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.
- Infection- usually bacterial.
- Other diseases.
- Exposure to toxins.
Some of the signs/symptoms that animals may display:
- Lack of appetite.
- Excessive thirst.
- Bowel issues- Diarrhea or constipation.
- 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.