KIDNEY SUPPORT FOR DOGS - an overview
Compromised kidney function can be caused by a number of factors including environmental toxins, bacteriological infections, aging, complications from other diseases and ironically, some prescription drugs, including several varieties of antibiotics. In addition, some breeds are prone to hereditary kidney diseases.
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a progressive deterioration of kidney function. Unfortunately by the time we see symptoms of renal insufficiency, usually 60-75% of kidney mass is lost and the damage is irreversible.
Prevention and early detection are vital. If your dog is over the age of 5 (earlier for large dogs and breeds with a history of hereditary factors) it is a good idea to have your veterinarian check for CKD at each annual visit.
In addition to traditional medical treatment, some natural approaches are proving effective in helping to slow the progression of kidney failure and alleviating some symptoms associated with the disease. With early detection and treatment, including proper nutrition and supplementation, many dogs with compromised kidney function can live happy lives for quite some time.
At Pet NutriSystems we encourage a proactive approach to pet health. It is the best way to protect our pets and keep them healthy. If your dog is currently experiencing kidney issues, we offer well researched products and information that give much needed support when your friend needs it most. By following the proper guidelines to kidney health today you give your dog the best advantage for the future.
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A comprehensive approach for achieving improved kidney function and long-term kidney health involves proper diet, reactive and proactive supplementation, adequate hydration and possible lifestyle changes.