While we all want our pets to live long, healthy lives without any major health issues, this isn't always the case. Disease or infection can cause kidney failure, among other issues. Fortunately, we, at Brandywine Veterinary Hospital, serving Greenville, DE, Chadds Ford, PA, and the nearby regions, can show you the signs to look out for and explain the condition a bit better if your pet received a diagnosis. A vet at our animal hospital is here to help.
Chronic kidney disease, also known as chronic renal failure or renal insufficiency, happens when your dog's kidneys have reduced function.
The kidneys are necessary for filtering waste products for his or her blood. Additionally, the kidneys are needed for balancing the fluid in your dog’s body. Your dog's kidneys also play a role in red blood cell production and blood pressure regulation.
Symptoms of Kidney Failure
By looking for the symptoms of kidney failure in your dog, you can get him or her the treatment necessary to slow progression. He or she will then live as long of a life as possible, as comfortable as possible. In some cases, we can treat the problem.
Some examples of symptoms of kidney failure your pet may experience include:
- Weight loss
- Decreased appetite
- Decrease in energy
In the earliest stages, your dog might not have any symptoms. Once it reaches the later stages, symptoms might appear. They'll then worsen as your dog's kidney failure continues to progress.
Acute kidney disease happens suddenly and may occur from infection, significant blood loss, shock, severe dehydration, or poison. Our veterinary specialist, in these cases, can intervene and stop the damage. The kidneys will then heal.
Chronic kidney disease, which is the progressive form, might not be able to be treated fully but symptoms can be managed. The cause of this form may stem from a toxic substance, medication, infection, or health condition.
At routine appointments and if your pet has signs of a kidney problem, our veterinarian may perform a few tests in order to learn more about your dog’s problem. We'll perform further diagnostics to determine the cause, if necessary.
Visit Us for Pet Care from a Veterinarian on Our Veterinary Team
A veterinarian on our pet care team at Brandywine Veterinary Hospital, serving (302) 476-8779 Greenville, DE, (610) 459-0500 Chadds Ford, PA, and the surrounding regions, will determine an appropriate course of action, which may change as your pet's condition does. If you'd like an appointment at our animal hospital, call us.