Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) affects the kidneys, CKD is a chronic process which reduces the function of the kidneys gradually over time.
Kidneys are the filter system of the body, in CKD some harmful agents won’t get out of the blood stream and other vital nutrients will be lost in the urine.
CKD is a higher risk in:
- History of trauma to the kidneys
- Contact with certain toxic agents in the past
- Elderly animals (although young animals may develop CKD)
Diagnosis of CKD is based on blood and urine samples. 75% of the kidney function will be lost before changes on blood results will become visible.
Early detection is now possible due to new tests available, although there is no cure available, early detection can delay the progression.
Up to 35% of geriatric cats can be affected.
- Weight Loss
- Increased drinking (polydipsia)
- Increased urinating (polyuria)
- Reduced appetite
- Loosing muscle mass
- Becoming lethagic
- bad skin condition
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