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Medical management of chronic renal failure in cats

Arnold Plotnick, Manhattan Cat Specialists, New York

Chronic renal failure is a common cause of illness, especially in elderly cats. For reasons currently unknown, its incidence appears to be increasing.

The clinical signs include polydipsia, polyuria, decrease appetite, weight loss and vomiting. The condition is incurable but it may be possible to delay the progress of the disease. The author highlights the importance of diet in managing the condition, together with efforts to monitor and possibly normalise blood pressure, serum phosphorus/potassium levels and other parameters.

Compendium on Continuing Education 29 (6): 342-350.

Abstract reproduced by kind permission of Veterinary Practice magazine.