June 2024 Newsletter

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4 things to know about kidney disease.

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is common in cats, affecting 30-40% of cats over ten years of age. Here are four important facts to know about feline CKD.

1. Symptoms of early CKD may be mistakenly attributed to “normal aging”.

Cats in the earlier stages of CKD usually show relatively subtle signs such as gradual weight loss and reduced coat quality. They may also be noted to be drinking and urinating larger amounts. Only once two-thirds of normal kidney function is lost will affected cats start to develop more obvious symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, reduced appetite and bad breath.

Early CKD can be detected on blood and urine tests, which is why we recommend 6-12 monthly screening checks for cats ten years of age and older.

2. CKD can lead to dangerously high blood pressure.

CKD is one of the most common causes of hypertension (high blood pressure) in cats. If left untreated, hypertension can damage the eyes and heart and hasten kidney function deterioration. It’s a good idea for cats with CKD to have their blood pressure checked at least every six months.

3. CKD can lead to urinary tract infections.

Cats with CKD are predisposed to urinary tract infections. We may therefore suggest routine urine tests in pets with CKD.

4. CKD can be managed with good medical care.

With proper management and early diagnosis, we may be able to slow the progression of CKD, allowing the pet and owner to enjoy several more years of good quality time together. Early diagnosis is key, therefore regular vet checks and monitoring at home should be practiced.

Management usually involves:

  • A therapeutic diet
    The maintenance of good hydration
    The supplementation of certain nutrients
    The management of any secondary hypertension or urinary tract infections
    More advanced cases may also require treatment for nausea or anaemia.

If you would like to have your cat’s kidney function checked, please contact our kidney-careful veterinary team.


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