Have you noticed any of the following in your pet?
– increased thirst
– increased urination
– weight loss
Any of these changes may be an early sign of kidney disease. The sooner we detect this disease and initiate treatment, the better your pet will feel and the longer he or she will live.
Kidney disease occurs when there is damage to the nephrons. Nephrons are simply little factories that work out how much water should be conserved in the body. Once damaged, nephrons don’t function properly and can’t regenerate. Toxins, drugs and diseases can harm the nephrons but what’s alarming is that your pet may not show any signs until 75% of these nephrons are damaged.
There are plenty of other diseases that present with similar signs to kidney disease (such as diabetes) so it is always important that we investigate further if you notice these symptoms. A blood test, urine test, a measure of your pet’s blood pressure and an ultrasound may be necessary.
It’s best to arrange an appointment with us as soon as possible if you notice any changes or are worried about your pet. Don’t forget that clinical signs may be absent in the early stages of disease, therefore it’s always worthwhile to perform regular 6 monthly checks when your pet seems well.