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Kidney Disease in Pets: Care Strategies and Treatment Options

Vet Talks 3 min read
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As a pet owner, it is essential to understand the various stages of kidney disease in pets
and some of the available treatment options to ensure the health and happiness of our
furry companions. By exploring the treatment avenues and care strategies tailored to each stage of kidney disease, we can help our pets live a comfortable and fulfilling life.

Effectively managing kidney disease in pets requires a multifaceted approach

Join us in this veterinary discussion to gain valuable insights into managing kidney
disease in pets and providing them with the best possible care.

Early Detection of Kidney Disease in Pets

In the initial stage of kidney disease, early detection is paramount. Regular
screenings, including abnormal ultrasound, blood tests, and urinalysis, help identify subtle
changes indicative of kidney dysfunction.

At this stage, it is usually recommended a recheck to look for any signs of

Progressive Management

As kidney disease advances, proactive management becomes crucial. Veterinary
intervention may include diet change to a renal diet, phosphorus and potassium levels
monitoring, and the administration of medications to manage symptoms such as nausea,
weight or muscle loss, lack of appetite, hypertension, and anemia, which commonly
accompany kidney dysfunction.

Furthermore, the implementation of phosphorus binders may be necessary, as it
aids in controlling elevated phosphorus levels, thereby preserving kidney function.
Regular monitoring through follow-up appointments enables veterinarians to adjust
treatment plans as needed, ensuring optimal management of the disease progression.

Palliative Care and Quality of Life

In advanced stages of kidney disease, the focus shifts towards palliative care and
maintaining the pet’s quality of life.

It is likely the patient starts showing some dehydration, as they decrease urine
concentration ability. In this stage, some pets may require supportive care and
maintenance fluids routinely to alleviate discomfort and address complications such as
electrolyte imbalances. Additionally, dietary management remains integral, with
specialized renal diets formulated to meet the unique nutritional needs of pets with kidney

Cats with kidney disease can present mild symptoms or no clinical signs in this stage.

Embracing a holistic approach, including environmental enrichment emotional
support, and natural supplements may enhance the overall well-being of pets facing the
challenges of advanced kidney disease.

Food Intake and Well-being

In stage 4 of kidney disease, it is important to prioritize treatments that can improve
the pet’s quality of life in addition to attempting to slow the progression of the disease.
Efforts to prevent dehydration and malnutrition should be intensified, and feeding
tube intervention may be necessary. In some cases, dialysis or renal transplantation may
be considered as well. It is crucial to work with a veterinarian to determine the most
appropriate treatment plan for each pet.


Effectively managing kidney disease in pets requires a multifaceted approach
encompassing early detection, proactive intervention, and compassionate care
throughout each stage of the disease.

Ensure they always have fresh water available for drinking and monitor your little
one closely.

All treatments for chronic kidney disease (CKD) need to be tailored to the individual

NHV Recommended Supplements for Kidney Disease in Pets

Tripsy: supports overall kidney, bladder, and urinary tract health due to its potent anti-
inflammatory properties and may aid in addressing urinary infections.

Turmeric: has potent anti-inflammatory and pain management properties, aiding any
discomfort or inflammation your little one may face with chronic kidney disease.

Milk Thistle: Milk Thistle may improve liver and kidney function as the kidneys work
alongside the liver, to manage waste.

Petomega 3: helpful for overall renal disease, due to its anti-inflammatory properties,
which may aid in balancing blood flow within the kidneys.

Dr. Barbara Benitez DVM, MS

Dr. Barbara Benitez DVM, MS

Dr. Barbara is a veterinarian from Brazil with a specialty in pet nutrition. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Medicine in 2006 from the University of Uberaba. In 2010, Dr. Barbara received her Master’s of Science in Pet Nutrition from the Federal University of Minas Gerais. She has over 15 years of experience in research and development in the pet food industry. When Barbara isn’t helping pet parents, you can find her spending time with her family, including her senior dog, Caze.

Published: May 7, 2024

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