Patrick shares signs of kidney and heart diseases in dogs and cats

October 7, 2022

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Heart disease and kidney disease are two of the most common diseases that cats and dogs can develop. Veterinary surgeon Patrick von Heimendahl, is here to help pet owners understand the signs to look out for.

If after reading our article you have any concerns about your pet’s health, book a consult with one of the vets at our Cambridge practice.

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About kidney disease in cats and dogs

Kidney disease can be acute or chronic and can caused by many different factors. The kidneys are very important organs that are responsible for:

  • Removing toxins from circulation
  • Getting rid of waste product from the body
  • Keeping blood pressure regular
  • Preventing dehydration

Acute kidney disease means the kidneys have suddenly stopped working. Chronic kidney disease is a deterioration in function over a period of time.

Treatment for kidney disease in cats and dogs will depend on the severity of symptoms but may include special diets, medication, IV fluids or hospitalisation.

Talk to us if you are concerned about kidney disease in your pet.

About heart disease in cats and dogs

There are many different types of heart disease in dogs and cats, including:

  • Mitral valve disease
  • Dilated cardiomyopathy
  • Arrhythmias
  • Congenital heart disease
  • Pericardial disease

Each one affects the heart differently, but they all have very similar symptoms. Patrick explains that heart disease can affect dogs or cat of any age. Heart valve problems are most common and typically affect small breed dogs aged five or older. Some breeds may be more likely to develop certain heart conditions. For example Dobermans are more likely than other breeds to have dilated cardiomyopathy.

Treatment for heart disease in dogs and cats will depend on the type, severity of symptoms, and your pet’s general health.

Talk to us if you are concerned about heart disease in your pet.

Common signs of heart & kidney diseases

It is always wise to monitor any changes in your pet’s health at home and there are a few common signs of heart disease and kidney disease that you can look out for. Patrick advises that the earlier the symptoms are picked up, the sooner any conditions can be diagnosed and treated.

Patrick lists the common signs below:

Seven signs your pet may have kidney disease:

  1. Drinking more water
  2. Urinating more than usual
  3. Feeling tired
  4. presenting as quiet and lethargic
  5. Vomiting
  6. Unexplained weight loss
  7. Lack of appetite

Seven signs your pet may have heart disease:

  1. Coughing
  2. Breathlessness
  3. Exercise intolerance
  4. Lethargy
  5. Collapse/fainting
  6. Weight loss
  7. Abdominal swelling

Many of these signs can be linked with other conditions but if you have any concerns, it is always best to get your pet checked over. Patrick advises that you should not overlook any symptoms, as some diseases can affect younger animals too. Another sign of heart disease is a heart murmur, which our vets can listen out for during a health check – call us to book now.

Causes of Heart & Kidney disease

There are a few factors that can cause heart disease and kidney disease in cats and dogs. These include:

Kidney disease:

  • Poisoning
  • Underlying health problems such as heart disease
  • Long term urinary issues
  • Genetics
  • Long term dehydration
  • Age related changes

Heart disease:

  • Genetics
  • Age related changes
  • Obesity and poor nutrition

Regardless of which condition your dog or cat has, it is important to spot the signs early. Take another look at the symptoms above and if you have any concerns, get in touch with our Cambridge team on 01223 359021.

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