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Kidney disease is thirsty work

If your pet is thirstier than usual it could be a sign of kidney disease. Sometimes the increase in thirst can be subtle but if you find yourself filling up the water bowl more regularly, or notice your pet drinking from the shower or toilet, you should arrange a check up with us.

The kidneys contain thousands of little factories called nephrons and their job is to work out how much water should be conserved in the body. Once damaged or destroyed, nephrons do not function properly and can’t regenerate. As a result, the body doesn’t conserve enough water so your pet will need to drink more to stay hydrated.

Toxins, drugs, diseases or even just old age can harm the nephrons, and your pet may not show any signs until 75% of these nephrons are damaged.

Other than increased thirst watch out for:

increased urination
weight loss
vomiting
lethargy
Many other diseases present with similar signs to kidney disease (such as diabetes) so it is important that we investigate further. Measuring your pet’s water intake over 24 hours and bringing us a morning urine sample are two things you can do to get the investigation process started. A blood test, urine testing and a measure of your pet’s blood pressure may then be necessary.

If we detect that your pet’s kidneys are not working properly, the earlier we initiate treatment the better.

It’s best to arrange an appointment with us as soon as possible if you notice any changes in your pet’s thirst.

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