Natural Remedies for Managing Chronic Renal Failure in Pets

| Modified on Mar 21, 2024
Aloe Vera Juice
Posted by Kim (Colorado Springs, Co) on 09/14/2020

My 15-year-old cat was attacked by a mountain lion. And although his head wounds healed quickly and beautifully, his body, which had already had moderate arthritis in his legs and back, did not recover and continued to go dramatically downhill to the point where he was barely eating and drinking, losing massive amounts of weight, vomiting, constipated, all signs of renal failure, thyroid issues, etc. The vet thought the shock and physical trauma of the attack kicked other underlying issues in his body into high gear because he was exhibiting none of these symptoms before, was climbing trees still, jumping up on counters, very active and happy... A little uncomfortable due to his arthritis, but we were managing with cosequin and Fish oil.

I already had him on taste of the wild wet and dry, no grain, organic food beforehand, with a few pills of Cosequin in his food every day, along with fish oil and also some colloidal silver, so he already had a good foundation.

In desperation, after an all night visit to a vet where Smokey was constipated, Dehydrated, in massive pain, muscle spasms in his back, legs, rectum, and barely able to walk due to the constipation and pain, I went to Earth Clinic to look up what I could do for him and found this thread on George's aloe vera juice. First I ordered it from Amazon, and then I called my local natural grocers and asked if they had it. They did, I went and picked it up, and immediately gave my cat 2mL of aloe vera juice via syringe and also put some in his wet food, along with what I normally put in there, and fed it to him. I repeated the process four hours later, and then eight hours later. Then we went to bed.

When I woke up, I Smokey was in a nearby chair, perked up, and immediately came over to be pet!!!

The transformation was dramatic. Smokey is no longer dehydrated, His bones are no longer sticking out, he's walking around much more normally/more normal gait, Appetite back, Seems content/not in acute pain, and in general is behaving much more like the Smokey I knew before the attack. This is after only a half day of treatment. I have already given him his morning dose and he's now sleeping peacefully nearby.

I'm going to the vet later today for a follow-up from this weekend and will discuss with them what I've done. I plan on continuing 3 mL twice a day until he is fully recovered, and then I will continue 2 milliliters twice a day in his wet food for the rest of his life. I also just got him tested on Friday (before the weekend at the vet followed by aloe Vera miracle), for bloodwork/urine/fecal testing, And will have that done again in a month to compare the testing after the aloe vera treatment.

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU Jesus for answered prayer, and to Earth Clinic providing that answer!!!

Aloe Vera Juice
Posted by Harmonica (Northern Illinois, Usa) on 11/24/2014

We took in a stray female 3 years ago. She had been on her own for over a month at least. She had a hernia, was in heat, and on the verge of kidney failure. The vet fixed up what he could and told us that this cat of possibly 1 year old was not going to make it given her high creatin (3.3) and BUN levels. Over the next year, we added water to her food and nursed her back to health and a better creatin level.

A year ago in May, the vet said she was starting to move back up (2.8) and that we would have to put her on special food to prolong her life. She refuses the kidney diet food no matter how I hid around her other food. So I came here and read about the Aloe Vera Inner Filet juice that helped others. I bought the 'Lily of the Desert' brand, made sure it said 'Inner Filet' and started using that instead of water to moisten her food.

December 2013, her creatin moved lower to 2.7. Last May it moved to 2.5. This past weekend, it was 2.1. She is without kidney issues now, uses her litter box regularly, cleans her coat thoroughly, has a good weight, is active. I am very thankful for this site for providing me the clue to help our sweet little kitty live a longer, less painful life!

Aloe Vera Juice
Posted by Shay (South Africa) on 07/08/2021

Latex which produces diarrhoea is found in and around the skin of the plant-not in the fillet within! The latter is beyond safe in even large amounts for cats. I've made and used aloe liquid gel [blended from the inner+ often including latex that seeps in] on all my cats for all rhymes and reasons and with great success. I even sell it to others for both humans and their fur family! Know that medi-sin's branch of veterinary medi-sin clearly do NOT want folk confident in its safety...where would THEY be then? Their shills prowl here and everywhere else. ;-)

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Tearosekennedy (Lanarkshire) on 06/21/2017

My beautiful cat was saved from almost certain death due to the information on this amazing website.

He had a terrible reaction when the vet put him under to extract blood *(he's part feral, do not mess) and wouldn't eat or drink upon his return from the vet. He would just sit there with his head hanging over his water bowl looking very sorry for himself.

Although I several times contacted the out of hours vet and was told to sit and wait, that he would come round, I panicked at about 10pm that evening as I could tell he had become terribly dehydrated and took him to the pet hospital where he was given an IV and rehydrated.

Home again the next day, he still assumed what they call the "meatloaf" position (when they look like a bunched up chicken, not sure why it's called meatloaf) with his poor wee head hanging over his water bowl but not drinking.

