Dog Kidney Failure Treatment

Acute renal failure or ARF is characterized by a rapid onset of renal insufficiency/failure, reduction in glomerular filtration rate and renal plasma flow, and the clinical and biochemical aftermath of the excretory failure. This is a serious form of kidney disease where the dog's kidney quit working all of a sudden and that can leads to death. The kidneys have an abrupt decrease in the GFR due to a toxin or loss of adequate blood supply (called ischemia). The excretory failure is identified by rapid (hours to days) increases in BUN, serum creatinine and phosphate, and variable hyperkalemia and metabolic acidosis. Acute renal failure is a tenuously reversible state, which must be diagnosed quickly and aggressively treated. Failure to initiate therapy may result in irreversible parenchymal damage or death. Acute renal failure is frequently a complication of other surgical or medical diseases and must be recognized within the clinical features of these associated disorders.

Common clinical signs of kidney failures in dogs are loss of appetite, depression, vomiting, diarrhea, very bad breath, pale gums and ulcers in the mouth. While the consistent signs of severe ARF include the sudden onset and rapid development of listlessness, depression, anorexia, vomiting, and diarrhea. Oliguria and less frequently anuria were at one time considered signatures of ARF and discriminators for chronic renal failure. Some causes of ARF are due to low blood pressure or a decrease in blood volume, lack of blood supply to the kidneys, a urninary blockage or dogs in-take of some poisonous plants or toxins, most notably the antifreeze ( 95% ethylene glycol) which are catastrophic to the kidneys. Antifreeze is very sweet tasting and is readily licked by both dogs and cats if it spills on the ground when car antifreeze is changed. Ethylene glycol is converted in the liver and kidney to a toxic metabolite that changes the pH of the bloodstream and destroys the kidneys by depositing calcium oxalate crystals in the renal tubules. It is a medical emergency and requires specific and immediate measures if the kidneys are to be saved. Unfortunately, unless a pet owner actually observes their pet licking antifreeze, they don't bring their pet in for care until it is very ill.

Treatment of renal kidney disease is aimed at preventing or slowing further kidney damage. One phase to treat kidney is to "restart" it. The large quantities of intravenous fluids are given to "flush out" the kidneys. This flushing process, called diuresis, helps to stimulate the kidney cells to function again. If enough functional kidney cells remain, they may be able to adequately meet the body's needs for waste removal. Fluid therapy includes replacement of various electrolytes, especially potassium. Other important aspects of initial treatment include proper nutrition and drugs to control vomiting and diarrhea. The possible outcome of these treatment, the kidneys will resume functioning and continue to function for a few weeks to a few years. Also the kidneys will resume functioning during treatment but fail again as soon as treatment stops or maybe the kidney will not return. Another phase of treatment is to keep the kidneys functioning as soon as possible. First method, the dog will undergo a speical diet which the food contains low in protein, low in phosphorus, and not acidified. Another method is a phosphate binder where phosphorous is removed from the body by filtering through the kidneys and once the filtration process is impaired, phosphorous begins to accumulate in the blood. Another process is giving a drug to regulate the parathyroid gland and calcium levels. Calcium and phosphorus must remain at about a 2:1 ratio in the blood. The increase in blood phosphorus level stimulates the parathyroid gland to increase the blood calcium level by removing it from bones. Once the dog is stabilized, fluids can be given under the skin (subcutaneously). This serves to continually "restart" the kidneys as their function begins to fail again. This is done once daily to once weekly, depending on the degree of kidney failure.

Another option is kidney transplants and dialysis and becoming more accessible for pets today, but due to the high costs, aren't practical for most pet owners. Many cases that the dogs with renal failure are successfully managed and live long happy lives. Common prevention of such dog diseases it to have a regular laboratory testing preformed with the yearly vet visit can help to detect early stages of renal failure before they appear, and starting early treatment can help to slow or halt loss of kidney function to improve the pet's quality of life.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Pleading for help for any type of treatments for dog kidney failure?
    My Pomeranian is 8 yrs old and she's having kidney failure problem. We took her to the vet and the vet told us that 1/3 of her kidney have failed. He gave us some fluid to inject in her every morning and medicine to take once a day. So far we've been doing this for about a week now and it showed very little sign of improvement. She haven't been eating, she lost a lot of weight, she's very weak, and she shakes a lot. I really don't know what else to do besides follow the vet orders and pray that she gets better. So I'm here tonight searching for any kind of help. Any kind of recommendation or experience you may have that might be able to help my dog get better. She's very precious to my family and I can't bare to see her in pain. Please share your wisdom if you can. Thank you.

    The Treatment that my vet prescribe for my dog is "Atodyl" to take once a day, change in diet (K/D pet food), and fluids to inject in her every morning.

    PS. Have anyone ever heard or tried "NHV Tripsy Treatment"? Here's the link to the product: http://www.petwellbeing.com/dog-kidney-disease-p91.cfm#descrip-tabs

    • ANSWER:
      I truely hate to be the one that tells you this, but often times these are fatal.
      Take her back the vet and get an opinion. If she's in too much pain, you may just have to put her down...
      But see the vet says, and i just do everything you possibly can. Pay everything for everthing. Work hard and believe!
      Good luck, to your puppy!! :)

  2. QUESTION:
    Has anyone tried the treatment from Five Life Pet Pharmacy for Kidney Failure in their dog?
    My 8 year old lab was diagnosed with Kidney Failure. I'm trying to find something that can help him. Has anyone tried the program/kit from Five Leaf Pet Pharmacy?

    • ANSWER:
      I just ordered this kit. Just like you, I tried to find someone who has used it, but with no success. So I am taking a chance. I'll let you know how it goes. My 7 year old lab mix had a blood test which revealed BUN 40 and creatinine 2.0. The vet told me this was still early stage. He has food allergies so I cannot use the recommended food Hills k/d. I will be trying the egg and sweet potato diet on the 5 leaf website.

  3. QUESTION:
    dog kidney failure/disease?
    is it curable?
    can it be treated?
    is there places to get transplants? (if so, where?)

    My dog has it very advance ....one doctor from Petsmart only gave him 2 days.

    Another doctor from Mexico told me he will get a little treatment and that he might survive because he has done this before to other pets!

    is there hope?

    i would do anything to save his life...so if there is a possibility please say

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  4. QUESTION:
    my dog has kidney failure?
    hi .. i have a 10 n half year old boxer dog, who is my little girl... on monday she had mast. tumours removed (second time in 2 years) she had alot of test done to be sure that the cancer hadnt spread, and they were all negative, so was very pleased .. came home on tuesday and other than feeling down and not eating, she was ok ... this morning, she had 4 seizures before 10 am which was very distressing for all of us, including maddie (her name), got her to the vets as soon as and she said she suspected epilepsy, which came as a shock, but kept her in to run tests and start treatment... just had the phone call to say shes got kidney failure and that they will keep her in over weekend and do their best for her. im very upset by this,... i would like to know if anyone else has gone through anything similar and if their dog pulled through... i really hope she does, but with the op on monday, and her age im feeling very worried and cant bare the thought of losing her .. she's been in our life all her life...it will be like losing a child .. thanks in advance xx
    i am not 'letting' my dog suffer, she is in the hands of the vets who are doing the best for her, but they know when to stop, if this treatment doesnt work, then we will do the right thing and let her go..

    • ANSWER:
      I hate to say anything bad but kidney failure is not usually something a dog will recover from. My shar pei Ginger developed a form of kidney failure called amyloidosis(i think i spelled it right) and she in just a few months time went from vigorous good health to having lost 15% of her body weight, being unable to eat and then having a seizure in front of my 4 year old. I regret I let her go on for as long as I did but it was very hard to let her go. The vets wont let your dog suffer they will administer pain meds and make her comfortable but be prepared for them to tell you to let her go. You sound just like me and I know you will do what is best for your dog. If you didnt care you wouldnt seek treatment for her. Im really sorry.

  5. QUESTION:
    Treat ideas for dog with kidney failure?
    My dog was recently diagnosed with kidney failure. The good news is that her most recent blood work indicated that her kidney levels are MUCH better after a couple rounds of IV treatment. However, since they are still functioning normally, she's restricted to a prescription diet. She doesn't mind the dog food, but hates the biscuits.

    My vet approved adding some veggies to her diet as treats. Since she loves carrots, that's great. I've also given her ice cubes. Neither of these is really all that enticing to her as far as being useful for training purposes. And since she's not even 3 years old, I'm not letting her "retire" yet. She's expected to have a shortened but fairly normal life, so I am going to make the most of it.

    So does anyone else's dog have a favorite vegetable I can try with my dog? Or if you've had experience with this, any ideas other than veggies that might be ok, and I will run it by my vet?

    Thanks!
    @ UHave2BeKidding - The Hill's K/D food is what she's on so I have the canned food on hand, I will definitly be trying that recipe out. Hill's also makes Science diet, and as far as I know the treats they make are considered the prescription ones like the food she's on, which are the ones she spits out :)
    The second recipe looks interesting too, except I think I would check with my vet since it has chicken broth, and even though they give a non-fat option, I would think its' still pretty high in protein, which is a no-no for her now.
    Great ideas though, thanks!
    @G'hound - I'm sorry to hear about your dogs. This has been really rough for me, so I imagine I know what you went through somewhat.
    A month ago we thought she was going to die, it was pretty close to a miracle that the second round of treatment helped so much that she's back to normal behavior/energy wise. Has even gained 3 lbs back (she lost 6). I've talked to a lot of people that have had similar experiences and life spans vary, but I'm hoping for the best and willing to do whatever it takes to slow the disease!
    Thank you for the link, it looks like an excellent resource for me.

    • ANSWER:
      I've lost 3 dogs to kidney failure over the years, and I'm going to point you in the direction of two very valuable knowledge resources:

      http://www.dogaware.com
      (navigate to their Kidney disease section)
      and consider joining the K9 Kidney Group here on Yahoo.
      http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/K9KIDNEYS/

      When considering treats for dogs in kidney failure it is important to know that they can feel like they have flu all of the time and also that their sense of taste will become altered. Sometimes they prefer treats that are more on the bland side. My last dog liked little bits of cheese (normally bad for digestion, but the calcium in it helps with the essential phosphorous balance).

      Your task now is to take as much stress off the kidneys as possible. My last dog managed nearly 2 years after it was first noticed. Towards end stage you'll be encouraging them to eat just about anything.

  6. QUESTION:
    Is anyone eles's dog in kidney failure?
    My 9 month old dog (mutt that wandered into my yard at five weeks old on the verge of death and full of worms) was diagnosed as in kidney failure about two and a half weeks ago. She was on the verge of death at one point. However my vet and I decided to give her 48 hours more of fluids. She turned the corner, is at home now, and her blood tests are almost back to normal. She is back playing and being herself. She is on Hills Diet k/d and Aluminum Hydroxide. Her treatment has already cost me 00. She is well worth it and that is not my question. What I want to know is if anyone here has had a dog with this condition? How long did your dog live with the condition? My vet said she could fall right back into failure in a matter of weeks or she could live for many years. Just wondering what your experiences were?

    • ANSWER:
      Your dog has youth on her side. Watch her for vomiting, make sure she is drinking, urinating normally and monitor her eating. Dogs in kidney failure frequently will not eat.

