Combat Kidney Disease Early

posted: by: Dr. Melissa Haase Tags: "Clinic Specials" "News" 

Cats and dogs will often send signals that something just isn't right, but pet owners can't always put their finger on what is wrong.  A common condition that affects companion animals is Kidney Disease which can be caused by a variety of factors such as age, exposure to toxins, or infections.

A few signs to watch for when it comes to Kidney Disease in our furry companions include:
  • Increased Drinking (Long-term)
  • Increase Urination
  • Decreased Urination (Sudden or Acute Cases)
  • Not Eating
  • Bad Breath
  • Depression/Lethargy

A veterinarian may decide to perform tests on a patient's urine or blood to evaluate kidney function.  These tests can help diagnose a patient in order to treat the proper condition.  If caught early, pets with kidney disease can live a longer and happier life.  

For more information on Kidney Disease, contact Birch Lake Animal Hospital. You can also check out this webinar for pet owners by Morris Animal Foundation on Kidney disease.