How to Treat Kidney Conditions in Companion Animals

January 14, 2018

When dealing with kidney disease, says Karol Mathews, DVM, DVSc, DACVECC, professor emeritus of clinical studies at Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph, the ultimate obvious goal is to stop or reverse the kidney injury. This largely depends on the cause, though.

When dealing with kidney disease, says Karol Mathews, DVM, DVSc, DACVECC, professor emeritus of clinical studies at Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph, the ultimate obvious goal is to stop or reverse the kidney injury. This largely depends on the cause, though.

For example, some patients may have chronic kidney disease but the condition is unknown until an acute exacerbation occurs. In such instances, Dr. Mathews says, the condition is very hard to manage because they already have very little kidney.

Dr. Mathews suggests veterinarians read her published retrospective study on the evaluation of adding diltiazem therapy to standard treatment of acute renal failure caused by leptospirosis. The report was published in the June 2007 edition of the Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care.