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A Nutraceutical Diet Based on Lespedeza spp., Vaccinium macrocarpon, and Taraxacum officinale Improves Spontaneous Feline Chronic Kidney Disease

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a common geriatric disorder in cats, affecting approximately 10% of cats over 9 years of age. In this clinical trial, 34 client-owned neutered male cats with IRIS stage II-III CKD were randomly assigned to receive either a control diet (n = 17) or a nutraceutical diet (n = 17) for 90 days. No adverse events were reported during the trial. After 90 days, cats fed the nutraceutical diet had significantly decreased serum creatinine, urea nitrogen, total protein, and AST. They also had significantly decreased urine turbidity, urine color, and urine total protein.

In conclusion, a specifically formulated nutraceutical diet was observed to improve key indicators of CKD in cats with spontaneously occurring chronic kidney disease.

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