Just like the human urinary system, your pet's urinary system filters out excess fluids and waste products from the bloodstream, expelling waste as urine. A pet that has difficulties in this system may experience discomfort and pain and if left untreated can result in more severe health issues for your pet.
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Specifically, your pet's kidneys balance certain substances in the blood and filter out the body's wastes as urine. They maintain normal concentrations of salt and water in the body. Kidneys also help control blood pressure, aid in calcium metabolism and sustain phosphorous levels. Additionally, they manufacture a hormone that encourages red-blood cell production. When kidneys don't function properly, toxins build up in the blood and a dog will become ill. kidney disease can occur suddenly at any age and can range from mild to severe and may be reversible. Chronic kidney disease is progressive and irreversible. During the early stages of chronic kidney disease, you may not notice any symptoms in your pet. As the chronic disease progresses over time, your pet may show signs such as excessive thirst and an increased volume of urine. With proper care, diagnosis, and treatment, your pet can return to a much healthier life.
There are many problems that can affect your pet's lower urinary system. Incontinence, bladder stones or crystals in the urine, bacterial infections, cancer, trauma or even obstruction of the urethra. Lower urinary tract disease is more common among dogs over seven years of age, resulting in incontinence. Incontinence is related to a weak urinary sphincter muscle, allowing urine to leak out. Bacterial infections are also common. Adrenal disease and diabetes mellitus can predispose dogs to bacterial infection of the lower urinary tract.
With proper care, diagnosis, and treatment, your pet can return to a much healthier life. VetApprovedRx offers a variety of prescription medicines used commonly to treat disorders of the urinary systems as well as OTC products and vitamin and nutrional supplements that will help keep your pet healthy.