A chronic kidney problem has been diagnosed for my pet. Is kidney transplant an option? Can you give me advice on managing the disease?

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Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is a progressive and debilitating disease in cats and dogs with no known cure. The medical management may be effective initially in stabilising a patient and improving his quality of life. Management goals are to reduce the workload of the kidneys, treat secondary problems, and improve the quality. Therapy is tailored to the individual patient and some may need hemodialysis or Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy (CRRT). Most vets now use IRIS staging that helps to plan appropriate and logical treatment for each CKD stage. Periodical monitoring of kidney function (blood tests) during therapy helps vet to provide likely prognosis and quality of his life.

Question by – Akshay Chothani, Wardha, Maharashtra

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