Kidney Failure in Cats

In older cats this occurs so what does contribute to kidneys failing, the kidney regulates the blood pressure, so it is common for cats with kidney failure to also suffer from hypertension which is known as high blood pressure in the arteries is persistently elevated long term can cause coronary artery disease, stroke, heart failure, atrial fibrillation.

These are some of the reason’s kidneys could start to fail:  Poisoning ingestion of a toxic substance such as anti-freeze or poisonous plants, heatstroke, trauma, blockage, arterial thromboembolism, pancreas failure, infection.

If acute kidney failure is not recognised and treated cats will suffer permanent kidney damage and even death, chronic kidney failure causes many secondary problems over time including a decrease in calcium levels that can lead to bone demoralisation.

What are the Symptoms?  Decrease in appetite, weight loss, vomiting or diarrhoea, lethargy or depression, dehydration, ulcers in the mouth or bad breath a cat may be experiencing kidney problems pain in the kidney area unusual urination or constipation.

If your cat is in final stages this means 90 percent or more damage you will see symptoms including seizures, loss of consciousness, tremors, may vomit uncontrollably and go into a coma.

The kidneys help regulate blood pressure with aggressive therapy acute renal failure can be corrected in some cases.

Severe Cases: Treatment will be hospitalisation, administration of intravenous fluids, diuretic therapy or medications, close monitoring of important electrolytes such as potassium, sodium and calcium medications to control blood pressure.

 

 

 

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