Symptoms to Recognize in Kidney Disease & Renal Failure in Dogs
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Symptoms to Recognize in Kidney Disease & Renal Failure in Dogs

Kidney disease in dogs is a common occurrence. Knowing the symptoms to watch for can help you to help your dog more quickly with proper treatment.

Kidney disease, also known as Chronic Renal Failure (CRF), in both dogs and cats can be severe but may be surprised at some of the symptoms. Senior pets and cats are more susceptible to the disease though it can occur in young pets as well. Treatment is available though there is no ideal cure for kidney/renal failure.

Symptoms can vary but the most observant symptoms are a lack of appetite, lethargy and weakness, bad breath, weight loss, depression, drinking excessively, lack of coordination, frequent urination, diluted urination and vomiting.

The kidneys are supposed to process waste products and toxins that build up in the blood through the digestion course. When the kidneys cannot do their job, it affects other body systems as well. There may be an abnormal filtration of blood and waste, lack of hormone production necessary for the reproduction of red blood cells and disturbance of proper fluids.

There may be several contributing factors to the onset of CRF, some of which are secondary to the disease. Kidney failure may be as a result of infections, inflammatory disease, cancer, poor blood flow with lack of oxygen, toxins and immune system abnormalities.

When visiting your veterinarian, some of the diagnostic tests that may be requested are a complete physical examination along with a medical history. Your doctor will need to know all the symptoms that you have noted as well as drinking and urination habits, and all medications and other pertinent information regarding your dog. There are many tests that can be performed such as a complete blood count, biochemistry test, urinalysis, needle aspiration, biopsy ultrasonography, radiograph, measurement of blood pressure, blood gas analysis and more, depending on your doctor’s findings.

Treatment which may include hospitalization may also include fluid therapy, special kidney diet and drug therapy, monitoring all blood abnormalities and managing blood anemia. Once your dog is back home and in your care, it will be necessary to follow-up with your vet in five to seven days for another blood and urine analysis to be sure everything is now working correctly. Feed your dog the diet as prescribed by your doctor and allow free access to fresh clean water at all times. In some extreme cases, you may be required to administer subcutaneous fluids to your dog and continue drug therapy per your vets’ instructions.

Renal failure in dogs can be difficult to prevent. Avoid all access to ethylene glycol, feed your dog a good nutritional diet (such as the prescribed kidney diet) and provide ample water supply which is the best that you can do for your dog.


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