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Our senior dog Max now requires food that is low in phosphorus for kidney disease. He likes the dry Science Diet K/C (Kidney Care) kibble well enough, but refuses to eat either the chicken or beef stew flavors of the canned K/C. In desperation, I went looking for an alternative that is as low in phosphorus as K/C and discovered Dave’s Restricted Diet (Protein, Phosphorus) dog food.
Dave’s canned Restricted Diet Farmyard Blend in Sauce is low phosphorus and low protein, similar to Science Diet Kidney Care in composition, though it is a high-moisture textured (not pasty) paté, not a stew. It has a light, pleasant smell that the dog prefers to that given off by heavily processed dark-meat chicken. It’s also grain- and carrageenan-free. (There is some discussion about whether low protein is still considered desirable for elderly dogs, but our vet favors that formula.)
We didn’t find this food at our local big box stores, but it is available from Amazon in 12-can cases. You can check DavesPetFood.com to see if there’s a local outlet in your community.
Here is the ingredients list from the can label:
Chicken broth, peas, chicken, chicken fat (preserved with tocopherols), potatoes, pea fiber, carrots, potato starch, chicken liver, salmon oil, natural liver flavor, dried egg product, calcium carbonate, agar-agar, dandelion greens, parsley, choline chloride, sunflower oil, salt, ascorbic acid, iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, vitamin E supplement, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, riboflavin supplement, sodium selenite, calcium iodate, thiamin mononitrate, vitamin A supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, potassium iodide, biotin, vitamin D3 supplement. Phosphorus content is listed as min 0.06%, and crude protein as min 4.50%.
We and our dog are very pleased with Dave’s dog food. I would definitely recommend it for dogs that refuse the standard K/C food.