Acute kidney failure


Kidney failure in dogs can take one of two forms: acute kidney (or renal) failure and chronic kidney failure. Acute kidney failure is often triggered by something like a severe bacterial infection or a urinary obstruction. It may also come about because of the dog ingesting a toxic substance, such as antifreeze or a poisonous plant. Dogs that are severely dehydrated can also develop acute kidney failure.



  • Severe vomiting
  • Extreme lethargy
  • No interest in food at all
  • Disorientation
  • Stumbling and/or lack of coordination
  • Straining to urinate



If you suspect your dog is experiencing acute kidney failure, seek emergency medical help immediately.

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