Kidney disease

Judge rules against prescription dog food companies

Rewards 12.5 Million judgement

One of the main causes of chronic kidney disease is dental disease. Bacteria builds up under the gum line and enters the blood stream and invades multiple organs including the kidney. ( the heart and liver are also effected)

So, the first thing you need to check is the health of your dog’s teeth.

The chronic use of medications and vaccines can also contribute to toxic overload.


Our food is rich in easy to digest, high quality proteins. Grass fed, lean meats, dairy and fish found in LDC do not stress the kidney. Proteins that are not digested properly create byproducts, like ammonia that are hard for the kidney to filter. We always want to keep the internal body pH alkaline. The proper balance between carbohydrates and protein keep the body from becoming acidic.

Our recipes are low in sodium.

We include:

  • blueberries – high in antioxidants, low in phosphorus and potassium.
  • Olive oil – rich in polyphenols and antioxidants, decrease inflammation
  • Apples – pectin and quercetin decrease inflammation
  • Brown rice – reduces blood sugar spikes and low glycemic index, helps balance internal pH
  • Green beans and carrots – low in calories, high fiber, natural vitamins and minerals
  • Fish – contains omega 3 fatty acids to decrease inflammation

Moisture levels are optimum for healthy kidney function

Feed your dog twice a day with smaller amounts if his/her appetite is decreased.

Make sure water is readily available.

Never feed a diet that is high in preservatives, artificial colors or synthetic additives. Kibble is dry. Kidney disease dehydrates your dog. A fresh, diet is better for your dog to stay hydrated.

The use of Presciption dog food is one of my pet peeves and shows that the
phrase “Marketing over Mother Nature’ holds true.
If you are a dog owner, you may have heard about the class action suit
against prescription dog foods. Hills, Science Diet, Royal Canin and Purina
are some of the brands that are accused of misleading consumers and
veterinarians about the benefits and ingredients of their products. The
lawsuit claims that:

  • these companies charge premium prices for prescription dog foods that are not significantly different from regular dog foods. In fact, they are made in the same facilities, using the same suppliers as low-quality grocery store brands like Alpo and Beneful.
  • they do not have any scientific evidence to support their claims of treating or preventing various health conditions in dogs. They are not made in facilities that follow traditional drug manufacturing protocols.
  • that these companies have violated consumer protection laws and engaged in false advertising.

The class action suit was filed in 2019 by a group of dog owners who purchased prescription dog foods from these brands for their pets. They are seeking refunds, damages and an injunction to stop the companies from selling prescription dog foods without proper authorization and
. The suit is currently pending in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Prescription dog foods are supposed to be specially formulated to address specific health issues in dogs, such as kidney disease, diabetes, allergies, obesity and more. However, according to the lawsuit, these products are not
regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or any other agency,
 and they do not require a prescription from a veterinarian to be sold.

The lawsuit claims that these companies have exploited this loophole to market their products as prescription dog foods, even though they are not approved or tested by any authority.

This suit also accuses these companies of using low-quality ingredients and fillers in their prescription dog foods, such as corn, wheat, soy, by-products and artificial colors and flavors. These ingredients may not only be ineffective for treating or preventing health conditions in dogs, but they may also cause adverse reactions and allergies in some dogs. The lawsuit cites several examples of dogs that suffered from health problems after
consuming prescription dog foods from these brands, such as vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, skin infections, kidney failure and death.

The lawsuit seeks to hold these companies accountable for their deceptive and unlawful practices, and to provide compensation and relief to the dog owners who have been harmed by them. It also aims to protect the public interest and the welfare of dogs by ensuring that prescription dog foods are properly regulated and labeled, and that consumers and veterinarians are informed about their benefits and risks.

Please be aware that the FDA does not review or verify the health claims on any veterinary diet.

Take a close look at the ingredient list and ask your vet for evidence that the foods in the prescription diet are any better than most regular diets. Also please keep in mind that while your vet has the best intentions, they get little or no nutrition training and often what little training they do get comes from the very companies that are named in these lawsuits. 

Ultra processed foods made with poor quality ingredients are not what your dog needs if they are suffering from an illness. Give your dog a fighting chance with fresh, quality foods for a long and healthy life. 

This lawsuit was settled in July of 2021. Hills Pet Food paid $12.5 million to participants.

Is it any wonder that here at Lucky Dog Cuisine we believe wholeheartedly “Fresh is Better”
The food we send your dog is the exact same food we feed our own beloved pack. 


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