How To Address Chronic Kidney Disease In Dogs
In dogs, there are two broad categories of this condition:
Chronic Renal Failure - When the kidneys lose function gradually (over a period of years). It’s most commonly caused by degeneration related to old age.
Acute Renal Failure - Kidney function may suddenly decrease within hours or days.
Common causes of kidney failure :
Congenital Disease: This category is comprised of hereditary conditions and underlying illnesses
Dental Disease: Advanced dental disease can result from the buildup of bacteria on teeth and gums.
Bacterial Infections: Drinking or swimming in contaminated water is a hazard, as the system becomes susceptible to bacterial infections including leptospirosis.
Toxicosis: This can happen if your dog consumes drugs or poisons
Some common symptoms to look out for:
- Bloody urine
- Weight loss
- Lack of appetites
- Increased thirst
If your dog has been diagnosed with chronic renal failure, this is what you can expect to happen next:
Medication: Medications and supplements that lower blood pressure, raise potassium levels, lower phosphorous levels, promote kidney function
Diet: Special diets that promote kidney function and reduce the biochemical abnormalities in the body that result from renal failure are often prescribed.
Surgery: In rare cases, a kidney transplant may be considered.
After your dog has been definitively diagnosed with chronic renal failure, your veterinarian will determine whether hospitalization to initiate treatment is required