Urine Tests For Kidneys

Urine investigation is a mapping of chemical composition of urine. It is a viewing test which is a successful method of ascertaining the phase of diabetes mellitus. However, a mass of doctors recommend it to find out the route cause of a number of diseases.

Urine investigation for Diabetes Mellitus

Diabetes mellitus, otherwise known as just diabetes, is a indication of chaotic metabolism resulting in an augmented amount of blood sugar. Its cause could vary from ecological factors to hereditary causes. Diabetes is of two types- Type 1 and Type 2. People who are diagnosed with either of the two are asked to undertake yearly urine tests for microalbumin.

Urine Analysis- Its Types

Urine analysis for diabetes is generally of two types- chemical investigation and macroscopic (visual) scrutiny. The earlier is used for a more in depth investigation of urine (i.e. to check the levels of micro albumina) whereas the latter is more pinpointing in nature (color and amount in Type 1 diabetes). Of the two, it is the former which is a more solid indicator of diabetes.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What do they check for from urine tests?
    I was having lower back pain and sometimes my urine cycle was off.
    So i went to the doctor and they asked for a urine sample.
    I was curious on what all they test for?
    Kidney/bladder infection? Pregnancy? Just curious is all.

    • ANSWER:
      They look for protein, bacteria, and traces of blood to show if you have an infection. If there is any reason to, they’ll do another test for pregnancy. If you do have an infection, they’ll do a culture and sensitivity test to see what kind of bacteria you have, and what antibiotics it responds to.

  2. QUESTION:
    Does marijuana show up in a urine test for problems with kidneys?
    Honestly not for me but a friend has something wrong with her kidneys so she has to take a urine test to be sure, but will the marijuana show up?

    • ANSWER:
      marijuana stays in your system for about a month but i wouldn’t worry about it. they wont turn her in for smoking marijuana. they are doctors not the police.

  3. QUESTION:
    Do you think urine tests are sufficient enough for boxing?
    What I don’t get is, how can you get passed a urine test? Urine is pretty much filtered blood from the kidneys.

    • ANSWER:
      Urine is sufficient. I mean if you wanted to be a prick about it you could actually have someone view him taking out his junk and peeing into a cup. This is what law enforcement does to actually catch urine cheaters.

      People that are actually siding with Mayweather Jr. on this are dick riders. How can you actually change the rules that have been in place for every fight up until now on a scared suspicion?

      This proves that the Mayweather camp has viewed tape on Pac and can’t come up with a logical way that Floyd can beat him. So now they have to make up a false accusation to cover up the real problem of not being able to figure out Manny.

      I think this is a bad omen for Floyd and his true colors are starting to show. His piss yellow color.

  4. QUESTION:
    When testing for kidney stones through a urine test, can they tell if you are also pregnant?
    Was having back pain and they tested my urine. My period is late and I was wondering if they could also tell if I was pregnant while testing for kidney stones with a urine test.

    • ANSWER:
      if you ask them to

  5. QUESTION:
    Can a urine test detect kidney stones?
    was having pain in my lower back while urinating so I went to the Drs and they did a urine test and said everything looked OK. (Only a few white blood cells.) They said that it didn’t look like I had a kidney stone. Does anyone know for SURE if this rules out kidney stones? I also suffer from IBS and it’s been fairly bad this week (constipation) and they said that could be why I have lower back pain.

    Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      It is common for someone who is passing kidney stones to have red blood cells present in the urine due to the damage caused by the stones. A test used to test the urine for kidney stones involves having the person urinate through a strainer to catch any passing stones. The stones would not show up in your urine if they have not passed yet or already passed.

  6. QUESTION:
    Will the depo-provera shot show up on urine/blood tests for kidney failure?

    • ANSWER:
      Nope.

      In general, for something to show up on a test, it has to be specifically tested for.

  7. QUESTION:
    Depo-Provera shot- Will it show on urine/blood tests for kidney failure?

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  8. QUESTION:
    What do they test for when they do a urine test at the hospital?
    I went into the hospital because my back was hurting so they gave me a urine test to check my kidneys. What exactly does the urine test, test for when they are looking at your kidneys?

    • ANSWER:
      They test for whatever the doctor ordered on the test slip.

      Probably a routine urinalyisis, culture and sensitivity.

      http://www.labtestsonline.org/understanding/analytes/urinalysis/test.html

      http://www.labtestsonline.org/understanding/analytes/urine_culture/test.html

  9. QUESTION:
    Lower back pain, cloudy urine, swollen kidneys and temporary inability to urinate (about 2 wks). Whats wrong?
    21 y/o f w/ no previous signifigant medical problems. For the past 5 yrs or so, about every 6 mos, when trying to urinate i experience sharp stabbing pain in my lwr rt back, which slowly goes away after stopping trying to urinate.

    1st I wasn’t able to urinate for up to 14-15 hrs. No pain, burning assoc w/ attempting to urinate but simply clouldn’t urinate. Urine was&frequentyly is, cloudy whitish yellow with easily visable debris. Initial doc visit w/ gyno-doc& nurse were surprised by how bad the urine looked but no infection. Went to see urologist-did every test. During the week or so of testing, inability to urinate went away. I have had cronic lower back pain for at least 8 years and occationally very cloudy, debris filled urine.

    Tests show: No cysts, tumors, or bladder stones. Bladder doesnt void all urine and urethra is somewhat smaller than normal. Both kidneys swollen (ultrasound). No stones visable in kindeys with ultrasound. What is the problem with the kidneys?

    • ANSWER:
      Most likely kidney stones…I suggest you get to a doctor because it can be life threatening. do it soon or you may not be able to ask questions on Answers…

  10. QUESTION:
    detect weed in urine test for kidney infection?
    when getting urine tested for a kidney infection, can they tell if you’ve smoked weed in the past week?
    oh by the way i’m only 15

    • ANSWER:
      When you go to your doctor to be treated for a kidney infection, he/she has no interest in checking for anything but the presence of infection. Medical offices do not just run random drug tests for the fun of it — it would be costly and your medical insurance would not pay for such unnecessary things.

  11. QUESTION:
    all symptoms point towards kidney failure, but tests coming back fine? confusion, left lower back pain,fatiuge?
    [I will give all the points I can to the best answer]

    For about 5 months i have been having bad pains on my lower left back, (comes and goes) below rib cage and sometimes when breathing in it hurts even more (to the point where i cant take full deep breaths)

    i also have been having trouble urinating for a few months, its like i REALLY have to go, but then barely any urine comes out, and then almost immediately, i have to go urinate again. it hesitates to come out.

    i have had kidney tests & urine tests done, but they have come back negative for problems.
    (i had surgery when i was 12 in 2002, a retrograde urethrogram cysto / incision of uretheral valve)

    I’m a pretty active, healthy 20 year old male otherwise.

    But for the last week, i have been feeling very tired, confused, I’m losing my train of thought and getting very tired after being up for 11 or 12 hours to the point where I have to lay down or my head starts to hurt.

    I went to the doctor again today and they took urine, it came back normal. They took blood tests for creatine levels, B12 & something else, but I have a feeling they will come back normal as they have in the past. if they do come back normal, can anyone shed any light on what may be going on?

    I have started eating healthy, I do not drink ANY alcohol or smoke cigarettes/take no street drugs etc.
    Any direction would be GREATLY appreciated, thanks. -
    it was actually a few different doctors, between urgent cares / ER visits when things got really bad,

    how did they find out it was a disc problem? was there a certain test or specialist you saw? thanks for the info, have a good weekend -

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  12. QUESTION:
    If a doctor tests my urine for a kidney/bladder infection, will they know if im pregnant or not?
    If you go to the doctor for them to test your pee for a kidney infection, would they be able to tell if im pregnant? Even if thats not what theyre testing? Would they have to specifically test the urine for the pregnancy hormone?
    Thanks everyone :)

    • ANSWER:
      Those are usually separate tests. For a UTI, they will most likely do a urinalysis to look for the presence of leukocytes, leukocyte esterase or nitrites, not hCG (the pregnancy hormone). Sex is a leading cause of UTIs in females. Treatment for a UTI will be different if you are pregnant, but the lab should only give the doctor values indicating whether or not you have a urinary tract infection unless additional orders have been given by the doctor.

  13. QUESTION:
    Why is klonopin not showing in my urine when taking 3 times a day?
    I have taken this medication for over 8+ years for ptsd, anxiety disorder, and the like. Twice, it has not shown up on a drug screen when it clearly should have. My kidney function test was normal, and people throughout this time period who have come and gone from my life can testify that I have taken this drug as prescribed. I do not understand why benzodiazapine does not show up in the urine testing. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Could be a false negative. Usually it’s the other way around, but I know it can happen with other lab tests, so could be your problem here.
      I’m guessing for one reason or another you take regular blood panels…it might all be in the percentages? Enough tests, a few false readings.
      I once knew of a girl who was 5 months pregnant and a pregnancy test showed she was negative. 4 months later the results were confirmed. LoL!

  14. QUESTION:
    Urine test show kidney infection at doctor office?
    I have had these symptoms for last month or so.

    Urinating more then usual (but not uncontrollable) and cloudy yellow urine
    Tip of penis a little sore after peeing
    A feeling of warmness below bellybutton and down to that area

    and so forth..so it would appear to be UTI,i had urine tested at doc office,and nothing stuck out abnormal. So he wants me to do more tests. Thyroid,a more in depth urine sample,etc. My insurance wont cover it probably,because of having to pay 00 deductible first. If it was kidney infection,would that show in urine sample at doc office? I do have back pain when waking up,but 1. I go to chiropractor,2 been taking supplements that cause constipation 3.i work at Sams club,lots of lifting.

    No fever,no blood in urine.etc..i dont know what to do..

    • ANSWER:
      You need testing for ANTIBODIES as well as TSH. TSH ‘norm’ should be .3 – 3 (w/ most feeling best at < 2) but would not matter if antibodies are present. Indicative of Hashimoto’s Autoimmune Thyroiditis…main cause of HypOthyroid & is worse (...OR Graves Disease - HypERthyroid).

      WARNING: Doctors seem not to want to find thyroid disease. You may have to go to more than one doctor before you get the right tests, interpretation, and treatment. Best wishes.

      Ck these:

      http://thyroid.about.com/bio/Mary-Shomon-350.htm

      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/

      http://www.thyrophoenix.com/index.html

      God bless

  15. QUESTION:
    Will an NHS Doctor tell my parents if they pick up weed use in my urine test – i’m 16 years old.?
    I’m not sure how the confientiality works? Im having a urine test for kidney infection, and its been sent of to the lab to be tested, if they do pick up traces, as im 16 does this mean it breaks confidentiality to tell anyone?
    airhazard : are you a lab tech in the uk? or america if that makes any difference.

    and yes, this is scaring me into not wanting to smoke it anymore :|

    • ANSWER:
      All they are doing is plating the urine for bacteria but some might also send it to chemistry department to find anything unusual like crystals. I would not worry but i would quit doing weed if i were you.

  16. QUESTION:
    I was tested for kidney stone. Dr. said nothing came up in urine test. Would std show up w/out looking for it?
    meaning… if he wasn’t specifically looking for an std, and he did the urine test for a kidney stone….would he know if I had an std without specifically looking for it?

    • ANSWER:
      No, your doctor is not looking for STDs, and he will not find any if he is not looking for them.

  17. QUESTION:
    Urine test for kidney problems?
    I went to the Dr. walk in last week because i feel tried,and feel like have little fever every day.Dr. sent me to get the blood work done .result i am ok but wondering is the blood test only can tell kidney function? I though Urine test for kidney problems.

    • ANSWER:
      There are some kidney test that can be done from blood work like BUN and Creatnine. If they are abnormal urine tests may be ordered.

  18. QUESTION:
    high blood pressure, urine problem, back pain, headache, neck pain?
    I am 28 yrs male. I am taking ramipril 5mg (1 in the morning per day) for my high blood pressure from 27 march. My doctor gave me ECG, blood test and urine (24 hr) test. So, far he has said my ecg and blood tests are all good. After my urine test he gave me an ultrasound of kidneys test.

    I have back pain, frequent urination and pain some times. I have a sharp pain in the right side under ribs. This pain does not exist all time.

    I have hand and leg swelling. I have headache and neck pain as well.
    I have hernia problem as well.

    I am very anxious about my health condition.

    Is there anyone can tell me about it?

    • ANSWER:
      As per the symptoms you have stated, the problem is your kidneys. One of my friend had the same symptoms. And his kidneys were diagnosed.*

  19. QUESTION:
    My cat is weeing blood but it is not an infection – what could it be?
    My cat has a lot of blood in it’s urine – the colour is almost black. Kidney tests say Kidney is functioning normally, urine test say no infections only blood and protein. Anitibotics did not help. Vet is unsure what the problem is. Cat is fine and happy, not showing any signs of illness. He eats spiders, insects and maybe small snakes and lizards – could these be causing the blood in his urine – there is no blood in his poop. He has had this problem for months.

    • ANSWER:
      Take to another VET or have an ultrasound done!
      ASAP!

      If tests results POSITIVELY show NO infection, OR crystals/stones (FUS),.. then a growth or mass could be in bladder wall.

      IT happened to my dear dog,.. only an ultrasound showed up a cancer in her urinary tract. She too was peeing straight pure blood.
      PLEASE either have vet re-evaluate or go to another!!!

      Gd. luck.

  20. QUESTION:
    When u get tested for a bladder infection, will the doctor know if it reached your kidneys?
    do they have to perform 2 different tests to find out if its a kidney infection or a bladder infection? Or will they know automatically if its a kidney infection in the bladder infection urine test?

    Please Help

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  21. QUESTION:
    Can doctors tell if your UTI went to your kidneys by doing a urine test??!?
    I’m 22 weeks pregnant. The doctor didn’t ask me how long I had my UTI, she just asked me when I started the first meds. I kept missing them so she had to prescribe me more and stronger dose. She also did a urine test and when I asked her if the UTI had went to my kidneys she said no. I have had this UTI for a month. I told her about my side pain and she said its probably the baby. Should I just keep taking the meds and ignore the pain? My OB doc said its my muscles stretching. I still have like 10 (one pill every 6 hours) more pills to take and then after that I’m goin back to the doc to make the UTI is gone. Will my baby be ok?? I pray to God my baby will be fine.

    • ANSWER:
      Your baby will be fine you just need to continue taking the antibiotics. Then if your back is still hurting ask your doctor if there is a test they can run on your kidneys. The antibiotics are very important. Your doctor knows whats best for you.

  22. QUESTION:
    What does a 24 hour urine test look for w/ your kidney.?
    I think that i have a blood sugar problem, and i went to the doctor and he is looking for a chemical from my kidney. I have a mother w/ hypoglicemia and two diebedics in my family and i have all of the side affects of diebedes: thirst, uritation, dry skin, nausia over heating, fatigue, blurred vision, hunger, & attitude. So why are they checking my liver w/ a 24 hour urine test. Is there a kidney problem that has all of these symptoms?

    • ANSWER:
      they are not checking your liver but the amount of proteins your kidneys are excreting in 24 hrs ,

  23. QUESTION:
    For those with kidney disease, how long did you have early symptoms before it showed up in urine or blood work?
    Can you have edema and fatigue from early kidney disease and still have normal urine tests and blood work in the beginning? What were your early symptoms?

    • ANSWER:
      I had no early symptoms, which is typical of kidney disease. Mine was only caught early because I am diabetic, and my general practitioner began testing my kidney function because of the liklihood that diabetes can cause kidney disease. He caught it when there was only protein in the urine. I had no physical symptoms at that time.

      I have a link below for more info on chronic kidney disease

  24. QUESTION:
    Why is it so hard for me to urinate?
    I can’t pee after sitting for a long time (plane rides) and after waking up from a sleep. I must wait for at least 5 to 10 minutes before the pee slowly drips out, then stop, and drips out, and stops until all my pee is out. Is this some kind of disease? Last month I was diagnosed with proteinuria and I have done an ultrasound for my kidneys, urine tests and a blood test. Is there any link? Or is this some other infection that has no relationship with the kidneys?

    And finally… Is there a way for me to actually decrease the waiting time for my pee to come out?

    Thanks<3

    • ANSWER:
      There could be a connection, proteinuria means you have a abnormal amount of protien in your unrine. I’d take a cranberry supplements it helps a lot I know someone who gets uti’s but takes cranberry supplements and hasnt had one in months. I have taken them and when you gotta go your gone go

  25. QUESTION:
    Would a doctor find in blood tests?
    something in blood tests to then ask for a urine test for bence jones protein? what would it be in the blood?
    as far as i know red,white,hormone, liver and kidney function blood tests were fine, but inflammation markers were raised.

    • ANSWER:
      The immune system produces special proteins called antibodies which are usually targeted specifically at bacteria and viruses that your body may encounter.

      The antibodies fit like keys into a lock on the surface of the bacteria/virus and help to neutralise or destroy it.

      On occasion the immune system’s cells may launch an inappropraite response and produce large amounts of the same antibody into the bloodstream when there isn’t an infection present. There are a number of specific disease conditions where this may be the case.

      Bence Jones proteins are the breakdown products of this particular type of antibody and are excreted from the body in the urine and thus are detected there.

      Things that may prompt a doctor to ask for a bence jones protein test of the urine are: a combination of symptoms including anaemia, bone pain, fatigue, kidney problems and recurrent infections.

      There may be signs in the blood of low red cell numbers, raised calcium and eleveated protein levels in the blood.

      Really your doctor should be explaining to you why they are doing a test. Don’t be scared to ask.

  26. QUESTION:
    What does a 24 hour urine test look for?
    Ok i am getting really angery right now cuz i think that i have diabetes and the doctor is making me do a 24 hour urine test to look for some thing that my kidneys could be doing. What do my kidneys hae to do w/ anything? I have no symptoms of the problems that kidneys cause and i am am so angery that they will not give me the 5 hour blood test. so what does the urine test do?

    • ANSWER:
      just to make a graph for glucose tolerance to assure certain diagnoses and exclude others

  27. QUESTION:
    What does a very low creatine level mean, What happens when you have too much protein in your urine? ?
    In 2006 my kidneys failed. I was on dialysis for a few months and then my kidney function returned. A miracle indeed. My Dr. did a 24 hour urine test and some blood tests. My creatine level was too low and I have excessive amounts of protein in my urine. I did not know your creatine could be too low and would like to know why mine is. I am very concerned, I do not want to be on dialysis again, could this mean I have more kidney damage?

    • ANSWER:
      I believe you mean creatinine, not creatine (which is a nutritional additive and is metabolized into creatinine). Which test showed a low creatinine level? A blood creatinine test should show a creatinine of 1.5 or less (technically 0.3-1.5). In this test, you’re right, a low creatinine level is good. The 24 hour urine test measures the amount of creatinine which your body is removing through urine. In the 24 hour test (called a creatinine clearance), a low creatinine level indicates a problem. There are a number of things you should do to prepare for the creatinine clearance test, such as limiting your intake of meat and not undertaking any strenuous exercise for 48 hours.

      Good luck & keep on top of this.

  28. QUESTION:
    kidneys….?
    I went to docter a few days ago,and they did a urine test for uti.anyway,later that day they called my sister(i gave them her #)and told her I have a kidney infection.

    The reason I kind of have my doubts is because from what I heard if you get a kidney infection you have serious problems.this one girl on here says that only 5 days after her kidney infection she had back problems and could hardly move.and my friend said it didn’t take long before she had to stay in the hosp. for 3 days just from the uti.I’m not having symptoms and its being over a week.
    sorry,I mean I’m not having symptoms other than some very very small back pain and urination/bladder problems.

    and can a kidney infection make you get dizzy?

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  29. QUESTION:
    24 Hour Urine Sample, how long can I keep in the fridge?
    I just passed a kidney stone, and the doctor ordered some urine tests. I have to give my doctor two 24 hour urine samples, one with a preservative (acid) in it. I haven’t had time to get to the doc to drop them off, because I have to plan to be there for additional blood testing.

    I’ve kept both urine samples in the fridge for about a week, are they still good? Will this effect the lab work?

    • ANSWER:
      hmm i think it may…i know for a fact that the fresher the sample, the better. I would stay away from keeping it a week – maybe a day, but not a week.

  30. QUESTION:
    i have some problem with my urine repetition?
    I am a 43 years old man.It has been about 2 years that
    due to urine infection,I have been suffering from
    urine repetition,I went to my doctor and after urine
    test “CIPROFLEXSASIN” capsal has been prescribed for
    me.And I also suffer from SISTEETH leading to growing
    my prostate gland in size 35/42.Acording to the last
    tests no urine infection or kidney stone has been
    reported.Now some time that I feel pain in my
    sub-abdominal.The prescribed medicine has not
    worked.I’d be grateful if you kindly recommend me on
    what to take in this sitution?
    I should greatly appreciate your immediate attention
    Sincerely your’s ,

    • ANSWER:
      You need to return to your doctor instead of asking these people.

  31. QUESTION:
    Brown urine – kidney failure?
    I’m 17 and my father has chronic kidney failure. Every time I went out with my friends we would drink a lot alcohol and when I say a lot I mean it. And I would go out at least 1 day per week. I’m clean for a month though…
    So… I woke up yesterday and my urine was brown! I thought the worst but I remembered I drank beet juice before going to sleep. During the day my urine was clear so I forgot the issue. But today happened again (brown during the morning and clear the rest of the day)! I don’t know what to expect!
    I had blood and urine tests 2 months ago and it didn’t show any problem with my kidneys! I have no other symptom…
    But I found it strange because if it was a chronic kidney failure wouldn’t it take more time to feel the symptoms? 2 mounts is quick!
    Could anyone help me, please? I don’t want to worry my parents without knowing there’s reason for that…

    (Oh, and I’ve been drinking carrot juice everyday for 2 weeks – it takes 3 carrots and 2 oranges. The last time I drank it was the day before it happened and I added a beet to the juice. Could it be because of that?)

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  32. QUESTION:
    willl weed show up on a annual physical exam urine test for a 13 year old male going into the 8th grade?
    i really wanna puff but dont wanna get caught. Will it show for a 13 year males annual physical exam urine test for school. My friend said they only check for stds and kidney failure in those test test. And i dont think its a drug test.

    • ANSWER:
      Here’s some ways you can fake your urine test.

      1. Buy a cup with a lid. Ask one of your friends that are clean and don’t do drugs to pee in it and give it to you. Pay them if you have to. Make sure to do this no earlier than a day before your test. Urine might spoil. A day’s wait is highly recommended for a 100% positive clean test.
      Then pocket your friend’s urine still in the cup into your jacket, pocket, pants, w/e and walk into the bathroom pretending that you are going to take the test. Then pour your friend’s urine into your urine cup. Do not dispose of the cup your friends urine was in until you are out of there. They might search trash cans if they suspect anything. Rehide the 1st cup, and turn in your friends urine in ( now in your urine cup) to the doctor or w/e. It works if you plan it out throughly and stick to the strategy. This is what I did.

  33. QUESTION:
    blood in urine but no symptoms?
    I’m a 24 yr old male and recently discovered blood in my urine yesterday, well I went to the doctors today and they had me to do a urine test and he told me there were no white cells found which meant there were no signs of infection so he didnt prescribe me any medications for it. He asked if I had any trauma, accidents that maybe caused it and the answer is no. I have no symptoms other then frequent urination which I already been having for around 4 years and I been checked about that from another doctor which told me the frequent urination was probably inflammation&prostatitis as my urine sample came back negative for infection and diabetes as well.

    What is going on, this came about sudden. I have not lifted anything or been injured and I have no symptoms other then the blood in urine…no pain at all… I dont have insurance so I can’t keep going to see doctors if they cant find out whats wrong. The doctor wants me to come back Monday to run test on kidneys which he should have done during my visit today! I was there only 3min and now im out of the fee I had to pay out of my own pocket for some worthless advice.

    The only thing I can think of is that I took a ibuprofen with soda and I also been taking the liquid herb comfrey on and off ( less than 3 weeks) and I also had taken a home made enema made from baking soda and warm water…..lol from a website I seen that would help with constipation and frequent urination..lol seems to kind of work… havent really been sexually active since August (my choice) but I masturbate 2-4 times a day but not sure if this can be the cause as I never experienced bloody urine before. This is scary, embarrassing, and gross!

    I dont do drugs and I rarely ever drink and I do not smoke any substance at all… any Ideas what the cause of this? oh yea the blood only comes at the end of the urination process… Sometimes it shows and other times it dont during the same day…
    How is it cystitis if the urine came back negative for infection? does cystitits show in urine?
    nah, havnt had sinus problems yet so havnt taken any sinus meds

    • ANSWER:
      One wird for you: Cystitis
      Cystitis is inflammation of the urinary bladder. The condition more often affects women, but can affect either sex and all age groups.

      Pressure in the lower pelvis
      Painful urination (dysuria)
      Frequent or urgent need to urinate
      Need to urinate at night (nocturia, similar to prostate cancer or BPH)
      Abnormal urine color (cloudy), similar to a urinary tract infection
      Blood in the urine (hematuria) (similar to a female’s period or bladder cancer)
      Foul or strong urine odor

      Home remedy: cranberrie juice A LOT of it, and LOADS (I mean buckets) fo water.

      Medicinal remedy: certain type of antibiotics (to be prescribed by your doctor)

  34. QUESTION:
    Any of you ladies suffer from ovulation pain?
    After about 10 months of suffering from intense pain in and around my ovary area in the middle of every month, I finally got the diagnosis from an emergency doctor that I actually suffer from ovulation pain!.
    Went through all these urine tests, blood tests, kidneys, bladder and ovary scans for about 7 months and the drs and specialists at the hospital could not find anything wrong with me.

    I had stumbled across a description about ‘ovulation pain’ online one day after trying to research where this pain is coming from and whats causing it.
    I never suggested anything about it to the Drs as I assumed it probably wasn’t that what was causing the pain because they would have said already…
    but a trip down to the emergency doctors the other day – everything finally came to a head!. Being told it was simply just ovulation pain I have been suffering from.
    I couldnt actually believe I went through all that shite (excuse my language) to find out it was just something as simple as that! – though i did have a gut feeling it was after reading up on it…

    Sooo…. my question is, I asked if theres any ‘cure’ for it.. but apparently there isn’t, I suppose its just like period pain (though for me, even more intense!), everytime you get it just have to take paracetomal or something.. but do any of you know any more about it?, how do you deal with it?

    Tell me your stories or if you’re willing to give me some advice it would be good!

    • ANSWER:
      I always get cramps when I’m ovulating. They feel like period cramps but they come early and they’re not as strong. I don’t know if Midol would work or anything or even birth control but it’s something to look into. I’ve only taken Midol once for period pain and it didn’t work but my birth control worked wonders when I got on it. Before that even I would take Motrin and that would help a little bit.

      Have you tried a heating pad when it starts up? Drink plenty of water and maybe exercise and that might help as well.

  35. QUESTION:
    Can the urine test for detecting what caused my kidney stones pick up on alcohol i drink the night before?
    10 easy points for a reliable answer! :)

    • ANSWER:
      Yes it can.

      -Connor

  36. QUESTION:
    do i trust doctors that my problems are mental or should i pursue physical tests ?
    could my symptoms also be biological ? neurological ?

    should i ask for any certain physical tests?

    im 31 had a very hard life, many abuses, mainly psychological – ive lived alone in a one bedroom apartment on welfare for 6 years now – so far , ive missed out on a normal life of employment, having friends, having a job, virtually everything.

    the mental health services have failed me all my life and im still struggling to get the right help and care from the services.

    i was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder years ago, but ive felt for a while now ive had symptoms of other disorders to, the other ones being : – OCD , ptsd and bipolar .

    i know i have ptsd, i have all the symptoms for it and want further tests done , but i also suspect bipolar and ocd.

    the problem is my mental health team dont agree with me and wont test me further, – they wont get me psychotherapy either because they said theres no resources for it in my area..

    so now, im gonna have to go down other channels to see i get further assesments done and get intensive therapy..

    some of my symptoms are : obsessive worries everyday, about my physical health, future , mental health, material possessions – i repeat these same worries everyday – racing thoughts everyday, struggle to hold a train of thought , scattered jumbled thoughts, feel disorganized, worried everyday.

    high levels of anxiety and palpitations , im agoraphobic and cant go out, except to do essential things – i struggle with anger and rage feelings , moods are always ok one minute , euphoric and hopeful the next , back to extremely dispairing the next.

    have disocociative episodes where i space out, outside , have panic attacks and feel on edge if i have to go out, on guard. – paranoia people are against me

    ive had these symptoms most of my adult life

    im also worrying ” should i get tested biologically ? ” –

    because ive heard some mental illness are caused by things being physically wrong , neurologically wrong –

    if so, what biological tests do i ask for to rule that out ?

    ive recentley had blood test done – kidney, liver, glucose ,( thyroid) ( i think ) – they all came back within the normal range ..

    but i was told blood tests at your gps dont detect everything ?

    i had a had injury in a street attack in 1997, i was hit over the headwith a chair leg – my skull wasnt fractured , only the skin was torn . blood everywhere.

    i was attacked because i had a rage outburst in the street, and 3 thug types attacked me.

    i cant remember if i had a brain scan or neuro scans at the time , should i ask for them now ?

    could something physical be causing my psychiatric symptoms instead of my diagnosis ( borderline personality and ptsd ) ??

    ive had shooting pains and pulling pains in my pubic area, testicles and penis for months..

    ive been masturbating vigorously for as long as i can remember over 13 times everyday sometimes , i was told the shooting pains could be down to that by my doctor……………..i was examined by a gp who found no lumps in my testicles……………he advised to reduce the masturbation………..ive tried to……but i still get the pulling, shooting pains..

    should i ask for a urine test ?

    i was tested by the urology months ago who told me tests were once again normal..

    the head of my penis has deep ridges in the skin covering the head , i was told its normal by dermatologist and there was no skin disorder .
    i thought the ridges were cracks in the skin, but the dermatologists said they wernt cracks , but ridges , because there was still skin underneath the ridges.

    so im trying not to worry about that..

    the other day i got a burning sensation when i urinated , but it seems to have gone now.

    i urinate frequentley , i have done for a long time now, little burst of urine…..i was told it was probally the severe anxiety – recentley though, after sleeping overnight – my bladder is very full to the point of painful , in the morning , were i urgently need to go strait away in the morning..

    recent diabetes tests were in the normal range , i was clear for diabetes.

    im overweight and have been inactive for many years because of agoraphobia and inactivity.

    i have physical minor disfigurements , a crooked little finger that droops over slightly that wont straiten……..due to an injury years ago..
    the surgeon said they can fix it.

    damaged nerves in my right knuckle through punching a wall years ago…..i can use my hand normally, but it hurts to hit a punch bag.

    surgeons said they cant fix the nerves.

    im waiting for an operation on my left ankle soon, i will be in a plaster for 6 weeks – i torn the ligaments in a sprain year ago.

    or is it all my mental disorder, psychological ?

    could it be hyperthyroidism ? hypoglycemia ?

    basically, what im saying is : do you think theres anything physically wrong with me , neurologically , biologic
    are my problems psychological like the psychiatrist said or could there be biological causes to ?

    should i pursue biological tests ?

    • ANSWER:
      I would say to trust your instincts. Never trust someone else with your own body – doctor or not. They may know a heck of a lot more than you but how they apply that knowledge depends on how much they care about solving the problem.

