- Untreated kidney disease can be life-threatening for your dog. All the more reason to get informed!
- Kidney disease can be either acute or chronic and can cause a variety of symptoms from lethargy and frequent (or decreased) urination to decreased appetite and unexplained weight loss.
- Ultimately, your dog’s life expectancy will depend on your dog, the severity of the disease, and their treatment.
Kidneys play an important role in your dog’s health. They have many functions but they mainly work to remove waste products from their bloodstream, conserve water, regulate their mineral levels, and help produce urine.
If your dog’s kidneys aren’t functioning properly, their health could be at risk! This is why it’s important to get informed by learning the signs of kidney failure so you can get your dog the help it needs. Let’s take a look at everything you need to know about kidney disease in dogs including the common signs and causes, and what treatment options are available.
What Is Chronic Kidney Disease
Chronic kidney disease, also known as chronic renal failure, is a disease that develops over a long period of time. It involves a gradual loss of kidney function. When it develops, your dog’s kidneys won’t be able to efficiently filter waste products from their blood.
If kidney disease develops in your dog, it can “cause a domino effect of health problems for your pet,” explains Fetch by WebMD. By knowing the signs and getting your dog the treatment they need, you can help improve their health.