Summary of dietary management
1. Chronic renal failure
Feed a diet that is:
high in energy-density
low in protein content (contains high biological value protein)
low in phosphorus content
low in sodium content
buffered against acidosis.
e.g. Prescription Diet Canine or Feline k/d; Prescription Diet Canine u/d (Hill's
2. Glomerular Disease (nephrotic syndrome)
Protein loss into the urine accompanies glomerular disease and may lead to hypoproteinaemia.
Feed a diet with the same profile as that listed above for chronic renal failure.
It used to be advised that extra high biological value protein in the form of whole
egg or cottage cheese should be added if the animal developed hypoproteinaemia, however
recent evidence suggests that increasing dietary intake of protein only results in
increased urinary excretion. Furthermore the effect of the increased protein on renal
haemodynamics (see above) might make this practice more harmful than beneficial.