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Kidney Disease in Dogs: What Dog Owners Should Know

Reviewed by Dr. Celeste Clements, DVM, DACVIM on Monday, September 28, 2015
Posted September 28, 2015 in Dog Diseases & Conditions A-Z

Boxer laying by it's owner's feet /><p>Perhaps the most important thing to know about <strong><a href=Kidney disease is very common in dogs, and protecting your pooch from kidney disease means you should be prepared to look for problems early. Studies show that 1 in 10 dogs suffer from kidney disease, reports Dr. Celeste Clements. Dogs can get kidney disease for any number of underlying reasons, and even worse, it’s often difficult to spot. Some of the earliest signs of kidney disease in dogs may include subtle weight loss, urinating/peeing more often and drinking a lot more water. Therefore, if you notice your dog is peeing on the floor or asking to go out more, or if your dog is always thirsty, it’s time to visit your veterinarian.

However, once these signs are present, there’s typically already been a great deal of kidney damage. Fortunately, new advances in the veterinary world are making it easier to find kidney disease in dogs earlier (even without signs being present).

What is kidney disease in dogs?
Kidney disease in dogs is notoriously hard to catch early and can have devastating effects on our canine friends. In general, kidney disease (sometimes called “kidney failure”) happens when your dog’s kidneys stop doing their job as well as they should. (Learn more about what kidneys do for your dog.) This damage, once done, is usually permanent and can be caused by a variety of issues. (Learn more about 10 common causes of kidney disease in dogs.)

Kidney disease in dogs is classified in two primary ways, as:

Learn more about kidney disease in dogs:
Since kidney disease impacts so many dogs and early detection is so critical, it’s a great idea for any dog parent to learn and know everything you can about the disease. We’ve included some in-depth articles about kidney disease in dogs and additional tools below, as well as tips for helping keep your dog’s kidneys as healthy as possible for the long-haul:

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