SPECIFIC (Dechra) CKD Heart & Kidney Support Dry Dog Food

SPECIFIC (Dechra) CKD Heart & Kidney Support Dry Dog Food

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Specific Heart & Kidney Support is a complete food dogs with heart and kidney problems. It has been specially formulated to be fed to dogs with heart failure (with concurrent kidney failure), hypertension, oedema, chronic renal insufficiency, hepatic insufficiency (except patients with cholestasis), urate, oxalate or cystine urolithiasis. This food contains high levels of Omega-3 fatty acids which help to slow down kidney failure. EPA will help dogs with heart disease as it helps to counteract cachexia, improves arrhythmia and reduces hypertension and platelet aggregation. The food also has reduced sodium levels which will help to prevent water retention, which is dangerous for dogs with heart, kidney or liver problems. It also has reduced protein levels and an alkaline PH which will help to prevent hyperammonaemia in dogs with liver failure and reduce azotemia in dogs with renal failure. The food also has reduced phosphorus levels which are key in slowing kidney insufficientcy and will help to prevent hyperphosphataemia.


  • Heart & kidney support - CKD Heart & Kidney Support has uniquely high levels of the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA derived from fish oil. In dogs with cardiac disease, EPA can help support maintenance of lean body mass and appetite, normal cardiac rhythm, blood pressure and aggregation. In dogs with kidney failure, omega-3 fatty acids can help to slow down the progression of kidney failure
  • Heart & kidney support - In congestive heart failure, sodium excretion is reduced as part of the compensatory response to the reduced cardiac output, and consequently sodium and water retention occurs. The reduced sodium level helps to break the vicious circle of water retention. This is essential for both kidney, liver and heart patients
  • Kidney support - A restricted content of phosphorus is essential to reduce hyperphosphataemia and to slow down the progression of kidney insufficiency
  • Liver & kidney support - The reduced content of protein in combination with protein of high biological value reduces azotemia in dogs with renal failure. In dogs with liver failure, it reduces the likelihood of hyperammonaemia and possible hepatic encephalopathy. The high biological value of the proteins supplies a sufficient amount of essential amino acids to the dog
  • Healthy urinary tract support - The restricted protein level reduces the urinary concentrations of oxalate, cystine and urate. Together with the alkaline urine pH, this discourages precipitation of urinary calcium oxalate, cystine and urate crystals and supports a healthy urinary tract. Added potassium citrate helps keep calcium oxalate in solution


Dry Food

Maize starch, wheat, rice, fish oil, animal fat, potato protein, minerals (including zeolite), fish meal, eggs, hydrolysed pork protein, whey powder, powdered cellulose, vitamins and trace elements, tripotassium citrate, taurine, L-carnitine, methionine, sunflower oil.

Contains no artificial colours or flavourings.


Dry Food

Nutrient Contents
per 100 g
per MJ
Energy kJ 1797
Protein (g) (crude) 13.5 7.5
Fat (g) (crude) 16.9 9.4
Carbohydrate (g) (NFE) 55.9 31.1
Fibre (g) (crude) 1.8 1
Calcium (g) 0.36 0.2
Phosphorus (g) 0.25 0.14
Magnesium (g) 0.063 0.035
Sodium (g) 0.13 0.07
Potassium (g) 1.17 0.65
Zinc (mg) 25.2 14
Copper (mg) 0.36 0.2
L-carnitine (mg) 72 40
Taurine (g) 0.2 0.11
Omega-3 fatty acids (g) 2.45 1.37
EPA (g) 0.61 0.34
DHA (g) 0.9 0.5
Ratio n-3:n-6 01:01:00 01:01:00
Water (g) 8

Feeding guidelines

The daily individual requirement may vary depending on factors such as breed, environment, season, activity etc. It is therefore advisable to continue monitoring condition and body weight, adjusting the amount fed accordingly.

