Description: A disease that causes the improper function of the kidneys. This slow and steady disease causes metabolic body waste to build up. The body continues to need greater amounts of water to flush out toxins. Causes may be old age wear and tear, chronic interstitial nephritis, or polycystic kidney disease. Also known as renal disease.
Symptoms: Symptoms include excessive thirst and urination, and digestive disturbance. As the disease progresses, the animal may experience vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, weight loss and dehydration.
Diagnosis: This can be diagnosed by conducting a blood and urine test.
Treatment: Treatment includes medications, change in diet, vitamins, ACE inhibitors to allow for better blood flow, fiber, supplements, and if fortunate enough, kidney transplants are available.