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How Does Kidney Disease Affect Your Pet?

 

If you are an animal lover and keep pets of your own this information may be helpful to you but it also helps us to better understand and empathize with those adults that also suffer from kidney disease and you can learn how to donate a vehicle to further the cause of kidney disease.

Veterinarians are finding better ways to diagnose and treat kidney disease in dogs and cats and have even come to appoint where they have been able to do a few transplants in dogs, as of yet. Animals also suffer from kidney disease and the repercussions of the symptoms that follow.

Diagnostic Tests

There are diagnostic tests that can be done and abnormalities can be found in the blood and urine. These abnormalities include: non-regenerative anemia, increased blood urea nitrogen and creatine wastes, increased phosphorus, calcium can be elevated, diluted urine and more or less protein in the urine.

Diagnosis can be made based on the signs, physical examination and blood test results.

Treatments

Severity of your animal’s condition will determine the aggressiveness of treatment. Dietary changes can be made. A kidney diet contains less protein and when protein is served it is of highest quality. Egg and meats contain higher quality protein and thus are a better choice. Cereal and grains should be avoided at this time. Protein is important for a pet to repair cells and tissues but pay attention to the type you are feeding your pet. Supplement your pet’s diet also with the appropriate type and amount of carbohydrates and fat so the kidneys are les taxed and can perform more efficiently. Lastly, check the amount of phosphorus in your pet’s diet as well as salt, potassium, magnesium and B vitamins. There are some differences in the dietary change between a cat and a dog with kidney disease so check with your veterinarian before beginning the dietary change.

Diet effect:

It has been studied and agreed that feeding a pet the renal failure diet does increase the quality and length of life. Dogs fed the renal failure diet survived at least 13 months longer and had a reportedly higher quality of life. Cats did not have a better outcome because most cats were reported to reject eating the food offered for the renal failure diet.

Water

Water intake is very important for animals with kidney disease at any stage. The animal cannot conserve water by making concentrated urine. Make sure your pet always has plenty of fresh water available; you might consider adding an electrolyte as well. Pets can also get enough fluid by drinking broth, as well.

Lower sodium

Pets with kidney disease cannot regulate sodium which can lead to water retention and dehydration.

High Blood pressure

Most pets with kidney disease have high blood pressure which can further the decline of the animal and result in blindness. Watch your pet’s blood pressure by trying to help them be calm and not upset by everyday things.

Avoiding Stress

Your best course of action to extend the life of your pet is to help them have a stress free life and good diet. Extremes in heat and cold will stress your animal.

Kidney Transplant

This has had some success in animals but it is very expensive and not all veterinarians know how to do it. This would be a last ditch effort in your animal’s case. Remember an animal has to take anti- rejection drugs for the rest for their life just like a human.

Kidney disease affects not just humans but our beloved pets too. Find out all you can to help your pet live a stress free and longer life if you discover they have kidney disease. Remember they cannot communicate how they are feeling as well as humans can. Be sensitive and intuitive and follow what your veterinarian recommends.