Signs and symptoms


Most people visiting this site will have a pet already diagnosed with crf and will be familiar with the symptoms listed bellow. Those of you with pets that have not yet been diagnosed should be aware that a loss of 75% or more of renal function is required before major symptoms of illness are observed. Any of these symptoms alone or in combination should prompt you to take your pet to a vet for a thorough check up.


     -drinking more than usual (spending a lot of time sitting at water bowl) 

     -urinating more than usual (check number of urine clumps in litter box)

     -nausea and vomiting

     -loss of appetite

     -weight loss (sometimes severe , leading to muscle wasting and emaciation)


     -spotty depigmentation of coat

     -shedding more than usual

     -dull coat

     -coat smells bad

     -breath smells bad (smells like ammonia)

     -generalized itching (pulling fur out in attempt to relieve itching)

     -rests on stomach with head buried in front paws

     -ulcers in the mouth or on tongue



Post diagnosis


There are a number of sites (some of which I will supply links to) that will go into detail about managing your pets crf with the aide of diet and drugs. Though I am not a veterinarian, I am a medical doctor and understand the importance of medication in managing disease. However, I have always found it preferable to confront disease at its root or failing that as close to the root as possible, rather than try to control the secondary problems caused by it.


The drugs used to treat crf are meant to help control its symptoms and secondary effects. So a pet might need to take phosphorous lowering medication, anemia fighting medication, blood pressure medication, anti-ulcer medication, anti-vomiting medication and potassium increasing medication, alone or in combination to help manage its disease. Though these drugs can temporarily be effective they are  very costly and administering them can affect the quality of life of both pet and owner. And though for some pets these medication might help to temporarily stabilize their condition, they do nothing to confront the actual degeneration of the kidney and its infrastructure.


As I have mentioned before, many pets will not get a definitive diagnosis of the root cause of their crf, however most cases will share one main characteristic close to the root. Inflammation of renal tissue can result from many causes, from trauma to autoimmune disorders. If inflammation is chronic it can destroy microscopic and macroscopic structures and replace those with scar tissue. If the inflammation of renal tissue can be reversed and further inflammation prevented then the scarring and permanent destruction of nephrons can be avoided. Astro’s CRF Oil is formulated to do precisely that.