Standard Process Canine and Feline Renal Support: A Holistic Veterinarian’s Therapeutic Review

Standard Process Canine and Feline Renal Support: A Holistic Veterinarian’s Therapeutic Review

Standard Process Canine and Feline Renal Support: A Holistic Veterinarian’s Therapeutic Review

The renal system includes the kidneys and urinary tract. In both dogs and cats, this system is vital to a healthy life and body. The best-known functions of the renal system include filtering blood toxins, balancing electrolytes and maintaining a healthy and normal blood pressure. Lesser known functions involve the immune system, red blood cell levels, and balancing body pH.

Kidney disease occurs in both cats and dogs, but it is devastatingly common and prevalent in older cats. Some reports estimate that as many as 30-50% of our loving companion cats will deal with significant renal disease. Standard process makes a Feline Renal Support and a Canine Renal Support supplement.  The two versions are therapeutically similar and contain most of the same ingredients. The feline supplement is supplied as a tablet and the canine supplement is in the form of a powder. When administering these supplements, I almost always ended up grinding the feline tablets into a powder to mix into food. So, 95% of the time, I recommend the canine products, just because it is much easier to administer. The two product versions are both safe and effective for both dogs and cats.

Since renal system disfunction occurs so frequently in our kitties, I’m going to focus on the signs, symptoms, prevention, and treatment of kidney issues in cats. However, all of this information applies to dogs as well.

Lets briefly go over some common signs that your pet may be displaying, some potential causes of kidney disease, and some breeds that are at higher risk for kidney issues. Then we will dive into why the Standard Process Canine and Feline Renal Support supplements are the best treatment for your pet.

Common Signs That Your Dog or Cat May Benefit from Standard Process Renal Support
  • Lethargy/Depression
  • Lack of Appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Drooling
  • Increased Thirst
  • Weakness
  • Increased Amount of Urine in Litter Box
  • Urinating Outside of Box
  • Incontinence
  • Diarrhea
  • Weight Loss
  • Changes in Vision
Common Potential Causes of Kidney Disease
  • Genetic/Congenital
  • Toxins
  • Polycystic Kidney Disease
  • Urinary Tract Obstruction (Blocked)
  • Medications
  • Chronic UTI’s
  • Long-term Retainment of Urine
  • FIV/Feline Leukemia
  • Trauma
  • Heavy Metal Toxicosis
Cat Breeds That are at Higher Risk for Kidney Disease
  • Maine Coon
  • Abyssinian
  • Russian Blue
  • Burmese
  • Siamese
  • Persian
Standard Process Canine and Feline Renal Support Suggested Uses:
  • Kidney Disease
  • Recurrent UTI’s
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Cardiac Conditions
  • Liver Disease
  • Recovery from Trauma or Surgery
  • Senior Cats
  • Specific Breeds (See Above)
  • Bladder Stones and Crystals
  • Blocked Cat
  • Perineal Urethrostomy
  • Kidney Stones
  • Urination Outside of Litter Box
  • Diabetes
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Always use fresh, clean water. Changing all water at least once per day.
Try various sources of water (tap, bottled, filtered, and distilled).
Put a few ice cubes in water or provide cold water.
Offer ice cubes containing 75:25 mixture of water with low sodium broth.
Feed canned foods.
Add a little water to semi-moist and canned food.
Soak dry food in warm water.
Feed smaller/divided amounts throughout the day rather than one large meal.
Add tasty liquids such as low sodium chicken broth, beef broth, or tuna juice.
Use non-reflective bowls.
Use wide bowls so that whiskers don’t touch the sides of the bowl.
Use multiple bowls in multiple locations.
Ensure water bowls are in quiet, draft-free environments.
Place bowls where cats can “escape” if needed and avoid ambush.
Put bowls away from litter boxes.
Make sure there are bowls on each floor of the house.
Add one or more water fountains for sound stimulation and circulation.