      My situation did not have a happy ending, but my dog was 11 years old and in poor health. She went into kidney failure when her cancer medication poisoned her. We had about 6 weeks, half of that time was in an animal ICU on fluids.

      Do they know what caused her to go into kidney failure? Acute kidney failure is often seen with poisonings. Chronic kidney failure is typically seen due to disease process. Acute conditions may be somewhat reversed and the damage may or may not be significant. With too much damage the kidneys can't recover and it is a chronic condition. Some dogs can be maintained in a chronic condition, others, such as in my dog's case, can't.

      What is so horrid about kidney disease is that the blood tests don't show elevation until the kidneys are at a 70-75% loss of function. Monitor your dog's blood work. If anything seems "off" get her back to the vet. It is a serious condition. I hope she will be able to recover and lead a good quality of life. Kidney disease sucks. I'm sorry. Just because my family had a bad outcome does not mean your family will.

  7. QUESTION:
    Has anyone dealt with a small, fairly young dog with kidney failure? Levels BUN 130, Creatine 13? Please help?
    I need help. I recently put my 9 year old Yorkiepoo to sleep because two vets told us that he was in the late stages of chronic kidney failure. Its been three days since and I'm so sad and the guilt is unbelievable. Since he's left us, I've talked to another vet who basically made me feel we did the wrond thing by letting him go. She told us that even with terrible levels, he may feel better with intravenous fluids administered for 3 days. We were given that option by the vet who helped us in making our decision and she told us that it would more than likely only prolong his life by weeks. This other vet is saying that it could have been more like years. We didn't do the fluids because we didn't want him to be in the hospital for 3 days and without us for the sake of maybe a few weeks. We were worried he was suffering, but now I read all of this information that treatment may have given him his normal life back. I'm dying inside knowing that I may have ended his life too quickly. Can anyone help? If you have a personal story, please share it with me....good or bad. Before the end, his levels were BUN 130 and Creatinine 13. I was told those numbers were very terrible, but I've been reading that dogs have been treated with numbers worse. I just want to know what quality of life there was to look forward to. I know I could have kept him alive, but we didn't want him to suffer.

    • ANSWER:
      my neighbour had a lab-border collie cross:8yrs old.
      had kidney failure and was put to sleep.
      it will be a downhill thing, slowly watching the dog die.
      I think there still are dogs and cats out there,who will die from the contaminated dog food,from last year.
      It just did not show up right away, but the damage was already done.
      Now,in Ireland there is dioxin in the cows meat.
      How?they are saying its in the feed.

  8. QUESTION:
    Dog with kidney failure???
    I have a dog with end stage renal failure (Acute). Does anyone know how long a dog can last with this?
    I am continuing with her treatment as I am told that sometimes it can be reversed, but if it doesn't work, will she last for days, monthes or years?
    I want to be as informed as possible.
    Serious answers only please.

    • ANSWER:
      sorry to read about your Dog but if the Dog is suffering maybe you should put it to sleep.the vet might keep the Dog going for a while but it will pass away sooner than later.

      sorry

  9. QUESTION:
    Not really a question but wanna let u know about kidney failure for a dog..?
    I had a Shih Tzu of 10 yrs, which just recently passed away off Kidney Failure. We noticed that about a month before it passed away it was shivering and was not very active....The vet did not say his condition was serious & gave him some treatment, but SHOCKINGLY it passed away like a week later...Just an advise 2 all dog owners...if u notice ur pet acting weird dont hesitate 2 bring it 2 the vet 4 a thorough check up & do go 4 a second opinion!!

    • ANSWER:
      I am sorry to hear about your dog.
      My dog had kidney failure he was total begin to dehydrate but likely for me I took him back to the vet. It cost me lot of money but my dog is health and a live but he is on medication for the rest of his live and it is expensive but I don't mind to pay.

  10. QUESTION:
    Options for older dog with probable kidney failure?
    Okay, first of all, I am discussing my options with the vet, but I'm waiting for them to look into some tests, so I thought I'd ask about other people's experiences.

    My dog is a larger breed, and she is going on 9 years old. The only thing that gets her moving is her daily (slow) walk and her treats. For her treats, she will still prance and leap into the air, though since she almost fell down the stairs twice recently, I haven't been letting her do that as much. She only eats her kibble if we put canned food in it. The current kibble is the only kind we've found that agrees with her stomach.

    Last year, she was having incontinence issues, so we took her in and thought it might be a UTI. Well, her incontinence cleared up, but the vet wanted to run some more tests on her kidney function. The results were inconclusive. We tried medication. No effect. The vet pushed for a prescription kidney diet, and said that was about the only option left, but no other snacks or treats. I brought up her food issues, and I was brushed aside. She'll eat it, they said, most dogs like it fine.

    Most dogs are not my picky old lady. Her main joy in life is her food, and I don't want to take that away from her. I've also done some research on my own and am not convinced these kidney diets really help. We switched vets, and we're back where we started.

    Bascially: She's getting old, sweet but not very active, and has lost a lot of weight in the past month. She has started drinking tons of water. She's not much of a fighter, so I just don't feel right putting her through tough treatments, but at the same time, I am afraid of not doing what's best for her.

    Has your dog gone through this? If this is kidney failure, how much longer does she have? Will things get really bad? What treatment did you do, and were you happy with the results?

    • ANSWER:
      I'd say leave her as long as she still seems to be comfortable, happy and enjoying life. If you are paying attention, she will let you know when she's had enough.

      It's hard, I know, but I don't think it's fair to put them through all kinds of tests when they are already quite old, and they aren't guaranteed.

      We had a 10 year old Shih Tzu cross we had to put down last summer because of his kidneys. He was still fairly normal up until the last month.

  11. QUESTION:
    Dog diagnosed with pyometra and kidney failure, chances of dog having renal failure?
    My yorki-poo (5lbs) was put to sleep yesterday. I found her limp with cold paws and barely breathing. Once we start going to the vet hospital, I notice she had been having seizures. Eventually at the vet, she's having seizures every minute. The vet demands money upfront, I dont have it-- the dog is a family pet and so far I wasnt able to get in touch with my family, So eventually they decide to stabilize my dog, if I promise to pay the money like in a few minutes. After stabilizing, they say she has pyometra and her kidneys dont seem to be functioning properly. The dog was 8 years old, and had never been spayed. The vet explains that I can have her spayed or put down. She says having her spayed is very risky and that the dog might have renal failure or kidney disease and cant be treated, and that I have to make a decision now as well as pay now. Long story short, I was heartbroken because my dog was suffering and I had her put to sleep. I regret it now, but I just want to know the liklihood of her surving treatment at an older age, and the liklihood of her having kidney disease or renal failure. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Odds were against her.. That's why females should be spayed, many of them develop pyometra when they get older. It can be deadly if it's not caught in time.

  12. QUESTION:
    Natural treatments and best diet for kidney failure in dogs?
    My GSD,Lulu,is 8 years old and the picture of health.She eats Merrick,Eagle Pack Holistic and several other premium foods. For the last several days,she has been urinating more frequently and has had two accidents in the house during the night.I took a urine sample to the vet today and her specific gravity was very low.The vet suspects kidney failure and Lulu is going in for bloodwork next week.She is otherwise acting fine - eating, active, good weight,etc. I have had dogs with renal failure before,and most of them were in their teens when diagnosed and did not last long. I did have a mixed breed called Lilac who was diagnosed at age 9 and lived to be 13,which is what I am hoping for Lulu.I really do not think I can bear to lose her right now. Lilac,( the mixed breeed) ate Hill's KD and Cycle Senior ( this was back in the late '80's) and did well on them. I have been looking online for alternative treatments and diets and wonder if those of you who have had experience with canine renal failure can recommend any herbal/dietary treatments to help my dog should she have renal failure.Is there a dog food or homemade diet that you have had good results with? I am open to trying anything,because Lulu is so very special to me,she is just such a great dog and is so loyal and sweet;she is my shadow. Any advice will be appreciated and if you would star the question so that others who have had or do have dogs with renal failure can see it,I would appreciate it.Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      I'd suggest that you give your dog a natural supplement called Tripsy. It contains a powerful combination of herbal extracts proven to:

      Promote healthy kidney functioning
      Fight kidney infections
      Improve urinary flow
      Reduce the pain and discomfort of kidney stones

      Tripsy is high effective, yet is totally natural and 100% safe for long-term use.
      Here's the link with more info: http://www.petwellbeing.com/dog-kidney-disease-p91.cfm

  13. QUESTION:
    my dog has signs of kidney failure and I cant find vet to help unless I have credit card or lots of cash and t
    ests and visit, and they say any treatment that will be needed is very expensive,How can I help my dog myself . is there a natural remedy ? I just dont know what to do ,she is 10 yr. I could afford 200 $ and later down the line a bit more ,she is such a sweet dog I know she is worth thousands.I thought of having her put to sleep last week before I knew of recall. she is a little better now my pretty" PuppaTootie" any suggestion will help

    • ANSWER:
      I would try for the Care Credit card.. It is no-interest card to be used for veterinary care, and it allows up to 18 months to repay.. all of the vets in my state accept this card..
      You can apply on-line, and know within minutes if you have been approved.. All it requires is a steady source of income.
      http://carecredit.com/patients/whatis.htm
      For veterinary care, go to this page, and click on "professions', and scroll down to 'veterinary'.
      http://carecredit.com/providerloc/

      If the kidney failure is related to the re-call, you can get reimbusrsement from the food maker. The contacts are online.
      You can also go to a good herbalist shop, and they have wonderful herbs for kidney health.. It would be worth traveling to the next town, if you don't have a good herb shop in your own town..
      You can also contact Marina at > http://www.naturalrearing.com/how_to_contact_us.htm
      What she doesn't know about healing herbs and natural remedies for dogs isn't worth knowing.. (her time zone is Pacific Daylight Time)

  14. QUESTION:
    Kidney failure in dogs?
    My dog has been acting depressed and tired lately. We noticed that it seemed he was not making bowl movements (and perhaps urinating) as often. My parents took him to the vet and they said it could be kidney failure so gave us an IV treatment to give to him for a few days. We have to take him back in a few days (Monday the 30th) to see what is progress is.

    My question is, what causes kidney failure, what are the various steps of treatment, and how difficult is it for a dog to recover from it?

    When we let our dog outside, he stays in the fenced-in back yard unless we take him for walks so I do not see him getting into anti-freeze as a possibility. The only thing we can think of is lately we bathed him with a so-called "natural" shampoo, different from what we usually bathe him in, and bought different kinds of dog cookies. I doubt those caused it.

