Kidney failure

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gencar18

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Was diagnosed with kidney failure. Sent home I will give IV to hydrate her. Had vitamin B shot. Hope to help her get better. What can we expect?

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mychildren

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(I have a little bit of knowledge from working at a veterinary ER for a number of years, and having probably 30 or 40 pets over the years. (yes, I'm too old).  But, I'm not a professional, so take this with a grain of salt. What is the RBC (red blood cell count)?  When you start hitting 15 or lower, it is serious. Kidneys made the precursors of the red cells. Severe anemia goes lockstep with kidney failure. The marrow cannot make enough red cells (which carry oxygen). There is a medication that specifically targets this problem - I'm importing b/c it explains better than me. Basically, you can give your cat a drug that will increase red cell production.  Healthy kidneys produce a hormone callederythropoietin (EPO). A hormone is a chemical produced by the body and released into the blood to help trigger or regulate particular body functions. EPOprompts the bone marrow to make red blood cells, which then carry oxygen throughout the body. -- me again - red cells carry oxygen to the cells of the body, so they are hit hard by kidney failure. The kidneys are the first step.  The other things are that urine is not concentrated - meaning urine does not get rid of enough toxic / waste substances (via the kidneys) .. and the body becomes poisoned.  What they do for that is to give much more fluids than your pet normally would want to drink.  It helps flush out the bad while maintaining hydration.  I'm running out of steam here, but these are the major things.  If it gets worse, there are other problems - but if it gets worse, you are approaching the point where you can't do anything to help.

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