- Frequent urinating. While you might think this is a sign your cat’s kidneys are working well, it actually means she’s no longer able to hold water. Urinating outside her litter box is another signal.
- Drinking a lot of water. This means your cat is trying to replace the fluid she’s lost through urinating.
- Bacterial infections of the bladder and kidney. These develop more easily in the dilute urine produced by failing kidneys.
- Weight loss and decreased appetite.
- Vomiting, diarrhea, and bloody or cloudy urine.
- Mouth ulcers, especially on the gums and tongue.
- Bad breath with an ammonia-like odor.
- A brownish-colored tongue.
- A dry coat.
- Weakness and indifference.
From Celine on Pawshake
Have you noticed that cats like to drink from strange places? You might give them a bowl of fresh clean water every day, but they still like to drink from the shower or the base of a plant. Why is this? And how do you ensure that a cat drinks enough water?
Cats don’t drink a lot of water by nature. They are descendants of desert-dwelling felines that would have been able to withstand drought quite well. As such, cats should be able to get their moisture from their food. It is vital for cats not to become dehydrated in order to prevent bladder and kidney problems. Bladder grit and urinary tract problems are painful and potentially fatal for a cat. Drinking water is therefore essential for your cat to remain happy and healthy.
Note that if you are a cat sitter and suspect a cat might be having difficulty urinating during a cat sitting booking, always contact the vet. Read more
Leptospirosis is a disease caused by infection with Leptospira bacteria. These bacteria can be found worldwide in soil and water.
By Jessica Vogelsang, DVM | Featured on PetMD
“Cats are the great pretenders.” So goes one of the common tropes of feline ownership, and in many cases it’s true. Cats are subtle creatures, not ones for making a big scene whenever they feel under the weather. But subtle or not, cats are susceptible to just as many symptoms of aging as the rest of us, particularly as they approach their senior years. The good news is astute pet owners looking for small changes can spot many signs of aging as long as they know what to look for.
Found on PetMD | Written by Diana Bocco
Warm noses, eating grass, and dangerous foods—none of them mean exactly what you think they mean. Misconceptions about your pet’s health abound and some of them can actually harm your furry one if you aren’t able to differentiate truth from myth.
Here are six common myths about dog health that you may have fallen for in the past. Read more
Kidney Disease in Dogs: What Dog Owners Should Know
Article by Jason Carr | Found on PetHealthNetwork
Kidney disease is very common in dogs, and protecting your pooch from kidney disease means you should be prepared to look for problems early. Studies show that 1 in 10 dogs suffer from kidney disease, reports Dr. Celeste Clements. Dogs can get kidney disease for any number of underlying reasons, and even worse, it’s often difficult to spot. Some of the earliest signs of kidney disease in dogs may include subtle weight loss, urinating/peeing more often and drinking a lot more water. Therefore, if you notice your dog is peeing on the floor or asking to go out more, or if your dog is always thirsty, it’s time to visit your veterinarian.
However, once these signs are present, there’s typically already been a great deal of kidney damage. Fortunately, new advances in the veterinary world are making it easier to find kidney disease in dogs earlier (even without signs being present). Read more
Staging and Management of Canine Chronic Kidney Disease
By Gregory F. Grauer, DVM, MS, DACVIM | Article Featured on Veterinary News
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) occurs over a period of months to years and is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in dogs. Nephron damage associated with CKD is usually irreversible and can be progressive. Whether the underlying disease primarily affects glomeruli, tubules, interstitial tissue, or renal vasculature, irreversible damage to any portion of the nephron renders the entire nephron nonfunctional. The histologic appearance of CKD caused by different primary diseases is often similar since the healing of irreversibly damaged nephrons occurs by replacement fibrosis. It is usually not possible to improve renal function in CKD; therefore, treatment is aimed at stabilizing renal function. Increasing evidence indicates that dietary and antihypertensive/antiproteinuric treatments can decrease the progressive nature of canine CKD.
Your Pet’s Kidney Failure — Where’s It Really Coming From?
By Dr. Becker | Featured on Healthy Pets
You may not realize it, but your dog’s body (and yours) is producing toxins all day, every day. These toxins are sent to the kidneys where they are dissolved in water, filtered out, and excreted from the body during urination.
Healthy kidneys make highly concentrated urine, which means large amounts of toxins are being processed and excreted in a relatively small amount of water. A diseased kidney, on the other hand, requires an ever-increasing amount of water to handle the same amount of toxins.
By Adrienne Warber | Featured on LovetoKnow
There are a number of signs associated with end-stage kidney kidney failure. If your dog has been diagnosed with this condition, it’s advisable to educate yourself about what to expect as your pet’s illness progresses.
IDEXX Laboratories is in the process of rolling out a new test that they say “detects kidney disease in cats and dogs months or years earlier than standard screening technologies.” Is the SDMA (symmetric dimethylarginine) test really the breakthrough that it is advertised to be?
First some background…
The “standard screening technologies” to which IDEXX refers are the blood chemistry parameters blood urea nitrogen (BUN) and creatinine and urine specific gravity. When a veterinarian suspects that a dog or cat might have kidney disease, he or she will order blood tests and a urinalysis that include these parameters. If BUN and/or creatinine levels are found to be high and the urine specific gravity is low, a diagnosis of kidney disease can be made. The problem is that urine specific gravity only starts to fall once around two-thirds of kidney function has been lost, and BUN and creatinine rise when more than three-quarters of kidney function is gone. Relying on these findings means that we are diagnosing chronic kidney disease very late in the game.