Sunday, February 15, 2015

Supplements For Dog Diagnosed with Glomerulonephritis

Glomerulonephritis is a type of kidney disease that is usually caused by inflammation or infection of glomeruli (the tiny filters within the kidney).  It can occur in any breed and age of dog, but certain breeds tend to be more prone to the condition including: Bernese Mountain Dogs, Bull Terriers, Dalmatians, Samoyeds, Doberman Pinschers, Cocker Spaniels, Newfoundlands, Greyhounds Rottweiler, and Soft-Coated Wheaton Terriers.   It can be a serious condition and will require a combination of home care and veterinarian care. 

Common Symptoms
  • Blood in the urine
  • Lethargy
  • Decreased appetite
  • Anorexia
  • Weight loss
Your veterinarian will most likely perform a urinalysis, complete blood count (to check anemia, inflammation, infection and platelet count) Serum biochemistry test (to measure protein concentration), urine protein/creatinine ratio (to measure protein loss in the urine) and if necessary a kidney biopsy may need to be done for a definitive diagnosis.

The prognosis will depend on the severity of your pet’s condition. It is important to work closely with your veterinarian as up to 70% of dogs with Glomerulonephritis will develop renal failure.  We have found with a change of diet and using holistic supplements including: Kidney Health Protein Support forPets, Renelix for Dogs and Cats, and Power Probiotic for Pets the quality of life and symptoms have improved greatly for dogs suffering with the condition.  While these products cannot cure kidney disease, they can improve the  functioning of the remaining nephrons and slow the progression of the disease.