Resources to Help Manage Canine Kidney Disease


We know how challenging and stressful it can be when you first hear of a diagnosis of kidney disease in your dog. It is natural to have concerns and questions about how best to care for them and ensure they have the best and longest life possible. Many customers reach out to us for guidance so we have put together a list of trusted resources where you can get additional information and support as a starting point. You should always rely on your veterinarian’s guidance to ensure a personalized plan for your specific dog, but we believe that gaining information and support from others will help you work more effectively with your veterinarian. 


Understanding Kidney Disease in Dogs:

Kidney disease in dogs is a common condition that can have a significant impact on your pet's health and quality of life. It's important to understand the causes, symptoms, stages, diagnosis, and treatment options available. For a detailed overview, check out this article from the American Kennel Club: Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment

Managing Your Dog's Diet:

Diet plays a crucial role in managing kidney disease in dogs. A specially formulated diet can help reduce the workload on the kidneys and slow down the progression of the disease. For guidance on choosing the right diet for your dog, consult this resource from the Cummings Veterinary Medical Center at Tufts University: Kidney Disease and Diet for Dogs

Treats for Your Dog

The article "What Treats Can I Give My Dog with Kidney Disease?" from Cummings Veterinary Medical Center at Tufts University provides valuable guidance on selecting suitable treats for dogs with kidney disease. It emphasizes the importance of choosing low phosphorus, low protein, low sodium treats to support kidney function and overall health in dogs with this condition. The article also highlights specific treat options that are safe and appropriate for dogs with kidney disease, helping owners make informed decisions when it comes to rewarding their furry companions while prioritizing their health needs. Some recommended fresh options include; watermelon, apples, bananas, green beans, baby carrots, broccoli, zucchini, blueberries and carrots. 

We formulated Mattie’s Treats to align with these guidelines as evidenced in our Guaranteed Analysis: Protein- 9% max, Phosphorus- 0.2% max, Sodium- 0.05% max, Omega 3- 0.2% min, Fat- 2.2% min, Moisture- 3% min, Ash 0.9% min, copper- 3mg/kg max

Social Communities of Dog Owners

There are several communities of dog owners of dogs with kidney disease which may help you find additional support from people who are going through the same thing as you. We have found that the Canine Kidney Disease group on Facebook has many helpful members. We are not affiliated with this group and there may be others that better fit what you are looking for, but it was helpful to us. 


Managing kidney disease in dogs requires dedication, patience, and a collaborative effort between you and your veterinarian. By staying informed and following your vet's recommendations, you can help improve your dog's quality of life and provide them with the care they need. For more resources and information on kidney disease in dogs, feel free to explore the links provided above.

Remember, always consult your veterinarian for personalized advice and guidance tailored to your dog's specific needs.


Sean and Heather

Founders of Mattie’s Treats

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