      I would certainly get a complete and detailed physical if I were you, to rule out any of a number of possibilities. In most cases a good diagnosis is done using the process of elimination anyway. It certainly can’t hurt to be sure. :)

  37. QUESTION:
    is there anything physically wrong with me ? should i ask for any specific tests?
    im 31 had a very hard life, many abuses, mainly psychological – ive lived alone in a one bedroom apartment on welfare for 6 years now – so far , ive missed out on a normal life of employment, having friends, having a job, virtually everything.

    the mental health services have failed me all my life and im still struggling to get the right help and care from the services.

    i was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder years ago, but ive felt for a while now ive had symptoms of other disorders to, the other ones being : – OCD , ptsd and bipolar .

    i know i have ptsd, i have all the symptoms for it and want further tests done , but i also suspect bipolar and ocd.

    the problem is my mental health team dont agree with me and wont test me further, – they wont get me psychotherapy either because they said theres no resources for it in my area..

    so now, im gonna have to go down other channels to see i get further assesments done and get intensive therapy..

    some of my symptoms are : obsessive worries everyday, about my physical health, future , mental health, material possessions – i repeat these same worries everyday – racing thoughts everyday, struggle to hold a train of thought , scattered jumbled thoughts, feel disorganized, worried everyday.

    high levels of anxiety and palpitations , im agoraphobic and cant go out, except to do essential things – i struggle with anger and rage feelings , moods are always ok one minute , euphoric and hopeful the next , back to extremely dispairing the next.

    have disocociative episodes where i space out, outside , have panic attacks and feel on edge if i have to go out, on guard. – paranoia people are against me

    ive had these symptoms most of my adult life

    im also worrying ” should i get tested biologically ? ” –

    because ive heard some mental illness are caused by things being physically wrong , neurologically wrong –

    if so, what biological tests do i ask for to rule that out ?

    ive recentley had blood test done – kidney, liver, glucose ,( thyroid) ( i think ) – they all came back within the normal range ..

    but i was told blood tests at your gps dont detect everything ?

    i had a had injury in a street attack in 1997, i was hit over the headwith a chair leg – my skull wasnt fractured , only the skin was torn . blood everywhere.

    i was attacked because i had a rage outburst in the street, and 3 thug types attacked me.

    i cant remember if i had a brain scan or neuro scans at the time , should i ask for them now ?

    could something physical be causing my psychiatric symptoms instead of my diagnosis ( borderline personality and ptsd ) ??

    ive had shooting pains and pulling pains in my pubic area, testicles and penis for months..

    ive been masturbating vigorously for as long as i can remember over 13 times everyday sometimes , i was told the shooting pains could be down to that by my doctor……………..i was examined by a gp who found no lumps in my testicles……………he advised to reduce the masturbation………..ive tried to……but i still get the pulling, shooting pains..

    should i ask for a urine test ?

    i was tested by the urology months ago who told me tests were once again normal..

    the head of my penis has deep ridges in the skin covering the head , i was told its normal by dermatologist and there was no skin disorder .
    i thought the ridges were cracks in the skin, but the dermatologists said they wernt cracks , but ridges , because there was still skin underneath the ridges.

    so im trying not to worry about that..

    the other day i got a burning sensation when i urinated , but it seems to have gone now.

    i urinate frequentley , i have done for a long time now, little burst of urine…..i was told it was probally the severe anxiety – recentley though, after sleeping overnight – my bladder is very full to the point of painful , in the morning , were i urgently need to go strait away in the morning..

    recent diabetes tests were in the normal range , i was clear for diabetes.

    im overweight and have been inactive for many years because of agoraphobia and inactivity.

    i have physical minor disfigurements , a crooked little finger that droops over slightly that wont straiten……..due to an injury years ago..
    the surgeon said they can fix it.

    damaged nerves in my right knuckle through punching a wall years ago…..i can use my hand normally, but it hurts to hit a punch bag.

    surgeons said they cant fix the nerves.

    im waiting for an operation on my left ankle soon, i will be in a plaster for 6 weeks – i torn the ligaments in a sprain year ago.

    basically, what im saying is : do you think theres anything physically wrong with me , neurologically , biologically ?

    or is it all my mental disorder, psychological ?

    could it be hyperthyroidism ? hypoglycemia ?

    can someone ple
    can someone please help ?

    sorry its long

    • ANSWER:
      You certainly have a lot of physical complaints. Being overweight and can certainly cause physical issues, and the degree to which you masterbate can have an effect (causing chafing on the penis, and possibly swelling of the prostate). Anxiety can also certain worsen any physical symptoms.

      You certainly have some symptoms of an anxiety disorder, and possibly some other conditions If you are unhappy with the psychological services that you have received, then seek help elsewhere FInd a new psychoogist, or tell your primary care physician that you would like a new referal.

  38. QUESTION:
    will monistat affect urine results testing for a kidney infection?
    it is tuesday i went to the doctor today to get checked for a bladder infection and i was told i probably have a kidney infection so i am now on meds but my urine is being sent to the lab to verify its tuesday and sunday night i stopped using monistat but faileld to mention to the doctor could that affect the urine results?
    it was a male doctor and my family dr. is a female so i didnt feel comfortable going into detail with him..it was a clinic not my family dr. because it takes too long to get into

    • ANSWER:
      You should be okay. Monistat affects yeast, not bacteria (that cause UTIs).

  39. QUESTION:
    effects of alcohol and or drugs upon results of urine tests for infection….?
    If you go to your primary physician and complain of symptoms of urinary tract, bladder or kidney infection(depending upon how far it has progressed), does the use of alcohol and or drugs alter the results of the test?

    Assuming that a urine sample will be collected(within 12-24 hrs after consuming) and sent out to a lab for verification.

    • ANSWER:

  40. QUESTION:
    When the take urine in a physical to test your kidneys what all do they check for?
    I took the U.A. portion 3 days ago and I have to sign all this stuff to give them permission so can they test it again??

    • ANSWER:
      In the urine general exam they check if you don’t have an infection in the kidneys or in the urinary system. They can know it because the lab reports cells (red blood cells, white blood cells) which appear in urine when an infection is present. It also report presence or absence of bacteria, cylinders (when the infection is in the kidney). Also, it gives a general idea of the renal function, due to presence or absence of proteins and its concentration (which may suggest nephritic syndrome, nephrotic syndrome or renal failure). Finally, it reports presence of blood (which may suggest some inflammatory diseases or cancer) and uric acid.
      An urinary test is not for absolute diagnosis, but it gives a general idea of the general state of health.

  41. QUESTION:
    Have Sore and aching kidneys and water retention ?
    I’ve had this for about half a year.
    I went to the doctor and she did blood work, as well as urine tests and found nothing wrong and send me home said it was probably a muscle strain. However i still experience the kidney discomfort and its getting worse now… Anyone with similar experiences?
    Forgot to mention that i have a scoliosis of the spine if that matters..

    • ANSWER:
      drink more water, avoid caffeine, see a chiropractor, get a massage, do yoga, swim, and follow up with your doctor.

  42. QUESTION:
    Anybody think urine test is just as good as a blood test?
    Urine is basically filtered blood from the kidneys. If you look at how long drugs stay in the body, urine and blood have almost the same amount of time.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drug_testing

    What’s interesting is that drugs stay in the HAIR much longer than urine or blood.

    Why can’t Mayweather ask for a hair test instead?

    • ANSWER:
      Dude. You must be 14, never applied for a job that required urine tests and never read a bit of information. Urine can be masked/flushed with other chemicals. You can take some weed and stay clean for like a week or two and flush and you come out clean. Blood is not so easy to alter. And as far as I know hair can tell what you have taken for the past 10 years.

      Urine is just the cheapest of the tests. Then comes blood and hair is the most expensive. That’s why you only get a hair test for a management position or a critical position.

      Floyd didn’t ask for a hair test but neither did Pacquiao. This leads me to believe this fiasco was an agreement to let the fight build up more hype.

  43. QUESTION:
    i have a urine and kidney infection does that make me have a bloated stomach?
    i went to the hospital about 5 days ago because i was not able to pee and i was having really bad pain in my lower back on the left they did a urine test and it turned out that i have a bad urine and kidney infection they gave me ciproflox to take 2 times a day for 10 days but now my stomach is really bloated and hard. is that a problem or is it normal? i am very scared

    • ANSWER:
      If you still haven’t been able to urinate or haven’t been able to urinate much, it could be your bladder is distended from being so full. You should go back to the hospital, where they may have to catheterize you to relieve the pressure.

  44. QUESTION:
    I have a kidney infection. I haven’t had a period in almost 2 months now. The blood test, urine, and ultraso
    I have a kidney infection. I haven’t had a period in almost 2 months now. The blood test, urine, and ultrasound state I am negative for pg. I am having some signs of morning sickness, my breast hurt, and I have a headache. I had sex two weeks ago, before the tests and kidney infection…. still no period. Is it possible the infection might make the tests negative or that I am still too early for the HCG to show up on urine or blood?

    • ANSWER:
      the best thing for you to do is consult you gynecology they are the best person to go.
      Take care of yourself

  45. QUESTION:
    How can causaul use of cocaine 8 days before a urine screen show up as positive? Should I worry about kidneys?
    I took cocaine two to three times a day for a week. Not a lot of it and took a urine test 8 days after I discontinued using it. I showed up positive for cocaine and ecstasy. I want to know if taking my Adderall in high doses could have caused the positive for ecstasy, and if taking the amoxicillin I was prescribed could be the reason for the positive for cocaine since I took it up to the day of the test. They did a MS/CG urine screen and found 200 ng of cocaine in my system. Was this left over from my week of causual use a week before my urine screen, and is this a false positive? Can Adderall at more than 90 mg a day cause a false positive for the Ecstasy?

    Please help me with this answer. I also need to know how long after cocaine use can it show up in the hair because I need to know before I go to get a hair test to fight these positives. Also should I be concerned with my kidneys because of the fact that my usage of cocaine showed up more than 8 days after use in my urine.

    • ANSWER:
      I didn’t know there was such a thing as casual use of cocaine?

      Cocaine can typically be detected for 2 – 4 days with a urine test but the ability for the test to detect it depends on several factors including metabolism and weight. And a hair test can show usage of drugs for up to 90 days.

  46. QUESTION:
    I am having pain in my back in the kidney area for a few days. No blood in urine, doc says No to kidney stones
    But I have had them before and it feels like them again but the pain is always there but much worse when I move around.My doc didn’t take X-rays to rule them out just the urine test.Any ideas what this could be if not kidney stones?
    Doc said there was no infection either.

    • ANSWER:
      Could be a kidney infection, cyst, tumor etc…. either way, get yourself to a specialist. There is obviously something wrong.

  47. QUESTION:
    My Dog has 2 Plus Protein in his Urine! but tests came back OK, Why?
    My dog just had his annual check up. All his Tests came back Great accept his Urine, they found Protein in it. The vet gave me a ratio of 0 to 3 Plus . My dog’s was a 2 Plus. One week has passed, they re-checked his Urine again to see and still came back as a 2Plus Protein, they did more tests on his Urine to see if Kidney disease was prescent and No signs of disease. So why still Portein in his Urine? My Vet told me it might be normal for him or possibly his stomach lining is sensitive or his Uretha is giving out dead cells???? His Blood Work was Perfect. She did not think I had to change his Food.

    Coinsidence? Last 48 Hours My dog has very runnie stools refuses to eat his dry food (Never Has done) although today (2 Days Passed) he is eating the Rice and meat I am now preparing him. Still has Very Runnie Stools and is very slow and lathargic. This is a dog who would pull me up the street. I hope this is all a Coinsidence and the two systems are not related. Any Help?

    • ANSWER:
      Is he loosing weight? Did she check his blood sugar or was there sugar in his urine? If his sugar is high, it might be DM. With ketones and no sugar it still sounds like kidney failure. Could he have gotten any of the contaminated dog food earlier this year or last fall? I would go to a different vet if you see any other symptoms of kidney failure. They can’t really do anything, but that is what it sounds like.

  48. QUESTION:
    I’ve heard kidney infection/disease can cause false positive for cocaine urine test. Where can i find proof ?
    I was looking on the internet for what could cause a false positive on a urine drug test for cocaine. I found out that kidney infection or disease can cause it. I have had a kidney infection and an abcess on my kidney for 2 months. I tested positive for cocaine a few days ago and was so freaked out about it because I haven’t even seen cocaine for over 6 years. I knew something had to have caused this false positive. I’m on a lot of medications but none were listed to cause false positive. One website listed the kidney infection but didn’t elaborate. I wonder where I could find documentation on this.

    • ANSWER:
      What antibiotic are you on? Some antibiotics can also cause a false positive.
      Best course of action? Simply show them that it is a common cause (print up the pages you were looking at) or this one:

      http://www.etown.edu/HealthServices.aspx?topic=HTDrugTestAlert

      and then ask for a re-test! (but wait until your infection clears). Your doctor can also be your ally in this issue as well, might want to ask him or her for a letter explaining your kidney situation. Good luck. Hope you get well soon.

  49. QUESTION:
    Routine urine test for a diabetic..kidney problems?
    Before i was diagnosed with diabetes a while back i remeber having a urine test and recall being told i had protein in my urine… im 15 now so i was about 13 at the time… i was diagnosed t1 diabetes 3 months ago. I have routine urine tests and they all seem to come back fine since my sugars are now under control… Would these tests check for protein? Im just a bit worried since protein can indicate kidney problems and i remember having that protein positive test a while back… thanks! I’ve also had many blood tests and what not since the diabetes diagnosis and they would have picked up any kidney problems right?

    • ANSWER:
      Standard urine tests include a dipstick which measures pH and glucose levels. The dipstick will also read positive for such things as protein, red cells, white cells, and bacteria. If any of the latter three are positive, then a microscopic examination is done. Sometimes, doctors will ask for the whole urinalysis – macroscopic and microscopic. A positive protein does not necessarily mean there are kidney problems. If your urine tests have been normal except that one time, I don’t think you have anything to worry about. I suggest you look at the sites below as they go into more detail.

  50. QUESTION:
    Major Kidney pain and my primary care doc did a urine test and it was positive for blood in my urine.?
    My doctor said no infection was present but I have blood in my urine. I have a IVP scheduled for tomorrow to see what the problem is. What could this be? I’ve had kidney pains fir about two months and its just getting worse, sharp stabbing pains, not constant but throughout the entire day. Want some opinions please.

    • ANSWER:
      My husband had these same symptoms and he had 3 kidney stones. Your Urologist will be able to see the location of the stones and will advise you on if he thinks they will pass through your urine (depending on the size), or if you will need surgery.

      Kidney stones typically leave the body by passage in the urine stream, and many stones are formed and passed without causing symptoms. If stones grow to sufficient size before passage on the order of at least 2-3 millimeters they can cause obstruction of the ureter. The resulting obstruction causes dilation or stretching of the upper ureter and renal pelvis (the part of the kidney where the urine collects before entering the ureter) as well as muscle spasm of the ureter, trying to move the stone. This leads to pain, most commonly felt in the flank, lower abdomen and groin (a condition called renal colic). Renal colic can be associated with nausea and vomiting. There can be blood in the urine, visible with the naked eye or under the microscope (macroscopic or microscopic hematuria) due to damage to the lining of the urinary tract.

      There are several types of kidney stones based on the type of crystals of which they consist. The majority are calcium oxalate stones, followed by calcium phosphate stones. More rarely, struvite stones are produced by urea-splitting bacteria in people with urinary tract infections, and people with certain metabolic abnormalities may produce uric acid stones or cystine stones.

      The diagnosis of a kidney stone can be confirmed by radiological studies and or ultrasound examination; urine tests and blood tests are also commonly performed. When a stone causes no symptoms, watchful waiting is a valid option. In other cases, pain control is the first measure, using for example non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or opioids. Using soundwaves, some stones can be shattered into smaller fragments (this is called extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy). Sometimes a procedure is required, which can be through a tube into the urethra, bladder and ureter (ureteroscopy), or a keyhole or open surgical approach from the kidney’s side. Sometimes, a tube may be left in the ureter (a ureteric stent) to prevent the recurrence of pain. Preventive and structive measures are often advised such as drinking sufficient amounts of water and milk although the effect of many dietary interventions has not been rigorously studied.

      My husband has had both kinds of procedures twice. He recovered nicely and hasn’t had a recurrence in 5 years….hopefully never.


Types Of Kidney Disease In Humans

1. Breathing chest

Chest breathing is breathing which involves among bone rib muscular. The method can be distinguished as follow.

1. Phase inspiration. This phase of the ribs in order that the muscle among bone chest cavity, as a result the pressure in the chest cavity becomes smaller compared to the pressure outside so that oxygen-rich air outside the entrance.

2. Expiratory phase. This phase is the phase relaxation or muscle some of the ribs return to the starting position is utilized by a decline in the ribs so that the chest cavity becomes smaller. Because of this, the pressure inside the chest cavity will become larger than the outside pressure, so air in the chest cavity is rich in carbon dioxide out.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Mycoplasma in rats can be transferred to humans?
    Did you know:

    You need to put the rat on the highest-quality lowered caloric, lowered protein diet you can find. One that meets or exceed the nutritional requirements of rats as determined by the U.S. National Research Council (N.R.C.). Some good ones are a 16% protein block distributed by Teclad Harlan Sprague Dawley, Mazuri 5663 or ZuPreem Rodent Maintenance diet. Most quality brands meet
    N.R.C. guidelines on rat nutrition. However, their protein content, 23.5%, and caloric content is a bit too high for maximum longevity and their fiber content (3.8%) is too low. You can get around this by mixing it 50-50 with an
    equine range pellet, like Mazuri 5661 with 13% protein and 2.9% fat and 13.2% fiber. This will give you an 18% protein diet. With this mixture, the rats will attain their top body weight later in life, become reproductively active later in life, and, on the whole, live longer lives*. They are also less likely to suffer from kidney disease later in life. To this diet, I would add an additional 10 -12 units (iu) of vitamin E as well as a portion of the contents of a mixed anti-oxidant, anti-aging microcapsule, such as those produced by Landco Corp and omega 3 and 6 fatty acids which stimulate the immune system that mycoplasm suppresses. Vitamin A deficiencies is known to speed the progress of mycoplasmosis in rats. However, too much vitamin A is also toxic and the diet I suggested has plenty
    of vitamin A.
    3) The temperatures of your rat’s home should be kept between 65°F and 80°F. Temperatures should be kept as constant as possible – rats don’t do well when their temperature varies up and down a lot. Humidity should be between 30-70%. Twelve hours of light and twelve of darkness is a good ration but some rats breed better with 14 hours of light and 10 of darkness.
    4) Good air quality is the most important thing you can provide for your rat to minimize the lung damage Mycoplasma causes. It is this lung damage that ultimately causes the rat’s decline. First, they need to be kept in a dust and mold-free room, preferably with central heat and air-conditioning and at least four air changes an hour. We used 14 air changes per hour at N.I.H. The bedding material you use is extremely important. I like hard wood chips, next best is dust-free pine shavings. Worst are corncobs, cedar shavings and bentonite clays (cat litter products). Shredded ordinary newspaper with black soya ink is probably also OK – I have never used it. What you want to avoid is dust, mold, bacterial spores, airborne mineral products and atmospheric pollutants. These are all known to produce lung lesions in all animals. Of course, no wild rodents should have access to your rat’s room, food or utensils.

    Would love opinions here. Not sure I’m keeping my rat if there is a chance of this.

    The Rat Club recently informed me that they believe pine shavings to be toxic to rats. It is true that some species of pine contain aromatic organic compounds that God put there to control insect and mold damage to the pine trees. In the US, shavings derived from “Yellow Pine” contain allot of these resins. However, shaving that are the byproduct of what the wood industry calls “White Pine” now predominate in the wood industry. You can tell the difference by simply sniffing the shavings. If they smell any way like Pine-Sol, don’t buy them. If you are in doubt, buy some other type of bedding.

    • ANSWER:
      No, you cannot get Myco from your rats. Rats are affected by Murine Respiratory Mycoplasmosis. The kind that causes walking pneumonia and arthritis problems in people is a different strain entirely that humans cannot pass to rats and rats cannot pass to humans. In fact, if you’ll scroll up in the same article you’ve quoted here it says:

      “Mycoplasmas are bacteria that do not have a cell wall and have the smallest number of genes necessary for any free-living thing. There are lots of kinds of Mycoplasma. They affect all kinds of animals and even plants and some of the “flu”s we get are actually due to Mycoplasma pneumoniae. Physicians call this “Walking Pneumonia” and it is also linked to arthritis and neurological disorders. But don’t be frightened, this is an entirely different Mycoplasma.”

      While wild rats are carriers and transmitters of some pretty icky illnesses, much like feral cats or dogs as far as that goes—domesticated rats are entirely different. .Since rats don’t get out of the house and explore the neighborhood, they don’t have contact with the kind of nasties that even your cat or dog can bring home (salmonella etc) from their daily rambles. What people can and to often get from their rats is simple ringworm which is easily treated. But even then, the rat has to have been exposed to it first, usually from a dirty pet store or some similar situation.

      Regarding the Myco, you should know that cats are a different matter entirely and the human strain can be picked up from your pet /cat/. But people don’t seem to get quite as upset knowing it comes from kitty.

      I’m not sure if the last part of your question is actually a question, a comment, or a cut and paste from an article, but just for helpfulness, the safest kind of shaving to use are the ones labeled Aspen shavings. Regular pine (yellow) or cedar are very toxic to retty lungs.

  2. QUESTION:
    WHY is this disease so rude to the laymen?
    These are stressful times.Stress can bring many types of ailment.One of them is making a person hallucinate and it has been called schtzophrenia or the ‘cuckoo’ disease. It is a brain problem and the brain is part of the human physical built-up like the kidney, the heart etc.,.The brain exist to function with other parts of the body.When the brain falls sick, one of the result is hallucination.We have shunned the word ‘stress’ in some society and expect no mental problems,why?. One word about someone can always bring other version of stories about thant person.THERE!,I am not happy with the way the vote goes on my previous questions (see pen-name).Stress levels depend on how much a person can take like some are forgiven for having con artist skills while some only can do math. Do forgive a person when he does not know a few things because most of us can only do one stuff at a time.If you are covering up witchcraft then the world have been voting for a witch!

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, Atabak. I’m sorry you’ve had some rude and unkind answers to this question.

      You’re right- we do live in a stressful society and it does make some people’s mental problems worse. Mental illnesses are just like other illnesses, like heart disease or kidney problems, and deserve the same respect and support. It’s not your fault if you hear voices or have other hallucinations. People should not judge you harshly because of your illness.

      I hope that you are receiving medical treatment for your schizophrenia. If not, please visit a doctor and describe your symptoms. Medication can be very helpful and could make you feel a lot better. Please take good care of yourself and try to avoid stress, ok? Best wishes, Jenny.

  3. QUESTION:
    WHY is this disease rude to the laymen?
    These are stressful times.Stress can bring many types of ailment.One of them is making a person hallucinate and it has been called schtzophrenia or the ‘cuckoo’ disease. It is a brain problem and the brain is part of the human physical built-up like the kidney, the heart etc.,.The brain exist to function with other parts of the body.When the brain falls sick, one of the result is hallucination.We have shunned the word ‘stress’ in some society and expect no mental problems,why?. One word about someone can always bring other version of stories about thant person.THERE!,I am not happy with the way the vote goes on my previous questions (see pen-name).Stress levels depend on how much a person can take like some are forgiven for having con artist skills while some only can do math. Do forgive a person when he does not know a few things because most of us can only do one stuff at a time.If you are covering up witchcraft then the world have been voting for a witch!

    • ANSWER:
      no one is shunning mental health issues generally. THere are medical researchers examining these issues all the time. Stress is generally recognised as being a problem, particularly not be able to manage daily challenges can be a problem for some people.

  4. QUESTION:
    dont pay attention to this!?
    Organ and Tissue Transplants
    Modern techniques of medical transplantation—surgically removing a diseased or malfunctioning kidney, heart, or other organ, and replacing it with a healthy organ from a donor—has brought new life and new hope to patients who, just a few generations ago, would have died. But the practice has also raised significant ethical questions. One such question centers on the cold reality of supply versus demand: At any moment, there are upwards of 150,000 people in the world awaiting transplants. A scarcity of donor organs usually means a long wait—during which some patients die. A large supply of organs is available from the roughly 200,000 patients worldwide who are declared brain-dead each year, but the problem has been to secure consent from family members and loved ones to remove organs for transplant.
    For many years medical ethicists have considered the question of whether ethical means can be found to increase the supply of donor organs. In the early 1980s, for example, American bioethicist Arthur Caplan of the University of Pennsylvania discussed the concept of presumed consent—the idea that, barring strenuous objection from family members, doctors could presume that a person declared brain-dead would be willing to donate organs to save others. Some Asian nations, as well as some European nations, including France, Belgium, Austria, and Spain, have such policies. The United States and Canada later enforced a concept advanced by Caplan of required request—a policy whereby hospital personnel would be legally required to seek permission from family members before harvesting organs. The adoption of this policy in the United States and Canada increased the supply of donated tissues, such as corneas and bone marrow, but failed to dramatically increase the supply of donor organs.
    Current United States and Canadian law bars the sale or purchase of donor organs. The United States does permit the sale of plasma and other bodily products, such as hair and sperm. Would financial incentives provide a stimulus for more people to make organs available? Some ethicists believe so, while others find the idea of marketing organs ethically objectionable.
    Other ethical issues are raised by the practice of xenotransplantation—the use of animal tissues and organs for human transplant. In 1984 the case of “Baby Fae” stimulated wide ethical discussion. Doctors transplanted a baboon heart into a newborn girl to replace her own fatally flawed heart. She died shortly after. Some critics contend that xenotransplantation poses a danger to human health because of the risk of transferring deadly animal viruses to the human population. This risk causes bioethicists to question if such practices are ethical.
    In recent years, one of the most promising areas related to transplantation will likely trigger ethical debate well into the future: the experimental use of tissues from aborted human fetuses. In one particularly active area of this research, scientists have experimented for more than a decade with grafting nerve cells from human fetuses into the brains of patients suffering from Parkinson disease. This disorder, caused by the mysterious death of brain cells that produce a chemical called dopamine, gradually causes patients to lose control of their muscles. In early studies some patients who received fetal cells showed improvement in their symptoms, as the transplanted cells demonstrated the capacity to produce dopamine. But the treatment also produced unpleasant side effects. This research, like all research that depends on human fetal cells, has also provoked debate. Critics question the ethics of using tissues from human fetuses for any research purposes.
    Ethical uncertainty hangs over a related area of research on human embryonic stem cells. Human embryos contain stem cells that have the ability to develop into almost any type of cell. Scientists hope to direct stem cells to produce certain types of human tissue. It is possible that someday these cells might be used for transplants or for growing new tissue that can be grafted into the human body. For example, scientists hope that stem cells might one day be used to replace nerve cells destroyed by spinal injury, or heart muscle cells damaged during a heart attack. Interest in this field was heightened considerably when scientists announced in 1998 that they had learned how to grow human embryonic stem cells in the laboratory.
    At present the U.S. government has banned federal funding for human-embryo research, although private biotechnology companies are exempt from this ban and have been vigorously pursuing research on embryonic cells. In 2000 the federally funded National Institutes of Health (NIH) ruled that this ban was not necessary for studies using cells derived from human embryos, since these cells are not embryos. The NIH established guidelines enabling federal funds to be used in cases where cells were derived from frozen embryos that were created for the purposes of fertility treatment but were not going to be used and were therefore slated for destruction. Other nations currently differ widely in their policies: France, for example, has forbidden human-embryo research. No laws in Canada regulate human-embryo research, although scientists or institutions receiving federal funding must follow strict guidelines governing research on human embryos. The United Kingdom has laws permitting some forms of human-embryo research, going so far as to create guidelines allowing scientists to apply cloning technology to human embryonic cells to create genetically identical cells for a potential patient.
    But the ethical questions remain: Is it morally acceptable to use tissue taken from human embryos? One recent development might change the nature of this argument. Scientists discovered in 1999 that stem cells taken from adult mice, and not human embryos, also display an ability to change their function. Some stem-cell research continued with the use of adult mouse cells. In 2007 government medical authorities in the United Kingdom approved the creation of embryos that combine human and animal cells for use in medical research. British researchers claimed the hybrid embryos were vital in the fight against disease.

    ETHICAL ISSUES
    A number of ethical issues haunt the transplant field. With few exceptions, donated organs go to the patient who is nearest death, even though a healthier patient might benefit more by living longer after the transplant. People who need a second, third, or fourth transplant because their prior transplants failed usually gain top priority, even though they are not likely to do as well as patients who have not already had a transplant. Some critics object to giving organs to patients whose organ failure was the result of their own actions, such as cirrhosis of the liver resulting from alcohol abuse.
    Money is also a major issue. Access to transplantation is impossible without access to good primary medical care and good insurance, both of which are largely unavailable to the poor. To be placed on the waiting list, patients must show they can pay for the transplant. In 2005 a kidney transplant cost about 6,000 and a liver transplant as much as 0,000 in the first year after the surgery. Many insurance companies do not cover such costs, particularly for the new procedures, such as lung, pancreas, or multiple organ transplants, which are still considered experimental.
    Although organs cannot be bought and sold legally in the United States, there is evidence that a black market in organs exists in China and other countries. Persistent allegations have been made of people traveling to China and paying for organ transplants. Human rights groups have reported evidence that the bodies of executed prisoners are the source for most of the organs transplanted in China.
    In the United States, where organ donation is voluntary, ethical questions arise over the nature of the consent and the use of incentives. Intensive donor solicitations in recent years have not made much of a dent in the shortages of organs. Even though many people sign organ donor cards, their families are often reluctant to grant permission at the moment of crisis. Some ethicists debate whether family members should have the right to refuse donation if the deceased signed an organ donor card. Presumed consent laws, in which everyone would be considered willing donors unless they have specifically said they were unwilling, have been tried in Europe and South America, and on a limited basis in Pennsylvania and Maryland. Some experts have suggested financial incentives, such as cash rebates, estate tax discounts, or payment for burial expenses. Others have suggested broadening the criteria used to determine death beyond the lack of all brain activity. This would permit a surgeon to use organs from anencephalic children, who are born without a brain, and from people in a persistent vegetative state.
    The implantation of tissues from aborted fetuses into the brain showed promise as a treatment for both Parkinson and Huntington’s disease. Experimental results were mixed, but the treatment raised its own set of ethical questions. The foremost is the question of abortion itself. The possibility of using embryonic stem cells to create replacement organs has faced opposition for similar reasons. Some researchers believe that this issue can be surmounted by growing cells in the laboratory or by genetically engineering a patient’s own skin cells. Fetal pig cells have also been used as a treatment for Parkinson and Huntington’s disease, but that raises other ethical issues regarding the treatment of animals.

    The Moral Case for Organ Donation
    by Amitai Etzioni
    Thursday, August 26, 1999

    Amitai Etzioni is the Director of the Institute for Communitarian Policy Studies at George Washington University. He is the author of The Limits of Privacy. He can be reached at etzioni@gwu.edu.
    Pennsylvania is considering paying families of organ donors 0 to help cover the donors’ funeral costs. The money will be paid directly to the funeral homes, to prevent it from being used for other purposes, thus openly introducing a market in organs. Such a market has been until now considered anathema in the United States, a sentiment backed by a law banning trade in organs. Could that be changing?
    In the market for organs
    A May Time magazine essay by Charles Krauthammer suggested that it is acceptable that the poor will be more likely than the rich to be enticed by the Pennsylvania gambit, given that most societal harms fall more heavily on the poor. Why not a cash benefit? And, Krauthammer argues, if paying for organs would lead to a flourishing market, one that licks the great shortage in organs, breaking the taboo against such a trade is a price well worth paying.
    What about an organ market?
    The experience in third-world countries, such as India and Egypt, should give pause to all those who favor an outright market in organs. Poor people have their kidneys taken without being properly informed of the risk involved. Rich people can buy all the organs they need or want; those less fortunate often cannot scare up any.
    At the same time, the urgent need to increase the organ supply on these shores is well established. An estimated 4,000 Americans die each year because no organs can be found for them. And the quality of life of thousands more suffers because they cannot find needed corneas and kidneys. Increased organ donations also would significantly reduce health-care expenditures. For instance, it costs less to transplant a kidney and maintain a person on the follow-up treatment needed than to keep the same person on dialysis for four years. Many stay on dialysis much longer if no kidney is found.
    Is there any way to greatly increase the number of organ donors without opening a market in human parts, which many — myself included — find ethically highly troubling? Before chapter and verse can be spelled out, the underlying principle needs to be explicated. Social scientists have shown that we are social creatures who deeply yearn for the approval of others. These can be members of our family, friends, neighbors, and more generally, community members.
    The strong power of so-called significant others is exhibited in intense, sometimes extreme, forms through peer pressure on teenagers, gang members and soldiers in combat. Members of such groups will do practically anything their group prescribes, even endanger their own lives. Much milder forms of such social pressure are evident when we donate money to a church or a civic cause, both because we believe in the merit of doing so and because we yearn for the approval of those whose opinions matter to us. (Anonymous donations are surprisingly rare.)
    The case for moral suasion
    Currently the voice of the community that favors organ donations has no chance to be aired or heard. People who feel like donating on their own, and remember to do so, mark their Motor Vehicle forms accordingly, but nobody is there to encourage them to do so, to appreciate it when they do, and maybe look at them with regret when they do not. Typically the issue does not come up until someone is on the death bed and — at this most difficult time — physicians and other health-care personnel are expected to ask the members of their family to consent to organ donation.
    To give moral suasion more of a chance, two measures should be taken. First, we should provide a new form at physicians’ and hospitals’ waiting rooms, clinics, Red Cross stations and other places where volunteers gather. The form would state explicitly that “we the people would be most appreciative, and hold you in high regard, if you could find it in your heart to make a life-affirming donation by authorizing the use of your organs once they are no longer of service to you.”
    The text then would describe briefly the severe shortage of donated organs and its many dire effects. The main focus of the text, however, would be the moral virtue of donating organs. The forms would close by stating that if you decline, for religious or any other reason, no explanation is needed. All said and done, it is up to you.
    Second, the names of those who made the pledge would be logged into computerized databases, accessible to physicians engaged in organ transplantation. (A new law may be needed to establish the validity of the endorsements of these forms and to prevent family members from overriding them.) If these lists also were open to the press, its reports might greatly increase the number of those who would sign up; it is the best tool to alert the community about who has — and has not yet — committed to make an organ donation. At the same time, at least initially, such publication might be considered too high handed.
    The new forms should be promoted through public-service announcements, and by public figures — urging people to come forward, announcing that “I myself have just made the commitment to save lives by donating my organs should I no longer need them.”
    The main point, though, is as elementary as it is important: Instead of waiting for each person to consider the matter, without any encouragement or recognition by their community, we should unabashedly stress that in our minds and hearts we cheer donating organs and celebrate those who pledge to do so. One need not a priori rule out a market in organs, despite all the ethical challenges it poses. But at least we should first give moral suasion a chance.

    http://www.speakout.com/activism/opinions/4188-1.html

    http://content.karger.com/ProdukteDB/produkte.asp?Doi=68158

    http://encarta.msn.com/encnet/refpages/search.aspx?q=moral+issues+of+organ+transplantation

    • ANSWER:
      Is this a new way of doing someone else’s homework, without sending an email?

  5. QUESTION:
    Hardy-Weinberg Problems.?
    1.A flock of 538 scarlet ibis birds has 102 individuals with green colored legs(a recessive characteristic). Calculate the allele and genotype frequencies for this population.

