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Foods to Avoid for Pets on Low Sodium Diets

Dogs and cats may like salty food but it's not good for them.

A common problem is that pets, especially dogs, are often fed human food that has hidden sodium.  If your veterinarian has recommended that your pet be restricted in its consumption of sodium, you should not feed the following:

  • Cheese or peanut butter
  • Deli or luncheon meats
  • Commercially prepared or cured meats or fish (bacon, ham, sardines for example)
  • Hot dogs
  • Ketchup, pickles or olives
  • Broth or soups
  • Crackers, chips, popcorn, pretzels
  • Canned vegetables or other packaged convenience foods
  • Breads made with self-rising flour or biscuit mixes
  • Salted nuts
  • Commercial salad dressings
  • Instant cooked cereal
  • Sauces that are commercially prepared

    Consult with your veterinarian for more information and recommendations.

    Pets afflicted with heart failure or high blood pressure should not be fed salty foods, as they cause fluid to be retained in the body and make it harder for the heart to work.  They also can lead to fluid developing in the lungs (pulmonary edema).  Most commercial dog foods have a decent level of sodium, although some have high levels, such as Hill's S/D. Pets that have non-life-threatening heart problems don't necessarily need to be restricted on sodium, but you still should keep an eye on whether the food you're feeding your pet has overly-high sodium levels. Once a pet has had an episode of congestive heart failure or has hypertension, the diet should be restricted in sodium.

    Most commercial dog foods have a sodium content of 1.0 gram per 1000 KCal . This description is just a way to measure the relative sodium content without having to calculate whether it is a canned or dry food. 1.0 gram is actually ten times the amount really needed by pets. As it turns out, dogs like salty foods just like we do!!

    Often veterinarians will recommend a renal diet (one made for kidney problems) for heart patients as these diets are restricted in sodium (0.3 gram per KCal) and heart patients usually become kidney patients eventually.  There is a diet made by Hill's specifically for heart patients (H/D) that has 0.23 gram of sodium per KCal, and in some cases veterinary cardiologists may recommend this.

      You should review the label of the pet food you are feeding to see if the percentage of sodium is listed. Usually it is not on the label, as it is not required to be listed, but you can contact the manufacturer to ask for the sodium content.  Remember, to compare, the sodium content should be given in grams per KCal.

    In order to administer medications, many people use Pill PocketsTM made by GreeniesTM.  These are tasty pillowcase-shaped products used to hide pills for dogs or cats. The Canine Pill PocketsTM are high in sodium, so it is better to use the Feline Pill PocketsTM for both dogs and cats.

     With advances in veterinary medicine, many heart patients can live happily and without symptoms for years.  It is up to you to make sure their diet is a good one!! 

Pet emergency? Call us right away at 780-872-7387! 

Welcome to the Southside Veterinary Clinic! We offer a comfortable and home-like atmosphere to welcome you and your pet. We are a full service, small animal clinic, dedicated to the health of your dogs, cats, and other wonderful pets. 

To allow us to serve you better, we ask that you phone us at 780-872-PETS (7387) or click on the "Request Appointment" link above to make an appointment for your pets prior to coming in.  This helps us ensure that there is a veterinarian available to help you without delay. If it is an emergency during business hours, if possible please call to let us know that you are on your way into the clinic and the nature of the emergency. We may need to prepare for your arrival or direct you to our partner clinic, Lloydminster Animal Hospital, for further diagnostics, treatment or intensive care. Our goal is to provide your pet with the best possible care! 

Should you have an emergency or require veterinary care outside of regular hours, you can reach an on-call veterinarian 24 hours daily by calling Southside Veterinary Clinic.

**All after hours calls will be seen at Lloydminster Animal Hospital.

That hospital is located at 6002 50th Avenue, Lloydminster, AB.

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