Kidney disease is a common problem in older cats and also many older dogs. Sadly, many if not most elderly pets will have some degree of kidney insufficiency; chronic kidney disease remains one of the leading causes of death in cats.
Conventional veterinary treatment of kidney disease includes a prescription diet that is low in phosphorus with a low amount of high quality protein, together with fluid support when necessary and medications to control anemia and vomiting. These medications help control the symptoms of kidney disease but do not reverse the kidney damage. Chinese veterinary medicine can be used to directly affect the kidneys, and experience shows that cats and dogs treated with Chinese medicine (in addition to conventional medicine where appropriate, especially fluid replacement) typically have longer and higher quality lives than those treated with conventional medicine alone.
Overall, Chinese veterinary medicine provides a safe and generally fairly effective way to treat kidney disease in both cats and dogs. Conventional veterinary medicine has few options and cannot really improve kidney function, simply treat the symptoms. In contrast, Chinese medicine can improve the functioning of the kidneys and extend the lives of cats and dogs with this disease.