Readers of my blogs may find it interesting to see what our clients and animal guardians have the most concerns about. I like to write about subjects that demand the most attention. Recently the questions have been about kidney disease and the use of high protein diets for renal diseased animals. For the last 50 years there has been a “Protein Diet Controversy “. The controversy has existed in both human and veterinary medicine. The reason for the controversy is that there is no scientific evidence to support the accepted as a form of nutritional management for animals with reduced renal function. Recent studies have supported the fact that patients fed a higher then normal protein diet tend to have enhanced feeling of well-being and tend to be more palatable.
My recommendations for clients that are concerned about feeding a high protein diet to their renal diseased animal is that it is more important for them to maintain the energy requirements and have that carry a higher priority than to reduce the protein levels. Reduction of protein then requires the body to break down endogenous proteins (produced from within the body) to provide a source of energy. Pets with Chronic Renal Failure in my opinion, must be fed a raw food meat diet. They need and deserve to eat anything they find palatable. Research has clearly shown that the concept of increased workload, protein intake causing injury to the kidneys, and reduced protein intake slowing the progression of renal disease are INCORRECT.
posted by Rob Mueller