Dehydration and Kidney Failure

Part of pet ownership means that you have to understand when all is not well with your pet. For instance, when your pet has kidney problems, you need to be on the lookout so that you can get them the care they need. And if you don’t know how to identify kidney problems in your dog, you can always contact Duarte Azusa Animal Hospital in Duarte, CA, for more information.

The Function of Kidneys

Just like humans, kidneys perform multiple functions in dogs. Kidneys filter the blood, process protein wastes, maintain an optimal water body balance, and regulate the red blood cells in the body. So when the kidneys aren’t performing optimally, these functions are severely affected, resulting in numerous symptoms.

Unfortunately, you hardly notice any symptoms of kidney problems until they are performing 33 % below their capacity. That said, you need to take optimal care of your pet’s kidneys and schedule regular checkups with a vet to ensure the kidneys are working as they should.

Symptoms of Kidney Disease

The earliest sign that something is wrong with kidneys is an increased intake of fluids and frequent urination. Pets usually drink large amounts of water (more than usual); of course, this is followed by excessive urination. The urge to urinate may become more apparent when your pet has accidents at night, whereas normally, they can hold their bladder till morning.

As the kidney disease progresses, your pet loses appetite and becomes lethargic. Vomiting of materials that resemble coffee grounds may follow. When the kidneys are in their final stage, you will notice a severe decline in urine production and fecal matter that’s as black as tar.

Dehydration and Kidney Failure

Kidney disease is common in aging pets, and statistics show that about 10% of dogs develop symptoms of kidney disease when old. While there are several causes of kidney failure, dehydration can cause kidney disease. Extreme pet dehydration caused by severe diarrhea, vomiting, and heatstroke decreases blood flow in the kidney, causing damage.

Schedule an Appointment with a Veterinarian Today!

When your pet has kidney failure, you need to ensure they are in the right hands. Duarte Azusa Animal Hospital, serving Duarte and Azusa, CA, and the surrounding areas, offers multiple veterinary services, including kidney failure treatment. Call 626-357-2251 for an appointment.

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