Description: Kidney (or renal) disease is 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, chronic interstitial nephritis, or polycystic kidney disease.
What to Watch For: Signs include excessive thirst and urination, and digestive disturbance. As the disease progresses, the animal may experience vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, weight loss, and dehydration.
Diagnosis: Your veterinarian will test for kidney disease by blood test or looking for excessive protein in the urine at annual exams.
Treatment: Your veterinarian may treat kidney disease with medications, change in diet, vitamins, ACE inhibitors to allow for better blood flow, fiber, supplements, and if fortunate enough, kidney transplants are available.
Breeds prone to Kidney Disease include: