Dogs, Cats, and Kidney Health

Just like we keep our own bodies healthy, for pet owners, taking care of one’s furry friend is also a top priority.  Whether through exercise, good nutrition or proper hydration, we always have our dog and cat’s best interest at heart.  One area that deserves special attention are the kidneys.

What Do the Kidneys Do?

The kidneys are bean-shaped organs found in the abdominal area just below the spine of both dogs and cats. They are responsible for balancing fluids in the body, cleansing the blood of toxins, and transforming waste into urine.

Signs of Kidney Issues 

A number of signs could indicate kidney issues. These include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Muscle cramps
  • Swelling of limbs
  • Dry and/or itchy skin
  • Shortness of breath
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Increase or decrease in water intake
  • Too little or too much urination
  • Lethargy
  • Pale gums

How to Promote Kidney Health

Hydration – Cats and dogs need plenty of fluids and electrolytes. Foods should be moisture appropriate. For example, this may include feeding your pet raw food, canned pet food, and/or broths. Dried kibble requires the body’s own fluids to fully digest, leading to dehydration. These fluids are essential for good digestion and absorption of nutrients. Making sure your pet has constant access to water is also important. However, because cats tend to take less fluids in by this means, it’s especially important for cats to get their fluids through their food.

Circulation Support – Dandelion root is known to support circulation in the kidneys, which helps to clear out impurities.

Decrease Inflammation – Gingko, omega 3 fatty acids, turmeric, and green tea extract are just a few examples of herbs and supplements that help to reduce inflammation in the body. Inflammation in the body can also be decreased through proper diet. Dogs and cats should both have a diet that is high in protein and low in carbohydrates. This would be following more of a canine or feline ancestral diet.

Probiotics can also help add good microbes into the body, which is also beneficial for kidney health.

The PetMedella Scan will look at your pet’s whole body, including the kidney to see the level of stress.

In addition, the PetMedella scan will identify resonating nutritional imbalances as well as remedies to balance the needs of your pet. For more information, contact PetMedella at

Disclaimer: These services are designed for educational purposes only and are not intended to serve as medical advice. The information provided on this site and in reports should not be used for diagnosing or treating any health problem or disease.  It is not a substitute for professional care.  If you have or suspect you may have a health problem or need medical attention, you should consult your healthcare provider. PetMedella is not responsible for the interpretation of results by any outside affiliates, practitioners or health coaches using this test.