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What is Natural Remedies for Kidney Failure?

Kidney failure occurs when the kidney is no longer able to filter toxins normally. This is also known as kidney (renal) disease. Kidney failure is either acute or chronic. Dogs with acute kidney failure often have a better prognosis than those with chronic renal failure. Kidney damage associated with chronic kidney disease is typically irreversible.

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Natural Remedies for Kidney Failure Procedure in Dogs

Remedies for treating canine kidney failure are more effective for resolving the symptoms of kidney failure rather than the condition itself. Some remedies can work to prevent kidney disease and failure. All natural remedies should be administered according to veterinary instruction.

Vitamin & Mineral Supplementation

  • Fish oil
  • B vitamins
  • Iron
  • Pet-friendly multivitamins

Homeopathic Remedies

  • Fresh parsley: Promotes normal urination
  • Kali chloricum: Useful for treating chronic kidney disorders
  • Arsenicum album: Relieves vomiting and gastrointestinal upset associated with kidney failure and kidney disease
  • Silicea: Fortifies kidney tissue and slows kidney degeneration

Miscellaneous Remedies

  • Low-protein diet
  • Mastica: Resolves gastrointestinal upset.
  • Aluminum hydroxide: Removes phosphorus buildup in the kidneys
  • Glandular therapy: Involves feeding your dog dietary beef kidney to restore kidney function and promote healing of damaged kidney tissue. To find out more about glandular therapy, ask your veterinarian.

Efficacy of Natural Remedies for Kidney Failure in Dogs

Natural remedies for kidney failure are most effective for resolving the secondary symptoms associated with the condition. Please note that these remedies will not cure or treat the underlying condition itself. Veterinary treatment is imperative for fully resolving the underlying condition.

Natural Remedies for Kidney Failure Recovery in Dogs

As natural remedies generally take the form of dietary supplements, there is no recovery time associated with the administration of this form of therapy. A dog’s recovery from kidney disease will depend on the nature and severity of the condition, as well as the overall scope of treatment, both medical and supportive.

Cost of Natural Remedies for Kidney Failure in Dogs

The cost of natural remedies to treat kidney failure will vary based on the remedy used and the specific symptoms of the dog. Some remedies, such as vitamin supplementation and dietary changes, are relatively inexpensive to implement. These may cost the owner as little as $20. Other therapies, such as glandular therapy, may be more expensive, especially when combined with other methods. Veterinary treatment for acute kidney failure costs $2,500 on average, but may vary depending on the severity of the disease and the type of treatment used.

Dog Natural Remedies for Kidney Failure Considerations

In order to fully treat acute kidney failure, the cause needs to be identified. If you believe your dog may be suffering from a kidney condition, seek immediate veterinary attention. Do not rely solely on natural or homeopathic remedies to treat kidney disease. Because it can be a serious condition that warrants hospitalization and even surgery in some cases, dogs with kidney conditions must be examined and treated by a certified veterinarian. Before administering any homeopathic or natural remedies, consult your vet for dosing instructions. If your dog has an allergic reaction to a natural remedy, consult your veterinarian immediately.

Natural Remedies for Kidney Failure Prevention in Dogs

Some poisonous plants and harmful substances can cause acute kidney failure. These include antifreeze, aminoglycoside antibiotics, grapes, raisins, and NSAIDs made for human use. Ensure your dog does not consume any of these substances or foods. Dietary modifications and vitamin supplementation may also help prevent kidney disease. Before changing your dog’s diet or administering any supplements, you should consult your trusted veterinarian.

Natural Remedies for Kidney Failure Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Pit bull
3 Years
Serious condition
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Skin Lump
Sensitive to touch
Skin Inflamation
Itchy back
Skin crawls

