Kidney Function Basics
The urinary track consists of (2) Kidneys (1) Bladder (2) Ureters (1) Urethra
The Kidney’s function as both a filtration system and chemical laboratory. It removes toxins and produces elements needed by the body to function properly.
The Bladder is the holding tank.
Ureters are tubes that connect the kidneys to the bladder while the Urethra is the tube urine flows through when existing the body.
Kidney disease can be Acute (sudden) or Chronic (Long-term)
The Kidneys can be damaged by injury, infections, toxins from polluted air, tap water, lawn chemicals, commercial dog food, dog treats, medication and vaccinations.
What are the signs of kidney disease?
Pets with kidney disease can show a variety of physical signs. Some of the signs are nonspecific and may be seen in other disorders such as liver or pancreatic diseases, or urinary tract disorders not involving the kidneys. Signs may include:
- Increased thirst and urination
- Increased water consumption
- Increased urination volume
- Decreased urination
- Lack of urination
- Voiding urine during the night
- Blood in urine
- Decreased appetite
- Weight loss
- Hunched over posture or reluctance to move
- Poor or unkempt hair coat
If you observe any of these conditions, immediately consult with your Vet.