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Home > Key Issues > Metabolic Acidosis Overview Metabolic acidosis means that the levels of acid in the cat's body are too high. It is extremely common in CKD cats, usually cats in Stage IV, and can make the cat feel ill and the CKD progress faster. It can be tricky to diagnose, but fortunately it is relatively easy to treat. What is Metabolic Acidosis? There is a delicate balance within the body known as acid-base balance (pH): Metabolic acidosis means that this balance is disrupted, in that levels of acid in the cat's body are too high, so the blood pH is too low (acidic). Acid is produced in the body as a result of diet. In healthy cats, the kidneys help to balance acid levels in the body in two ways: Bicarbonate ions (which are alkaline) in the kidneys help protect against acid build-up in the body; Any excess acids that do arise are flushed from the body by the kidneys. Unfortunately the excessive urine flow of CKD washes the protective bicarbonate ions out of the kidneys. On the other hand, the damaged kidneys may no longer flush the acids from the body properly. As a result of these damaged mechanisms, acidity levels in the blood rise, and the body’s pH becomes too low. Th Continue reading >>

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    Metabolic Acidosis

    Hyperkalemia

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    What are hyperkalemia and metabolic acidosis?




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    Hyperkalemia = high potassium levels in the blood. Commonly due to renal failure- kidneys not able to get rid of potassium so it builds up in your body. Hyperkalemia can be fatal because it causes heart arrhythmias including ventricular fibrillation.

    Metabolic acidosis is also a result of renal failure and is due to the kidneys not being able to excrete enough acid. Normally the pH of your blood is 7.35–7.45, so anything below 7.35 is considered ‘acidosis'. Metabolic in this case simply means caused by the kidneys, as opposed to ‘respiratory' acidosis which is due to airway obstruction and not being able to breathe out enough CO2

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