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This blog could save your pet from kidney failure

All too often we hear of dog or cat owners who fall into utter despair when they learn that their beloved animal has weakened or ill-functioning kidneys. The poor animal suffers from this and so does the owner, especially when a vast number of Australian veterinarians often suggest euthanasia. But we are here to tell you that you shouldn’t lose all hope – kidney failure doesn’t mean the end of your pet’s life.

Here is how your vet can save your pet’s life from kidney failure – with your help:

  1. Fluids

In order to correct the damage poorly functioning kidneys have caused to your pet’s body, the first step is to set them up on an IV drip and flush out all the toxins from the body. It will also act as a means of ensuring your pet’s fluid levels are well maintained, keeping your pet from dehydration and poor cell function. Body temperature is also monitored.

  1. Supplements

To supplement what your pet has lost due to its kidney disorder, there are particular supplements we can give your per to help his or her body recover and manage better. Blood tests are taken to test for the levels of urea or crea in the body. Electrolytes will be given daily and blood tests will be repeated every two days to ensure the supplements are working.

  1. Home care

Pets suffering from kidney failure will experience dehydration. They may not be well enough to walk to the water bowl. Without adequate fluids in the system, the toxins can build up and cause septic conditions for your pet. However, by injecting water into your pet subcutaneously, this home-based therapy can help improve your pet’s life and prolong it long enough for an operation if needed.

  1. Food

The diet of your pet will directly affect the condition of their overall health. It is therefore necessary that you provide food that is very low in protein because the waste from protein is removed from the body by kidney function. By reducing the workload of the kidney, you will help alleviate the kidney from becoming strained. Use foods that are high in fatty acids and omega 3.

  1. pH

To keep your pet healthy and strong enough during the onset of kidney failure, you need to ensure that their blood levels are at a correct pH level. Fatty acids and omega 3, as mentioned above, will help rebalance their pH level. Bicarbonate and commercial foods specially made for the kidney are also great ways to help maintain your pet’s blood pH levels.

As you can see, South Eastern Animal Hospital is committed to finding ways to save your pet when they are suffering from kidney failure. If you need urgent assistance, contact us on (03) 9544 6979.