Caring for a Dog With Kidney Disease
Canine kidney disease is a progressive loss of kidney function. It does not indicate the inability to make urine. In fact, most dogs with kidney disease actually producing larger quantities of urine, but the body’s wastes are not eliminated effectively.
Cause of canine kidney disease
There are a wide variety of causes of canine kidney disease, some of which include:
- Autoimmune diseases
- Inherited and congenital disorders
- Fungal, bacterial, or viral infections
- Toxic reaction to medications or poisons
- Abnormal deposits of protein in the kidneys
Symptoms are likely to occur in my dog
- Very bad breath
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
How is canine kidney disease diagnosed?
A vet will perform numerous blood tests to conclude if kidney disease is present, how severe it is, and the possible causes. Also, imaging techniques and a urinalysis may also help to define the severity and cause.
Kidney disease treatments
The severity of your dog's symptoms will indicate what treatments your vet recommends. Not all treatments are necessary or appropriate for each dog with a diagnosis of kidney disease. Treatments may also be started incrementally, where the vet begins with a few at a time and then, based on your dog's response, adds additional treatments later. Some treatment options include:
- Intravenous drugs
- Water soluble vitamins
- Kidney transplant
- Avoiding Stress
- Change of diet
Nutrition for kidney disease?
If your dog has kidney disease, modifying his diet by reducing the amount of salt, phosphorus, and protein in his food can help regulate the disease. In fact, the right nutrition can have a positive impact your dog’s quality of life. Your veterinarian can provide an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan, and recommend the best food for your dog’s kidney health.
Disclaimer: We are NOT licensed vets. DO NOT try to diagnose or treat animals based off this or any other information you find on the internet. This page is just basic information to help bring awareness to different health issues that are common in pets. If you pet is having any kind of medical issues, please seek professional treatment from a licensed vet who is trained and set up to handle such matters.