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Kidney Disease in Dogs

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Deadly dog jerkyKidney disease, also known as renal failure, happens in 9 out of every 1000 dogs. That means that kidney failure in dogs is fairly common. It can happen to dogs of any age though more common in older dogs. The Samoyed, Bull Terrier, Cairn Terrier, German Shepherd, and English Cocker Spaniel are the breeds that are most prone to renal failure, but that doesn’t mean that other breeds are not susceptible. There are a variety of causes of kidney failure in dogs not limited to breeds, which can include kidney disease, urinary blockages, some prescription medications, diabetes, lymphoma, and genetics. Certain breeds are also more disposed to renal failure:

Kidney failure is not something that necessarily happens quickly, though once the symptoms start showing it can seem to be progressing very quickly. This is because as the kidney’s start to fail other organs in the body will start to compensate while they can. Here are symptoms of renal failure. If you start noticing any of these symptoms, you should call your Albuquerque vet to make an appointment to get your dog evaluated. The earlier renal failure is identified the better the chance of survival.

Symptoms of Kidney Failure in Dogs

  • Vomiting
  • Lethargy
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Depression
  • Weight loss
  • Increased thirst
  • Lack of appetite (anorexia)
  • Acute blindness
  • Seizures
  • Comas
  • Blood in the urine
  • An increase in the frequency and amount of urination

There is no cure for chronic kidney failure. If your dog is diagnosed with renal failure he will likely need to undergo fluid therapy, receive a special kidney diet that is low in protein, high in potassium and polyunsaturated fatty acids.
Treatment for Kidney Failure in Dogs. When a dog has kidney failure, dehydration is one of the most pressing issues. You have to make sure your dog stays hydrated. If he is not drinking enough water, you may have to give him fluids subcutaneously, aka. under the skin. The vet will be able to show you how to do this, and this can be done at home.

Renal failure in dogs is progressive. There is no cure, there is only management. If your dog has been diagnosed you will want to monitor him for changes in his health. Work with your vet on the best treatment plan and the best way to manage the disease.

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Time for Flea and Tick Treatments

This past week was the official start of spring. The trees are blooming. The flowers are budding. The tumbleweeds are migrating. Now that the world is waking up again, so are the fleas. In New Mexico, we technically have fleas year round. Most parts of our state do not get cold enough to put fleas into full dormancy. But spring you start seeing them with much more frequency. I am not saying that are all over that sand pile your dog is rolling in, but you might give yourself the willies if you look too close.

The spring is the perfect time to start your flea protection

The best treatment is good prevention, because once you have a flea infestation, it takes a lot more work to get rid of them.  See our tips on how to get rid of fleas. Thankfully Flea and Tick prevention is very easy. You pickup some Frontline Flea and Tick treatment, squeeze the treatment onto the nape of their neck, and you are done!

As a pet owner you have the option of a variety of different flea and tick controls. There are powders, collars, and of course the Frontline neck treatment. We recommend the Frontline treatment because it is extremely effective, if your pet licks it after you apply it, it will not make them sick, and it is very easy to apply. If you have questions about why Frontline is better than other flea control options, please ask your Albuquerque veterinarian. Come by Vetco and pick up your flea and tick treatment today.

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The information provided on this website is written by Vetco staff. All information is meant to be informational and is not meant as veterinary advice. If you have a health question regarding your pet, their treatment or anything concerning their veterinary care, please call Vetco to consult with a veterinarian.