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Chronic Kidney Disease (aka Kidney Failure) in Dogs: The Ultimate, Vet-Written Guide

Is your canine companion showing signs that worry you? Have they been diagnosed with chronic kidney disease (CKD) or kidney failure?

Dive into our comprehensive guide to chronic kidney disease in dogs. Authored by experienced veterinarians, this course provides reliable information tailored to ensure you understand every aspect of this common condition.

“It’s like having a vet in my pocket… so reassuring when things changed or I wasn’t sure what happened next!”

Here’s a quick introduction from the course author, vet Dr Hannah Godfrey MRCVS


Why this course is recommended for you:

  1. Authored by vets: We’ve ensured that the course is curated by veterinarians who bring both their academic knowledge and practical experience to the table. Say goodbye to the myriad of confusing and sometimes misleading online resources.
  2. Demystifying the disease: Grasp a clear understanding of what chronic kidney disease is, how it affects your dog, and why early detection is crucial.
  3. Empowered decision making: As a responsible dog owner, the knowledge you gain here will allow you to make well-informed choices about your dog’s health and wellness.
  4. Interactive learning experience: Not just a barrage of facts. Our course is designed with engaging modules, visuals, and quizzes ensuring you absorb the information efficiently.
  5. Stay updated: The world of veterinary science is ever-evolving. We regularly refresh our course content, ensuring you’re always informed about the latest research and treatment methodologies.
  6. Crowdsourced knowledgebase: As part of our content, we’re gathering feedback from other pet owners like you going through the same problems. We curate this content, get a vet to check it, then insert it back into the course so you can learn from others.
  7. Free download: Our course now contains a free downloadable CKD diary to help you track your dog’s symptoms and report back to your vet.

Course Structure:

  • Module 1: Understanding Chronic Kidney Disease in Dogs
    • Introduction to the kidneys and their importance
    • Understanding chronic vs. acute kidney disease
    • Causes and triggers of kidney disease in dogs
  • Module 2: Signs and Symptoms to Watch Out For
    • Recognizing early and advanced-stage symptoms
  • Module 3: Diagnosing CKD
    • The types of testing vets will do and what the results mean
    • Staging of CKD
  • Module 4: Treating CKD in dogs
    • Diet in controlling CKD
    • Medication available to help with CKD
    • Home care and adaptation
    • Monitoring your dog
  • Module 5: Prognosis for dogs with CKD
    • Monitoring and ensuring comfort for dogs with chronic kidney disease
    • Factors affecting a dog’s quality and length of life after a CKD diagnosis

Join us today!

Your dog’s health and comfort are paramount. Equip yourself with credible and detailed knowledge on chronic kidney disease in dogs by enrolling today. Be the informed advocate your furry family member deserves.


Note: This course offers a deep dive into chronic kidney disease in dogs, but it’s essential to remember that it isn’t a substitute for professional veterinary consultations. Always collaborate with your vet to address your dog’s unique health needs.

Dr Hannah Godfrey MRCVS

Course written by

Dr Hannah Godfrey BVetMed MRCVS


Dr Hannah is a small animal vet who has worked with dogs since her graduation from the Royal Veterinary College in 2011 and is passionate about helping owners understand their pets better..

Dr Emma Rogers-Smith is a veterinary writer creating courses at Petlearnia, the e-learning website for pet parents

Peer-reviewed by

Dr Emma Rogers-Smith BSc(Hons) BA VetMB CertAVP MRCVS


Dr Rogers-Smith has a passion for internal medicine developed during her internship and residency training. She is involved in ongoing research and writes articles for scientific journals.