    2. A flock of 1,400 wildbeasts has 867 homozygous dominant individuals.Calculate the allele and genotype frequencies.

    3. If a population has an allele frequency of p=0.35, how many heterozygotes would there be in a population of 3200.

    4. Cystic fibrosis affects 1 in 10,000 individuals. What percentage of the population would be expected to be carriers for the trait.

    5. In a population of Aleutians, 942 individuals have type MN blood, while 304 have type MM, and 254 have type NN. What are the allele and genotype frequencies.

    6. A human trait involving finger length in humans in recessive in males but dominant in females. A survey of 938 college students found that 385 of 438 males and 104 of 500 females had dominant phenotypes. What are allele frequencies in each sex

    7. The presence of thoms in floribunda roses is governed by a dominant allele, Q. In a population of 457 roses, there are 7 plants that have no thorns, while the remaining plants have varying sizes of thorns. What is the frequency of the dominant allele in this population?

    8. There were 666 cockroaches in a room, of which 24 were albino. The next generation of cockroaches totaled 13,485. Assuming that the allele for albinism is recessive, how many of these youngters would be albino.

    9. In snapdragons, flower color is an incompletely dominant trait. You count all of the snapdragons in an isolated field and find there are 382 pink, 355 white, and 103 red snapdragons. Calculate the allele frequencies of this population. If the same allele frequencies were applied to a field of 6598 snapdragons, how many pink flowers would you expect to find?

    10. Texas A&M University has a colony of Navasota dogs that are used to as a model for Alport syndrome, a recessive kidney disease. A littler of 14 puppies is born: 10 are carriers and 2 are homozygous dominant. What is the frequency of the A and a alleles of the new litter? If the same frequency of alleles were present in a population of 1250 Navasota dogs, how many affected dogs would there be.

    • ANSWER:
      1. 102/538 or 0.190 gave the genotype gg. The frequency of g is sqrt(0.190) = 0.435; therefore, the frequency of G = 1 – 0.435 = 0.565. Fr(GG) = 0.319; fr(Gg) = 0.492; fr(gg) = 0.190 (which we knew).

      Good luck on the rest of your homework…

  6. QUESTION:
    When the great race for swine flu vaccine commences, will you remember you don’t need to get a vaccine if…?
    …you realize the whole invention of the “threat” has been overblown right from the start to make the public panic and believe a vaccine is mandatory to prevent contracting a new strain of influenza that is somehow more deadly than other types?

    The truth is H1N1 has already shown to be no more deadly, no more contageous, no more a threat, no more a pandemic than any other flu virus out there. Yet, you see the media keeps plugging stories, keeps confusing people about how deadly it is, misquotes so-called “experts,” keeps trying to predict a future disaster, etc. If someone thinks I’m wrong, and you have some form of information to the contrary, tell me how you know your source of information was not planted by the pharmaceutical company soon to sell millions of vials each containing what is supposed to be a “swine flu vaccine”–a product that if they do not sell will be profit down the drain.

    Even the Centers for Disease Control website has ridiculously conflicting info. From the CDC:

    “Are there human infections with novel H1N1 virus in the U.S.?
    Yes. Human infections with the new H1N1 virus are ongoing in the United States. Most people who have become ill with this new virus have recovered without requiring medical treatment. ”

    –Then they say:

    “While the disease seen in the current novel H1N1 flu outbreak has been mild for many people, it has been severe and even fatal for others. There is no way to predict with certainty what the outcome will be for an individual…”

    –getting scarier. Finally, they say this:

    “The information analyzed by CDC supports the conclusion that novel H1N1 flu has caused greater disease burden in people younger than 25 years of age than older people. At this time, there are few cases and few deaths reported in people older than 64 years old, WHICH IS UNUSUAL [my emphasis] when compared with seasonal flu. However, pregnancy and other previously recognized high risk medical conditions from seasonal influenza appear to be associated with increased risk of complications from this novel H1N1. These underlying conditions include asthma, diabetes, suppressed immune systems, heart disease, kidney disease, neurocognitive and neuromuscular disorders and pregnancy.”

    –that means ultimately there is only a small portion of the population truly “at risk” for deadly effects from influenza, and it’s not just “swine flu.” But this is nothing new. Before anyone started to panic about “swine flu” the CDC reveals, “Each year, in the United States, on average 36,000 people die from flu-related complications and more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu-related causes…Over 90% of deaths and about 60 percent of hospitalization occur in people older than 65.” http://www.cdc.gov/H1N1flu/qa.htm

    So when the great race to get a swine flu vaccine commences, will you understand you more than likely don’t “need” it, and the whole invention of the “threat” has been overblown right from the start to make the public panic and believe a vaccine is somehow mandatory?

    • ANSWER:
      I don’t do vaccines. I got the flu shot once. instead of getting a tiny case of the flu, I got it full force. Bullshit. Just like the Cervical Cancer Vaccine, they don’t tell you that it gives you a higher risk for other cancers.

      I’m against vaccinations, except for what you must have to attend school (Hepatitis, etc).

      I agree, its just a media scare. Anything for attention and to get the channel more views.

  7. QUESTION:
    When does a human life have value?
    I’ve been directed to this:

    Size: Yes, embryos are smaller than newborns and adults, but why is that relevant? Do we really want to say that large people are more valuable than small ones? Men are generally larger than women, but that doesn’t mean that they deserve more rights. Size doesn’t equal value.

    Level of development: True, embryos and fetuses are less developed than you and I. But again, why is this relevant? Four year-old girls are less developed than 14 year-old ones. Should older children have more rights than their younger siblings? Some people say that self-awareness makes one valuable. But if that is true, newborns do not qualify as valuable human beings. Six-week old infants lack the immediate capacity for performing human mental functions, as do the reversibly comatose, the sleeping, and those with Alzheimer’s Disease.

    Environment: Where you are has no bearing on who you are. Does your value change when you cross the street or roll over in bed? If not, how can a journey of eight inches down the birth-canal suddenly change the essential nature of the unborn from non-valuable tissue mass to valuable human being? If the unborn are not already human and valuable, merely changing their location can’t make them so.

    Degree of Dependency: If viability bestows human value, then all those who depend on insulin or kidney medication are not valuable and we may kill them. Conjoined twins who share blood type and bodily systems also have no right to life.

    Your response..?

    • ANSWER:

  8. QUESTION:
    Green Tea, Coffee, and Wine?
    Is too much of these for long periods of time beneficial?

    Green Tea Benefits:

    Lower Cancer Risk: breast, lung, colon, prostate, cervical, ovarian, mesothelioma, esophageal, stomach.

    Prevent Heart Disease: lowers cholesterol, prevents artery blockages, lowers blood pressure.

    Speed Up Weight Loss: fat blocker, boost metabolism, increase endurance, anti-fatigue.

    Protect Brain Function: memory, stroke, Alzheimer’s, Parkinsons.

    Defend Immune System: flu, salmonella, common cold, HIV-AIDS.
    More Health Conditions Improved: including anti-aging, acne, allergies, body odor, sleep apnea, osteoporosis.

    Coffee Benefits:

    Coffee appears to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, heart disease, diabetes mellitus type 2, cirrhosis of the liver, and gout.

    Wine Benefits:

    According Researcher Serge Renaud and his colleagues from the University of Bordeaux, moderate wine consumption reduces death rate because of all causes by 30%.
    Heart related death rates can decrease by 35%. Cancer related deaths can be reduced by 18-24% by wine.

    Researchers at the University Hospital of Zurich, Switzerland have found out how wine reduces the risks of strokes. According to researchers Dr. Wilhelm Vetter and his colleagues, alcohol present in the wine is beneficial when taken during meal time. It reduces the growth of pathways to the heart called arteries by 20%. Growth in the size of these pathways can cause heart attacks and strokes.

    A similar study on the same topic by Israeli researcher Fuhrman and his colleagues found that drinking red wine along with meal reduces a harmful substance called LDL cholesterol by 20%. Rise in this substance indicate higher fat levels in the body.

    A Dutch study reports that the same practice of drinking red wine along with meals stops clotting of blood in the pathways to the heart.

    Researcher Gary Curhan and his colleagues from Harvard University conducted a study on 81,000 nurses. They wanted to know the impact of different beverages like tea, coffee, fruit juices, wine, water etc on their health. Out of the 17 beverages included in the study, wine was found to reduce the risk of kidney stone formation by 50%. This finding was again confirmed by researcher Curhan and colleagues in 1996 when they found that wine consumption reduces the risks of kidney stone formation by 39%.

    A 16 years of research study by Dutch researcher Dr. Thomas Truelsen of Copen-hagen University Hospital, reports that moderate consumption of wine reduces the risks of strokes.

    Research study on wine in Italy concluded that light to moderate wine consumption do not allow the build up of fats in the pathways of heart.

    A team of researchers from the University of Illinois has found that a compound called resveratrol can stop the growth of cancer cells in humans.

    Would having all three of these daily for a long period of time be triple beneficial or would the combination not mix well and be worse for you?

    • ANSWER:
      Too much coffee is not good in my opinion, green tea is much better. Coffee dosn’t have that many benefits anyway. Too much wine is not too good either, but one cup a day might be okay.

  9. QUESTION:
    Why does Islam forbid pork, when the pig is one of the creations of God?
    We do not doubt for an instant that the pig is a dirty and filthy animal, and that eating it is harmful to man. Moreover it lives on dirt and filth, and it is something that is off-putting to those of a sound nature who refuse to touch it, because eating it is either a cause or a sign of a person’s oddness.
    Secondly:
    With regard to the physical harm caused by eating pork, modern science has proved a number of things, such as the following:
    ‎ Pork is regarded as one of the kinds of meat that contain the most cholesterol, an increase of which in the bloodstream leads to an increased likelihood of blocked arteries. The fatty acids in pork are also of an unusual formation, when compared with the fatty acids in other types of food, which makes them more easily absorbed by the body, thus increasing cholesterol levels.
    ‎ Pork meat and pork fat contribute to the spread of cancers of the colon, rectum, prostate and blood.
    ‎ Pork meat and pork fat contribute to obesity and related diseases that are difficult to treat.
    ‎ Eating pork leads to scabies, allergies and stomach ulcers.
    ‎ Eating pork causes lung infections which result from tapeworms, lungworms and microbial infections of the lungs.
    The most serious danger of eating pork is that pork contains tapeworms which may grow to a length of 2-3 meters. The growth of the eggs of these worms in the human body may lead to insanity and hysteria if they grow in the area of the brain. If they grow in the region of the heart that may lead to high blood pressure and heart attacks. Another kind of worm that is to be found in pork is the trichinosis worm that cannot be killed by cooking, the growth of which in the body may lead to paralysis and skin rashes.
    The doctors have confirmed that tapeworm disease is regarded as one of the serious diseases that may result from eating pork. It may develop in the small intestine and after several months may grow into a large worm whose body is composed of a thousand segments, with a length of 4-10 meters, which lives alone in the intestine of the infected person and part of it may appear when he defecates. When the pig swallows and ingests its eggs, they enter the tissues and muscles in the form of larvae sacs containing fluid and the head of the tapeworm. When a person eats infected pork, the larva turns into a complete worm in the intestine. These worms cause weakness and vitamin B12 deficiency, which leads to a specific type of anaemia, which may in turn cause nervous problems. In some cases the larvae may reach the brain, causing convulsions, increased pressure within the brain, epilepsy and even paralysis.
    Eating pork that is not thoroughly cooked may also lead to trichinosis (infestation with a hairlike nematode worm). When these parasites reach the small intestine, three to five days later many larvae appear which enter the intestine and reach the blood, from which they reach most of the tissues of the body. The larvae move to the muscles and form cysts there, and the patient suffers intense muscle pains. The disease may develop into infection of the cerebral membrane and brain, and infections of the heart muscle, lungs, kidneys and nerves. It may be a fatal disease in rare cases.
    It is well known that there are some diseases that are unique to humans and are not shared with any other animals except pigs, such as rheumatism and joint pain. Allaah indeed spoke the truth when He said (interpretation of the meaning):
    “He has forbidden you only the Maytah (dead animals), and blood, and the flesh of swine, and that which is slaughtered as a sacrifice for others than Allaah (or has been slaughtered for idols, on which Allaah’s Name has not been mentioned while slaughtering). But if one is forced by necessity without willful disobedience nor transgressing due limits, then there is no sin on him. Truly, Allaah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful” [al-Baqarah: 173]
    These are some of the harmful effects of eating pork.

    • ANSWER:
      Some BBQ Pork ribs sound good right now.

      Mmmmmm….

  10. QUESTION:
    Why is marijuana illegal?
    I don’t understand how people can preach against marijuana when most of the health risks and dangers have been scientifically proven to be false. At one time it was said that smoking weed could, over time, cause brain damage and could also result in an increased risk of lung cancer, but it has never been proven. There has never been a single report of death or lung cancer in users caused purely by marijuana, and in fact, a study in 2006 actually showed that even heavy users had no sign of increased risk of cancer. Also, current medical tests used to detect brain damage have yet to link brain damage of any sort to the use of marijuana, even in heavy users. Most of the health claims were based on reports that date back a quarter of a century, which had never been supported by scientific study. There has never been convincing evidence that marijuana has any harmful effects on the human body at all. Why then is it that this substance is illegal, however, tobacco and alcohol is legal within public acceptance and an age limit? Tobacco is the second leading cause of death world-wide with an annual death rate of over 440,000 for three reasons – lung cancer, COPD, and cardiovascular disease. Marijuana does not. People smoke weed for the same reason people drink: euphoria. But alcohol, too, has been linked to a proven increased risk of various types of cancer, brain damage, kidney failure, and even strokes. Not only that, but alcohol is the cause of a staggering two million deaths a year world-wide, namely alcohol related car accidents. How often do you hear of someone getting in a head on collision because they were high? And while overdosing on marijuana is physically impossible, alcohol poisoning is actually more common than people think, and is sometimes fatal. I also strongly disagree with the people that say that marijuana is dangerous in the fact that it can be highly addictive. No it can’t. The only reason marijuana is ever addictive, as with any substance, is because you have poor self-control. If you can’t restrain yourself from taking certain actions and limiting your intake, then maybe you are the one who shouldn’t be using the substance. It is not marijuana’s fault that you can’t realize what is a priority in your life, nor is marijuana the addiction problem. You are. It’s the people that can’t comprehend what is important in life, and what is not, and they need to learn to excersize self-control before you start blaming a substance for their own shorcomings like it’s some kind of crusade against weed. You calling it an “addiction”, like it couldn’t have been prevented, is just a fine way to relinquish responsibility for their actions. It is only an “addiction” if you let it be, and just because a handful of people lacked the self-control to be responsible with a substance doesn’t mean it’s dangerous. I am 18 years old, I get straight A’s in school, and I smoke weed occassionally. However, I also know how to use it in moderation so it will never get to a point in my life where I feel the need to do it, and I could easily choose not to. If everybody was able to do that, what do you think the general point of view would be? Why are you against using the substance, other than because it is illegal? What if it wasn’t? Tobacco and alcohol is more dangerous and addictive than marijuana will ever be, so when it boils down to it what do you think the real reason is for it being illegal, when tobacco and alcohol is not? Because government can’t put a tax on it? Sorry for all the questions, it’s just something I’ve been wondering about. :)
    Thank you for giving me honest, serious answers. I had asked this in a different category and instead of answering my questions, they just flamed me for being a “hippie” who gets straight A’s but “can’t break my rant into paragraphs” and such. I love how defensive people get, and they start making ridiculous assumptions. :)
    I love it too <33
    lol

    • ANSWER:
      The government could put a tax on it, in fact the 1937 Marijuana Tax Act was the first step in criminalizing the plant:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1937_Marihuana_Tax_Act

      Chemical and paper corporations didn’t want to compete with hemp so they drummed up some BS stories (Reefer Madness), raised the tax dramatically, and their lobbyists helped to push through legislation making the plant illegal & labeling (falsely so) a narcotic.

      Check out Chris Conrad’s site and books. He’s the man:

      http://www.chrisconrad.com/

  11. QUESTION:
    When does physical life begin? When does personhood begin?
    I’ve been directed to caseforlife.com and this argument

    Size: Yes, embryos are smaller than newborns and adults, but why is that relevant? Do we really want to say that large people are more valuable than small ones? Men are generally larger than women, but that doesn’t mean that they deserve more rights. Size doesn’t equal value.

    Level of development: True, embryos and fetuses are less developed than you and I. But again, why is this relevant? Four year-old girls are less developed than 14 year-old ones. Should older children have more rights than their younger siblings? Some people say that self-awareness makes one valuable. But if that is true, newborns do not qualify as valuable human beings. Six-week old infants lack the immediate capacity for performing human mental functions, as do the reversibly comatose, the sleeping, and those with Alzheimer’s Disease.

    Environment: Where you are has no bearing on who you are. Does your value change when you cross the street or roll over in bed? If not, how can a journey of eight inches down the birth-canal suddenly change the essential nature of the unborn from non-valuable tissue mass to valuable human being? If the unborn are not already human and valuable, merely changing their location can’t make them so.

    Degree of Dependency: If viability bestows human value, then all those who depend on insulin or kidney medication are not valuable and we may kill them. Conjoined twins who share blood type and bodily systems also have no right to life.

    Do people honestly believe this?

    • ANSWER:
      Conception. Before that, a sperm or egg cell independently does not have a complete set of human DNA. Upon conception, the young human being begins to grow, take in energy, release waste–the signs of life. Even brain waves can be detected early in pregnancy.

  12. QUESTION:
    If someone were to engage you in a conversation about abortion & used these points, would it change your view?
    This is taken from http://www.prolifetraining.com/Articles/Five-Minute-Prolife.htm

    They propose there are four differences between us and (for lack of a better term) pre-born humans.

    “Size: True, embryos are smaller than newborns and adults, but why is that relevant? Do we really want to say that large people are more valuable than small ones? Men are generally larger than women, but that doesn’t mean that they deserve more rights. Size doesn’t equal value.

    Level of development: True, embryos and fetuses are less developed than you and I. But again, why is this relevant? Four year-old girls are less developed than 14 year-old ones. Should older children have more rights than their younger siblings? Some people say that self-awareness makes one valuable. But if that is true, newborns do not qualify as valuable human beings. Six-week old infants lack the immediate capacity for performing human mental functions, as do the reversibly comatose, the sleeping, and those with Alzheimer’s Disease.

    Environment: Where you are has no bearing on who you are. Does your value change when you cross the street or roll over in bed? If not, how can a journey of eight inches down the birth-canal suddenly change the essential nature of the unborn from non-valuable tissue mass to valuable human being? If the unborn are not already human and valuable, merely changing their location can’t make them so.

    Degree of Dependency: If viability bestows human value, then all those who depend on insulin or kidney medication are not valuable and we may kill them. Conjoined twins who share blood type and bodily systems also have no right to life.”

    What are your thoughts?
    Yes Pan, I should have specified that it is geared toward people who are ok with elective abortions.
    “Just because people think that some act is morally wrong doesn’t mean that the act should be illegal”

    So how do we get our laws? Why else is murder illegal? You aren’t allowed to say, Oh.. it’s up to the individual.
    Come on.
    It is arguing the fact that a fetus is in fact a human and not just a bunch of tissue. Of course it is relevant.
    Smashley, driving is a privilege not a right. We are talking about inherent human rights. Does a 14 year old have more of a right to live than a 4 year old?

    • ANSWER:
      that changed my mind

  13. QUESTION:
    Did you know that new research shows that marijuana actually kills cancer cells… rather than creating them?
    Did you know that marijuana kills cancer cells? It actually causes them to eat themselves in a process called “autophage”.

    Also, instead of killing brain cells, studies show it actually promotes the growth of new brain cells?

    http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn8155-marijuana-might-cause-new-cell-growth-in-the-brain.html

    Example Cancer Studies:

    THC (marijuana) helps cure cancer says Harvard study

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/04/070417193338.htm

    Marijuana Chemical May Fight Brain Cancer
    Active Component In Marijuana Targets Aggressive Brain Cancer Cells, Study Says

    http://www.webmd.com/cancer/brain-cancer/news/20090401/marijuana-chemical-may-fight-brain-cancer

    Did you know the government knew about it in 1974?

    http://www.alternet.org/story/9257/

    Did you know that the cannabinoid receptor is the most prevalent cellular receptor in our brains?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cannabinoid_receptor

    This mystery began to unravel in 1964, when tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the main psychoactive chemical in cannabis was isolated and synthesized by Raphael Mechoulam and colleagues in Israel. Subsequently, in 1988, Allyn Howlett and colleagues discovered the cannabinoid receptor in the brain. This receptor called CB1was a precise match for the unique chemicals called cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant (phytocannabinoids). This initial discovery led to scientists hypothesizing that humans are “wired” for cannabis. The CB1receptors have been found in the brain in areas that control the coordination of movement, emotions, memory, reduction of pain, reward systems, and reproduction, yet are almost absent in the brain stem (which affects our vital functions such as breathing). It appears that cannabinoid receptors, which modulate other neurotransmitter function in a retrograde “on demand” fashion are present in far higher concentrations in the brain than any other receptor. While the CB1 receptors are primarily found in the central nervous system, a second type, CB2, discovered in 1993, are found primarily in the immune system, GI tract, liver, spleen, kidney, bones, heart, and peripheral nervous system. In fact, the CB2 receptor appears to be up-regulated whenever there is tissue pathology.

    What do you think about this?

    Did the government know?

    What do you think about that?

    Did you know that the government actually has the patent on medical marijuana… for use in fighting diseases such as cancer, Crohn’s disease, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease and more?

    And yet they repeatedly say that there is “no medical use” for marijuana.

    Look it up. U.S. Patent #6630507

    It’s like a MIRACLE DRUG because the endocannabinoid system in your body controls so much chemically… by stimulating this system, many positive effects can occur in many different organs of the body.

    If you don’t believe me, check out the studies at www.pubmed.gov … just type “cannabinoids” and “cancer” in the search bar and you’ll see the results of the HUNDREDS of studies that show that the THC in marijuana actually kills cancer cells, both in human tissue cultures and in animals. But… they won’t let us do studies on humans because mj has been labeled the “devil’s weed”. HA!

    But there is plenty of anecdotal evidence. (People who didn’t want to wait on the government to legalize medical marijuana to help with their illness. We’ve been waiting over 40 years, after all.) I have been in correspondence with the head of the biology dept at a major university in Colorado, and he’s knows people personally who have used super-concentrated cannabis oil to CURE their cancer.His own girlfriend got rid of her skin cancer completely applying cannabis oil topically. You can also find video diaries on the internet of people who have gotten rid of skin cancer using cannabis oil. Also video diaries of people who have had miraculous healing of 3rd degree burns. One video diary I found had an AIDS patient who was ingesting the oil and cut his T-cell count from over 800 to around 400 in just a few weeks.

    Rick Simpson has cured hundreds of people over the last few years and has plenty of written and videoed testimony. Google “Run from the Cure”.

    If you want to see the enormous number of medical conditions that marijuana is GOOD for, check this out…

    http://forum.grasscity.com/medical-marijuana/436257-granny-storm-crows-list-july-2009-a.html

    This is a video everyone should watch…

    Aaron,

    Marijuana doesn’t cause ANY bad, as you put it.

    Zero deaths every year are attributed solely to marijuana.

    It doesn’t even increase your risk of lung cancer by smoking it… they can’t even find a higher incidence of lung cancer even in chronic mj smokers… the anti-cancer effects of the drug overpower the fact that you are taking in carcinogens by smoking a leaf.

    • ANSWER:
      the government withholding imformation from the american people, I guess this has been happening a long time now. I wonder who’s best interest their concerned about? clearly not that of U.S. citizens. Thank you for spreading good imformation about a goverment that betrays and lies constantly.

  14. QUESTION:
    is marijuana good or bad?
    Did you know that new research shows that marijuana actually kills cancer cells… rather than creating them? It actually causes them to eat themselves in a process called “autophage”.

    Also, instead of killing brain cells, studies show it actually promotes the growth of new brain cells?

    http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn81…

    Cancer Studies:

    THC (marijuana) helps cure cancer says Harvard study

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/200…

    Marijuana Chemical May Fight Brain Cancer
    Active Component In Marijuana Targets Aggressive Brain Cancer Cells, Study Says

    http://www.webmd.com/cancer/brain-cancer…

    Did you know that the cannabinoid receptor is the most prevalent cellular receptor in our brains?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cannabinoid…

    This mystery began to unravel in 1964, when tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the main psychoactive chemical in cannabis was isolated and synthesized by Raphael Mechoulam and colleagues in Israel. Subsequently, in 1988, Allyn Howlett and colleagues discovered the cannabinoid receptor in the brain. This receptor called CB1was a precise match for the unique chemicals called cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant (phytocannabinoids). This initial discovery led to scientists hypothesizing that humans are “wired” for cannabis. The CB1receptors have been found in the brain in areas that control the coordination of movement, emotions, memory, reduction of pain, reward systems, and reproduction, yet are almost absent in the brain stem (which affects our vital functions such as breathing). It appears that cannabinoid receptors, which modulate other neurotransmitter function in a retrograde “on demand” fashion are present in far higher concentrations in the brain than any other receptor. While the CB1 receptors are primarily found in the central nervous system, a second type, CB2, discovered in 1993, are found primarily in the immune system, GI tract, liver, spleen, kidney, bones, heart, and peripheral nervous system. In fact, the CB2 receptor appears to be up-regulated whenever there is tissue pathology.

    Did you know that the government actually has the patent on medical marijuana… for use in fighting diseases such as cancer, Crohn’s disease, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease and more?

    And yet they repeatedly say that there is “no medical use” for marijuana.

    Look it up. U.S. Patent #6630507

    It’s like a MIRACLE DRUG because the endocannabinoid system in your body controls so much chemically… by stimulating this system, many positive effects can occur in many different organs of the body.

    If you don’t believe me, check out the studies at www.pubmed.gov … just type “cannabinoids” and “cancer” in the search bar and you’ll see the results of the HUNDREDS of studies that show that the THC in marijuana actually kills cancer cells, both in human tissue cultures and in animals. But… they won’t let us do studies on humans because mj has been labeled the “devil’s weed”. HA!

    But there is plenty of anecdotal evidence. (People who didn’t want to wait on the government to legalize medical marijuana to help with their illness. We’ve been waiting over 40 years, after all.) I have been in correspondence with the head of the biology dept at a major university in Colorado, and he’s knows people personally who have used super-concentrated cannabis oil to CURE their cancer. His own girlfriend got rid of her skin cancer completely applying cannabis oil topically. You can also find video diaries on the internet of people who have gotten rid of skin cancer using cannabis oil. Also video diaries of people who have had miraculous healing of 3rd degree burns. One video diary I found had an AIDS patient who was ingesting the oil and cut his T-cell count from over 800 to around 400 in just a few weeks.

    Rick Simpson has cured hundreds of people over the last few years and has plenty of written and videoed testimony. Google “Run from the Cure”.

    If you want to see the enormous number of medical conditions that marijuana is GOOD for, check this out…

    http://forum.grasscity.com/medical-marij…

    This is a video everyone should watch…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4yxlCDtOl…

    • ANSWER:
      Its great, best thing in my life

  15. QUESTION:
    Did you know that the THC in marijuana kills cancer cells?
    Did you know that marijuana kills cancer cells? It actually causes them to eat themselves in a process called “autophage”.

    Studies:

    THC (marijuana) helps cure cancer says Harvard study

    Link:

    http://www.nowpublic.com/thc_marijuana_helps_cure_cancer_says_harvard_study#ixzz19TMQ805v

    Marijuana Chemical May Fight Brain Cancer
    Active Component In Marijuana Targets Aggressive Brain Cancer Cells, Study Says

    Link:

    http://www.webmd.com/cancer/brain-cancer/news/20090401/marijuana-chemical-may-fight-brain-cancer

    Did you know the government knew about it in 1974?

    http://www.alternet.org/story/9257/

    Did you know that the cannabinoid receptor is the most prevalent cellular receptor in our brains?

    http://www.medicalcannabis.com/Cannabis-Science/endocannabinoid-system

    This mystery began to unravel in 1964, when tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the main psychoactive chemical in cannabis was isolated and synthesized by Raphael Mechoulam and colleagues in Israel. Subsequently, in 1988, Allyn Howlett and colleagues discovered the cannabinoid receptor in the brain. This receptor called CB1was a precise match for the unique chemicals called cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant (phytocannabinoids). This initial discovery led to scientists hypothesizing that humans are “wired” for cannabis. The CB1receptors have been found in the brain in areas that control the coordination of movement, emotions, memory, reduction of pain, reward systems, and reproduction, yet are almost absent in the brain stem (which affects our vital functions such as breathing). It appears that cannabinoid receptors, which modulate other neurotransmitter function in a retrograde “on demand” fashion are present in far higher concentrations in the brain than any other receptor. While the CB1 receptors are primarily found in the central nervous system, a second type, CB2, discovered in 1993, are found primarily in the immune system, GI tract, liver, spleen, kidney, bones, heart, and peripheral nervous system. In fact, the CB2 receptor appears to be up-regulated whenever there is tissue pathology.

    What do you think about this?

    Is it true?

    Did the government know?

    What do you think about that?

    Did you know that the government actually has the patent on medical marijuana… for use in fighting diseases such as cancer, Crohn’s disease, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease and more?

    And yet they repeatedly say that there is “no medical use” for marijuana.

    Look it up. U.S. Patent #6630507
    Reids…… That’s where you’re wrong. I’m a conservative. Whaddayathink about that?

    Dick…… Even though MJ is more carcinogenic, it does NOT increase your chances of getting lung cancer. In fact, it protects you from it…….

    From this article: http://www.webmd.com/lung-cancer/news/20060523/pot-smoking-not-linked-to-lung-cancer

    May 23, 2006 — People who smoke marijuana do not appear to be at increased risk for developing lung cancer, new research suggests.

    While a clear increase in cancer risk was seen among cigarette smokers in the study, no such association was seen for regular cannabis users.

    Even very heavy, long-term marijuana users who had smoked more than 22,000 joints over a lifetime seemed to have no greater risk than infrequent marijuana users or nonusers.

    The findings surprised the study’s researchers, who expected to see an increase in cancer among people who smoked marijuana regularly in their youth.

    “We know that there are as many or more carcinogens and
    “We know that there are as many or more carcinogens and co-carcinogens in marijuana smoke as in cigarettes,” researcher Donald Tashkin, MD, of UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine tells WebMD. “But we did not find any evidence for an increase in cancer risk for even heavy marijuana smoking.” Carcinogens are substances that cause cancer.

    Cellular studies and even some studies in animal models suggest that THC has antitumor properties, either by encouraging the death of genetically damaged cells that can become cancerous or by restricting the development of the blood supply that feeds tumors, Tashkin tells WebMD.

    In a review of the research published last fall, University of Colorado molecular biologist Robert Melamede, PhD, concluded that the THC in cannabis seems to lessen the tumor-promoting properties of marijuana smoke.

    The nicotine in tobacco has been shown to inhibit the destruction of cancer-causing cells, Melamede tells WebMD. THC does not appear to do this and may even do

    • ANSWER:
      Cool. I’m guessing you’re saying we should legalize marijuana? I agree with you…People have the right to do whatever they want to themselves as long as they don’t hurt others. Besides legalizing marijuana will cut into the Mexican drug Cartel’s profits big time.

  16. QUESTION:
    Did you know that marijuana kills cancer cells?
    Did you know that marijuana kills cancer cells? It actually causes them to eat themselves in a process called “autophage”.

    Studies:

    THC (marijuana) helps cure cancer says Harvard study

    Link:

    http://www.nowpublic.com/thc_marijuana_helps_cure_cancer_says_harvard_study#ixzz19TMQ805v

    Marijuana Chemical May Fight Brain Cancer
    Active Component In Marijuana Targets Aggressive Brain Cancer Cells, Study Says

    Link:

    http://www.webmd.com/cancer/brain-cancer/news/20090401/marijuana-chemical-may-fight-brain-cancer

    Did you know the government knew about it in 1974?

    http://www.alternet.org/story/9257/

    Did you know that the cannabinoid receptor is the most prevalent cellular receptor in our brains?

    http://www.medicalcannabis.com/Cannabis-Science/endocannabinoid-system

    This mystery began to unravel in 1964, when tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the main psychoactive chemical in cannabis was isolated and synthesized by Raphael Mechoulam and colleagues in Israel. Subsequently, in 1988, Allyn Howlett and colleagues discovered the cannabinoid receptor in the brain. This receptor called CB1was a precise match for the unique chemicals called cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant (phytocannabinoids). This initial discovery led to scientists hypothesizing that humans are “wired” for cannabis. The CB1receptors have been found in the brain in areas that control the coordination of movement, emotions, memory, reduction of pain, reward systems, and reproduction, yet are almost absent in the brain stem (which affects our vital functions such as breathing). It appears that cannabinoid receptors, which modulate other neurotransmitter function in a retrograde “on demand” fashion are present in far higher concentrations in the brain than any other receptor. While the CB1 receptors are primarily found in the central nervous system, a second type, CB2, discovered in 1993, are found primarily in the immune system, GI tract, liver, spleen, kidney, bones, heart, and peripheral nervous system. In fact, the CB2 receptor appears to be up-regulated whenever there is tissue pathology.

    What do you think about this?

    Is it true?

    Did the government know?

    What do you think about that?

    Did you know that the government actually has the patent on medical marijuana… for use in fighting diseases such as cancer, Crohn’s disease, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease and more?

