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This is a group of disorders that can happen within young dogs in which the renal system fails. The disorder is hereditary but it is poorly understood. Not every dog with the disorder will develop symptoms but can, instead, pass the disorder on to its bloodline.  Because we cam nt limit the disorder to one mechanism,  it is difficult  to identify it properly.  If a dog is developing renal issues at a young age, between six months to 2 years old, and there is no toxicity cause for the damage, then it should be tested for.  This is a progressive and fatal condition.  There are several breeds that carry these genes in their bloodlines: Basenji, Bernese Mountain Dog, Bull Terrier, Cocker Spaniel, Doberman Pinscher, Llaso Apso, Norwegian Elkhound, Samoyed, Shih Tzu, and Wheaton Terrier.  Symptoms can include:

  • Excessive Water Consumption
  • Excessive Urination
  • Limited Growth
  • Weight Loss
  • Reduced Appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • High Protein Levels in Urine
  • Electrolyte Imbalance
  • Enlarged Kidneys
  • Swelling of Feet and Legs
  • Renal Failure
  • Death