Kidney disease in pets Blog
The kidneys play an important role filtering the blood to remove waste products, they also help to maintain the balance of electrolytes in the blood, to keep the body hydrated and healthy.
Kidney disease or renal disease, occurs when there is a change in the functioning of the kidneys. Animals in kidney failure are unable to adequately remove waste products from their blood, which leads to toxicity and illness, and can be potentially fatal.
Cats and dogs with kidney disease may often initially drink excessively and urinate more frequently. Other signs of kidney disease can include changes to the pets hair coat so it is of poor quality, they may also suffer from weight loss and can sometimes experience vomiting due to nausea.
If your pet is drinking more and urinating more, you may also notice signs such as urinary incontinence or other inappropriate urination. Cats with kidney failure can often exhibit mouth ulcers, and may have bad breath.
If you notice any of these signs in your pet, it’s recommended to book them in for a veterinary consultation where the vet will perform a full physical examination, and they will often advise that a blood and urine test are undertaken. These tests help to determine the specific cause of any disease process and the severity of the condition.
Kidney disease is seen more frequently in cats than dogs, and is also seen more commonly in older cats. For senior cats, considering a regular blood screening test to assess their kidney health and other body systems, can be an important part of maintaining the health of your pet, so that any problems can be picked up as early as possible.
Kidney disease can occur due to a variety of reasons, including infections, cancer, toxicity and changes to the body’s immune system. Treatment will vary depending on the severity of the illness, and may involve feeding a special kidney support diet or medications.
For more information about kidney disease in pets click here or speak to one of our friendly team at Sydney Animal Hospitals;
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