Happy Dog VET Diet Renal [Dry Food]

Happy Dog VET Diet Renal [Dry Food]

Happy Dog VET Diet Renal dry food is a complete diet food for dogs to support kidney function in acute and chronic kidney failure.

We took a closer look at the composition and properties of this feed. Learn more about this Happy Dog dog food here.

This recipe serves a special nutritional purpose, it may therefore deviate from that of a normal complete feed.

Because dogs with chronic renal insufficiency need food with less protein and with adjusted mineral content.

At a glance






  • Lining Type:
    Dry Lining (Extruded)
  • Recommendation:
    Complete diet food for dogs with kidney disease

Where can I buy Happy Dog VET Diet Renal dry food?
Directly from Happy Dog. Or look for this dry food now on Amazon, Fressnapf, or Zooplus.

Happy Dog VET Diet Renal dry food dog food

In the Happy Dog VET diet range you will find the following products [1] :

  • Happy Dog VET Diet Obesity
  • Happy Dog VET Diet Urinary Low Purines
  • Happy Dog VET Diet Struvite
  • Happy Dog VET Diet Skin Protect
  • Happy Dog VET Diet Renal
  • Happy Dog VET Mobility
  • Happy Dog VET Diet Intestinal Low Fat
  • Happy Dog VET Diet Intestinal
  • Happy Dog VET Diet Hypersensitivity
  • Happy Dog VET Diet Hepatic
  • Happy Dog VET Diet Obesity

Product Description for Happy Dog VET Diet Renal dry food :

This complete diet feed is characterized by content of highly digestible protein, as well as phosphorus and sodium, specially adapted to the needs. The particularly tasty recipe with the protein sources greaves, salmon and egg promotes feed intake and ensures the supply of nutrients.

The product data comes from the website of the provider.

Happy Dog VET Diet Renal Dry Food Dry Food

The Happy Dog VET Diet Renal dry food is an extruded dry food. Dry food contains about 8-12% moisture.

The food chunks of this variety are 


During extrusion, the ingredients are first dried, chopped up, and mixed before the feed mass is forced through a nozzle using pressure and steam at high temperatures of around ~120-150°C.

The raw materials undergo chemical and physical changes that determine the nutritional value, texture, and digestibility of the product. Feed extrusion is the standard process to produce commercial dry feed.

Ingredients and Declaration

If you want to find out more about dog food, you can read more about typical ingredients or the declaration of dog food here.

Happy Dog VET Diet Renal Dry Food Ingredients :


Corn, rice flour, potato flakes, poultry fat, greaves (8%), salmon flour (4%), dried whole egg (2%), carrots (dried), hydrolyzed liver, sunflower oil, potassium chloride, rapeseed oil, calcium carbonate, dried yeast, sodium chloride, dried seaweed, linseed (0.15%), dried mussel meat (0.04%), milk thistle, dried yeast (extracted), artichoke, dandelion (0.015%), ginger, birch leaves (0.015%), nettle, chamomile, coriander, rosemary, sage, licorice root, Thyme (total dry herbs: 0.16%)

This product is openly declared. The ingredients are named individually and in some cases, their percentage is also given.

Nutritional Additives :

Vitamin A, Vitamin D3, Vitamin E, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6, Biotin, Calcium D-Pantothenate, Niacin, Vitamin B12, Choline Chloride, Iron, Copper, Zinc, Manganese, Iodine, Selenium, L- tryptophan

Technological additives :

antioxidants, tocopherol extracts from vegetable oils

In addition to personal preferences, the origin, preparation, or quality of the individual feed components also play a role in the assessment. A total of 31 ingredients appear in the Happy Dog VET Diet Renal dry food composition.

  1. The first ingredient in this dog food is corn.

This grain ends up in dog food mainly because of its high energy density and starch content.

The individual ingredients are listed in the order of their weight percentage in the fresh mass of the feed. And the first ingredient in this recipe is grain.

Various grains can be found in many feed recipes as cheap sources of energy. Because in addition to fiber, micronutrients, and plant protein, cereals contain a lot of carbohydrates in the form of starch. Since the quality of grain ingredients varies greatly, you should pay attention to clearly named ingredients.