    What are the chances of a dog recovering from kidney failure? Are there any other diseases my dog may have instead of kidney failure
    The Vet said it is the early stages of kidney failure. Does that mean that his chances of recovery are greater?
    Yes, it is fluid for under the skin.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, early stages can be treated and prolong his life and slow progression of the disease. Did they run bloodwork to determine it's kidney failure? If not I'd seek a second opinion. Kidney failure can be very common in dogs over 6 years of age. It can also be caused by the consumption of grapes, raisins, antifreeze and lilies.
      They sent you with an IV, or is it fluids that you give under the skin? Fluids are a very helpful therapy in Kidney Disease. I have treated dogs that have lived anywhere from 6 mo to 2 years. Another thing is to put the dog on a low protein diet, available from your vet.
      Just make sure you are always aware of how you pet is. If he is acting "off" at all, lethargic, vomiting, not eating/drinking, etc, have him checked out quickly. A big role in treatment is having owners that are observant of how their pet is doing. The quicker they are treated if there is a a problem, the better off they will be. Good luck

  15. QUESTION:
    How do I tell if my dog has acute or chronic kidney failure?
    My dog started vomiting last Saturday and didn't want to move at all. I took him in for blood work on Tuesday as he still vomited a few times. The result came out as he is having kidney problem. All the index were above normal for 300-400%. However, his RBC is still normal. He is in the hospital for IV fluid treatment right now.
    On Thursday, the doctor told me my dog should be having acute kidney failure as his last blood work done in last November shows it's normal. Today, the other doctor told me it's hard to tell it's acute or chronic at this moment. He said the best way is to proof it by time. If it goes away after the whole treatment, it's acute. If it comes back soon, it must be chronic.
    My question is, how are the 2 different from each other? How long does chronic case to develop as his blood work was absolutely prefect 5 months ago. He is 13. He is old, but he lives in a healthy life style.
    I just want to have myself ready for the up coming battle.
    Thanks Alissha and ScottieDog for great answers. I like both the the answers, but ScottieDog answered my question more directly. So I will pick ScottieDog for the best answer.
    My dog is home. Now without IV fluid, it's critical for the next few days. It's either win or lose the battle

    • ANSWER:
      k.c., I'm sorry. Kidney failure is a beast. I lost a dog to this and there aren't words to describe the pain.

      It can be difficult to determine acute from chronic. Acute may happen when a dog ingests a poison. It may be possible to reverse acute kidney failure. Now, that said, if the damage is too great, the dog then has chronic kidney failure even if caused by an acute episode.

      Chronic kidney failure is typically seen due to age (and your guy is elderly) and/or disease process. It can't be reversed. Fluid therapy can help short-term. The sad thing with kidney failure and the reason it is so horrible, is that the problems don't begin to show up until the kidneys have 70-75% failure. So, your dog could have been suffering some damage at his blood panel 5 months ago, yet not reached the tipping point for it to show up on the blood work. I wish you all the best. Please talk to the vets and make well-informed choices for his benefit. I really hope you won't have to say goodbye. It hurts.

  16. QUESTION:
    Vet costs for kidney failure in my large breed dog?
    I posted yesterday about my sick dog. After speaking with the vet again last night we r both leaning towards kidney failure. His appt and testing is this afternoon. Has anyone else had this problem with their large breed dog (I have a Bernese Mountain Dog) and if so about how much did it cost u for treatment? I applied for care credit but I only want to use it if absolutely necessary depending in how much it will cost. I don't like financing things but will when it comes to my dogs health bc i want to be prepared for anything. If u have had this type of problem can u please tell me about how much it cost you? Thank you!

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  17. QUESTION:
    What is the likely prognosis for kidney failure in dogs?
    and what treatment is available?

    Two years ago, my Miniature Schnauzer started to have kidney problems and was put down. He was drinking and peeing a lot, without having control of where he was doing it.

    My mum decided to put him down, but I've since read that he could have had a good quality of life for several more years with treatment. I'm angry with my mum, as a similar thing happened with another dog. We had a cairn terrier who had a lot of medical problems as he was the runt of the litter, but he lived to be nine. He was almost put down at 2 because mum developed histrionics when she brought him to the vet.

    What would his quality of life have been like if he had lived? He was only 8 when he died, and I still feel cheated two years on.
    Thanks everyone. I'm still angry that he died at such a young age, but I'm glad he didn't have to suffer.
    I'm very well aware that 8 isn't old for a Mini Schnauzer. Telling me that doesn't exactly make me feel any better. It isn't like I can do anything now.

    • ANSWER:
      My lab of nine got kidney failure, and we kept them in the vet against the odds we fought to get him better. It cost a lot in vet bills but this was a member of the family. One day we visited and the nurse said his temp had come down and we would try to walk him outside to the toilet. As soon as he stood up black stuff was ozzing from him back end. I never forget the nurses face, she got the vet who investigated. He said we had Min's with him as the rest of his organs were shutting down. He dies in my arms 20 Min's later. All in all, since the diagnosis of kidney failure he was gone in2 weeks. His life was cut short. I have the other feeling to you, we should have had him put down when we know, it would have saved him 2 weeks of pain. You have to tell yourself you did the right thing.
      I feel for you.

  18. QUESTION:
    My dog was 17 years old yesterday and today he is in the hospital with kidney failure?
    He is a 50 pound australian x and is still in great shape, but 1 year and a bit ago started peeing and drinking tons, did bloodwork nothing came back, levels were fine, but recently so weak, attribibuted it to arthritis, now he is in the hospital on I.V fluids for 48 hours, very weak, vomited once, and diarreah once 3 days ago.......still has appetite, especially for treats, and very happy when I visit....Does anybody have experience with this, I know he wont live forever but maybe someone knows a timeline when there pet passed after these symptoms????? I plan on bringing him home after the treatment and euthanizing at home when the time is right.......
    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      There is a yahoo group,k9 kidney disease,very good info.If you can handle it have the vet teach you how to give sq fliuds and get you set up with the fluids.The group is very good about renal diets.I don't know the timeline for straight kidney failure but have known dogs in chf and renal failure having a good quality of life for 1-1 1/2 yrs with some hard work by the owners.

  19. QUESTION:
    Anyone familiar with elderly dogs with kidney failure/disease?
    My Old English Sheepdog is 15 years old, and for a few days he had diarrhea and no appetite, and this morning he started both having diarrhea and puking out blood sometimes. We thought for sure he was going to have to be put to sleep, but we asked the vet her opinion and she said she would do some blood work to see if his kidneys started failing. When the vet came back she said that was the problem, but since he was doing fine just a few days ago and he doesn't really have any other health problems, the vet recommended we should put him on IV fluids for a few days and see what happens afterwards. She said a lot of dogs get better afterwards, and some don't respond to the IV at all. I felt better afterwards knowing there's still hope for him but I'm still worried. I was just wondering who's dog has been through this or know someone else's who has been through it and how well they felt after the treatments.

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  20. QUESTION:
    Has anyone personally experienced using holistic or herbal medicine to treat canine kidney failure?
    We recently found out that what had previously been treated as bladder infections is actually kidney failure in our dog. Fortunately, we caught it somewhat early, because we wanted a better explanation for her "frequent bladder infections." Our vet is wonderful and told us all the details, prognosis, and options. For now he has given us a prescription food which he has seen reverse the signs of kidney damage in many dogs. However, we want to explore all possibilities for getting our Hailey better! I have found several websites suggesting or selling herbal treatments, but it is always hard to tell how reliable these are. Has anyone tried these holistic treatments, and, if so, what were your results? We don't want to waste money on worthless treatments, but Hailey has her second birthday around the corner, so we're prepared to spend a good chunk of money if it means a long, happy and HEALTHY life for her!!

    • ANSWER:
      I am going through canine kidney failure with my 4 1/2 year old bulldog/boxer mix. My husband and I are exploring every option for her. I am using both traditional and holistic treatments. My advice to you is yes, i believe holistic treatments can make a difference, but you must educate yourself and know what your are doing and why when it comes to diet, supplements etc. I am going under the professional instruction of a holistic vet along with my traditional DVM and I strongly urge you to do so also. I live in Louisiana and would be glad to give you her website information as she does telephone consults and she could give you a referral of a holistic practicer in your area. I also purchased the book "Natural Health for Dogs & Cats by Dr. Richard Pitcairn DVM. Very good information from that book. Let me know if I can help in any way.

  21. QUESTION:
    Why does my Dog smell of ammonia (her EYES & FAECES)?
    My dog, Sami is a female 2.5 yrs old, and hasnt been de-sexed yet. Her father is a Rhodesian Ridgy x Bull Arab and her mother is a Kelpie x BoarderCollie. She is full of life and has an abundance of energy all the time. Her appetite is normal.
    I had a dog Jesse who unfortunately died a fews years from kidney failure, kidney dialysis treatment didnt work. I noticed Jesse always had an ammonia smell but didnt think anything of it back then, and now I am wondering if there is a link here. Could a dog from an early age who is healthy be susceptible to kidney problems in the future?? if so, then there's a good chance it can be prevented through diet and/or medication.
    My dog is due for a vet check up soon so I will mention this to the vet but in the meantime Id love some input please.

    • ANSWER:
      I've never had dogs, only cats, so whether or not this counts for dogs I'm not sure...but unneutered cats "spray" their territory with a liquid that has a very strong ammonia odor. Was Jesse a male? I don't think females do it...but that may be what you smelt :)

  22. QUESTION:
    Ear Infection in Dogs.... Treatment?
    My dog is a 7 year old female cocker spaniel. Of course, cockers are known for ear problems. We have cleaned her ears several times a week all of her life.

    We took her to our vet because she randomly started rubbing her ears on the carpet and moaning. She seemed in a lot of pain.

    The first vet I saw in the practice said she thinks her ear drums are ruptured. Gave me an oral antibiotic medication, told me to come back in 2 weeks for a re-check. I came back, saw another vet in the practice. This vet said she seems to have a terrible ear infection and can't tell if her ear drums are ruputured. They ran tests and took an ear culture - which 2 weeks to get back from the lab. They have prescribed Baytril ear drops and an antibiotic called Amikacin - which is injectable and must be given with fluids to flush her kidneys. The side effects to Amikacin are pretty severe -kidney failure and deafness.

    I am very nervous about giving her Amikacin and I am bordering on not doing it. The side effects seem to great. This dog is like my child. I do not want to risk giving her ANYTHING that could cause Kidney failure or make her deaf. Of course, I want to do anything I can to help her, so I am just concerned.

    Please help with any suggestions to alternative treatment

    • ANSWER:
      Call the vet back or get a second opinion, they should be willing to explain the risks in detail with you and explain alternative treatments. Trust them, they go to competitive intense schooling for 8+ years for a reason.

  23. QUESTION:
    My dog is sick and he may die?
    I am really upset. My dog is in the hospital. He is old (13 years) and the vets say he has kidney failure. I don't know whether to prolong his life and bring him home after he is treated on IV fluids. Or choose to end his life now and not put myself through the agony of having to bring him back and euthanize him (what the vets are kinda suggesting). He is still is able to walk (although slowly) and hold his urine and all that stuff, but the docs say he could get worse. Also, the cost of meds and treatments may stack up. I feel terrible. What are your opinions?

    • ANSWER:
      Only you can decide. If his quality of life is diminsihed then maybe it is time to let him go. Don't feel bad about it. Helping our 4 legged friends out of pain is something we do FOR them, not TO them. Be at peace with your decision and be glad you had all those years together. He knows you love him.
      I am sorry you are going through this.Whatever you decide... it's ok.

  24. QUESTION:
    Might have to put my dog to sleep tomorrow?
    We got our dog, Nelly from the humane society 5 years ago when I was 16. She's helped me thru a lot and has been there for me in ways a human just can't. She started acting weird a few days ago. Not eating or drinking, trouble standing up and laying down, acting disoriented (I thought it was a heat stroke), so we scheduled a vet appointment the next morning. The x-rays and blood work showed kidney failure. There is therapy treatment, but I feel it would possibly prolong her pain. She looks so confused and like she doesn't understand why she feels this way, and I can't do anything about it (she stayed overnight at the vet, so I can't even kiss her right now). She's about 13 years old (we're unsure of her exact age), and I know it's probably just her time to go, but how do I sit next to her while she dies? How do I not feel guilty or feel like I'm choosing her death? I just need words of comfort and support. My bf is going with us, but he wasn't raised to feel this way about an animal, so he doesn't really know what to say to me. He's trying, but I really need some comfort from other dog lovers like me.