Ingredients: Bovine kidney, kidney bean extract, buckwheat leaf juice and seed, oat flour, bovine liver, ribonucleic acid, nutritional yeast, veal bone PMG™ extract, bovine orchic Cytosol™ extract, pea vine juice, beet root, bovine and ovine spleen, alfalfa juice, bovine kidney PMG™ extract, mushroom, rice bran, bovine thyroid PMG™ extract, carrot, wheat germ oil, black currant seed oil, black currant juice, kelp, bovine adrenal, allantoin, bovine pituitary PMG™ extract, chlorophyll extract, manganese glycerophosphate, beet leaf juice, and extract of Rhizopus oryzae grown on Tillandsia usneoides and beet root.

Individual Ingredient Benefits of Standard Process Renal Support

Bovine Kidney PMG™ Extract Provides the exact proteins and cellular pieces needed to repair the kidney, and to do so with minimal scar tissue. Supports and speeds renal system healing. Also neutralizes potential autoimmune components of chronic kidney damage.
Bovine Kidney Provides the exact materials for cellular repair, such as proteins, electrolytes, enzymes, and hormones necessary for a healthy renal environment.
Bovine Liver Boosts the health of the liver, provides elements needed for optimal kidney and liver functions, as well as raw materials for a balanced red blood cell level. Improves detoxification pathways, which become overwhelmed when the other main detox organ (the kidney) is compromised.
Veal Bone PMG™ Extract Supports bone marrow health and provides some raw materials needed for red blood cell production. Improves balance of red blood cells and white blood cell levels. Assists in the production of proteins that can help maintain a healthy blood pressure. Helps boost the power of infection-fighting white blood cells called neutrophils, thus reduces the chance of a secondary infection during tissue repair.
Defatted Wheat Germ Packed with nutrition. The fat portion is removed, which can compromise product freshness and shelf life. It acts as a powerful antioxidant, dense source of vitamin E, provides lots of vitamin B complex, helps balance blood sugar, and contains essential minerals such as selenium, manganese, phosphorus, and magnesium.
Bovine and Ovine Spleen Provides the cellular materials required to produce red and white blood cells. Supports healthy circulation and boosts the immune system.
Buckwheat Leaf Juice Concentrated source of large, wide spectrum vitamins and minerals including manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, copper, zinc, iron, selenium, and vitamin B complex. Contains antioxidants, like rutin, which strengthens blood vessels and prevents protein loss through the kidneys.
Emblica officinalis (Indian Gooseberry) This herb has been used in India for thousands of years and the name means “mother nurse”. Super high in vitamin C complex – 20 times the vitamin C of oranges. It boosts detoxification and elimination, improves appetite, cleanses the liver, and has an affinity for the urinary tract (where it balances urine excretion).
Oat Flour Source of vitamin A, protects blood vessels and vascular membranes, which can prevent the loss of protein through the kidneys.
Pea Vine Juice Chocked full of vitamin E complex that is bioavailable. Naturally anti-inflammatory, especially in blood vessels and vascular membranes.
Bovine Orchic Cytosol™ Extract Balances stress hormones, which protect hydration and circulation. Important source of vitamin C complex.
Ribonucleic Acid Supports cellular replication and regeneration, provides general circulation, opens capillary beds to improve kidney perfusion and increased microcirculation.
Alfalfa Juice Packed with healing protein and nutrients, such as vitamin A, whole vitamin C complex, vitamin E, vitamin K, carotenoids, calcium, potassium, chlorophyll and antioxidants.
Bovine Heart PMG™ Extract Supports healthy oxygenation of tissues, improves circulation and contributes electrolytes for proper kidney function.
Kidney Bean Extract Healthy and easy to digest plant protein source. Reduces inflammation in heart and blood vessels, improving circulation and oxygenation, lowers blood sugar, and keeps intestinal bacteria healthy.
Perna caniculum (Green-lipped muscle) Naturally reduces inflammation in a similar way to NSAID’s, but safe for cats and does not require detox or stimulate any negative side effects.
Tillandasia usneiodes Used by people to speed up tissue healing, chlorophyll improves body detox, contains at least 6 types of antioxidants, full of necessary minerals, source of B vitamins, and lowers blood sugar.
Rice Bran Helps to stabilize blood pressure and blood sugar, contains bioavailable vitamin E and other antioxidants, provides the whole vitamin B complex.
Porcine Duodenum Improves digestion and helps regulate a healthy body pH while the kidney repairs.
Beet Leaf Juice Used all over the world for thousands of years, high in fat-soluble vitamin A, and is high in iron needed for red blood cell production.
Beet Root Rich in vitamins and antioxidants. Provides full spectrum of B vitamins, stimulates body detox and naturally relaxes blood vessels.
Rhizopus oryzae Source of natural enzymes and essential amino acids. Enzymes of fermentation increase the bioavailability of nutrients from Spanish Moss and beet roots.
Canine and Feline Renal System Support Complementary Supplements:
Important Mineral Measurements:
  • Sodium 60 mg / 1/2 teaspoon
  • Chloride 10 mg / 1/2 teaspoon
Supplement Dosing Chart:

