Monday, January 29, 2018

Kidney Disease in cats

Kidney Disease in Cats

Holly is a senior kitty (14 years old) with advanced kidney
Chronic Kidney Disease.  There is a great website that
can give you so much information that is written in simple
English that we can all understand.
Her phosphorus level had risen very high again so she was
hospitalized for a few days to try to get it lowered.  She is a 
sweet kitty and sadly I think as advanced as her kidney disease
we will not have many more months with her.  For my vet/vet tech
friends out there  BUN 47  CREATINE 2.5 PHOSPHORUS 6.2
This is AFTER being in the hospital for 2 days.
For my non vet friends,  those numbers are not good.

She gets daily fluids to help with dehydration.  With a cat
with end-stage kidney disease, this will not fix dehydration
but it helps.   She is not fond of having fluids done but
usually will co-operate long enough for me to get them done.

Here is a video of me doing them.  This one is kind of disjointed.
Please remember you are human and nothing is ever perfect.
Do the best you can :) 

If your cat has any of the following symptoms,
please get them to your vet immediately.

**  weight loss and reduction of appetite
**  Dry coat
**  Bad breath (often with an ammonia-like odor)
**  Vomiting and diarrhea
** Discoloration and/or ulcers on the tongue or gums
** Coma

Once a coma occurs, death is imminent.  It is critical
you take your cat to the veterinarian when they first
exhibit any of these symptoms.

Your vet will need to do blood work & urinalysis to
confirm the diagnosis.  Give your vet the tools to help your pet.  Always let them do blood, etc.

Prevention of Kidney Failure in Cats

Limit your cat’s exposure to toxic substances.

Understand possible genetic connections: (Abyssinians 
and Persians are thought to have a familial predisposition
to developing kidney disease.

Schedule regular, twice - yearly appointments with
your vet.  Caught early as part of wellness screen
gives the best chance for long-term health because
intervention takes place very early in the disease process

Learn the signs of kidney disease.  If your cat has a
change in water intake or trips to the litter box, take
them to the vet.   They could be signs of kidney disease
or diabetes.  Go to the vet and find out  :)

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