  1. The next ingredient is rice flour.

Rice flour made from white or brown rice is often used as a gluten-free alternative to wheat flour. It consists mainly of rice starch.

  1. In third place, we find potato flakes.

So dried potatoes have been rolled into flakes. Potato flakes primarily contain a lot of starch and are used in flake foods, for example.

  1. The fourth ingredient is poultry fat.

The macronutrient fat (from poultry species not mentioned here) provides a lot of energy and is of course also used as a flavor carrier.

  1. The fifth ingredient in the recipe is greaves.

Greaves are fried protein and fatty fibrous tissue leftovers, a high-calorie by-product of fat extraction from meat parts.

  1. On to the next ingredient, salmon flour.

It is a single-variety meat flour from salmon.

This protein concentrate is made from fish or fish trimmings that have been heated, defatted, dried, and ground.

  1. The seventh place is dry whole egg.

Preserved dry egg made from whole eggs is an easy way to add nutrients to the recipe. Because eggs provide high-quality protein, but also some minerals and micronutrients.

  1. Next comes the eighth ingredient, carrots.

When cooked, carrots are easily digested by dogs and contain, among other things, carotenemineralsvitamins, and various carbohydrates.

  1. The ninth ingredient is liver hydrolyzate.

Liver supplies, among other things, minerals, vitamins, and protein.

During hydrolysis, proteins are split into shorter peptides and free amino acids. This creates an easily digestible protein powder with a low allergy potential, which is also very tasty for dogs.

  1. As the tenth ingredient, we find sunflower oil.

Sunflower oil is considered a good oil in dog food. It contains, among other things, omega-6 fatty acids and only a few saturated fatty acids.

Other ingredients

The recipe contains a few other secondary components or additives, but these only make up a small proportion of the feed mass. For example, these supplemental ingredients are more about micronutrients or functional elements.

We find, for example, the following additional ingredients in the Happy Dog VET Diet Renal dry food composition:

Potassium chloride provides potassium but is also permitted as an E 508 additive due to its taste-enhancing properties.

Rapeseed oil supplies, among other things, omega-3 fatty acids and should also be able to withstand the high temperatures during the preparation of, for example, extruded chunks of food.

Calcium carbonate supplements the recipe with calcium. It also alkalizes the urine and is therefore also used in low-purine diets for dogs with bladder or kidney stones.

Yeast provides, among other things, vitamins, amino acids, and valuable micronutrients. For example, yeast can end up in the feed as yeast extract or in the form of hydrolyzed yeast cells.

Flax seeds are high in protein and fat. They also contain mucilage, which is said to have a stimulating effect on digestion.

Analytical components in the Happy Dog VET Diet Renal dry food

It is a complete food for dogs.

The nutrient profile must therefore be suitable for the daily diet of dogs with kidney disease and cover their nutrient requirements in the best possible way.

Learn more about analytical components in dog food here.

Since we couldn’t find any information on the water content, we estimated a moisture content of 10% for this dry food.

If we add moisture and all declared values, we don’t quite get to 100%. The remaining part in this simplified calculation corresponds to the so-called nitrogen-free extracts (carbohydrates) in dog food.

Analytical components
Crude protein16%
Raw fat16%
Raw ash4%
Crude fiber2%
Carbohydrates≈ 52%
Humidity≈ 10%

The declared values ​​may vary within a certain range or sometimes only indicate the minimum or maximum content of individual nutrients.

In order to be able to compare the declared nutrients in the Happy Dog VET Diet Renal dry food with those of other types of food, we can calculate the nutritional values ​​on the basis of the dry matter.

In doing so, we adjust all data for the estimated water content. In this way, food types such as wet food and dry food can also be compared with one another.

Analytical components in dry matter
Crude protein17.8%
Raw fat17.8%
Raw ash4.4%
Crude fiber2.2%

For comparison: At least 18-21% crude protein is recommended for healthy dogs, but this value may and should not be reached in the case of food for dogs with kidney disease [6,11]. Here you will find food with values ​​around 12-20 %. So this food appears to be deliberately 

low in protein. We also found this kibble to be medium fat and high in carbohydrates, which is not uncommon for a kibble.