    • ANSWER:
      Don't worry honey, if she's in pain she will thank you for doing this for her. My grandmothers dog was very ill, she couldn't see, she weren't eating and couldn't walk, the best thing was for her to be put to sleep. Don't think you are choosing her death, its her time to go, your putting her out of her pain, this is the best thing you can do, never feel guilty, she'll be looking down on you.

      The vet will give you as much time as you want with her before you put her to sleep, just remeber, she loves you and you love her, and I'm really sorry!

      Best wishes xxxx

  25. QUESTION:
    I really Miss My Dog who died?
    My dog was called pepsi he was 11 year yorkie and he was sick so my mum took him to the vet and they said he had kidney failure so they were giving him treatment but he was to weak and had no energy to move so my mum had to put him to sleep which was the best thing to do. and now i really miss pepsi my dog best dog in world

    • ANSWER:
      awww i just lost one in november. it was sad. nibbler was my baby and i brought him to the vet for his baby shots. he was eighteen months old.

      he had a bad reaction and went into anaphylaxis. it will hurt but you will gradually feel better. you will never really get over him/forget him. you will feel better, too.

  26. QUESTION:
    My dog's urine is very yellow. what to do?
    My dog is German Shepered and 11 months old.
    He had tick fever around 1 month ago and the vet injected him Berenil (Dicycline) 4 times.
    Since the 4th one, he isn't eating anything. I managed to give him some sausages, milk, water, orange juice forcefully.
    Now his urine is very yellow. I also gave him seline. But its still the same. I am afraid if its kidney failure.
    What should i do to make him eat more?
    Is there any treatment for tick fever?
    How to make his urine less yellow and more clear?
    Please help. thanks!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Actually normal urine is suppose to be lemon yellow to golden amber.

      Abnormal urine is either red, reddish brown or orange.

      Urine is only clear when they drink lots of water.

      However I would go back and see the vet about the not eating issue, juice, sausages and milk are all not good for your dog.

  27. QUESTION:
    More info on Dog Food Recall?
    My dog has been effected by this recall. I took him to the vet for odd urination and found out he was in kidney failure. she did not know why since he is a healthy 3 year old. The store that we bought the food at did reimburse for the food and he is under going treatment to try and reverse the problem. i have called the number several times for menu foods but there line is busy. if you go to menufoods they have a list of the effected foods. there is a long list. i have been told it does not effect the dry food but i have taken my dog off all of it and he is on a special prescription food for now. is there anyone out there that knows more????
    Has anyone got threw to this number and spoken with anyone at menu foods???
    ol roy was on the list i saw. i would suggest going to the website for menu foods and look at it extrememly closely. i would also suggest taking your dog to the vet anyway. my dog had no symtoms of being sick just odd behavior. if i wouldn't have taken him when i did it would have been fatal. he still isn't out of the woods but they are treating him.
    ask your vet to put your dog on iv and flush his system with fluids to clear all the toxins. my dog had no signs either.

    • ANSWER:
      I am so sorry that your dog was affected by this recall. I was lucky that my puppy was okay. This is why I switched to natural food from smaller lesser known companies instead of the big commerical chains. I actually had found out about a publication through yahoo! answers that does extensive evaluations on all dog foods and matters relating to dog care. So, I started using foods that were on their lists. They even sent me an email with the recall alert before I even saw it on the news. (Only a few of the foods on their extensive list were affected). If you are interested, here's a link to the alert that is posted on their site: http://www.whole-dog-journal.com/news/food_recall_march07.html

      I hope this helps and wish your dog well!

  28. QUESTION:
    guilt in euthanizing our incontinent dog?
    We have a 17 year old miniature poodle. She is deaf, going blind and is in kidney failure. We had her on IV fluids for hydration and KD prescription dog food. We were eventually able to stop the 2 x week IV infusions but we continued with the KD dog food. She is still incontinent after 2 years of treatment. OUR quality of life is terrible with her. She wanders during the night, pees in her sleep, and seems to have a little dementia. However, she still eats and loves her doggy treats. She seems to have a good quality of life but OURS is getting worse. We decided that since we would be away for 3 weeks that it was time to put our dog down. No one wants to keep her in their home while we are away and she has never been in a kennel. Our adult kids are furious with us. Our youngest is 28 and she wants us to continue caring for (her) dog. She moved out when she went to college at age 18. We thought about "tough love" and having our kids take her to their homes, but I am retired and can come home every few hours and our kids work and are out 10 hours a day. It would be crueler to move the dog to their homes. Also, our dog hates change, gets very upset when she is left alone for long periods and only wants to be here and pee on our bed or on the carpet. We feel it would be fairest to euthanize her but we feel so terribly guilty. We also aren't sure she's really safe her alone for long periods. She recently fell into the pool so her eyesight is quite bad now. Any help, support or advice? Our vet will support our decision but we must make it.

    • ANSWER:
      If the dog is in kidney failure, and is wandering during the night, I find it hard to believe that she is pain free. You don't want her to be in pain, do you? If there's more bad than good times for her - then it's time. Your kids (who are adults for crying out loud and need to face reality) need to realize that their dog has lived an incredibly long life and is no longer as happy as she used to be (being blind, going deaf, kidney failure, dementia...these are not happy for the dog). While that is all a part of getting older, I'm sure she would much rather be herself from 5 years ago when she didn't have to deal with all that. If this were my dog, I'm sure I would be absolutely heartbroken, but I would realize that euthanizing humanely would be much better than letting her suffer and waiting until the pain got too bad.

  29. QUESTION:
    How to train a dog to pee inside?
    Hi there,

    I'd like some help from anyone on training my dog to pee inside. Please note this is the opposite from what most people want to achieve. My dog is house trained and she is so good, she simply does not pee inside. However she has recently suffered kidney failure/damage and her kidneys are no longer very effective at filtering so she pees more often and drinks a lot more. As part of treatment she receives extra fluids (subcutaneous), and because of the failing kidneys she has to urinate more often so can no longer be expected to hold on during the day while we are at work. But peeing inside is against all her training and I'm sure she feels terrible when she can't hold it. I want to train her to go on a pee pad or litter box for her own comfort so she can pee when she needs.

    How can we teach her to pee inside on pee pads or litter box? I know how to train her to go outside but trying to make her go inside seems really hard at this point so I'm hoping for some ideas. At the moment she just refuses to go inside and holds on as long as she can until there is an accident. Mostly it's overnight but also when we are out for more than a few hours. I have tried adding a few drops of urine onto the pee pad to try and encourage her but so far that doesn't seem to work. Basically we have to un-train her which is proving a little hard.

    She's the most wonderful dog and a real sweetheart. We want to make her as comfortable as possible and learn to go inside so she doesn't feel terrible when she has an accident and is free to go as she needs to. It's heart breaking to see the disappointment on her face when she can't help it.

    I'd appreciate any help anyone might have.
    Thanks.
    Wow, thanks for the quick responses guys it's appreciated. Many of the responses support what I've been trying to do so I'll continue with these ideas (adding pee to the pad, also trying to start it outside and move in). It's only been a few days since she's been home from the hospital so it's early days yet and she is getting a lot of fluid. Unfortunately we live in an apartment, so a doggy door or free run of the back yard is not an option :( . It's been a very stressful time as she has no appetite due to stomach ulcers but we are working through that. The peeing we can deal with (I've been taking her out during the night) and its a small price to pay for such a loving companion. The lino is easy to clean until we make some progress, but the plan is to get her to use a pad or litter box. We just hope we can nurse her back to a good quality of life, she's been a fantastic friend and it's horrible to see her so unwell. Her time left is unknown so we aim to make it the best it can be.

    • ANSWER:

  30. QUESTION:
    I still feel very sad it's been almost six months I euthanized my dog.?
    I am still very sad and depressed most of the time (eversince my heart dog 13 year old died) I had to put him down b/c he was suffering with acute kidney failure and was in advanced stage. I had only 2 options either I could have done the IV fluid treatment(to keep him little longer ) or euthanasia, But I didn't want to leave him alone in the hospital in a cage b/c he was suffering (stopped eating completely and throwing up a lot) I was frustated that time so had choosed the second option. Now it'sbeen 6 months I am dealing with extreme guilt that kills me slowly and not having him aroung me I feel very sad I miss him more than anything I tried to keep myself busy but nothing really workes I thougt to commit suicide couple of time. How can I deal with this situatin without any guilt? I need some really good advice and I don't wanna have anymore pets for now. I would really apreciate all of you'sadvice because that is effecting my ment/phyl. Did I do the right thingwith my dog? PLS HELP

    • ANSWER:
      It is hard to get over the loss of a pet. Especially one you have had for so long. But it is important for you to realize that the animal, dog in this case, isn't in pain or discomfort any longer. And remember that seeing you happy is what use to make his tail wag.... So stop your grieving he wouldn't want that and go make a new best friend!! Adopt from your local shelter or start from the beginning with a new puppy. Just don't let yourself wallow in tears.
      You need closure and your new doggie pal needs your love and a new home!! Its OK to move on your heavenly pooch would want you to!

  31. QUESTION:
    What would be the best way for me to start a fund raiser to save my dog?
    My dog Faye has been in the Emergency Veterinary Clinic for about 3 nights now. She has had numerous tests done on her. When we took her in she had an infection on her paw and was not eating.
    She would drink a little bit of water but could not keep it down. We were instructed by our Vet to put an E-collar on her and we did and they also gave us some antibiotics. The Evc says it is most likely Lepostorosis which causes liver and kidney failure and that she may need to stay for an extended period of time if she doesn't start showing improvement, which she hasn't. They say it is common for it to get worse before it gets better. However we are low on funds and cannot continue to pay for the treatment so I was looking into starting a fund raiser to raise money to pay for her treatment. She is only 2 years old. Any help is greatly appreciated.
    Annie:
    It started as an infection on her paw which we think was due to a snake or spider bite, last Saturday her paw was swollen up to about twice it's normal size. So we called our vet and they suggested that we wait a couple of days before bringing her in and see if it goes down. Over those 2 days, (We waited until Monday Morning) she licked it to the point it was bloody and raw. We took her to the vet and they gave us an E-collar and some antibiotics. The medicines just made her sick, so we went to the vet again and they injected her with some fluids since she wouldn't eat or drink. At the Evc they told us that Lepto is contracted by exposure to an infected animals urine and we had taken her for walks recently at different trails/wooded areas. We just went and visited her at the Evc, she was very responsive to us yet lethargic at the same time. They still don't know for sure that it is Lepto because they have not gotten the results from the blood work. Thank you all for your help.

    • ANSWER:
      you could put an ad on craigslist for donations to be made directly to the vet ... i have known several people who have received financial help this way ... a neighbours dog fell off a cliff and to get him back to health was going to cost 16000 dollars of which my neighbour could not pay ... a complete stranger stepped up and paid 10000 dollars of the bill and did not want to be identified or thanked ... if your dog is a purebred, some purebred rescues will step forward to help as well ... my friend has a german shepherd who had a tumor but once it was removed, the dog would be fine ... a german shepherd rescue stepped forward and paid for the surgery completely ... it is not fun to beg but it is even worse to lose your furry friend ... i hope everything works out for your dog ...

