Along with the liver, the kidneys work hard to filter toxins and waste from the body. After the body has taken from the food what it needs for energy and self-repair, the waste is sent to the blood where it will be filtered by the kidneys. Without this process, waste products would build up and damage the body. The kidneys also regulate levels of chemicals like sodium, phosphorus and potassium. Sadly, the rise in renal failure in pets (especially cats) is alarming. Many integrative veterinarians believe this is in direct correlation with the increase in feeding dry (kibble) diets with indigestible proteins. The first step in preventing and controlling kidney disease is feeding a species-appropriate, high-moisture, quality, balanced diet with high-bioavailable protein. Here are some suggestions that may help support kidney function:
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