Cost of Treatment: $560 $1100
What Is Glomerulonephritis In Dogs?
Glomerulonephritis is a type of kidney disease where the glomeruli, the smallest units of the kidneys, become inflamed. Glomeruli are in charge of removing toxins and waste products from the blood. Glomerulonephritis occurs when antibodies, which are part of the immune system, accumulate in the glomeruli. This condition usually occurs concurrently with other diseases such as Lyme disease and autoimmune diseases. One of the most common signs of glomerulonephritis is the presence of blood in the urine.
Causes of Glomerulonephritis In Dogs
- Heartworm infection
- Lyme disease
- Chronic gum disease
- Inflammation of the prostate
- Autoimmune disease
- Ehrlichia infection
Symptoms Of Glomerulonephritis In Dogs
- Blood in urine (most common)
- Decreased appetite
- Increased thirst
- Excessive urination
- Weight loss
Treatment Of Glomerulonephritis In Dogs
The first step of the treatment consists in addressing the underlying condition. If your dog has an infection, he/she will need antibiotics and supportive care such as intravenous fluids. Autoimmune diseases may require immunosuppressant drugs to stop the body from attacking itself.
Resources For Glomerulonephritis In Dogs
1- VCA Animal Hospitals-Glomerulonephritis In Dogs
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