Question: My11 year old, long hair Chihuahua, has been on heart meds for a few years.
The Vet wants him to be on Senior formula dog food because of the lower sodium content. I’ve been using Nulo Senior Formula. I’d like to try your small breed dry food…just concerned about the sodium level. Any thoughts?
Answer: Thanks for writing in. You must ask your veterinarian what level of dietary sodium is acceptable for your dog. Halo’s Small Breed Wholesome Chicken Recipe dry food has a dry matter (DM) sodium level of 0.31%.
The following are the typical guidelines for sodium restriction in dogs with heart disease depending on the severity of their heart condition.
– No signs of heart disease is mild sodium restriction: less than 100 mg/100kcal or 0.35–0.50% DM **Halo Small Breed Wholesome Chicken Recipe would meet this requirement.
– Early heart failure is moderate sodium restriction: less than 80 mg/100 kcal or 0.1-0.35% DM **Halo Small Breed Wholesome Chicken Recipe would meet this requirement.
– Advanced heart failure is severe sodium restriction: less than 50 mg/100 kcal or less than 0.10% DM.
Hope this help.
Dr. Donna Spector
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