So… Lexi & Miles had their yearly checkup today. We switched to a new vet since we moved and I really love the lady. She took time and was sincere with her care.
Unfortunately both Lexi & Miles had elevated kidney functions on their screenings.
Their creatinine was high and bun was on the high end of the "normal" range. I'm wondering if the food they eat has too much protein. I feed them Orijen Senior.
Here's Orijen Senior's Content Analysis:
The vet recommended I put the dogs on Royal Canin LP (prescription).
Here's Royal Canin LP's Content Analysis:
Now... I don't know what to do. seems like that the recommended food is on the opposite extreme of the spectrum. Does anyone have any thoughts on this? I'm wondering if there is some food that is not as extreme. Thoughts??
Tayda had elevated Creatinine and BUN. I originally had her on the Wellness Core - which is very high protein - around 40% I think. I switched her to a variety of lower protein foods - Blue Buffalo, Wellness Senior, Innova Senior - which were all around 18-23% and it brought her Creatinine and BUN right down.
If there is nothing else abnormal about their bloodwork - just switching their food could do the trick…
Lexi is 8… will be 9 in April.
Miles...well, we don't know. He was a rescue. Personally I think he's 10. He's definitely older than Lexi... in personality and fatty tumors. But I was considering trying Royal Canin Aging Care... Here's its breakdown:
These stats are all about half of those of Orijen. Do you guys recommend Royal Canin? I'm also trying to find a food that you can find at a mainstream store like Petsmart. If anyone has any recommendations on good choices(particularly ones you've had experience with) , please let me know. Thanks guys!
The blue buffalo can be bought at PetSmart, Petco or Pet Supplies Plus. It was recommended to me by someone on the Fanconi list and Tayda has done well on it. Until she decides she'd like something different, then I rotate into the Innova, or the Wellness Senior….I think the Solid Gold brand of food has a Maintenance or Senior variety that is also "lower" in protein and can be bought at the mainstream stores.
I've never personally fed the Royal Canin line.... I always thought it was a bit of a marketing ploy to have different formulations for different breeds.
They are pretty young to be having kidney values being high.. I would consider lowering the protein… maybe not as much as the Vet is recommending... but lower would be a good move, IMO... there is so much good/bad for both high and low protein... hard to really know what to do... but I would maybe go with something 1/2 way and have the values rechecked in 3 to 6 months.
Mmmm, I wonder if home made food is an option ?
Just a thought …
It's quite easy to adjust the ratio of the ingredients as desired ...
Bendji is doing great on pure natural (fresh chicken + whole rice + seaweed + lecithine + eggshell powder + bio yeast flakes + fresh grated carrots and parsley + Megacutan [a special blend of poly-unsaturated fatty acids from Orthophar, a Belgian pharmaceutical company]. In 45 min I prepare his food for +20 days ! At minimum cost and … it's healthy because you know exactly what's in it !:)
Try Dr. Dodd's fish and potato diet for a few weeks. It really helped my older bw, Nika last year. It says liver cleansing but it really helps everything.
So we switched over to Merrick and I have to say…Miles is WAY TOO GASSY to continue using it. OMG... it's AWFUL. Phew!! I think we'll try out Wellness next. Hopefully we'll find something we can stick with that works!!
Anyway, on a different note, I took some pics of the kids in the new house again today. Yeah!!
Lexi's close up: