Did you know that kidney disease is one of the most common medical problems of pets? In fact, kidney disease is a leading killer of cats and dogs.
The purpose of the kidneys is to remove waste from the bloodstream and regulate body fluids. This is why Kidney Disease is considered to be very serious. Chronic kidney disease is a gradual, progressive disease in which usually no visible symptoms appear until much of the kidney has been damaged.
Kidneys remove waste from the bloodstream and regulate body fluids and kidney failure is considered very serious. Chronic kidney disease is a gradual, progressive disease in which visible symptoms usually do not appear until much of the kidney is damaged.
Preventative measures can be as simple as diet and management, helping your pet live longer with an improved quality of life. Screening for kidney disease is very important in mature animals.
11 Signs Your Cat’s Kidneys May Be Failing
- Frequent urination. While you might think this is a sign your cat’s kidneys are working well, it actually means she’s no longer able to hold water. Inappropriate urineation — a.k.a. peeing outside her litter box — is another signal.
- Drinking a lot of water. This means your cat is trying to replace the fluid she’s lost through urinating excessively.
- Bacterial infections of the bladder and kidney, which develop more easily in the dilute urine produced by failing kidneys.
- Weight loss and decreased appetite.
- Vomiting, diarrhea, and bloody or cloudy urine.
- Mouth ulcers, especially on the gums and tongue.
- Bad breath with an ammonia-like odor.
- A brownish-colored tongue.
- A dry coat.
- Weakness and indifference.
We recommend annual labwork for all seniors (cats & small dogs 8-years-old and better, large breed dogs 5-years-old an better). That allows us to pick up on changes to their kidney values, urine concentration, possible urinary tract infections, liver values, thyroid level, and many many more priceless pieces of information. We want to know that your pet looks as good as they feel. It also allows us to catch these changes early and do as much to prolong the progression of disease as possible!