Alternative Treatment for Kidney Problems in Dogs

Did you know that after arthritis, renal failure is the mostly likely cause of illness in older dogs?  When your dog has kidney disease, it is distressing to watch your faithful old companion suffering and many pet owners look for answers and ways to alleviate that suffering.

There is an alternative treatment, called Photonic Therapy, developed by a veterinary surgeon in Australia, that has helped many pets and their owners deal with the horrible effects of kidney disease. 

Photonic Therapy has been found to be effective in treating kidney infection, kidney disease and other urinary problems in dogs.  It can slow the deterioration of your pet caused by kidney problems and the onset of actual kidney failure; reducing pain and improving your pet’s general feeling of well-being.   

Renal Failure in Dogs

The risk of kidney disease or renal failure becomes higher as our pets age. 

If you do your research you will find tons of information about the causes, symptoms, treatments and prognosis of various kidney disorders in dogs.  There is currently no known way to fix kidneys that are damaged but whatever the cause or type of kidney disease your pet is suffering from, there are things you can do to make them more comfortable and give them additional months or years to live.  

Kidney failure is progressive.  This means that over time your pet’s condition will get worse.  Nobody wants to watch a beloved pet struggle through every day and if the condition is in an advanced stage, euthanasia is sometimes kinder.  But if you catch the disease early you can ‘encourage’ better kidney function through diet, fluid injections, medication and photonic therapy that will afford you more time with your precious pet and improve his quality of life.

What is Photonic Therapy and how does it work?

Photonic therapy is a little like acupuncture but instead of using needles, a red light is used at particular points on the dog’s body.  The light is generated from a torch-like utensil.  Photonic therapy is non-invasive, causes no pain or side effects and best of all it can be delivered by you, at home. 

Applying the red light at known acupuncture points causes signals through the nervous system which support healing.  Temporary relief from kidney and urinary problems is just one result.   The release of neuro-chemicals during the therapy also promotes feelings of well-being and reduction of pain and this assists with the emotional as well as physical concern.  

An alternative treatment for kidney disease in dogs

Photonic therapy has been found to be an effective complementary treatment for dogs with kidney disease as well as many other conditions, including distemper, kennel cough, parvo virus and eczema.   It has also been successful in treating a range of health concerns in horses, cats and birds.

What is it worth to you to help your pet feel more comfortable and suffer less?  Being able to treat your dog at home may also mean fewer trips to the vet.

To find out more about photonic therapy and its application, and how you can purchase a torch go here.

The role of kidneys

Kidneys are responsible for filtering waste from the body (as urine) and balancing certain substances in the blood like calcium, salt and phosphorous.  They also help to control the dog’s blood pressure and produce a hormone that promotes red-blood cell production. 

If kidneys don’t function properly toxins and waste products build up in the dog’s body, making her very ill.

Acute kidney failure can be caused by ingestion of poisons or contaminated food.  This is the type that causes your dog to become very ill very quickly.

Chronic kidney failure can be brought on by disease in other parts of the body, blockages in the urinary tract, medications, diabetes and hereditary factors.  This is the type that occurs over time, mostly to older dogs, and the it may be a while before the signs prompt you to make a visit to the vet. 

Symptoms of kidney failure in dogs

If your dog has been diagnosed with kidney disease the chances are that you have already observed various symptoms common to the condition.  These include excessive drinking of water and excessive urination, loss of weight and interest in food, bad breath, vomiting and lethargy. 

If your dog has not been diagnosed but is displaying some or all of the common symptoms, a visit to the vet is your best bet to confirm the problem. 

Depending on the nature of the disease and the stage at which you have caught it, your vet may prescribe medication and a diet lower in protein, sodium and phosphorus.  The vet may also suggest supplements such as Vitamin D, potassium, soluble fiber and additional fluids to be delivered subcutaneously (under the skin).   It is always important to ensure that your dog has access to plenty of fresh clean water.

If a diagnosis of kidney failure is made that often means that your beloved pet is very sick.  If your dog has lost 75% or more of its kidney function then his ability to get rid of waste products is slower than the toxin build up within his body and he will gradually become sicker and sicker.

Kidney disease in dogs – catch it early

Kidney damage can occur gradually over time and kidney disease can be present for some years before actual kidney failure occurs. 

In fact the effects of kidney disease can sometimes happen so slowly that by the time the symptoms are obvious and a diagnosis is made, the condition may be too far advanced to treat effectively.  Some of the symptoms of kidney disease are often mistaken by pet owners as ‘normal’ signs of ageing. 

If you have noticed changes in your pet’s behavior, habits and appearance, it is a good idea to get her checked out to ensure that you catch problems early and you know what you are dealing with.

The nature of this degenerative condition may mean that, if caught early, there is opportunity to slow or halt the disease before it becomes full-blown renal failure.

Like hundreds of pet owners, you may find photonic therapy effective as a primary or complementary means of treatment.