Cross section of a normal feline kidney. Photo credit Creative Commons

The kidneys are paired organs having many crucial roles in the body, including filtering the blood of metabolic breakdown products and toxins, regulating electrolyte, glucose, protein, and water balance, producing hormones that promote red blood cell production, and more.  Needless to say, when the kidneys start to fail the entire body is adversely affected.

There are many causes of kidney disease in cats and dogs, such as age-related causes, infections (bacterial, fungal, etc.), toxic exposures, cancer, and others.   
Fortunately, regular wellness examinations and diagnostics like blood and urine testing, x-rays, ultrasound, and more can help veterinarians diagnose the degree to which animal companion is suffering from kidney disease and direct the most-appropriate treatment.
Want to learn more about kidney disease?  Check out this article for The Honest Kitchen Canine & Feline Kidney Disease–What You Need to Know 
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