Renal dysplasia is an abnormality of one or both kidneys.
Renal dysplasia is a hereditary condition. Most dogs are diagnosed very early on. The nephrons, which create urine, are underdeveloped. This deformity results in a system that is unable to properly process and expel waste. The most affected breeds include:
Yes, renal dysplasia even in the mildest of conditions is ultimately fatal.
A veterinarian will perform a full physical exam and medical history questionnaire. A urinalysis and bloodwork can conclude disfunction in the kidneys. An ultrasound or an x-ray will show deformation of the kidneys for a firm diagnosis.
There is no cure for renal dysplasia. If the condition is mild the life of your pup can be extended with a combination of kidney supporting supplements and a special diet.