Integrating Custom Homemade Recipes into Medical Programs for Dogs with Glomerulonephritis (GN):
Glomerulonephritis (GN) is a mysterious kidney disease that causes the blood filtering part of the kidneys to leak protein into the urine. The body becomes protein deficient, and dogs lose weight. Eventually, the condition results in total kidney failure and the build-up of urea in the blood that promotes nausea, vomiting, gastric ulcers, and raw, open mouth sores, and loss of appetite. Oddly, low protein diets reduce protein loss and help reduce urea elevations in the blood as the condition progresses.
Healthier Homemade dog food recipes for glomerulonephritis have a calorie distribution that is considered favorable for GN patients, meaning it has less meat protein than normal diets. Less protein reduces dietary nitrogen loss in the kidneys and reduces blood urea.
Your dog’s diet is only one tool for glomerulonephritis management, it is not a substitute for a comprehensive veterinary treatment plan. Treatment may also require low dose non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and blood pressure medications. As the condition progresses to kidney failure intestinal urea trapping with fiber, prebiotics and probiotics, phosphorus binders, regular, subcutaneous fluids, anti-nausea/anti-vomiting medications and antacids may be needed in the management plan.
Later in the kidney disease, hormone replacement therapy to stimulate red blood cell production in the bone marrow and prevent anemia. Anemia contributes to appetite loss and finicky eating habits in glomerulonephritis patients. Constant veterinary lab monitoring is essential in these patients to verify changes that require more medical intervention. It is not uncommon for kidney disease patients to have episodes of poor urea control and require hospitalization and intravenous fluid therapy.
Healthier Homemade recipes for chronic kidney disease may not be appropriate for patients that also have dietary restrictions for other conditions (inflammatory bowel disease/chronic enteropathy, short bowel syndrome, diabetes or cancer).
Since low protein diets are not a favorite for dogs, “Food Fatigue” is common in patients on these diets. We recommend the generous use of condiments (bacon grease, BBQ sauce, Teriyaki baste, Catsup, Honey, etc.) along with appetite stimulants to keep these patients interested in eating their diets. Low protein recipes are not appropriate for normal adult dogs, or puppies.
Although Healthier Homemade dog food recipes exceed AAFCO and NRC daily nutrient requirements and meet the minimum NRC requirements for protein and the sulfur-containing amino acids (methionine and cystine) to ensure adequate taurine production, we prefer to err on the side of caution. The Healthier Homemade glomerulonephritis program includes taurine supplementation for this heart protecting amino acid.
Each Healthier Homemade Starter Kit includes a nutrition data fact sheet, so owners and their veterinarians can see that all of the 42 daily essential nutrients are in meals prepared with our recipes, when used as directed. Commercial prescription diets, especially kibble, may be unappealing. Freshly cooked meals make a difference!