Does Your Golden Retriever Have Kidney Failure?

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Kidney disease is a disease that is known to exist among all dogbreeds but among certain breeds it is more prone to happen.

The Golden Retriever is one of these, as well as: Schnauzers, Bull Terriers, Cairn Terriers, Cocker Spaniels, Beagles,  Doberman Pinschers, German Shepherds,  Chows, Golden Retrievers, Poodles  Rottweilers etcetera.

When your golden retriever gets ill, you need to determine what is affecting your pet dog. With kidney illness being a common and relatively high cause of death among mature dogs, you, as an owner want to stay vigilant and well aware of the symptoms that are prevalent in kidney disease so that a diagnose of this illness can be made as soon as possible. As with any illness, the sooner it is determined, the better it can be treated.

Several symtoms of kidney disease to be aware of especially when 2 or more of these happen over a extended period of time.

  • Increased water comsumption
  • diluted urine,difficulty urinating
  • lethargic or tired behaviour
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea

If these 2 or more of these symptoms persist over a period of 2 weeks or longer, your pet may have disease or infection of the kidneys.  In both cases it is advisable to contact a veterinarian and have your dog checked.

What can you feed your dog with kidney disease?

In general, make sure that the foods you give your retriever are low in protein, salt and minerals. Check with your pet shop for the proper food and ask a veterinarian for specialized advice.

  • Always make sure your dog has enough water.
  • Use dog food brands that are specialized toward dogs that have certain illness.
  • Avoid low quality food as well as grain based food. Also no dairy product and organ meat.
  • Go to a veterinarian to get urine analysis and bloodwork for a precise prediction of your retrievers’ kidney disease.
  • Give multivitamin supplements with B-complex and Vitamin c to replenish the vitamin and mineral deficits.Always ask your veterinarian for his/her opinion on the matter.
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