Signs of Kidney Failure in Dogs?

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Kidney failure is also referred to as renal failure, and can be caused by a number of diseases that can impact the kidneys and related organs. Healthy kidneys are supposed to eliminate toxins, regulate hydration, maintain a normal electrolyte balance and release hormones required to produce red blood cells.

When kidney function suddenly decreases (within hours or days), this is known as acute renal failure. If the loss of kidney function is gradual (over weeks, months or years), it’s referred to as chronic renal failure. The bacteria can enter the blood stream and attack multiple organs, causing irreversible damage to the kidneys in addition to the heart and liver. Congenital disease – This category can include underlying illnesses and hereditary conditions – everything from agenesis (being born without one or both kidneys) to cysts. Acute kidney failure can make dogs very sick and may need to be treated in the hospital, in intensive care. Your vet may be able to treat milder cases with fluids, antibiotics and medications on an outpatient schedule. With chronic kidney failure, vets generally focus on slowing down the disease’s progression and looking at ways to improve quality of life for the patient. Nausea, fluid imbalances, blood pressure fluctuations and other symptoms will need to be treated, usually with medication and changes to diet. Your vet may also recommend specific nutrients, nutritional supplements or a therapeutic diet to manage the condition. Take inventory of your house and remove potential toxins such as antifreeze (the chemical ethylene glycol is toxic to dogs) and put medications and other foods or substances out of reach. However, keeping up with regular physical exams and annual wellness checkups will increase the chances any problems will be detected early.

What are the early signs of kidney failure in dogs?

Significant weight loss..Vomiting..Pale gums..Drunken behavior or uncoordinated movement such as stumbling..Breath that smells like chemicals..Significant decrease in appetite..Increase or decrease in water consumption..Increase or decrease in volume of urine.

How do dogs act when their kidneys are failing?

The clinical signs of more advanced kidney failure include loss of appetite, depression, vomiting, diarrhea, and very bad breath. Occasionally, ulcers will be found in the mouth.

What happens when a dog's kidneys start to fail?

When a dog’s kidneys fail, toxins such as ammonia and nitrogen can build up in their bodies. This, in turn, can cause nausea, vomiting, and/or a decreased appetite. This condition is known as uremia, and it is directly related to kidney failure. Other symptoms of uremia.

Is a dog in pain when it has kidney failure?

When the kidneys become damaged, whether through an infection, poisoning, or some other event, a pet can experience vomiting, appetite loss, frequent urination, back or abdominal pain, and other symptoms.

The kidneys have many functions. They principally act to remove waste products from the blood stream, regulate the levels of certain essential minerals such potassium and sodium, conserve water, and produce urine.

Ironically, most dogs in kidney failure produce large quantities of urine, but the body’s toxic wastes are not being effectively eliminated. After approximately 2/3 of the kidney tissue is destroyed, there is a rapid rise in waste products in the bloodstream and an apparent sudden onset of severe disease. The clinical signs of more advanced kidney failure include loss of appetite, depression, vomiting, diarrhea, and very bad breath. If a major stress such as illness or surgery occurs, the kidneys may fail, sending the blood test values up quickly. This flushing process is called diuresis and helps mildly damaged kidney cells to function again by removing the toxic metabolites and creating a healthier environment for healing. “If enough functional kidney cells remain, they may be able to adequately meet the body’s needs for filtration and waste removal.” Other important aspects of initial treatment include proper nutrition and medication to control vomiting and diarrhea if present. The ideal diet for a dog in the advanced stages of kidney failure is lower in protein, low in phosphorus, and is not acidified. This type of diet helps reduce the amount of protein wastes or metabolic toxins that may make your pet feel sick and lethargic. Certain drugs will bind excess phosphates in the intestinal tract so they are not absorbed into the bloodstream, resulting in lower blood levels of phosphorus. This serves to prevent dehydration, helps continually flush toxins from the kidneys and provides additional levels of electrolytes. Therefore, many dogs in kidney failure will be unable to produce erythropoietin and have anemia or a low red blood cell count. Synthetic erythropoietin may stimulate the bone marrow to make red blood cells and correct the anemia in most dogs. Treatment and follow-up care is relatively easy and inexpensive and extending the length and quality of life for their faithful companion represents the ultimate reward for many clients.

