Kidney (Renal) Disease/ Failure

The kidneys are found in the abdomen close to the spine and work to filter the blood of toxins, removing waste in the form of urine. Renal disease refers to the reduced capacity of the kidneys to perform this function and renal failure implies that the kidneys are no longer able to maintain their function. This may cause your pet to display signs such as drinking more water and urinating more frequently, since one of the many functions of the kidney to concentrate the urine when the body needs to conserve water. Kidney (renal) disease also affects blood pressure, the amount of stomach acid produced, and regulation of electrolytes. This disease is most common in older pets, but can occur as a result of toxin ingestion or infectious disease.