Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)

Your cat does not show any clinical signs of chronic kidney disease until 75% of their kidney function has been lost, screening and diagnosis require urine analysis and blood work.

The kidneys are vital organs that perform essential functions:

  • Filtering and removing waste from the blood in urine
  • Regulating essential mineral blood concentrations
  • Helping to control blood pressure and red blood cell production

When CKD is present, the kidneys do not function properly and are unable to filter the blood effectively.

What are some common signs of CKD

  1. increased thirst
  2. urinating more often, larger volumes or urinary accidents
  3. fussy or loss of appetite
  4. nausea and vomitting
  5. weight loss
  6. lethargy and depressed appearance

Managing CKD

Veterinary care regular check-ups are important to help ensure we keep your cat on track.

Nutrition plays a key role in managing CKD. We can prescribe a formula and nutritional support products that are uniquely designed to help slow down the progression of your cats CKD.

Exercise can help your cat live a longer, healthier life. Ask us about exercises for your cat.

If you have any questions or concerns please call us.

 

Written by Kelly Fitzpatrick-Stewart

 

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