Does your dog/cat need a kidney test?

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Chronic kidney disease or chronic renal failure is one of the most severe diseases that affects our furry four-legged friends, and the main problem is that symptoms are often hard to detect. Renal failure is responsible for the deaths of numerous cats and dogs across the globe, and it can often be hard for pet owners to determine if their pet needs to undergo a kidney test. Renal failure is particularly common in senior pets so you need to extra vigilant if you have a senior cat or dog.

Your pet is drinking and urinating excessively

Excess water consumptions and urination is a surefire sign that is something is wrong with your pet's kidneys. Don't ignore it if you find yourself filling the water bowl on a more regular basis as this period will eventually lead to a phase of weight loss and food pickiness if kidney disease is the issue. If you notice your pet drinking more water and urinating more for at least a week, you should definitlely take it to the vet for a kidney examination.

High blood pressure is a reality

Hyperthyroidism typically precedes the onset of kidney disease in pets, and the diseases are often known to occur concurrently. High blood pressure normally precedes the onset of both of these diseases, and if your kitty or dog is suffering from high blood pressure, you should definitely get a kidney test done. The issue is that most pet owners are unable to detect high blood pressure and the best way to keep an eye out for this is to visit the vet regularly.

Your pet is eating less

Reduced food consumption and accompanying weight loss is a sign that something is wrong even if that something is not kidney failure. When your pet starts eating lesser, the pet's coat will also reduce in shine and its luster will reduce. During this phase, the pet is also likely to play less, sleep more, and become far more lethargic. You should definitely rush your pet to the vet in case any of these symptoms are displayed for more than a week or two.

The pet has trouble urinating

If your pet is pooping a lot more, cries out while urinating, or struggles to urinate at all, it is a definite sign that something is up with the pet. More often than not, it is more likely to be a sign of urinary tract disease but it could also be a possible symptom on renal failure. If your cat or dog cries out while pooping, you should rush your pet to the vet immediately as it could be a symptom of a much larger problem.

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