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Ask the Vet About Kidney Disease in Dogs and Cats

Kidney Disease in Dogs and Cats
Symptoms & Diagnosis
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Ask the Vet About Kidney Disease in Dogs and Cats
MichaelDym, V.M.D.
Michael Dym, V.M.D.
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

As a practicing veterinarian, Dr. Dym has over 19 years of experience and dedication to enhancing the overall health and well-being of pets. His commitment and passion for pet health continuously drives him to learn more about the art and science of homeopathy through ongoing training and education.

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Date: Dec 26, 2019
Category: Kidney Disease
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: kidney slo

Question:old cat (19) kidney slow down. what kind of food. wet and dry?

Answer:Wet is probably better for the increased water content. Low protein is ideal with kidney problems - prescription food is ideal, like Hill's K/D or Purina NF, etc.

Date: Dec 16, 2019
Category: Kidney Disease
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Fluid Therapy side effects

Question:I took my 12 yr old male cat to the vet last week because I had noticed he constantly wanted water, was urinating frequently, lost some weight, and was having a hard time jumping on the counter (had to put a chair nearby to reduce the height). He lost 1.6 lbs from March to December He was diagnosed with kidney failure. Blood test showed BUN of 77mg/dl and Creatine of 4.1 mg/dl. There was also a bacterial infection. My vet prescribed fluid therapy...200ml per day Lactated Ringer and .8ml of Amoxicillin/Clavulanic acid twice a day. Since starting this my cat has lost all appetite, vomits frequently, and urinates often. Haven't seen any stool in his litter. I know kidney failure is "uncurable" but his decline has been very rapid. Is this common?

Answer:They will decline at varying rates but that seems a little too quickly. The antibiotic may be upsetting his stomach. Call and discuss all of this with the veterinarian that examined him and has access to all of his records. It is important that he stops vomiting and starts eating.

Date: Dec 16, 2019
Category: Kidney Disease
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Seizures

Question:My 15 year old cat has been diagnosed with kidney failure. She has started having frequent seizures. She now weighs 5 pounds 8 ounces and still losing weight. She's already eating senior kidney care science diet. Should I try CBD oil? Any advice?

Answer:There are many treatment options to help her feel better. 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. Supplemental fluid therapy (subcutaneous fluids for your vet given under your cats skin) about weekly depending on the severity, make a lot of cats feel better.

Date: Oct 20, 2019
Category: Kidney Disease
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Stool

Question:We took our dog to the vet on Friday, she said she has extreme anemia and kidneys are failing and only had a couple of days to live. She gave us prednisone and an IV with hopes she might get better, she is improving daily, but her poop is black. I¿m unsure if I should stop medication because doctor said if there was blood in stool then to stop but no visible blood, just black. Please help.

Answer:Yes, stop the medication until you can consult with your veterinarian.

Date: Oct 10, 2019
Category: Kidney Disease
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Kidney failure

Question:My cat recently lost 4 pounds and he stopped drinking water it seems as though he may not be able to smell he has had kidney problems in the past he seems severely L I don¿t wanna put him down without trying Everything I can once before he became ill like this and the vet gave him a shot of steroid and an antibiotic shot it took months but it bounced back and was great for five years. Is there any reason why that would not do the same and give him a shot of steroid and antibiotic at this point he has nothing to lose wouldn¿t harm him somehow to do that I don¿t understand why they won¿t even try it. He¿s wheezing and seems like his sinuses are a problem for him

Answer:Steroids and antibiotics won't help kidney failure, if that is the reason he is losing weight, and they can potentially make it worse. Here is a link to our article about kidney disease with various products that may help, both over-the-counter and prescription: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/kidney-disease-dog-cat-31.htm

Date: Oct 5, 2019
Category: Kidney Disease
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: weight gain

Question:My dog is a Yorkie. She is gonna be 8 yrs old. She has kidney disease and is on Purina Nf for about 2 yrs now. Her last blood work done was everything was looking good from the time before. My question for you is, She seems to be gaining weigh which she has always been somewhat bigger.I feed her 1/4 cup of dry twice a day. Is this normal or is there something else I can do to keep her from gaining. Im afraid she is going to have a heart attack or stroke.

Answer:Talk to your veterinarian about the perfect amount of food for her, but if she is really tiny, like a lot of Yorkies are and/or if she has a slow metabolism, she probably needs less food. Also increase her walks, but don't exercise her to the point that she gets dehydrated, just move around more.