The dehydration had given his kidneys a boot in the balls and now he was very sick, I could tell he might not actually live much longer considering his age. I took to Earth Clinic, which deserves awards handed out from God's Angels and found a popular remedy of administering diluted Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (with the 'mother') to my friend to make him start drinking.

Luckily I had some in the cupboard, along with a plastic syringe thing in my kitchen draw. I diluted about 1ml ACV with 2mls of water and snuck up on him with a towel and the syringe, apologising all the time and making calming noises and telling him this would make him better. I was a bit cynical but desperate.

Although gentle, I firmly swaddled him in the large towel up to his chest - those claws are huge - then opened his wee mouth and squirted the liquid *across* his tongue, entering from the *side* of his mouth. I hoped this would prevent choking and thank God it did.

I watched him mournfully for the next 20 minutes until he again sat at his nice fresh waiting water bowl, head hanging down, bunched like a chicken. Not two minutes after this, he put his nose down and began to lap. 20 minutes!

I continued with the administration for the next few days, in all I felt he needed a shot of AVC four times, following which he was drinking of his own accord. Thank you, EarthClinic and all those who come back to say if something has worked or not. My furry friend is alive today because of it.

They should pass this info on at the vets when they suspect a cat is having kidney failure - how many people have lost their furbabies because of the "no advising anything but chemicals" protocol.

Now I'm having to deal with his kidney failure due to his over-anesthetisation but that is another story. It has been nearly a year since the incident and he's doing well.

Kindest regards,

Aloe Vera Juice
Posted by Snickerdoodle (Chicago, Il) on 01/09/2013

The latex is contained in the inner layer of the leaf's skin, but not the gel. Therefore, it is important that when buying Aloe gel or juice, that it's 'Inner Filet' only (nothing made from the Whole Leaf, as that would contain the latex/toxin). When cutting the gel out of a fresh leaf, just be generous and don't cut too close to the leaf's skin. I also wash the gel pieces (before putting them into the blender to liquify) to make sure any sap is removed; this also helps to remove the bitter taste. My cats get 1 tsp of fresh gel every day (the extracted gel lasts aprox. 3-5 days in fridge, in a tightly closed mason jar)

George's and Lily of the Desert make a juice w/o preservatives. (Holisticat article and Dr. Hofve point those two out as safe for cats, on their respective web sites)

Aloe Vera Juice
Posted by Sheernirvana (Illinois) on 08/17/2017

In my research (and experience), renal failure is not a painful way for them to pass on. Any body (human or otherwise) that is shutting down generally has this natural reaction... it does not mean they are in pain. I've had to put one of my cats down and it's a horrible memory that I questioned time and again. Obviously, I'd never neglect my cat - mine is going on 16 and was diagnosed last year with end-stage renal failure. I changed his food, saw he wasn't eating much of the stuff prescribed by the vet and then used by instincts and switched him off that until I found something he enjoys and can keep down (in his case, Nutro Chicken and Shrimp pate was the ONLY one). I stopped adding the powder the vet told me to sprinkle on top, because my cat didn't like it. I'm lucky in that he's always been a huge lover of water... as they age they can forget to eat and / or drink as much so I remind him. Vets don't always have all the answers and sometimes 'Mommy knows best'.

Aloe Vera Juice
Posted by Rene (Kalispell, Mt) on 01/07/2017

My 4 year old lab x is in renal failure. I started aloe juice and the ammonia smell went away.

Dietary Changes, Supplements
Posted by Lyn (Camino, Ca) on 03/14/2013

November last year, I took my kitty, Bandit (15), to a well respected Vet. After $700 worth of services Bandit was pronounced to have Chronic Renal Failure. I was given (or rather sold) a $24 8lb bag of Science Diet K/D, Cannned K/D food and told to take him home and more or less wait for him to expire. I'm a Biochemistry/Nutrition Major from Canada, and I knew there must be more to it than what they were telling me. From the name of this disease, I was in shock and expected my Bandit to be leaving me in just days. Don't we usually expire when our organs are pronounced in "failure" mode. Well, thank God for internet. I researched, found a wonderful alternative pet healer in the area, threw the K/D out (after reading the label, one of the first ingredients was gluten) and started Bandit and by now, another one of my kitty's, Cupcake on a partial raw food diet. The practitioner worked her magic on him using Bowen, and gave me Potassium citrate, to give him. I also supplement him with Taurine, and Standard Process's "feline renal support" along with a few other things like Noni juice. He is so active and his spunky attitude is back, Cupcake is right now basking in the warm California sun and just for today, they are enjoying a high quality of life.

