Even though kidney disease is much less common in horses than other conditions, such as liver disease, it is important to understand and recognise the symptoms.
The kidneys are extremely efficient organs and can function under diminished capacity. Therefore, when kidney disease is diagnosed in horses, it is usually a result of another illness that the horse is being treated for that is causing stress on the kidneys.
By knowing what conditions may be harmful to the kidneys, you can help protect your horse from the dangers. Such conditions include:
Heatstroke and dehydration (removes the necessary pressure from kidneys used to separate water from blood)
Haemorrhaging blood/ shock (causing blood pressure to drop)
Bacterial infection (damages kidney cells)
Myopathies such as sycamore poisoning and exercise induced muscle inflammation
Signs of kidney disease can be subtle and often mistaken for other conditions, but some of the signs to look out for include:
Your horse seeming depressed or lethargic and not interested in activity like usual
Loss of appetite
Swelling under abdomen
Drinking more than usual and urinating more frequently
If you have concerns about your horse, please get in touch with us for advice.