Date: Sep 27, 2019
Category: Kidney Disease
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Change is urination

Question:Why has my dog's urination habit and color changed?

Answer:I will need more information to really help you. What has it changed from and to?

Date: Sep 23, 2019
Category: Kidney Disease
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Food and renal disease

Question:Sometimes my dog with only one kidney, refuses to eat for days! I suspect her blood chemistry is off. We have her on Azodyl daily. My question is, can she have whey powder mixed with some yogurt on days she is refusing to eat . She loves plain yogurt. Is this too much protein or phosphate

Answer:It really depends on her exact numbers on her blood work and then the active ingredients and protein percentage in the whey powder and yogurt you plan on using, so have your veterinarian run some blood work and bring the powder and yogurt so they can see if it might be appropriate. In general, I would not use the whey powder but a little yogurt might be ok to stimulate her appetite.

Date: Sep 22, 2019
Category: Kidney Disease
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Treatment/prognosis for CKD

Question:My senior dog suddenly got sick, losing weight, more lethargic..vet did bloodwork told me this is something that¿s been going on for awhile and now having an acute flare up. Has kidney failure. Recommended euthanizing because it would be the humane thing to do. Bun level is 144 Creatin is 2.7 sDMA is 19 He has severe dental disease and is 16 years old

Answer:I'm sorry you are going through this and having to make this decision. Kidney failure isn't really reversible but we can often make them feel a little better for a while (with low protein diets, phosphate binders, etc). When they stop eating, it is usually time to euthanize. Here is a good article, written by another veterinarian from a site that I trust, about kidney failure: https://veterinarypartner.vin.com/default.aspx?pid=19239&id=4951452

Date: Sep 17, 2019
Category: Kidney Disease
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Treatment for kidney problem

Question:My 15 year old dog had a blood panel where everything was within normal ranges except his creatinine which was 2.1 -- the top of normal was 1.9. Is this slightly high or very high? Would giving him the Hill's prescription kibble for kidney issues slow the progression of any problem or would giving him more liquids be adequate?

Answer:That is slightly high. Your veterinarian can run a more specific test (IDEXX SDMA) to tell if starting a low protein diet is right for him. It probably will be at his age.

Date: Sep 5, 2019
Category: Kidney Disease
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Weight loss

Question:Hello , i have a 3 year old rottie, male and he just got diagnosed with kidney failure, they told use to get azodyl, and they have him on kd medicated food , he still has his energy and appetite, but he just keeps losing more and more pounds , is this azodyl good for him to take so he can gain weight and get a control on the kidneys?

Answer:Azodyl is a great product, so hopefully it will get him feeling better - it will depend on the severity of his kidney problems. Consider a phosphorus binder as well if his phosphorus is getting high, like this product: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Epakitin+Powder-prod11134.html

Date: Sep 3, 2019
Category: Kidney Disease
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Stage 4 Canine Renal Disease

Question:Our dog has Stage 4 kidney disease. About a week ago he stopped eating. We took him to the vet and they started phosphorus binder and gave him subcutaneous fluids. That¿s when we found out he had progressed to Stage 4. He rebounded for a couple of days. Now he is back not eating worse than it was before. My question is, since he is still on the phosphorus binder and still urinating, will the fluids help or are we at the point where more medical treatments are just torturing the poor dog without any positive affect to be gained.

Answer:Fluids may help him feel better if he is still urinating.

Date: Sep 3, 2019
Category: Kidney Disease
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Doxycycline mono

Question:My vet told me a human medication will help my dog with her kidney infection maybe it was this one doxycycline mono

Answer:Well, that's better than the other 2 medications, because it is actually an antibiotic, but not one that we regularly use for a "kidney infection".

Date: Sep 3, 2019
Category: Kidney Disease
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Enalapril

Question:I am sorry maybe it was Enalapril for kidney infection on labrador retriever 80 pounds

Answer:Enalapril will not treat a kidney infection either and can potentially damage the kidneys.

Date: Sep 3, 2019
Category: Kidney Disease
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Simvastatin

Question:My vet told me that I can use simvastatin for my dogs kidney infection 85 pound three-year-old chocolate lab

Answer:Simvastatin will not help a "kidney infection" - I think you may have misheard what drug your vet recommended.


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