The kidneys have a very important role in our body, they excrete waste products into our urine and ensure we don’t lose too much water or salts to ensure our bodies continue hydration and haemostasis.
If the kidneys stop working efficiently then you will start to see the signs of excess water loss through the kidneys in the form of increased urination and increased thirst. There will be a build up of the waste product urea that will make you animal feel unwell, so you may see them go off their food and even start to vomit.
This is a very simplistic overview and more information will be provided if your pet is every diagnosed with kidney disease. When we are testing kidney function we use a combination of
- Blood testing- looking at blood levels including urea, creatinine, SDMA and electrolytes.
- Ultrasound the kidneys and bladder to check for abnormalities.
- Urine concentration and rule out urinary tract infection.
- Blood pressure testing as elevated blood pressure is not good for the kidneys.
Once your pet has been diagnosed with kidney disease we will create a management plan including diet review/change and regular monitoring of your pets general health, blood pressure testing and blood testing to monitor how the kidneys are coping.
Although a diagnosis of kidney disease is scary, with a good management plan we can often help your pet maintain an excellent quality of life for a long time.