Kidney Disease can present itself in a variety of ways. Typical signs include urinary incontinence (leakage), dehydration, lethargy, reduced appetite, vomiting, weight loss, bad breath with a chemical odor or oral ulcers.
Just like human kidneys, your pet’s kidneys balance certain substances in the blood and filter out the body's wastes as urine. Kidneys maintain normal concentrations of salt and water in the body. Kidneys also help control blood pressure, aid in calcium metabolism, and sustain phosphorous levels. Additionally, they manufacture a hormone that encourages red-blood cell production. When kidneys don't function properly, toxins build up in the blood and a dog will become ill. Causes include age, infection, parasites, Cancer, autoimmune disease, and more.
Initial treatment of kidney disease involves rehydrating the patient with IV fluids. Medication maybe necessary to help the kidneys produce urine. Sometimes antibiotics are prescribed if the infection stems from bacterial infection. If you think your pet might be suffering from a kidney disease, don’t hesitate to contact one of the Vetted vets to help nurse your best friend to health and happiness.