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This is a genetic condition that causes proteins, called amyloids, to build up in deposits in the kidneys. The buildup in the organ causes malfunctions in the normal operations that should occur. As the buildup eventually reaches a critical mass, the dog will try to flush out the kidneys, but that can  only help for so long.  There will always be an excessive protein loss in the urine and more severe symptoms can occur.  Beagle, Collie, Shar-Pei, and Walker Hound are more at risk.  Symptoms can include:

  • Excessive Thirst
  • Excessive Urination
  • Poor Appetite
  • Weight Loss
  • Vomiting
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Blood Clots in Lungs
  • Fluid buildup in abdomen
  • Swelling of the Extremities
  • Renal Failure