The only way to know for sure whether or not a dog has a kidney infection is through a veterinary examination. According to the Merck Manual for Pet Health, symptoms that may indicate a kidney infection include pain in the sides, fever and a general sense that the dog is not well. Vomiting, reduced appetite, increased urination or thirst are other symptoms of a possible kidney infection.Continue Reading
The Merck Manual for Pet Health states that veterinarians are often able to diagnose kidney infections by examining the blood or the urine of a dog; however, determining the cause for the infection is not always possible. Very young and very old dogs are at higher risk for developing kidney infections than middle-aged dogs. Additionally, dogs with compromised immune systems or a history of kidney stones or bladder obstructions are at higher risk than healthy dogs. Kidney infections, which veterinarians call pyelonephritis, can be very serious. Sometimes, dogs with long-term, chronic pyelonephritis may not display many symptoms until they suddenly experience acute kidney failure.
The Merck Manual for Pet Health explains that treating a kidney infection usually involves four to six weeks of antibiotics. In severe cases, the affected kidney must be removed to prevent the infection from spreading to the healthy kidney.Learn more about Dogs