Dry Food

Daily feed amount in grams
Dog Weight (kg) Lean Average Overweight
2.5 55 45 35
5 95 80 65
10 160 130 105
15 215 180 145
20 265 220 175
25 315 260 210
30 360 300 240
35 405 335 270
40 445 370 295
50 525 440 350
60 605 505 405
70 680 565 450
80 750 625 500

Recommended for

  • Heart failure, hypertension, oedema
  • Chronic renal insufficiency
  • Hepatic insufficiency (except patients with cholestasis)
  • Urate, oxalate or cystine urolithiasis

Not recommended for

  • Puppies and pregnant or lactating bitches
  • Dogs with a relatively high protein requirement
  • Patients with cholestasis: a diet with a reduced fat content is more suitable (such as Weight Reduction or Senior diets)
  • Dogs with struvite urolithiasis
  • Dogs with hyperlipidaemia or pancreatitis

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Reviews (7)

Summary of Reviews for SPECIFIC (Dechra) CKD Heart & Kidney Support Dry Dog Food

Overall 5
Value For Money
Nutritional Value
Pet's Opinion
7 out of 7 (100%) customers would recommend this product.
5 stars (5 reviews)
4 stars (2 reviews)
3 stars (0 reviews)
2 stars (0 reviews)
1 stars (0 reviews)

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45 Noticeable difference in a short time period
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By on 14 October 2019

As the food is intentionally bland we had to mix a teaspoon of tuna in to entice our dog to eat it at first but after a few days she took to eating it without. There was a noticeable difference in how many times she was asking to go out in a relatively short time period of about a week and fewer accidents which hopefully means her kidneys aren’t struggling as much.

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55 My dog loves it!
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By on 10 May 2018

My dog not only prefers this to all other "health care" products but she prefers it to everything else too!

Customer recommends this product

55 Brilliant product for are dog recommend this to anyone who has dogs and need to go on this special food
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By on 5 March 2018

Brilliant product as r dog had to have this special food I will recommend this to anyone who has dogs

Customer recommends this product

45 Does the job
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By on 7 August 2017

Dog thinks it is ok

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55 Excellent for fussy eaters.
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By on 30 May 2017

Have found it increasingly difficult to feed my fussy 17 year old Jack Russell/terrier cross. Bought this to try in addition to the Digestive Support she will eat and it's also going down well. She also likes the Specific Senior food but it is very wet and rather smelly and it's actually me that is put off by this!!

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Q & A

Below are some recent questions we've received regarding SPECIFIC (Dechra) CKD Heart & Kidney Support Dry Dog Food, including answers from our team.

9 November 2021 at 10:23pm

Pancreatitis sufferer


Is this food suitable for a senior dog with one kidney who also suffers from pancreatitis

  • VioVet Staff

If your dog has one kidney but has no signs of renal disease then you may not need to feed specifically for the kidney issues. The body can function perfectly well with one kidney. I advise discussing what diet you should use with your vet to be certain. The fat content of most kidney diets are higher than is ideal for pancreatitis.

8 January 2016 at 9:47am

Is this food alright for a dog with urinary tract problem

Susan Hill

My dog has been eating Hills u/d wet food for 3 yrs the vet thinks I might have to change to helphelp him

  • VioVet Staff

The two diets are not comparable alternatives. If your dog has been on u/d for 3 years then that would normally be to help with control of certain types of bladder stone. The new diet you are talking about is for heart &/or kidney problems. Hills do diets for heart and for kidney problems, as do a number of other manufacturers. The main thing is to decide what medical condition(s) may be affecting your dog, what the priorities are, then pick a diet which is most likely to be beneficial for that. If your dog has developed heart trouble, or failing kidneys, then indeed you should change the diet I think, but really this is a decision for you to make in conjunction with your own vet, who will better understand the priorities affecting your particular dog.

5 January 2016 at 12:15am

Congenital kidney disease stage 3 no heart problems is this food suitable?

Sandra Quinton Smith

  • VioVet customer since 2009
  • From: East Lothian, United Kingdom

2.1/2 years golden retriever kidney disease since state 3 given k/d and hills renal food. Recent hormonal problem looking for something different to eat. No heart problems
Is this food suitable for my dog?

  • VioVet Staff

This diet is formulated to be suitable for dogs with chronic renal insufficiency and so should be comparable in this regard to the other diets you have used. Generally dogs with this problem do not eat well and so it might always be difficult to get your dog to eat enough food, but changing diets can be a help. It should be fine to try on your dog.

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