The first sign of kidney problems may be a pet that drinks more and urinates more. The pet may lose its appetite, vomit or become sluggish. Older animals have more problems with urinary tract infection and some older female dogs develop urinary incontinence (bed-wetting).


  • It is critical that your older pet drinks well.
  • Older pets should never be deprived of water
  • If you notice any change in your pet's drinking and urinating behavior, talk to your veterinarian, who may recommend checking your pet's blood and urine for kidney disease (or diabetes etc). A special diet may be recommended. If you pet bed wets, medication can help. If an infection is seen, antibiotics will be needed.