Re:Potassium supplement-what about salt substitute?
- Dear Judith,
I loved the photo of Nessi you posted the other day !
So small, so cute! What a beautiful Russian Blue.
Glad that she is doing well.
I don't remember exactly where Nessi is with her
disease. It seemed like she was already in CHF
when she was diagnosed due to the Rx for
lasix. From what I have been reading lately (mostly
Clarke Aikens), the recommendation is to not restrict
sodium in the diet of a heart kitty unless that kitty
is in/has been in CHF.
If I remember rightly, she is on both furosemide and
an ACE-inhibitor. The ACE-inhibitor leads to
retention while the furosemide causes the body to
excrete potassium in the urine. Often these two drugs
balance each other's effect on potassium levels.
If Nessi has already been in CHF, as I think I
than rather than using "lite salt," which at least in
form made by Morton is a mix of Sodium Chloride
and Potassium Chloride and also contains Iodine:
1/4 tsp (volume) = 1.4 g (mass)
290 mg Sodium
340 mg Potassium
60 mcg Iodine
I would consider potassium gluconate. You can
potassium gluconate 99 (tablets) from GNC very
The ingredients are potassium gluconate and dextrose.
Nothing else is in it. It is much cheaper than the
available at the vet and Cozette's bloodwork showed
that it was as effective as Tumik-K when used at the
same dosage (in mili-equivalents).
You can also buy a powdered form or tablet form from
other companies - e.g. NOW brand. These however
have other additives. [Not sure about brands
in Israel]. For me, liquid potassium chloride
a prescription and all of the KCl I had access to was
flavored with a
fruit syrup (Cozette said "YUCKY!!). I could not
purchase it plain.
Cozette's potassium was low and she did require
supplementation to bring her potassium back up.
After taking it for about 4 months (the GNC)
her blood sugar only increased by 5 points (the
dextrose in the tablet is what I suspect increased
her blood sugar level).
If Nessi doesn't really "need" it, you might consider
crushing up a bit of a potassium gluconate tablet
rather than the table salt.
Hope this helps!
Nala with Camille and Cozette in spirit.
PS- The Merck Pet book that Vickie has been talking
about is written for laypeople for pet care. The
veterinary manual, available online, is written for
veterinary professionals (although I look at it
and I am no vet. professional) - so they are actually
two different books! But thanks for the reminder
about the Veterinary manual online!
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