Nutritional management of chronic renal disease in dogs and cats

Vet Clin North Am Small Anim Pract. 2006 Nov;36(6):1377-84, viii. doi: 10.1016/j.cvsm.2006.08.011.


Chronic renal disease is a leading cause of death in dogs and cats. Recent clinical studies show that nutrition plays a key role in improving quality of life and life expectancy of these patients. Typical nutritional interventions include modifying the protein, phosphorus, and lipid concentrations. Nutritional therapy, however, does not simply mean changing the diet; consideration must also be given to ensuring adequate caloric intake and to the method of feeding. Monitoring the effects of the dietary therapy is also crucial to ensure that the patients are responding appropriately to the selected nutritional modifications. Nutritional management must be coordinated with medical management for long term successful treatment.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animal Nutritional Physiological Phenomena*
  • Animals
  • Cat Diseases / diet therapy*
  • Cats
  • Dog Diseases / diet therapy*
  • Dogs
  • Kidney Failure, Chronic / diet therapy
  • Kidney Failure, Chronic / veterinary*
  • Nutrition Therapy / veterinary*
  • Nutritional Requirements
  • Quality of Life
  • Treatment Outcome