Recognizing kidney disease symptoms in dogs can mean the difference between a really sick dog and one that will recover.
It's important to stay informed and with one in five adult dogs being afflicted with some sort of kidney problem it is something you should know about.
Due to the nature of the kidneys, the most common and early symptoms that indicate some sort of underlying kidney issue is excessive urination.
A dog with kidney disease symptoms might produce excessive amounts of urine, which tends to be dilute due to the kidneys being unable to fulfill their function of filtering out toxins from the bloodstream.
Instead of being expelled from the dog's body in the form of waste, these toxins instead contaminate the rest of the body, causing the condition to escalate until other, more obvious symptoms begin to manifest.
This kind of illness is the second leading cause of death in canines after dog cancer, so it's imperative that the signs are recognized and the issue is dealt with early on.
For the most part, a dog kidney disease symptom in dogs will be caused by some other kind of illness.
Usually this underlying illness will merely be a result of the dog's age—After all, most of the dogs that suffer from this type of issue are very old. When a kidney dog disease like this is caused by some other root cause, the condition is known as chronic renal failure.
This being the most common form of kidney failure in canines, it tends to result in just about each well-known kidney disease symptom in dog breeds. As of yet, due to the nature and cause of this type of dog disease, there aren't very many specific measures that can be taken in order to ensure that it doesn't crop up in your dog.
Another main type of kidney disease in dogs—One that's a bit easier to prevent—Is acute renal failure.
This is pretty similar to chronic renal failure for the most part, with the exception of its root causes; acute renal failure is usually the result of the dog ingesting some kind of toxic chemical or toxic foods.
Various forms of rat poison are often the culprit, and antifreeze has been known to induce this disease too.
The symptoms for this type of illness are mostly the same as in chronic renal failure, but often a dog that has acute renal failure will suffer from the inability to produce urine at all rather than producing it in mass quantities.
Unlike chronic renal failure, preventing this from affecting your dog is usually just a matter of making sure the pet stays away from potentially deadly chemicals.
Aside from producing too much (or no) urine, another kidney disease symptom in dog breeds is a very bizarre gait and posture due to large amounts of pain in the kidneys.
This is one of the symptoms that appears after the diseases are in their more advanced stages and is a sign that the trouble is serious.
Luckily, there are various forms of dog first aid available to help pets with failing kidneys, and it can often also help to regulate their diet so as to reduce the amount of contamination to the blood.