    And yet they repeatedly say that there is “no medical use” for marijuana.

    Look it up. U.S. Patent #6630507
    Matt,

    What do they teach you kids in school these days? You believe that government propaganda?

    Did you know that there has not been ONE recorded death from marijuana overdose?? Ever??

    Unlike the thousands who die from overdose of prescription drugs every year.
    SyQ,

    That’s the most close-minded, ridiculous answer I’ve ever heard.

    Why don’t you look up “endocannabinoid system” and learn what it does before you say anything else. The system of cannabis receptors in your brain and other vital organs is ESSENTIAL TO LIFE. You cannot overdose on marijuana… no matter how much you ingest. Not the same with Cyanide.

    In fact, cannabis kills the cancer cells… and leave the healthy cells INTACT. Look it up.
    Paul…. a link to prove your one death would be appreciated. The cannabinoid receptors are the most prominent receptors in your brain, but they are completely absent from your brain stem which is why they say you cannot overdose on mj. It is NON-toxic to your system.

    And as far as “medical advice” goes… I didn’t give any. I just point out FACTS. I didn’t tell anyone to smoke or ingest marijuana… or tell them to use it in any way. I just pointed some FACTS and studies to support my facts.

    And I never said that marijuana is “harmless”. YOU put those words in my mouth. But, I will say this, since you brought it up… if you aren’t going to drive or operate heavy machinery, marijuana is harmless. Especially compared to all the prescription pharmaceuticals those “M.D’s” you so revere are passing out like candy.

    • ANSWER:
      Another interesting thing. When the government said THC is known to cause psychotic symptoms, they did not take into fact that CBD also occurs in cannabis, and is known to be an anti-psychotic with therapeutic value to people with schizophrenia. Their studies did not take a combination of both cannabinoids, they just took THC. Also, THC has shown value in treating depression, whereas CBD has shown value in treating anxiety.

      Nevertheless, cannabis can cause psychotic symptoms in some individuals, which is why one must practice moderation and respect with cannabis, as with any other drug.

  17. QUESTION:
    how to pursue an interest in medicine?
    for most of my life i NEVER wanted to become a doctor. funny things is i dealt with kidney failure since 14 yrs old. ive seen the good and bad. i receive my first kidney in 2000. it went bad in 2008. now at the age of 23, for the FIRST time of my life im actually interested in the human body and medicine. last year i took a medical leave from school. this is where my interest begun. i would watch medical educational show regulary and house(lol). while watching the shows i would literally(im a geek) have a medical dictionary beside a look up terms i didnt understand. i been through a lot medical. i have had all types of exams and test. i’ve had hip surger, nephrectomy, kidneytransplant, blood transfussion, aggressive immunosuppressive drug therapy twice and im on dialysis for a second time waiting for another kidney. i’ve also had tried the donor process it didnt work out. so i been thru the ups and downs. i love how the body works and how the organ systems are connected. currently im a junior in college with no time to go back and take science classes. but i do have some classes at my local community college. i was wandering would it be a good idea to take science classes to at least explore medicine. and if i like it use it as preparation for the mcat. i also know doctors and surgeon in the field. they all like me because i was always inquisitive about my disease and really wanted to know the technical aspects of my condition. i love to learn, and “look up things(research).

    • ANSWER:
      It’s probably too late. You don’t have the background and study habits of competitive medical school candidates. With a great deal of effort, you might make yourself competitive for one of the ancillary medical professions: Physician Assistant, Audiologist, RN (NP), Optician. Hearing Aid Dispensor.

  18. QUESTION:
    underweight and Type 2?
    I have been suffering with Diabetes for 5 months now and can not get any relief, I’m hoping someone may have gone through what I am dealing with now and can point me in the right direction. I was diagnosed with Type 2, I am 5’5, 36 years old, weigh 125lbs, I consider myself a healthy eater and a moderately active person. I have moderately high blood sugars ranging from 100-200. I am a human blood glucose machine. As soon as I start to go up (over 140) I know it right away and become ridiculously miserable. I start to get a weird feeling in my mouth that resembles the coating you get after eating one of those cheap microwave butter popcorn bags, which starts me on the constant fluid intake and restroom breaks. If it stays high I start to feel like I will literally turn to dust, my skin and scalp become itchy (so itchy I swore I had lice once even though no one could find anything and even treated my self for lice). I get weak where even getting up to go to the restroom is an effort. I just have an overall lousy feeling. When my blood sugars get in the 150-160 range it starts to affect my emotions and I will burst into tears almost instantly, which can be quite embarrassing in a public place. I am constantly tired. I honestly cannot take it anymore! It’s affecting my work and my home life (I am a single mom with 3 teenagers, and high stress.)

    I am currently taking the tried and true, Metformin 1000 mgs in the morning and another 1000 mgs in the evening. To be perfectly honest it helps a little bit by taking the edge off my symptoms, my blood sugar is still a roller coaster. I have tried other meds, such as Actos, but that did nothing for me. It can be fine one moment and then in an instant I can feel like I’m dieing.

    My a1c is always perfect (5.5), but I am VERY anemic, and that can cause lower a1c. I have fought with kidney infections all my life. My doctor thinks I am hypochondriac and has even giggled at my symptoms when I tell him. I am in a rural community and there are no specialists in this field here, as well as the fact that I am not currently insured at the moment. Almost all the information I have on this horrible disease is from the internet and books as my doctor, told me nothing.

    I am wondering if it is possible that I may have been misdiagnosed…… Perhaps a type 1? I feel like I am losing my sanity along with my health and I need help. Any advise on how to handle my situation???

    • ANSWER:
      Gosh… I’m so sorry you are going through this! I’m not a doctor, but it sure seems to me you need to take a trip to the nearest reasonable city to see a high quality endocrinologist. You need to share with this doctor your experiences with your hometown doc. so maybe you can work with the endocrinologist through long distance communication and periodic trips to the city.

      Figure out a way to get temporary help with your kids while you get whatever is going on under control.. so you can be there for them in the end.

      BTW- I’m average weight and seemingly type 2 (took the OGTT Friday and am waiting to hear from the doc). Anyway, I believe it is possible to be lean and still have type 2… but in your case, maybe there are other things going on too? Definitely stress may be playing a big role. It can do crazy things to your hormones.

  19. QUESTION:
    Why cant Muslims donate their organs?
    Unfortunately my dad has a fatal disease, and their is a good chance that he may need a lung transplant. if he does there is a 97% he will make it and everything will be better again. I’m Muslim, and I know its not good to question the rules but why is it so bad to donate your organs after death to help a human? If my dad does get the transplant it will be because someone donated their body. Now if everyone was Muslim, then there would be no donations, there would be no chance for all these people who need heart, kidney, and lung, etc transplants. And although the only thing that needs to match is the blood type, think about it will an Asians lung be compatible in a Muslims body? No. But my fathers doctor told him that we don’t do many transplants, so it probably wont be from a muslim. If you were in my shoes what would you think? Why cant we do this when all it does is help people. I have talked to the doctor and know that my dads only chance of survival is if he gets a transplant. So how can we say dont donate your organs when that is so many peoples only chance?
    I have been told my whole life by my grandparents that Allah wants us to come “Whole” the day of judgment. I always expected it to be true…..

    • ANSWER:
      i have heard many arguments about this topic. but i have aways said no matter what happens i will give every organ when i pass… it makes me happy to think i could be saving many childrens lives… and i will worry about answering any question on judgement day. i know should something happen to one of my childen, god forbid, then i would want a donor

  20. QUESTION:
    why this anymal meat is bad for your helth,every one eat it ?
    WHY IS PORK FORBIDDEN IN ISLAM?

    Bob: Tell me why is it that a Muslim is very particular about the
    words Halaal and Haraam; what do they mean?

    Yunus: That which is permissible is termed Halaal and that which
    is not permissible is termed Haraam and it is the Quran which
    draws the distinction between the two.

    Bob: Can you give me an example?

    Yunus: Yes, Islam has prohibited blood of any type. You will agree
    that a chemical analysis of blood shows that it contains an
    abundance
    of uric acid, a chemical substance which can be injurious to human
    health.

    Bob: You’re right about the toxic nature of uric acid, in the
    humanbeing it is excreted as a waste product and in fact we are
    told that 98% of the body’s uric acid is extracted from the blood
    by the kidneys and removed through urination.

    Yunus: Now I think that you’ll appreciate the special prescribed
    method of animal slaughter in Islam.

    Bob: What do you mean?

    Yunus: You see, the wielder of the knife, whilst taking the name
    of the Almighty, makes an incision through the jugular veins,
    leaving all other veins and organs intact.

    Bob: I see, this causes the death of the animal by a total loss of
    blood from the! body, rather than an injury to any vital organ.

    Yunus: Yes, were the organs, example the heart, the liver, or the
    brain crippled or damaged, the animal could die immediately and
    its blood would congeal in its veins and would eventually permeate
    the flesh. This implies that the animal flesh would be permeated
    and contaminated with uric acid and therefore very poisonous; only
    today did our dietitians realize such a thing.

    Bob: Again, while on the topic of food; Why do Muslims condemn the
    eating of pork or ham or any foods related to pigs or swine.

    Yunus: Actually, apart from the Quran prohibiting the consumption
    of pork bacon (pig flesh); in fact the Bible too in Leviticus
    chapter 11,verse 8, regarding swine it says,

    “of their flesh (of the swine another name for pig)shall you not
    eat, and of their carcass you shall not touch; they are ” unclean
    to you.”

    Further, did you know that a pig cannot be slaughtered at the neck
    for it does not have a neck; that is according to its natural
    anatomy. A Muslim reasons that if the pig was to be slaughtered
    and fit for human consumption the Creator would have provided it
    with a neck.

    “Nonetheless, all that aside, I am sure you are well informed
    about the harmful effects of the consumption of pork, in any form,
    be it pork chops, ham, bacon.

    Bob: The medical science finds that there is a risk for various
    diseases as the pig is found to be a host for many parasites and
    potential diseases.

    Yunus: Yes, even apart from that, as we talked about uric acid
    content in the blood, it is important to note that the pig’s
    biochemistry excretes only 2% of its total uric acid content, the
    remaining 98% remains as an integral part of the body.

    Note: Islam forbids not only pork but meat of all those animals
    who eat their own or some one else’s body waste; the most commonly
    known animal in this category is pig or swine whose meat is
    commonly known as pork.

    • ANSWER:
      pork is forbidden simply because the old texts of the bible said so, that its not good to eat anything with a cloven hoof. oddly it seems sheep and goats are ok though, geese and chickens always eat their own waste, ive never met a pig that did. and ive raised both, lots of people eat meat. and mostly the disease they feared in pork is a worm that gets in the muscles and that is killed by cooking. so just forget your judgmental bull crap

  21. QUESTION:
    Did you know……………?
    There are approximately 100,000 miles of blood vessels in the human body.

    Your kidneys filter over 400 gallons of blood each day.

    Your brain is move active and thinks more at night than during the day.

    Your thigh bone is stronger than concrete.

    In a lifetime, your heart pumps about one million barrels of blood.

    Over 90% of diseases are caused or complicated by stress.

    Due to eating habits in the USA, one in three children born in the year 2000 have a chance of getting type II diabetes.

    Every hour one billion cells in the body must be replaced.

    During the female orgasm, endorphines are released, which are powerful painkillers. So headaches are in fact a bad excuse not to have sex.

    The human liver performs over 500 functions.

    When you sleep, you grow by about 8mm (0.3in). The next day you shrink back to your former height.

    Scientists say the higher your I.Q. the more you dream.

    The human brain cell can hold 5 times as much information as the Encyclopedia Britannica.

    Just thought you should know.

    • ANSWER:
      Did you know,

      you’d be my best friend if you gave me the best answer for this?

      also, thank you, i saved all this information in a test file so i can impress my friends.

  22. QUESTION:
    What underlying autoimmune conditions do you think I have? Physicians/Nurses/MD’s, I’m desperate for help?
    Hi may name is Jeb, I’m 22 and live in Ontario, Canada, I’m presenting my case to all of you in the hope you can name some disorders, syndromes, diseases, that go along with my medical history and issues.

    Please read what I wrote carefully and help me find out whats wrong with me. I have been going to doctors for 6 years trying to find out what is truly wrong. and lately everything is getting worse. My health is declining and I want to get better and live a normal life, have kits, a wife, work.. I am so ashamed I can’t even work.

    I have a very rare bleeding disorder called ITP, my disease is chronic and refractory. So, all of the treatments have failed. I have been on Testosterone, Danocrine (which is a modified testosterone), Dexamethasone (a very potent glucocorticoid type of steroid) Prednisone (glucocorticoid steroid), Methylprednisone, which is also a glucocorticoid steroid.

    I have tried IVig which is immunoglobulin. It’s a blood product, 1 bottle contains donations from thousands of people. So i’ve had the immunoglobulin of more than 5000 people put in me multiple times.

    I ended up having a reaction to it and developed “Aseptic Meningitis” which was extremely painful, as well as rigors, which basically means I was shaking badly. The headache was like nothing you could imagine.

    I became desperate after years of having a pretty stable platelet count of 20.

    If you have less than a 20 platelet count you are supposed to be hospitalized although here in Canada this won’t happen because of lack of beds and overcrowded hospitals.

    So, if you have less than 20 a bump to the head could kill you. A punch to the stomach would cause internal bleeding. A punch in the face could and likely would kill you. I bruise extremely easy.

    A normal human being has a count of 140 to 400. So at 20 even I am very likely to be injured severely.

    I have had multiple bleeds, mostly internally but farely superficial and not involving organs with exception of my lungs.

    I cough up blood regularly and it scares me very much.

    Having a low platelet count like this really was hard to deal with so I joined a clinical trial. The drug I was on in the trial ended up giving me a pulmonary embolism, actually more than 1…..3 in both lungs.

    I was in the hospital for a month. My lungs are left scarred and unable to expand properly because of the scarring. I get about 60-70% expansion of my chest. I noticed immediately after the blood clots I could no longer inhale like I used to.

    It has become very stressful fighting for every breath. It’s almost like breathing through a straw. I also have bad asthma which doesnt help.

    I’ve had over 20 CT scans in the past 2.5 years looking for clots because every month I have problems where my lungs hurt more and feel like a clot, and I start coughing up large amounts of blood, not just bloody sputum, the blood is coming out of my lungs into my throat when I cough to expel it.

    The radiologist from my last scan said I had scarring of my lungs and pleural cavity. He said it looked like I have severe lung disease and it’s very serious.

    So I have been pumped full of xrays from the CT scan, and also filled with Contrast Dye so they can see the veins and arteries better when they use the diagnostic imaging (CT SCAN). It’s very hard on my kidneys. And they are worn out, I have problems with them now. I’ve also got more than 50 xrays.

    My left arm is not fully useable, I broke the end of the shoulder bone. The round ball like part of the bone that fits into the socket. I could not get surgery to correct it because of my blood disorder. The surgeon would not do even though the bone didn’t set properly and is more than 1 cm out of place.

    Doesn’t sound like much but the area that broke/fractured is the area all your muscle, ligaments and tendons rest on and over, so now my arm is very stiff and painful. Writing with a pencil hurts very much. Lifting things hurts.

    My doctor wants me to get my spleen taken out but I’m worried it could go wrong because I have no platelets. I will be transfused as they do the surgery but I still worry very much. My doctor is amazing but she is not a surgeon. How can I trust someone I don’t really know to cut me up. How can I find out how many patients have died in his care during surgery. I would love to know the information because I could choose the doctor who was better a keeping people alive and not killing them accidentally during surgery.

    I’m afraid.

    I have also had new symptoms in the past few months, frequent urination, extreme urge to urinate.

    Loss of bladder function, I wet my bed 3 times in the last 2 months. I’m 24, and never have wet the bed before except as a very young child maybe 4-5 y/o.

    I have a patch on my back which is numb and has no feeling and this is a new manifestation of whatever is going on.

    I have been havin
    I’ve been having Vertigo, exactly 5 times this month, where I have days where I become dizzy and nauseas and when I tilt my head my eyes start rollin and moving in strange directions very quickly, and I get the urge to vomit.

    It’s when I tilt my head I get the problem with my eyes going whacky totally out of my control.

    It’s very very debilitating. I have to lay down. Walking is almost impossible and I become so unstable I have almost fallen down the stairs.

    Thanks for helping me I appreciate it very much…….Even if you just have ideas of what could be wrong with me it is good, I need ideas because i don’t know what could be wrong.
    I’ve been having Vertigo, exactly 5 times this month, where I have days where I become dizzy and nauseas and when I tilt my head my eyes start rollin and moving in strange directions very quickly, and I get the urge to vomit.

    It’s when I tilt my head I get the problem with my eyes going whacky totally out of my control.

    It’s very very debilitating. I have to lay down. Walking is almost impossible and I become so unstable I have almost fallen down the stairs.

    Thanks for helping me I appreciate it very much…….Even if you just have ideas of what could be wrong with me it is good, I need ideas because i don’t know what could be wrong.

    • ANSWER:
      ….and you figure a bunch of strangers can diagnose you over the computer? you need to pursue this with a medical professional.

  23. QUESTION:
    Do you understand the wisdom behind the prohibition on certain foods in Islam??
    Wisdom Behind Dietary Restrictions in Islam

    Bob: Tell me why is it that a Muslim is very particular about the words Halaal and Haraam; what do they mean?

    Yunus: That which is permissible is termed Halaal and that which is not permissible is termed Haraam and it is the Qur’an which draws the distinction between the two

    Bob: Can you give me an example?

    Yunus: Yes, Islam has prohibited consuming blood of any type. You will agree that a chemical analysis of blood shows that it contains an abundance of uric acid, a chemical substance which can be injurious to human health

    Bob: You’re right about the toxic nature of uric acid, in the human being it is excreted as a waste product and in fact we are told that 98% of
    the body’s uric acid is extracted from the blood by the kidneys and removed through urination

    Yunus: Now I think that you’ll appreciate the special prescribed method of animal slaughter in Islam.

    Bob: What do you mean?

    Yunus: You see, the wielder of the knife, whilst taking the name of the Almighty’, makes an incision through the jugular veins, leaving all other veins and organs intact.

    Bob: I see, this causes the death of the animal by a total loss of blood from the body, rather than an injury to any vital organ.

    Yunus: Yes, were the organs, example the heart, the liver, or the brain crippled or damaged, the animal could die immediately and its blood would congeal in its veins and would eventually permeate the flesh. This implies that the animal flesh would be permeated and contaminated with uric acid and therefore very poisonous; only today did our dieticians realize such a thing

    Bob: Again, while on the topic of food; why do Muslims condemn the eating of pork or ham or any foods related to pigs or swine.

    Yunus: Actually, apart from the Qur’an prohibiting the consumption of pork, bacon (pig flesh); in fact the Bible too in Leviticus chapter 11, verse 8, regarding swine it says, “Of their flesh (of the swine another name for pig) shall you not eat, and of their carcass you shall not touch; they are unclean to you.” Further, did you know that a pig cannot be slaughtered at the neck for it does not have a neck; that is according to its natural anatomy? A Muslim reasons that if the pig was to be slaughtered and fit for human consumption the Creator would have provided it with a neck. Nonetheless, all that aside, I am sure you are well informed about the harmful effects of the consumption of pork, in any form, be it pork chops, ham, bacon.

    Bob: The medical science finds that there is a risk for various diseases as the pig is found to be a host for many parasites and potential diseases.

    Yunus: Yes, even apart from that, as we talked about uric acid content in the blood, it is important to note that the pig’s biochemistry excretes only 2% of its total uric acid content, the remaining 98% remains as an integral part of the body.

    http://discover.islamway.com/articles.php?article_id=39&lang=1

    To ‘Faz’:

    There is nothing in Qur’an or Sunnah that prohibits eating birds with webbed feet. The only birds that are forbidden are those with talons (Birds of Prey) such as Hawks and Eagles.

    • ANSWER:
      I am not sure about the ban on foods in islam, but in christianity the ban on certain foods and the cleansing rituals kept the jews healthy during the black death. So many survivors of the black plague were jews that england to this day looks down on them because they believed in that day that the jews had cursed them.

      Hope this helps at least a little

  24. QUESTION:
    can anyone prove me wrong about these facts?
    ok i found this topic about why its hameful to eat pig or any other pig products
    plz read it till the end

    WHY IS PORK FORBIDDEN IN ISLAM?
    Bob: Tell me why is it that a Muslim is very particular about the words Halaal and Haraam; what do they mean?
    Yunus: That which is permissible is termed Halaal and that which is not permissible is termed Haraam and it is the Quran which draws the distinction between the two.
    Bob: Can you give me an example?
    Yunus: Yes, Islam has prohibited consumption of blood of any type. You
    will agree that a chemical analysis of blood shows that it contains an
    abundance of uric acid, a chemical substance which can be injurious to
    human health.
    Bob: You’re right about the toxic nature of uric acid, in the
    human being. It is excreted as a waste product and in fact we are told that
    98% of the body’s uric acid is extracted from the blood by the
    kidneys and removed through urination.
    Yunus: Now I think that you’ll appreciate the specially prescribed
    method of animal slaughter in Islam.
    Bob: What do you mean?
    Yunus: You see, the wielder of the knife, whilst taking the name of
    the Almighty, makes an incision through the jugular veins, leaving all
    other veins and organs intact.
    Bob: I see, this causes the death of the animal by a total loss of
    blood from the body, rather than an injury to any vital organ. ”
    Yunus: Yes, if the organs, example the heart, the liver, or the brain
    crippled or damaged, the animal could die immediately and its blood would
    congeal in its veins and would eventually permeate the flesh. This implies
    that the animal flesh would be permeated and contaminated with uric acid
    and therefore very poisonous; only today did our dietitians realize such a
    thing.
    Bob: Again, while on the topic of food; Why do Muslims condemn the
    eating of pork or ham or any foods related to pigs or swine.
    Yunus: Actually, apart from the Quran prohibiting the consumption of
    pork bacon (pig flesh); in fact the Bible too in Leviticus chapter 11,verse
    8, regarding swine it says,
    “of their flesh (of the swine another name for pig)shall you not eat,
    and of their carcass you shall not touch; they are ” unclean to you.”
    Further, did you know that a pig cannot be slaughtered at the neck for
    it does not have a neck; that is according to its natural anatomy. A
    Muslim reasons that if the pig was to be slaughtered and fit for human
    consumption the Creator would have provided it with a neck.
    “Nonetheless, all that aside, I am sure you are well informed about
    the harmful effects of the consumption of pork, in any form, be it pork
    chops, ham, bacon.
    Bob: The medical science finds that there is a risk for various
    diseases as the pig is found to be a host for many parasites and potential
    diseases.
    Yunus: Yes, even apart from that, as we talked about uric acid content
    in the blood, it is important to note that the pig’s biochemistry excretes
    only 2% of its total uric acid content, the remaining 98% remains as an
    integral part of the body.
    Note: Islam forbids not only pork but meat of all those animals who
    eat their own or some one else’s body waste; the most commonly known animal
    in this category is pig or swine whose meat is commonly known as pork.
    Please forward to others…………it may answer some of their
    questions.

    • ANSWER:
      too long

      who needs the theory of evolution when you have:

      ” A Muslim reasons that if the pig was to be slaughtered and fit for human consumption the Creator would have provided it with a neck. ”

  25. QUESTION:
    WHY is this disease so rude to the laymen?
    These are stressful times.Stress can bring many types of ailment.One of them is making a person hallucinate and it has been called schtzophrenia or the ‘cuckoo’ disease. It is a brain problem and the brain is part of the human physical built-up like the kidney, the heart etc.,.The brain exist to function with other parts of the body.When the brain falls sick, one of the result is hallucination.We have shunned the word ‘stress’ in some society and expect no mental problems,why?. One word about someone can always bring other version of stories about thant person.THERE!,I am not happy with the way the vote goes on my previous questions (see pen-name).Stress levels depend on how much a person can take like some are forgiven for having con artist skills while some only can do math. Do forgive a person when he does not know a few things because most of us can only do one stuff at a time.If you are covering up witchcraft then the world have been voting for a witch!
    :

    • ANSWER:
      It is sad there is such a stigma about mental illness and addiction.
      People who survive and cope with these have to contend with being shunned and marginalized and still build a productive life for themselves. Not many “normal” people could do it.

  26. QUESTION:
    Did you know that marijuana kills cancer cells?
    Did you know that marijuana kills cancer cells? It actually causes them to eat themselves in a process called “autophage”.

    Also, instead of killing brain cells, it actually promotes the growth of new brain cells?

    http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn8155-marijuana-might-cause-new-cell-growth-in-the-brain.html

    Cancer Studies:

    THC (marijuana) helps cure cancer says Harvard study

    Link:

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/04/070417193338.htm

    Marijuana Chemical May Fight Brain Cancer
    Active Component In Marijuana Targets Aggressive Brain Cancer Cells, Study Says

    Link:

    http://www.webmd.com/cancer/brain-cancer/news/20090401/marijuana-chemical-may-fight-brain-cancer

    Did you know the government knew about it in 1974?

    http://www.alternet.org/story/9257/

    Did you know that the cannabinoid receptor is the most prevalent cellular receptor in our brains?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cannabinoid_receptor

    This mystery began to unravel in 1964, when tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the main psychoactive chemical in cannabis was isolated and synthesized by Raphael Mechoulam and colleagues in Israel. Subsequently, in 1988, Allyn Howlett and colleagues discovered the cannabinoid receptor in the brain. This receptor called CB1was a precise match for the unique chemicals called cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant (phytocannabinoids). This initial discovery led to scientists hypothesizing that humans are “wired” for cannabis. The CB1receptors have been found in the brain in areas that control the coordination of movement, emotions, memory, reduction of pain, reward systems, and reproduction, yet are almost absent in the brain stem (which affects our vital functions such as breathing). It appears that cannabinoid receptors, which modulate other neurotransmitter function in a retrograde “on demand” fashion are present in far higher concentrations in the brain than any other receptor. While the CB1 receptors are primarily found in the central nervous system, a second type, CB2, discovered in 1993, are found primarily in the immune system, GI tract, liver, spleen, kidney, bones, heart, and peripheral nervous system. In fact, the CB2 receptor appears to be up-regulated whenever there is tissue pathology.

    What do you think about this?

    Is it true?

    Did the government know?

    What do you think about that?

    Did you know that the government actually has the patent on medical marijuana… for use in fighting diseases such as cancer, Crohn’s disease, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease and more?

    And yet they repeatedly say that there is “no medical use” for marijuana.

    Look it up. U.S. Patent #6630507

    A video everyone should watch…

    lo_mcg….

    The reason I make the claims I do is based on my research into the subject. If you want “proof” that the THC in marijuana kills cancer cells, all you have to do is go to www.pubmed.gov and type in “cannabinoids” and “cancer” into the search bar. Literally hundreds of studies will come up. Or you can go to google and type in “THC kills cancer cells” and you’ll also see what I’m talking about.

    Here are just a few….

    http://www.jci.org/articles/view/37948/version/2

    http://www.drugpolicycentral.com/bot/pg/cancer/THC_cancer_nov_2003.htm

    http://scienceblogs.com/scientificactivist/2009/04/thc_gives_cancer_cells_the_mun.php

    http://www.globatron.org/contemporary-culture/thc-kills-brain-tumor-cells

    http://www.healthdailytips.com/alternative-medicine/thc-kills-glioma-cancer-cells-medical-miracles-from-europe/

    http://www.modernmedicine.com/modernmedicine/Modern+Medicine+Now/Marijuana-Active-Ingredient-Stimulates-Cancer-Cell/ArticleNewsFeed/Article/detail/591443

    The reason t
    The reason they do studies is to find a result. In every study I’ve found, the result is that THC kills cancer cells… or more correctly, causes the cancer cells to eat themselves. Now, I don’t know in your world how many studies are required to prove something… but to me it’s been proven as an effective treatment for cancer.

    Now, maybe you don’t like my sources, but unfortunately the main stream media will not touch this story. In case you don’t already know, our media in the U.S. is controlled… all of it… by 4 or 5 major corporations that don’t want to upset the status quo. Essentially we have state controlled media, and the government doesn’t want you to know about the medical effects of mj. They are well paid by the current medical-industrial complex.

    Also, you said, “Claims that a single substance can cure anything from cancer to weight problems to insomnia have to be regarded with suspicion at best, no?”

    And I have regarded them with suspicion. That’s why I’ve been doing nothing except looking into this for the past month or so. What did I find out?

    The main psychoactive chemical in cannabis was isolated and synthesized by Raphael Mechoulam and colleagues in Israel. Subsequently, in 1988, Allyn Howlett and colleagues discovered the cannabinoid receptor in the brain. This receptor called CB1was a precise match for the unique chemicals called cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant (phytocannabinoids). This initial discovery led to scientists hypothesizing that humans are “wired” for cannabis. The CB1receptors have been found in the brain in areas that control the coordination of movement, emotions, memory, reduction of pain, reward systems, and reproduction, yet are almost absent in the brain stem (which affects our vital f
    (which affects our vital functions such as breathing). It appears that cannabinoid receptors, which modulate other neurotransmitter function in a retrograde “on demand” fashion are present in far higher concentrations in the brain than any other receptor. While the CB1 receptors are primarily found in the central nervous system, a second type, CB2, discovered in 1993, are found primarily in the immune system, GI tract, liver, spleen, kidney, bones, heart, and peripheral nervous system. In fact, the CB2 receptor appears to be up-regulated whenever there is tissue pathology.

    These discoveries of the cannabinoid receptors, endocannabinoids and the related enzymes make up what is now called the endocannabinoid system and it seems to be essential in most if not all physiological systems. The endocannabinoid system is essential to life and it relates messages that affect how we relax, eat, sleep, forget and protect as noted by the Italian researcher, Vincenzo Di Marzo.

    In my words… the endocannabinoid system controls many of your bodily functions… and is in most of your vital organs… which is why mj is good for so many ailments. It actually mimics the functions of your bodies own chemistry in all of these organs. For example, in colon cancer studies they found that the people who have colon cancer have these CB receptors turned off in their colon. The researchers found that in human colon cancer cells, the gene that makes the receptor is blocked by a process called methylation, in which a small chemical group is added to the DNA.

    Treating the cells
    Treating the cells with decitibine – a demethylating drug already approved for use in humans – removed the chemical group and the gene began making the receptor. They mentioned that by treating the cells with decitibine and following up with cannabis would work to reduce the cancer growth.

    I’ve seen video diaries of skin cancer being removed by cannabis oil only a few weeks. I’ve seen 3rd degree burns heal up in just a few days using cannabis oil. I’ve chatted with people who were cured of cancer from hemp oil. I’ve talked to AIDS patients who have had their T-cell count cut in half by ingesting cannabis oil.

    I’ve been convinced. Maybe you haven’t. Maybe that’s my job. To convince as many people as possible to consider the possibilities… instead of just blowing them off as the rantings of a pissed off stoner who just wants to get high legally. Guess what? I don’t care if it’s legal for that reason. I want it legal to use as medicine.
    Maybe you don’t like my methods of spreading the word, but I didn’t start looking into this because I read somewhere that “synthetically produced THC might kill cancer cells in small rodents a study in Spain says”. I started looking into it because someone said Rick Simpson cures cancer with marijuana. (I haven’t gone that far yet, if you’ll notice.)

    And about the medical industry… you’re right… they are after profits. And they can’t make anywhere near as much profit from a plant that anyone could grown in their house that CURES a disease as they can by treating the symptoms of the disease over your entire life with expensive pharmaceuticals.

    • ANSWER:
      You keep asking the same question, so I’ll keep giving the same answer.

      What you a linking to and claiming as proof are STUDIES; studies are not proof, they suggest possibilities for further research. Those carrying them out and presenting the results don’t claim them as proof; yet you feel able to do so. Example: the first study you link to. The report’s title: ‘Marijuana might cause new cell growth in the brain. MIGHT. Your claim? ‘it actually promotes the growth of new brain cells’ See the difference? And your question says ‘marijuana kills cancer cells’; none of the studies you link to makes that claim.

      There have been interesting studies, some of which merit further research in my opinion. But so far there is no proof that marijuana is in any way effective against cancer.

      The research carried out at Complutense University and the University hospital of Tenerife is particularly interesting, with some promising results; but as I pointed out to you before, this research was into into the use of chemical cannabinoids to help treat ONE particular sub-type of ONE type of cancer, and involved only 9 patients.

      The researchers don’t claim their findings as conclusive proof; yet you feel able to make that claim for them

      There’s no suggestion in any of this research that marijuana can either treat or prevent cancer; the research has been done using man-made chemicals that mimic the compounds found in cannabis, rather than unpurified marijuana.

      If you were presenting these studies as interesting research and possible evidence, that would be a valid point. But you’re claiming them as proof positive, and in the Cancer section you’ve called all those who point to the lack of conclusive evidence ‘clueless and closed-minded’,

      There is some evidence that marijuana is a risk factor for testicular cancer.

      As for Rick Simpson, named in the title of the video you link to, I’ve watched his Run From the Cure more than once, and find it less than convincing. Claims that a single substance can cure anything from cancer to weight problems to insomnia have to be regarded with suspicion at best, no?

      RFTC features several unsubstantiated testimonials – no way of knowing if these people had ever had the conditions they claimed, and certainly no way of knowing if they’d been ‘cured’.

      But I’ll accept they had those conditions. And as I’ve had cancer, the ones who’d had cancer were the ones to whom I paid most attention. And you know what? – they’d all had conventional treatment, but had chosen to credit the hemp oil with the improvement in their condition.

