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Kidney Disease

Definition

Kidneys filter and remove waste material from the blood stream. They also regulate the volume and composition of your pet's body fluids.

Kidney disease (sometimes referred to as renal disease) may have many different causes, including inherited defects, infections, or toxic substances. Kidney failure occurs when the kidneys are no longer able to remove toxins and concentrate urine. The animal needs to drink more and more water to excrete the same amount of toxins. If the disease progresses into kidney failure, the animal cannot drink enough water to keep up and the level of toxins in the blood will increase.

Often the cause of kidney disease cannot be determined, but with careful testing, the disease can be managed. Most treatments are aimed at decreasing the workload of the kidneys, reducing the severity of symptoms and slowing the progression of the disease.

Kidney disease is not limited to any particular age or breed, but is one of the most common problems of older cats and dogs and is a leading cause of death for these animals.

Symptoms

Signs associated with kidney failure are:

  • Loss of appetite and weight loss
  • Increased thirst
  • Frequent urination and/or increased volume
  • Poor hair coat
  • Lethargy and/or vomiting

These signs may appear suddenly or develop over time. They may also be produced by other diseases.

How using ThePetCheckup regularly can help

If you notice any changes in your pet's normal urinary habits, bring him/her to your veterinarian for a checkup. But in-between routine veterinary visits, using ThePetCheckup at home (we recommend every month) will help you to catch a kidney infection when it is still small and much more easily treatable. As with any infection, prompt treatment is needed to keep the infection from getting any worse. If left untreated, a kidney infection can turn into quite a serious health problem.

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