Knowing how to recognize the signs and symptoms of canine kidney disease which is a serious condition that can develop over time or appear suddenly without warning could save your pet’s life.
Identifying the common signs and symptoms so you can call your vet for advice, you will need dog water, dog food and a veterinarian.
Step 1 watch your dog to see if he drinks more water than usual dehydration is an early sign of kidney disease you must always provide your dog with plenty of fresh drinking water. Keep track of the amount of water you give them to see if the amount they drink increases or decreases.
Step 2 determine whether or not your dog is urinating more than usual and see if you have to make more trips outside during the day or whether your dog starts having accidents inside the house.
Step 3 take note if your dog is constantly tired and unwilling to play. Monitor your dog’s energy level to help spot other potential problems. Don’t feed your dog grapes or raisins as they can cause kidney failure particularly in dogs with other health problems.
Step 4 be sure that your dog is eating their food and not losing weight as loss of appetite can signal kidney disease.
Step 5 check your dog’s coat to see that it isn’t thinning or drier than usual and look at the dog’s mouth and make sure his tongue isn’t a brown color indicating any ulcers and that the dog’s breath doesn’t have an ammonia like smell.
Step 6 react at the first symptoms of kidney disease as many of the physical signs occur only in the final stages of the illness when 75% or more of the kidney tissue has been destroyed.
Step 7 take your dog to the veterinarian if the dog shows any signs of canine kidney disease and follow the vets advice and change the dog’s diet, administer medicines or do whatever is needed to stabilize or improve the situation. Early treatment can prevent a more serious situation.