  32. QUESTION:
    How can I cope with triple pet bereavement?
    I lost a cat on May 7th. He was eight days short of his eighteenth birthday and I'd had him since he was a kitten. Then his littermate brother died just on Monday, which was also very painful, but expected since he was old and bonded pairs tend to pass away soon after each other. Just when I thought the situation couldn't possibly get more painful, I took my dog to the vet today, and learned that I may soon be faced with the decision to put him down. He'd lived with health problems for a few years and handled them well, but he just came down with kidney failure, and it may have reached the point that euthanasia is more humane that subjecting him to the treatments that would keep him around. I love my pets so much and can't imagine going on without them. This is all so unfair! My pets mean the world to me and they all deserve to be alive, healthy, youthful, and happy forever! Have any of you ever been faced with a similar situation? How did you cope? Is there ever closure?

    • ANSWER:
      I know just how feel because this year I lost three of my ferrets in the first five months of the year. Two who'd been battling insulinoma (tumours in the pancreas) and the third I didn't even know was sick. I took him to the vet because he was acting very lethargic for a couple of days and had started to breath heavy. He went into respiratory arrest while the vet was examining him and died. Xrays revealed his body was riddled with lymphoma. And now a couple weeks after losing him I've found my newly adopted only five year old Persian has kidney disease. And this after he'd been just thrown outside and starved by his previous owner. You're right - life isn't fair - I totally agree.

      I'm really sorry you're going through so many losses just like I did. It rips your heart out. But know that you gave all of these animals the love and caring that a lot of people just don't give. 18 years with those kitties? That's amazing - you're obviously a great pet owner! Instead of focusing on the loss think of all the fun you had with them. Get a bunch of favourite pics and make a collage that you can hang up on the wall. Talk with friends about funny things they did. Make up a little scrapbook if you want.

      If you want to be able to talk directly with others going through what you're going through check with your local animal shelter. Many have free pet bereavement groups that you can participate in. I went to one a couple of years ago after losing my Tuffy cat at 19 years and it really, really helped. You can talk and cry with others feeling just like you do and be sure that no one's going to make the "well it's just a pet" comment. Frankly I feel sorry for anyone who thinks that. Feel lucky that you loved these pets so much - you're a better person that most just because you did - and do. ((((HUG))))

  33. QUESTION:
    Cat Recovery from "organ failure" (LONG Q)?
    It is beastly late (early) here but I was just up checking my girl Bonnie and making sure she didn't need more treatment so that maybe I can catch a few hours of ZZZ's before my daughter wakes me up. So if you see this question hours from now, please still answer, if you can.

    Some history:

    I caught Bonnie as a feral kitten from a sickly inbred feral community in my former neighborhood when she was about 5 weeks old. She fit in my palm. One of her eyes was so severely infected it was partway oozing out of her head. Oral antibiotics and creams did no good so her eye was surgically removed at 6 weeks old. (vet did a great job, BTW, lined up the stripes perfectly!)

    Due to such a dubious start in life, Bonnie never really grew, and now, 10 years later, she still only weighs 3.3 lbs and measures only about 16 inches from nose to base of tail.

    It is extremely common (according to several area vets) for ferals in this area to have myriad problems due to inbreeding and horrible prenatal and infant nutrition, so Bon started losing her teeth a few years ago. I brush her mouth out regularly but due to my household's lack of work for almost 18 months, no additional oral vet care could be provided. Still, she was my boss cat, ruling the house with an iron paw, and the big boys (12-14 lb males) and even the dog got out of her way. She's never been sick since the very beginning.

    I foster kittens for the local shelter and one of them brought in this crazy bug and all my cats got it even though the kittens are on the porch. Both males responded to Clavamox but Bonnie got it really bad and it seemed to go into her mouth. I noticed her mouth looked inflamed when I gave her the Clav a few days ago but she was otherwise normal so I let her be-just kept the eye on her.

    Yesterday morning I found her on bathroom rug slumped over and breathing heavy- mouth was really swollen with some pussy looking fluid around her remaining teeth- also she was COLD to the touch and extremely lethargic- so we went straight to vet. Her temp was 96F- vet says a degree away from dead. He also pronounced her very dehydrated. He gave her subcu fluids, a B12 shot, put her in an incubator to bring her temp up and then sent her home with subcu for me to use here + instructions to continue the Clav for 5 more days.

    His diagnosis was not that the illness from the kittens is causing her condition- it's that her condition is naturally poor due to horrible start in life (see above) and frankly was shocked to learn her age (given her size) and that she had lived a healthy life for as long as she has. He thinks she has organ failure and the infection in her mouth is a side effect of her immune system shutting down.

    He did tell me that if I had the funds there was a specialist who would charge me between 00-00 to ICU her for a few days but that she might very well die in a day or two anyway. He also agreed with me that if it is kidney/liver failure that blood tests at this point are moot because the readings will all be skewed.

    So. She's home, eating a prescription canned food, getting subcu 2x day, still on the Clavamox, and after about 36 hours looks MUCH better than when I found her, but not herself. Vet is off for the next day, so I came here with my question.

    Can organ failure (if that is the case) be staved off with fluids, antibiotics, and prescription diet? If the antibiotic works and she throws off this infection, will she recover, or will she always be on the verge of some other catastrophic illness?

    I am perfectly willing to do what I can afford to keep her happy and comfortable and with us as long as possible (and that includes pulling teeth when/if she recovers) but I cannot spend 00 on an ICU.

    Just thought I'd toss this out and ask for some (hopefully) knowledgeable opinions.

    Checked her- she's sleeping comfortably in the bathroom sink. Lined with towels, door closed. It's a nice warm room. She ate about 1/4 of the can of food.

    Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      It depends on the organ that is failing. If your cat has developed fatty liver from not eating, yes, she can recover but she MUST eat. You may need to look into assisted feeding. I'm guessing your vet gave you wet A/D for her? Try warming it up so it smells to encourage her to eat. Otherwise, you will need to do assisted feeding The A/D can be spooned it into a dosing syringe (you can get one at a pharmacy) and squirt the food into her mouth. Don't worry about trying to force her mouth open. Place the tip of the syringe in the corner of her mouth (there is a gap between the teeth that a syringe fits into nicely) and squirt a little bit at a time toward the back roof of her mouth (you don't want her to be able to spit it all back on you and you may end up wearing a bit so don't get frustrated, it just makes it more difficult for you because the cat picks up on your stress.) She needs to eat at least a 6 (or 6.5) oz can each day. You can break it into portions and put the rest of the can in the fridge. Always warm it before feeding her. Dont' try and force her to eat it all in one setting or she will throw it back up.

      If her body temperature drops again, Put a heating pad on low and covered with a towel for her to lay on.

      If she has developed renal failure, you can give them a good quality of life but once the kidneys start to go, you don't know it until they only have 25% kidney function left. Fluids greatly improve their quality of life.

      I'm sure that there must be other organs that could be failing but I do not have experience with those.

  34. QUESTION:
    How do I feed a dog with pancreatits?
    The vet suggested a ratio of 1-1-1 lean protein-starch-veggie.

    I was working my way up to that since his tummy is still on the mend. We started with 1 Tbs if rice to 1/2 tsp of cottage cheese (As vet reccomended). He picked out the cottage cheese. Then, after a couple of days I introduced potato and lean beef. I cut the beef into small pieces and feed him small meals. He was keeping that down.... but he picks out the meat and leaves as much of the potato as he can. He threw up again tonight. He won't eat the gastro dog food.

    He is currently on zantac and antibiotics. Going back to the vet tomorrow for blood work to make sure it is pancreatits. (Just speculation right now) Xrays and blood work done 3 weeks ago showed no kidney or liver failure nor tumors or foreign objects swallowed. No sign of parasites either. The blood work they did then didn't test for pancreatits (that one needs to be sent away) but he had responded to pancreatits treatment at the time.
    I had done the withholding of food. Was told to not feed for 24 hours and then try again... If he threw up then withhold for another 24 hours. Since he threw up tonight, I will not feed again until we see the vet again. Chicken I know is lower protein, but poultry has always given him diarrhea.

    • ANSWER:
      Feed the potato first while he's still hungry then go to the next thing that he's not crazy about then the meat last. Poor baby...this must be really hard on you both. Good luck and hope he gets better real soon.

  35. QUESTION:
    Are All Animal Hospitals Like This ...?
    We used to have two animal hospitals in my town. The one in which my pets had received treatment for years closed down due to back-to-back family crises, and we were left with the one.

    One day my little niece accidentally slammed the car door on my cat's head. The cat's eyes rolled to the back of his head, and he started passing out; we rushed him to the animal hospital that was still open. They had me fill out paper-works for him, and they took him in the back. They told us what needed to be done to save him, but they absolutely refused to start treatment without the money up front. My money was direct-deposited in a bank out of town and my debit card chose that moment not to work, so I had to drive an hour there to get the 0 from my bank and an hour back to the animal clinic. Two whole hours passed without my cat getting the treatment needed to save his life. When I got back, he was in a cage looking a little better ... but the treatment to get the swelling out of his brain didn't start until they had the money in their hands. Needless to say, I harbored some ill will toward these individuals who placed money before life-saving treatment. My cat survived, thankfully ... and died about 6 years later at the age of 18.

    About 5 1/2 years after the incident, our dog suddenly started acting weird. He was listless and wouldn't eat, and it was hard to get him up and walking. That morning he was fine before I went off to school, but that evening when I got back he wasn't. All the vets were closed, so I reluctantly called the ones in my town who had refused to treat the cat some years back without payment. This time I had cash on hand. The "answering service" wanted to know if the dog was a patient of that clinic. When I told them no, that his vet was out of town, they coldly advised me that they couldn't treat him after hours unless he was a patient. I insisted that he couldn't make it until the next morning, and that the only other animal hospital was out of town. They refused to relent, even though they would've been paid almost double for coming out after hours. My hands were shaking as I hung up and dialed the vet out of town. I'd barely gotten through the description of what was wrong with the dog before he told me to come on and he would meet me. I drove a half-hour in the dark just to get our dog to the vet. They checked him out; there was no rabies, parvo or heart-worms ... but they discovered that he was in kidney failure. They ran additional tests to make sure that he didn't get into something like antifreeze, which he said could've easily been treated to reverse the kidney failure. The tests came back negative, and the only "comfort" they could give me was that he was an "old dog"; they said that 17 years old was a very long life for a dog, and that he shouldn't have lasted past 10 or 12.

    They put him on an IV drip, and sent him home with us with instructions to feed him what we could to keep him eating. I could tell that he felt we should euthanize him, but I looked at him as a person. Most doctors would never even suggest putting a human being to sleep. He lasted for another week, in which time I gave him pedialyte and kept him fed ... and tried contacting any organization that would consider a kidney transplant for a dog. I was told that he wasn't a good candidate for a kidney transplant because of his age. And that was it. He passed away at age 17 ... exactly 6 months before my cat died.

    I was left wondering ... why wasn't the kidney failure caught before then? The dog had had regular checkups throughout his life, and he was vaccinated. When I asked this vet, all that he could tell me was that I'd have had to request for them to run the special blood-works to check out his renal system; that would've told me that his kidneys weren't functioning properly, and that it was messing with his liver.

