We've beeen feeding our almost 10yo lab mix Canidae dry food for several years. We started out with the All Life Stages formula and have been feeding her the Chicken and Rice formula for the past few years with no trouble.
However--a few weeks ago she was diagnosed with kidney disease and her liver enzymes were very elevated. After $700 in vet bills with an ultrasound and two rounds of blood work, we still don't know what's going on.
The vet recommends (of course) Hill's Prescription Diet. But I don't want to go that route.
I'm feeling strongly that she needs a more natural diet, whatever the cause of her symptoms. So I've been looking into a homecooked diet for her. I know that many here at very pro-raw, but my concern is that a total meat diet would be too stressful on my dog's kidneys.
What do you think about raw diets for senior or ill dogs?
What do you think about homecooked diets for dogs?
Is there a holistic food you'd recommend as an alternative?
Book-lovin', relaxed homeschoolin', dog snugglin' mom of the best kid EVER! AND...waiting for baby #2, due 5/9/14!
I can tell you my aunts dog was in kidney failure so she switched to raw and is doing much better. Her dog is over 13 now, she switched about a year and a half ago (sadly, her dog was made sick from the jerky treats made in china)
I think switching to raw would be wonderful. I would also look into finding a holistic vet to help if you are worried as there are some other herbs and supplements that can be added to help.
Nicole - )0( unschooling mama to Lilah (12/21/05) and Cian (9/21/07) as well as 3 2 , 4 rats, and ducks