What is Chronic Kidney Disease?
Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is the term used when a cat or dog has reduced kidney function but is clinically stable. Chronic kidney failure (CKF) is the end stage of kidney disease.
CKD is a gradually progressive condition that is very common in older cats, (seen less often in dogs) so usually the health of the cat will slowly decline over a period of time, however the rate of this decline can be very variable.
Although CKD is not a curable or reversible disease, with appropriate treatment and supportive care we can maintain good quality of life, potentially for years after initial diagnosis.
Although this page focuses on CKD in cats, the same principles can be applied to the disease in dogs.