Kidney Disease Treatment at Tierrasanta Veterinary Hospital
Pets fall prey to many of the same diseases and disorders suffered by humans, including kidney disease. Acute kidney damage or chronic kidney problems can shorten a pet's life, not to mention reducing the quality of that life. Fortunately, you don't have to let your beloved pet's health fall into life-threatening decline. Here at Tierrasanta Veterinary Hospital in San Diego, our veterinarians can help your pet recover from, manage, or even avoid kidney disease, optimizing his chances for a longer and happier life.
Causes of Kidney Disease in Pets
Kidney problems can stem from a number of possible causes. Acute kidney failure is often the direct result of poisoning via ingestion of human foods, medicines, cleaning substances, or even plants like lilies. Recurring bouts of acute kidney disease can sometimes lead to chronic kidney disease. Infection, another cause of kidney disease, is the leading cause of kidney failure in dogs.
Kidney disease may go unnoticed until the kidneys have lost up to two-thirds of their function. Irreversible kidney damage not only limits your pet's ability to eliminate waste products through urine, it can also trigger hypertension and cause problems with red blood cell production. When symptoms do appear, they may include pale gums, vomiting, excessive thirst, weight loss, loss of appetite, and increased urination.
Treatment and Preventative Strategies from Our San Diego Veterinarians
Our San Diego veterinarians can run urine and blood tests to look for any signs of kidney disease during routine wellness exams. If we find that your pet has high blood pressure, we may take additional steps to confirm or eliminate kidney disease as an underlying cause. Acute kidney failure can respond to aggressive treatments such as administering intravenous fluids. Chronic kidney disease treatment focuses on minimizing the symptoms and slowing the progress of the disease as much as possible. Your pet's kidney treatment may include:
- A special diet that reduces sodium, phosphorus, and protein intake
- Injections of subcutaneous fluids, which are absorbed slowly into your pet's body as a means of re-hydration
- Medications to control high blood pressure
Prevention and early intervention are the easiest ways to protect your pet against kidney disease. We can advise you on how to keep your cat away from potential toxins, how to spot signs of kidney trouble, and when to schedule those all-important wellness exams.
Call Our Animal Hospital to Schedule the Appropriate Pet Care
Whatever kind of pet care you need, you'll find it at our San Diego animal hospital. Call 858-224-9459 today to schedule an examination for your pet!