Is My Dog in Pain With Kidney Disease? How to Know

One of the most common causes of death for an elderly animal is Chronic Renal Failure, a pathology that also affects people.

With the lengthening of the average life of the dog, such pathology has become more frequent in recent decades. Unfortunately, it is one of the diseases to which, there is no cure, if not dialysis (i.e. “artificial kidney”). Or transplant, very rare in veterinary medicine.

The kidney is an organ that is unable to regenerate itself, which is why once its functionality is lost no longer recovers. However, it can function normally despite having lost part of its functionality.

As long as the kidney has 30% of its residual functionality (i.e. when it has lost 70%), no symptoms are seen. Some begin to come out just when you drop below the threshold.

Since there is no valid therapy at the moment, in such a situation the only thing we can do, to safeguard the dog’s life, is not to make the situation worse. In short, it must remain stable, since improving is not possible, but it doesn’t have to get worse.

Chronic dog kidney failure and safeguarding

A dog when it has kidney failure it undergoes tremendous pain. We will learn the symptoms of kidney failure and how to safeguard kidney function with nutrition. A fundamental component (together with specific drugs) so that the kidney does not lose its function.

But to understand what principles nutrition is based on, one must first understand what kidney diseases are. Kidney diseases are a series of conditions that affect the kidney and mostly lead to the loss of functionality.

Therefore, in the end, inflammations, infections, abscesses, obstructions, and any other cause leads to two functional consequences: acute renal failure, also called block kidney, and chronic kidney failure.

Some signs to look for when you suspect kidney problems with your dog

If for acute renal failure, however, therapy is urgent, because such a situation can occur even within a single day (and depends on high fever, poisoning, or similar conditions), it is chronic renal failure that needs to be done more caution.

It takes several months, if not years, to arise, but in the first period, the only difference you notice (or, better, that you don’t notice) is that the animal urinates more and drinks more. It is difficult to see how much pee the dog makes.

However, since he does it on the street, and above all, it is difficult to understand if there is a difference between today and a few years ago.

The kidney, in such a phase, has a lower re-absorption of substances. Since, similarly to the human one, the kidney filters both functional (such as sugar) and harmful (such as urea) nutrients, it must then reabsorb the former.

When the insufficiency starts to appear, we discover that the good ones are not absorbed properly. They are found in the urine, and the dog tends to urinate more. As the situation progresses, the kidney also begins to filter less because it loses its functionality.

It is at such point, in practice, that the symptoms of the disease occur. The harmful substances remain in the blood because they are not filtered (imagine a colander with all the holes closed). They are dangerous and have detrimental effects on the body.

Among these, there are effects on the digestive (vomiting), respiratory (breath that smells of pee), nervous systems (progressive loss of consciousness, up to coma).

What happens when a dog has kidney issues

In such a situation, we talk about uremia, and such levels must never be reached by the dog. But why is such happening? The kidneys have a tendency, throughout life, to lose their functionality due to inflammation, infections, low blood pressure, various types of obstructions.

Since it is a filter, we can imagine it as the filter of an extractor hood that is already clogged. If I only let water vapor pass, I will not make the situation worse, while if I let other types of smoke pass through.

It will inflate it, even more, making it worse the condition. It is by knowing these principles that a correct feeding plan can be set up for a dog with kidney problems.

Symptoms of dog kidney disease that you must know

  1. Fatigue being tired all of the time
    When your dog stops having fun as it the norm with it. Start analyzing other symptoms of sickness by observing it. If you conclude that it might be having a disease it is the right thing to do to have it checked by a Vet.
  2. Feeling cold when others are warm
    When other dogs are happy and jumping about you will notice that a dog with kidney issues tends to sit aside and cub itself stiffly. This happens even when it is sunny, seems like it feels cold.
  3. Shortness of breath after minimal effort
    Brevity of breath is brought about by extra fluid in the body which clogs the lungs. Additionally, sickliness (a lack of oxygen-passing on red platelets) can leave your body oxygen-kept and short from breath.
  4. Feeling very itchy
    Kidneys expel squanders from the circulatory system. At the point when the kidneys fizzle, the development of wastes in the mutts blood can cause extreme tingling.
  5. Swollen or puffy face
    Bombing kidneys don’t evacuate additional liquid, it remains in your body causing expansion in the canines to face.
  6. Foamy or bubbly urine
    Kidneys produce urine, so when the kidneys are coming up short, the urine may change. Pee might be frothy or bubbly. It can prompt a better than average measure of protein in the pee.


Always try to diagnose your dog on time whenever you see any unusual activity such as a lack of rational response or the joyfulness.

Such is seen when it starts to look moody and shrugged. Seeing a vet on time could save the dog’s life and prevent it from unnecessary pain. A regular visit to the Vet can help big time.

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