How to Recognize Kidney Failure in Cats
It is recommended to take your cat to the veterinary for preventative care. Our team at Brandywine Veterinary Hospital in Greenville and Chadds Ford will assess your pet’s overall health, paying close attention to your cat’s kidneys. Your cat's kidneys help stabilize blood pressure, remove waste, and generate red blood cells. Unfortunately, there's a chance that your cat's kidneys may weaken over time. Luckily, treating kidney failure in cats can help save their lives.
How Veterinary Pet Care Can Prevent Kidney Disease
Some cats are born with weak kidneys, while others develop problems over time. The key is to ensure that your cat receives the necessary care to avoid kidney disease.
Renal failure is often a significant health issue for pets. It can impact cats of all shapes, sizes, and ages, causing rapid medical problems or developing slowly. There are multiple ways that your cat's kidneys may be affected. Exposure to toxic chemicals is the primary cause of kidney damage in most pets. If you have cleaning fluids and pesticides around your home, try to limit your cat's exposure to them. Physical trauma, such as a broken pelvis, can also damage your cat's kidneys. It's important to keep your cat hydrated, especially in a humid environment. Severe infections can reduce blood flow to the kidneys and cause serious damage.
Chronic kidney issues may start to affect your cat as they age, emphasizing the importance of regular veterinary care. An obvious sign is an issue with your cat's urine. Urethral blockage can gradually impair kidney function over time. Chronic kidney issues may also lead to high blood pressure, dental problems, and potential cancer.
Signs of Kidney Failure to Watch Out For
You may notice that your cat is losing weight due to a lack of appetite. Trouble eating and drinking are clear signs that something is wrong. Your cat may also experience stomach problems, such as diarrhea and general nausea. General odors, including bad breath, may be present. Kidney failure can make your cat feel sluggish and depressed. If you notice a decrease in your cat's energy levels, it is essential to take them to the hospital immediately.
How Brandywine Veterinary Hospital Can Help
The experienced staff at Brandywine Veterinary Hospital serves the Greenville and Chadds Ford communities. We will perform a thorough examination to determine the cause of your cat's discomfort. After consulting with you, our staff will recommend the best available treatment options. Call our Chadds Ford office today at (610) 459-0500 or our Greenville office at (302) 476-8779.