Hi Dr Jeff, I got your name from Dr Mike Kaufman in Fl. My 5 and a half year old golden retriever is failing rapidly with a nonspecific type of kidney disease. I’m feeding him a low protein, high potasium diet but he’s not eating regularly. He’s on prednisone and pepsid AC. He’s anemic and the shots are $65 ~ he needs 2 per week to go for a very short walk. Is there any hope?
I’m so sorry to hear about your dog. Kidney failure in such a young Golden is a real tragedy. Up here in CT glomerulonephritis secondary to Lyme disease is the most common cause for this fatal disease.
Unfortunately I do not have enough information about your dog to help that much. In general, feeding a very high quality, palatable fresh food diet is best in these (and many) situations. Specific supplements that can help include Coenzyme Q-10, omega-3 fatty acids, renal glandulars, specific antioxidants, trace minerals, etc.
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