Kidneys are vital organs that function to remove toxins from the bloodstream of both humans and animals. Sometimes, age or disease causes the kidneys to fail, a condition that can be life threatening. Fortunately, treatments are available to help extend the life of felines with kidney disease. At Bridgerland Cache Animal Hospital in Logan, UT, we provide treatment for felines with kidney failure.
Symptoms of Kidney Disease in Cats
A cat with acute kidney failure will show signs of lethargy, poor appetite, frequent vomiting, diarrhea, increased urination or stopped urination and abdominal pain. Kidney failure might also cause anorexia, listlessness, uncontrolled urination or defecation, ammonia-like odor from the mouth, confusion and seizures. There may be changes in behavior, such as irritability or withdrawal.
Types of Kidney Disease
Veterinarians recognize two types of kidney failure, acute and chronic. Acute kidney failure comes on suddenly, usually because of poisoning or severe infection. Cats that receive appropriate treatment can make a good recovery. Chronic kidney failure occurs over time, generally as a result of age, chronic infection, or serious medical conditions. It usually leads to end-stage kidney failure. In some cases, genetic factors play a role in chronic kidney disease.
Diagnosing Kidney Failure
Generally, veterinarians diagnose kidney failure through blood pressure readings, blood tests and urinalysis. The data provided by these tests indicate how well the kidneys are functioning.
Treatment of Kidney Failure in Cats
For severe kidney failure, the animal may be required to stay in the hospital to receive IV fluids. Once stabilized, the cat can receive treatment at home. A number of medications are used to treat kidney failure in cats and a special prescription diet can help to extend lifespan. Nutritional supplements might also be given. IV fluids are also provided when needed for improved hydration.
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The veterinarians and staff at Bridgerland Cache Animal Hospital are committed to optimizing the health of pets in Logan Utah and surrounding areas. Our veterinary practice offers many services for both small and large animals, including vaccinations, dental care, parasite prevention, allergy care, equine dentistry, surgery, and emergency vet care. Contact us at Bridgerland Cache Animal Hospital in Logan, UT, today at (435) 752-2151 for an appointment to learn about today’s treatments for kidney failure in cats from a veterinarian on our team.