Treating a Dog With CKD (Chronic Kidney Disease)

by Betty
(Dochester, SC 29437 USA)

My jack Russel has been diagnosed with CDK, showed protein in urine did creatinine Ratio showed 5.88 which is bad, couldn't afford Renal Ultrasound, Vet said to change her diet to renal and recheck here urine in 3 months. They could not get her BP because she is too anxious. I feel there should more recommendations for treatment after reading this article. Anything to help is very appreciated.

Editor Comment - Chronic Kidney Disease Management

Hi Betty,

I'm sorry to hear about your Jack Russell's diagnosis. CDK, or Chronic Kidney Disease, is a common condition in dogs, especially as they get older. It can be quite serious, so it's important to do everything possible to manage the condition and maintain your pet's quality of life.

Here are some general recommendations that could help you manage your dog's kidney disease, but please remember to discuss these with your vet before implementing, as every dog's situation is unique. Also these are provided by our editorial team, and your veterinarian should be the one who decides the right approach for you.

Dietary Management: As you mentioned, but worth repeating, a diet specifically designed for dogs with kidney disease can be very beneficial. These diets typically have less protein, phosphorous, and sodium than regular diets, but have increased omega-3 fatty acids. They can help decrease the workload on the kidneys
and slow the progression of the disease.

According to Today's Veterinary Practice Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to reduce glomerular capillary pressure and proteinuria and to abate the decline of glomerular filtration rate in dogs with experimentally induced CKD.

Hydration: Keeping your dog well-hydrated is crucial. Kidney disease can cause your dog to lose too much water in their urine, leading to dehydration. Making sure your dog always has access to fresh water and, in some cases, giving subcutaneous fluids can help keep them hydrated.

Medications: There are several medications that might be recommended by your vet depending on your dog's specific condition, including medications to reduce protein loss in the urine, control high blood pressure, and manage anemia, if present.

Regular Monitoring: Regular vet visits and lab tests will help monitor the progression of the disease and adjust the treatment plan as needed. It's important to catch and address changes in your dog's condition early.

Keeping Them Comfortable: Pain management and supportive care are key to maintaining your pet's quality of life. If your dog is experiencing any discomfort, pain, or nausea, speak with your vet about ways to help them feel more comfortable.

Again, please consult with your vet before implementing these suggestions, as they will have a better understanding of your dog's specific needs and condition.


Editor and Publisher
Dog Health Guide

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