Treatment Options for Pets with Kidney Disease
Kidney transplants are available at select research institutions, but in most cases there is no known way to repair your pet's damaged kidneys. An attempt can be made to slow down the rate of progression of kidney disease and allow your pet's body to handle the situation as best as possible. This is best accomplished through diet, medications, and fluid injection therapy.
Diets low in protein, phosphorus, and salt may also be helpful in more advanced cases of kidney disease. Phosphate binders added to the diet such as Epakitin Powder and amphogel may help keep blood phosphorus levels under control. Injectable B-complex and Vitamin B-12 may help to stimulate appetite in some pets. If this fails, appetite stimulants may be prescribed, such as Mirtazapine and Cyproheptadine. Potassium supplements such as Tumil-K can help with weakness that is seen in advanced kidney failure. When anemia is severe, injectable erythropoetin may help stabilize red blood cell numbers.
One of the most important methods of treatment for pets with chronic kidney disease is to give supplemental fluid injections several times a week, if possible, in the form of subcutaneous injections under the skin. Pets receiving this extra fluid therapy often feel much better and have an enhanced quality of life.