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As I was recently thinking about the cases that I often see the most, I got a phone call from another client with a dog who is experiencing kidney issues. Out of all the health concerns that I deal with in dogs, kidney disease is, unfortunately, one of the most prevalent.

To help you better understand this sadly far too common issue with canines, here is some essential information on the function of the kidneys, the diverse types of kidney issues and what diet can help dogs suffering kidney problems.

What Are The Functions Of The Kidneys?

Dog’s kidneys function very similarly to humans. Kidneys are responsible for performing several vital tasks. Besides filtering out waste and balancing nutrients, kidneys also help control blood pressure, increase red blood cell production and help metabolize calcium. With all the work they do, it is no surprise that they can be affected by several factors and lead to your dog’s overall deteriorating health.

The early detection and addressing of kidney issues in your dog are crucial to avoid further health problems from occurring. Learn what the signs and symptoms are and be ready to deal with them as soon as possible to ensure your dog gets the help they need before things get worse.

What Are Some Signs That My Dog May Be Experiencing Kidney Disease?

Keep an eye out for any signs that may be symptoms related to kidney disease or other kidney problems.

  • A rise or decline in the amount of water they are consuming
  • A change in the amount of frequency that they are urinating
  • A lack of interest in playing or interacting
  • Reduced appetite
  • Diarrhea or vomiting
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Blood in their urine
  • Dental issues, such as pale gums, bad breath or mouth ulcers

What Are The Different Types Of Kidney Failure?

Kidney problems with dogs fall into two categories- acute and chronic. Acute kidney failure is when kidney problems occur quickly over several days. Chronic kidney failure unfolds slowly over a more extended period.

What Are Some Causes Of Acute And Chronic Kidney Failure?

Acute Kidney issues are typically related to the ingestion of some form of toxin. This can include things like antifreeze, household cleaning products or bad food. Urinary obstruction can be a culprit in kidney problems, as decreased blood flow can leave a dog’s kidneys less oxygen and more susceptible to infection. Also, severe dehydration and heat strokes can lead to serious kidney ailments.

Older dogs are typically more susceptible to chronic kidney disease, and it can be hard to nail down the root of the issue, as it develops slowly over time. Unfortunately, early symptoms might be brushed aside, assuming that the problems are just a part of your dog’s ageing process. For older dogs, dental disease is the primary cause of chronic kidney failure. Bacteria can build up on your dog’s teeth and then is ingested when they drink or eat. As more bacteria enter your dog’s kidneys, it lowers their functionality to filter out waste properly.

What Diet Is Best For Dogs Suffering From Kidney Issues?

Although all dogs are different, certain foods and supplements can be included in their diet to help them combat kidney problems from occurring or worsening.

Low-Phosphorous Foods – Items like egg whites, beef, sweet potatoes, yams, white rice, steamed vegetables and raw honey

Low-Sodium Foods – Things such as peeled banana, fresh chickpeas, plain couscous and fresh green beans

Low to Moderate Protein Foods – Foods such as chicken breast, lentils and turkey thighs

Avoid Dry Dog Food – Dry dog food can cause dehydration in your dog, which only worsens kidney health

Nutritional Supplements – Consider adding supplements, such as Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B and vitamin C, to your dog’s food to slow down the progression of kidney disease

Contact Your Canine Nutritionist to set up a consultation for your furry friend today and help them get back to feeling normal, healthy and happy.

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