The Complete Guide to Chronic Kidney Disease in Dogs & Cats
Pets & Pet Care / 09/14/2015

Chronic renal failure (CRF), also known as chronic kidney disease (CKD), is among the leading causes of death among felines; and is considered a serious threat to dogs as well. Every day, untold thousands of household pets die because of this illness. It is a degenerative condition that often goes undetected until most of the damage has already been done. In most cases, as much as 70% or more of the kidney’s function will be lost before observable symptoms ever surface. When kidney disease manifests itself, at first, the signs are subtle. Perhaps your cat or dog has been drinking and urinating more often than usual. You may have noticed that his or her appetite isn’t what it used to be. Other red flags begin to emerge, such as lethargy, vomiting, and weight loss. Many of these symptoms are the result of dehydration and the accumulation of metabolic wastes. Additional problems may arise, such as anemia, urinary tract infections, calcium and potassium imbalances, and heart conditions to name a few. If left unchecked, these complications build, until a severe crisis develops; which will require immediate medical intervention. Needless to say, the challenges you face with your beloved companion are not…