Dog Guide: A guide to Acute Kidney Failure


This week on Dog Guide, we look at Acute Kidney Failure in your pet.

Dog Guide: A guide to Acute Kidney Failure

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This week on Dog Guide, we look at Acute Kidney Failure in your pet.

Unlike chronic kidney disease in dogs, acute kidney disease, also known as Acute Renal Failure(AFR) is preventable in many cases. If the serious, life-threatening condition is left untreated, it can impact survival rates. Acute kidney failure has a high mortality rate of 50%.

Sufferers of the conditions no longer have the ability to remove waste and concentrate urine, with the production of toxins regularly.

Causes

  • Poisoning.
  • Infection- usually bacterial.
  • Other diseases.
  • Medication.
  • Exposure to toxins.

Symptoms/Signs:

Some of the signs/symptoms that animals may display:

  • Lack of appetite.
  • Excessive thirst.
  • Bowel issues- Diarrhea or constipation.
  • Fever
  • Vomiting.
  • Increased and frequent urination.

It’s important to remember that as the condition progresses, signs/symptoms may differ.

Treatment and Prevention

  • The cause should be identified.
  • Ensure that medications intended for human use are out of a dog’s reach.
  • Keep the antifreeze away from dogs, as it is poisonous.
  • Proper nutrition- particularly for animals that have suffered from the disease.
  • Seek the advice and expertise of your veterinary practitioner.
  • Monitor fluid level of your animal, to prevent dehydration. In some cases, they require fluid therapy.
  • Fast action is required due to high mortality rates.

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