Caring Naturally For Dogs With Kidney Disease
The kidneys are sophisticated trash collectors that process blood to sift out waste products and extra water. The waste and extra water become urine, which flows to your dog’s bladder through tubes called ureters. The bladder stores urine until your dog relieves himself.
The wastes in your dog’s blood come from the normal breakdown of active muscle and from the food he eats. After it has taken what it needs from the food, waste is sent to the blood where it will be filtered by the kidneys. If the kidneys did not remove these wastes, the wastes would build up in the blood and damage the body.
The kidneys also measure out chemicals like sodium, phosphorus, and potassium and release them back to the blood to return to the body. This is how the kidneys regulate the body’s level of these substances. The right balance is necessary for life, but excess levels can be harmful.
Signs Of Kidney Disease
In the early stages of kidney disease, you’ll notice your dog drinking a lot more water in order to flush out excess toxins in the body that the kidneys are not filtering out. With time, the extra intake of water won’t help remove those toxins and you’ll begin to see more serious symptoms. These include:
- Anemia (pale gums and weakness)
- Dehydration (with a sudden and increased thirst)
- Increase in urination and/or trouble urinating
- Loss of appetite and weight loss
- Vomiting and/or diarrhea
Causes of Kidney Disease
A number of factors can contribute to the development of kidney disease. These include:
- Poor quality, processed dry diets
- High blood pressure
- Kidney trauma
- Kidney stones
Of course, it’s always best to prevent kidney disease as opposed to treating it, so this list is important for any dog owner to understand. Refraining from over-vaccination and feeding a fresh, whole food are important changes every dog owner should make immediately.
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