Signs of Kidney Disease

Initially the signs of kidney failure can be quite vague – a tired cat or dog who is losing weight and looks a little under the weather. As time progresses and the kidney function deteriorates, the dog or cat will become progressively more weak and unwell.

The classic symptoms of kidney failure in cats are:

  • Losing weight
  • Loss of appetite
  • Increased drinking and urination
  • Weakness or tiredness
  • Vomiting
  • Bad breath

It is very important to detect kidney problems as quickly as possible, early treatment will greatly improve the outcome and chances at a normal and happy life.

If your pet has any of the above signs or you are concerned about kidney problems, we’d recommend a check-up by your veterinarian as soon as possible. Keep in mind that older cats and dogs (over 7 years) are at a higher risk than younger pets. Some of the possible tests are discussed in the next section.

Click on Diagnosis of Kidney Disease to go to the next page in this article.