1-10 lbs 1/8 teaspoon once per day
11-20 lbs 1/8 teaspoon twice per day
21-40 lbs ¼ teaspoon twice per day
41-60 lbs ½ teaspoon twice per day
61-80 lbs ¾ teaspoon twice per day
> 80 lbs

1 teaspoon twice per day

Important Supplement Information:
  • These supplements should all be given twice a day.
  • Most clients sprinkle it on their pet’s food.
  • Because these supplements are made from whole foods, and not chemicals, doses are highly palatable.  In fact, it often seems like animals instinctively know what their body needs and gobble it up quickly.

When beginning supplementation, I recommend the following taper-up process. This is only because these ingredients are so nutrient-dense. We can decrease your pet’s adjustment period, which may result in a soft stool. This adjustment phase is generally 1-2 days long and normal consistency of stool will return to normal without treatment.

  • WEEK 1                1/8 teaspoon
  • WEEK 2                ¼ teaspoon
  • WEEK 3                ½ teaspoon
  • WEEK 4                1 teaspoon

Once you get to your pet’s maintenance dose, based on the dosage chart, continue at this dose.

For example: If your pet weighs 35 lbs –

  • WEEK 1                1/8 teaspoon
  • WEEK 2                ¼ teaspoon
  • WEEK 3                Stay at ¼ teaspoon as maintenance therapeutic dose
Supplement Size Variations
Size Product ID# Price
30g A1800 $19.25
110g A1850 $59.95
90 tablets A5405 $24.75
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Commonly Asked Questions about Standard Process Supplements


What happens if my pet experiences a soft stool or diarrhea during the introduction adjustment process?

These events only appear in less than ten percent of new pets and the transient effect of the adjustment period usually resolves itself within 24 – 48 hours. If your pet has runny poop, keep them well hydrated. If desired, a small amount of canned pumpkin can be added to food.


Are there potential side effects to these products?

Since these nutritional supplements are made from food, there is little to no risk of side effects. The only side effect I’ve ever seen is diarrhea if the pet gets a gigantic dose. For example, if a pet eats a whole bottle. If I had a dollar for every time one of my pets ate a whole bottle, I’d have a pretty full piggy bank. Since pets love these products so much, we recommend keeping them in a cabinet or some place that your pet cannot get to.


How often do I need to give these nutritional supplements?

Dr. Candy recommends twice a day. They can be given with or without food. Providing a steady supply of healing resources allows your pet’s body to heal and repair all day and all night.


Why do I have to start with a small amount and taper up?

This is just a recommendation to try to reduce the occurrence of soft stool while the body gets used to processing these rich food supplements. It’s kind of like if you and I went out to eat and ate a whole plate of liver and onions. It wouldn’t hurt us, but we may be running to the bathroom later.


What is the difference between the canine and feline versions of the supplement?

There is not a huge difference between the canine and feline supplement formulations. The main difference is in the supplement form. Canine formulations come as powders. Feline formulations come as tablets. The tablet design can make it easier to give to a cat as a treat or meal additive. But I found that I was almost always grinding the tablet into a powder and mixing it in food anyway. So, most of the time, I use the canine preparation. Both are safe for both pet types.


Supplement Dosage Chart:

1-10 lbs 1/8 teaspoon once per day
11-20 lbs 1/8 teaspoon twice per day
21-40 lbs ¼ teaspoon twice per day
41-60 lbs ½ teaspoon twice per day
61-80 lbs ¾ teaspoon twice per day
> 80 lbs 1 teaspoon twice per day


Important Supplement Information:

  • These supplements should all be given twice a day.
  • Most clients sprinkle it on their pet’s food.
  • Because these supplements are made from whole foods, and not chemicals, doses are highly palatable. In fact, it often seems like animals instinctively know what their body needs and gobble it up quickly.


