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Creature Comforts: Foods for Pets with Kidney Disease
By Michal Smith
 
Any  of  us  who’ve  owned  a  pet 
that’s  gone  through  kidney  failure  is 
usually at a loss at knowing what best to 
feed them. 
 
Today  there  is  much  research 
that suggests it need not be such a mys-
tery.  Working  with  your  vet  is  always 
paramount in these cases but here’s some 
info  that  may  be  helpful  for  owners  in 
preventing  this  condition  from  coming 
on in the first place. 
 
Chronic  kidney  disease  or 
chronic  renal  disease  and  chronic  renal 
failure  means  the  kidneys  have  been 
gradually  and  irreversibly  deteriorat-
ing  over  a  period  of  months  or  years. 
Chronic renal failure is a leading cause 
of  death.  The  kidneys  are  made  up  of 
thousands of microscopic funnel-shaped 
tubes called nephrons. As blood travels 
through the kidneys, nephrons filter and 
remove  waste  materials  from  the  blood 
yet  keeps  good  substances  like  serum 
proteins,  in  the  bloodstream.  The  kid-
neys regulate the amount of water in the 
blood, sodium levels, calcium, and vita-
min  D.  In  addition  to  all  that,  the  kid-
neys  secrete  a  hormone  that  stimulates 
the  bone  marrow  to  produce  red  blood 
cells. 
 
Symptoms  of  failing  kidneys 
can  include  increased  thirst  and  urina-
tion, leaking urine (especially at night), 
vomiting,  diarrhea,  lack  of  appetite, 
weight  loss,  depression,  anemia,  and 
overall  body  weakness.  A  diet  high  in 
excellent quality protein and lower than 
normal amounts of sodium and phospho-
rous is recommended.  Controlling phos-
phorous intake has proven to be very im-
portant in controlling the progression of 
kidney disease.
 
Cats  with  renal  disease  do  best 
eating high-quality human grade canned 
food  or  a  fresh,  balanced  homemade 
diet.  Cats  with  the  disease  still  eating 
dry  kibble  should  be  transitioned  if  at 
all possible to a diet that provides much 
more  moisture  to  help  nourish  the  kid-
neys.  Since  kidney  disease  is  a  leading 
cause of death for housecats but not for 
wild cats, we must ask why feline renal 
failure  in  domestic  cats  is  at  epidemic 
proportions. “In my opinion,” states Vet-
erinarian  Karen  Becker,  “feeding  high-
quality protein in its natural, unadulter-
ated form as soon as a kitten is weaned 
means  that  cat  will  have  a  moisture-
dense diet over a lifetime. This takes an 
enormous  amount  of  stress  off  the  kid-
neys  and  supports  those  thousands  of 
important nephrons.” 
 
Feeding  kitties  over-processed 
dry  food  for  a  lifetime  will  absolutely 
increase kidney stress. A combination of 
dry  processed  diets,  toxins  in  the  envi-
ronment  and  poor  water  quality  makes 
kidney  disease  inevitable  for  today’s 
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the  district,  and  we  have  to  have  that, 
and we’ve obviously gotten far beyond 
that.  We feel that by going out for the 
bond  now,  it  puts  us  back  where  we 
need to be and consistently provide the 
proper coverage and meet the standards 
for our District. 
VV: Why didn’t the District go out for
another bond in 2010?
CS: We were still recovering from the 
flood and we chose to wait.  We waited 
because  the  City  was  trying  to  figure 
out  how  to  pay  to  replace  their  sewer 
system.   We  waited  because  the  com-
munity  needed  to  build  a  new  school.  
We  waited  because  the    community 
needed to build a new health center and 
senior center.  We’ve consistently taken 
a backseat because we know the com-
munity  is  tight  and  we  know  they  are 
going to have a hard time with this.  We 
didn’t want to just ask for more money.  
When you look around the county, we 
are by far the lowest funded Fire Dis-
trict.  We are always looking for other 
sources of funding likes grant, but right 
now this is what we need to do.  
VV:  You don’t just respond to fires, do
you?  
CS: I feel like the community doesn’t 
fully understand what we are and what 
we  do.    The  fire  service  has  changed 
over recent years to an EMS and rescue 
service.    We’re  all  encompassing.    If 
someone finds themselves in a situation 
they  can’t  handle,  they  call  9-1-1  and 
then  either  Fire,  EMS,  Law  Enforce-
ment,  or  usually  all  three,  show  up.  
It’s been a gradual change, but now the 
community consistently asks for more 
from the fire service, but the permanent 
tax  rate  stays  the  same.   We’ve  lasted 
on just that for several years, and I feel 
the  community  gets  a  good  deal  of 
coverage from us, but we’re at a point 
where we just don’t have a choice. 
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housecats.  Even  just  a  spoonful  a  day 
of wet canned or pouch foods can help 
keep moisture in the body. 
 
Try  our  Applaws  line  of  food 
treat  pouches.  Each  only  contains  3  in-
gredients,  no  additives  and  are  grain 
free!  Choose from chicken breast with 
pumpkin  in  broth;  tuna  with  sea  bream 
in broth; or chicken breast with aspara-
 
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gus in broth. 
 
Creatures pet store is open M-F 
10-6; Sat 10-5; Sun noon-4. 
Essential Oil Tip:  For  cats  with  renal 
disease, use juniper berry and helichry-
sum daily; for dogs, use a Detox Blend 
and a daily probiotic supplement.  503-
429-PETS (7387) for more information.
Camp 18 Logger Activities
Scheduled for May 9
The annual Camp 18 Logger’s Memorial Dedication and Logging 
Exhibition will be held on Saturday, May 9 at the Camp 18 Logging Museum in 
Elsie, OR.  Admission is free.
 
The Logger’s Memorial starts at 10:00 AM and honors men and women 
that have had plaques placed in the Logger’s Memorial during the past year. 
 
The Logging Exhibition will be loaded with lots of action from high 
school forestry teams along with local loggers competing in an assortment of 
logging skills. 
 
For the first time the Museum’s Blacksmith shop will be open.  
 
An auction will include one set of 11-21-5 steering tires donated by 
Superior Tires, a gun safe donated by Papé Machinery, a log truck load of 
firewood and a custom throwing axe.  Food and beverages will be available for 
purchase.    
 
For more information contact Mark Standly, 503-343-0148 or Darlene 
Wilcoxen 503-728-2050.   
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