Chronic Kidney Disease in Dogs

What do my dog’s kidneys do?

The kidneys have many functions. They principally act to remove waste products from the blood stream, regulate the levels of certain essential minerals such potassium and sodium, conserve water, and produce urine.

What is chronic renal failure? Is it the same as chronic kidney disease?

Many people think that ‘chronic kidney failure’ or ‘chronic renal failure’ means that the kidneys have stopped working and are not making urine. This is not the case. By definition, chronic renal failure (CRF), or chronic kidney disease (CKD) is the inability of the kidneys to efficiently filter the blood of waste products, not the inability to produce urine. Ironically, most dogs in kidney failure produce large quantities of urine, but the body’s toxic wastes are not being effectively eliminated.

What are the clinical signs of chronic kidney disease?

Since kidney tissue cannot regenerate if destroyed, the kidneys have a large amount of reserve capacity to perform their various functions. At least 2/3 of the kidneys must be dysfunctional before any clinical signs are seen.In many cases, this means that the destruction has been occurring for months to years (chronic) before failure has become evident.In dogs, chronic kidney disease is associated with aging, and in simple terms can be considered to be the ‘wearing out’ of the kidney tissues. The age of onset is often related to the size of the dog. For most small dogs, the early signs of kidney disease occur at about ten to fourteen years of age. However, large dogs have a shorter life span and may undergo kidney failure as early as seven years of age.

How will my veterinarian determine the degree kidney failure in my dog?

There are two basic tests for kidney function: a complete urinalysis and a blood chemistry analysis.A urinalysis is needed to evaluate kidney function. A low urine specific gravity (USpG) is the earliest indication of kidney failure. An increase in protein in the urine (proteinuria) also indicates decreased kidney function.A blood biochemistry analysis assesses the function of various internal organs. Measuring the level of two waste products in the blood, namely blood urea nitrogen (BUN) and blood creatinine (CREA), indicates decreased kidney function. Tests to measure the blood levels of other substances such as albumin, globulin, potassium, sodium, phosphorus, and calcium, as well as the red and white blood cell counts are important in order to determine the extent of failure and the best course of treatment.A recently developed blood test to assess levels of SDMA (a naturally occurring biological indicator for kidney function) has been used to determine if early renal failure is occurring. SDMA concentrations increase above the normal reference interval well before serum creatinine becomes elevated. This will help your veterinarian provide treatment for your dog at a much earlier stage in the disease.A dog in compensated chronic kidney failure with marginal kidney function may have normal levels of BUN and creatinine but will have a low urine specific gravity. If a major stress such as illness or surgery occurs, the kidneys may fail, sending the blood test values up quickly.A dog diagnosed with low urine specific gravity as well as elevated BUN and CREA is said to be

Since chronic kidney disease is basically just a wearing out process, how is it treated?

The treatment of chronic kidney disease depends on the results of blood tests, and specific treatments are aimed at resolving specific abnormalities. In some cases, the kidneys are damaged beyond repair before diagnosis and medical treatment is ineffective. However, with early diagnosis and aggressive treatment, many dogs will live a normal lifestyle for many months or years.Treatment usually occurs in two phases, first flushing the kidneys and removing the accumulated toxins from the blood, and then providing treatments to manage the disease and delay its progression.

What can I expect from this first phase of treatment?

In the first phase, high doses of intravenous fluids are given to ‘flush out’ the kidneys and bloodstream. This flushing process is calledIf enough functional kidney cells remain, they may be able to adequately meet the body’s needs for filtration and waste removal. Fluid therapy includes replacement of various electrolytes, especially potassium. Other important aspects of initial treatment include proper nutrition and medication to control vomiting and diarrhea if present. Your dog will often begin to feel better soon after this stage of treatment is begun.

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