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  1. Dr Cathy

    Great catch on the discrepancy! So, is Purina now talking in opposition to the research that had pet food companies invent renal diets that are low in protein? Or, if you were to ask about a kidney supportive diet, would they then reverse their story and say low protein is better? Wonder what the prescription pet food companies would say now?

      1. Cindy W.

        For a long time, vets thought that low-protein was best for dogs with kidney failure because they couldn’t process the protein. Recently that has changed that a moderate amount of HIGH-QUALITY protein is OK as long as the body is able to process it. As the kidneys continue to fail, they can’t process the protein and so need to eat less to keep their body from going toxic. That’s a very simplistic explanation but there is much more info available on the web. I just went through this with my 16 year old dog, working with a holistic vet and doing a lot of my own research. I also own a pet supply shop that only sells all-natural foods (NOT Purina!) and while I’m not an expert, I am pretty familiar with this particular subject due to personal experience.

  2. Cindy W.

    The way I read it is that you don’t want to feed so many high-protein treats that the dog isn’t going to eat regular food. Regular food is balanced with all the calcium, vitamins, minerals, etc that the dog needs. The treats are not. I read it as, if you feed too many treats and not enough food, then the dog will not get all the vitamins and minerals it needs.

    Protein does not damage kidneys. Cats and dogs are designed to eat meat, not rice and corn sprayed with fat to make it taste better. Healthy, high-quality protein is the best thing you can feed your pet.

    That said, I believe Purina and Waggin’ Train are both crap, so I’d move on to a better food/treat anyway. 🙂

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