Diagnosis and Management of Canine Kidney Failure
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Canine kidney failure (renal failure) can
develop immediately, over months or years. It can occur suddenly,
referred to as acute kidney failure, or over time, a condition referred
to as chronic kidney failure (CKD). When a renal disease lasts for more
than 3 months it is considered to be chronic. All breeds, sexes and
ages can be effected.The kidneys remove waste and toxins from the
blood. When the kidneys
aren't working, these accumulate in the body, causing problems such as
increased urination and thirst.
Causes of acute or sudden kidney failure include dehydration, poisoning or a blockage and are reversible in some cases. The chronic form of the disease has an unknown cause (although damage to the renal tubes is suspected) and is not reversible, resulting in death in months or up to four years. Dietary change is the only affordable treatment that has been shown to slow down the progression of the chronic form of the disease. Dialysis, or as a last resort, kidney transplantation can save the patient, although the costs can be prohibitive for most owners (see below). "
Dog Kidney Disease Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment