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A dog can suffer from acute kidney failure which happens suddenly, usually as a result of poisoning, such as antifreeze poisoning.
Acute kidney failure is an emergency and must be treated immediately by a veterinarian.
Chronic kidney failure, on the other hand, is a slow, progressive disease that usually occurs in older dogs. Although most cases of chronic canine kidney failure are irreversible, timely treatment and careful monitoring can slow down the deterioration.
This is where natural remedies come in.
Proper use of remedies such as herbs, dietary supplements and appropriate homeopathic remedies can greatly enhance kidney functions and possibly help reduce symptoms caused by chronic canine kidney failure.
Herbs can be used to tackle canine kidney failure in three ways:
Herbs that can improve blood circulation include ginkgo and hawthorn.
Hawthorn is effective in increasing blood circulation, whereas ginkgo can dilate the blood vessels in the kidneys. Ginkgo also has anti-inflammation properties which can reduce inflammation in the urinary tract.
Other herbs that have anti-inflammation properties include marshmallow, couchgrass, and corn silk.
Diuretic herbs such as dandelion, alfalfa, nettle, stone root (a native North American root) are good choices to gently increase urine output.
An herbal tea made from equal parts of alfalfa, ginkgo, hawthorn and echinacea (if infection is present) can be given to your dog if she suffers from early stages of kidney failure.
Dosage: About 1 teaspoonful of the tea per 20 pounds of body weight of the dog.
This formula contains the diuretic herb stone root, anti-inflammatory herbs (e.g. marshmallow) and immune boosting herb echinacea and they work synergistically to:
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Homeopathic remedies are also effective in treating kidney failure in dogs.
If your dog has chronic canine kidney failure, it is advisable to consult with a holistic vet who practices homeopathy.
Detailed information, such as your dog's past and current health conditions, current symptoms and behavior, and even your dog's temperament, is needed in order to identify a suitable remedy that is best indicated for your dog's particular condition and symptoms.
Some examples of common homeopathic remedies for treating chronic kidney failure include:
Some dietary supplements are also essential if your dog is suffering from chronic kidney failure.
In addition to remedies and supplements, you should also pay attention to your dog's diet if he has chronic kidney failure.
Some vets may suggest a low-protein diet, and in fact there are prescription dog diets (such as Hill's® k/d®) that many vets sell in their clinics.
But is a low-protein diet really appropriate for dogs with kidney failure? If not, what is more appropriate?
Read this article to find out.