Kidney failure is an all too common and life-threatening disease in both cats and dogs. By the time kidney failure is diagnosed, most pets have already lost at least two-thirds to three-quarters of their kidney function. Treatment has traditionally been centered on fluid therapy and symptomatic treatment (e.g. Renal K potassium supplements when blood potassium levels drop).
One of the biggest problems for pets suffering from kidney failure is the build-up of toxins in the body that should be eliminated through the kidneys. Fluid therapy is one way to “flush” these toxins out, but pet owners now have another option called “enteric dialysis” using Azodyl.
Azodyl is a nutritional supplement for dogs and cats containing probiotics (i.e., beneficial bacteria and/or yeast that can colonize in the digestive tract) and a prebiotic (in this case psyllium, which supports the growth of these organisms). The bacteria in Azodyl metabolize nitrogen, which is one of the substances that can build up in the bloodstream of animals suffering from kidney failure. The premise behind Azodyl is that nitrogen diffuses into the bowel from the rest of the body and the probiotic bacteria can break the nitrogen down and help the pet eliminate it.
If your pet suffers from kidney failure, Azodyl is a good option to discuss with your veterinarian.