I wrote this same experience on a site that I signed up for when I first started researching CRF. I began receiving at least 25 to 40 emails a day, all incredibly depressing. I kept my mouth shut, or keys still since November, but yesterday, shot off my own email telling my experince with the Vet, K/D, and all the information above. My email was censored and I received a firm slap on the fingers/wrists for "bashing" K/D. I'm beginning to wonder who is behind this website. I'm adding organic apple Cider Vinegar to my kitty's water today, and hope to hear other helpful tips on keeping my kitty's at a high quality of life. I know they don't live as long as us, so while they are here teaching me all of the lessons of life I learn from them, I want to do right by them Thank you, Lyn

Aloe Vera Juice
Posted by Elizabeth (New York, Ny) on 09/14/2009


My 12 year old domestic short-hair cat, Roscoe, was diagnosed with CRF 3 weeks ago. After spending 4 days in the hospital, we brought her home and started her on the doctor prescribed kidney-friendly food. After 2 weeks of her showing a strong appetite, she suddenly started vomiting and showed no interest in food or water. She also seemed to be very uncomfortable and I noticed she was going to her litterbox often but not doing anything. After searching online, I found a post on your website written 3/16/2009 by Peggy McAllister regarding the use of aloe vera juice for her cat with CRF to help with both nausea and constipation. I took Peggy's advice and bought the aloe vera juice at my local health food store (I even sought out George's - the brand Peggy recommended as it is additive free and doesn't need to be refrigerated) and it worked like a charm! I mixed 2 1/2 ml in Roscoe's food twice a day (once in the morning and again in the evening). After only one day on the aloe, she had a bowel movement and started eating and drinking again.
I just want to thank Peggy and Earth Clinic for providing the information I needed to help Roscoe get better. It's emotionally very difficult to treat a beloved pet's serious illness, but having resources like this make things a lot easier. Thanks again!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Linda (Browns Mills, NJ, USA) on 01/17/2009

Thank you all for sharing your positive experiences with ACV and cats. My 23 year old cat was diagnosed with renal (kidney) failure & the vet wanted to put him on KD cat food & medication, or put him to sleep. I decided to try the AVC by 1st rubbing some on the back of his neck & then adding 1/4 tsp. to his 1 cup of daily water. Within 4 hours he went from not eating,drinking or urinating to doing all of the above! My prayers were answered!

Aloe Vera Juice
Posted by Joanne (Victoria, Canada) on 05/30/2015

George's tastes like water and is completely safe. Our cat goes on it and off it and has for years. I feed her a human diet with plenty of unrefined fats and she's 17 and has no health issues whatsoever. The kidneys of lab animals used to test aloe vera juice were found to last 25% longer. I am a firm believer in aloe vera juice for all, for a dozen varied reasons, and kidney health is one of them.

Aloe Vera Juice
Posted by Annie (Baraboo, Wi) on 04/12/2010

In February, I took my 14 1/2 year old miniature dachshund in for a dental cleaning. After running pre-surgical blood work, x-rays and ultrasound, it was discovered one of her kidneys was incredibly enlarged due to cysts and infection. Her kidney was removed and she was doing fine. Two weeks after her surgery she stopped eating and drinking, was vomiting and lethargic. She was in chronic renal failure with a BUN >130 and Creatinine of 5.4. The only option left was hospitalizing her for 36 hours of IV fluids and if it worked it may need to be repeated possibly every week. Due to her age, the fact that she had a bad back, she becomes stressed spending the night in the clinic and all she had already been through, I took her home. I wanted to keep her as comfortable as possible and decided to research Earth Clinic (which I religiously use for myself). I began Peggy's Aloe Vera Juice remedy at 2-3 ml's twice per day as well as 1 tsp ACV in her water (I used a syringe to force her to drink for the first couple of days). Within a couple of days she had stopped vomiting and began eating wet food mixed with baby food and drinking again. I continued the 2-3 ml's twice per day for appx. 1 month during which time she began eating normal amounts of wet and dry food. While continuing to eat and drink normally with no vomiting since the initial episodes, I put her on a maintenance of 2-3 ml of Aloe Vera Juice once per day. Two months later her Creatinine is down to 3.8, she's doing great and the vet was shocked. Thank you so much Peggy, if it weren't for you I don't think our little Sophie would be with us anymore!!

Calcitriol, Raw Beef, Supplements
Posted by Marie (Washington) on 05/07/2017

I would like to offer my personal experience with feline kidney failure. About 4 months ago, Emma, my 15 year old cat had a swelling on one side of her nose. The vet examined her and her blood work came back showing the beginning stages of kidney failure. The dental was still possible, and she did have to have one upper canine removed. I did give her some ringers lactate sub q fluids for a week. I noticed she was not eating enough so I started giving her raw beef that I ground up with some extra fat and blood ;about a 2 inch square, to which I added organic eggshell 1/16 tsp powdered, the same amount of nutritional yeast, and a few grains of l lysine. This is I feed her twice a day. She is gaining weight. From 5 to 6 pounds now. She is a petite kitty. She has recently began to play again. She initiates i .That tells me much, and that she is feeling much better.