Energy Content

We have not found any information on the calorie density of this food and therefore estimated the value based on the available information at 3909 kcal/kg

The calories in dog food are mainly provided by the three macronutrients protein, fat, and carbohydrate.

Caloric percentage *
Protein≈ 15%
Fat≈ 37%
Carbohydrates≈ 48%

About 256 g of this food provides 1000 kcal. This serving contains roughly 41 g of protein41 g of fat, and 133 g of carbohydrates.

According to pet food industry guidelines, this serving should contain at least 45 g of protein for maintaining metabolism. In this therapeutic special diet, the value may deliberately be undercut in order to relieve the kidneys.

Your dog needs energy from fats or carbohydrates in order to use enough protein as a nutrient and not just as an energy supplier. Fatproteincarbohydrates

proteins provide amino acids as building blocks for all kinds of bodily functions. However, proteins can also be used to generate energy.

With impaired kidney function, however, protein waste products can accumulate in the blood, which is why an affected dog should consume less protein.

Fats from animal or plant sources provide essential fatty acids, and fat also has an enormously high energy density.

carbohydrates are not essential for the dog, but serve as an effective supplier of energy, and dietary fiber and provide the necessary starch for extruded food.

* The contribution of the nutrient groups to the energy content of dog food is presented in a very simplified way using modified Atwater factors (3.5 kcal/g for protein and carbohydrates and 8.5 kcal/g for fat)

Other methods assume in dry food 5.7 kcal/g for protein, 9.4 kcal/g for fat, and 4.1 kcal/g for carbohydrates. Minimum values ​​are specified for raw fat and raw protein, the real values ​​are often higher and the estimated carbohydrates in the composition are correspondingly lower. It is therefore only a matter of showing the roughly estimated proportion of the nutrient groups.


These minerals are listed in the Analytical Constituents:


So this dog food has a calcium-to-phosphorus ratio of 1.3:1.

For (healthy) adult dogs the ratio should be between 1:1 and 2:1. An adapted mineral content, especially with a reduced phosphorus and sodium content, is one of the typical features of a kidney feed.

A little less phosphorus compared to standard foods has a positive effect on the course of kidney disease and less sodium helps to stabilize the water balance and blood pressure.

Happy Dog VET Diet Renal dry food feeding recommendation

In the product description, we find a recommendation for the Happy Dog VET Diet Renal dry food dosage (in grams/day): 

Ideal Weight DogRation

If your four-legged friend suffers from renal insufficiency, it is particularly important that he always has fresh water available!

Special diet foods should be fed under veterinary supervision. Often you will find a recommendation for the ideal feeding time on the packaging.

Of course, the daily ratio not only depends on the size of your dog but also on its individual energy requirements depending on the stage of life, exercise, diet, etc. So check the portions regularly.

This dry food is intended for adult dogs. To feed 1000 kcal you need about 256 g of this dog food.

When shopping, always pay attention to the shelf life of the feed, the quality of the packaging, and general feed hygiene during storage.

It is advisable not to buy too much dry food at once! Once the packaging has been opened, it should be stored in a dry and cool place and ideally used up within 2-4 weeks.

Questions about the Happy Dog VET Diet Renal dry food

Here we try to answer your questions about this dog food:

Is Happy Dog VET Diet Renal dry food grain-free?

No. Happy Dog VET Diet Renal dry food contains corn and rice flour.

Where can I buy Happy Dog VET Diet Renal dry food?

Look for this food directly at Happy Dog or check availability at AmazonFressnapf, or Zooplus.

For which dogs is Happy Dog VET Diet Renal dry food intended?

Happy Dog VET Diet Renal dry food is a diet food for dogs to support kidney function in acute and chronic kidney failure. It is a special diet for a specific nutritional purpose. This food should only be fed when recommended by a veterinarian.

Product Details

ProductHappy Dog VET Diet Renal dry food
CompanyInterquell GmbH
BrandHappy dog
Lining typeDried animal food
Type of foodComplete feed

The dog food brand Goood also belongs to Interquell GmbH.

The trade association FEDIAF represents the European pet food industry and thus also the German industry association for pet supplies. Members follow dog food labeling and formulation guidelines.

PETA Deutschland eV lists Happy Dog as “animal food without animal testing”

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