Kidney Problems


  • Change in water consumption
  • Change in volume of urine produced
  • Depression and listlessness
  • Loss or decreased appetite
  • Chemical odor of breath
  • Vomiting
  • Weight loss
  • Blood in urine
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Pale gums
  • Stumbling, acting drunk
  • Common Causes: 

    Acute kidney failure is an abrupt decline in function that occurs over a period of days. Dogs can develop acute kidney problems as a result of ingesting toxins, including antifreeze, certain medications, tainted foods, etc. Other reasons for this type of kidney failure include decreased blood flow or oxygen delivery to the kidneys, infections and urinary obstruction. While some kidney problems have an immediate cause that can be treated, chronic kidney disease shows up over a period of time and its causes are harder to determine. This condition develops slowly and affects mostly older dogs. Underlying illness and congenital and hereditary conditions often causes it. A main cause of chronic kidney failure in dogs is dental disease. Bacteria associated with advanced dental disease enter the blood stream and invades multiple organs, causing irreversible damage to the heart, liver and kidneys.

    Natural Remedies and Preventative Measures:

    In general, pets with kidney disease should be fed diets reduced in phosphorus, protein, and sodium. You can consult our animal companion nutritionist for a diet plan if your dog has kidney problems.
    Your pet’s diet needs to be supplemented with Omega - 3 fatty acids.
    Nutritional supplements can further slow down and prevent the progression of the disease.

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