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Shrunken Kidneys

Shrunken Kidneys

The kidneys of a pet are smaller than usual, if they are shrunken it's a clear sign that the pet has a kidney disease. Kidney disease can occur in both cats and dogs, especially those that are seniors. This is a progressive disease that develops slowly over a matter of years. As the kidneys begin to wear out, scar tissue will form. Eventually, pets with kidney disease will experience shrunken kidneys due to the scarring and the kidneys' decreasing ability to function.

How to Recognize

While it is impossible to tell if your pet's kidneys have shrunken, related symptoms include excessive thirst and urination, a decrease in appetite, weight loss, and fatigue.

Causes of Shrunken Kidneys

Shrunken kidneys are most commonly due to kidney disease. Over the course of the disease, your pet's kidneys will gradually get smaller.


Veterinarians will perform blood and urine tests if they suspect a pet has shrunken kidneys.

Treatment for Shrunken Kidneys

If your pet has kidney disease, medication and a special diet may be required.

Pet Insurance

When adding a dog or cat to your family you want to make sure your pet is happy, healthy and protected. During its lifetime your pet is exposed to many illnesses and diseases and some breeds are affected by a congenital disease which is a condition existing at birth. At these moments when your pet is ill or maybe needs surgery, you want to be protected for the unexpected and high veterinarian costs.

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