You can Treat Kidney Disease in Dogs and Cats Naturally
What is Kidney Disease?
Kidney disease and kidney failure in dogs and cats are extremely common diseases in dogs and cats. The kidneys in pets function to help to filter water as well as other nutrients in the body.
How do you know if your dog or cat has kidney disease?
Tests that your veterinarian can utilize to evaluate your dog’s kidneys are bloodwork (specifically looking at the Creatinine and the Blood Urea Nitrogen (BUN), urinalysis (analysis of the urine and how it concentrates), urine culture (culture of the urine to check for bacterial growth), and belly X-rays/ ultrasound.
Kidney disease appears in pets once at least 25% of the kidneys are no longer functioning.
Signs of kidney disease include but are not limited to:
- Increased drinking and urination
- Weight loss
- Decreased energy
- Decreased appetite
- Vomiting and nausea
- Clear urine
- And more . . . .
What are some ways to treat dog and cat kidney disease naturally?
Holistic treatments for kidney disease in dogs can include:
- Veterinary acupuncture and acupressure
Veterinary acupuncture for treatment of kidney disease in dogs can increase blood flow to the kidney to promote healing, increase appetite and energy, and decrease nausea. Renal disease in dogs and cats can make them feel terrible – which makes them not want to eat.
The goal of acupuncture for the dog is always to encourage the body to heal itself.
Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) theory of kidney disease involves the idea of moving Qi (energy) to the area of damaged or stagnated Qi. Your holistic veterinarian will be able to select acupuncture points such as BL-23 (Bladder-23), BL-39 (Bladder-39), KID-3 (Kidney-3), and ST-36 (Stomach-36).
Subcutaneous ozone therapy involves hyper-saturation of saline with ozone. Ozone rapidly breaks down into oxygen within the body. Thus, subcutaneous ozone therapy allows your holistic veterinarian to increase the level of oxygen with your dog’s body. Increased oxygen levels allow for improved mitochondrial function, and improved cell growth within the body.
Herbal therapy for treatment of kidney disease in dogs utilizes specific Chinese herbal blends to support the kidney’s functions. These herbs could included Rehmannia blends, Hindquarter Weakness, and much, much more.
- Food therapy.
Food therapy for treatment of kidney disease in dogs allows the body to utilize foods that are naturally nutritious for the damaged kidneys. Particular foods can include kidney beans, brown rice, and more!
Your holistic veterinarian will select these foods based on the underlying Traditional Chinese Veterinary Pattern.
These holistic therapies for dogs can be combined with Western medications and more. At Healing Paws Center, we have treated many cases with integrative care (combining Western and Eastern therapies) to obtain the optimal results.
We recommend starting acupuncture, and all of these holistic methods as soon as possible!