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Senior Month - A Focus on Kidney Disease

Posted: 2012-12-04

We all know that as we age we can expect changes in our bodies. Because our pets age more rapidly than we do, these changes may occur in them sooner than we think. Many of the same conditions that affect us may be seen in our pets. These conditions include diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, liver disease, and ocular (eye) disease. Our pets may also be afflicted with the same bone and joint conditions that are seen in elderly humans. Sadly, arthritic conditions may often be attributed to a pet just ‘slowing down with age’. Our pets generally do not communicate when they’re experiencing discomfort.

Just as we should be visiting our doctors annually for physical exams, our pets should see their veterinarian for a yearly examination regardless of whether they are due for vaccines or not. This is particularly true for senior pets. It is important to note that our pets age at a rate much faster than us – just one year can be the equivalent of 6- 10 years of aging to our pets! It is for this reason that in some cases, bi-annual examinations are recommended, particularly for patients that have known age-related disease. We would like to spend this month covering some of the conditions that affect our older dogs and cats, including causes, at-risk breeds, clinical signs, management, and detection. We will start this week with kidney disease.

The kidneys have numerous functions that are vital to life – some of these include the production of urine (which eliminates wastes and toxins), the production of erythropoietin (a hormone implicated in red blood cell production), and balancing the pH and electrolytes of the body. As the kidneys become diseased, and with the loss of functional kidney tissue, all of these functions are compromised. This is particularly concerning when coupled with the fact that outward signs of kidney failure often do not become apparent until there is less than 30% of functional kidney cells remaining. It is because of this that we would like to stress the importance of early detection wellness testing, including blood testing and ultrasound. While in many cases kidney disease cannot be reversed, early detection can result in significantly decreasing the progression of the condition, prolonging and increasing the quality of life for your pet. This is achieved through the management of factors that are affected by renal disease, including diet changes, electrolyte balancing, and sometimes supportive medications and supplements. Kidney disease frequently results in high blood pressure (hypertension), which often goes unnoticed in our pets. Unfortunately, left untreated, this can result in severe heart disease and blindness. Blood pressure monitoring is therefore another important aspect of monitoring kidney disease.

Early detection blood testing can be performed quickly and easily at the time of your pet’s physical examination. If your pet has recently had a physical, and did NOT have blood testing performed, this can simply be scheduled with a very quick appointment with one of our technicians. With our focus on seniors this month, we are offering 15% off blood testing, as well as a free bag of an appropriate food for your pet!


This blog entry was written by Westbridge Veterinary Hospital, an animal clinic (vet hospital) in Mississauga dedicated to providing high quality, modern veterinary care to our beloved pets and their families.

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