Tag Archives: kidney disease

CKD, BUN, USG, and AKI: How to Talk to Your Pet’s Veterinarian About Kidney Disease

A veterinarian with a dog and the dog's owner

World Kidney Day is March 10 and the theme for 2022 is “Bridge the knowledge gap to better kidney care.” In this blogpost, I’ll help bridge the kidney care knowledge gap in veterinary medicine by explaining common acronyms veterinarians use when we talk or write about kidney disease. As an example, here are a few

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Is Your Pet’s Water Bowl Half Empty? Disorders of Water Drinking

cat drinking water

A common reason pet families bring their pets to the veterinarians at the Animal Medical Center is an increase in water consumption, or polydipsia in doctor speak. If the pet family doesn’t mention water consumption, the veterinarian will usually ask about any changes in water drinking habits. In today’s post, I outline some of the

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Dogs, cats and blood pressure

When you visit the doctor, before our physician comes into an examination room, a nurse measures our weight, temperature and blood pressure. When your pet goes to the veterinarian, the nurse comes in to take his weight and temperature, but not blood pressure. Does this mean blood pressure is not important in dogs and cats?

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Failing Feline Kidneys: No Need to Think the Worst

A black and white cat

This is the second in a series of blogs about our fabulous felines written for Adopt-A-Cat Month. An annual visit to your cat’s veterinarian will result in blood tests being submitted to a veterinary laboratory to test for a variety of diseases such as hyperthyroidism and chronic kidney disease. To the typical cat owner, a

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Kidneys on Our Minds

A veterinarian examining a dog

The news has been full of stories about kidneys recently. The Oregon Zoo’s male black rhinoceros, Pete, sadly succumbed to kidney disease and the Seattle Times reported the Woodland Park Zoo’s male Sumatran tiger, Rakata, was euthanized, like Pete, for kidney failure. The FDA continues to warn dog owners about the dangers of imported chicken

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