    I couldn't help thinking that -- had our vet remained in town -- he would've had the foresight to say, "By the way ... your dog is getting up there in age, and since what your normally pay for doesn't cover the tests needed to make sure that his kidneys and liver are working properly, you really need to consider regular blood-works to keep on top of it".

    Instead, our dog paid with his life. Because his new vet didn't make sure that I was informed enough to make the decisions that would keep him alive and healthy for as long as possible.

    So I ended up losing two of my best friends within the same year. It took a long time to bounce back from that.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm sorry for the loss of your pet, which is always hard.

      Dogs don't usually do so well with transplants; generally, the donor has to be a pup from the same litter to get an exact match. A pup from your dog's litter would be hard to find, and too old to be a donor most likely. Plus, your dog was 17, and might not have survived transplant surgery.

      Additionally, there's no cure for chronic kidney failure. I've been on dialysis, and I would not put my dog through that.

      The person in the story in my source had paid about ,000 so far for her dog's transplant

      I speak to this on a personal level, since I received a kidney/pancreas transplant in 2005. While mine was successful, it still had some challenges that I'm not sure I would want to put my pets through. (I chose not to put my dog thru radiation for cancer for example; she lived longer, and with a better quality of life, than they predicted she would have with radiation. I did have the tumor removed).

      You are obviously a wonderful pet owner, and more animals should have owners like you. You gave your dog a great life.

  36. QUESTION:
    Is this a good ad for 8-week-old puppies for sale?
    First of all, I just want to clarify that we aren't BYB (back yard breeders). Both parents and most of the dogs in their lineage have been genetically tested for genetic problems that commonly affect the breed. We didn't breed them for money (the vet costs, food, toys, montly Frontline/Hearguard, classes, agility enteries) far surpass the costs of what we would get from the sale of the pups. Plus, we have 4 cats that have every shot there is and also get Frontline every day and all of are animals are on the finest of foods. We also have a geriatic cat with early stages of kidney failure and his treatments are now well into the thousands. WE LOVE OUR PETS and consider more of family members. Potentail owners will be screened and have to sign an agreement that they will have them spayed/neutered as this litter doesn't look like they will be show quaility with the exception of one (just because dogs have alot of CH lineage in doesn't mean they will have show quality pups). Dad is show quality but mom is just under the height requirements. I just chose not to show them and concentrate on agility (the daddy didn't take to it, LOL). This is the only litter we have ever had and mom will be spayed after the pups go. They do have CH lineage on both sides. I also checked with several well known breeders to see if they thought the sire and dam were compatible. Sorry, I have to say all this but if I didn't I would be called all sorts of names and told that I shouldn't be breeding in the first place with so many unwanted puppies at shelters. I bred them because they have so many great qualities and I want other families to have the same joy of having one of the pups as a family member!

    ANYWAYS! Is the ad "catchty"? Any changes you would make? I'm going to include photos of the puppies on there and possibly of the parents! THANKS FOR THE FEEDBACK! AND HERE IS THE AD!

    ADORABLE SHETLAND SHEEPDOG PUPPIES FOR SALE! (A.K.A "SHELTIES")

    3 Males, 1 Female. Mother is AKC & UKC REGISTERED. She has both AKC and UKC AGILITY TITLES and MANY WINS! She is a beautiful dog and a real sweetheart! She also also has her Companion Dog title from the AKC and is a registered therapy dog. Dad is very handsome, loving and is also AKC registered. These puppies will make WONDERFUL FAMILY PETS AND WILL BE GREAT AT AGILITY AND OBEDIENCE (PARENTS VERY SMART AND QUICK LEARNERS ). WE OWN BOTH SIRE AND DAM! PUPPIES HAVE FIRST SHOTS AND HAVE BEEN DE-WORMED! PUPPIES ARE 0 which includes AKC PAPERS. PLEASE CALL (can't include # on here as it would be spam) and LEAVE MESSAGE if no answer!

    • ANSWER:
      Add the exact age in weeks of the puppies. Otherwise the ad is just fine. As you get calls with questions, you will know what to ad in the future. Also add the color of the pups.

  37. QUESTION:
    Will I ever get over my dog being put to sleep?
    I had a Westie (West Highland Terrier), he got put down last September and he was only 9. He had Liver failure and a Kidney Infection and he had to be put on a drip because he refused to eat, to drink, to move, so we knew it was the end for him, if the treatment didn't work then he'd have to be put down. They told us he didn't respond to the drip and the only choice would be to get him put down so we had to go through with it.

    I didn't get to say goodbye. He got taken to the vets 2 days before he had to be put down, and that was the last time I got to see him, I remember that I said to him 'I'll see you later on Snowy.' instead of saying my proper goodbyes, I didn't expect the worst, I thought I 'knew' he was going to be okay.

    This may sound bad but 2 days after he got put down, we got 2 other dogs. Border Collies, and as much as I love them I can't get over Snowy, I keep crying and it's been a whole year! Surely I should of gotten over it by now?

    I love my new dogs but I feel like all my family has forgotten about Snowy, they get treated better and spoilt :'(.

    What should I do?

    • ANSWER:
      I know your pain. I had 2 dogs, a rotwillier-Roxy and a miniture pincher-shadow, and they both had to be put down due to health problems. I thought that i would never get over them because they were my best friends and they died within a year. Roxy was first, then shadow

      I didnt get to say good bye to either one. my last words to Roxy was ' see ya after school, sweet pea.'' and my last words to Shadow was ' your gonna make it baby, see you later.' i thought that they would be okay also, but they didn't make it.

      DO NOT FEEL BAD ABOUT GETTING A NEW DOG. As long as you NEVER EVER forget about snowy, its all good. 2 months after we lost shadow. We adopted her from a kill shelter.At first I was mad at the dog, like she was trying to replace my babies. But as i got to know her, she reminded me so much of roxy and shadow. i got to know her and now when i step outside of my room she knocks me over playfully and i accept it, because a grew to love her. actually, at the moment she is sitting with me, in my lap.

      If your family is forgetting it, there is a chance that they are faking so they dont hurt you. But if they really are, then you can remind them in a very sweet way. and Roxy and Shadow never got to be on the couch, but Cammi does. Think of it as if Snowy wants better for your new puppy, so he want a better life for you.

      Snowy will always love you if you love him. never forget about him, i will never forget about Roxy and Shadow. But that doesnt mean that you cant love your new pets! i learned that the hard way...

  38. QUESTION:
    What would be the safest choice of vets after my cat's tragic end in doctors' hands?
    Two weeks ago my cat Tootsie was euthanized without proper examination and minutes after a veterinarian had just proceeded with fluids and antibiotics treatment because I explained that she had not eaten and drank by herself for 5 days after being poisoned by a toad recuperating very slowly (but bravely nevertheless). That visit to the vets' clinic was Tootsie's first there, so the doctor who saw her had no medical history on her and did not seem to need one to rule that she "most probalby had a kidney failure". My personal vet was not at the clinic and the never seen before another doctor injected the cat with fluids but right immediaterly AFTER that she decided that my cat did not eat and drink because of a ... periodontal disease and because she did not eat she most probably had a kidney failure. Truth is that she did not even open Tootsie's mouth beside observing burns on her gums and ... also nose. Up to here I have already described her tragic end by euthanasia without no chance given to her to observe if she would have healed following the fluids and antibiotic treatment (in a previous thead asking if I should forgive myself for allowing what happened). My new problem comes now following that first stage of suffering with fear: My own vet being the owner of the veterinary clinic, instead of investigating the wrongs or not done, as I requested him, helped his colleague vet with altering Tootsie's one page chart with misstatements about what would have been the visit's purpose and result deleting my complaint about the toad poisoning, lying that I would have chosen the euthanasia by myself after allegedly "being concerned about the cost of an eventual treatment to follow" and among many other lies including that I had had allegedly stated that Tootsie was never taken to a veterinary clinic since she was a kitten (I never said that), my own vet stated that he was present there during my discussion about the euthanasia (the most disappointing lie as coming from my own vet who contrarily avoided to show his presence at the clinic when I went there with Tootsie and could have advised me such or such options). And here is my Question with capital Q:

    After I suffered like a dog eaten by doubts and guilty feelings and instead of having medical professional explanation or excuse following my pet's untimely ending by their hands, shouldn't I fear my own vet's future actions on my remaining pets after his helping his colleague to lie in her chart and lying himself too? Because I asked for Tootsie's chart and euthanasia form, he seemingly went into a complaint-proof alert and vigilence. In this context, should I just let go and keep on bringing my other pets to him like nothing happened or rather I should avoid in the future to bring my other pets to him? He used to be a good doctor but as the clinic is his, his colleague is more important to him than me and my pets. On the other hand going to another vet in the area with the charts of my other pets bearing his name, wouldn't put the new vet in contact with him and a hand washes the other? Shouldn't I better start anew with the new vet NOT telling him/her anything about anything done at my former vet's clinic e.g. without my pets former charts? My other cat and my dog did not have any special diseases or problems before. To me lying and modifying truth and charts shows a potential danger in the future for my other pets. Is being a good doctor more important than his ethical potential? Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      You cannot believe that as I was reading your question, my rage was escalating to the point that I wanted to scream ... please find another veterinarian STAT. Not only that, but if you document everything you wrote here, I would absolutely report this clinic to the state veterinary board wherever you live. No one should have to go through this tragic experience that was completely unfounded. Record tampering is a very serious crime, and needs to be addressed by the veterinary licensing board.

      http://www.jugglingcats.com/veterinary/vet_board.htm

      While I do understand that we develop relationships with our veterinarians over the years, and develop trust with them. Finding excellent practitioners can be very frustrating and difficult to accomplish. This said, if your "formerly" good vet is no longer someone you trust or will ever be able to trust in the future, it is time to part the ways... AND even report the clinic. Hard to do, but it sounds like this is a clinic that should not be in practice from what you describe about how your cat was "treated". I feel SO for you. This was something that never should have happened.

      I can totally understand your reticence in sharing the history about your former vet clinic. Some practitioners get very protective about their peers. This said, if you find the relationship developing and they gain your trust, at some point I would definitely tell him/her about the incident. They may be far less likely to refer other clients to them if a referral is required.

      I highly feel that a good "doctor" is one who is also highly ethical. They come hand in hand, and if ethics are broken no matter how"skilled" the practitioner may be, I would not consider that veterinarian to treat my cats.

      Hope this helps, and again, I am just incredibly sad for you and still am enraged that you had to go through this nightmare. Blessings on your angel kitty also.

      Troublesniffer
      Owned by cats for over 40 years
      Member: Cat Writer's Association

  39. QUESTION:
    Cushing's and hip dysplasia, is it time?
    my dog is about 17-18 years old, she has cushing's and hip dysplasia. i took on treatment myself (under the supervision of my veterinarian/mentor) and she has done great a complete 180. however the past few days she has been doing increasingly worse and i think it may be finally coming to an end. i've been trying to look up the end stages of cushing's and syptoms of kidney failure and what to look for that would kinda push me in the direction of thinking it's time and to know what i'm looking for. also do to her hip dysplasia she hasn't moved in almost 6 hours from the spot she was in when i woke up this morning. If anyone has any suggestions for me to make her more comfortable I would greatly appreciate it, I am a firm believer in homeopathy and would prefer suggestions in that area but at this point I'll do anything just to make her more comfortable at this time.
    Also, if you know of any books you can suggest that I can do some reading, i'd really appreciate it.
    the vet recommended ars. alb. which would help her with fear of death.

    i'm only 22 so she's been here for most of my life and about a year ago i lost 2 puppies that were only 5 days old and i was a wreck for months, i can't even imagine what it's going to be like without her

    • ANSWER:
      I know this is a very difficult time, but you have to remember that our pets look to us to make the best choices for them and care for them. When they are no longer enjoying life, then we know its time to send them to a better place...and they do count on us for that!