      This often happens with alternative treatments and cancer – a patient has chemo and feels crap, because chemo makes you feel crap. After the chemo is over, s/he takes some ‘alternative’ medicine; soon s/he begins to feel better. Well, that’s no surprise, you do begin to feel better when chemo is over. But s/he chooses to give the credit for feeling better, and for subsequent improvements in her/his condition, to the unproven alternative rather than to the conventional treatments.

      As I said, less than convincing

      You clearly think marijuana’s effect on cancer has been suppressed in the interests of profit, perhaps in the belief that a natural substance can’t be patented?.

      In fact it’s common for synthetic derivatives to be made that are an improvement on the original, and it’s also common to get patents on the methods of isolating or administering the substance.

      So even if a drug company couldn’t make money directly from hemp oil or marijuana, if either were effective they could make plenty of money and get plenty kudos from developing a safer, more effective derivative. The chemotherapy drug Taxol is derived from yew, and the research into cannabinoids and cancer has all been done using man-made chemicals that mimic the compounds found in cannabis.

      If hemp oil and marijuana had been proven effective against cancer, pharmaceutical companies would be all over them. But so far they haven’t, so drug companies don’t bother with them. They’re after profits, after all

  27. QUESTION:
    Did you know that the THC in marijuana kills cancer cells?
    Did you know that marijuana kills cancer cells? It actually causes them to eat themselves in a process called “autophage”.

    Did you know the government knew about it in 1974?

    http://www.alternet.org/story/9257/

    Did you know that the cannabinoid receptor is the most prevalent cellular receptor in our brains?

    http://www.medicalcannabis.com/Cannabis-Science/endocannabinoid-system

    This mystery began to unravel in 1964, when tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the main psychoactive chemical in cannabis was isolated and synthesized by Raphael Mechoulam and colleagues in Israel. Subsequently, in 1988, Allyn Howlett and colleagues discovered the cannabinoid receptor in the brain. This receptor called CB1was a precise match for the unique chemicals called cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant (phytocannabinoids). This initial discovery led to scientists hypothesizing that humans are “wired” for cannabis. The CB1receptors have been found in the brain in areas that control the coordination of movement, emotions, memory, reduction of pain, reward systems, and reproduction, yet are almost absent in the brain stem (which affects our vital functions such as breathing). It appears that cannabinoid receptors, which modulate other neurotransmitter function in a retrograde “on demand” fashion are present in far higher concentrations in the brain than any other receptor. While the CB1 receptors are primarily found in the central nervous system, a second type, CB2, discovered in 1993, are found primarily in the immune system, GI tract, liver, spleen, kidney, bones, heart, and peripheral nervous system. In fact, the CB2 receptor appears to be up-regulated whenever there is tissue pathology.

    What do you think about this?

    Is it true?

    Did the government know?

    What do you think about that?

    Did you know that the government actually has the patent on medical marijuana… for use in fighting diseases such as cancer, Crohn’s disease, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease and more?

    And yet they repeatedly say that there is “no medical use” for marijuana.

    Look it up. U.S. Patent #6630507
    No Andy. That’s not all the medical uses they’ve found.

    Marijuana cuts lung cancer tumor growth in half, Harvard study shows…

    http://current.com/news/89799784_marijuana-cuts-lung-cancer-tumor-growth-in-half-harvard-study-shows.htm

    From the article below:

    Not only do studies prove that marijuana doesn’t cause certain cancers; they also indicate that, perhaps, marijuana can protect against and treat cancer. In 2005, researchers published work in Mini Reviews in Medicinal Chemistry, asserting that marijuana has an anticancer effect, as the cannabinoids it contains can contribute to the death of cancerous cells, inhibiting growth and spreading…

    Specifically speaking, compounds in cannabinoids have been proven to be affective in the treatment of breast cancer, according to a study featured in Molecular Cancer Therapeutics. It seems that the compounds treat aggressively-spreading breast cancer, impeding upon the expression of genes responsible for the growth and movement of cancer
    way from the initial tumor. Confirming this finding, German researchers for the University of Rostock found that key compounds in marijuana retard tumor growth, publishing the results in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

    Specifically speaking, compounds in cannabinoids have been proven to be affective in the treatment of breast cancer, according to a study featured in Molecular Cancer Therapeutics. It seems that the compounds treat aggressively-spreading breast cancer, impeding upon the expression of genes responsible for the growth and movement of cancer away from the initial tumor. Confirming this finding, German researchers for the University of Rostock found that key compounds in marijuana retard tumor growth, publishing the results in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

    Specifically speaking, compounds in cannabinoids have been proven to be affective in the treatment of breast cancer, according to a study featured in Molecular Cancer Therapeutics. It seems
    BBC: ‘Cannabis’ brain tumour drug hope

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/3561686.stm

    I could find more answers. It seems you all are wrong. Marijuana, specifically it’s active ingredient THC, does kill cancer. Google it. You’ll find study after study.

    You can’t kill cancer simply by smoking a joint. You have to ingest the oil of the cannabis plant, and a lot of it.

    But… just smoking it is enough to protect you from lung cancer. Studies show NO increased chance of lung cancer EVEN IF YOU SMOKE IT. The anti-cancer effects overpower the fact that you are taking in carcinogens by smoking.

    All this is out there… look it up.

    • ANSWER:
      That’s not true. My brother smoked pot daily for a very long time and died of cancer almost a year ago. If it did what you say, then he should never have developed cancer and when he did, they should have been killed and he would be cancer free. Just his case alone blows your theory all apart. Don’t believe everything you read.

  28. QUESTION:
    Did you know that marijuana kills cancer cells?
    Did you know that marijuana kills cancer cells? It actually causes them to eat themselves in a process called “autophage”.

    Studies:

    THC (marijuana) helps cure cancer says Harvard study

    Link:

    http://www.nowpublic.com/thc_marijuana_helps_cure_cancer_says_harvard_study#ixzz19TMQ805v

    Marijuana Chemical May Fight Brain Cancer
    Active Component In Marijuana Targets Aggressive Brain Cancer Cells, Study Says

    Link:

    http://www.webmd.com/cancer/brain-cancer/news/20090401/marijuana-chemical-may-fight-brain-cancer

    Did you know the government knew about it in 1974?

    http://www.alternet.org/story/9257/

    Did you know that the cannabinoid receptor is the most prevalent cellular receptor in our brains?

    http://www.medicalcannabis.com/Cannabis-Science/endocannabinoid-system

    This mystery began to unravel in 1964, when tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the main psychoactive chemical in cannabis was isolated and synthesized by Raphael Mechoulam and colleagues in Israel. Subsequently, in 1988, Allyn Howlett and colleagues discovered the cannabinoid receptor in the brain. This receptor called CB1was a precise match for the unique chemicals called cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant (phytocannabinoids). This initial discovery led to scientists hypothesizing that humans are “wired” for cannabis. The CB1receptors have been found in the brain in areas that control the coordination of movement, emotions, memory, reduction of pain, reward systems, and reproduction, yet are almost absent in the brain stem (which affects our vital functions such as breathing). It appears that cannabinoid receptors, which modulate other neurotransmitter function in a retrograde “on demand” fashion are present in far higher concentrations in the brain than any other receptor. While the CB1 receptors are primarily found in the central nervous system, a second type, CB2, discovered in 1993, are found primarily in the immune system, GI tract, liver, spleen, kidney, bones, heart, and peripheral nervous system. In fact, the CB2 receptor appears to be up-regulated whenever there is tissue pathology.

    What do you think about this?

    Is it true?

    Did the government know?

    What do you think about that?

    Did you know that the government actually has the patent on medical marijuana… for use in fighting diseases such as cancer, Crohn’s disease, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease and more?

    And yet they repeatedly say that there is “no medical use” for marijuana.

    Look it up. U.S. Patent #6630507
    Denise….

    Why the hostility?

    You can gripe all you want. You can call me a liar all you want, but I I don’t think you have done the slightest bit of investigation into the subject. Did you follow any of the links I listed above?

    “Has nothing to do with cancer”………

    There have been MANY studies recently that show that THC kills cancerous cells in both rats and humans. I listed a couple of links above… did you look at them? Or did you just to conclusions because you think you know what you’re talking about??

    Did you go to the U.S. Patent office website and put in the # for the patent that the government has on medical marijuana… for use in fighting diseases such as cancer, Crohn’s disease, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease and more?

    Did you look at the link to the Harvard study?

    Also google: “Spain study cannabis cancer tumors”

    And as far as pot smokers getting cancer goes, I never said that if you smoke marijuana you will not get cancer. They don’t do the
    Bco4th6th…….

    And what would those “dangers of marijuana” be??

    Like the fact that there has never been ONE death attributed to marijuana overdose?? Unlike that thousands of deaths every year attributed to overdose of prescription pharmaceuticals????

    You people are 2 things…. CLUELESS….and CLOSED-MINDED.
    Continuation of the note to denise above:

    They don’t do the studies by giving cancerous mice a joint to smoke. They get the mice to ingest copious amounts of the oil of the cannabis plant. AND IT REDUCES THE SIZE OF THEIR TUMORS.
    And Denise…

    Maybe I’m asking the question over and over to get close-minded people to pay attention, so that maybe they will actually look into what I’m saying to discover that it is true… rather than dismissing it thinking that they know everything there is to know about the world.
    Andy,

    #1 Smoking a joint here or there is not going to cure cancer. The people who have had results extract the oil from the cannabis plant and ingest it. Smoking it introduces carcinogens that might not be so good for someone with cancer.

    All these studies are new. Even if the government wanted to legalize it for cancer patients, they’d have to spend millions of dollars and years and years of research before they would say it could be safely used… meantime thousands/millions die.

    They’ve known about it’s cancer-killing abilities since the 1970′s… and they haven’t done anything about it yet.

    The government doesn’t care if you die…as long as they get their money.
    Bullet Tooth Tony…

    FINALLY! A voice of reason in the wilderness!
    lo_mcg…….

    What did I say that was untrue?

    You said, “But so far there is no actual proof that marijuana is in any way effective against cancer.” I didn’t say those words. I said, “marijuana kills cancer cells”, and it does. In study after study. You can look it up on the internet, and I’ve provided just a few links. There are many more out there. Also google: Endocannibinoid system

    You said, “The researchers do not claim their findings as conclusive proof; yet you feel able to make that claim for them”. Where did I say anything about proof? You’re putting words into my mouth. I simply stated what the article about the study said… and then gave a link to the article.

    You’re acting as if I said, “Smoke a joint and you’re cancer will be cured!!!” I never said anything like that. I simply copied the headline of the article I was using as a source, and then gave the link to the article.

    I just find it interesting that mj might help us find a cure for cancer one day,
    I just find it interesting that mj might help us find a cure for cancer one day, and wanted to share the links with people so maybe medical mj would get a better rap. If you look at the government’s patent on medical mj, I gave the number so anyone could look it up, it appears than cannabinoids are useful for treating a host of diseases (cancer, Crohn’s disease, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease and more).

    And btw, the people I’m answering back to have been saying things like “marijuana has nothing to do with cancer” …. when it does.

    Or saying things like, “if that were true anyone who smokes mj wouldn’t get cancer”…. and that is not true either. It is entirely possible that large amounts of THC could fight cancer growth when smoking a joint or two here or there might not do anything.

    Or they’re calling me names like long-haired, liberal freak… when I’m a short-haired, conservative normal human being.
    Denise: You obviously don’t know how our government works. Laws are not passed based on logic or common sense or what the people want… they are passed based on who pays their lobbyist the most.

    The medical/pharmaceutical industry makes much more money treating disease than they do curing them. Big Pharma has one of the biggest lobbies in D.C. They make billions selling drugs to people to reduce symptoms… rather than cure diseases.

    The tobacco industry also lobbies against medical mj.

    So do the bar owners.

    And the prison-industrial complex.

    And all the funding for the “war on drugs”.

    All this money is flowing in one direction… lining the pockets of powerful people… who don’t want to see the status quo changed.

    • ANSWER:
      You’re assuming that you can reach close-minded people. That’s a naive assumption. If they could be reached and used rational reasoning and logic, they wouldn’t be close-minded people in the first place. What makes them close-minded people is the fact that they won’t listen to you or agree with what you are saying, no matter how many studies or sources you present before them. I wouldn’t waste my time if I were you. Evolution will eventually weed them out as the generations are becoming more open-minded every 10 years or so.

      And yes I did know that. Below are some more sources for you to use in your futile mission. Alternet.org, MedicalCannabis.com, and NowPublic.com do not look like credible websites. So in the future, you may want to link to more well-known media sites like ScienceDaily, CBS, WashingtonPost, etc.
      If you don’t, then people will accuse your sources of not being credible enough and will say that anybody with can register a domain name and put up a website


Types Of Kidney Failure Diseases

There are two prime types of kidney breakdown in humans. The first occurs somewhat abruptly and is called “acute renal letdown.” We’ll speak later about the causes of this order. The jiffy disease is more insidious and occurs over time. It is called “returning renal crash.” This nature of kidney crash has causes of its own. The remedy for both types of renal letdown is violently the same, with dialysis and kidney transplant being the most everyday treatments.

One of the most general causes of acute kidney fiasco, also called acute renal fiasco, is the swift injury of blood flood to the kidneys such as seen in shock, surgery, infected shock, strong stream, burns or acute dehydration. Infections can origin kidney closure, especially if they begin the kidneys to be infected as well. More seldom, acute tubular necrosis can reason the disease.

Sudden impasse of the kidneys can effect in acute kidney closure as does auto immune diseases and diseases that clot the small blood vessels of the kidneys. Some of these conditions involve having a transfusion reply, having malignant high blood burden (extremely high blood strain), scleroderma or bleeding disorders of pregnancy like an abrupted placenta or a placenta previa.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    do autoimmune diseases causes kidney failure?
    if the exist a disease could cause kidney failure can somebody tell me the type of autoimmune disease!!

    • ANSWER:

  2. QUESTION:
    Can you have kids with kidney disease?
    I have MPGN type 2. I have one but I want more eventually. Some doctors have told me yes, others no, but my parents have also said no. I have not reached kidney failure yet and eventually I will need a transplant. I’m going for a checkup apt. Tuesday and possibly discuss & schedule a biopsy and recieve test results.

    I realize right now I can’t have more kids, but in another year or two I may want more. I also know my fiance (my son’s father) wants more kids, but he doesnt want to put me at risk. He has said that although more kids would be nice, if I’m not able to he will be ok with that. They have said that maybe if my disease goes into remision I can, but only then.

    If i were to have more kids now there is a possibility that my kidneys can go into failure and me and the baby would die. So of course we are waiting and being safe.

    Is this reasonable or possible?Does anyone have any type of kidney disease? Do you have kids? Does anyone have any info. that might help?

    • ANSWER:
      I don’t have any kids but was told that a year and a half after transplant it would be ok. This was due mainly the high doses of certain meds that I was on. Good luck to you.

  3. 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!! :)

  4. QUESTION:
    failure to control their disease can cause all of the following complications EXCEPT—?
    A recurring emphasis throughout this quarter has been the importance of diet and exercise and its relationship to “lifestyle” diseases–diseases we can reduce our risks for by having a healthy diet and getting regular exercise. Type 2 diabetes is one such lifestyle disease that can have very serious consequences. Diabetes can alter a person’s metabolism, and can cause production of unwanted compounds, or change the functioning within cells and organs. Type 1, which isn’t a lifestyle disease has the same affects on the person. As a result, whether a person has Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, failure to control their disease can cause all of the following complications EXCEPT—

    A) amputations
    B) blurry vision or even blindness
    C) renal disease and kidney failure
    D) osteoporosis
    E) increase in heart disease and heart attack
    F) increased risk for Alzheimer’s Disease

    • ANSWER:
      I’ll narrow it down for you. It’s either D. or F. But I would tend towards D.

  5. QUESTION:
    can someone tell me why i cant get over this uti or kidney infection?
    Ever since i was a little girl i keep getting uti’s and kidney infection. When i was 21 years old my Dr decided to find out what wa causing me to get these recurring infections. So i had a cystoscopy done and he found out that i had a over active bladder. Since then instead of getting them like 5x a year i just had 2. But the problem is i had this uti for about 3 weeks and i tried 2 antibiotics and i’m still in pain… Im the type of person thworriesrys like their is no tomorrow and the things that are going through my head are crazy,,,, Like kidney failure , kidney disease, having catheter put in or even death!!! Can someone tell me whats going on, Im going to the Dr tomorrow and Im afraid i going to hear some bad news……… Im scared

    • ANSWER:
      I think you need to ask your dr straigh up – DO I HAVE INTERSTATIAL CYSTITIS – AND THAT YOU NEED TO TELLOR ASK HIM/HER THAT/ IF YOU NEED TO BE ON LONGTERM ANTIBIOTICS. It sounds that the infection is staying in the lining of your bladder.

      what is it?

      Interstitial cystitis is a chronic condition that can cause discomfort or pain in the bladder and the surrounding pelvic region. People with the condition often have an inflamed or irritated bladder wall. This may lead to scarring and stiffening of the bladder, less bladder capacity, and pinpoint bleeding in the bladder lining. Symptoms of interstitial cystitis include discomfort, pressure, tenderness, or intense pain in the bladder and surrounding pelvic area; an urgent and frequent need to urinate — both day and night; and reduced bladder capacity

      http://bladder.emedtv.com/interstitial-cystitis/interstatial-cystitis.html

      This forum may offer some insite.

      http://www.ic-network.com/forum/archive/index.php/

      Dont panic, you wont be stuck with a catheter, but it may be recommended to try Intermittant self-catherization. (it wont hurt, and it will help relieve any residual urine in the bladder.)

      Finally:
      I am here to tell you that there is something called an Inter-stim that can be implanted. I have one and it is amazing
      MEDRTONICS IS THE COMPANY for thiese implants,
      One time a month (the 2nd tuesday) they have a teleconference and you can call in and ask the dr questions.
      If you would get a hold of me I would gladly join you the night of the teleconference and make sure your questions get answered.
      Here is more info:

      http://www.medtronic.com/your-health/overactive-bladder/OAB_SELF_ASSESSMENT.htm

      If you have a question about sacral nerve stimulation, send it up to 2 days prior to the event listed below to: interstimteleconferences@medtronic.com.

      Teleconference Dates for 2008
      Please call Toll-Free: (877) 209-9919

      All calls are held on Tuesdays, 7:30 pm Central, 8:30 pm Eastern, 6:30 pm Mountain, 5:30 pm Pacific on the following days:
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      Participant Instructions
      Please dial in 3-5 minutes prior to conference start time. Your line will be placed on hold with music until conference start.

      Information on this site should not be used as a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information

      The nerve that controls this is the sacral nerve. and even though you go thru a trial, I can tell you that it is nothing like the real implant. If this is offered- just go thru the trila, because you must but – get the implant…IT CAN BE REVERSED.

  6. QUESTION:
    What would cause a 25 year old woman to have kidney disease?
    My co-worker’s sister went into the hospital with severe dehydration and acute renal failure. After a week she is still in the hospital but downgraded from the ICU to a regular floor. She was diagnosed with stage 4 kidney disease. Her mother had kidney disease, but was much older when it became so severe she had to have a transplant.

    From what I read on line, some types of kidney disease can be hereditary, but she’s only 25.

    She was on a medication that was making her sick to her stomach and was throwing up for almost a week, which caused the dehydration. Could that have triggered the kidney disease? or is it a blessing in disguise that she was so dehydrated that her kidneys shut down and they discovered the disease before it was too late?

    • ANSWER:
      Dehydration can have serious renal consequences. Add that to the genetic predisposition and you have the proverbial powder keg. I have a renal tubal disorder that is rare, and if I dehydrate even a tiny bit, I’m hooked up to potassium, magnesium, sodium, and all kinds of lovely extra stuff and in hosp. for at last a week. I do not take vomiting lightly. Eating a good diet is crucial in many renal disorders.

  7. QUESTION:
    Does this sound like kidney failure or am I overacting?
    I have times where I think I have a disease, but I really don’t. I’m really into medical stuff, so I look up different disease. I have been having some unexplained symptoms, and I was wondering if kidney failure could be it.
    I’m a 13 year old girl. I’ve had type 1 diabetes for a little over a year now, but my A1Cs have been great.
    For a long time now (2 or 3 years) I’ve had unexplained stomach pain. I’ve seen doctors about this and they’ve said it was because I stressed myself out (I do have OCD with my school work).
    I’ve had unexplained headaches for about 4 or 5 years. I’ve had a brain scan done one time because doctor’s thought I had a brain tumor. It turned out that I had a horrible case of nickel poisoning.
    For the past year and a half, I’ve had fatigue where I just don’t have that much energy.
    Recently, I’ve noticed that I’m getting a lack of an appetite and my blood sugars have been going up a little bit.
    Also, I’ve been having bad lower back pain at random moments for the past few days. The pains is located right where I’m kidneys are.
    So, all my symptoms are:
    Headache
    Stomach ache
    Fatigue
    Lack of appetite
    Lower back pain

    Also, I have trouble going to bed at night.

    Does this sound like kidney failure? Or am I overacting?

    Thanks! :)
    Also, I have times when I get dizzy for no reason. It lasts for about a minute and then goes away, but it makes me feel like I’m going to pass out.

    • ANSWER:
      Doesn’t sound like kidney trouble to me. It sounds more like severe stress and tension complaints. However, I’m not a qualified doctor, so seek direct medical advice if you’re concerned; your health is your wealth.

  8. QUESTION:
    feeding a dog with canine kidney disease?
    my baby basset, who is not quite 2 years old, was recently diagnosed with kidney disease. this was a severe shock to me since he is showing no signs of renal failure. the vet is recommending a low protein diet – hills vet formula to be exact, which i am not a fan of. just wondering if anyone out there has gone thru this with your furkid. i’m looking for alternatives to feed him, even if it’s something that i have to whip up myself. i’ve taken away his normal food and have been feeding canned, raw diet, yogurt and water mix to him twice a day. i’m open for any type of herbal remedies – since the dog food that i was feeding to both of my dogs was a holilistic blend. the hills diet that is recommended by the vet contains 6% protein – doesn’t seem like a lot of nutrition to me. does anyone know if lab results leaning towards kidney failure could be the sign of something else. i am seeking a second opinion just to be on the safe side but in the meantime i need to be able to feed my dog

    • ANSWER:
      Ambertech has a product called Kidney Rejuvenator that is herbs to help with kidney function. http://www.ambertech.com/kr.php

      A diet suitable for dogs with failing kidneys can be prepared at home by adding one-half cup of cooked ground chicken breast or two crushed large hard-boiled eggs (no shells) to four cups of mashed potatoes or four cups of boiled brown rice. 30ml (Two tablespoons) of Canola oil, one-quarter Centrum tablet, 100iu of vitamin E, and 500mg of absorbable Calcium from any human calcium supplement, which is free of phosphorus on the label. Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol acetate is known to slow the aging process by scavenging free-radicals). The amount prepared should feed a 25 pound dog for a day or two, depending on its activity level and metabolic rate.

      A second recipe, originally published by Hill’s Pet Foods, for renal failure in dogs consists of ¼ pound ground regular beef (not chuck or round), 1 large hard-boiled egg, two cups of cooked white rice, three slices of white bread, and a teaspoon full of calcium carbonate and also a multivitamin with vitamin E.

  9. QUESTION:
    im getting to a stage where i dont really care. i dunno whats the matter with me !!?
    Right,
    so im 15. and i have a type of kidney disease. i haven’t been to school full time in 7 months because iv been in hospital alot.
    The thing is im supposed to take tablets and drink 3 liters of water a day.
    i don’t, i pretend to drink more than i do to my parents. and i miss tablets alot. i have a lot of pain too and sometimes i take more than im supposed too. and obv dont tell anyone, the thing is, my kidneys will fail if i carry on like this. but, im not meaning this to be rude or unthoughtful to anyone that has had kidney failure. im sure its horrible ! :| . but about mee , i just dont care, i think its because i would rather have kidney failure than to carry on like i am. taking more that 10 pain killers a day, keep getting kidney infections bla bla. not going to school properly.

    of course my parents care and all i hear is “have you been drinking” but iv gone to being completely healthy to like this, in a year.

    My mum isn’t very sympathetic At ALL. im rolling around in agony and she would usually ignore me.

    i did hae 5 kidney stones (caused by the disease ) removed in november. and all i want now is another one. because i hoping if i get another one the pain will go. i sound like a nut case i no. LOL.

    But yeaa, i dont no what to do . im not going to be telling anyone anytime. i just cant, becasue i should care about what happens to me. but i dont. at the moment ,im more scared of living than dying. what do i doo ?! I have had psychology and stuff, and it didn’t help at all.

    thank you ! Sorry it was long.

    ps: my kidney function it alright at the moment.

    • ANSWER:
      It is most unfortunate to note Ur agony @ such a tender age. U’ve to restrict Ur diet and U may try to follow the following stipulated instructions for Ur Kidney Stones and renal colic. God bless U, my dear young heart.We want that U should live full 100 years with the best of Ur health.
      U may show this message to Ur parents and seek their assistance.

      ACUPRESSURE TECHNIQUES:

      With ur thumb, press ur/his/her palms and soles, wrists and ankles on both sides. Suppose pain is felt while press9ng a particular point in the palm/sole, u have to press the surrounding area—just like u r pumping out air from that painful point. The blocked energy in any internal organ, be it lungs, heart, stomach, kidneys, pancreas, liver, etc., shall be released along with toxins if any. As a last point u must press middle part of each palm/sole; so that toxins, if any, shall be excreted/purged through urine without affecting the kidneys.
      It should be done in an empty stomach or after 2 hours after meals. With this, all the endocrine glands and their hormonal secretions shall be regulated. All internal organs shall function up to optimal levels.

      Renal Calculi: Kidney Stones

      1.Black Tea Therapy—Drink one cup of black tea, the first thing in the morning. In case of nausea, keep 2 cloves or little sugar in the mouth. After 15 minutes, regular breakfast can be taken.
      How to prepare Black Tea? Put 1 tea spoonful of leaf tea [any tea will do] in one cup of water. Boil till it becomes half cup. Filter it and add half cup of hot water. Drink it hot for 12 to 15 days.
      2. Diet Restrictions:
      Say NO to
      Palak or Chaulai,Tomatoes,Amla, Chckoo, Cashew Nuts, Cucumber, Black grapes, Cauliflower, Pumpkin, Mushroom, Brinjal.

      Say YES to
      Coconut water, Cornsilk Tea,Barley,Pineapple juice, Bananas,Almonds, Lemons, Carrots, Horse Gram, Karela [Bitter Gourd].

      :CANOVA DROPS;
      IT’S A NON-POISONOUS VEGETABLE PLANT EXTRACT OBTAINED FROM THE FORESTS OF JOHANNSBERG, SOUTH AFRICA. It is found to be, after extensive research for over a decade, effective for cancer, tumors, leukemia, HIV and AIDS. It is a good immune booster.
      To be taken sublingual — dosage – 10 drops t.d.s. not to eat anything 10 minutes before and 10 minutes after medication. However, water can be taken.

      . Kidneypain— Renal Colic Same as Colic.
      256. Kidney— Stone in Mixture of NP 3x, NS 3x and S 12x.
      257. Kidney— Inflammation Mixture of FP 12x, KM 3x and NP 3x.
      China 200 in trituration (powder form) about 1 grain daily for 15 or 20 days in acute cases otherwise on alternate days. There is a plant called PERPATTA, take 2-1/2 leaves thereof, 5 pieces of KALI MIRCH (Black pepper) and drink daily in the morning. Take 1 Pao Kulthi, put in a ghara (earthen jar) of water heat and boil and strain and keep. Drink only that water as far as possible, cures in 10 days.

      92.Colic pain[inflammation of colon & renal colic]Severe gripping pain in bowels. MP-3x in very hot water every 5 or 10 minutes failing which mixture of CP-3x or 12x,FP 3x, KM 3x, KP 3x, MP 3x, NM 3x, KS 3x, NP 3x abd NS 3x failing which homoeopathis colosynth 6, one pill @ short intervals. Simply wonderful.
      Dosage 2 grains t.d.s.
      All these biochemic salts are safe and with side benefits. Don’t swallow medicine. The medicine to be dissolved on/under the tongue. Don’t take any thing 10 minutes before and 10 minutes after medication. You can take water. With best wishes

  10. QUESTION:
    What to do for bladder infections?
    I’m 15 and I’m a girl. I’ve been getting a dull pain in my left lower back (probably kidney) and in my front lower left abdomen (probably my bladder). I’m afraid of what it could be or become. Bladder infection? Kidney disease? Kidney failure? Urinary tract infection? Kidney stones? Some type of cancer? I did some research and from what Ive found, when a young girl expieriences pains such as mine, a doctor must do a pelvic exam. I don’t know how true this is but the reason I’ve always hated going to the doctor was because I was always afraid I’d get a pelvic exam for any visit to the doctors. So it turns out that now that I may have a serious problem, the only way to help myself is to do the thing I dread the most. Lovely. So anywho, I’ve been looking online, without actually being diagnosed, for cures to bladder infections and so on. I have failed but I hear alot of good things about cranberry juice and others said it wasn’t going to help me at all. Reasons for which i dont want a pelvic exam are basically because im embarrassed or ill be nervous and i also dont want to answer questions like “are you sexually active?” which im not, and “do you masturbate?” which i do. I also have some small sores on the front of my vagina from shaving and I don’t want the doctor to think it’s something else. What do you think I might have? Should I risk the visit for an exam? Are they even going to give me a pelvic exam? Is there any way I can get rid of this problem myself?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, while you were busy doing “research” instead of going to the doctor, it’s very likely that your bladder infection has spread to at least one of your kidneys. Now GO TO THE DOCTOR. There is no home remedy for a kidney infection. It’s unlikely you will need a pelvic exam, and “are you sexually active” is a yes/no question which they probably won’t bother about anyway. I’ve had more than one UTI, and I’ve never been asked whether I was sexually active, and I’ve never been asked whether I masturbate by a doctor under any circumstances.

      What is likely is that you’ll be asked to answer some questions about your symptoms and to provide a urine sample. Just go, already.

  11. QUESTION:
    End-stage kidney failure?
    My mother was diagnosed with this disease about eight years ago, when she had my sister. She is 40 now. My sister was born 2 months premature, because my mom’s blood was entoxicated,(poisoned). She was told , by her good-for-nothing-doctor(who is now being sewed for malpractice) that both of her kidneys were now completely shriveled , and dry like a raisin. Well that is true, but now after all this time, she’s having trouble with her heart. It works 30% , the normal percent for a healthy person is: 50%. And now she’s scared of getting lupus. She was rushed to the hospital today, because her blood pressure was going nuts. Since, she was switched from the hemo to the blood dyalisis, she has to be careful with her liquid intake. The medicine was a pain reliever given by her doc. to calm the pain of her surgery down. They operated her left arm, where they placed the permanent place for her new dyalisis type.
    Can she actually be at risk of getting lupus? And what are the symptoms. Help?!?

    • ANSWER:
      I have Lupus. Dx’d in 1985. My kidneys failed as a result of lupus. I don’t know, she may have had lupus for sometime. It is common for it to flare during pregnancy and women in their child bearing years are at increased risk. Common signs of lupus are:

      Red rash or color change on the face, often in the shape of a butterfly across the nose and cheeks

      Painful swollen joints

      Unexplained fever – low grade

      Chest pain with deep breathing – Pleurisy

      Swollen glands

      Extreme fatigue (feeling tired all the time)

      Unusual hair loss (mainly on the scalp)

      Pale or purple fingers or toes from cold or stress

      Sensitivity to the sun

      Low blood count

      Depression, trouble thinking, and/or memory problems

      Other signs are mouth sores, unexplained seizures (convulsions), “seeing things” (hallucinations), repeated miscarriages, and unexplained kidney problems.
      Lupus is an autoimmune disease, meaning the bodies own immune system attacks itself. The immune system’s job is to fight foreign substances in the body, like germs and viruses. But in autoimmune diseases, the immune system is out of control. It attacks healthy tissues, not germs. Any organ of the body may be targetted, including the heart and kidneys.

      You can’t catch lupus from another person. It isn’t cancer, and it isn’t related to AIDS. Lupus a very complex disease and is sometimes very hard to dx and some pts. go for years undiagnosed as in my case. It took a couple of years and I had most of the classic symptoms.

  12. QUESTION:
    Is mangosteen good for diabetics?
    I was recently diagnosed with diabetes I am a 25 year old female who is significantly overweight. I take Metformin and Glyburide and sometimes insulin shots. (They are going back and forth between Type 1 and 2 they are uncertain still of what I am because my weight leans to 2 but my age somehow makes them think 1.) I went DKA 2 months ago since then I have lost more than 50 pounds and I am trying to save myself from the terrible problems that arise with having the disease. (blindness, kidney failure etc.) My grandmother recently told me a friend of her’s who has diabetes is taking mangosteen juice and is having great results , Anyone ever tried it ? Or heard anything about it ? I have looked it up but all I am really getting is that it is being studied and there are nothing yet out about its benefits other than testimonials.

    • ANSWER:
      It’s terrible. Immediately stop.

