Kidney diseases are the common problems of older dogs & it is affecting an estimated 10% of canines in their lifetimes. This disease occurs when a dog’s kidneys are no longer able to remove waste and concentrate urine. When the kidneys are functioning normally, many important tasks are carried out, & it regulates blood pressure, removes toxins from the blood and excrete them from the body in urine, maintain the blood acidity levels, as well as prevent the water loss and maintain an overall healthy metabolic balance.
There are two types of kidney diseases: acute and chronic.
Nine out of a thousand dogs are suffering from the chronic renal disease.
If the kidney failure is acute, symptoms come on quickly and are often severe. If your dog is suffering from it, then you may notice a Complete loss of appetite, Marked lethargy, vomiting, and Physical weakness; loss of coordination in your dog.
If you notice any of these symptoms, then you should call your vet or an animal emergency clinic as soon as possible.
The most common symptom of kidney disease in the dog is drinking more and urinating too much. If see Reduced appetite, Oral ulcers, Pale appearance and Dehydration in your dog then he is more likely suffering from chronic kidney disease.
When you take your dog to the vet, they will first take samples of blood and urine. They may take some tests of Ultrasound or X-rays so that they can take a look at your dog’s kidneys.
Treat of renal disease
Since the renal disease can affect so many different bodily functions, a lot of medications can be found to treat each dog’s symptoms, whether primary or secondary. Supplements may be used to replace vital vitamins lost in kidney disease patients. Depending on the condition and the symptoms of your dog the medications can vary. You should always follow the guidance of your vet.
You should provide a specially formulated diet to your dog which is recommended by the vet. Also, keep your dog hydrated by providing clean water.
Fluid therapy is useful for replacing depleted body fluid levels and help the kidneys flush out the toxins in the body, which may be given through subcutaneously or an intravenous drip. The fluid therapy helps to reduce dehydration from kidney failure.
Matthew Frank was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. He was a reputed author of Pet Therapy Dogs and Pet Dog Cat.
Matthew is a regular author of this blog who is studying Veterinary medicine at Purdue University.