      That fact that your dog has Cushings can be difficult because once you start treatment for it and the excess corticol is removed, other inflammatory conditions are unmasked, one of those being arthritis, which can reduce the animal's quality of life.

      If your pup cannot get up, then that means there is alot of pain involved with movement. Did the vet have your dog on any medications for the arthritis pain? Because of the Cushings I am sure there was a limit as to what could be given, but some dogs to well on Tramadol, although my concern is that your pup may be past that point.

      Do you think the dog has Kidney failure? Kidney failure can present in many ways, most common being lack of appetite. They will also start having accidents, and become lethargic. Dogs in Kidney Failure create a bi-product called Uremia. You can smell this in the dogs breath if they are secreting it. They can end up with sores in the mouth as well. These are all end stage symptoms.

      I used to work for a homeopathic vet, and I do not think there is anything you could give at this point that will actually make a difference. Homeopathy is great, but only for the right candidates. If your pet no longer seems to enjoy the things she used to, and seems unhappy then you know its time.

      Its okay to let go....maybe you can call your vet and ask their opinion, and see what options are left for you. I just always feel your pet will continue to live until the very end stage, but do you think its fair to make them travel to that point? Its hard to get over our grief, but we need to do whats best for our pets, not us. It sounds like your dog has lived a full life of giving you lots of love...dont you think its time to return the favor? Asses her quality of life, not yours, and make your decision-no matter how hard it may be.

      I hope everthing works out for you, and wish you the best for whatever you decide to do...

      I found this website for homeopathy for dogs, and lists certain conditions, I thought maybe you would want to check it out, then check with your vet if you see anything helpful
      http://www.holisticvetpetcare.com/dogs_preview.htm

  40. QUESTION:
    Dogs and Heart worms?
    My dog is 11 years old and the vet told us that she has heart worms. I do not know how long she has had them. But she has had problems before with arthritis and and kidney failure, and she is overweight. What are the odd her living through the surgery or treatments?
    She also has a little cough, and she is always very tired, I don't know if this is from the worms or from her age.

    • ANSWER:
      Like another poster said, no one here can give you real odds on your dog surviving treatment.
      This is a choice you and your family have to make. Talk to your vet about which options she thinks are best. If you have a good vet, she will be honest with you.

      Heartworm treatment isn't as horrible as it used to be, but it's still very hard on even a healthy dog. You need to find out how severe her heartworms are. The less severe, the better her odds. Also, there are some "alternative" treatments some vets use...such as HeartGard to gradually kill the worms. This isn't done traditionally and when it is used it's normally for less severe cases.

      On the other hand, I adopted an extreme HW positive Great Pyrenees about 4 years ago. We went through another "non traditional" treatment- straight ivermectin- it killed almost all the worms, then we went back to prevenitives. He's been negative for 3 years. My vet suggested this treatment because he was in such poor health that she didn't think he would survive the other kind.

      Dogs can live for years with heartworms, but eventually, it will shorten their life. If you decide against treatment, you need to prepare yourself for that. Also, if you go that route, you have a responsibility to not let her suffer, when her symptoms get too bad, you need to do the right thing.

      I'm sorry this is happening to you and to your dog. Best of luck!

  41. QUESTION:
    Why does my cat keep throwing up after eating?
    My fiance and I had one of our dogs spayed on Thursday morning of last week. She was sent home with Previcox for pain. We put it in her bowl to encourage her to eat it. Within seconds of turning our backs, our cat, Roxy, had eaten the pill. She is only 6.5 pounds.

    We contacted the Animal ER right away, but they were closing so we rushed her to her regular Vet. He contacted the manufacturer of Previcox who reported that the pill and dosage (127mg) the cat had eaten can ne very dangerous, causing liver and kidney failure and possiblly death. The Vet induced vomiting, gave her charcoal to coat her stomach and absorb the toxic enzymes, and put her on fluids right away to help prevent kidney failure. My fiance and I picked her up at 6:00pm and transported her to the Animal ER in Sarasota for further care and treatment. They told us at that point that she probably had a 50 percent chance of survival. We had to wait a full 36 hours to find out if her bloodwork was normal or not, because it takes awhile for the enzymes to digest in cats. They kept her on fluids and on Sucralfate to prevent or treat any ulcers that may occur. After 36 hours the bloodwork came back normal and we were able to get her. We had to bring her back the next morning for additional bloodwork and again to our regular Vet on Monday morning for final bloodwork. All the bloodwork has come back normal. The problem is that she keeps vomiting after she eats. The Vet gave us the Sucralfate and we have been giving her that about an hour before she eats. She will old food down occasionally after taking the medicine, but today we gave it to her, fed her, and she threw up again. I am sooo worried about my little girl!! The Vet gave us Cerenia to help stop the vomiting, which I tried this morning. I am so concerned. He says that since there is no blood in the vomit or stool that she most likely does not have any ulcers. He also says that since she has an appetite and is not urinating frequently that we can probably rule out kidney or liver issues. All I know is my cat is not eating and it can't be a good thing - it has to be a sign of a problem somewhere. He also said the lining of her stomach may just need time to heal from the toxins in the pill she ate.

    Any help is greatly appreciated! Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      My thought is that it's still a reaction to the tablet episode. Be patient, feed her wet food in very small quantities at a time more frequently to lessen the chance of throwing up and to make the throwing up less hectic when she does.
      What a time for the poor thing! Hang on there.

  42. QUESTION:
    My Jack Russell has chronic renal failure?
    Well, it was acute, but it has developed into chronic.
    She was acting sick for three days before we took her to the vet about a week ago. The first vet said they couldn't do anything, and the second tried a cold laser treatment that seemed to help, but then we realized that the damage to her kidneys is too extensive so we brought her home. She's lost a lot of weight since she's been home, and she's only been home for two days. I was wondering if anyone else that has been through the same thing can tell me how long their dog lived after diagnosis.
    We took her to a couple vets.
    We put her down this morning.

    • ANSWER:

  43. QUESTION:
    Should we put her down?
    This breaks my heart and i've been crying for days at the thought at having to put down my wonderful dog. She is only 7 years old and is suffering from Kidney problems, and neither really have a cure and lead up to renal failure. We found out because she was acting funny so we took her to the vet. We have an appointment at the specialist to see what exactly she has.

    Right now she has excessive urination to the point where she is wearing diapers 24/7, she is losing weight, she eats but can't keep it down, she is dehydrated barely drinking any water. When we took her to the vet she was in pain cause both her kidneys were enlarged....fever, shaking, stumbles when walking...

    My family and I know she is in discomfort and in pain, but we love her so much.

    We don't want her to suffer at all ...but putting her down sounds so cruel...and I know im not ready to let her go and i don't think she is either.

    What would you guys do? There is treatment but only to give her time, in some cases the owner had to take the dog everyday for fluid therapy. Should we do everything we can, any treatment we can possibly do even if it only gives her a few more months?or should we put her down painlessly before renal failure and other painful problems kick in?

    how do you know its the right decision? How do i make sure I don't regret the decision?

    As much as I love her, i just want to do whats best and make sure she doesn't suffer.

    p.s She is a beagle they think its either Amyloidois where she doesn't retain any protein or glomerulonephritis where with a biopsy its rare to find the cause, and when the cause is found there isn't any treatment for it (cancer, infection, ect)

    • ANSWER:
      It is so hard to make that decision. When the time comes, I hope that this will help you, as it helps me:
      May I go now?
      Do you think the time is right?
      May I say goodbye to pain filled days
      and endless lonely nights?
      I've lived my life and done my best,
      an example tried to be.
      So can I take that step beyond
      and set my spirit free?

      I didn't want to go at first,
      I fought with all my might.
      But something seems to draw me now
      to a warm and loving light.
      I want to go
      I really do.
      It's difficult to stay.

      But I will try as best I can
      to live just one more day.
      To give you time to care for me
      and share your love and fears.
      I know you're sad and afraid,
      because I see your tears.

      I'll not be far,
      I promise that, and hope you'll always know
      that my spirit will be close to you
      wherever you may go.
      Thank you so for loving me.
      You know I love you too,
      that's why it's hard to say goodbye
      and end this life with you.

      So hold me now just one more time
      and let me hear you say,
      because you care so much for me,
      you'll let me go today.

      - Written for a beloved pet & friend, by Susan A. Jackson

  44. QUESTION:
    My Golden Retriever is sick, help us?
    I have an 11yr old, Female golden retriever, Jessie, who's always been in great health up til the last 6mos. This past fall she had to go into the hospital for detoxification of her Liver and kidneys from renal related problems. Her Teeth also had been cleaned surgically and gums too. They are fine now, but then, she was at the early stages of of a peridontal issue last fall. I'm already aware that poor dental health in dogs can lead to renal problems as well as others.Her tetth have always been taken care of in the past, now its getting harder as she gets older. Her blood profile showed last fall that she was halfway towards fatal level of complete renal failure (scale of 1-15, she was at close to 8). So she then went thru the fluid treatments. At the end of treatments, they were able to get her down to about the level between 0-1. Afterwards, (,800.00 later from the bills), I've found that by x-mas and new year's she was really feeling better. Playful and frisky, eating like a hor
    horse again, so on. Since then, the Vet has given me for her, vitamins for her immune system, also a supplemental vitamin tablet for her liver/kidneys, and drops for me to give to her orally 2x day to help keep toxin (not really a good word for this but...), level down low to help keep liver/kidneys cleared while she is trying to digest her food. But as of the last week she has been losing weight again and she's does not have the appetite like normal as of the last day and a half. She did vomit for the first time, since October, yesterday morning. Her stools are still fine (not dark, which indicates possble bleeding in her stomach).
    I've called my dog's Vet to question on further, how to care for her now to try and keep her comfortable. I wasn't able to reach the Vet today...I'm avoiding the hospital again til the last resort...too expensive, and I already had to make some sacrifices just to pay her past bills. I need to seriously know if there is any kind of special diet or natural fo
    natural foods that I could try while she is sick again, you know about the pills/drops I've already been given, but what about the foods?...she's been on a safe and healthy diet all her life but now she won't even eat her favorite treats, (which is really hard to believe when it comes to her cookies and dental chews! Or even pay attention to her favortie time of day, MEALTIMES!!! she would alwys go crazy that time!). She won't eat her science diet dry food, even if add a little warm water to it. I need to get her to eat and keep her hydrated. I'm looking for serious responses only, please, for her sake. In all honesty, I know she is older now and I know she can't be around forever (though it would be a dream come true because she is so well loved by all around her and she gives like other pets do, unconditional love and protection). As well as I know my dog, I truly don't think she ready to go, she still tries to be active and ignore her health, but she knows there is something wrong a
    again. She has been trying to fight it and still tries to play, but only for short periods can she handle it. All suggestions are greatly appreciated by this wonderdog of mine, and myself...and once again please only serious responses, My name is Santo, & ya don't wanna tick me off.

