Kidney Failure in Cats

Unfortunately, our feline friends can suffer from kidney failure, a serious condition that can lead to death and a reduced quality of life. As far as serious conditions go, kidney failure among cats is relatively common. It can be important to check in with a veterinarian on a regular basis, and if you notice any warning signs, pet emergency care may be in order. If you need of a vet serving San Jose, CA, contact us at Alum Rock Animal Hospital for all your pet care needs.

Kidney failure is also known as renal disease. Let’s take a closer look at what this condition is and some common symptoms. 

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What Is Kidney Failure?

The kidneys serve important functions within the body. They remove toxic substances from the blood and play a major role in the production of urine. Kidney failure occurs when the kidneys are no longer able to fully do their job.

Kidney failure among cats can be broken into two categories. With acute renal failure, infections, urinary blockages, or other sudden events can interfere with the kidneys. With chronic kidney failure, on the other hand, the kidneys simply seem to wear out. Chronic kidney failure is most common among other pets. We’re not yet exactly sure what causes this condition, but genetics may play a role. Other factors, like autoimmune diseases, may also be a factor.

Many tissues within the body can heal or regenerate themselves. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case with kidneys. A damage may not result in kidney failure but once the damage is done it’s essentially irreversible.

Fortunately, a vet on our veterinary team can provide kidney failure pet treatment options. Warly intervention often proves crucial so it’s wise to keep an eye out for the signs of kidney failure, especially as your companion ages. Let’s take a look at some common symptoms. If you notice any, contact a veterinarian right away.

Common Symptoms of Kidney Failure

Many animals suffering from kidney failure will have a seemingly insatiable thirst. As the kidneys struggle, the body tries to use more water to flush out toxins. Many cats will suffer weight loss and a decreased appetite. Vomiting and diarrhea might happen as well.

You may also notice that your cat’s fur coat is in poor condition. Lethargy and weakness are common symptoms of kidney failure in cats and other pets as well. You can also check the mouth for ulcers.

Get Pet Emergency Care from a Vet at Our Animal Hospital

If symptoms are severe, it's wise to seek out pet emergency care. Early intervention could improve your pet's prognosis. Contact us at Alum Rock Animal Hospital, serving San Jose, CA, for all your pet care needs. Call us at (408) 258-2735 for more information from our animal hospital.