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Diet for Animals with Kidney Disease

March 21, 2013 // Canine, Feline
kidney pup
Based on research done in the last ten years , the only time it is necessary to feed a low protein diet is when your pet is uremic, which generally means BUN is over 80 mg/dL (equivalent to 28.6 mmol/L), creatinine is over 4.0 mg/dL (equivalent to 354 µmol/L), and the animal is showing symptoms such as vomitingnausea,inappetenceulcers and lethargy, which are caused by the build-up of nitrogen in the blood. Even then, feeding low protein will not extend life, but it will help the animal feel better. 
If your pet has significant amounts of protein in the urine (urine protein:creatinine ratio above 1.0), then you may need to reduce protein moderately, enough to control the proteinuria, but a really low-protein diet is not considered beneficial, as it can lead to hypoalbuminemia (low albumin levels). It's best to feed at least 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight daily (the grams of protein must be calculated from a nutritional analysis, it is NOT the same as grams of meat).
If your dog or cat is not uremic, then the consensus seems to be to feed a moderate amount of very high quality protein. Eggs have the highest quality protein (although egg yolks are high in phosphorus), followed by meat (raw or cooked). The lowest quality protein comes from grains.
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Meat -vs- Meal

March 14, 2013 // Canine, Feline
This is a snap shot of the difference between meats and meals on an ingredient panel.
This article does not go into the differences in quality of meats or meals. That's yet another story. Good grief Charlie Brown.
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Coconut Oil for Dogs

November 7, 2012 // Canine
coconut oil
Coconut oil for dogs (and people) is often called a miracle in a jar. "Virgin" (or unrefined) coconut oil helps to support and maintain overall health in both humans and dogs. Coconut oil contains Lauric acid, which is a medium chain fatty acid that is also found in mother's milk. Lauric acid is the substance that prevents infants from getting viral, bacterial and protozoan infections, and those same benefits seem to apply to dogs as well.
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Don’t Forget The Heart

June 25, 2012 // Canine
Because it’s a muscle, beef heart is somewhat similar to muscle meat, although it’s a heavier and more dense muscle. Also, heart meat packs more protein and unique nutrients that are supportive, preventive and increase vitality!
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Meat -vs- Meat Meal Debate

June 6, 2012 // Canine, Feline
fresh meat
Fresh meat listed as the first ingredient is a pretty good sales pitch. 
However, consider this: fresh meat (chicken, lamb, or beef) contains up to 70% water, and meal (chicken, lamb, or beef) is simply fresh meat with the moisture already removed.
And you're paying for a dry kibble right? 
This is an article about the composition of fresh meat vs meal only. It does not reflect on the type of whole meat cuts or what's in a meal. That my friends, is whole other story!
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