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Kidney Disease in Cats

As your cat ages, you might begin to notice some changes. These changes might be small, but they can tell you that big problems are arising. It is important to act on these subtle changes, as there are many ways to help prevent/slow down the progression of kidney disease.

Did you know that one in three cats will develop kidney disease in their life?

The kidneys are an important organ in which filter the blood, eliminate protein waste, balance water-salts and acids within the body and produce urine.

Signs of kidney disease include:

  • Weight Loss
  • Sunken Eyes
  • Unthrifty Coat
  • Vomiting
  • Increased Urination
  • Increased Water Consumption
  • Decreased Appetite
  • Bad Breath
  • Dehydration
  • Pale Gums

Although some of these signs could relate to other diseases within the body, it is always a good idea to consult with your veterinarian about any changes within your pet. Wellness bloodwork can be done to check all internal organ functions, including the kidneys. There are also new and improved blood tests that can determine early signs of kidney disease; this is called an SDMA test. Urine tests can also be performed to assess the quality of kidney production and to check for any abnormal cells.

Did you know that most cats will not show signs of kidney disease until there is 75% of damage already done?

Although there is no treatment for kidney disease, you can prolong the life of your pet. Your doctor may recommend a dietary change, fluid therapy treatment, or prescription medication to help improve the function of the kidneys.

“What greater gift than the love of a cat.”- Charles Dickens

Written by Kendra Stoddart, RVT

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Last updated: May 29, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

4. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday: 8:30 am - 1:30 pm
Sunday: Closed

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Aylmer Veterinary Clinic