The most important key however is the use of calcitriol. Kidney failure in any person or animal reduces the ability of vitamin D to be used. This is vital to ensure proper function of everything. I give her .12 ml by mouth every 5th day. I have to say in all the pets I have seen with kidney failure, this supplement, by prescription, is effective. I have tried ALL types of methods to save my pets, and they all have some mild effectiveness, but this actually works. This comes from a special compounding pharmacy. A 15 ml bottle is about $70., and will last a very long time, over 6 months for sure. I only wish I had discovered this sooner. Your vet may not have experience with this so you can look it up for human use to show effectiveness and necessity as all kidney failure shares this processing of Vit D. I know for sure that diet matters. Giving carbs to carnivores promotes high blood sugars therefore defeating the purpose of helping the kidneys. Raw protein in proportion with raw eggshell calcium, which serves to bind phosphates properly restores the correct nutritional balance to the system. Balance is the key.

Coconut Oil
Posted by Beth (Brighton, Mi, Usa) on 04/29/2012

My dear old feline friend will be 17 on Mother's Day, and also is in CRF, has hyperthyroid, and acts like a crochety old lady. She's about 10 pounds and it's hard to keep weight on her. She also had fresh blood spots in her stool, perhaps hemerroids or irritated bowel. The vet gave me lactolase, and although it didn't get worse, it didn't improve much either.

I've started a regimen of a bit of coconut oil - about 1/8 teaspoon, along with 1/8 teaspoon slippery elm bark - both in her wet food, morning and night. I melt the coconut oil in her dish in the microwave for 11-12 seconds, mix with the slippery elm bark, then mix in with her wet food.

She's also on methimazole for the thyroid condition (ointment form applied to the inner ear flaps). Since I started the coconut oil, the blood in her stool has greatly diminished-almost gone! It's also helped her put on a little weight.

The slippery elm for her CRF has diminished the lip-smacking sounds of chronic dehydration (though she drinks a lot of water), also diminished is her desire to sit on her haunches (like a meat-loaf); now she'll lay on either side, sometimes even stretch out-it's wonderful!

The quality of the cold-pressed virgin coconut oil made a difference. It was pricey-but a 16 oz jar will last me at least 6 months, more than I could say for any chemical vet medication-meant to only treat the symptoms-just like human meds in the United States. Keeping us sick keeps us as a patient who will always be a return customer-our economy sadly thrives on this.

Regardless, my old friend is now a thriving geriatric feline-thanks to Earth Clinic and those of you who took the time to post!

Aloe Vera Juice
Posted by Peggy McAllister (Winston-Salem, North Carolina) on 03/16/2009

ALOE VERA JUICE FOR gastric upset:

My cat was diagnosed last year with chronic renal failure. And one of the most challenging issues has been his vomiting. I have been giving him fluids on a regular basis, but because renal failure affects the acid in his gut, he would go through some periods of serious projectile vomiting. His gut would be gurgling all the time, and for months, I tried using Famotidine from the vet with little success. Then I tried George's Aloe Vera juice (it has no preservatives like benzoic acid which is poisonous to cats)...and this cat who was throwing up at least once a day has not vomited in three weeks! I give him 2-3 ml in the morning and the same dose at night. Of all the Aloe Vera's. George's seems to be the taste (tastes to me like water), and you don't have to refrigerate it. Available at Whole Foods and probably other natural food staores as well.

This cat's health was going downhill fast, and since the vomiting has turned around, he's gaining weight again and seems MUCH happier (who wouldn't?)

I believe this would have greatly helped my other cat who had hyperthyroid and would vomit whenever her stomach was empty.

Aloe Vera Juice
Posted by April (Burbank Ca) on 05/27/2017

Dear Theresa:

I had kitty to his doctor last Friday and the doc said it isn't time to take him in. He's eating, drinking and the doc checked him for his hydration level and said he's good.

Chronic Renal Failure Remedies
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 12/27/2013

Hey Reuven!

Sorry about your kitty.

Here are some general remedies for you to consider:

*Aloe vera juice – no preservatives - 2-3 ml dosed orally in the morning and the same dose at night. Use syringe to administer if your cat isn't drinking readily on his own.

*ACV in the water – 3 tablespoons per liter; use a syringe to administer if your cat won't drink it. Always dilute the ACV as full strength is unpalatable to your cat and may cause stinging or choking.

*Cold pressed virgin coconut oil - about 1/8 teaspoon, along with 1/8 teaspoon slippery elm bark - both in the wet food, morning and night. [Note; make sure the wet or canned food is a low protien or senior formula]

*Fresh dandelion - half of one small leaf from your garden chopped up fine and added to soft food three times a week, or in fresh is not available use 1/2 a capsule of dried dandelion root. If you can't get your cat to eat the fresh leaf, try putting about 5 drops of dandelion liquid tincture in 4 cups of pure drinking water. **Do not dose undiluted tinctures as they may sting and burn sensitive mouth tissues or cause choking.**

*Standard Process's "feline renal support"- needs to be prescribed by your vet

* Chitosan, a natural, non-toxic fiberous crustacean when given with a meal helps absorb phosphorous that is responsible for nausea with kidney-impaired animals.

