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Dogs suffering from Chronic Kidney Disease often develop a multitude of secondary conditions that both owners and vets have to deal with. Anemia is among the most challenging, in part because there are so many different types, each requiring different treatments - and because some symptoms are identical to the primary kidney disease. This article looks into the challenges and suggests the best way forward for dog owners and their best friends.
Studies reveal that 93% of dogs with chronic kidney disease also have high blood pressure (hypertension). This article explores why dogs with CKD get the condition, why owners need to get their dogs checked by a vet at the earliest opportunity and what treatment options are available.
My 10-Step plan of action gives dogs diagnosed with kidney failure the best possible chance of surviving. It is designed for owners that have only just received this startling diagnosis for their best friend, but also provides information useful to anyone now caring for a dog with this disease.
When dogs are diagnosed with kidney disease, the first piece of advice given by a vet is usually to change the diet. While this is often good advice it shouldn't become a rigid regime, because as the kidney failure progresses - the diet needs to change along with it. This article explains why some things given early in the disease may not be suitable later on.
Muscle twitching and tremors or seizures happen for different physiological reasons during the course of canine kidney failure and some owners may understandably confuse them. This article differentiates between each symptom and explains why they occur and how they can be treated.
A dog's health and quality of life are severely undermined by the build-up of toxic blood phosphorus during canine kidney disease. Controlling how much phosphorus dogs eat becomes a priority in later stages of the condition and phosphate binders become an increasingly essential component in battling the disease.
Just like humans, dogs can have an allergic reaction to almost anything. Although some allergies are easy to identify and straightforward to manage, owners often need to turn detective to identify the cause of a food allergy so it can be eliminated from the diet.
Canine kidney disease causes many associated issues for dogs, but few are more worrying or frustrating for their owners than the refusal to eat. This article looks at why dogs with the disease stop eating and offers suggestions to help rectify the problem.
The death of 28 dogs in the New Forest area of the United Kingdom has been claimed by an outbreak of the rare condition known as Alabama Rot. Little is known about it and as yet no one has been able to identify the source of the likely E.coli infection. Worse still, people are continuing to walk their pets in this idyllic setting, taking a huge risk with the health of their best friends.
Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) is very common in dogs suffering from chronic kidney disease, but the shortcut method of diagnosing and treating it is often undertaken using a broad spectrum antibiotic. This can cause the infection to go completely untreated - and the delay in identifying the right antibiotic means the infection runs rampant, causing a further deterioration in the kidney disease itself. This article explores the cause of UTIs, and outlines the best method of diagnosing and treating them.
Calcitriol Therapy has been suggested as a beneficial treatment for dogs with kidney failure for many years, but many vets seem to be unaware of its potential and only rarely suggest it to distraught owners. While this kind of treatment is complex and can be costly, it offers a complimentary form of management that can both improve the quality of life and extend it for many dogs suffering from this devastating illness.
Dogs with kidney failure tend to be picky eaters. Their food also needs to be low in sodium, phosphorus and low-quality proteins, but at the same time it must be nutritious and tasty. These 10 homemade recipes are a good starting point for owners struggling to manage this disease. They offer a good balance of minerals, high-quality proteins, carbohydrates and vitamins while still adopting the prohibitive rules of a kidney failure diet.
Chronic kidney failure in older dogs is a common illness - and one that leaves owners feeling saddened, frustrated and helpless. There is evidence that proves diet plays an essential role in prolonging life expectancy, along with essential veterinary support. This article aims to provide the most up-to-date information to support owners and their best friends through this devastating illness.
The following list of 21 toxic foods includes a few things you may already be aware of, but there are others only the most safety conscious dog owner would probably know . until now. These are the dog facts you need to know, if you really want to care properly for your family pet
Despite them being among the world's leading flea and tick control treatments for dogs, there is a consensus among many veterinarians, canine health experts and researchers that hazardous chemical-based spot-on products like Frontline, Revolution, Spot On, Advantage and K9 Advantix are sometimes best avoided. But, are the so-called natural alternatives any safer?