Complicated situation- my 3 year old pit has been my life. I bottle fed him since he was 5 days old and maintained his health through allergies, jaw dysplsia, ear infestations, and skin condition. Over all he’s always been active and healthy. In Late September I took him in cuz he was itching so bad and his apaquil wasn’t working. She said he probably had a skin bacteria and sent me home with antibiotics, said his kidney levels were high and to concider switching to KD food, which I did..In October I had to take him to emergency walk in for what I thought was poison. At 3am he got extremely restless so I got up with him, he wouldn’t leave my side and within a couple of hours he appeared to be drunk. That vet couldn’t examin him because he gets aggressive and had to be sedated, this vet didn’t go the extra mile. He gave me charcoal Incase he was poisoned. On Monday (2days) later I took him to his vet, they ran tests all day. They told me he was in kidney failure. I resurched for days. Then his eyes turned blood red and were droopy, problem being none could examin him cuz he couldn’t be sedated. Took me a week to find a vet that would chance it, paid 1,800 to have an MRI done....he had brain laserashions and kidney failure. Completely devastated I have spent thousands of dollars trying to do everything right. I home make his meals and combine it with the hills kd. For a dog that has two odds against him he does great. He’s never shown any clinical symptoms other than being lethargic at times. He eats and drinks great...there are occasions where he won’t drink, but I’ve mastered that by putting him in the bath cuz he loves water and he drinks quit a bit. He has food obsession so he’s always hungry or willing to eat anyway. But I got 2 issues I can’t seem to fix and they are priority. 1 Being I can’t tak him to the vet to have labs done to see where he’s at or make sure he’s stable. 2 being for 3 days he has been itching so bad and nothing is helping. His back and butt area can’t even be touched. It makes his skin crawl and it drives him crazy. What can I do?

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Hi there, i recently rescued a 1 year old Corgi/desert dog mix who vomits every night and sometimes in the day. We did a blood test and got the following results; creatinine-2.2 mg/dl, BUN-27mg/dl and ALT-121 U/L. the doctor rang us up to inform us that it looks like renal failure. could i please have a guideline to better help my dog recover.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Reference ranges vary between equipment and the ALT and BUN may be considered high ‘normal’ within some reference ranges; however the creatinine level is moderately elevated giving it a stage 2 out of 4. Treatment is based on any underlying conditions (infections, poisoning etc…) as well as fluids (if required) and dietary modification; there is no one fits all cure and generally damage to the kidneys is irreversible. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Rottweiler/Australian Shepard
11 Years
Serious condition
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Not eating or drinking

Bruiser’s symptoms started about 3:30 Sunday morning. This is the third time he has gone through this. Each time we go to the vet we are told to put him down, but each time we refuse and he comes out of it in about a week. He is not eating, not drinking, and cannot hold his urine. He is just laying around and can barely move. I know he is in renal failure again but I don’t want to be told to put him down again. Help!!!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. There comes a point where quality of life is gone, especially with renal failure, and it can be cruel to make our pets hang on just for us. Your veterinarian has Bruiser's best interest at heart, and if they feel that his quality of life is suffering, that may be the kindest decision. You can ask your veterinarian if there is any further possible treatment options, and talk to them about prognosis. I hope that everything goes okay for Bruiser.

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Layla shit zu/beagle mix
shi tzu
10 Years
Serious condition
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Medication Used


My dog was recently diagnosed with advanced kidney disease (beginning of November.) We started her immediately on a kd diet (Hills Perscription Kd - dry food) and Enalapril 7.5mg twice a day. She stopped eating and would shake horribly. I took her in and they gave her fluids, came back in another two days, rechecked her numbers and they were significantly better, but still not eating and very lethargic. We can her another fluid pack and switch her to Amlodipine. She started eating again within 24 hours. They rechecked again in 2-3 weeks, numbers were significantly worse, and not eating great. Took her for an abdominal ultrasound - nothing found. Started her on canned Hills prescription KD stew and me giving her 300ml of subcutaneous fluids e/o day. Also started a phosphate binder for like two doses b/c she won’t eat her food with it. Took her in Friday BUN & creatine numbers were worse, phosphorous got better. I asked if we could go back to Enalapril at a lower dosage since she seemed to do best on that. Down to 5mg twice a day and 200ml of fluid everyday. (Since this past Friday.) since then she stopped eating again, is shaking more, more lethargic and looks miserable. She’s only 10 years old. Also lowered her thyroid meds when got first results back. She’s been on that for about 3yrs. I just don’t know what to do. I go to a natreopath myself and use a combination of western and eastern medicine for me so I am very open to trying something natural, I don’t have a holistic vet in the area that I know of and I don’t want to give her the wrong remedy or supplements and make her worse. We also are concerened with costs. Please, any advice is highly appreciate.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm sorry that Layla is having these troubles. Your veterinarian seems to be doign a great job trying to get her kidney disease under control. I am not personally aware of any holistic therapies that aid in the reversal of kindey failure. It seems that at this point, trusting your veterinarian's judgment is best. Kidney failure can be a very difficult disease to manage, and to reverse. You seem to be doing all that you can to treat her disease. Sadly, some dogs do not respond to therapy. I hope that Layla does respond.

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