* Fish Oil: helps with inflammation

* Dark Turkey Meat: (and the BARF diet) Dark meat has less phosphorous than white meat, so is easier on the kidneys. [Turkey is much easier on animals with CRF than chicken.]

* Phosphatidylcholine - Used clinically to regenerate the liver, kidneys, heart, brain, intestines. It's "important for normal celluar membrane composition and repair", occurs naturally in egg yolk and krill oil, and appears in small quatities in lecithin. (Phosphatidylcholine can be purchased as a supplement with 35% phosphatidylcholine with lecithin. ) Works best when taken with Vitamin C.

Please also check this out for additional ideas and support:

Diatomaceous Earth
Posted by Christina (Ks) on 02/25/2018


Recommending diatomaceous earth is not a good idea for any animal in renal failure. Specifically, it is a natural diuretic, so if the animal isn't drinking enough water, it will dehydrate the animal more and will increase BUN and Creatitine values. Also, it is known to cause kidney stones in animals that do not drink enough water. Plus, if the animal is already on a blood pressure medication, it will interact with it.

Aloe Vera Juice
Posted by Jeb1 (Nyc) on 12/15/2016

I give my 16 yr. female cat 1/2 tsp. of Aloe Vera Liquid once in the morning and once in the evening probably every other day. Since I've started giving it to her, she has had regular BMs

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Anne (Chicago, Il) on 11/06/2012

I am a firm believer in ACV, 4 years ago my male cat started urinating in odd places, which was completely out of character. (Whenever this sets in he also seems to have a one eye partially closed & also starts cleaning his private area) I took him to the vet & he prescribed special food & antibiotics. But itt didn't seem to help much.

I read about ACV for the Urinary Tract infections & Kidneys. We went to the pharmacy got a plastic syringe (they just gave us one from behind the counter.... the kind you use to give medicine to babies)

We gave him ACV (with the Mother) mixed with spring water & in a few hours he was like a new cat. My pets won't drink the water mixed with ACV in the water bowl... So we stand behind him place one hand under chin & insert the syringe into mouth near his fang & just squirt it in) Works like a charm :) We give him 1 part ACV to 4 parts spring water. I think it's 1 cc to 4cc water.

I have never again given him the Special food or the antibiotics.

I have told several friends about this wonderful cure & it has worked for all of them. Best of luck to you & God Bless our furry friends :)

Dandelion Leaves
Posted by Anne S-K (Innisfil, Canada) on 11/29/2008

First of all, I would like to thank the owner/founder and independent contributor for this wonderful site, along with all those those who have provided valuable feedback concerning folk remedies.

Our senior cat Pepper who is about 15 years old developed problems over a year ago, which started with listlessness, loss of appetite/drinking and vomiting. We took her to a Vet and was informed that she was not drinking enough and needed to be rehydrated, so she was kept overnight at the clinic for tests and was rehydrated by IV. The Vet later informed us that because of her age her kidneys were failing and tests showed they were in poor shape, he also said she would need to be on medication and a low protein diet which could only be purchased at the clinic.

After the awful ordeal of having to pop a pill down her throat every day, she showed no improvement and her symtoms actually got worse and she was deteriorating faster and was looking like a bone rack. I tried every kind of food to try to tempt her to eat but she would only eat about a teaspoon of food. It was very upsetting to see her so ill and thin so I returned to the Vet who told me that the kindest thing I could do was to put her to sleep. :( My family and I decided not to go that route and brought her back home.

After extensive researching on the net I found that others pets had gotten worse from this medication so I stopped giving it to her.

I also learned online that dandelion leaves were great for flushing the kidneys and body of toxins, so I started giving her a fresh one from the garden and chopping and mixing some through her soft food.

With the help of organic baby food and a fresh dandelion leaf daily, she slowly regained her appetite and stopped vomiting and was drinking lots of water.

A year later she has now fully regained her weight and is eating her regular crunchies and soft food and has a healthy appetite. The only thing now is she drinks huge amounts of water which I was told was the bodies way of flushing toxins out of the system which is due to her age and failing kidneys.

Two weeks ago she got a bladder infection and was straining to uninate but was only passing small drops, so I reseached the net and found EARTH CLINIC, after one day of giving her organic apple cider vinegar in her soft food and drinking bowl she started to unrinate and has been fine since.

"Another one of mother earths natural remedies"

We are now keeping Pepper on the apple cider vinegar perminately and our new kitten also.

Quess what? she is now also starting to drink normal amounts of water. :D

Thank you again for this wonderful site.
I hope my feedback also helps others.

P.S In winter I add dried dandelion root to Peppers soft food which I purchase in my health food store.

