Common Causes of Dog Kidney Failure

Dog kidney failure is one of the most upsetting diseases that can happen to our pets. I don't know if you ever had a dog that have suffered from this condition, but when nothing has been done to adequately treat kidney abnormalities in the earlier stages, the symptoms and effects of renal failure is very painful and debilitating to the poor animal.

Dog kidney failure is a very serious condition, as it can easily become life-threatening. There are a wide variety of causes for this condition. Some of these include trauma, bacteria, toxins, and blockages. This article will discuss some of the common causes of kidney failure in dogs.

Obstructions: Urinary or bladder obstructions can also damage your dog's kidneys. These obstructions are caused by kidney or bladder stones. These stones are prone to contamination with bacteria which increases the risk of infection. If the obstruction blocks the flow or urine, the condition can become life-threatening in a matter of days.

Toxins: One of the more serious causes of dog kidney failure is ingestion of toxins. Antifreeze is readily licked up by dogs because of its sweet taste. Unfortunately, it has a devastating effect on the kidneys. Rat poison, heavy metals, turpentine, and certain plants can also cause damage when ingested.

Bacteria: It is relatively common for dogs to suffer from urinary tract infections. These infections are caused by bacteria that invade the urethra and travel up into the bladder. If this infection isn't treated, the bacteria make their way into the kidneys. Any damage caused to the kidneys is irreversible and may cause loss of function.

Trauma: Dog kidney failure can also occur as the result of trauma. This can happen if your dog is kicked hard enough or hit by a car. Trauma to kidney tissues may also happen due to fungal infections that cause permanent damage. Two of the most common fungal infections that lead to kidney damage include canine valley fever and blastomycosis.

Medications: Unfortunately, there are certain medications that are harmful to your dog's kidneys. These medications are taken to combat various diseases, but can have harmful side effects. Common culprits include antifungal drugs, antibiotics, immunosuppressive drugs, and medications to treat cancer.

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