  13. QUESTION:
    I found this weird bug on my dog! Can anyone tell me what it is?
    I found a bug on my Lhasa Apso’s right cheek. It was kinda close to his eye. It was flat and round. It was a yellowish orange color and it had red stripes on it’s sides and dark red legs. It had a white stomach but it’s chest was black. Please anyone who can help, please help! My dog threw up 4 times in the last 2 days and we want to know if that sickness could be connected to the bug we found. We’ve seen ticks on him but we’ve never seen this kind of bug. We brought him on a long walk yesterday near my school. My school has a lot of open land and he likes to sniff everything around it. Again if you have any information on this type of bug or anything that might help, please help. And don’t tell me that my dog has kidney disease or kidney failure because we brought him to the vet and his vet told us he didn’t have any kidney problems(disease or failure or anything). But if you have anything including links to websites, general information, anything!

    • ANSWER:
      not a tick or a flea, anything like that. sounds like a spider

      Well maybe I have not been exposed to as many types of ticks as I thought. Google deer ticks and see if that is the kind of bug you saw. Deer ticks carry lyme disease which can be very bad for a dog.

      I would post a link but my computer or yahoo will not let me copy and paste.

  14. QUESTION:
    lupus,kidney dialysis and traveling?
    my aunt has lupus disease and now shes having kidney failure and is currently on kidney dialysis every other day. she is living in another country and we are trying to get her to move here to live with us. does anyone now what type of traveling arrangements should we make.. we know what current medications shes on and we have all her medical records. theres a major hospital 15 minutes away from our house and a dialysis center thats right next to it. the traveling arrangements is the problem.. has anyone been through this that could help me? or even if they havent been through this atleast if they have some idea what we could do..

    • ANSWER:
      She should fly. Have a treatment the day before she is schedule to come in and then have a treatment set up for the day after she arrives so that she doesn’t miss any treatments. Does your aunt have insurance that will be in effect once she arrives (I’m sorry I’m assuming that you’re in the United States and she’s coming in from elsewhere…this may not be the case). In any event, I would have her medical file copied and sent to the doctor and treatment center that you have lined up in your area for her. They’ll need all the info to properly treat her.

      She will have no problem flying due to her dialysis. She may be uncomfortable due to the Lupus and her joints becoming stiff. Also, make sure the airline is aware of her medical issues and any special diet she may have. They’ll be more than accomodating.

      Good Luck to you and your family!

  15. QUESTION:
    Fevers, seizures, high phosphorus levels in baby?
    My niece just turned 1 in October. She has been running a fever for several days and has been having petit mal seizures. She has been in and out of the hospital for the past few days. The doctors also found that she has very high phosphorus levels, which they say they have never seen in a baby. I googled high phosphorus levels and I see a lot of about kidney disease or kidney failure. Is anyone able to find any articles regarding high phosphorus levels in babies? I can’t find a thing because everything I read pertains to adults as this is rarely seen in babies. Or does anyone have any ideas perhaps what could be wrong with her? Could she really have kidney failure this young and it could cause seizures and fevers? Thanks for any ideas or advice. The doctors are very confused and do not know what to do right now except run tests. I know there aren’t doctors on here but thought there might be someone who has experienced this with a baby or might know more about medical stuff than I do.
    BTW, my niece was born almost 2 months premature. She has always had feeding issues and can only drink a certain type of formula. She is also extremely behind for her age, although I think that is common in premature babies. I know her mom didn’t take very good care of herself during the pregnancy either. Thanks again!
    How do I add you??

    • ANSWER:
      i looked it up and all it mentions is the effect on kidney but came across this http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/phosphate-in-blood?page=2 and they do say if baby has too much vitm d.
      good luck

  16. QUESTION:
    HELP! IS THIS EVEN A CHILD SUPPORT CASE?
    My mom is disabled she has (END STAGE RENAL DISEASE, kidney failure), she has not worked since 2007. My dad made ends meets… few months ago my grandma died so my dad went back to his country for her funeral… while over there he had a heart attack, he has been very ill since then and is trying to come back as soon as he is well enough to. It has been about 4 months… I am 29 years old and I dropped out of college. I work alot to try and support my mom and 3 younger siblings… it has been hard. I needed extra help so i went down to the department of family services and applied for Food stamps and Temporary assistance for needy families. We have been receiving help from them since April. Today I open the mail and I see 2 letters from the child support division summoning both of my parents to court on on June 23. I thought child support was if theres a divorce or if the parents are separated. I don’t really know what to do, im trying to get an appointment with my caseworker but she is so hard to get a hold of. I even went down to see her today and she said she was busy and to leave her my phone number she would call back. Both of my parents have worked over 10 years have paid their taxes on time… and never have asked for any type of help, they did with what they had. However, it was very difficult and we needed this help temporarily, no matter how much i worked it wasn’t enough. Did i get my parents in a bigger mess? Or is this whats suppose to happen in this situation? Is this even a child support case? If you have any advice or have had a similar experience please help, I would appreciate it.
    Thank you for all the help… let me clarify a little bit, I DID NOT APPLY FOR MY SIBLINGS… I went with my mom to help fill out the forms. Both my parents are married and are the guardians of my siblings.

    • ANSWER:
      This is a child support case if you claimed to be supporting their minor children. Child support is not just for divorced couples, whoever has custody of those kids is entitled to support.

      At this point your parents need to repay the state for the support given to you, this is also how single mothers receiving support works, the state goes after dad.

      If you do not have custody, but your mother does YOU are in trouble for welfare fraud.

      Your parents need to show up at the court and prove they are unable to repay the state for the welfare payments you received for their children.

  17. QUESTION:
    IS THIS A CHILD SUPPORT CASE? Help!!!!?
    My mom is disabled she has (END STAGE RENAL DISEASE, kidney failure), she has not worked since 2007. My dad made ends meets… few months ago my grandma died so my dad went back to his country for her funeral… while over there he had a heart attack, he has been very ill since then and is trying to come back as soon as he is well enough to. It has been about 4 months… I am 29 years old and I dropped out of college. I work alot to try and support my mom and 3 younger siblings… it has been hard. I needed extra help so i went down to the department of family services and applied for Food stamps and Temporary assistance for needy families. We have been receiving help from them since April. Today I open the mail and I see 2 letters from the child support division summoning both of my parents to court on on June 23. I thought child support was if theres a divorce or if the parents are separated. I don’t really know what to do, im trying to get an appointment with my caseworker but she is so hard to get a hold of. I even went down to see her today and she said she was busy and to leave her my phone number she would call back. Both of my parents have worked over 10 years have paid their taxes on time… and never have asked for any type of help, they did with what they had. However, it was very difficult and we needed this help temporarily, no matter how much i worked it wasn’t enough. Did i get my parents in a bigger mess? Or is this whats suppose to happen in this situation? Is this even a child support case? If you have any advice or have had a similar experience please help, I would appreciate it.

    • ANSWER:
      If you applied for assistance on behalf of your younger siblings and they are still minors, the state may consider your parents to be obligated to them for child support. What should have happened is that your father should have applied for disability or for assistance based on his inability to work. What you have done (apparently) if you applied for the assistance in your own name and listed them all as your dependants is to say to the state that you are providing all support to the minors in your household, and they are trying to get your parents to reimburse them for the support they’re providing. Consult a lawyer and see what you can do to get it all straightened out.

  18. QUESTION:
    How long will it take me to lose 100 pounds?
    I’m a teenager and im overweight. But im a weird type of over weight cause i can jog for long distances and can work out for long periods of time. I recently decided to change my life style because of family history (diabetes, heart disease, kidney failure). Ive changed my eating habits as well and i don’t know what foods to eat. I am recently running about 6.14 miles a day which includes running up 3 hills. How long will it take me to lose 100 pounds if i continue this exercise? Right now i think i currently weigh about 260 – 240. (Ohh can you please add foods that are good in protein and good for my health, specific names like brands and stuff)
    I’m a teenager and im overweight. But im a weird type of over weight cause i can jog for long distances and can work out for long periods of time. I recently decided to change my life style because of family history (diabetes, heart disease, kidney failure). Ive changed my eating habits as well and i don’t know what foods to eat. I am recently running about 6.14 miles a day which includes running up 3 hills. How long will it take me to lose 100 pounds if i continue this exercise? Right now i think i currently weigh about 260 – 240. (Ohh can you please add foods that are good in protein and good for my health, specific names like brands and stuff)
    I also forgot to mention i will begin to do sports including wrestling which is a lot of conditioning.

    • ANSWER:
      true and genuine weight loss of that magnitude shouldtake about 3 years. If you do like my one friend and do the adkins diet you can lose 100 pounds in 6 months but will have the same skin flaps/bags that he did. You body need to adjust to gradual weight change 2-3 pounds a month. You skin will slowly comopensate, and for heavens sake exercise, diets are worthless unless you stay on them forever.

  19. QUESTION:
    If a user contacts you via yahoo answers do you contact them.?
    I answered a question from a user on here about neutering her sons dog. and I told her if she could not afford to neuter her dog as she was suggesting .00 is too expensive I had told her she should rehome the dog. So she later emails me through the email feature and she says

    I AM ASSUMING I AM TALKING TO A PRE-TEEN..MY SON IS TAKING EXCELENT CARE OF HIS BEAUTIFUL PUPPY. HOWEVER IN CASE YOU HAVENT NOTICED THE ECONOMY IN TODAYS WORLD. I WENT TO FRIENDS OF ANIMALS AND THEY GIVE YOU A CERTIFICATE AS A DISCOUNT TO ENCOURAGE. SOME PEOPLE WHO DON
    T NO THE IMPORTANCE OF NEUTERING. iM HAPPY YOU LOVE YOUR LITTLE SHIH TZUS. i JUST HAD TO PUT MY BEST FRIEND DOWN FROM A RARE KIDNEY DISEASE. MY HEART BREAKS EVERY DAY.. SO PLEASE. WATCH HOW YOU TALK TO PEOPLE THE NEXT TIME YOU DECIDE TO ANSWER ANY MORE QUESTIONS. OR BETTER YET RE-READ THE QUESTION. BEFORE ANSWERING. THANKS..

    ok I went back to the answer and said Do you send a message to all of the people answer your question. I have typed this many times to people who post these types of questions. If you still can not afford the surgery get a second job. But since I read your profile your sons are 26 and 19 years old they are capable of getting a job. and she contacts me again saying

    Let me answer this first. I have NEVER sent a message to anyone ever. HIs dog cost over 00.00 His vet gave him an A plus at his visit. I also did not say he was to have the procedure now, I just mentioned he is now 4 mos. The dog is my 19yr old. who has his HVC degree. and makes very good money, a brand new Jeep, Snowmobile. etc.. the dog is very well taken care of. This is where your ignorance comes in..Do you not know the economy of the USA???. Just because you have money. This program is funded so you don;t have to spend every dime whenever something needs to be done. It is funded for everyone as an incentive to neuter thier pets. The doctor gets paid and part of the proceeds go back into helping homeless animals.. do your home work and learn some matters miss I own 3 dogs. Wait till the day one of them leaves you to other pastures. I just had to put down my best friend of 8 years who had kidney failure, which could not be diagnosed.. my heart is broken I wll miss him forever.. I cry everyday. It was a rare thing. So dont be such a know it all. step back and think before sticking your foot in your mouth.. good-bye and good luck with your 3 best friends.

    What can I do about this user. I have never recieved such answers before.
    I agree with you Bonzie 12

    and Poppy 4 days ‘Til ND23! yeah the dog section has some new nutty users now these days.

    • ANSWER:
      why are you posting this ??? block the member and move on …

  20. QUESTION:
    Identify the fragments and/or run-ons in the paragraph below.?
    In laboratory experiments, scientists have discoverd a diet. That extends the life of their animals up to 50 percent or more. This diet prevents heart disease, diabetes, and kidney failure and it greatly retards all types of cancer. Even slowing down the aging process of cataracts, gray hair, and feebleness. Staying on this diet keeps the mind flexible and the body active to an almost biblical old age. These rats, fish, and worms stay very slim, they are fled a diet of necessary vitamins and nutrients but only 65 percent of the calories of the animal’s normal diet. Every creature fed this restricted diet has had a greatly extended life span. The results of caloric restriction are spectaculars. Says Richard Weindrch, a gerontologist at the National Institute on Aging in Bethesda, Maryland. Gerontologists have tried many things to extend life but this is the only experiment that works ever time in the lab.

    • ANSWER:
      It’s very badly written, there’s a ton of spelling mistakes, they’re not even fragments they’re just inappropriate full stops where there shouldn’t be.

  21. QUESTION:
    Does ING “Critical Illness Coverage” (see details) include heart disease OTHER THAN heart attacks?
    At work, we have the option to get “Premier Critical Illness Insurance” from ING. The brochure says “Heart disease and stroke are the No. 1 and 3 causes of death in the U.S. If survived, they are a leading cause of serious disability.” and that the policy covers “stroke”, “heart attack”, “coma”, end-stage kidney failure, “major organ failure”, and “permanent paralysis”.

    Does this cover all heart disease? What if it is neither a heart attack nor a major organ failure?

    Are heart attacks and major organ failure alone responsible for heart disease being ranked where it is as a leading cause of death, or is that ranking due to other types of heart disease that are not covered?

    If the policy does not cover all heart disease, and the heart disease that is covered (heart attacks and major organ failure) is not the #1 or #3 cause of death, how is it relevant that “Heart disease and stroke are the No. 1 and 3 causes of death in the U.S.”?

    The brochure makes it sound like the insurance covers the leading cause of death and that the insurance covers two of the three leading causes of death. Does it really cover only the third leading cause and a small subset of the first leading cause?

    • ANSWER:
      I don’t know about ING’s coverage, but typically all of the conditions you’ve mentioned are amongst the standard conditions covered.

      Most good policies will cover ALL of the following:

      Heart Attack, Cancer, Stroke, Coma, blindness, alzheimers, Coronary artery Bypass Surgery, deafness, kidney failure, loss of limbs, loss of speach, major organ transplant, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s deisease), Multiple Sclorosis, paralisys, parkinsons, severe burns, occupational HIV.

      Some will cover even more than that. For example Empire Life’s policy also covers Aorta Surgery, and heart valve replacement surgery

      As for what types are covered that depends on how the US does things. In Canada, we have standard definitions for all companies throughout Canada. If a company covers heart attacks, that coverage will be the exact same as the next company. Same case goes for Cancer, there are so many forms of cancer that some of the non-life threatening cancers (like early stages prostate cancer), will only result in a partial payout. These definitions are the same from company to company. Other examples of a partial payout would be Coronary angioplasty, HIV related to cancer, or Ductal Carinoma in Situ of the breast.

      All compnaies must have a definition guide as to what is covered and what exactly that entails.

      My suggestion would be to contact a lisensed insurance broker though. They will have access to multiple companies so they can get you the best coverage on the market.

      Finally, I am always leary of banks offering insurance. If this was something offered to you as a mortgage insurance or something to specifically cover your debts (also known as creditor insurance), please do not get it. Go with a stand alone policy from an insurance company. There are several differences, the main one being they don’t actually underwrite until the time of claim, which means you could pay into this thing for ever under the assumption that you are covered and still get denied the claim. Here are some links explaining the differences between what the banks offer and what an insurance company offers (these are specific to life insurance, but all forms of insurance in this manor go by the same guidelines whether in Canada, or the US as well)

      http://www.cbc.ca/marketplace/in_denial/

      http://www.cbc.ca/marketplace/2007/02/credit_insurance.html

      http://www.asset-aid.com/bank_vs.shtml

  22. QUESTION:
    Should we put our dog down?
    He is 12 years old, 84 in dog years. He’s always been spunky active VERY loyal and a lap dog even though he’s too big lol. But the last few weeks he has taken a turn for “old age” the worse. His right leg is swollen, tore a tendon or something vet thinks, his breathing has changed, skin is sagging, has masses all over him, and he’s lost alot of his bladder control. He started vomitting last night from about 2am-9am this morning and it was a yellow bile type fizzy vomit. It was not small I couldn’t believe he had that much in him to keep going. He wont’ really eat, and he’s just been laying there and peeing on himself. We pretty much have to carry him to go outside or anywhere else cause he just doesn’t want to move. We cant afford the EKG for his bad heart and a diagnosis on the exact issues at hand. The vet gave us some stuff to try to help over the weekend but I really think we are going to have to put him down…..I have been doing some research and making phone calls seems most of his symptoms are a sign of kidney disease or failure and it’s at least 30% failed now. Ive only been there for 2 years of his life, but my fiance has had him 12 years..Any suggestions? My 5 year old daughter loves him she’ll be devistated.
    Thank you to everyone who has answered so quickly. We would LOVE to get him fully diagnosed and better. But it will cost us about 1000 to do this and we just dont have that type of income right now with me in college. He has been a wonderful dog and had a great life. For those of you who asked what we have found out…the vet has told us this might be our last option. Around here there is no one that wants to take payments……Why is this so hard to do??? I hope I never have to decide this on any human life on support at a hospital I couldn’t do it. Thanks so much everyone.

    • ANSWER:
      It’s possible that you could treat these issues, but he’s have to have a pretty thorough work-up first. Treatment is likely to be pretty expensive too, and your chance of returning him to a quality of life that he can enjoy is pretty low.

      You can’t diagnose kidney failure from these symptoms alone. (Kidney failure symptoms appear when only 20-30% of the kidneys are still working – 70-80% failed.) It’s very possible something else is going on, like cancer. But whatever it is, your dog is suffering a lot.

      If this were my dog, I’d have the vet euthanize him to end his suffering. I’m really sorry. Frankly, I’d do it today, or at the very latest tomorrow (if the medicine didn’t have any effect by then).

      I’d advise being honest with your 5-year-old. Try to avoid euphemisms like “put to sleep” or “put down” – it confuses little kids. (Just imagine the next time someone says “I’m going to go put the baby to sleep” or similar situations.) She’ll be really sad, but it’s often surprising how well little kids can handle difficult times like this.

  23. QUESTION:
    I am a type 1 diabetic. How can I volunteer for diabetic research?
    I’m only 32, I’m not overweight, I have been a diabetic since age 3 and now I am experiencing some side effects of my condition. Retinopathy, mild kidney failure, neuropathy, E.D., etc. I would do anything to get rid of this disease, so i can have a normal life. I know there is a lot of experimental research looking for a cure. I WANT TO VOLUNTEER! lol I hope someone can give me some info. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Check with the American Diabetes Association for info about clinical studies as well as the Joslin Center as well as check with Medical Schools in your State.

  24. QUESTION:
    is my husband dying?….?
    my husband has severe diabetic neropathy, poor controlled type 2 diabetes, bronchitis, pnemonia, several stomach ulcers, gastroparesis and now he throws up blood that is coming from the stomach….I;m thinking ulcers maybe. He went to the doctor today and she was concerned that he was throwing up the blood..(coffee ground looking stuff). He had been throwing up the blood for days and all of a sudden it has stopped. The doctor said that that in itself may be a bad sign. What could it mean to abruply stop vomiting blood? What do you think it could be? kidney disease…or even failure?? Please tell me what you think of all this?
    He has started to go downhill quick in the last 2 years. He was diagnosed with all this about 2 years ago as well. He lived a hard party life drinking and drugs….hard…alcohol for over 10 years…cigarettes for 15 years.(1-2 packs a day) has now quit…and drugs for the past15 years…

    • ANSWER:
      I don’t think your husband can be dying, if the doctor has seen him-examined him and let him go home again presumably without any further tests or treatment.

      Perhaps he should go and see another doctor?

      He should ask the doctor what she meant by her statement that “it may be a bad sign”

      If his bowels are emptying normally, then he probably isn’t obstructed.

      The dark bloody stuff he’s vomited isn’t fresh blood, and as he has gastroparesis the blood would be stale due to the stomach not emptying properly.

      You could be right-the gastric ulcers may have been bleeding,and have now stopped.

      We cannot guess a diagnosis on YA
      You really need to get help from a doctor.

  25. QUESTION:
    Why is marijuana illegal?
    I don’t understand how people can preach against marijuana when most of the health risks and dangers have been scientifically proven to be false. At one time it was said that smoking weed could, over time, cause brain damage and could also result in an increased risk of lung cancer, but it has never been proven. There has never been a single report of death or lung cancer in users caused purely by marijuana, and in fact, a study in 2006 actually showed that even heavy users had no sign of increased risk of cancer. Also, current medical tests used to detect brain damage have yet to link brain damage of any sort to the use of marijuana, even in heavy users. Most of the health claims were based on reports that date back a quarter of a century, which had never been supported by scientific study. There has never been convincing evidence that marijuana has any harmful effects on the human body at all. Why then is it that this substance is illegal, however, tobacco and alcohol is legal within public acceptance and an age limit? Tobacco is the second leading cause of death world-wide with an annual death rate of over 440,000 for three reasons – lung cancer, COPD, and cardiovascular disease. Marijuana does not. People smoke weed for the same reason people drink: euphoria. But alcohol, too, has been linked to a proven increased risk of various types of cancer, brain damage, kidney failure, and even strokes. Not only that, but alcohol is the cause of a staggering two million deaths a year world-wide, namely alcohol related car accidents. How often do you hear of someone getting in a head on collision because they were high? And while overdosing on marijuana is physically impossible, alcohol poisoning is actually more common than people think, and is sometimes fatal. I also strongly disagree with the people that say that marijuana is dangerous in the fact that it can be highly addictive. No it can’t. The only reason marijuana is ever addictive, as with any substance, is because you have poor self-control. If you can’t restrain yourself from taking certain actions and limiting your intake, then maybe you are the one who shouldn’t be using the substance. It is not marijuana’s fault that you can’t realize what is a priority in your life, nor is marijuana the addiction problem. You are. It’s the people that can’t comprehend what is important in life, and what is not, and they need to learn to excersize self-control before you start blaming a substance for their own shorcomings like it’s some kind of crusade against weed. You calling it an “addiction”, like it couldn’t have been prevented, is just a fine way to relinquish responsibility for their actions. It is only an “addiction” if you let it be, and just because a handful of people lacked the self-control to be responsible with a substance doesn’t mean it’s dangerous. I am 18 years old, I get straight A’s in school, and I smoke weed occassionally. However, I also know how to use it in moderation so it will never get to a point in my life where I feel the need to do it, and I could easily choose not to. If everybody was able to do that, what do you think the general point of view would be? Why are you against using the substance, other than because it is illegal? What if it wasn’t? Tobacco and alcohol is more dangerous and addictive than marijuana will ever be, so when it boils down to it what do you think the real reason is for it being illegal, when tobacco and alcohol is not? Because government can’t put a tax on it? Sorry for all the questions, it’s just something I’ve been wondering about. :)
    Thank you for giving me honest, serious answers. I had asked this in a different category and instead of answering my questions, they just flamed me for being a “hippie” who gets straight A’s but “can’t break my rant into paragraphs” and such. I love how defensive people get, and they start making ridiculous assumptions. :)
    I love it too <33
    lol

    • ANSWER:
      The government could put a tax on it, in fact the 1937 Marijuana Tax Act was the first step in criminalizing the plant:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1937_Marihuana_Tax_Act

      Chemical and paper corporations didn’t want to compete with hemp so they drummed up some BS stories (Reefer Madness), raised the tax dramatically, and their lobbyists helped to push through legislation making the plant illegal & labeling (falsely so) a narcotic.

      Check out Chris Conrad’s site and books. He’s the man:

      http://www.chrisconrad.com/

  26. QUESTION:
    Can antidepressants be the cause of my disturbing dreams (lots of details)?
    Hi Everyone,

    I haven’t been here in a while. A lot has happened since then. My mom has passed from a massive heartattack, I lost my job (but I have another one now), I had my baby, but had to go back into the hospital for chest pains and edema (now i have a small nodule in my throat, high cholesterol and blood in my stools–going in next week for exams), and my husband and I were supposed to divorce, but he never showed up to the lawyer’s meeting. We are still together but he is severely mentally, verbally and emotionally abusive.

    Needless to say with all of that I was put on Lexapro for two weeks. My insurance refused to pay for it, so they switched me to the generic form of Paxil on yesterday. Last night I had a horrible dream.

    In the dream I was at a church convention and they were doing an altar call. As soon as the preacher finished praying a lady started screaming. She sounded like a cat in pain. She then arose and begin to go from person to person sniffing the side of their faces. The people she sniffed refused to acknowledge her. She went from row to row. In front of me was a lady holding my 2 month old baby. I continued to sit behind the woman and said in my mind “if this demon comes over here I am going to let her have it…” This demon woman went from person to person and said she was looking for one of those “telephone talkers.” I have no idea what that means!!! She finally got to the woman with my baby and I stood up and began to rebuke her in the name of Jesus…she in turn begin rebuking me in the name of Jesus. I could feel my face about to explode and it felt like flames were coming from my eyes. I jumped up out of my sleep and my heart was beating extremely fast and my eyes hurt.

    Is it “Christian” to take antidepressants? I have vivid dreams and feel like I am losing my mind. I keep hearing old “Metallica”songs in my head and feel like I am gonna die.

    Oh a few weeks ago I had a dream that I was running down the street and stopped. All of a sudden a dog came out of no where and jumped on my neck. I later had another dream about a woman slitting my throat. Now a I have a nodule on my thyroid!!!! My brother had dreamed a long time ago that I would be murdered by a man that cut my throat. He dreamed that my mom would die from a disease….she died from heart disease (resulting from kidney failure/high blood pressure).

    I dreamed (before I was on antidepressants) that my brother was going to be murdered…the next week my mom died. My sister told me that when I was a baby my mom and dad would burn candles around me and “anoint” my head. My dad it was so “they” couldn’t get me. My dad was also involved in masonic stuff. Since we were little all my mom’s kids have had visions or nightmares, visitations from demons or struggled with some type of addiction.

    All this is taking a toll on me. I am sooo confused! Am I losing my mind.
    _________________
    To God Be the Glory!

    • ANSWER:
      ask your doc to change your meds.

  27. QUESTION:
    Can Christians take antidepressants (Lots of details)?
    Hi Everyone,

    I haven’t been here in a while. A lot has happened since then. My mom has passed from a massive heartattack, I lost my job (but I have another one now), I had my baby, but had to go back into the hospital for chest pains and edema (now i have a small nodule in my throat, high cholesterol and blood in my stools–going in next week for exams), and my husband and I were supposed to divorce, but he never showed up to the lawyer’s meeting. We are still together but he is severely mentally, verbally and emotionally abusive.

    Needless to say with all of that I was put on Lexapro for two weeks. My insurance refused to pay for it, so they switched me to the generic form of Paxil on yesterday. Last night I had a horrible dream.

    In the dream I was at a church convention and they were doing an altar call. As soon as the preacher finished praying a lady started screaming. She sounded like a cat in pain. She then arose and begin to go from person to person sniffing the side of their faces. The people she sniffed refused to acknowledge her. She went from row to row. In front of me was a lady holding my 2 month old baby. I continued to sit behind the woman and said in my mind “if this demon comes over here I am going to let her have it…” This demon woman went from person to person and said she was looking for one of those “telephone talkers.” I have no idea what that means!!! She finally got to the woman with my baby and I stood up and began to rebuke her in the name of Jesus…she in turn begin rebuking me in the name of Jesus. I could feel my face about to explode and it felt like flames were coming from my eyes. I jumped up out of my sleep and my heart was beating extremely fast and my eyes hurt.

    Is it “Christian” to take antidepressants? I have vivid dreams and feel like I am losing my mind. I keep hearing old “Metallica”songs in my head and feel like I am gonna die.

    Oh a few weeks ago I had a dream that I was running down the street and stopped. All of a sudden a dog came out of no where and jumped on my neck. I later had another dream about a woman slitting my throat. Now a I have a nodule on my thyroid!!!! My brother had dreamed a long time ago that I would be murdered by a man that cut my throat. He dreamed that my mom would die from a disease….she died from heart disease (resulting from kidney failure/high blood pressure).

    I dreamed (before I was on antidepressants) that my brother was going to be murdered…the next week my mom died. My sister told me that when I was a baby my mom and dad would burn candles around me and “anoint” my head. My dad it was so “they” couldn’t get me. My dad was also involved in masonic stuff. Since we were little all my mom’s kids have had visions or nightmares, visitations from demons or struggled with some type of addiction.

    All this is taking a toll on me. I am sooo confused! Am I losing my mind
    I DID NOT MEAN TO OFFEND ANYONE THAT IS NOT A CHRISTIAN. IM SORRY IF I CAME OFF THAT WAY. I was just asking if it was considered moral for Christians to take them…then I wanted to know if what I was going thru had anything to do with my use of antidepressants…mainly the dreams.

    • ANSWER:
      The trouble with antidepressants is, if it’s so bad you need more than one, things tend to get worse instead of better! Please try the following before you join the trainload of addicts dealing with mounting pain and uncontrollable side effects:

      Thyroid : Stop at your nutrition center or oriental grocery of pharmacy and get some kelp. Sprinkle it on salads, mix it in drinks, or just choke it down. The iodine in it will let your thyroid adjust itself and you’ll be amazed how everything else will change.

      If your husband’s still around you can get into a new healthy lifestyle together, one step at a time.
      Do one thing from this list every day, and also, every time you feel you need a pill, do one thing from this list First:

      N = nutrition Snack healthy – no high fructose corn syrup! Fruits, nuts, veggies – raw is good.
      E = exercise Walking is fine. You’ll think of something fun!
      W = water Brains run on water. Be sure at least 2 qt/day goes down. Water! (flavored maybe)
      S = sunlight At least 10 min. direct sunlight every day. Even when it’s hot!
      T = temperance Avoid “known poisons” like (sorry!) caffeine, nicotine, alcohol… Don’t over-do.
      A = fresh air Try sleeping next to an open window, especially by a tree. (Baby, too.)
      R = rest 7 hours / night. Those 3 hours before midnight are twice as valuable.
      T = trust Count blessings. Study scripture.

      Bible doesn’t say, “Don’t take pills.” But it offers a lot of good advice about health, as well as comfort and assurance. “The Lord is on my side. I will not fear!” I doubt that you’ll need pills as things improve for you.

  28. QUESTION:
    DISABILITY again?
    Try to be short with this. I was diagnosed in June 2002 that i had Pulmonary Fibrosis and that i would need a double lung transplant. At this time i went on portable oxygen tanks to help me breathe. Feb 2003 i was transplanted for the lungs. March 27 i was released from the hospital. June 1 2003 i went back to work. From that date on i have had numerouse problems freom the transplant as well as other organ damage because of the medicines. I have chronic kidney failure which according to all my doctors is whats causing all the other ailments i am having because my kidneys arent working like they should. They have cause me to have neuropathy in my hands and feet but i am NOT eligible for a kidney transplant because the doctors say my lungs wont hold up for any type of major suregery, plus they have stated that there is no way they will re-transplant me at all because my body is basically torn up from the meds i am taking. ANYWAY i am currently still working for the fed govt but i have to go out this year on med disability because there is no way i can now perform my job because of my lungs and kidney and heart disease. What i want to know is: do i or did i qualify for ANY type of disability from any agency during that time frame. I am still considered to be disabled according to the doctors because of the health problems now, plus i use oxygen again as a result of my lungs failing again, this time its called “broncholitis obliterans” and there is no cure for it except the transplant that i cant have. I was told by some outsiders that i still would or should be qualified for some form of social security from the very first day until now june 2002 until present even though i still work. One of my wifes co-workers had a kidney transplant and the ssa recognized it and they pay her TODAY a monthly check and she is working full time. They told me that lungs were not recognized in the medicare or social security guides or rules. Now am i entitled to any thing at all while i am still working…THANKS…Tony

    • ANSWER:
      yo Tony you sound fricked up… for one, SS has there own definition of who is disabled no matter if your doctors state otherwise… even if you are blind or a paraplegic you still may not meet their definition of disabled. I can tell you that if you are working while you are applying for disability you might as well forget your effort. You definately will not be eligible for disability benefits if you are able to do some type of work… and they do not care if you have no legs because in their eyes you can be productive by stuffing envelopes to get by since your arms would be in working order. You have to convince them that your quality of life is getting worse every day… not better. You will also need at least 3 witnesses to back your story up… family members are just fine. You definately have to prove that your afflictions keep you from even tying your own shoes because the kidney pain is too much even on pain relievers. Also you probably are eligible for MEDICAID… not Medicare, Medicaid. If they find you disabled your medical bills and medications will be covered 100%… unlike the Medicare programs which include monies out of your assets. Also never say that anyone is giving you any money or loans… only that you owe freinds and family for your room & board & food &… you get the picture. A plus side is that SS usually will OK your claim for benefits if Medicaid has approved your application for benefits…good luck and be persitant because you will be denied the first time for sure. If it comes to the point that SS wants you to come to a hearing you might want to hire a lawyer… they work on contingency… meaning they will not charge you for their representation unless they win for you. Good luck done this road because it will not happen overnight… just stick with it and you should prevail~~~

  29. QUESTION:
    Disability?
    Try to be short with this. I was diagnosed in June 2002 that i had Pulmonary Fibrosis and that i would need a double lung transplant. At this time i went on portable oxygen tanks to help me breathe. Feb 2003 i was transplanted for the lungs. March 27 i was released from the hospital. June 1 2003 i went back to work. From that date on i have had numerouse problems freom the transplant as well as other organ damage because of the medicines. I have chronic kidney failure which according to all my doctors is whats causing all the other ailments i am having because my kidneys arent working like they should. They have cause me to have neuropathy in my hands and feet but i am NOT eligible for a kidney transplant because the doctors say my lungs wont hold up for any type of major suregery, plus they have stated that there is no way they will re-transplant me at all because my body is basically torn up from the meds i am taking. ANYWAY i am currently still working for the fed govt but i have to go out this year on med disability because there is no way i can now perform my job because of my lungs and kidney and heart disease. What i want to know is: do i or did i qualify for ANY type of disability from any agency during that time frame. I am still considered to be disabled according to the doctors because of the health problems now, plus i use oxygen again as a result of my lungs failing again, this time its called “broncholitis obliterans” and there is no cure for it except the transplant that i cant have. I was told by some outsiders that i still would or should be qualified for some form of social security from the very first day until now june 2002 until present even though i still work. One of my wifes co-workers had a kidney transplant and the ssa recognized it and they pay her TODAY a monthly check and she is working full time. They told me that lungs were not recognized in the medicare or social security guides or rules. Now am i entitled to any thing at all while i am still working…THANKS…Tony

    • ANSWER:
      Glad you kept it short.

