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Acute Renal or Kidney Disease and Failure in Horses
  by Robert N. Oglesby DVM

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A synonym for "kidney" is the word "renal" and is frequently the term used in medical jargon. So when you see the word "renal", think kidney. Before starting, it is important to understand the difference between renal disease and renal failure. Because of the large reserve of kidney function the kidneys can be diseased without failing and if the disease does not have other symptoms the disease may go unnoticed until it progresses to the point of kidney failure when about 2/3rds to 3/4ths of the kidney are not functioning.

Acute renal failure means a disease with a rapid onset that effects the kidney to the point where most of the kidney is not functioning and therefore the kidney cannot keep the blood free of toxins, balance fluids and electrolytes. Acute renal failure is a rare but serious disease in the horse, with the possible exception of bladder rupture in neonatal male foals. This article discusses causes of renal failure, symptoms, causes, diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis.
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      ~Last Updated: July 10, 2015;
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Discussions on Kidney Disease and Failure in the Horse
  Titles Subtopics Posts Updated
iconResearch Summary: New Cause for Kidney Disease?Feb 10, 13
iconNot excessive drinking but large urine output10 Aug 14, 10
iconUrinating and drinking more but eating little and no bowel movements18 May 2, 10
iconQuestions re: IV treatment for Kidney failureNov 12, 09
iconPosturing to urinateMay 18, 09
iconHigh creatinine levels in a Fjord horseJan 7, 09
iconUse of diuretic in horse with chronic diarrhea15 Aug 12, 08
iconMystery kidney problem23 Sep 16, 04
iconPossible Kidney Disease12 Jun 27, 01
iconDeath from Kidney FailureJan 9, 01
icon?hematuriaNov 21, 00
iconTartar and Kidney ProblemsApr 20, 00
iconPossum fecesMar 3, 00
iconCauses of urine discolorationFeb 8, 00
iconDiet for Potential Kidney FailureJan 12, 00
iconKidney Problem ?11 Feb 15, 05
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