Today, renowned veterinary author and speaker Dr. Robert Silver, DVM, MS, CVA answers questions about Phos-Bind, an Rx Vitamins aluminum hydroxide formula created to help control symptoms associated with kidney disease:
Q: What Is Phos-Bind?
A: Phos-Bind is aluminum hydroxide that has been ground to a very fine, floury consistency. Aluminum hydroxide has no taste at all. If you’ve been using a mint flavor liquid aluminum hydroxide “Maalox-type” solution and have been receiving poor compliance, especially in cats, I suggest you give this a try.
Q: What Is The Best Way To Administer Phos-Bind?
A: It mixes in very well with dry food. We recommend the shake & bake approach. You take the day’s ration of food that you’re going to be administering, put it into a baggie along with the day’s dosage of the Phos-Bind and shake it until the food is evenly coated. The oily digest that coats the kibble will have the Phos-Bind adhered to it. It has no taste and will help with administration.
Q: What Are The Main Benefits?
A: Again and again, studies have shown that it is the phosphorus, the elevated phosphorus in the blood that drives all of the adverse uremia and azotemic symptoms that we see in the chronic kidney disease patient. By controlling phosphorus, both through diet and through a phosphate binder such as the Phos-Bind, you can get better control over the symptoms and extend the lifespan of your chronic kidney disease patient.
Q: What Sizes Does The Phos-Bind Come In?
A: Phos-Bind comes in two sizes, a larger 200 gram size for the larger dog patient and a smaller 45 grams size for the feline patient. The 45 gram size is about enough to medicate your average 5 kilogram cat at a 100 migs per kig per day for a month.