  30. QUESTION:
    Phy ed..wieght control..please help!?
    1. Which of the following statements is NOT true about obesity? (1 point)
    It is usually considered to be 30% or more over the ideal body weight
    It puts a strain on the heart, that can increase the chance of heart disease and high blood pressure
    It is a physical condition, not psychological
    It is a serious chronic disease
    2. Research shows that about __________ of adolescents (ages 12 to 19) are obese. (1 point)
    10.5%
    12.5%
    14.5%
    15.5%
    3. How many children (ages 6 to 11) in America are obese? (1 point)
    12.5%
    14.2%
    15.3%
    10.3%
    4. Childhood obesity caused by overeating can: (1 point)
    Stunt a child’s height, which will become normal as he becomes an adult
    Cause a child to be tall for his age, even though he may not be tall as a adult
    Stunt a child’s height, causing him to be a shorter adult than genetics would have intended
    Slow a child’s mental development
    5. Which one of the following is NOT a cause of obesity? (1 point)
    Overeating
    Insufficient exercise
    Genetics and hormonal disorders
    Anorexia nervosa
    6. Which disease once consider “adult onset” is now afflicting children and adolescents? (1 point)
    Type 1 diabetes
    Type 2 diabetes
    High blood pressure
    High cholesterol
    7. Children who suffer from __________________ could face a variety of medical problems when they grow up including amputations, kidney failure, and blindness. (1 point)
    Type 2 diabetes
    High blood pressure
    Heart disease
    Cancer
    8. What is the most common cause of childhood obesity? (1 point)
    Medical conditions
    Genetic disorders
    Unhealthy diets and a lack of physical activity
    Hormonal conditions
    9. What is one of the most important measurements used to determine obesity? (1 point)
    Weight
    Resting heart rate
    Body Mass Index (BMI)
    Calories
    10. A BMI of ________ or higher is considered obese. (1 point)
    20
    25
    32
    30

    • ANSWER:
      I know it can be expensive to get a blood glucose meter. My mother in law was just diagnosed with diabetes and her doctor suggested we check out the site below to get a free glucose meter.

  31. QUESTION:
    Does my friend have diabetes?
    I have diabetes (type 1) since i was 4 so i had it for 10 years. But never in my 10 years of having it i saw symptoms like hers. Here are her symptoms

    Frequent Urination
    increased Hunger
    Pain in her abdomen
    Dizziness
    Weight yo-yo (she gains weight then loses it like crazy!)
    Her eyes always look dialated
    Her limbs shake
    She gets weak to her knees
    She throws up everyday after she eats something

    She’s not anorexic because even in class when our teacher give out a piece of candy, she can’t even hold that down. The only thing that is strange is that she doesn’t have increased thirst. If anything I think she has decreased thirst. She told me she only had a half a pint of milk yesterday and that’s it and she isn’t thirsty!

    It’s concerning me because she’s my best friend and I cannot lose her. She seems very sick and I remembered some of the signs from when I got diagnosed with diabetes. She’s in denial she says its just “hormones” but i can tell its not. It’s something serious I think.

    I looked up the symptoms in a medical dictionary but it keep giving me

    geam barre syndrome
    lyme disease (which is strange)
    kidney failure

    but i really think its diabetes. Please can someone tell me what it is? I want a diagnosis because i don’t want my friend to get anymore sicker than she already is =”(

    • ANSWER:
      You’re a Type 1, you have a meter? Test her blood sugar. That should give you your answer right there.

      Just make sure you use a fresh lancet on her, don’t share one.

  32. QUESTION:
    I don’t even know how I’m writing this, I’m in such shock….my father was found dead on the floor of his home?
    in a sitting position (on the floor), with his head slumped down on his chest, his feet on the floor and knees bent….they believe he had a heart attack, but we are awaiting autopsy results…has anyone ever heard of anything like this, or what he could have died from? I am in such grief I don’t know what to do…..for the record, he had a lot of health problems, as follows…..diabetes (controlled), coronary artery disease, hypertension (controlled), stage 4 kidney failure (not enough to require dialysis yet), and he also had atrial fibrillation, an irregular heartbeat. He had one mild heart attack 15 years ago, which was treated with balloon angioplasty. He also had an umbrella put in his groin to prevent blood clots from traveling to the heart or brain. He also had 2 strokes, which left his left side partially paralyzed, but he was still able to walk with a cane. The last stroke was about 12 years ago. I am so sad, I can’t even believe I am typing this….he was 76 years old. Thank you.
    Thank you for your condolences…..

    • ANSWER:
      Losing a loved one is undoubtedly one of the most difficult experienced people go through.I pray that you will be able to live again. No one can ever feel what you feel or experience the depths of your pain and anger that overwhelms you. You have a right to be sad,angry and to hurt because your father meant so much to you.
      I pray that you will be able to have joy and that you will bear no more sadness and pain. I pray that you will carry no more burdens and that you will be able to help the next person who crosses your path. I pray that you will forgive yourself and that you won’t sentence yourself to eternal prison. I pray for your freedom right now. I pray that your father did not die in vain, but that you can let others know that they can make it through whatever they experience in life. If you need counselling, please find a counsellor because it can help.
      Take care as always.

  33. QUESTION:
    Where can I purchase an at-home Hepatitis C test?
    So, my ex-husband contracted Hep-C in early 1976 due to extensive intravenous drug use. He was pretty heavily into heroin at the time (he was in a rock band, so it’s nothing especially salacious) and the potential risk of sharing needles wasn’t common knowledge at the time.

    Anyway, my husband assured me over the years that Hepatitis C wasn’t transmittable through sexual intercourse and other types of marital intimacy. Anyway, I was recently hired by an internal medicine specialist who informed my that, in fact, all forms of Hepatitis can be transmitted through any type of sexual contact.

    My husband passed away two months ago due to liver and kidney failure. We engaged in unprotected intercourse on multiple occasions. What are the odds that I may have contracted his disease?

    I don’t have medical insurance, and I don’t exactly feel comfortable with approaching my family doctor with this matter.

    Are there any discreet and confidential at-home testing services that I can take advantage of?

    Thanks and God bless.

    • ANSWER:
      There isn’t any home test for hep-c. Hep-c is only transmitted by bodily fluids and there is a chance you do not have it. My wife’s father was a child of the 60′s and he contracted hep-c sharing a needle. My mother-in-law after 30 years of marriage and unprotected sex, does not have hep-c. But definitely get it checked out. With some of the new treatments, like pegulated interferon you can actually eradicate the entire virus from you system now. You have to get it early.

  34. QUESTION:
    how to pursue an interest in medicine?
    for most of my life i NEVER wanted to become a doctor. funny things is i dealt with kidney failure since 14 yrs old. ive seen the good and bad. i receive my first kidney in 2000. it went bad in 2008. now at the age of 23, for the FIRST time of my life im actually interested in the human body and medicine. last year i took a medical leave from school. this is where my interest begun. i would watch medical educational show regulary and house(lol). while watching the shows i would literally(im a geek) have a medical dictionary beside a look up terms i didnt understand. i been through a lot medical. i have had all types of exams and test. i’ve had hip surger, nephrectomy, kidneytransplant, blood transfussion, aggressive immunosuppressive drug therapy twice and im on dialysis for a second time waiting for another kidney. i’ve also had tried the donor process it didnt work out. so i been thru the ups and downs. i love how the body works and how the organ systems are connected. currently im a junior in college with no time to go back and take science classes. but i do have some classes at my local community college. i was wandering would it be a good idea to take science classes to at least explore medicine. and if i like it use it as preparation for the mcat. i also know doctors and surgeon in the field. they all like me because i was always inquisitive about my disease and really wanted to know the technical aspects of my condition. i love to learn, and “look up things(research).

    • ANSWER:
      It’s probably too late. You don’t have the background and study habits of competitive medical school candidates. With a great deal of effort, you might make yourself competitive for one of the ancillary medical professions: Physician Assistant, Audiologist, RN (NP), Optician. Hearing Aid Dispensor.

  35. QUESTION:
    Diabetes, Alcohol, Hep C & Kidneys?
    My father has Late onset type 1 Diabetes, he has also had Hepatitis C for many years. He has been a heavy drinker for the past 30+ years. He doesn’t talk to me about his health, but I recently looked through some of his mail and I noticed there was a letter saying something about renal failure, and that he had to get a Renal Ultrasound.
    He has not taken good care of himself, and has a Hypo (Diabetic Episode) every 3 months or so, he also has got worsening eyesight and swelling of the feet and legs. He is 50 years old and has had Diabetes for approx 20 years. Recently he had a Hypo which we managed to bring him out of quite early, but he took himself to hospital a day later complaining of headaches and nausea, when he got back he had the paperwork to do with his Kidneys.

    Does this sound like it could be the beginning of Kidney failure, or is it something I should be concerned about.

    I have tried talking to him about it, but he does not want to worry me as my mother has Motor Neurone Disease and is getting worse.

    Can anyone please tell me something so at least I know what to be prepared for. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:

  36. QUESTION:
    Any ideas of what is going on with kitty that I can bring up to vet?
    I have a 6 year old Calico who has been to the vet on and off for the past month. I just feel she isn’t healthy, however so far we can’t find anything. We have done blood work, thyroid tests and so on. I plan to bring her back to the vet tomorrow. Just want to see if anyone has any ideas. Here are her symptoms:

    Coat is not taken care of. When you pull on the coat/skin it feels dehydrated (vet showed me this).
    Eyes just look a little off.
    She has lost weight.
    She has an excessive appetite. Will eat anything put in front of her and begs as though she is a starving ally cat.
    No energy.
    VERY vocal now. Constantly is meowing at us.

    This morning she had her newest symptom;
    A wet back end. Her tail, and legs surrounding her bottom are soaked. Our maine coon we lost two years ago did this when in kidney failure. So I am a little worried.

    The only test I can think of that has not been done so far is a urinalysis. I plan to ask for one of these this week.

    I can not tell you if she is urinating more frequently as we don’t have a little box in the house. Cats have a cat door and have a litter box in the garage or go outside to use the restroom. She is one that prefers not using the litter box and having the great outdoors to do her business.

    If anyone has any ideas on what this might be I would appreciate it. Three things the vet has ruled out that were common signs of her illness were : Feline Leukemia (not cancer though), diabetes, and thyroid disease. We have also treated her for any type of worm. I believe the blood work we did was the one of the cheaper end the last time we did it.

    Thank you in advance.
    Yes she is spayed and her feline leukemia test was negative.
    Also, her back end where it is wet, is still wet. It stays wet. She appears to clean it, but the area stays soaked looking. I had a cat with this two years ago and it was when she was in full liver failure. She was throwing up too. This kitty is not throwing up.

    • ANSWER:
      I strongly agree about the urinalysis too as cats are prone to urinary tract infections and this should be ruled out as it is common in cats. Kidney function tests are also done with blood work so you should ask if these tests were done as well. As for the wet back end I dont know what would cause that unless your cat likes to sit in the tub. Did it smell like urine? My cat has this thing about sitting on the wet bathmat in the tub after we shower and it does make her back end all wet but that is the only thing I can think of there. Has she been tested for feline aids? Outdoor cats can be exposed through other cats. Or, perhaps cancer of some kind but you would need to ask your vet about tests for that. Hope she is ok.

  37. QUESTION:
    doctors or experienced nurses, please read?
    firstly, i would like to reassure anyone who replies to this question, that i know it is very difficult to make a diagnosis over the internet and without having all the actual test results in front of you. but if you could give me some help of what is happening and what we can expect i would really appreciate it.

    this will be slightly on the long side, but i want to give you as much information as possible, so please be patient and read all of it.

    basically, two and a half weeks ago, my father in law (Noel) was admitted to hospital. he had a heart attack which he didn’t feel the pain of as he has diabetes, and it was only because of his wife’s and daughter’s insistence due to his grey appearnce that he went to his GP who ordered him to hospital staright away. his daughter was there and was able to drive him otherwise it would have been an ambulance that would have picked him up.

    he was put into the CCU/ICU where he has been since.
    his heart rate and blood pressure were through the roof but within 2 days managed to get it back to normal with drugs. he had a procedure done where they put dye in though a vein in the leg to show up blockages (i’m sure you know the proper term for it) and it revealed a blockage that can be treated with a stint. it was supposed to be done the following day (this was almost 2 weeks ago, now) but because of another emergency op on another person, it wasn’t done. it was supposed to be done the monday, but he went downhill rapidly since last saturday.

    he started vomiting blood and also passed a lot of blood in his stool. his mental state deteriorated and he didn’t know who he was, and didn’t recognise his own children, though he did remember them as he was asking where “little Mary” was. this obviously really upset Mary as this is what he used to call her when she was a child. he drifts into sleep in the middle of a conversation and couldn’t get from the chair into the bed and my husband and his sister had to lift him.

    he was given 2 units of blood on Thursday and within a few hours was more alert and not confused at all. almost like his normal self. but since last night, he has started to loose his alertness, seems very depressed and has started rambling again. this morning, we were told they are checking his kidney function as seems to have developed a kidney infection too, and kidney failure is supected.

    i should also mention that he cirrosis of the liver, diabetes and crohns disease which may well be the cause of the blood in his vomit and stool (which i think could also be caused by pulmonary something caused by the cirrosis of the liver).

    his family had two meetings with his doctors on their request but they are not getting much info.
    since the beginning of this week i have feared that he may not pull through but got encouraged by his improvement after the blood trasfusion. however, he has started to deteriorate again, and along with the diabetes, cirrosis of the liver and now the beginning stages of kidney failure seems very hopeless that he will walk out of the hospital on his own two feet.
    one organ after another is failing to work properly. what would the usual prognosis for a man of 68 with all the conditions mentioned above be with the course of events of the past two and a half weeks? i do realise that you could only give me a guess based on statistics or your own experience, and that even if your prognosis is the same as what i’m currently thinking, he could quite possibly make a full recovery, so i will not hold anything you reply against you.
    if you prefer to give your answer privately, you can e-mail me instead of typing it on here and if you need more information, will try to get it for you.
    thank you in advance for anyone who is able to give me a reply
    thank you Joe,
    to add to your own question, yes he was a heavy drinker in his earlier years which most likely caused the cirrosis of the liver. i suppose the diabetes didn’t help improve his liver.

    • ANSWER:
      The prognosis is very grim…..the phenomenon that you described – the altered mental status is most probably a combination of factors but most likely ‘ICU psychosis” or “sundowning” – two frequent conditions that occur – especially in older folks – ESPECIALLY older folks with multiple medical problems. This is not permanent and tends to clear up once the individual is back home or at least in less stressful environments.

      Now – as to the overall prognosis – again, it seems very bleak. From what you describe – he has multi-organ failure…this is never good. The more medical problems a patient has, the poorer the prognosis. It’s anybody’s guess as to the etiology of all this. My guess is that the diabetes has taken its toll……diabetes will adversely affect the kidneys – which in turn can cause worsening blood pressure, it also damages the heart – long term and coupled with the high blood pressure leads to heart attack…..the cirrhosis could also be an end result of the diabetes – you didn’t mention it but was he a heavy drinker?

      I am sorry to not have a more positive outlook but I think the family should best prepare itself for the worst – at least as you have presented it.

      Demand to have a family conference with the doctor(s) and tell them that you want it STRAIGHT!

      I am sorry for this situation…..I know that this is a very stressful time for your family – give each other and especially Noel your love and support……..

  38. QUESTION:
    if you are a doctor or an experienced nurse, please read?
    firstly, i would like to reassure anyone who replies to this question, that i know it is very difficult to make a diagnosis over the internet and without having all the actual test results in front of you. but if you could give me some help of what is happening and what we can expect i would really appreciate it.

    this will be slightly on the long side, but i want to give you as much information as possible, so please be patient and read all of it.

    basically, two and a half weeks ago, my father in law (Noel) was admitted to hospital. he had a heart attack which he didn’t feel the pain of as he has diabetes, and it was only because of his wife’s and daughter’s insistence due to his grey appearnce that he went to his GP who ordered him to hospital staright away. his daughter was there and was able to drive him otherwise it would have been an ambulance that would have picked him up.

    he was put into the CCU/ICU where he has been since.
    his heart rate and blood pressure were through the roof but within 2 days managed to get it back to normal with drugs. he had a procedure done where they put dye in though a vein in the leg to show up blockages (i’m sure you know the proper term for it) and it revealed a blockage that can be treated with a stint. it was supposed to be done the following day (this was almost 2 weeks ago, now) but because of another emergency op on another person, it wasn’t done. it was supposed to be done the monday, but he went downhill rapidly since last saturday.

    he started vomiting blood and also passed a lot of blood in his stool. his mental state deteriorated and he didn’t know who he was, and didn’t recognise his own children, though he did remember them as he was asking where “little Mary” was. this obviously really upset Mary as this is what he used to call her when she was a child. he drifts into sleep in the middle of a conversation and couldn’t get from the chair into the bed and my husband and his sister had to lift him.

    he was given 2 units of blood on Thursday and within a few hours was more alert and not confused at all. almost like his normal self. but since last night, he has started to loose his alertness, seems very depressed and has started rambling again. this morning, we were told they are checking his kidney function as seems to have developed a kidney infection too, and kidney failure is supected.

    i should also mention that he cirrosis of the liver, diabetes and crohns disease which may well be the cause of the blood in his vomit and stool (which i think could also be caused by pulmonary something caused by the cirrosis of the liver).

    his family had two meetings with his doctors on their request but they are not getting much info.
    since the beginning of this week i have feared that he may not pull through but got encouraged by his improvement after the blood trasfusion. however, he has started to deteriorate again, and along with the diabetes, cirrosis of the liver and now the beginning stages of kidney failure seems very hopeless that he will walk out of the hospital on his own two feet.
    one organ after another is failing to work properly. what would the usual prognosis for a man of 68 with all the conditions mentioned above be with the course of events of the past two and a half weeks? i do realise that you could only give me a guess based on statistics or your own experience, and that even if your prognosis is the same as what i’m currently thinking, he could quite possibly make a full recovery, so i will not hold anything you reply against you.
    if you prefer to give your answer privately, you can e-mail me instead of typing it on here and if you need more information, will try to get it for you.
    thank you in advance for anyone who is able to give me a reply.

    • ANSWER:
      Your Answer:
      Since he had a heart attack, he may not have the
      option of a liver transplant…this would have to be
      discussed with the doctor. A liver transplant
      takes long hours of surgery and a patient has to
      be okay during this time period. If he recovers from
      the heart attack, they may reevaluate whether or not
      he could have one.

      The vomiting of blood: Patients who have Cirrhosis
      of the liver develop “portal hypertension”.
      You see, when the liver cells become damaged,
      the immune system of the body respond to this and
      causes inflammation to develop inside the liver…
      this causes the liver to enlarge in size. If the
      cause cannot be eliminated so the liver cells could
      heal, then it progresses to where the liver cells die off.
      The liver cells are what does the functions of the liver.
      As the liver cells die off, the liver starts to shrink in
      size and take on a hard texture. It is dying inside the
      patient. The blood no longer flows well through the
      liver on its way back to the heart. The blood backs
      up into the Portal vein that usually brings the blood
      from all parts of the abdominal area to the liver to
      be filtered. This causes pressure inside the portal
      vein (portal hypertension). The blood also backs
      up into smaller collateral vessels and other smaller
      vessels (known as varies) and they can have weak
      spots and balloon outward and break open.
      These varies are usually located in the esophagus,
      belly button, and rectal area. Any bleeding from
      the mouth or rectum is an emergency.
      The liver is no longer able to make clotting factors
      to help the blood to clot…Patients with cirrhosis
      tend to bleed and bruise very easily. The doctor
      can go in an Band these varies to stop the bleeding.
      Otherwise, the patient may bleed internally or bleed
      out completely. This is why he needed a blood
      transfusion.

      People who have Cirrhosis of the liver, can also
      develop a condition known as Encephalopathy.
      The patient becomes easily confused, disoriented,
      has sleep pattern changes, and hand tremors.
      This is because The liver can no longer convert
      a byproduct of the body’s use of proteins, known
      as ammonia, to urea for the body to dispose of.
      The ammonia stays in the blood and is one of
      the substances that can go into the brain and
      cause this problem of confusion. The doctor may
      place the patient on Lactulose or Xifaxan to
      help remove this ammonia…if his levels are high.
      If his levels are high and it is not treated, he may
      slip into a coma.

      The kidneys are next in line to fail after the liver.
      The kidneys are trying to remove the toxins from
      the body that they liver used to convert. They are
      working very hard trying to do this. He may need
      to be placed on dialysis and having an infection
      in the kidneys, right now, is serious. They can
      use combinations of antibiotics to try and help this.

      The nurses will watch his glucose levels closely..
      during his stay in the hospital. They will also
      monitor him for dehydration and electrolyte balance.
      There is a connection between having crohns
      disease or ulcerative colitis and Cirrhosis.
      People who have these diseases are
      susceptable to get Cirrhosis. These two
      disease are Rare diseases and they have yet
      to find out what causes them…though they
      believe genetics may play a part.

      I’ve seen patients pull through alot of things…
      I would not give up hope. It is best that someone
      in the family is appointed in an Advance directive
      or Durable power of attorney to handle all his
      affairs and be able to talk directly with his doctors.
      (the privacy laws are very hard even on family
      members).

      I hope this information is of help to you. I’m posting
      links, you can click on, to learn more about this disease…
      Cirrhosis…it will give you more insight on how to take
      care of him if and when he does return home from the
      hospital.

      http://www.hcvets.com/data/hcv_liver/cirrhosis.htm

      http://www.medicinenet.com/cirrhosis/article.htm

      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/cirrhosis/DS00373

      http://yourtotalhealth.ivillage.com/cirrhosis.html

      http://www.surgery.usc.edu/divisions/hep/patientguide/index.html

  39. QUESTION:
    Diabetic father, drinking alcohol, now problems? help?
    my father has type 2 diabetes, diagnosed about 12 years ago. Never really looked after his disease, and drank most days of the week, would not get drunk everyday but almost every day he would have about 4 cans… last August he ended up in ICU. He had kidney failure and heart attack. He came through it, but for 7 months after he needed a urine bag attached as he couldn’t make wee, his kidney’s healed but it was his prostate which was enlarged. So in Feb this year he had the surgery to remove his prostate which was a success and he seemed to be getting back to normal. Then he started drinking again. He usually drinks 4 cans of Beamish a day. Since the other day he is complaining of lower back pain, and saying that he used to have a steady flow of urine now its just like dribbles coming out. He stopped the alcohol 3 days ago and is drinking alot of water but not going to the toilet all the time…..Is this a bad sign, especially because his kidney’s failed before which led to fluid on his lungs, then the heart attack? Myself personally i think in the last 3 months he is gone ‘shook’ looking, like he looks older than he really is. HE looked better when he first came out of hospital last year than he does now. He is 62years old and is on insulin shots

    • ANSWER:
      needs attention………..may have prostate trouble that is blocking urine flow….see urologist asap…….like today or ER……………………

  40. QUESTION:
    My mother wants me to be her servant and we don’t live together?
    Off back I will tell everyone I don’t live with my mother at all, however we live in the same apartment building. My mother is the type of person that expects people to wait on her hand and foot..I admit she has a disease that I don’t care to talk about..however she moves around pretty quick when she wants to do something and surely when she has money to go to the liquor store!!! My mother was with my stepfather for 17yrs the last 8 years or even more they were living up there as “roomates” and she had this man as her servant for example he would go to the store for her and if the cashier was off by a quarter or he may bought the wrong sales item off by a dollar she would send him right back..he worked she didn’t..he did alot of the cooking..her barely..then expected him to do house choirs while she sat on her butt! Anyway after a while he left..she had a man after him that spoiled her however the man recently passed in April from kidney failure..Now she is man-less and expects me to be her servant! She keeps throwing the disease in my face but its funny how she went on a drunk binge all weekend!!! She claim she is sick from food poisoning I kinda believe it because that particular restaurant is no good but i believe her drunk binges is a part of it! If certain things in her apt get dirty like the fridge or bed covers she just won’t but effort to do shyt! She depends on my stepfather that visit once out the week these days to do the work for her…if he doesn’t she complains to me on the phone hinting around like she wants me to do it! As for food I admit she have looked out for me in the past..my money is tight and i try to recommend alternatives that are within my means to buy for her ..NO she can’t have this and that..she is being so damn picky!!! I think she tries to make me feel guilty when she said she have the neighbors in the building help her..I feel so gotdamn bad but it takes all I can to help myself…we are both struggling money wise her worst than me..because I do go out there and look for work as well as do independent web design projects which I get paid for..when she talks about these neighbors helping her she make me feel like such a bad azz daughter! I’m stressed and have my own problems! I am 31yrs old and trying to live my life..why should I loose my life by being consumed in becoming my mothers home aide?!?! I refuse..damn can anyone tell me if I am wrong in my feelings!

    • ANSWER:

  41. QUESTION:
    What do You Know About Pet Euthanasia?
    Today we had to put our cat, Piggy down. She had been suffering through kidney failure, Liver failure, a relapse of cancer from when she was younger, she had arthritis, she had inflammatory bowel disease, and she been puking up most of what she’d eaten for the last few months.

    It was time to put her down.

    We did it this morning about an hour ago, and it was a sad and pathetic thing to witness. She’ll be missed, and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to get that sight of her cold and limp body on the table out of my head.

    It’s actually kinda comforting knowing that wherever she is; if she’s anywhere, she’s not suffering anymore. At least, that’s what I have to hope.

    But anyways, I remember reading somewhere that pet euthanasia is essentially the same as the type of lethal injection they use on inmates in death row. I’ve also read a study where they found that lethal injection on said inmates is incredibly painful to them for the few seconds they’re experiencing it, and that they have no way to vocalize this as they’re paralyzed during the procedure. Now I feel bad for the folks on death row (I don’t care if they’re “criminals”, nobody deserves that) and for pets that have to endure this.

    Somebody please clear this up for me; I don’t even know what I’d say if I were right. Piggy’s already been through the procedure, I can only hope that I’m wrong about euthanasia.

    • ANSWER:
      There is no way to know the truth, because after that has happened, they are dead and cant communicate with us.

      Even if it is very painful, they only have to endure it for a few seconds, and then the pets are in a better place.

      I am very sorry for your loss, for i too, have had pets die…

  42. QUESTION:
    READY TO LEAVE. Should i leave him? Diabetes and drinking.?
    Heres the situation in a nutshell. My husband and i have been married for 6 years. Over the past three its been a downward spiral. He has type one diabetes since he was 12 yrs old.. You would look at him and never think he has a disease, it looks like a ‘Matt Damon’.–hes Fit athletic, eats well, takes his shots religously, very upbeat, personable, just an awesome guy that gets along with everyone. My family loves him and i love him with all my heart. As far as his diabetes is concerned, it of course is taking its toll on his body, but the thing is when he gets his blood work everything is showing up great. No big concerns. His brother has diabetes and is very ill. His cousin diabetes and is unhealthy too. BUT thats the problem! Hes blind, hes fulling himself. He thinks hes superman. The real issue i am having is that he drinks ALOT on the weekends. At least one night, but sometimes both nights. ALSO- we have a beautiful little angel who is 5 and he has kidney failure, he was born with, he will have a transplant prob around 10-15 yrs old, and he is my EVERYTHING. Most important thing to me ever. My husband adores his son and has told me he would never ever let me leave and take away our son. He was drunk in this conversation.Anyhow,he has admited he has a hard time having ‘fun’ without drinking. He says he sees he has a problem. He also states he LOVES his beer and would never give it up though. And he also states he realizes he has an issue drinking TOO FAST too much too quick, and he also says he has a hard time saying no to drinking a beer if everyone else is, and he doesnt know why, hes gonna work on it, blah blah, maybe for a month things get better but remains the same today. Last night was the game, a monday night, a working night, and he had one loser friend over, from 5-9, by the time he came in he was drunk, not hammered but drunk, he had his dinner and passed out. Its like why do you HAVE to drink so much when a game is on? Why not just 2 or 3 beers? He ALWAYS gets drunk when a game is on….Bottom line- he loves to drink and it has given me nothing but stress. It scares me for HIM and hishealth, his future, and it scares me for our son. I know my son will know his dad loves his beer on the weekends so “if daddy has a disease and drinks, why cant i?” This is my deal breaker. I will do anything to protect my son. AND i am so TIRED of fighting this for about 3 years now, im sick of being irritated and bitter- no point in being happy with him when hes just gonna be a jerk by the weekend, ya know?? I am so sick of fighting for what is RIGHT. Im siick of being his parent. This past month has been a ”just screw him’ stage. Im over it. I dont see myself staying with someone like this forever. Its SCARY. Im sad. Im not taking the chance of making a train wreck in our marriage in the future, and him screwing up my beautiful son. I do not see him changing, maybe unless he gets sick from his diabetes, and then it might be too late. WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

    • ANSWER:
      tell him if he keeps abusing alcohol, it will eventually damage some of HIS internal organs, like the kidneys. I have type 2 diabetes, and my doctor told me that’s what excess sugar can do (which is what alcohol is-sugar)

  43. QUESTION:
    Should i leave him?? What would you do? Diabetes and drinking.?
    Heres the situation in a nutshell. My husband and i have been married for 6 years. Over the past three its been a downward spiral. He has type one diabetes since he was 12 yrs old.. You would look at him and never think he has a disease, it looks like a ‘Matt Damon’.–hes Fit athletic, eats well, takes his shots religously, very upbeat, personable, just an awesome guy that gets along with everyone. My family loves him and i love him with all my heart. As far as his diabetes is concerned, it of course is taking its toll on his body, but the thing is when he gets his blood work everything is showing up great. No big concerns. His brother has diabetes and is very ill. His cousin diabetes and is unhealthy too. BUT thats the problem! Hes blind, hes fulling himself. He thinks hes superman. The real issue i am having is that he drinks ALOT on the weekends. At least one night, but sometimes both nights. ALSO- we have a beautiful little angel who is 5 and he has kidney failure, he was born with, he will have a transplant prob around 10-15 yrs old, and he is my EVERYTHING. Most important thing to me ever. My husband adores his son and has told me he would never ever let me leave and take away our son. He was drunk in this conversation.Anyhow,he has admited he has a hard time having ‘fun’ without drinking. He says he sees he has a problem. He also states he LOVES his beer and would never give it up though. And he also states he realizes he has an issue drinking TOO FAST too much too quick, and he also says he has a hard time saying no to drinking a beer if everyone else is, and he doesnt know why, hes gonna work on it, blah blah, maybe for a month things get better but remains the same today. Last night was the game, a monday night, a working night, and he had one loser friend over, from 5-9, by the time he came in he was drunk, not hammered but drunk, he had his dinner and passed out. Its like why do you HAVE to drink so much when a game is on? Why not just 2 or 3 beers? He ALWAYS gets drunk when a game is on….Bottom line- he loves to drink and it has given me nothing but stress. It scares me for HIM and hishealth, his future, and it scares me for our son. I know my son will know his dad loves his beer on the weekends so “if daddy has a disease and drinks, why cant i?” This is my deal breaker. I will do anything to protect my son. AND i am so TIRED of fighting this for about 3 years now, im sick of being irritated and bitter- no point in being happy with him when hes just gonna be a jerk by the weekend, ya know?? I am so sick of fighting for what is RIGHT. Im siick of being his parent. This past month has been a ”just screw him’ stage. Im over it. I dont see myself staying with someone like this forever. Its SCARY. Im sad. Im not taking the chance of making a train wreck in our marriage in the future, and him screwing up my beautiful son. I do not see him changing, maybe unless he gets sick from his diabetes, and then it might be too late. WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

    I realize that when you write something here its probably not going to come out the way i need it too,, there are so many factors to this drinking problem, im sure my explanation may seem small or not that big of a deal. One lady states ‘im looking for a reason to leave him’, which is far from the truth. the only thing i can say is, i realize i cant get all details across here, but im a good person, good mother and a great wife. I have raised an awesome boy which whom i have dedicate myself to taking care of his needs (he is on a feeding machine also) i clean, pay bills make a hot dinner every night for when my husband comes home. I socialize , plan fun events, and try to make good memories. Family first. Family is the most imortant thing in life. My husband is becoming an alcoholic–it is just getting worse. When he drinks he gets mean, acts like an ass in front of his son, in front of guests. Some nights are worse than others yes. I just need to know from ya’ll, what SHOULD i do

    • ANSWER:
      April, you didn’t cause it and for sure you can not cure it.

      You need help to learn that controlling someone else is foolish. You can’t! As it goes on , in your mind you will become the martyr. You need to get control of your own life. The best way to do this is through Al-anon. Look in yellow pages for group nearest to you. Granted you have a lot on your hands , but you can change enough that you will not look like the world is against you.

      Never threaten a Alcoholic. If you tell them something, follow through. Drunks are great manipulators. If you decide to leave him , tell him and then leave. If it’s a choice between you and the booze” you lose”. Until he get help from a conselor or alcoholics anonymous. He’s addicted.

