Species affected: Cats, Dogs
Background: Causes of premature kidney failure include congenital defects, poisoning, exposure to especially heavy metals, antifreeze and pesticides, cancer, some drugs, infections, diabetes mellitus and nutritional imbalances. Older cats and dogs are especially prone to CRF.
Symptoms: PU/PD, vomiting, anorexia, bad breath, poor coat quality and weakness are often non-specific in the early stages, so clients may not bring the animal in until later in the disease process. In later stages, anemia occurs.
Diagnostics: Blood and urine tests define the disease as well as giving a prognosis of survival time.
Special Notes: CRF has different outcomes in dogs than in cats. Cats may live with CRF for a long period of time, especially when supported with natural medicine and fluids. Dogs tend to succumb more rapidly despite good care.
Principles for Supplementation: Natural treatment supports renal function and replaces nutrients lost in the dilute urine.