Kidney Failure In Dogs | Everything You NEED To Know | Veterinarian Explains | Dogtor Pete

Did you know, that after cancer, chronic kidney disease is considered to be the number two silent killer of dogs all over the world? It often develops unnoticed and when you finally do start to see clinical signs, it is often too late to treat and may take your dog’s life unexpectedly!

So make sure to watch this video as I’ll be explaining the causes, clinical signs, diagnosis, treatment and prevention methods for kidney disease in dogs so that you can better prepare yourself and potentially protect your dog from this horrible affliction.

Now your dog’s prognosis will depend on the severity of the disease and its stages of progression. While chronic renal failure in dogs cannot be reversed or cured, treatment and management aimed at reducing the contributing factors and symptoms can slow its progression and may add a few months to a few years of good quality life to your pet’s lifespan.

The earlier kidney failure is diagnosed and treated, the better the prognosis and the higher the probability that your pet’s life will be extended.

Let me know down in the comments if you ever had a dog that was diagnosed with kidney disease and what you and your vet did to help him?

Here is a breakdown of the info covered in this video:

00:00 Introduction
01:22 Acute kidney disease vs Chronic kidney disease
02:22 Clinical signs of Kidney Disease in dogs
03:04 Causes of Kidney Disease in dogs
03:31 Diagnosis of Kidney Disease in dogs
04:49 Treatment of Kidney Disease in dogs
08:00 Prevention of Kidney Disease in dogs
08:45 Take Home Message

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  1. SuperCuber on June 23, 2022 at 7:38 pm

    I just looked this up because i miss my dog and this is why she died

  2. YAEL READ OMniREADY on June 23, 2022 at 7:40 pm


  3. Oshin Chris on June 23, 2022 at 7:40 pm

    Thank you for this, my baby has showed symptoms all of a sudden and is on IV fluids for three days before we have to do another blood test to see if the treatment will work or we have to put her to sleep 🙁🥺

  4. Peter Roche on June 23, 2022 at 7:40 pm

    My dog died today while I was away at school and this video helped me find a little bit more closure in knowing what was going on with him and why it happened. Thank you

  5. Jay H on June 23, 2022 at 7:43 pm

    Hi…my dog was getting very restless and crying a bit for a few days then stopped eating and threw up started wobbling , I took him to the vet… she told me ( with out a blood test ) his kidneys were gone and would recommend putting him to sleep as it was gone to far and she couldn’t do anything for him and with his age……said not even medication cause his body couldn’t digest it, he had ulcers in his mouth, and stop eating and drinking. Was she right to say this with out a blood test?? She said the blood test would show what she was and could only perlong his quality of life for about 3 days ?? He showed no signs building up to this just drinking a bit more which we thought was over the thyroid medication?? He had blood test 3 months before it and it showed nothing

  6. bts heart on June 23, 2022 at 7:43 pm


  7. shasimaran shasi on June 23, 2022 at 7:45 pm

    Hai I have a pet Dalmatian she is almost 10 yrs old she is suffering from KD when I went to vet the report was BUN and creatinine increased ( bun 130 mg/dl) (creatinine 14.3 mg/dl) sir please suggest what can I do know and she is not standing at all. Do any chances to re gain from this please

  8. Adam longoria on June 23, 2022 at 7:45 pm

    Your videos are very informative and very important and it gets me angry that you don’t have more followers or more likes. Every dog owner should be subscribed to this channel. The first things to come up when I searched vet were veterinarian shows that appear on Animal Planet and other similar Networks, built mostly on drama and lacking the specific information a dog owner might be looking for. I’m going to screenshot your Channel and share it on every dog page I follow on Facebook. I wish you well and thank you for the service you are providing.

  9. DOOM GUY on June 23, 2022 at 7:50 pm

    My dog has kidney disease and my mom is going to the vet and putting her down, it also cost 1000.but we’re poor, (she’s already at stage 3.)

  10. rebecca cavanaugh on June 23, 2022 at 7:51 pm

    Thank you!

  11. Lovepreet Singh on June 23, 2022 at 7:51 pm

    For my Dog I am taking herbal treatment from PLANET AYURVEDA and he is improving.

