Did you know 75% of your pet’s kidney function is gone before you see any symptoms? That means your pet may have kidney disease and you may not even know it.
In this blog. we want to focus on your pet’s kidney and urinary tract health because this is an area of veterinary medicine where preventive healthcare can make a big difference! A routine blood and urine test can clue us into the status of your pet’s kidney and urinary system. Early detection often allows us to help before it is too late. It’s that simple.
When we talk about chronic kidney disease, it’s a very common disorder in cats & dogs, especially those that are older (7-10 years). Poorly functioning kidneys or even kidney failure occurs when the kidneys are no longer able to do their job–to remove waste products from the blood.
Kidney failure is not the same as not being able to produce urine. In fact, most cats and dogs with poorly functioning kidneys make lots of urine. This is because their body is trying hard (although unsuccessful) to remove the waste products that collect in the blood. The kidneys are beginning to fail but the pet makes a huge volume of urine… this can be confusing to pet owners!
Let’s switch gears and talk about urinary stones. Dogs or cats with very small stones in the urinary system do not usually have any symptoms. They look and act the same as usual. However, if these stones become larger, and are not detected and monitored, they can move into other areas of the urinary system that may cause obstruction leading to inability to urinate. Obstruction is an emergency that puts your pet’s health at serious risk.
The best way to keep your pet’s kidney and urinary tract health in tiptop shape is through preventive healthcare. Make sure to schedule your pet’s yearly checkup and wellness bloodwork today so we can examine your pet from nose to tail, run any tests if needed and discuss all the concerns you may have. If your pet is experiencing problems now, call and set up an appointment so we can do a thorough examination.
We care and want to help pets live longer, healthier lives. We promise, we will leave no stone unturned.