Can my pet take this therapeutic supplement with other medications and treatments?

Yes! In general, yes. These whole food supplements can be complimentary to other medications. There are no interactions or toxic effects when using natural food to heal your pet’s body. If your pet is involved in a clinical research trial, ask your supervising veterinarian if it is ok.


How long should my pet take these supplements?

On average, Dr. Candy keeps your pet on these supplements for a minimum of 3-6 months. Then, together with the family and pet status, we re-evaluate. Some pets with simple short-term illnesses may only require these supplements for the 3-6-month time period. In these cases, after balancing and healing, your pet’s diet and home care program can be modified to maintain whole health.

In other cases, perhaps with more chronic disease or severity, pets may need to be on these therapeutic supplements for a year or more, or possibly for life. If a pet does require therapeutic supplementation long-term, we know that support with natural food is far better than artificial chemicals or medications.


How quickly should I see a change in my pet’s health?

This depends on the initial health status of your pet and the condition being supplemented. In the case of acute illness, you may see changes within 24-48 hours. Most commonly, these changes or improvements are very subtle. In cases of complex or chronic conditions, most families see a significant improvement in 4 weeks.


Uhoh, my pet ate the whole bottle. What should I do? Is this toxic?

This happens a lot, it will be okay. Since the products are so natural and highly palatable, this situation arises frequently. We remind families to keep the products out of reach and in a cool, dry, dark place. If your pet consumes a large portion or a whole bottle, monitor them closely. Just as with other products from nature, most of the time the worst that will happen is soft stool or diarrhea. Make sure that your pet is well hydrated and does not develop any bloody vomiting or diarrhea. If this occurs, take your pet to your veterinarian for evaluation.

If you are dealing with soft stool or other gastrointestinal issues, it can be helpful to let your pet rest. Additionally, you may skip one meal and consider a fluid-only meal such as a small amount of water or broth.


How should these supplements be stored? Do I need to refrigerate them?

The Standard Process Veterinary Supplements do not need to be refrigerated. Keep the products out of reach from pets and children. Store them in a cool, dry, dark place like a cabinet.


Why are there so many organs and glandular tissues in these products? Yuck! Aren’t these gross leftovers or by-products?

On the contrary, organ tissues are some of the most nutrient dense parts of an animal. If you watch one of those nature shows on TV, you will see that after a predator kills its prey, the very first thing that they eat are the organs and glands. The predator gobbles them up because they are packed with rich proteins, full complex vitamins, and natural sources of minerals. The predator wants to eat these first before scavengers or competition comes around.

For example, look at the liver. Liver is higher in vitamin A, vitamin B complexes, iron, phosphorus, and magnesium than most other “super foods” out there. To get the same amount of vitamin B12 as a 1-inch cube of liver, you or your pet would have to eat one of the following:

  • A whole large salmon or filet
  • 6 eggs
  • 6 flat iron steaks
  • 5 cups of low-fat milk

So, while in the US we view organ meats as “gross”, other cultures and animals understand that organs and glands are powerful sources jam packed with nutrition.


 My pet has tested to be *allergic* to beef or other protein sources in the supplement. Should I be concerned?

Most of the time, when pets are tested for food allergies, they are tested for cooked muscle meat, as this is what is found in canned and kibbled pet foods. Because of the various protein shapes and the effects of cooking, usually raw muscle meat and organ tissues do not cause the same allergic reactions.

In my experience, if your pet is in a current severe stage of inflammation, allergy or disease, I usually wait 30 days for the immune system/body to calm down and then slowly add in the supplement. In my own pets, I do not see an allergic reaction or negative response if my pet’s immune system is stable. However, if they are in the middle of a big flare up, I decrease or discontinue the supplement for a short period of time until they feel better.


Are there any alternative ways to administer this supplement if my pet won’t eat it mixed in their food?

Occasionally this does happen, especially if the pet is used to a carbohydrate heavy or artificially flavored diet. I explain it as, if I was used to eating cookies and happy meals every day, I would probably resist if you put a salad in front of me too.