We add 1/2 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to her soft food and 1/2 a teaspoon to two cups of her drinking water every day.

fresh dandelion half of one small leaf from my garden chopped up fine and added to soft food three times a week, in winter 1/2 a capsule of dried dandelion root.

If you can't get your cat to eat the fresh leaf, try putting about 5 drops of dandelion liquid tinture in a full bowl of drinking water.

Don't ever administer full strenth cider vinegar or dandelion root directly into your pets mouth.
This would choke them.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Helen (Altamont, NY ) on 09/21/2007

i wrote back in april, about my cat and puppy that had eaten some of the tainted iams canned food. their kidney readings indicated a problem. i told the vet i would treat them myself, come back for a retest in a month. i gave them both water with acv, and colloidal silver through the month. the results for both came back clean..again..acv rules!

Aloe Vera Juice
Posted by Cheryl Cecile (Pensacola, Florida ) on 02/07/2024

I rescued two polydactyl kittens that ran in front of my Lighting truck on the way to my cancer doctor, at two years old my. male started having problems gipng to the bathroom, one morning I found him under the couch laying in his urine, he was so weak he was literally dying, I pulled him out using a syringe shot Georges Aloe Vera down his throat, put him in a pet carrier and rushing to the vet, begging him to hold on and I was sorry he was so sick. I get to the vets in tears sigh in they put me in a room waiting to see the vet, I hear a meowing look at him sitting up staring at me, the vet put him on a IV, said he had crystals in his kidneys, and would need surgery to survive, . I didn't have thousands for surgery, he was up and eating so I brought him home, that was two years ago, now all my rescues get Georges Aloe Vera water at least twice a week. Aloe vera water is what helped me whn I was battling cancer 3 times, every one in my family drinks it, in laws n out laws!

Diatomaceous Earth
Posted by Judy (Small Town, Nh, Usa) on 04/07/2012

Dear Rukmini, try food grade diatomaceous earth (DE) for your cat. Companies in U.S. Sell it, but one website in particular has many impressive testimonials for both cats and dogs (and people), and they send it out internationally. It's inexpensive to buy, though shipping is not inexpensive. DE has clay in it, which is known to absorb and eliminate toxins from the body. Our dog had kidney failure from Lyme disease. She would lick and lick a particular spot of earth in the backyard. I now know she was trying to ingest clay, which I've since learned animals often do when they're unwell. Try mixing a tsp. of DE into her food. If she won't take it that way, dust it on her fur; she'll lick it off. Low protein food is standard protocol for kidney issues. Coconut oil is also said to be helpful for the kidneys and liver. Try mixing a tsp. of it also into her food. Again, if she refuses it, apply it to her fur; she'll lick it off. Aloe is good for digestive issues, though the fresh pulp can be bitter. Taste some yourself and see. It's worth a try for your cat, but at a separate time from the coconut oil and DE. We learned about coconut oil on Earth Clinic; since then have read more. I'm sure both DE and coconut oil will help your cat. Thank you, Earth Clinic.

Aloe Vera Juice
Posted by Holly (Decatur, Georgia) on 04/27/2010

Thank you so much for George's Aloe Vera suggestion for my cat with kidney disfunction. I bought it this morning and have given it to her 3 times today - 3 ml each time - and she has been minimally eating and drinking for the first time in three days. Baby is 15 and has been diagnosed with kidney dysfunction (a nice way of saying "failure" I guess) and hyperthyroidism.

Aloe Vera Juice
Posted by Nk (Nyc) on 02/18/2016

Inner leaf is not poisonous. Only the outer part of the aloe plant is poisonous to cats. Purchase inner leaf only (by George if possible). You can get it at good pharmacies and pet stores or on Amazon.

Dietary Changes
Posted by Flowers Mom (Pueblo Of Acoma, Nm) on 05/01/2014

I too have a CRF dog, Blue, my blue heeler whom I rescued 10 years ago. She had a hard life and as a result, developed kidney problems. The vet wanted her to go on the Hill's KD diet, but she would not eat the awful smelly gray stuff, so I did my own research and now I home cook for all 4 of my dogs. Most vets claim that a low protein diet is necessary for CRF dogs, however, it is actually the phosphorus, not the protein that needs to be low. Low phosphorus protein sources include poultry and fish. It is also important to increase the calcium so I add either eggshells or bone meal to the mix. I use a recipe very similar to Gail's, but I add some oats instead of the bread. I also add green beans and fish oil. We also harvest a free range buffalo every year and so I include some of the organ meat in the mix every so often. They love this! Anyway, all my dogs have benefited from this diet, which included losing excess weight, curing allergies, and they all have shiny coats, bright eyes and lots of energy! I hope this is helpful. Mom of Flower, Lady, Blue and Buddy

