If your best friend has been diagnosed with kidney failure and you feel overwhelmed—you’re not alone. The diagnosis of kidney problems becomes more common especially as dogs get older (7 and up), and many pet parents have wondered how they can help their fur babies. Unfortunately we are seeing kidney issues in younger and younger dogs as well, making prevention important from the beginning of your dog’s life.
Dr. Harvey’s is concerned about kidney failure, also known as kidney disease or renal failure. There are two types: acute kidney failure and chronic kidney failure.
Acute kidney failure involves a single instance that causes the kidneys to perform poorly, such as ingesting toxins. Chronic kidney failure is typically more common as a long term concern.
Now, what causes kidney failure in dogs, and what can you do if your companion is diagnosed with kidney failure? Can you treat it? Can you prevent your furry friend from developing it in the first place? We’ll cover all that and more.
Common Causes of Kidney Failure in Dogs
There’s no single cause for kidney failure—it can be caused by:
Age: Unfortunately, kidneys may weaken with age when a processed or high protein diet is fed for many years
Toxins: Certain foods and other substances can cause kidney failure. Ingesting toxins and tick bites can also be a source of toxins.
Injury/Illness: Injuries or illnesses that cause a decrease in blood flow can create kidney concerns.
Poor Diet: a diet made up of dry kibble does not provide enough moisture and nutrition to nourish a dog’s kidneys. Overtime, the lack of moisture can cause chronic kidney issues.
High protein diets that may overwork the kidneys, especially as our pets’ age
Certain medications, oral and topical, can weaken the kidneys