Warning Signs of Canine Kidney Disease

As your dog ages, it is a great idea to start thinking more about his kidney health. The kidneys act like filters, taking waste products and toxins out of the blood and other bodily fluids. Kidney problems cause toxins to build up in your dog’s blood, which can lead to a variety of other health problems for your pooch. Chronic canine kidney disease is generally seen in older dogs, however dogs of any age can get canine kidney disease. Watch your dog for the following symptoms. If you suspect that your dog may be having trouble with his kidneys, make an appointment with your vet immediately to discuss treatment options, including diet, medication and supplements like Azodyl.

Dogs with canine kidney disease may begin to urinate more frequently and to produce more diluted urine as kidney function decreases. This increase in urination leads to dehydration, so you may also notice your four-legged friend drinking a lot more water than he used to. If you start to notice your dog getting tired on walks or not having the energy to play like a puppy, it could be due to muscle weakness caused by kidney disease. Canine kidney disease can also cause loss of appetite and nausea. Bad breath, diarrhea and shivering can also be signs of canine kidney disease. Your veterinarian can help you make a plan to treat your best friend’s kidney trouble.  Damaged caused by canine kidney disease is not often reversible as your dog ages, so it is important to take these symptoms seriously. Keep an eye on your pet’s health and he will love you for years to come.

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3 Responses to “Warning Signs of Canine Kidney Disease”

  1. Juliette Says:

    Good points, my 7 year old cocker spaniel, Lovejoy died with kidney disease (and epilepsy). He was under vet care for the epileptic fits and on medication which limited the fits to once a month but then developed kidney disease, which the vet diagnosed quickly, although within 6 months sadly he died.

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  3. Probioticsmart.com Says:

    I would also like to mention the use of Omega 3 as a supplement for reducing inflammation. I like that you mentioned Azodyl for dog kidney failure as probiotics are one of the best ways to reduce toxin buildup in the intestines and bloodstream. My hope is that no pet ever has to go through this, but since it is inevitable for some, thank you for taking the time to post on how to help the problem.

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