Aloe Vera Juice
Posted by Jodi (Bloomingburg, Ny, Usa) on 10/23/2011


My cat diagnoised CRF problably 4 yrs ago. She has been on a prescript diet since and doing fairly well. Recently she started getting upset stomaches daily. Shes on a pepcid med. Morning and night and a medication for her upset stomach. Recently I decided (due to this post) that I would add 3 ml. aloe vera juice to 1/2 cup of water. As well as, quarter teaspoon of slippery elm bark on her can food. It seemed to help a little in the first couple of day's. By day 4 and 5 it seemed to help a great deal. It not only stopped the lip smacking and upset ness and throwing up but now a week later she is laying more comfortable. No longer is she a loaf of bread or "meat loaf" position. Her legs our stretched out. She hasn't thrown up in a week. I hope this helps others out there. This site certainly helped me. Thank you.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Renee (Vader Washington) on 05/05/2016

I know we're talking about kidney failure so ACV AND LILY OF THE DESERT INNER FILET ALOE VERA JUICE! It's cheap and working for my cat of 25 lbs.

2mils of Apple Cider Vinegar and 3 of aloe mixed. A little honey helps. As for fleas! UGH! WHITE VINEGAR! THAT'S IT! VINEGAR! First give a bath with dawn. Then fill a spray bottle with vinegar and one 50/50vinegar and water. For pets spray lightly with diluted bottle and rub in. Put other bottle of straight vinegar on carpet, bedding, everywhere dog or cat it daily. It's also a sanitizer. Smell goes away in about 15-30 minutes and you are left with a neutral smelling house! NO SMELLS! I have asthma and I use it daily for cleaning and pets and clothing when I wash. Look it up online! NO MORE FLEAS OR FLEA SHAMPOOS!

Chronic Renal Failure Remedies
Posted by Art (California ) on 11/17/2017 2164 posts

In reply to Bea (Ca),

Please ask your vet if they can try melatonin for your dog. Given that your vet is recommending putting your dog down, he/she may be open to melatonin. Melatonin is protective of the kidneys and is also helpful for pancreatitis while having a very good safety profile. The main problem is that most studies are rodent studies and dog studies are likely to be rare or non-existent so you only have the rodent or human studies to go from. Dogs can take melatonin, but your veterinarian will have to determine the dose. For such a small dog, you may be looking at the area of one or two milligrams or maybe even less. Here are a few studies which discuss melatonin:

Good luck with your dog, Bea!


Aloe Vera Juice
Posted by Cheekygrrl (Tucson, Az) on 05/05/2017

Do you remember which Lily of the Desert you bought? I just got a bottle and it does have the mold inhibitor in it, the potassium sorbate. My Tabby boy's kidneys are in decline (he's 19) and I want to make him comfortable if he's going to leave me. I have determined that if he's going to go, he will decide when he wants to, not me. I won't allow him to suffer if it comes to that.

Avoid Flea Control Medications
Posted by Georgia (Verona, Va) on 01/13/2013

In August my little dog Sassy, part pom - part shiz zu - started throwing up and becoming weaker and weaker. I took her to the emergency vet on an early Sunday morning thinking I was loosing her. It turned out she was dehydrated and her blood enzymes were elevated three times the normal range which indicated her liver was compromised. Thus began many visits to the vet and various tests including an ultrasound. She actually started to rally and it looked as though we had turned the corner UNTIL the technian at the vet hospital gave her a dose of Capstar, a temporary flea control, as Sassy had fleas when I took her there for the ultrasound and that was their policy. When I found that out I almost lost it. WHAT? You did what? I could have screamed. Sassy's liver had been poisoned by flea products and looking back over the years I can see this was a progressive problem. I did notice that every time I would put the various products - Advantagx, Frontline... whatever - on her neck she would have a bout of just not feeling well and sometimes she would throw up but she would rally around after a day or two. Even when I took her to the groomer the next couple of days she always seemed off.... Now I realize it was because the groomer always bathed her with a flea shampoo. But this time I guess she was just too old to fight the poisons or it had accumulated over time in her liver. I had been arguing with three different vets that this was the problem but they kept insisting that there wasn't enough poison in the treatments to cause this, my vet even gave me flea control shampoo to control the fleas! Well, the Capstar incident proved my point and she started to really go down hill after that and the enzyme levels grew higher and higher. Her eyes and skin turned mustard yellow and the vet called me on Sept. 26th saying she wouldn't make it and to come and get her The vet suggested I take her to the veternairy college in Blacksburg but I had already spent $1200.00 and with just losing my job it just wasn't financially possible to continue. So..... the battle was on.

LOTS of prayer, heavy doses of milk thistle daily and a regimen of syringes of cottage cheese emulsified with cold pressed flaxseed oil (if you know someone battling cancer... And they weren't sure if this wasn't what was really wrong with Sassy.... check out the Budwig Protocol on the internet for how to do the cottage cheese/flaxseed... thousands of people have been helped with this procedure) Many days that's all I could get down her. She still has no appetite and has lost about 4 lbs.... On a sixteen pound dog that is very traumatic. BUT, she's still with me, still mobile, and the other day she actually brought a toy to me to play with her. I give God the praise... He is concerned with what concerns me.

