In the course of its life, your pet will bring you a great deal of joy and happiness. On the other hand, it can also become very sick or get a fatal disease. It is important to keep in mind that certain warning signs are not misleading and that you should consult your veterinarian as soon as you notice something that could be a symptom.
Clinique Vétérinaire Beaubien, located in Rosemont–La-Petite-Patrie, in the heart of Montreal, discusses chronic kidney disease on its blog, and how an in-office examination can yield positive results.
How Can I Tell if My Pet Is Suffering from Chronic Kidney Disease?
First of all, it’s important to note that certain animal patients will experience discomfort during the examination. As cats are smaller, it is easier to palpate their kidneys and evaluate their level of pain. Along with the symptoms and physical examination, the veterinarian can do a more thorough renal examination by suggesting blood work and urinalysis. It might also be necessary to do an X-ray and even an ultrasound of the abdomen. If we suspect an infection, a urine culture will be required to determine the right type of antibiotic to administer.
Now Let’s Talk Treatment
First and foremost, you will have to use prescription food. Commercially available urine foods are usually not appropriate. Renal food prescribed by your veterinarian is therefore recommended. It is available in kibble or canned form, and several different companies offer it. This variety makes it possible to find a food that your pet will enjoy eating. Fresh water is essential and since canned kidney food contains water, it can be a good choice for supporting kidney function.
Some medication to reduce nausea and/or to stimulate appetite may be prescribed. In some cases, probiotics can be used to boost your pet’s appetite. In more severe cases of chronic kidney disease, subcutaneous (under the skin) serums may be injected at home every day or two at the recommendation of your veterinarian.
Always Do Follow-ups
Blood tests every three to six months are usually required, throughout the course of renal disease to refine the treatment. Blood pressure can also be taken and the medication can be adjusted by introducing hypotensive drugs. If diagnosed early, chronic kidney disease tends to evolve much more slowly with treatment, and your pet will also have a better quality of life.
In short, chronic kidney disease can be treated, but it is important to act early and to ask your veterinarian to do the necessary tests and follow-ups.
Clinique Vétérinaire Beaubien: Qualified Professionals who Are Ready to Help!
The professionals at the Clinic have been welcoming you with a smile and taking the time to care for your pets for over 20 years. They have practised family veterinary medicine with passion and dedication for a long time. Find out more about this friendly team today. If you need information, advice or for an annual exam of your dog or cat, a caring team is at your disposal. Your pet is always in good hands at the Clinique Vétérinaire Beaubien.