  12. Stevie Carroll Jr on June 23, 2022 at 7:57 pm

    I just found out tonight my dog has kidney failure I left him at the vet this hurts I’ve had him for a long time I can’t believe we are about to loose one of our fur babies

  13. Shadow._013 on June 23, 2022 at 7:57 pm

    Sadly it was to late for my 12 year old little dog, she wasn’t eating or drinking and she showed us that she didn’t want to fight anymore it had been 5 days that she hadn’t of eaten and our vet said that the kidney failure was untreatable. One of my mums friend is a vet and she helped or little dog by freeing her of her pain and suffering at home in her bed as that was the kindest thing to do as she was to weak to even turn her head. She is in a better place now with my golden retriever that sadly passed 5 years ago.

  14. Saltydoggie1 on June 23, 2022 at 7:59 pm

    Our dog was just Diagnosis with kidney problems, the vet wants us to bring her back the next day to be rechecked, we really cannot afford to having her blood check all the time plus all the fees that come along with this, she is 15 years old, we’ll probably have to put to sleep!

  15. Josh Shree on June 23, 2022 at 8:02 pm

    Please help me with this
    My 7 month rott is not drinking water and peeing yellow too much

  16. TigerBloodBeastGaming on June 23, 2022 at 8:03 pm

    My dog just got blood test results back and her creatine levels are really high, this video clears some things up and gives me some hope thanks 🙏

  17. BECKS on June 23, 2022 at 8:05 pm

    Thank you for this video… my dog was diagnosed with stage 4 kidney failure..

  18. Peter Griffin on June 23, 2022 at 8:05 pm

    We went to three different vets for my Jack Russell who had beginning stages of kidney failure and they didn’t do a damn thing they did not prescribe him one pill nothing. We ended up having to put him down and it got so bad that he was dying. Some vets are horrible I wish we had you around. The pain from losing your beloved fur all is unbearable.

  19. Susan B on June 23, 2022 at 8:05 pm

    I have an Entlebaucher Mountain Dog and she has had 3 UTI’s. They seemed to go away. We finally had her urine analyzed and her level of protien was 4. Looking for help

  20. Vimalkumar Mb on June 23, 2022 at 8:06 pm

    How can the pottassium level go down in cod?

  21. Thameenah Abrahams on June 23, 2022 at 8:06 pm

    Thank you for helping me understanding of this desease. I took my dog yesterday to the vet where she told me that my dog has kitney desease. She also inform me that the cost of blood test and putting my dog on a drip is very costly. She give me tablets because she throws up. The problem is I don’t want to see my dog in pain she don’t want to eat. And with the cost to keep my dog alive I don’t have money please an you tell me what to do now please I don’t want to lose my dog. 🙏🙏Please help

  22. torn quad on June 23, 2022 at 8:07 pm

    Can too high a dose of lasix cause kidney failure and would IV fluid help lower creatinine levels

  23. Anup Mgr on June 23, 2022 at 8:07 pm

    sir, where did you get the introduction part references??

  24. Linda Kooser on June 23, 2022 at 8:08 pm

    My dog is a Labrador Mix who is currently being worked up and treated for CKD. Your video was very informative and helped me understand more of what we are dealing with . She has had seizures and incontinence from a young age (she is now between 8-9, she was a rescue) so we did not realize she had CKD until her labs and eating and drinking went downhill. We have an ultrasound scheduled for next week and I am going to copy your suggestions to share with my vet. Thank you❤️

  25. Elizabeth Davis on June 23, 2022 at 8:08 pm

    How can you promote kibble with 10% moisture for dogs with kidney disease? The foods you recommend for treating kidney disease come from the same pet food manufacturers that caused the kidney disease in the first place with a high carb diet, rancid fats, and no moisture.

  26. Tom Martinez on June 23, 2022 at 8:11 pm

    Great great info !!! Thank you posting !! You are super helpful !! God bless !

  27. Mark P on June 23, 2022 at 8:11 pm

    My 12.5 year old Yorkie-Bichon mixed breed died of CKD last March. Her special diet and medicine extended her life by at least a year. We now have a one year old Golden Retriever puppy with kidney failure. So sad to be going through this again. Thank you for a very informative video.

