Users' questions

Can cats recover from pyelonephritis?

Can cats recover from pyelonephritis?

Overall, cats with sudden pyelonephritis do well and return to normal health unless they also have kidney stones, chronic kidney disease, urinary tract obstruction, or cancer in the urinary tract. Cats with chronic or recurrent pyelonephritis may be difficult to cure, and their prognosis is more serious.

How long does it take for a cat to recover from kidney infection?

Treatment of kidney bacterial infection in your cat usually requires a long term antibiotic regime for four to six weeks. If you cat has become dehydrated, IV fluids may be required. Surgery may be required is there is an obstruction in the urinary tract.

How do you treat acute pyelonephritis at home?

You can also use home remedies to avoid UTIs and improve kidney function.

  1. Drink lots of water.
  2. Drink cranberry juice.
  3. Avoid alcohol and coffee.
  4. Take probiotics.
  5. Get some vitamin C.
  6. Try parsley juice.
  7. Consume apples and apple juice.
  8. Take an Epsom salt bath.

What is the difference between UTI and pyelonephritis?

A urinary tract infection is inflammation of the bladder and/or the kidneys almost always caused by bacteria that moves up the urethra and into the bladder. If the bacteria stay in the bladder, this is a bladder infection. If the bacteria go up to the kidneys, it is called a kidney infection or pyelonephritis.

What happens when a cat has pyelonephritis?

Normally, if pyelonephritis takes place, it is due to an impairment of the cat’s defenses: ureteral movement, blood supply to the kidneys, or the flap valves found between the kidney and ureters.

What kind of kidney infection does a cat have?

We generally refer to pyelonephritis in cats as a bacterial infection of upper urinary tract including any part of the kidney. Below is an overview of Pyelonephritis in Cats followed by in-depth detailed information about the diagnosis and treatment of this condition.

What to do if your cat has kidney disease?

If cats with pyelonephritis also have kidney disease, part of their treatment will include a kidney support nutritional profile (e.g. Hill’s Prescription Diet k/d® Feline). The specific treatment of pyelonephritis depends on the underlying cause.

How is pyelonephritis treated in small animal medicine?

I feel that pyelonephritis is a bit of a neglected subject in small animal medicine. Since we don’t often do pyelocentesis, the diagnosis tends to be presumptive on the basis of UTI plus systemic signs. And when there are few confirmed cases then it’s hard to establish optimal treatment regimes.