet brand food that I used with Sunday. I used canned with her cause it had more water in it that way. At least that was the brand I used till I decided that if she looked half interested in anything she could have it; be it funyons or fancy feast...

    Unfortunatly she died a year ago. But she did live a lot longer than anyone has thought she would and she was pretty active until a day or two before she died. Although she was incredibly skinny.
     
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    Just a FYI, "Prescription" diets aren't a true prescription item. They aren't FDA regulated like pharmaceuticals/biologicals are. Hills, for example uses the name "Prescription" as a trademark.

    As for your kitty, the diet will depend on the stage of disease. If your attending isn't able to offer you a suggestion, perhaps ask if he would be willing to call the nearest teaching hospital and ask them. I'm personally a fan of Purina's veterinary line, but that's just me. Best of luck! :)
     
  7. mustangsally65

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    I'm sorry to hear about your kitty. I don't think it's as hard for me, because she'll be 20 in April of 2006, and she's been around practically my whole life (I was four when my parents got her). I know that cats don't live forever, and she's had a long happy and healthy life. She drinks tons of water so the vet said she was kind of doing her own dialysis. She urinates a lot too. The vet said there's no way to tell how much longer she will live. Some cats can go on for years with renal failure, while others only last a few months.

    I lost a cat who was about 4 years old in 2002 because she had a reaction to her leukemia vaccine, and developed autoimmune hemolytic anemia. Very sad. I think she ended up giving up on me, because she was a stray when I adopted her and she loved the outdoors, so I'd let her out during the day, and she slept inside at night. She loved being outside, and hated being in a cage having treatment, or inside because her immune system was comprimised. She was my best friend. Her name was Fluff, and she was my constant companion for a few years, llike a dog. She'd follow me from room to room, and when I came in the driveway she laid down behind my car and rolled around. She even followed me out to the mailbox.

    Pets are so important to my quality of life. :thumbup:
     
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    Hmmm. Some websites I visited that had these diets said that you needed a prescription to buy certain ones. I didn't click on them and read further about it, but for example the Eukanuba Vet Diet Multi Stage Renal formula was one of those that I saw. Strange.

    Thanks for the info. I am strongly considering ordering the Purina because it comes in pouches, which weigh less and would ship more cheaply. ;) Nice to know it's a good option.
     
  9. chris03333

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    Most if not all prescription diets (or "veterinary diets") need a veterinarian's prescription.
     
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    Hi there:
    In the veterinary office that I work for, we usually recommend Hill's Prescription diet K/D. That comes in canned and dry food. I have heard that a lot of cat's don't like this diet so we also prescribe Waltham (which is made by Royal Canin) Renal LP diet. It comes in pouches and cats seem to really like it. Both of them are great for kidney failure.
     
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    I asked my wife. She says she prescribes Science diet K/D and that Purina and several other brands have similar stuff. She believes that they are all prescription and doesn't understand why he can't order it for you.

    If he won't, maybe you need another vet.

    BN
     
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    The vet should write a prescription for you. Most websites have a fax number where the vet can send the prescription.
     
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    i dont know if it would be the same for cats, but in humans there is a type of dialysis called "peritoneal" dialysis, which doesnt use needles but has a small tube coming out of the abdomen, which you fill with special bags of solution and hook to a machine.
     
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    I think the biggest thing with CRF is to keep the cat on a diet of canned food only and give phosphate binders with meals.
     

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