  28. Diana Ferreira on June 23, 2022 at 8:12 pm

    I was suffering from similar issue in the past,but I’m glad it has been fixed

  29. Bob Hersh on June 23, 2022 at 8:14 pm

    Thank you for this. I just lost my girl, 5 yo Golden, to cod. Very sad

  30. Gracious Grit on June 23, 2022 at 8:15 pm

    Can benazepril increase kidney levels in a dog already in kidney failure?

  31. pinki tiwari on June 23, 2022 at 8:17 pm

    Is tuna is good for CKD?

  32. Rocio Silverroot on June 23, 2022 at 8:19 pm

    I’m caring for a dog with ckd. He has had ckd for about 3 years. He is now 16 years old. This information is perfect 🥰We have been controlling the symptoms very well using the methods you describe. He is almost anemic now and sleeps too much to stay properly hydrated. So we started giving fluids under the skin. Dogs can live with it but you must catch it early.

  33. Cristine Mae Flores on June 23, 2022 at 8:20 pm

    Hello Doc is it normal for dogs not to drink much water as she eats her food with soup.thank you

  34. Natalie Zapata on June 23, 2022 at 8:23 pm

    My dog is about 16 and he has this problem. The veterinarian gave him IV fluids to help him, but it did not really help. The veterinarian had us give him subcutaneous fluids ourselves, 200 ml per day for 5 days. After that, we will take him to the veterinarian again and hopefully his levels are normal and he will be all better.

  35. Iamnot4Sure on June 23, 2022 at 8:23 pm

    Man I can’t stand the constant movement of this young man… back and forth, back and forth….

  36. awesomvideosarebeast on June 23, 2022 at 8:24 pm

    I lost my doggie today, thank you for explaining KD better, I now feel more comforted and informed as to what she was going through. I decided to let her go since she was suffering and the ER vet said there was little chance she would make it even with hospitalization. I only wish I would have take care of her health better even after I had suspected she was sick.

  37. Catalyst - D B on June 23, 2022 at 8:24 pm

    …….. Too late. Just recently found out dog food is bad for dogs.

    Dogs need healthy home cooked foods loaded with healthy fatty acids like the omega fatty acids.
    I thought dog food was made for dogs.
    Now my dog is showing all the symptoms and I cant afford a liver transplant.

    Thank you for educating me.
    I’ve never felt this hopeless before.

  38. Ryan Lula on June 23, 2022 at 8:24 pm

    Hi there, my pup (2 years old) has just been diagnosed with chronic kidney disease in the past couple of days, this was noticed during her 3 mothly blood donation. Now this scares the heck out of me as she is my first pet. Can you help me out in anyway to understand how she might develop? I understand she might not be here for much longer but I am totally lost on what to do, it’s a hard and confusing time. Many thanks

  39. Sibani Pradhan on June 23, 2022 at 8:25 pm

    My dog is 9 year old… her creatinine is 2.5.. but the doc said it’s very serious. She’s under medication now, she’s not able to urine as usual n she’s been throwing up everything she eats .. so the doc gave her saline n some medicines through the drip..

  40. Alexandra on June 23, 2022 at 8:29 pm

    Good information, easy to understand. Unfortunately, I lost my Sprinkles last August to Kidney Disease. She was diagnosed at Stage 4 at 13 years old (Cavalier/Poodle mix) and unfortunately, although we tried hospitalization, fluids, renal diet, her quality of life deteriorated quickly and I had to say goodbye to her 2 weeks after diagnosis. Now, my other senior dog Kaitlin (also 13, Poodle/Schnauzer mix) was just diagnosed. We caught it a little earlier Early stage 3, so I’m hopeful. She is taken to the renal food quickly and I hope to keep her comfortable longer. (note: both dogs had regular checkups including blood work, Sprinkles last blood work before the one showing issues was 8 months before and no issues at all). Kaitlin’s blood work was 2 months before and although her levels weren’t low, they were in normal range). It’s a frustrating disease, knowing the symptoms to watch out for is so important. The one thing I learned from losing Sprinkles so quickly was to get the blood work done as soon as you think there may be a problem.