    • ANSWER:
      I think you should discuss all of this over the phone, which is free, with your vet. Tell him that your funds are now to a minimum and ask if he can help you figure out something that will be cost efficient that will HELP your baby. I'm glad to hear that you haven't given up on her, and you're still fighting to make her better. In the meantime, I would just make sure she stays comfortable, gets her exercise (even if it is in small intervals throughout the day) and is still eating and drinking, and takes her vitamins if she has some. She is an older dog, so maybe she is just slowing down, like we humans do...Good luck to you and Jessie.

  45. QUESTION:
    Did I make the right decision? Grieving and feeling guilty about euthanizing my best buddy?
    My heart is really hurting right now because of the recent euthanization of my 4yr/8 month old mini schnauzer 2 days ago. such a happy boy and a big snuggler but, from a year old, I always knew he was different and not as normal as other dogs throughout my life. My mom got him for me because my other schnauzer was 12 yr old and mom did not know how much time I would have left with her so, I should say he was her replacement. My husband, family and I ALWAYS said we did not think he would live a long life because of his activity, habits and demeanor as a young pup. At 1 1/2 years old I wanted to stud him out and got bloodwork done (which was normal) he showed no interest in female dogs. He was uninterested, getting fat and not as active. I have two other dogs that kept him going but, I learned that I could not leave any food down even for our cats because he would eat everything. He was not very active even at a young age, my husband and I SPOIL our animals and would lift him up & down the stairs, bed, couch, and the back stairs (he got used to this until the day we let him go). He managed to get into food that we brought home from the vet a 20lb bag left in the kitchen and ate enough until we caught him, he got into halloween candy last year and ate it until we could catch him (we then bought the dog food storage containers). Our vet suggested a diet and he only ate a recommended quantity twice daily. He would lost weight and gain it back. About a year ago he started losing his vision. Our vet said that he could not see anything wrong with his eyes. I can tell you so much more about his problems but Overall, he has had problems with his vision, muscle tone, weakness, appetite for the past 2 1/2 years but, still a loving happy boy that mom and dad loved and treated as a special dog. He was our baby and we did not care if we had to give him extra attention. I brought him to the groomer last month and he came home with an ear infection.. I then brought him to the vet and he had lost weight too fast, I suggested getting bloodwork on him because I was suspicious of Diabetes, turns out he was in renal failure and anemic, the vet said he needed a blood transfusion, IV fluids, ultrasound of kidneys and a bunch of other tests that could pinpoint his diagnosis costing from 00-00 and they could not determine if the outcome of the up-hill battle would work for my little guy. X-rays showed and enlarged heart and a murmur.. Around x-mas he would vomit here and there and showed no appetite turning his nose up to everything, (except roastbeef) that was not our dog and we knew something was going on in his once 34lb body to 22lb body. With his whole medical backround and the dog that I always saw and knew I did not see him going through so much distress, surviving. He to us always had a weakness to begin with and I did not want to put him through all the stress, anxiety, treatments, medications and so forth, just to progress his life without knowing if it was 2 weeks or 2 years. My other dogs do notice him not here and the mini schnauzer my mom bought him for me to replace is 16 and still with me, I feel lousy.. Did i do wrong by ending my lil guys' life so, soon and not giving him a chance, financially we could not afford it but, I could have come up with the money working with friends and family to pay them back. From his past medical history and his problems, I did not want to put him through all that stress without knowing if the outcome would work. CRF is irreversible and my buddy had already lost partial vision, renal failure, anemia, with an enlarged heart, Did I do right by him? Your comments are well appreciated, my story is long and not all included as far as his complete health backround.. I don't think his lil' body could handle much more, I have been crying for days, no appetite and my husband is very sad as well.. I feel soooooooooo guilty but, know he was never a strong pup to begin with.. If I only got bloodwork sooner, I don't know.. We gave him lots of chocolate before our decision and he was such a happy pup, the tranquilizer was not a full dose and it looked like he was convulsing and the vet apologized and said he thought that dose would be enough, the euthanization was quick but, very painful for us. Pleasant comments please..

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like your dog was in a lot of pain. You gave him so much love in his little life, so many wonderful things that many dogs never experience. Even with treatments, how much quality could his life have had after something like that? Instead of suffering through years, going to the vet all the time for injections, probes, and all kinds of scary stuff, he went to sleep surrounded by people who love him. For what it's worth, I think you made the right decision.

      I feel you, hon. I lost a dog in September. This dog was with me through some tough times, and literally saved my life twice. He was seven years old, and a car hit him. I cried for weeks, then went and rescued a new puppy who didn't have a family to love him. That puppy has brought me so much joy, and while no one could ever replace my Einstein, I feel happy because now I've helped a dog who really needed it.
      I hope this helped you. I'm so sorry for your loss.

  46. QUESTION:
    Why does my Dog smell of ammonia (her EYES & FAECES)?
    My dog, Sami is a female 2.5 yrs old, and hasnt been de-sexed yet. Her father is a Rhodesian Ridgy x Bull Arab and her mother is a Kelpie x BoarderCollie. She is full of life and has an abundance of energy all the time. Her appetite is normal. Hey eyes smell of ammonia and sometimes her faeces.
    I had a dog Jesse who unfortunately died a fews years from kidney failure, kidney dialysis treatment didnt work. I noticed Jesse (bull mastif cross greyhound) always had an ammonia smell but didnt think anything of it back then, and now I am wondering if there is a link here. Could a dog from an early age who is healthy be susceptible to kidney problems in the future?? if so, then there's a good chance it can be prevented through diet and/or medication.
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    • ANSWER:
      Have her tested for diabetes asap, and OK other blood/urinalysis if the vet thinks it is necessary. Yes, lots of problems can be prevented or at least the severity lessened with an optimal diet. Sometimes, it's hard to find a way to do that. If it turns out she has kidney problems, Hill's has a diet for that (both early and late stage) and there are lots of sites on the net that discuss the best foods and times to feed a kidney impaired dog.

  47. QUESTION:
    What would be the safest choice of vets after my cat's tragic end in doctors' hands?
    Two weeks ago my cat Tootsie was euthanized without proper examination and minutes after a veterinarian had just proceeded with fluids and antibiotics treatment because I explained that she had not eaten and drank by herself for 5 days after being poisoned by a toad recuperating very slowly (but bravely nevertheless). That visit to the vets' clinic was Tootsie's first there, so the doctor who saw her had no medical history on her and did not seem to need one to rule that she "most probalby had a kidney failure". My personal vet was not at the clinic and the never seen before another doctor injected the cat with fluids but right immediaterly AFTER that she decided that my cat did not eat and drink because of a ... periodontal disease and because she did not eat she most probably had a kidney failure. Truth is that she did not even open Tootsie's mouth beside observing burns on her gums and ... also nose. Up to here I have already described her tragic end by euthanasia without no chance given to her to observe if she would have healed following the fluids and antibiotic treatment (in a previous thead asking if I should forgive myself for allowing what happened). My new problem comes now following that first stage of suffering with fear: My own vet being the owner of the veterinary clinic, instead of investigating the wrongs or not done, as I requested him, helped his colleague vet with altering Tootsie's one page chart with misstatements about what would have been the visit's purpose and result deleting my complaint about the toad poisoning, lying that I would have chosen the euthanasia by myself after allegedly "being concerned about the cost of an eventual treatment to follow" and among many other lies including that I had had allegedly stated that Tootsie was never taken to a veterinary clinic since she was a kitten (I never said that), my own vet stated that he was present there during my discussion about the euthanasia (the most disappointing lie as coming from my own vet who contrarily avoided to show his presence at the clinic when I went there with Tootsie and could have advised me such or such options). And here is my Question with capital Q:

    After I suffered like a dog eaten by doubts and guilty feelings and instead of having medical professional explanation or excuse following my pet's untimely ending by their hands, shouldn't I fear my own vet's future actions on my remaining pets after his helping his colleague to lie in her chart and lying himself too? Shouldn't I just let go or ra

    • ANSWER:
      I would find a new vet. You're in a position now where you cannot trust your current Vet to provide the proper care for your animals.

      You might want to consider filing a complaint about your Vet:

      http://www.vetabusenetwork.com/filecomplaint.htm

  48. QUESTION:
    What would be the safest choice of vets after my cat's tragic end in doctors' hands?
    Two weeks ago my cat Tootsie was euthanized without proper examination and minutes after a veterinarian had just proceeded with fluids and antibiotics treatment because I explained that she had not eaten and drank by herself for 5 days after being poisoned by a toad recuperating very slowly (but bravely nevertheless). That visit to the vets' clinic was Tootsie's first there, so the doctor who saw her had no medical history on her and did not seem to need one to rule that she "most probalby had a kidney failure". My personal vet was not at the clinic and the never seen before another doctor injected the cat with fluids but right immediaterly AFTERr that she decided that my cat did not eat and drink because of a ... periodontal disease and because she did not eat she most probably had a kidney failure. Truth is that she did not even open Tootsie's mouth beside observing burns on her gums and ... also nose. Up to here I have already described her tragic end by euthanasia without no chance given to her to observe if she would have healed following the fluids and antibiotic treatment in a previous thread (asking if I should forgive myself for allowing what happened). My new problem comes now following that first stage of suffering with fear: My own vet being the owner of the veterinary clinic, instead of investigating the wrongs or not done, as I requested him, helped his colleague vet with altering Tootsie's one page chart with misstatements about what would have been the visit's purpose and result deleting my complaint about the toad poisoning, lying that I would have chosen the euthanasia by myself after allegedly "being worried about the cost of an eventual treatment to follow" and among many other lies, my own vet stated that he was present there during my discussion about the euthanasia (the most disappointing lie as coming from my own vet who contrarily avoided to show his presence at the clinic when I went there with Tootsie and could have advised me such or such options). And here is my Question with capital Q:

    After I suffered like a dog eaten by doubts and guilty feelings and instead of having medical professional explanation or excuse following my pet's untimely ending by their hands, shouldn't I fear my own vet's future actions on my remaining pets after his helping his colleague to lie in her chart and lying himself too? Shouldn't I just let go or rather I should avoid in the future to bring my other pets to him? He used to be a good doctor but as the clinic is his, his colleague is m

    • ANSWER:
      So sorry about what happened to tootsie she was let down by the one person you trusted with her health, so you are that one left feel bad about it and now they are blaming you as if you haven't suffered enough in their hands,

      this reminds me about a similar incident that happened to my cat, the vet gave her countless antibiotics(not my usual one)my cat didn't get better so i kept going back then they said she had kidney failure and injected her with something not sure what when i asked they wouldn't answer me,then when i got her home she collapsed she was alert and walking before going there,

      so i had to have her put to sleep at their suggestion i was so upset i didn't know what i was doing so it was done, and i am left feeling really guilty like i took her to her death whats strange is her name was also Tootsie like yours,

      when i changed vet with my remaining pets the medical records followed so the other vet was cold towards me so i had to change vet again,but i did find a good vet in the end thankfully,

      so i would keep away from there if i was you as you will never trust them again and its important to have someone you trust with your pets life,

      so don't go near the place, as even your own vet let you down which is unforgivable he has turned his back on you when you are suffering your loss,

      my thoughts are with you at this difficult time.