Renal diets have been the mainstay of therapy for cats with chronic kidney disease (CKD) for many decades. Clinical trials in cats with CKD have shown them to be effective in improving survival, reducing uremic crises, and improving serum urea nitrogen and phosphorous concentrations. It has shown that, when food intake is adequate, renal diets can maintain body weight and body condition scores for up to 2 years. Although some have questioned whether renal diets provide adequate protein and have advocated feeding higher-protein diets to cats with CKD, there is currently no convincing evidence in support of this proposal.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||17|
|Journal||Veterinary Clinics of North America - Small Animal Practice|
|State||Published - Nov 1 2016|
- Chronic kidney disease
- Renal diets