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feline kidney failure or CRF
Posted by: Anne
Date: May 13, 2004 8:52 PM

I am confused about which way to go to treat my 5-1/2 year old cat, who is dying of kidney failure. I was using Renafood, or kidney glandulars, on her but she had very bad mouth sores and deteriorated rapidly. Then put her on antibiotics which I hadn't wanted to use, but she improved dramatically. I know that kidney failure is terminal in cats, as it is in humans. I have already spent $150 on a phone consultation with a homeopathic vet, which was stupid and pointless as he recommended Bach Flower remedies, which I think was ridiculous. Now I am debating about whether to use something called nephrin (there is a brand name, which I think I am not supposed to use) which I can order from Switzerland. I have read completely opposing accounts of whether glandular therapies are useful or fatal, and really do not know whether to try using this treatment, which evidently consists of fetal sheep cells. Some articles I find on 'net say that IM or subQ glandular treatments, especially with non-bovine cells, can be fatal. I gather that much of the positive research on the effects of glandulars is not in English. I can read French and some Spanish. Do you have any recommendations for me? My kitty is dying and time is of the essence. I don't want to kill her prematurely by injecting the nephrin, but if I had good reason to think it would help, I would try it.

RE: feline kidney failure or CRF
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: May 13, 2004 10:23 PM

I am sure you understand that I am a people doctor, not a vet. Given that, as with humans, when there is kidney failure a low protein diet is important. I would also order up some distilled water from a water company (not off the shelf in the store - that stuff is not drinkable due to the white plastic containers). Distilled water helps the kidneys filter by osmosis rather than waste energy on active transport. Beyond that, if your kitty is in the terminal stages, look into dialysis or kidney transplant. They do those things with animals just as with humans. If your pet is not in the terminal stages, it might be wise to check your cat for heavy metals and to detox your cat. For guidance in those areas, you will need an experienced holistic, alternative and complementary veterinary medicine doctor. Go here and click on Referral Directory: or here:

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