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Chronic Renal Failure in Dogs

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Chronic Renal Failure in Dogs

Chronic renal failure, commonly referred to as kidney disease, occurs when there is long-standing, irreversible kidney damage that impairs the kidney's ability to filter and remove waste products from the blood. It is a progressive condition that can continue for months or even years without detection.

It occurs gradually over months or years and can cause severe damage that prevents the kidneys from functioning properly. In the early stages, no symptoms can be detected, however in later stages you may notice your dog drinking and urinating more frequently. As the disease progresses, symptoms may include vomiting, depression, loss of appetite, weight loss, dehydration, mouth sores, and diarrhea. Chronic renal failure is one of the most common forms of kidney failure and one of the major causes of illness and death in older dogs.

Acute renal failure affects dogs of all ages but is more prevalent in younger dogs. Causes include kidney disease, kidney trauma, congenital disorders, cancer, infections, leptospirosis, lyme disease, and poisoning causes by the ingestion of toxins that attack the kidneys such as antifreeze. Low blood pressure, low blood volume, heart failure, and certain medications such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories and drugs used to treat dogs with heart disease have also been linked to renal failure.

It occurs gradually over months or years and can cause severe damage that prevents the kidneys from functioning properly. In the early stages, no symptoms can be detected, however in later stages you may notice your dog drinking and urinating more frequently. As the disease progresses, symptoms may include vomiting, depression, loss of appetite, weight loss, dehydration, mouth sores, and diarrhea. Chronic renal failure is one of the most common forms of kidney failure and one of the major causes of illness and death in older dogs.

Symptoms of Chronic Renal Failure in Dogs

  • poor appetite
  • weight loss
  • depression
  • dehydration (increased thirst)
  • sores in the mouth
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • lethargy

Additional Support

Never attempt to self-diagnose your dog. Visit your vet regularly and any time you notice changes that may indicate a problem or suggest an existing problem is getting worse. To help prevent renal failure, keep your dog away from poisons including antifreeze (ethylene glycol), aspirin, grapes, and raisins.

Feeding your dog a high-quality, well-balanced diet will also help keep your dog's kidneys functioning properly and help avoid health issues, including renal failure.