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

The classic symptoms of kidney failure in dogs and 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. Some of the possible tests are discussed in the next section.

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