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Need to Know More About Kidney Disease?
Bernadine Cruz, DVM posted:
Kidney disease can affect cats and dogs of any age but is particularly common in senior pets. The onset can be insidious and by the time a pet owner realizes that there is something wrong, the disease can be very advanced. What causes this malady? What do all of these medical words mean? What can be done to extend the good quality of life? The 'International Renal Interest Society' has some very pet owner friendly information. This is a site that can be trusted. If you have questions concerning your pet's renal (kidney) health, the best person you can ask for advice is your primary care veterinarian. If you still need more information, is worth checking out.

Paws Up....
Dr. Bernadine Cruz
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srstephanie responded:
Hi Dr Cruz,

It is nice to see you sharing the link to the IRIS website. I discovered it several years ago and frequently suggest it to others. As a pet owner who talks to other pet owners ... I have found that when a pet is first diagnosed with CKD (Chronic Kidney Disease), one of the first concerns is how serious/advanced is it. It doesn't help that many vets still call it "Chronic Renal FAILURE" which strikes terror into the hearts of most pet owners. I'm a cat person and know that many cats can live for years with CKD with supportive care. On the IRIS website under the "IRIS Guidelines: IRIS Staging of CKD", I like the links for the Posters and/or Cards at a Glance ... both of which give an easy to see summary of the staging system. I like to listen to vet CE talks and it appears that nearly all the specialists are using the IRIS Staging system now.

Have you seen the videos on the Cornell Univ website on "Cat Owner's Guide to Kidney Disease"? It is a series of 5 short videos:

1) How is Kidney Disease Diagnosed?
2) Understanding Kidney Disease
3) Dietary and Drug Therapy
4) Diuresis and Hospitalization
5) Subcutaneous Fluid Therapy

Here is a link:

Stephanie in Montreal


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