Kidney disease in the dog and cat is a common and difficult disorder to manage. Often called CRF (Chronic Renal Failure), it is seen most often in the older dog or cat. This disease is extremely bad in any animal because the Kidneys are responsible for filtering and removing waste material from the blood stream. There are different causes for Kidney disease including inherited defects, infections or toxic substances entering the body such as Anti-Freeze fluid for cars. We can't often determine the exact cause, but with careful care and treatment by both our doctors as well as their owners, the disease can be managed. Most treatments are aimed at decreasing the workload of the kidneys, reducing the severity of symptoms and slowing the progression of the disease. The newest solution in this case was recently introduced, a Kidney transplant. Because this type of surgery is extremely dangerous, consultation to a specialist is needed. Kidney disease is something that can be extremely painful to your pet and devastating to thier owners, so we recommend constant visits and extra care for any of our patients with this type of disease.