A major health concern in cats as they age is kidney failure. Kidney disease affects roughly 1/3 of aging cats. Although cats often don’t show many signs of being in pain, there are various ways to assess if your pet is experiencing decreased kidney functioning. We at Anasazi Animal Clinic in Gilbert are committed to providing compassionate pet care. Below is a brief description of what to expect if you have concerns about your pet and their kidney health, so you can make the most informed decision to keep your pet healthy.
What are the types of kidney issues?
There are two different types of kidney failure in cats: acute kidney (renal) failure (ARF) and chronic kidney (renal) failure. Acute kidney failure is a sudden occurrence of kidney failure. It is often reversible when it is diagnosed early and treated aggressively. Chronic kidney failure is the loss of functioning of the kidneys gradually over months or years. This can lead to total kidney failure. Both can be fatal if left untreated.
What are signs of kidney failure in cats?
The function of the kidneys is to filter impurities out of the blood and pass them through the urinary tract. A decrease in the functioning of the kidneys can create waste buildup which will make your pet feel ill. Signs your cat may be experiencing kidney failure can include:
- Drinking more water
- Frequent urination
- Weight loss
- Bad breath
- Vomiting, diarrhea, bloody stool
- Brown tongue
- Mouth ulcers
- Loss of appetite
What can a veterinarian do?
Your veterinarian can provide blood and urine tests, and X-rays. An ultrasound or biopsy may be needed to make a diagnosis. If your vet does find signs of kidney disease, treatments can range from surgery to an altered diet along with medication. This will vary depending on the stage of failure and the type of kidney disease your cat has been diagnosed with. You may also be given the option to inject fluids under your cat’s skin at home depending on the recommendation of your vet.
What can you do?
If you are at all concerned that your cat may be having kidney issues, take them to a vet immediately. Bringing your pet to a veterinarian early is the most important thing you can do to prevent your cat from being in prolonged pain. After your pet has been seen, the veterinarian will help you decide the best care plan.
Give us a call!
At Anasazi Animal Clinic, your local Gilbert vet, we understand how stressful it can be when your pet is in pain. If you are concerned about your cat’s kidney functioning, bring them in as soon as possible. You can reach us at 480-426-8364 or online by email. The sooner we can diagnose and treat, the sooner your cat will be back on the road to good health!