Kidney Failure in Dogs
The kidneys play an integral and important
function your dog’s health and survival. The recent dog food recalldue to kidney failure and death in dogs
who have eaten contaminated dog food has raised awareness about this condition.
Kidneys primarily function to assist in the
maintenance of blood chemicals, and act as a filtering system for waste products through your dog’s urine.
Kidney also aid in maintaining the balance of certain
chemicals in your dog's blood .
When your dog’s kidneys fail to work
properly, toxins will not be filtered out of the
blood system via urine. The result is a build up of toxins and waste, which can be very dangerous to your dog’s
Kidney failure in dogs may be caused by
toxins introduced into your dogs system, infection, or hereditary reasons.
According to the Word Small Animal
Veterinary Association, acute renal or kidney failure is “rapid onset of azotemia over hours to days (two
weeks)…” Some of the consequences “ … often are life threatening.”
Some of the symptoms commonly associated
with kidney failure in dogs are:
- Dehydration, your dog may be drinking
more water than normal
- More urination than
- Less urination than
- A lack of
- Blood in the urine
- Loss of appetitive
- Stiff gait when your dogs
- Poor condition of your dogs
What you should do if you see signs of
kidney failure in your dog
Contact your veterinarian immediately.
Kidney failure in dogs is a very serious and life threatening disease. Your veterinarian will examine your dog
and if kidney failure is suspected he will take blood and urine tests to aid in a proper diagnosis.
Your veterinarian may also recommend other
tests in making a diagnosis of kidney failure in your dog such as a radiograph or ultrasound.
Keep your dog hydrated. It is essential that
your dog drink as much water as possible if his kidneys are not properly functioning.
Once a diagnosis of kidney failure has been
confirmed in your dog, your veterinarian will make additional recommendations with respect to your dogs diet and
certain supplements and vitamins that may be appropriate in helping to treat your dogs kidney
In the case of advanced acute kidney failure
in dogs, a stay at the veterinary hospital may be in order so that your veterinarian can monitor your dogs
condition, assure proper hydration, administer
prescribed veterinary medications and make changes to your dogs diet as needed .
In the recent dog food recall, toxins in the
form of melamine, a plastic used in the manufacture of plastics has been determined to have been added to
wheat gluten, a common protein In many commercial dog foods. Additional problems have now been discovered in
contaminated corn gluten and rice protein, contributing to kidney failure in dogs as well.
As the sickness and death toll mounts it has
become imperative for dog owners to take preventative and proactive measures to protect their dogs susceptible
to kidney failure in dogs.
- First, make sure that your dog is not
being fed any of the dog food on the FDA recall list. You can see a current list: at:
- Third. If your dog has eaten any dog
food subject to recall or shows any symptoms of kidney failure in dogs, contact your veterinarian
immediately. Time is of the essence and your dogs health and life is at stake,
My small 8 year old dog suddenly became ill
and no vet could determine the cause. She died after 2 weeks of suffering on Mother’s Day morning. Don’t let
anything happen to your best friend.
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