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Kidney failure is a rather common disease among dogs, especially among older dogs. In fact, nine in every thousand dogs examined are diagnosed with it. If your beloved pooch is suffering from this debilitating disease, or you suspect that he/she is developing it, it helps to know what is really happening to them.What causes kidney failure in dogs?
Kidney failure in dogs can have various causes. These include urinary blockage, where either the urinary tract or uterus is obstructed; kidney disease; certain prescription medication they have taken, or it may be hereditary. It could even be a side effect of other diseases like lymphoma and diabetes mellitus.How does my dog feel when diagnosed with kidney failure?
Your dog will show certain symptoms if he/she is developing kidney failure. Some of these symptoms may include increased thirst and urination, or even lack of urination, mouth ulcers, bad breath, blood in urine, poor coat condition, constipation, vomiting, diarrhoea, lethargy, weight loss, depression, lack of appetite, and seizures and comas.The symptoms listed above will not occur in every dog. They may vary depending on the breed of your dog, which stage of the disease they are on and many other factors.Two types of kidney failure
Kidney failure in dogs is of two different types – chronic and acute. It is important to be able to distinguish between the two so your dog can receive appropriate treatments.
- Chronic kidney failure: Chronic kidney failure takes time to develop. It builds up over the years, or maybe months, that by the time symptoms show, the disease would have already progressed.Some breeds have a predisposition to develop this disease, like the German Shepherd, Bull Terrier, Samoyed, Cairn Terrier and English Cocker Spaniel. This does not mean that all dogs under these breeds will one day suffer from chronic kidney failure. It just means they have higher chances than other dogs.Even though chronic kidney failure cannot be cured, its progression can be slowed down if effective treatment is taken on time.
- Acute kidney failure: Contrary to chronic kidney failure, acute kidney failure appears suddenly as a response to something that happened to your dog, like what he/she ate, or did.Mostly, your dog will recover depending on the extent of damage done, the underlying cause, and the immediacy and effectiveness of treatment received. Your dog will have to be hospitalized for some days or weeks in intensive care.One way you can tell if your dog is making any progress is by checking his/her urine output. If urination falls under a healthy amount and frequency, it means your dog is recovering well. If it has low to no output at all, chances of recovery are low.