kid gloves: the cause and effect of kidney disease

Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on Mar 24 2014

  • Anemia: The kidney produces the hormone erythropoietin, which stimulates the production of red blood cells. Without it, our pet’s red blood cell levels drop.
  • Electrolyte imbalance: Calcium and phosphorus are in delicate balance in our pet’s bodies, and the kidneys play a large role here. Potassium levels may become too low as excess potassium is lost through the urine.
  • Low protein levels: Kidneys can lose the ability to filter out protein, and it may be lost in the urine, leading to low blood protein levels.
  • High blood pressure: Because the kidneys regulate blood pressure, their failure will lead to increases that need to be managed medically.

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