Kidney Disease is Serious for Pets

Did you know that kidney disease is the #1 cause of death in cats over 10? Or that nine out of every 1000 dogs examined suffer from kidney disease?

March is National Kidney Month and because this condition is so common and can be deadly, it’s important families be aware of the symptoms of kidney (renal) disease.

A visit to the vet is warranted if you notice your pet drinking more water and urinating more than usual. Weight loss, lethargy, vomiting/diarrhea and bad breath with an ammonia-like odor are also symptoms.

Symptoms of renal failure can come on gradually, but the condition is serious and the sooner it’s caught, the sooner you and your vet can take steps to slow the progression. Even though it is most common in older animals, renal disease and dysfunction can happen at any age.

Treatment often includes a diet with less protein and phosphorus, with an emphasis on high-quality protein sources.

If you have questions about kidney disease or your pet is showing any of the symptoms above, don’t hesitate to give us a call at [HOSPITAL TELEPHONE NUMBER].