Low Sodium Dog Food

by Pet Coupon Savings on September 19, 2013

Low sodium dog food diets are pretty uncommon but sometimes they are necessary. Typically, dogs with a heart disease will be placed on a low sodium diet. Finding low sodium dog foods can be extremely challenging. Often times you will find a dog food that is low in sodium but has other fillers you might not want to give your dog. If your dog has been diagnosed with heart disease, you might want to consider making your own dog food.

Low Sodium Dog Food

Low Sodium Dog Food

After your dog is diagnosed with a heart disease he will often prescribe a very specific type of food. However, people have complained that the prescription is low in sodium but loaded with other fillers that aren’t usually good for a dog to digest. Prescription food might even be comparable to commercial grade food in some instances. Since there is a limited supply of low sodium dog food available people have turned to making their own dog food. The first thing you will need to know is which foods are low in sodium and safe for your dog.

Here is a short list of low sodium dog foods:

  • Fish
  • Pork (cooked)
  • Peas
  • Potatoes
  • Cucumber
  • Apples
  • Peaches
  • Rice
  • Almonds
  • Honey
  • Pears
  • Barley

You can use the items above to make your own dog food that is low in sodium. You can also find several recipes for low sodium dog food here.

Low Sodium Dog Food Brands

As you can see there are not that many low sodium dog foods on the market. If you do not want to make your own dog food, you will need to get a prescription from your vet.

Benefits of Low Sodium Diets

Typically only a dog that has been diagnosed with heart disease is going to be placed on a low sodium diet. If your dog has been diagnosed with heart disease then there are several benefits associated with a low sodium diet.

  • Low sodium will help to maintain a normal blood pressure. 
  • Helps the cardiac muscle metabolize things quicker.
  • Helps the heart to function at a healthy level.
  • Helps your dog to live a longer and better quality of life.

If you think your dog is at risk for heart disease or has any health problems, consult with your vet. When it comes to a low sodium dog food diet and heart disease your vet is going to be your best resource.

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mommasbacon September 23, 2013 at 3:27 AM

I’m so glad your dog will eat good food. Our cats rebel when we try to switch them to low fat/sodium, so we have been trying to mix it enough for them to get used to it…but every time we try to do a complete switch they are on to us and rebel. SIGH! However, they have still lost a little weight on Science Diet.

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Anu September 23, 2013 at 9:19 AM

Never realized pets need to watch their sodium intake too. Its good that companies are thinking about them.

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Agata Pokutycka September 23, 2013 at 10:20 AM

Great post!
Thank you for sharing

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cindy b September 23, 2013 at 11:39 AM

I need to get some for my dog! Thanks so much for sharing! i remember for myself but forget about low sodium food for my pets!

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Bianca September 23, 2013 at 12:00 PM

I’ve considered making our own dog food, just never have taken the plunge. Honestly, sometimes getting dinner on the PEOPLE’S table is hard enough! I do make our own dog biscuits though.

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