The kidneys, the frequently forgotten but life-sustaining organs, remove waste from the bloodstream and regulate fluids in the body. If the kidneys are not able to do their job, the result could be life threatening for your dog.
If your dog experiences any of the following signs, he could be suffering from kidney disease:
- Loss of appetite
- Increased thirst
- Frequent urination or no urination
- Poor coat appearance
If your dog is diagnosed with kidney disease, your veterinarian may describe it as either acute or chronic.
Acute, or sudden, kidney disorders can be caused by:
- Blood loss
- Surgical stress
- Severe dehydration
- Obstructed urine flow
Chronic, or long-term, kidney disease can result from the above factors, plus: Breed and hereditary tendencies, in coordination with nutritional factors and immune system defects.
Unfortunately, the signs of kidney disease usually do not appear until more than two-thirds of kidney function has been lost. Once chronic kidney failure develops, it cannot be reversed.