These 2 beautiful and sweet cocker spaniels got their teeth cleaned with Miami Natural Pet Care 2 years ago. We were happy to see them again after a long time passed. Their teeth developed a lot of tartar and plaque and a lot was removed today. Scaling and polishing was performed and fresh breath is back 😃
Unfortunately both these cockers have developed kidney disease and putting them under anesthesia may cause more problems. That’s why their owner has been recontacting our services. Cleaning their teeth without anesthesia is the best way to go with them.
Just like human kidneys, your dog’s kidneys balance certain substances in the blood and filter out the body’s wastes as urine. They maintain normal concentrations of salt and water in the body. Kidneys also help control blood pressure, aid in calcium metabolism and sustain phosphorous levels. Additionally, they manufacture a hormone that encourages red-blood cell production. When kidneys don’t function properly, toxins build up in the blood and a dog will become ill.
What Causes Kidney Problems in Dogs?
Acute kidney failure is an abrupt decline in function that occurs over a period of days. Dogs can develop acute kidney problems as a result of ingesting toxins, including antifreeze, certain medications, tainted foods, etc. Other reasons for this type of kidney failure include decreased blood flow or oxygen delivery to the kidneys, infections and urinary obstruction.
While some kidney problems have an immediate cause that can be treated, chronic kidney disease shows up over a period of time and its causes are harder to determine. This condition develops slowly and affects mostly older dogs. It is often caused by underlying illness and congenital and hereditary conditions. But surprisingly, a main cause of chronic kidney failure in dogs is dental disease. Bacteria associated with advanced dental disease enter the blood stream and invades multiple organs, causing irreversible damage to the heart, liver and kidneys.