  41. Rebel Studio2 on June 23, 2022 at 8:29 pm

    My dogs skin on his nose went from pink to yellow. I got it almost back to pink. He is eating and drinking water. His poop does not look normal. He is wobbly and bumps into things. I am going to try the activated charcoal tomorrow when I get payed.

  42. Mariposa Azul on June 23, 2022 at 8:30 pm

    My baby girl has had a few seizures. I’m taking her to her vet to see if blood work shows any problems with her kidneys. I’m praying 🙏🏼 she’s ok.

  43. leo pioquinto on June 23, 2022 at 8:30 pm

    Thank you so much for this clear and helpful information,, great job 😊👍

  44. Xanderson 51 on June 23, 2022 at 8:31 pm

    My dog is 17 and his kidneys are failing. He can barely walk and his breath smells absolutely rancid and like chemicals. He won’t eat anything but real meat which I obviously can’t give him so he has starved himself for so many days. His bones are showing he is so skinny. I have to put him down this week. My heart is broken…

  45. The Trump News Network on June 23, 2022 at 8:33 pm

    My Husky was just diagnosed with kidney failure today. He is to spend 3 days in hospital the prognosis is not good.. He is only 4 years old. I wish I knew this information before. I have shared this video with my followers and subscribed.

  46. Oghomwen Eboigbodin on June 23, 2022 at 8:33 pm

    Thank you SO MUCH Dogtor Pete. This is the best video i have seen so far as a Pet Mom. my pet is everything to me and means the world. i was just told after his blood work that my Son’s kindey has been compromised and we should do the blood work over again, even though these treatments are expensive i didn’t mind and it came up with same result. now i wasn’t told the stage, what it was so after watching your video i jotted down questions called the vet and he is busy having a surgery. if i didn’t watch this Video i won’t have know the right questions to ask. Thank you once again.

  47. Dara Tull on June 23, 2022 at 8:33 pm

    My dog is 15 and was diagnosed with stage 3 chronic KD, and her creatinine was at 7… crazy scary. I’ve been taking care of her like 24/7 and now her creatinine is 2.8… like a miracle. Hope she lives for many more years

  48. Ernesto Badulis III on June 23, 2022 at 8:35 pm

    Doc, i don’t know if you can help me out or probably shed some light into our situation. I currently have a 10 year old dog who is suffering from CKD. He was a healthy dog a mix of German shepherd and an aspin, was introduced to dog food which is pedigree, he used to hunt house mice too. I warned my family about him hunting mice I also learned that getting leptospirosis from mice hunting can hurt his kidney. We have no idea about the cause of his CKD, he was all healthy until one day it happened. It started with vomiting, lost of appetite and mouth sores. Day 1 of being in the Vet they put him on IV fluids, he had a high count of creatine level. Day 2 he looked more healthier than he was day 1 because of the IV fluids helping his kidney. Day 3 they had to retest and take him off the IV fluids, sadly the creatine level didn’t even budge. Now he is at home, he is weak, he has mouth sores and in pain. He does not eat, he vomits his medications and he wobbles when he walks. He also drops on the ground when laying down. He walks around the house in a weird way ever since he was diagnosed. There was a point where my mom was standing up then my dog just walked circles around her which is a bizarre behavior for him. Now we are reading some experiences and have seen stage 4 recoveries which is extremely rare. We are in a tight spot since we do not know if we should keep him on IV fluids, or just give him what he enjoys daily and love him before he pass away. The family is devastated because he has been our younger brother since he was born 10 years ago. I love him but if he needs to go, he can go and rest.

  49. michelle van den berg on June 23, 2022 at 8:36 pm

    We are currently trying to get her through this episode.. She has been on fluids this week to flush the kidneys, her counts was extremely high.. It is coming down, but now she doesn’t want to eat.. 🙁

  50. Nasriu Adeiniy Kasumu on June 23, 2022 at 8:37 pm

    I was suffering from similar issue in the past,but I’m glad it has been fixed….

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