Kidney Health

 Symptoms and Solutions 


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This is our adored Babu here at 17 years of age diagnosed with kidney failure 3 years ago. Sadly after quite a lot of veterinary intervention we decided it was kinder to let him go some months later before he lost all dignity and pleasure of life. Maybe if we had known then what we know now we may have avoided or at least slowed down its progression. Below are some things that may help with this awful condition.


Incontintence and Urinary Problems

As a pet grows older they tend to develop kidney and bladder weaknesses.There are a number of things we can do to prevent and treat mild forms of kidney dysfunction.

Note: Kidney disease and failure is life-threatening. If kidney disease is suspected always consult a vet.


These may include:

  • An over concentration of protein in diet.
  • Infection in the bladder or kidneys.
  • Age related degenerative causes.
  • Excessive consumption of red meats.
  • Over consumption of processed dried foods.
  • Poor oral health.

Clinical signs:

  • Frequent urination
  • Leaking urine in house
  • Often with excessive thirst and stiffness in the hind end.
  • Straining at time of voiding
  • Repetitive territorial spraying indoors.
  • Offensive breath odor.
  • Gum disease.
  • High phosphate levels.
  • Levels of certain protein enzymes and chemicals such as creatinine and blood urea nitrogen (BUN) will also be high.
  • Abnormal electrolyte levels,
  • Elevated blood pressure.
  • Urine that is neither concentrated or dilute, thus indicating the kidney’s inability to process the urine correctly.





Alternative Preventative and Herbal Treatment.


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  • ¼ tsp of potassium chloride daily to address excess sodium levels.
  • Give phosphate binders immediately after food in order to block the excess phosphorus in the food from entering the bloodstream.
  • Start with a laxative diet using linseed tea. 1 tsp of fresh seeds in a coffee grinder. Cover with warm water and add half tsp to feed.
  • Cleanse kidneys with a tea of cleavers. One handful of fresh herb steeped in hot water for ¾ hour or may be boiled with chicken and rice.
  • Slowly dry the following weeds in the lowest setting in the oven until crisp and rub until a power is formed. Sprinkle ½ tsp. over feed daily parsley leaves, stinging nettle, and dandelion.
  • Add the following seeds to food if your animal will eat them parsley, celery and fenugreek.
  • Grate raw carrot over feed daily for dogs.
  •  St John’s Wort may help with bladder and stress related bladder weakness.daily in food. Dosage according to weight. St John’s Wort is a well recognised remedy for repetitive behavioural urination.
  • Give tonics which have uva ursi, marshmallow root, birch leaves, couch grass tops and roots.
  • Kidney herbs like hydrangea, epilobium given as a powder sprinkled over feed or as a tincture.
  • Saw palmetto is a specific for urinary tract and kidney conditions. A 2  drops per kg daily until condition improves.
  • Quarter tsp of Omega oil Complex daily will help address inflammation.

Diet and Management for Kidney Conditions

  • Place your pet onto a high quality limited protein diet see below.
  • 115 grams of liver or chicken
  • Note: do not feed any fish or fish products as that increases levels of urea which puts additional strain on the kidneys.
  • 2 hard boiled eggs ( sulphur based protein/ taurine that will make the flaxseed oil soluble in water)
  • 350 grams or 2cups of boiled brown rice.1 tsp of Omega oils.
  • 1 tablespoon of calcium carbonate to address pH levels and to act as a natural phosphate binder.  This may be given by using crushed eggshells in a tsp of lemon juice to form the bio-available calcium-citrate.




DISCLAIMER: The information in this page must not be used in place of professional veterinary treatment . We recommend that either a qualified herbalist or your animal professional carry out diagnosis and subsequent treatment. Herbal remedies must not be given not be taken in conjunction with other medication with out consulting a medical professional.

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