Kidney Failure in Dogs

It is sad when a pet owner sees their dog suffer in pain. That is why our team at Cat And Dog Clinic of Cobb in Marietta offers treatment to improve your dog’s quality of their life. We can help you detect issues like kidney failure and recommend treatment options.

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What Happens During Kidney Failure?

Just like in humans, kidneys are vital organs in dogs because they perform essential functions, which include:

  • Filtering out toxins
  • Regulating hydration
  • Maintaining a normal electrolyte balance
  • Secreting hormones responsible for red blood cell production

When they cannot perform their function effectively, kidney failure or renal failure occurs. There are two types of kidney failure. They include:

Acute Renal Failure

In this type of kidney failure, the dog’s kidney function decreases suddenly, usually within hours or days. The common causes of acute kidney failure include toxins and infections.

Chronic Renal Failure

Chronic kidney failure in dogs develops gradually, for weeks, months, or even years, primarily due to deterioration associated with aging. Some dogs’ kidneys may deteriorate faster than others.

The Symptoms of Dog Kidney Failure

Some of the common symptoms of kidney failure in dogs include:

  • Lethargy
  • Blood in the urine
  • Decrease in appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Weight loss
  • Increased urination and drinking

Treating Kidney Failure in Dogs

When you visit our pet hospital, Dr. Rowell will examine your dog thoroughly. She will then treat your pet depending on his or her condition and the underlying cause. If your dog has severe acute kidney failure, our vet will hospitalize your dog and place it under intensive care.

If your dog has chronic kidney failure, our vet will focus on slowing the development of the disease. Your dog may receive treatment for anemia, nausea, electrolyte disturbances, and blood pressure changes to improve its quality of life. With proper care and treatment, your dog can still live a good life for years after being diagnosed with kidney failure.

Get Quality Veterinary Care in Marietta, GA

Has your dog ingested toxins? If so, Dr. Rowell at Cat And Dog Clinic of Cobb is here to help minimize the chances of your dog developing renal failure. Visit our emergency pet hospital in Marietta for urgent pet care. If you are concerned about a recent change in your pet’s health, call our office today at (770) 565-7472 to speak with our veterinarian.

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