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Welcome to Justanswer! I am Dr. Altman and happy to assist you both today!I completely agree with your veterinarian about being proactive if protein is seen in the urine. The earlier kidney disease is caught the more that can be done to reduce the progression. For example a kidney specific dog food, monitoring for high blood pressure that can go with kidney disease and sometimes medications to stop the hypertension which in turn can worsen the kidney disease.Studies have found that the earlier the diagnosis is made and adjustments are made in their daily routines the better the longterm prognosis. I would rather treat before they show signs of illness versus once signs are seen and there is less to be done to prevent the progression. I have a handful of cases that are 6+ months out from diagnosis and doing great, not showing signs of changes such as weight loss, reduced appetite, vomiting, increased water intake/ urination because we were proactive in treating their conditions.I hope this makes sense but yes I would consider what your veterinarian is recommending, I would much rather treat Honey now if she does have changes or monitor her closely versus waiting until there are signs and she is suffering before considering treatmentPlease let me know how else I can assist you both today!
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