After it was all said and done the vet did admit they had one other incident where they had lost a dog due to flea control products - it's all over the internet if they would bother to look!!! He called me several times afterwards checking to see if she was still alive... I'm looking forward to taking her in there when she regains some of her weight and energy. Anyway, I think Sassy is just one of those dogs that can't tolerate those products. Most animals seem to do fine; however, please know that those products are poison and do accumulate in the liver just like in humans when we drink sodas laced with artificial sweeteners or eat fast food - I'll leave that soap box alone for now.

So, my advice would be to put your animal on milk thistle if you use flea products in the summer..... It's not expensive and might save it's life.

As for fleas..... I don't know the answer. They seem to be a bigger problem each year and I certainly won't be using anymore flea control products. Sassy is highly allergic to them and just one flea will cause her to scratch and bite her skin and be in agony. The vet said to continue bathing her in Dawn dishwashing liquid to keep them down. It's now been 5 months and so far she's beaten the odds - I ask that you continue to agree with me in prayer that she will be granted a few more healthy "doggie" years, for my sake if not for hers.

Update: Sassy urine has turned dark orange. I went online and discovered it's probably due to kidney failure.... I decided to check EarthClinic and discovered dandelion root, aloe vera and ACV. I already had DE on hand for battling fleas but didn't occur to me to use that for detox so now I'm doing a regime of ACV, DE mixed in about an ounce of water and a little honey to help mask the vinegar... I'm doing that every 2 hrs with a syringe plus I give her a syringe of "green juice" that has all sorts of veggies, herbs and of course barley grass and continuing the cottage cheese/flaxseed oil. Will let you know, please pray, it's been a major battle. She's so skinny now she walked out of her harness that use to fit snug. If I thought she was in alot of pain I'd give up.... But not yet!!!!!!

Aloe Vera Juice
Posted by Ajax (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) on 08/13/2012

Please don't give aloe vera in any form to your cat! In the book The Complete Guide To Holistic Cat Care by Celeste Yarnall, PH. D. And Jean Hofve, D. V. M. , there is a section "Not all Supplements are Safe for Cats". It states, "Supplements that may work for humans and dogs can be deadly for cats, including the following:

ALOE VERA: It contains a latex-like compound that can cause serious irritation in the mouth and gastrointestinal tract if ingested by cats. It is often preserved with sodium benzoate, another toxin

Aloe Vera Juice
Posted by Ana B (Philippines) on 10/05/2017

I read about your posts re kidney disease and aloe vera. I have a cat who was losing weight, had ammonia smell in mouth, was dehydrated and wasn't eating.

I bought Lakewood Organic Pure Aloe (with inner leaf) and mixed a tsp with her wet food and boiled egg yolk every morning for around 5 days already.

She has eats a lot now, pees well and seems to be stronger. She is slowly gaining weight and less dehydrated.

Am grateful for the posts you've made because your advices have helped her a lot.

Thank you!!

Aloe Vera Juice
Posted by Lanetteh (Sacramento, Ca, Usa) on 03/13/2013

Hi, I wanted to thank everyone for their posts about aloe vera juice for cats with CRF. After my 10 year old cat Joey was larthargic and not eating or drinking for 2 days (including throwing up and drooling a lot), I took him to the vet and he was diagnosed with late stage CRF. They said his levels were 10 times higher than normal. They also gave me meds for stomach upset, which didn't work and called the next day to tell me I should put him down. Well, I couldn't do that without first giving him a chance. On Monday, I ordered Kidney Support [supplements] after reading over 200 very positive reviews about it (it will arrive today). In the interim, I bought aloe vera juice and started giving it to him yesterday morning. I am so happy to report that he has not vomited once and has stopped drooling since I started giving it to him!!! He has even started drinking water on his own again. He is also laying more comfortably (intead of in the weird position others have mentioned). I can tell his stomach is feeling much better. I'll post again after I've tried the supplement I ordered to let you know how it works. Thanks again, I love this site!!!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Tracy (Fort Nelson, Bc, Canada) on 02/03/2013

You can get colloidial silver ffrom most health food stores or drug stores. As far as doses go, I usually go with slightly less than an adult dose for a 65 pound dog and adjust it accordingly per the animals weight. We live in a remote area with unreliable vet service so I have had to become the vet and I much prefer natural cures. Last week, I had a cat develop a urinary tract infection. After doing much reserch, I tried him with1/4 tsp of ACV mixed with water and I mixed some in his water bowl. In a few hours he began to urinate normally. Three days later (because he wasn't acting right yet), I drove him 4 hours to the vet. They took a urine sample and it showed traces of a UTI indicating that he was getting over one. That proof turned me into a believer!

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