Preventing Kidney Disease in Dogs by Removing Outdoor Toxins

In dogs, kidney disease is a leading killer, but if caught early, certain forms of kidney disease are preventable. One of the most effective ways to prevent kidney disease in dogs is by knowing chemicals and bacteria that cause it.

Function of the Kidneys

The key function of kidneys is to filter toxins from the blood stream. The kidneys also aid in the production of red blood cells and metabolize calcium and phosphorus within the body. A malfunctioning kidney with dogs' kidney disease is a major cause for concern because toxins build up and travel to other organs.

Toxins Role in Dogs Kidney Disease

Within your yard, shed or garage, odds are high that you have two of the biggest factors in dogs' kidney disease-antifreeze and rat poison. Dogs seem to enjoy the taste of antifreeze and happily lap up antifreeze spills. A leak in your car's radiator or an unnoticed spill in the garage can kill a dog. Likewise, rat poison is another toxin linked to the majority of cases of kidney failure in dogs. Other items that cause renal failure include:

  • Antibiotics meant for humans
  • Grapes
  • Ibuprofen (Advil)
  • NSAID drugs (Aleve)
  • Raisins

Dogs' kidney disease generally takes one of two forms: Acute Kidney Failure or Chronic Kidney Failure. Acute occurs quickly after a dog ingests a toxin. Chronic develops over years and years with few, if any, symptoms. Chronic Kidney Failure is a leading cause of death in elderly dogs. You can help prevent kidney disease by removing the toxins listed above from your household area.