Symptoms and treatment of dog kidney failure.
Chronic kidney failure in a dog is a serious condition where the kidneys are no longer able to remove the waste from the body. As a result, urine and toxins start to build up which can lead to a number of chronic symptoms.
Dog Kidney Failure Symptoms
The first signs of dog kidney failure are often significantly increased thirst and increased urination. The dog will become extremely lethargic, show signs of depression, and may stop eating.
There could also be a loss of general coordination, and the dog may start vomiting, and this vomit will have a strong, fetid odor.
Dog Kidney Failure: Which dogs are at risk?
All dogs can suffer from kidney failure, but some breeds are more susceptible than others.
Breeds with high kidney failure rates include:
• Bull Terrier
• Cocker Spaniel
• Lhasa Apso
• German Shepherd
• Shih Tzu
• Cairn Terrier
• Norwegian Elkhound
• Golden Retriever
• Wheaten Terrier
• Doberman Pinscher
Dog Kidney Failure Treatment
Renal failure always requires veterinary treatment, so get your dog to the vet as quickly as possible.
There is not actual cure for kidney failure, but early diagnosis greatly increases the success rate of treatment.
Usually, this includes fluid therapy, management of blood abnormalities with IV drugs, and a special diet with phosphorous and protein restrictions.
To dog is encouraged to drink as much water as possible. And may also need anemia management and drugs to control vomiting.
There is no known way to prevent renal failure. But you can reduce the risks somewhat by ensuring that your dog always has fresh water to drink, and that he is able to urinate as often as he needs to.
Ethylene glycol, a component of anti–freeze has been shown to cause dog kidney failure, so keep this well out of reach of your dog.