Your Guide to Kidney Failure in Dogs
Kidney failure can sound like a very scary thing, but it doesn’t automatically mean you should expect the worst. With the help of our team at Miami Shores Animal Clinic, your four-legged friend has the chance to live a longer, healthier life.
Understanding Kidney Failure in Dogs
Kidney failure is otherwise known as renal failure. The kidneys, which are part of the renal system, play a role in eliminating toxins in your dog’s body, maintaining a proper electrolyte balance, and promoting the production of red blood cells. When something affects the kidneys’ ability to do these jobs, it is known as kidney failure.
Kidney failure comes in two types: chronic renal failure and acute renal failure. Acute renal failure comes on suddenly and is most often due to an infection or exposure to specific toxins. When addressed early, acute renal failure can usually be cured.
Chronic renal failure comes on gradually and is often due to aging. Though it typically can’t be cured, veterinarians can help manage the condition, keeping your pet healthy and living longer than they would without treatment.
Symptoms of Kidney Failure
Whether acute or chronic, seeking care for your dog is key. To do so, however, you have to know what signs to keep an eye out for. The following are some of the most common signs of kidney failure:
- Drinking more or less water than usual
- Urinating more or less than usual
- Losing their balance or stumbling around
- Nausea and vomiting
- The smell of chemicals on their breath
- Weight loss
- Pale gums or mouth ulcers
- Blood in their urine
If you notice any of these symptoms or notice any other signs that something is just not quite right with your furry friend, a visit to a veterinarian’s office is essential.
How Veterinarians Treat Kidney Failure
Veterinarians recommend treatment according to whether it’s acute or chronic and how far it has progressed. Acute cases that are addressed early enough can typically be treated with fluids, medication, and antibiotics. More advanced acute cases and chronic renal failure might require anything from dialysis to a kidney transplant. It will also include treatments that can help slow the progression.
Keep Your Pet Healthy and Happy with Check-ups in Miami, FL
If you’re concerned your dog is suffering from kidney failure or another health issue, Dr. Cameau is here to help. Schedule an appointment with Miami Shores Animal Clinic today by calling us at (305) 757-3030 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.