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November 17, 2011 / Jackie H. Burns

Chronic Kidney Failure in Dogs and Cats.

As veterinarians, we often treat chronic diseases and conditions that cannot be cured but can be managed.

For example, chronic kidney failure in cats and dogs is often addressed with a variety of treatments aimed at keeping toxins flushed out of the blood stream and binding excess toxins/electrolytes in the gut.  By keeping toxin levels lower, our patients feel better and have a better quality of life.

A dog or cat under management for kidney failure often takes:

  • Azodyl to reduce uremic waste products by processing them in the gut
  • Epakitin to bind phosphorous in the gut
  • A kidney diet with reduced protein and reduced phosphorous
  • Subcutaneous fluids, often several times a week
  • Additional drugs may be prescribed to manage nausea and vomiting

Most pet owners can learn to administer the subcutaneous fluids at home, since this is something that is usually continued for the life of the pet.

This video explains how to do it.

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