Excess protein in the urine of dogs can either be an abnormality that is easily remedied by dietary changes, or it can be a condition called proteinuria, which is a sign of diseases or medical conditions that can be quite serious. Sometims dogs that suffer from proteinuria show no symptoms, which is why the condition is often found through routine urinalysis at regular vet visits. It’s normal for dogs to have some protein in their urine, but in the case of proteinuria, protein becomes too large and too high in quantity to be filtered by the kidneys. This often happens gradually in older dogs, but it can also be the result of kidney disease or other medical issues. If your veterinarian finds excess protein in your dog’s urine, it is important that they determine the underlying cause and treat the issue. Here is what you should know about the symptoms, causes, and treatments for excess protein in dogs’ urine.
Symptoms Of Excess Protein In Dogs’ Urine
Excess protein in dogs’ urine is itself a symptom of other medical conditions, so there are often no other accompanying symptoms. The symptoms that do appear along with excess protein in the urine depend on the original condition. Some of these symptoms that can occur along with excess protein in the urine include visible blood in the urine, anorexia, weight loss, weakness, or high blood pressure.
Causes Of Excess Protein In Dogs’ Urine
Sometimes excess protein in dogs’ urine can be caused by improper diet or strenuous exercise. These are usually not too worrisome and are easy to treat with dietary and lifestyle changes along with proper hydration. However, there are several medical conditions and illnesses that can be the underlying cause of excess poteinuria. Here are several possible reasons for excess protein in dogs’ urine.
- Cushing’s disease
- Urinary tract infection
- Lyme disease
- Immune mediated disease
- Kidney disease
- Kidney failure
- Glomerular disease
- High blood pressure
- Scar tissue in the kidneys
- Prostate problems
- Inflammation or bleeding in the urinary tract (caused by several medical conditions)
Treatments For Excess Protein In Dogs’ Urine
Treatment for excess protein in dogs’ urine depends on the cause of the condition. Some underlying causes may be treated with dietary changes. Usually these diets are low in protein, phosphorous, and sodium while being high in Omega 3 fatty acids. Sometimes baby aspirin is given to help prevent blood clotting problems.
Other underlying diseases and conditions are treated on an individual basis. If there is inflammation, infection, or a risk of infection developing, antibiotics may be prescribed. Dogs suffering from dehydration may be given intravenous fluids. High blood pressure can be treated with a calcium channel blocker or beta blocker. If your dog suffers from proteinuria, your veterinarian will determine the cause and treat it accordingly.
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