Senior Health - Kidney Failure October 30 2014

There are many types of degenerative illnesses that effect our pets as they age.  One of the more widely seen illnesses in cats and dogs is kidney failure or renal disease.

In acute disease, such as a toxicity, the signs occur suddenly and can be very severe. In chronic kidney disease, the onset may be very slow and the signs fairly nonspecific.  There are many causes of kidney disease, but some may include:

  • Age
  • Viral, fungal, or bacterial infections
  • Parasites
  • Cancer
  • Abnormal deposits of a certain type of protein in the kidney
  • Inflammation
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Trauma
  • Toxic reaction to poisons or medications
  • Congenital and inherited disorders.

  Some signs that may suggest the onset of renal failure are:

  • Increased water consumption
  • Increased urination volume 
  • Decreased urination 
  • Lack of urination
  • Blood in the urine
  • Decreased appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Weight loss
  • Lethargy

There are several supplements that have been proven to offset some of the symptoms of kidney disease in dogs and cats.  The first one is Calcium.  Calcium occurs naturally in the body and can help the kidney tissue to heal itself.  Another supplement that is often recommended is Glucosamine.  Glucosamine assists in bringing down inflammation.  In addition, MSM is another supplement that can help by aiding in keeping the infection down.  While these are just a couple of supplements that are recommended for renal disease, it is important to also consult with your veterinarian.