Fanconi Syndrome in Dogs

Fanconi Syndrome in Dogs

Cost of Treatment: $8,500 to $11,000

What it is: A disorder of the kidneys, Fanconi Syndrome results in excessive loss of substances needed by the body into the urine, such as sugar and salt. Basenjis are genetically predisposed to Fanconi Syndrome, which gradually develops in mature adults of both genders. Certain drugs and toxins have also been linked to Fanconi Syndrome in dogs.


  • Excessive thirst
  • Excessive urination
  • Weight loss
  • Poor body condition
  • Weakness

Treatment: Supportive care for Fanconi Syndrome typically includes fluid therapy and electrolyte supplementation. Dietary changes that support chronic kidney disease and increase water intake are encouraged. Regular monitoring with blood and urine analysis is necessary. The condition is irreversible. Fortunately, veterinary treatment can improve longevity and quality of life in dogs suffering from Fanconi Syndrome.

Most dog health insurance plans cover ongoing conditions, such as Fanconi Syndrome, as long as your dog is enrolled in the plan before symptoms occur. Treatment costs can potentially exceed $50 per month for the life of your dog.

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