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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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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

Last updated: Tuesday, May 19, 2020

1. We are currently operating a "closed-door" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 519-773-3911. We will take a history of your pet from outside of your car, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan.

2. We can now see all cases by appointment only.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours:
Monday to Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the clinic. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment from your vehicle. We do have our online store available, which can be accessed from our website by clicking the online store button. We have currently lowered our delivery fee, and it's free for orders over $50.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

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

7. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this disease.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid, and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at Aylmer Veterinary Clinic