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Kibble For Dogs with Heart Disease

You might remember if you have been here for a while, that I have a spreadsheet of low phosphorus kibble options. These kibble options contain varied levels of phosphorus, all below .8

These kibble options contain varied levels of phosphorus, all below .8.

I began researching them and keeping a spreadsheet after Jet developed struvite bladder crystals while eating Taste of the Wild.

The recommended kibble options were, of course, prescription diets, but diets that I wouldn’t consider due to other ingredients that Jet does not tolerate such as corn and wheat.

Anyway, since Jet’s heart disease has progressed, I have made the choice to focus in on the nutrients in his food that aggravate and ease the symptoms of heart disease – namely, salt.

 

Heart Disease in Dogs

Over the coming weeks, I will work on a new Google document that features salt data as well as other pertinent information so that you can judge which kibble option is best for your dog with heart disease.

In the meantime, however, here are salt intake recommendations that you need to know for dogs with heart disease.

Recommendations for salt restriction for dogs with heart disease are as follows:

Mild Sodium Restriction (for dogs with heart disease without heart enlargement: 80 – 100 mg per 100 kcal OR .3 – .4 % of DRY matter

Moderate Sodium Restriction (for dogs with moderate heart disease with heart enlargement): 50 – 80mg per 100 kcal OR .2 – .3 % of DRY matter

Marked Sodium Restriction (for dogs in congestive heart failure): 40 – 50mg per 100 kcal OR .15 – .2 % of DRY matter

Extreme Sodium Restriction (for dogs with refractory congestive heart failure): 20 – 40mg per 100 kcal OR .075 – .15 % of DRY matter

Should you restrict your dog’s sodium intake above the recommendations noted? NO! Sodium is a necessary part of your dog’s diet and by imposing a restriction above their need, you can potentially cause more problems for your dog.

Stay tuned for an update with kibble options for you to consider!

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