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As most cases of glomerulonephritis involve an immune reaction (interaction of antigen and antibodies), the most specific and effective therapy is the control and elimination of such an immune reaction. However, finding and treating the exact disease process or antigen that is causing such an immune reactions is not always possible. Moreover, once renal failure has developed, the prognosis is often poor. The overall treatment of this disease depends on the cause and severity of the disease at the time of diagnosis.
Your veterinarian will recommend an individualized diet plan for your dog that is tailored toward kidney health. These patients often require low sodium and high quality, low quantity, protein diets. Because most drugs are eliminated through the kidneys, do not give your dog any types of drugs, or change the dosage of any prescribed drugs without consulting your veterinarian beforehand. In follow-up visits, your veterinarian will need to conduct regular laboratory testing in order to monitor the therapy response and progression of the disease, adjusting medications and therapies as necessary.
A medical condition in which the glomeruli become inflamed
A substance that causes chemical change to another
The prediction of a disease’s outcome in advance
The failure of the kidneys to perform their proper functions
An in-depth examination of the properties of urine; used to determine the presence or absence of illness
The amount of pressure applied by the blood on the arteries.
The process of removing tissue to examine it, usually for medical reasons.
A type of protein that can be dissolved in water; found in milk, egg white, certain muscle, blood, and some urine.
A protein in the body that is designed to fight disease; antibodies are brought on by the presence of certain antigens in the system.
Any substance or item that the body of an animal would regard as strange or unwanted; a foreign disease or virus in the body (toxin, etc.)
The collection of fluid in the peritoneal cavity.
The space in the abdomen that holds the major digestive organs in an animal. Normally referred to as the area between the diaphragm and the pelvis. Also referred to as the peritoneal cavity.