I recommend starting with really small amounts sprinkled and mixed with food. Then, gradually work up to the starting amount over the period of 1-2 weeks. By then, they should be used to the taste and smell of this healthy supplement.

If this doesn’t work, you could try the following creative approaches or think about a unique solution for your pets:

  • Mixing powder with water or broth and syringing it to your pet
  • Mixing with a simple high-quality canned food
  • Using bone broths and stews for pets
  • Using the feline (tablet) form and hiding it in yummy foods like peanut butter or homecooked chicken breast
  • Putting powder or tablet inside a pill pocket
  • Throwing the treat into the air to be caught and swallowed
  • Using a “chaser” treat
    • Example: here’s your meatball with the therapeutic supplement in it – immediately followed with an irresistible treat
  • Using the “rule of competition”
    • Example: have another pet nearby so that your pet has to eat it before the other pet gets it


A Note From the Manufacturer: 

“Renal disease can be a complex and challenging clinical problem to manage both short-term and long-term. Not only should the kidneys be supported by consideration should also be given to support the liver, cardiovascular system, and the autonomic nervous system. Standard Process Canine and Feline Kidney Support facilitates rehabilitation of the kidneys and support of these other important tissues in multiple ways through its range of whole food nutrients, tissue extracts and concentrates, and botanical ingredients. This product can be used alone or in conjunction with other management methods for a variety of renal and urinary disorders, in conjunction with pharmaceuticals that are known to stress the kidneys, and during recovery from renal trauma. Examples of renal and urinary disorders that can benefit from this product include chronic renal failure and cystitis.

When issues with your pet’s kidneys arise, not only should the kidneys be supported, but consideration should also be given to supporting other organs that play a role in the function of the kidneys. Canine Kidney Support and Feline Kidney Support help facilitate the natural rehabilitation and support of the kidneys as well as other important tissues. Through their range of whole food nutrients, Canine Renal Support and Feline Renal Support provide support for kidney tissue along with ingredients that support the heart, liver, adrenal glands, autonomic nervous system, and the mucous membranes.

Canine Kidney Support and Feline Kidney Support can be utilized in all patients with kidney disorders. In addition to kidney support, they may be beneficial for patients with lower urinary tract and bladder problems. In conjunction with medical management or on their own, Canine Renal Support and Feline Renal Support are important tools in managing your pet’s health.”

“Along The Journey” BONUS TIP

  • How to holistically prevent the progression or worsening of kidney disease in your pet:
  • Keep their diet as clean and moisture-rich as possible.
  • Focus on easy to digest protein rather than low protein.
  • Monitor blood values every six months.
  • Limit toxins like medications, flea and tick prevention and vaccines.
  • Avoid toxic plants in your home, like Lilies.
  • Prevent heat stress and dehydration situation like hot garages or leaving in a hot car.
  • Keep the litter box extremely clean – i.e. scoop 2 times per day and use dust-free, fragrance-free litter.
  • Treat UTI’s quickly and follow with multi-species Probiotics if antibiotics are necessary.
  • Provide lots of fresh water, preferably in a fountain.

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Your pet's health can improve dramatically with individually selected whole food supplements.

Holistically treated pets live healthier happier lives.

The term “holistic” is a broad term that is often associated with multiple models of medicine or healing.  In general, Dr. Candy Akers follows the basic belief that medicine should address the underlying cause of disease and not just treat the symptoms.  This occurs by supporting your pet’s natural ability to heal and restoring the body balance.  Conventional medicine often follows a different path of just treating signs or symptoms of the particular disease appearance. Disease manifests in our pets as a result of an internal unbalance.  These imbalances of normal health result from various insults or toxins encountered during modern life.   Support for your pets’ body can be in various modalities such as supplements, herbs, nutrition, homeopathy, detoxification, chiropractic adjustments and acupuncture. Dr. Akers takes an integrated approach to veterinary medicine, combining both holistic medicine and traditionally trained modern Western medicine.  She uses conventional medical treatments to reduce or eliminate symptoms and pain during the healing process while supporting the body with more natural and less invasive alternative treatments.  This combination improves your pet’s quality of life, longevity and whole health.


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