Articles with kidney disease

Kidney Failure in Dogs: What Happens In The Dog’s Body When The Kidneys Fail To Function Properly?

Kidney Failure in Dogs: What Happens In The Dog’s Body When The Kidneys Fail To Function Properly?

Last time, I talked about (and hopefully clarified) some of the confusing terminology associated with diseases affecting the canine kidney. I touched upon the basics of both acute kidney failure (or acute kidney injury, and chronic kidney failure. Today, I’d like to go over what all this means for the dogs in our lives. In other words, what happens to…

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Kidney Disease in Dogs – Say What? Canine Kidneys and the Associated Verbiage

Kidney Disease in Dogs – Say What? Canine Kidneys and the Associated Verbiage

When I was writing my book the Dictionary of Veterinary Terms, Vet-Speak Deciphered for the Non-Veterinarian, the kidneys caused me no end of grief.  Not only are the kidneys themselves complicated, but so is the terminology associated with the diseases that affect them. So here’s a primer on canine kidneys and all the associated verbiage. Kidneys: Where are They and…

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Veterinary Highlights: What about Dialysis?

Just the other day hubby and I were talking about all the advances in veterinary medicine and that there are very few things human medicine has to offer which veterinary medicine does not. OVC is the first in Canada to offer continuous renal replacement therapy to help treat acute kidney failure. Dialysis is the process of removing waste products and…

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Veterinary Highlights: New Way To Diagnose Kidney Disease Early

The standard tests to diagnose kidney disease are urinalysis and complete blood profile. Dogs with chronic kidney failure may have anemia, abnormal electrolyte levels, and elevated blood pressure. Blood urea nitrogen (BUN) and creatinine levels in the blood are evaluated to assess kidney function. BUN is rather ambiguous and can be elevated for a number of reasons. It is not…

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