Alternative to Hill’s k/d diet?

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    Donna G

    I’ve had my boy (6 year old Rottie now) on a Grain Free diet his whole life. two years ago he developed kidney stones and required emergency surgery. The vet also recommended neutering him due to an enlarged prostate blocking the urethra. After that he was put on some herbals (no idea what they were really) and Hill’s K/D diet. I imagine it is a combination of the higher in fat food and his being neutered, but he’s put on a lot of weight despite us watching what he eats very carefully. He is not fed any human food. I really want to get him off the k/d diet and I would love to get him back on a grain free food. He also gets itchy feet being on a food with grain…lol. Does anyone else have experience with this? The Vet is happy to leave us on a Prescription diet so they have no real recommendations. I’m at a loss….any recommendation would be welcomed! Thank you!!!

    p.s….I also have a female Rottie, who cannot eat foods containing high fat content due to a hereditary eye disease…I would love to find one food that can suit them both.

    #151034 Report Abuse

    KD is almost nothing but carbs with a tad bit of fat and even a smaller amount of protein. I would honestly switch to a canned or raw/cooked diet. You’ll want low phos which is what KD does in the cheapest (but most expensive price tag) way. I would ask the vet to be sent to a vet nutritionalist to see if they can help u formulate a high protein low fat low carb diet for your dogs using fresh ingredients. You’ll see the fat melt off your male and his allergies will likely improve as well.

    #151036 Report Abuse

    Consider getting a second opinion. From what you describe your dog has not responded to treatment or you have not complied with the treatment recommended.
    Either work closely with your vet or consult a specialist not Doctor Google.
    PS: There are no veterinary healthcare professionals affiliated with this site.
    Regarding the weight issues, start walking for at least 1 hour a day or at least three 20 minute walks per day. Certain breeds (such as yours) need more exercise than others.

    #151093 Report Abuse

    Hi Donna,

    From you post it isn’t clear to me if you your boy is on K/d because he his kidney are not working well ( kidney insufficiency?failure) or that he was placed on KD to control stone formation or both?? Does he currently have stones in his kidneys? Was the surgery to remove stones that were in the bladder and urethra or were they really in the kidneys ?
    What was the stone composition?

    How much K/D is he currently fed compared to the label recommendations? K/D should not be used for weight loss.
    If he needs a diet for weight loss and kidney insufficiency and stone formation that looks to be a tricky combination and appears that a home cooked diet tailored to his specific problems and formulated by a veterinary nutritionist would be the best plan.

    I agree with anon that you need to work through your veterinarian or seek another veterinary opinion. Personally i wouldn’t be keen to return to a grain free diet until more is understood about diet related cardiomyopathy.

    #151419 Report Abuse

    Hi there,
    Sorry to hear that your dog’s been having some health issues. A nutritious diet is of utmost important when it comes to a healthy life. As others have suggested definitely work with your vet to find a good solution and get a second or even third opinion. There is a product named Buddy Custard that has only four all natural ingredients and can be easily incorporated into your dog’s diet. Buddy Custard has been proven to benefit many dogs even those suffering from chronic illnesses and cancer because it is based on the work the renowned Dr. Johanna Budwig. It works to maintain cells healthy and in good working condition so that your dog can thrive. I would take a look at their website so you can look through the testimonials and scientific research studies that back them. Then you can discuss it with your vet to see if it’s a viable option for your dog. Personally, I think it’d be a good option for your female rottie as it contains no added harmful ingredients and it’s a nutritious wellness program that is designed to help dogs live long, happy lives.
    I wish you and your dogs the best!

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