What is renal failure? It's severe kidney disease in dogs. The diagnosis may come as a shock since tests don't show the problem until the kidneys are working at only 33%
Complete renal failure causes death. This seems like a no-brainer but I've been contacted by dog owners who don't understand or even make the connection that renal means kidney.
To top it off, they ask me what drugs will fix their dog. (This is usually where I scream into a pillow so I don't scare my own canine half to death.) And then I politely tell them I cannot help.
And honestly, I have no doubt that previous drugs are part of the problem but I'll list other culprits as well once I explain a bit about what the kidneys do and don't do once they're sick.
It's easiest to see once you know what working kidneys do. Kidneys filter all the blood - as much as 400 times a day to remove waste and toxins out through the urine.
If they can't do their job, the body simply becomes too toxic to live.
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Once the kidneys have been stressed or diseased for awhile, they speed up their processing and that's when you notice a problem because your dog is drinking and peeing more than usual.
we don't know (well, I sure didn't) is that by speeding up the process,
there's a large loss of more than water. Needed vitamins and minerals
are passed through the body before they can be absorbed because the body is trying to save itself.
In fact, the loss of muscle mass,
especially in the hind legs of a dog is the warning signal.
The kidneys work their little bean shaped selves so hard that they can be 66% deteriorated before there are signs of impending dog renal failure.
Often that doesn't give us enough time to reverse the damage because once they have deteriorated 80-85%, death will occur. What can we do if we want to keep our dog with us as long as possible (without suffering of course)or possibly reversing the damage?
Sadly, dog renal failure has become far too common, even in younger dogs. How could toxicity not be the burden? Here's a list of contributors:
If your dog is suffering from kidney disease, find a good homeopathic veterinarian or holistic one.