      PS The success rate for Alcoholics to get well is 5%. Either through A.A. or other means.
      I don’t feel sorry for you but I do have compassion for you. You need help as much as your husband.

  44. QUESTION:
    I need your support – Do you know someone who has LUPUS?
    Good Afternoon,

    Please share this to help find a cure for LUPUS

    My Name is Nilda and I’m 29 years old. I’ve been battling with Lupus for the past 10 years. I’ve been through ups and downs. I wake up every morning afraid to think what type of pain/discomfort will I feel. I’ve asked myself over and over again, why Lord? why me? Faith and the support of my family, friend, co-workers and my doctors keep me going. Early 2007 I had kidney failure. I was on dialysis for over a year and on July 3rd of this year I was able to get a Kidney Transplant. Despite my illness my family and I continue to hope for a cure. That’s why I’m asking for your support to broaden lupus awareness so that more attention would be given to those coping with the disease and the search for a cure.

    Please join me and my sister Maria on the annual walk or make a contribution to find the cause and cure for Lupus.

    *** Message from Maria ***
    Click on the link below for more information

    http://www.firstgiving.com/westchestermed

    You can donate to this very important cause or you can jon me in the walk September 21st. If you like to join us, you can create your Fundraising Page as well, click on the link.

    http://www.firstgiving.com/lupushudsonvalley

    • ANSWER:
      Lupus has severely affected my life as well and as a nurse i am upset to know that its not as well known as other helath problems, I have found that Lupus Research Institute donations are one hundred percent to research for a cure because their board pays their salaries so no donation money is used for administration costs. I found this uplifiting, also lupus foundation of america is great to help anyone who is interested in raising money for lupus research get started. My sister contacted them and they sent her a box of educationakl material, bracelets to give out or sale, ideas for fundraisers envelopes to mail donations in etc. they also answered all her questions about lupus and fundraising in a very kind and fast manner. You can sign up on their website to be informed of all bills going to washington that would help fund lupus research so that you can contact your representative and congressmen to vote for it.

  45. QUESTION:
    I stopped taking my BC after 1 month, is it ok if I start taking the remainder of the packages I have left?
    Ok so, I was prescribed a low dose birth control pill almost a year ago (April 08). I went to my local Planned Parenthood, spoke to the nurse and since it was my first time getting on any type of BC I chose the pill. I also chose the pill because its something I can remember to take and I liked the idea of it to begin with. They checked my medical history and the doctor there recommended Ortho Tri Cyclen Lo for me, and they gave me a 12 month supply! But this is the problem, i only took it for one month because I freaked out :/ The reason being is because I was diagnosed with Nephrotic Syndrome when i was 6 and continued treatment until I was about 14, just before entering high school. At that time my nehprologist told me that I was doing fine and that the disease had no signs of reoccurring so he told me to stay healthy; stay away from salty foods, and eat healthy and stay physically fit. Up until now I havent had any signs or symptoms and this is my main concern when choosing the right BC, and since I knew I wanted to be on the pill I wanted to make sure that I was prescribed the right one, since I dont have insurance I’m relying on PP and other health clinics. But I figured if I was prescribed a low dose it was for a reason and the doctor at the PP even told me thats why he gave me the low dose because of my history. So like I said I got scared thinking of all the scariest things that could happen to me like a blod clot, or kidney failure (which could happen with nephritits). If anyone has any advice for me as to the possibilities in which something like this could occur feel free to tell me that im overthinking and I need to relax lol. So my main question is since I stopped taking the BC after 1 month and I know I didnt give my body enough time to get used to it and see its actual reaction to it, is it ok if I start taking the remainder of the packages I have left?? They expire in July, so I have three months to try it all over again and if I dont freak this time and I actually like it I will go back for a refill. That is my plan, I just need advice on the kidney issue, and if I should try the pill out once again and since they expire in July and if I feel safer this second time around go back for more…..any advice would be appreciated. Thank You XoXo………………

    • ANSWER:
      If the prescribing doctor felt that the pills were safe for you, I don’t see any reason you can’t start taking them again when you have your next period. Do what the instruction say and start the first pill on the Sunday after you start your period, even if you are still bleeding. Three months should be enough time for you to get adjusted to the change in hormones. When the prescription runs out, you can either see the doctor at PP and get a refill or stop taking them depending on how they work for you. Remember you will not be able to have sex without other protection until you have taken 7 pills. You should continue to have your regular checkups with your nephrologist to make sure you don’t have any continued problems there.

      best wishes..

  46. QUESTION:
    Why do some people believe that the handicap are nothing more than a burden and should be terminated?
    Apologies for this long post, but after I saw one poster’s suggestion that we all should kill people with varying degrees of disability, I was just…stunned!

    I have to say something in my defense on this issue and I just want those people to see what I have to go through being handicapped–so they will know that it’s not an easy thing.

    I was born a preemie with cerebral palsy; weighed in at 2 pounds 8 ounces.

    When I as a teenager, I diagnosed with a bi-polar disorder and ADD/ADHD.

    In the past 8 years?

    It’s COPD, Vitamin D Deficiency Syndrome, Recurrent Calcium Stone Disease, Factor Five Leiden, an optic nerve degeneration disorder, and sleep apnea–among other things.

    My entire life from the get go was nothing but hardships, challenges, and failure.

    I didn’t just stand by and let the world roll me over a good one. I eventually stood up for myself, I fought the good fight, and made something of my life–even though I still suffer from failing health. (Not as bad as Dennis Hopper’s though.)

    And while I may not be a *major* contributor to our all important capitalist system of free market principles, I still have some value and importance in people’s lives.

    Just not in terms of material wealth and money.

    But no matter how different we are born, or are saddled with either physical or mental problems, it doesn’t mean that we should just be cast aside or want to see those afflicted killed out of social ignorance–because some people see people like me as a “burden”, or fail to understand just what it is that makes people like myself wholly dependent on medical and government assistance.

    I just wish these same types would walk in my shoes for a day and see what I have to go through just to survive.

    What’s it is like to have to use inhalers–because you can’t breathe normally–or have to take blood-thinners because you have a malfunctioning clotting factor, or any of the other types of medications which regulates your high blood pressure, asthma, depression, and keeps the nerve sheaths in both eyes from disintegrating prematurely. (Though this will lead to eventual blindness–for now, I am lucky to still have my sight.)

    And to top it all off? A half dozen or more doctor appointments to deal with all these issues:

    Having to run all over town to get poked, prodded, scanned and blood drawn on time, or wired up like a guinea pig for a sleep study, x-rayed like crazy, BP checked on a monthly, vitals checked to make sure I’m still alive, weight checked to see if I’ve lost any more weight, and twice a year laser lithotripsy procedure for kidney stones–so the doctor in question can stick a stent up inside and give me all those wonderful pain pills afterward–leaving me without worries or fear.

    The pain, the suffering, *everything* that I have to go through. It’s because I don’t have many other choices.

    And it’s no picnic neither.

    But even through all this, I keep going with a sense of humor because it’s easier to look at my problems through a different window and realize how lucky I am to be cared for by so many people, than just be negative about my situation and blame others for things clearly out of my control.

    I couldn’t been born normally like my two brothers, but I wasn’t.

    And that’s what makes me so special.

    Thoughts?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes my dear Sky that theory is the cornerstone of eugenics

      and i am not a follower of that in any way shape or form but some people are and they are mainly libs

      EDIT:Keep on fightin, no one here has walked in your shoes
      we all have problems and we would be lying if we said we didnt.

      No one is perfect

  47. QUESTION:
    Will my Grandma die soon from this?
    I need serious answers, this means no personal opinions. My grandma is 69 years old. About 3 years ago my Grandma was diagnosed with diabetes. But around 5 months ago she started getting pretty sick; very tired and weak. She was convinced it was hidden mold in our house that was causing her to be sick. We moved and she didn’t improve. My grandma is very stubborn, and we finally convinced her to go to the doctor like about a month ago. They said she no longer has diabetes because of her weight loss. Also, they said she has congestive heart failure, fluid around her heart, and her kidneys are failing. It’s not that her heart is working too hard, it’s that it’s not working hard enough. She has high blood pressure too, in the range for causing a stroke. This type of heart disease is in our family. She’s in the hospital right now undergoing more tests… do you think she can pull through if she sticks to medications the doctors give her? Or is it too late to really make a comeback from this? Please be honest.

    • ANSWER:
      at this point, it’s not the diabetes that is the concern. she could potentially die because heart failure and kidney failure are both very serious problems. whether or not she survives will depend on a number of things:

      1. hate to say it, but luck
      2. the medications and procedures she’s managed with in hospital
      3. how well she adheres to meds and lifestyle recommendations if she makes it out of hospital
      4. how healthy she was before she went into the hospital (i.e. how good her underlying kidney and heart function were)
      5. how bad the heart and kidney failure are now and what they think the cause of the failure is (i.e. was it due to a heart attack that has caused significant damage to the heart muscle, etc…)

      health is complex. and unfortunately senior citizens walk a very fine line when it comes to their ability to cope with medical adversity. all your family can really do now is support her, and form a tight supportive network around her. AND stay informed about what’s going on. you can always ask more questions to fill in the big picture.

  48. QUESTION:
    is my husband dying?
    my husband has severe diabetic neropathy, poor controlled type 2 diabetes, bronchitis, pnemonia, several stomach ulcers, gastroparesis and now he throws up blood that is coming from the stomach….I;m thinking ulcers maybe. He went to the doctor today and she was concerned that he was throwing up the blood..(coffee ground looking stuff). He had been throwing up the blood for days and all of a sudden it has stopped. The doctor said that that in itself may be a bad sign. What could it mean to abruply stop vomiting blood? What do you think it could be? kidney disease…or even failure?? Please tell me what you think of all this? He has started to go downhill quick in the last 2 years. He was diagnosed with all this about 2 years ago as well. He lived a hard party life drinking and drugs….hard…alcohol for over 10 years…cigarettes for 15 years.(1-2 packs a day) has now quit…and drugs for the past15 years…
    please help.
    can anyone tap into a psychic for my question?

    • ANSWER:
      Lady, I am truly sorry to hear of your situation, but psychics have no ability in this area. This is a question for medical doctors, not carnival workers. I hope his health improves.

  49. QUESTION:
    Where can I purchase an at-home Hepatitis C test?
    So, my ex-husband contracted Hep-C in early 1976 due to extensive intravenous drug use. He was pretty heavily into heroin at the time (he was in a rock band, so it’s nothing especially salacious) and the potential risk of sharing needles wasn’t common knowledge at the time.

    Anyway, my husband assured me over the years that Hepatitis C wasn’t transmittable through sexual intercourse and other types of marital intimacy. Anyway, I was recently hired by an internal medicine specialist who informed my that, in fact, all forms of Hepatitis can be transmitted through any type of sexual contact.

    My husband passed away two months ago due to liver and kidney failure. We engaged in unprotected intercourse on multiple occasions. What are the odds that I may have contracted his disease?

    I don’t have medical insurance, and I don’t exactly feel comfortable with approaching my family doctor with this matter.

    Are there any discreet and confidential at-home testing services that I can take advantage of?

    Thanks and God bless.

    • ANSWER:
      You shouldn’t be ashamed of having Hep C (if indeed you have it) just go for a regular physical and ask if you can be tested for hepatitis tell your dr your husband had it and recently past and now you are worried about your health.

      Your dr is a professional and should not judge you. The earlier the better in detection and treatment.

      good luck

  50. QUESTION:
    Where can I purchase an at-home Hepatitis C test?
    So, my ex-husband contracted Hep-C in early 1976 due to extensive intravenous drug use. He was pretty heavily into heroin at the time (he was in a rock band, so it’s nothing especially salacious) and the potential risk of sharing needles wasn’t common knowledge at the time.

    Anyway, my husband assured me over the years that Hepatitis C wasn’t transmittable through sexual intercourse and other types of marital intimacy. Anyway, I was recently hired by an internal medicine specialist who informed my that, in fact, all forms of Hepatitis can be transmitted through any type of sexual contact.

    My husband passed away two months ago due to liver and kidney failure. We engaged in unprotected intercourse on multiple occasions. What are the odds that I may have contracted his disease?

    I don’t have medical insurance, and I don’t exactly feel comfortable with approaching my family doctor with this matter.

    Are there any discreet and confidential at-home testing services that I can take advantage of?

    Thanks and God bless.

    • ANSWER:
      there is a very good chance , go to your health dept and have them test you, good luck


Treats Dogs Renal Disease

TREAT KIDNEY STONES
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STOP THE STONES FROM ROCKING YOUR KIDNEY IN A FONDLE OF MOTHER NATURE

WHO ARE THESE ROCK TH 00004000 UGS, ANYWAY?
They are a bit less common like cystine stones which are found rarely.It is caused by infection in the urinary tract.Uric acid stones are another type of stones.

TRACING THE ‘EVIL BAND-IT GENIUS’
In cystinuria, too much of the amino acid cystine, which does not dissolve in urine, is voided, leading to the formation of stones made of cystine.A person with a family history of kidney stones may be more likely to develop stones.Kidney stones are treated according to their sizes, that’s why they need to know where the concert of this rocking BAND-its is held inside your body.Ureters or the narrow tubes in the urinary system, carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder, an oval-shaped chamber in the lower abdomen.The results of all these tests help determine the proper treatment.Stones that cause persisting symptoms or other problems may be treated by various techniques, most of which do not involve major surgery.

THE ROCK BANDIT’S YESTERDAY AND TODAY
For women, the dominance of kidney stones peaks in their 50s.A family history of kidney stones is also a significant risk factor.People even visit almost 3 million times to health care providers, and greater than 500,000 people go to emergency rooms for kidney stone problems every year.It was because an intake of melamine could cause kidney stones.The more dehydrated one becomes, the more concentrated the urine becomes, which forms crystals and crystals form into kidney stones, Faerber adds.Once a person gets more than one stone, other stones are likely to develop.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    continue on treating dog with seizures just posted. want I wanted to know is for those who have had negative?
    effects with traditional anticonvulsants especially phenobarb . If you took your dog off how long did it take and how where they after and how did you followup with to control the seizures. My dog has chronic renal disease but the vet feels according to her lab work she should not being having seizures and maybe it is the lymes or something else.It is scary because you want to control the seizures but you also want your dog to have quality of life

    • ANSWER:
      epilepsy does NOT show up on lab work.

      either you misunderstood or they told you crap info.

      anticonvulsants are filtered through the liver. they do not affect the kidneys.

      you could also try potassium bromide in conjunction with phenobarbital to help control seizures.

  2. 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.

  3. QUESTION:
    My 5 month old Labradoodle is showing contradicting symptoms and test results of both urine and Blood work.?
    Purchased Lilly a 14 week old Choclate Labradoodle from STAR PUPPIES(Wellington FL) on Sept 19th 2010. She was squatting to pee alot and most times 1 drop or 2 would come out, being a Dog owner for most of my life I was suspicious, but do know that puppies can behave this way. Took her to the vet the next day for “The routine exam from the Stores Vet(which is mandatory for the contract to be valid) I was treated very nicely, or should I say patronized when I told of my concern of her behavior. Two days later I went back to the Vet for Lilly because it looked like nothing was comming out of this poor Dog, I was given Clavamox and told that it was a UTI, or Vaginitis. No change for ten days, nor during the extra 4 days that I gave it time to work, during this 10 days a new symptom popped in. Lilly would wet her self and wake up in puddles, no oder ,nor color to this liquid.Back to the Vet to tell him of no change and new symptom, He does urine, writes a perscription for sd , and puts Lilly on a new anti-biotic. Within 2 days she is peeing freely, but still clear and odorless and lots of it. Not drinking excessively, We go back for Blood work that showed a few abnormal #’s…ALP-334, BUN 2, TP 4, GLOB1.1 for her urine it was 1.009 for specific gravity!!!!!!!!! We go for a second opinion . New Vet squeezes urine out of Lilly and looks down at it and says ” Her urine is dilute, ” is she on a perscription diet and anti-biotics? Yes I said. He says she is to to young to be on that food , you have to go back to reg. Puppy food, and says that he suspects that lilly has Ectopic Ureters, that could explain the puddles .however He does not know why the urine is dilute. He put her on a New Anti-biotic (poor Baby can’t catch a break) Tomorrow we are scheduled for an Ultra sound. I feel as though Lilly is showing symptoms of more than just one issue and fear JRD(juvenile Renal Disease) is the reason for the dilute urine. Regardless of how my situation turns out with Lilly It truly is Gods hands that we have her for I do believe that any other Family would have beaten her for her lack of continence thinking that she was a Bad puppy not training well. If the Unthinkable should happen for Lilly our true consolation will be that she was free, loved and understood. Tomorrow can’t be here soon enough, Please say a small prayer, thank you all.

    • ANSWER:


Treatments Of Kidney Failure For Dogs

Kidney failure in dogs causes distress to all concerned. When your dog’s kidneys can no longer function effectively the bodies waste products are not being filtered causing a build up and making your animal very sick.

Age is often thought to be the cause of kidney failure in dogs. However, while age may play a part it may not be just that the kidneys are getting old. Through the years, you may be feeding your dog the same food. Food that is loaded with harmful agents. All those years of eating the wrong food may be what is really causing the kidney failure. However, due to your dog’s advanced age, it may just be attributed to age and not looked into further.

Studies and New Information

Do you really know what is in the food that you are feeding your dog? Did you know that low levels of cancer causing agents, like BHA, BHT and ethoxyquin are allowed in dog food? Did you know that the effects of such agents have not been tested as to what happens with long-term exposure?

Dog food ingredients are often contaminated with various harmful things. Toxins, cancer causing agents and other harmful things are often found in dog food. Revealing these harmful substances has resulted in many products being recalled time and again.

What This Means for Your Dog

When your dog is eating contaminated dog food or dog food with who knows what in it for years, these harmful contaminants and substances build up in your dog’s body. The kidneys take the largest amount because they are the part of the body where contaminents and waste go to be filtered. The body may not be able to get rid of harmful substances and they end up sticking around in the kidneys and slowing them down. This is what can lead to kidney failure.

What This Means for You

As a concerned dog owner, you likely now want to know what you can do to prevent your dog from eating harmful food. The recommended course of action is to start being aware of the products you are buying. You have to start reading labels and asking questions. You can no longer go the store and pull a bag of food off the shelf. You need to do your research.

Make a stand to ensure the large producers are not playing a game of risk with your dogs life. Take a stand. Only buy foods that have high quality ingredients. Only buy from manufacturers who are truly concerned with your dog’s health. Do not settle for food that is going to end up making your dog sick.

Remember that your dog relies on you for everything. It is your responsibility as a dog owner to make sure you are doing everything you can to make your dog’s life healthy and happy. Paying attention to what you feed your dog is a great step helping prevent kidney failure in your dog. Dogs with kidney disease are generally suffering pain and in great discomfort and nobody wants their dog to go through that. Be a smart pet owner and do your part to prevent kidney failure in dogs.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. 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

  2. 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!! :)

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

    • ANSWER:

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  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:
    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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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!

    • ANSWER:

  14. 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.

  15. 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))))

  16. 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 :)

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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

  21. 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.

  22. 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!

  23. 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.

  24. 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:

  25. 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!

  26. 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 …

  27. 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

  28. 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

  29. 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…

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. 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:

  33. 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.

  34. 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.

  35. 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


Treatments Of Kidney Failure And Symptoms

Congestive heart failure signs and symptoms ordinarily start slowly and may at first be observed only through periods of activity. Having said that, over time, shortness of breath and other indications may be seen even during times of rest. Congestive heart failure is a disease in which the heart becomes an inefficient or weak pump. This report shares information so it is possible to learn to recognize the symptoms linked with this chronic disorder and start to create an online diagnosis making you better prepared for your visit to your medical physician’s office.

This heart problem is a long-term and chronic problem, which typically includes both sides of the heart. Even so, the condition may impact only the right side of the heart (right-sided heart failure) or the left side (left-sided heart failure). The ailment happens when your heart muscle tissue are weakened and can not pump the blood from the heart effectively (systolic heart failure) or when your heart muscle groups are stiff and do not fill up with blood very easily (diastolic heart failure).

In any type of heart failure, the heart becomes incapable of adequately pumping oxygen-rich blood to the rest of the body, especially during instances of physical exercise or exertion.

Congestive Heart Failure Symptoms and Causes

Symptoms have a tendency to grow gradually, nonetheless, they can come about abruptly in certain cases like after a heart attack or other heart problem. Originally symptoms may be viewed only in the course of periods of activity. As time goes on, signs can appear even during periods of rest.

Common signs of congestive heart failure involve:

  • Shortness of breath with exertion or when lying down

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Kidney failure treatment /cost options No SYMPTOMS?
    So , kidney function at 28% neph says creatine at 2.1 but it has been 1 .8 for years and years and no symptoms , thank God ! Neph is talking transplant list and wants me to run alot of expensive tests. I am 45 , no insurance and while I make enough to support myself I do not have much extra for treatment . Any suggestions ?
    I know that until I show some symptoms I really do not want to go to doctors as when I was 14 , I spent months in hospital , guess I have a fear of them now .

    • ANSWER:
      Your Doctor should let you talk with a social worker. Medicare will pay for much of your treatments. Also a transplant. You are are at the point of dialysis, and that is most always the case before a transplant.
      Once you have started dialysis they may put you on the transplant list.
      Your age is good for a transplant. O type blood is the most common type so if you are O type it could mean a longer wait, tho not always.
      Making a good match as you probably know takes more than just
      blood type. I wish you all the luck.

  2. QUESTION:
    Symptoms of cat kidney failure?
    I have a 19 year old cat who has NEVER had a health problem, never been to the vet except for the annual checkup and shots, eats Orijen kibble and raw food. Lately I’ve noticed him getting a bit slower, drinking a lot of water.. he is booked for a vet appointment on Thursday.. could this be kidneys? If so what treatment is there?

    • ANSWER:
      Glad to hear that he already has a Vet. appt. scheduled. I have 4 cats & my oldest, a Maine Coon was showing the same signs. Turns out….. He is diabetic.He has survived three years already on insulin shots 2Xday. Not a big deal, but if it is diabetes & that would probably be the problem of choice if you could choose, it could possibly be controlled with a special Diabetic kibble. Good luck!!!!!

  3. QUESTION:
    Kidney Failure in Teenagers?
    Long story short I’m writing a book. One of my main characters is recovering from complete kidney failure in both kidneys. I need a plausible diagnosis for a 17 year old girl. My questions are.

    1.What are Early, Mid & Late Symptoms of Kidney Failure:
    2.What types of treatment along with a transplant would she go threw:
    3.What types of medication would she be one:
    4.How often would she see a doctor, What to look for:
    5.What kind of scar or scars would she have and where (At kidney or what?):
    6.How would this affect her life, Would she be able to have children or do sports:
    7.How often or percentage of Kidney donor deaths/Possible complications:
    8.How long would recovery take:

    Anything & Everything you can give me is greatly appreciate.
    Also I would love multiple diagnosis and outcomes. Thanks!!! =]

    • ANSWER:
      I had acute kidney failure (both kidneys) last December right before Christmas. I came very close to needing dialysis but began to recover when the nephrologist flushed my system with lots of IV fluids. I don’t have answers to most of your questions but I’m 18 so I felt my personal story could be helpful.

      To provide a bit of background, I was already in ICU on a ventilator for acute respiratory failure when my kidneys shut down. The doctors never figured out what was wrong and what caused me to get so sick. I have late stage Lyme Disease and their best guess was I had an intense flair that lead to my serious decline.

      You can read more about my story at www.caringbridge.org/visit/taylorderrick

  4. QUESTION:
    I need verification from someone who knows about diabetes and kidney failure…?
    So this is for a story that I’m writing. I want to make sure that all of my facts are right, here. I know absolutely nothing about medicine or medical terminology. I’ve tried to research some stuff that would fit with my storyline, and I’ve got a little bit, but I would love confirmation that what I’ve got is right. And I know that there are some serious gaps that need to be filled in to make it correct.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    One of my characters (a woman in her early 40′s) has diabetes. She may have experienced some of the symptoms but it overall unaware of her condition.
    She faints and is unconscious for an unusual amount of time. She is taken to the hospital where she is informed that she has kidney failure, a complication from her diabetes.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Alright, that’s all I’ve got. What I need to know is if this is plausible. Also, if there’s anything else that you can tell me about specifics that will add authenticity to the story, that would be great. (ie symptoms, treatments, etc.)

    AND at the moment, I am planning on killing her off because of the kidney failure. I need to know how long it would take and how it would occur as well as the treatments she would undergo, the type of costs attached, and the decisions that she would need to make concerning such treatments.

    Her death, however, is not set in stone so I would also like to be aware of the chances of death and the following treatment and rehabilitation process if she were to survive.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Thanks a ton!
    ~AnA~

    • ANSWER:

  5. QUESTION:
    What happens when you have kidney failure?Help!?
    my best friend has a big chance of kidney failure.
    i am very very very worried about her.
    she just told me today about it, and i am so scared.
    Will she die?
    need surgery?
    treatments?
    What is going to happen people, and what are some symptoms that i can tell her so if she has them then she can go to the doctor??

    GOD BLESS YOU ALL!
    she is 13 in 7th grade. any ideas or what caused it?
    thanks to both bailie28 and Randall. god bless both, and Mrs.Shayna WIlliams that’s not funny at all.
    thank you guys so much.

    • ANSWER:
      Prevention is always the goal with kidney failure. Chronic disease such as hypertension and diabetes are devastating because of the damage that they can do to kidneys and other organs. Lifelong diligence is important in keeping blood sugar and blood pressure within normal limits. Specific treatments are dependent upon the underlying diseases.

      Once kidney failure is present, the goal is to prevent further deterioration of renal function. If ignored, the kidneys will progress to complete failure, but if underlying illnesses are addressed and treated aggressively, kidney function can be preserved, though not always improved.

  6. QUESTION:
    How long can a kidney last without treatment?
    I hAd a UTI over three years ago while being preggo of my second child.. When I was 5 months preggo of my 3rd child I was told I had a lipoma tumor in my right kidney..well I ha the baby and it has passed 10 months since I had her and I still have not seened a doctor for this tumor..because I have been running around with all three kids which 2 are autistic to doctors like every week but my health keeps getting worst.. Everyday that passes I have more and more symptoms of kidney failure.. So my question is how long does it take for a kidney to be at the least functioning level? And what are the symptoms?

    • ANSWER:
      I totally understand you feel you can’t take time for yourself, but you really need to get some bloodwork done to see how your kidneys are doing.
      Renal failure isn’t pretty, and you can get really sick really fast. The kidneys also control blood pressure, and you could have a stroke as your first symptom.
      I am curious though: what symptoms have you been seeing?

  7. QUESTION:
    Kidney failure in only 1 kidney – what’s the outlook?
    My other half’s mum has just found out that one of her kidneys has failed. This was apparently to do with some incorrect drugs they gave her as part of her bladder cancer treatment some years ago (and something they expected may happen) She is already feeling the effects of reduced kidney function, which suggests to me, the kidney has failed suddenly. There are no plans to remove the kidney as yet. My questions are:

    She was diagnosed with diabetes around a year ago, which seems to be under control with diet and medication (oral), will this affect her at all?

    Should she be aware of potential necrosis of the failed kidney, what are the symptoms?

    Will the other kidney try to compensate for the failed one, how long will this take roughly?

    Is there any chance the failed one will start working again?

    She’s 82, not overweight. Only other medical problems are diabetes, bladder cancer and heart murmur (only!)

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Ok, so you must have heard of live kidney transplants right? That is when a person donates their kidney to someone else, when they are ALIVE. Doctors allow people to do this because the body actually needs only 1 working kidney to function. So, unlike what Arturo says, she does NOT need to watch salt intake etc etc, all she has to do is have regular checkups on the other kidney. Yes, thats all.

      As for the failed kidney working again, that depends on why it failed and how much it failed. So, I’m afraid I can’t answer that. Her doctor should be able to answer that though.

      Good luck, and email if you have any more questions.

  8. QUESTION:
    Methamazole / acute kidney failure?
    My cat was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. She was put on methamazole 1/2 twice daily. She had her blood tests, & the levels were still high. So the vet prescribed 1 tablet twice daily. She was on this for about 6 months. The last blood test showed the level of thyroid hormone was undetectable. Too low, vet quickly lowered back to the first dose. Before I even had the new dose in her but 1 day, she became quite tired. I called the vet er, they said maybe it needed to get out of her system. Soon she could barely move, & eventually fell over in the kitchen. I took her to the vet er, she was in acute kidney failure. I had to help her out of pain. I am devistated. as this was a complete shock. The symptoms began & ended all within 3 days. I am wondering if a cats body can change as far as levels, & what could have caused her kidney failure that quick. I also had a male, w/ hyperthyroidism & kidney disease, he was treated also with methamazole, 1/2 tablet once a day. Also a blood pressure pill. He did go blind, as his retinas detached. It was a miracle, a day after treatment of the high blood pressure, he focused on me. He got his sight back! He was going downhill though still, as he was 15. The female above was 14. After she died, it was only 2 days, & my boy couldn’t even walk, as a Mom, I had to help him also. They got the blood tests at the same time, his level was perfect she said. I had no idea he had the thyroid problem til he lost his sight. I lost my two best friends in the same week. I noticed with both of them, after starting the methamazole, they stopped purring. Were not the same little “people” they used to be. I know I did the right thing for them, as they were older, and the blood tests came back horrible. There was nothing I could do. I need to know if this medication may have threw them both into renal failure. I am 42, an adult woman, its been a week….& I’m still crying like a child. Any opinion, advice, or answers would mean alot. Thank you.
    Apologizing ahead, as this is my first time here, on questions. I may have put this in the wrong category. Thought I put it on “Pets”…looks like it appeared on “diseases”?? I hope others can find it. Thank you ahead for any replies that are given, it means so much. I want to do the very best I can with any extra knowledge. I have one cat left, “Furgis”….and I want to do the best I can for him. He is only 6…..I want him to live a long and happy life.

    • ANSWER:
      I had a cat that lived to be 19. The last 6 years of his life he was on methamazole. It did wonders for his hyperthyroidism.
      Sometimes the best efforts of the vets just don’t do the trick. I am so sorry you lost your cats. They really are wonderful creatures. Please get another one or two that need homes.

  9. QUESTION:
    Final stage of Kidney Failure?
    Person I know has had kidney problems since 1995. Last known kidney function was between 5%-10%. They were told to go on Dialysis a couple weeks ago. I’m not asking about treatments other than Dialysis or transplant. But no they have not done either. This person could not walk a couple days ago, They feel very sick very often lately. Now they are vomiting.. What are the final symptoms that this person is going to die? Will they make it without Dialysis for a couple more days? I know they’re out of luck, don’t say anything about not going on Dialysis. Wasn’t my choice. Just please be nice and give me information. Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      I’m sorry for you friend but “luck” has nothing to do with this. I was at 2% and more dead than anything. The reason I am here today is because I was when I was found bleeding from my head after passing out I was blessed to have my mom find me on he floor and call in the troops while I came to still adamant that I would be ok.Divine intervention still has me here today…..alive and with a new kidney. You are both in my prayers and please e-mail with any update..GOD BLESS.

  10. QUESTION:
    Possibly Kidney failure?
    For the last month and a half i have noticed a drastic decrease on the amount of urine i pass, But my intake remains the same. I also feel more and more lethargic in the last 5 days. these are my only two symptoms. I would like to add that i had a very sever over dose on sleeping pills about 2 months ago and never went to seek medical treatment, I just let it pass thru my system. Bad idea when i think about it now..

    I’m worried that my kidneys may be failing, is this a possibility? I plan on going to the doctors office tomorrow but I’m really worried.

    • ANSWER:
      They may be failing but the most common sign is jaundice which is yellowing of the skin (maybe eyes too). The best thing to do is not to worry so much. You can check on Web MD or a similar site for what the symptoms may mean.

  11. QUESTION:
    rare Interferon side effects when used for melanoma?
    my step dad has melanoma and is having interferon treatment. He was admitted to the ICU early this morning with severe muscle pain and weakness, kidney failure, liver problems, signs of dehydration even though he isnt dehydrated, and extremely low BP. he is normally on high BP medication which has been stopped. They are telling us that there is a rare side effect where the muscles start eating away at themselves but they cant give us any reason for the rest of the symptoms. anyone have any anwsers?

    • ANSWER:
      Hello friend,
      Melanoma is a nasty disease! I lost my husband to it six years ago. As a nurse myself; I have never heard of “muscles eating away at themselves” from chemo-therapy. Obviously, Interferon is a toxic drug; all cancer drugs are and it does cause a diverse range of symptoms. Sorry to tell you but melanoma does not respond well to chemo but it’s always worth trying.
      Good luck and many prayers to your step-dad and you. Hang in there and enjoy every day.

  12. QUESTION:
    Chronic renal failure?
    Scenario B: Chronic renal failure. Mr. Hodges, a 73-year-old man, has had congestive heart failure for the past 5 years. His doctor has told him that his heart is not functioning well, needing more and more medicine to maintain circulatory function. He has noticed that he is not urinating more than once a day.

    oWhy is the condition of Mr. Hodges’s kidneys affecting the rest of his body?
    oAs his chronic renal failure worsens what other symptoms and signs might occur in his respiratory, digestive, nervous, and urinary systems?
    oWhat is causing Mr. Hodges’s kidney disease?
    oWhat are possible treatment options and prognosis?

    • ANSWER:
      so this is why the nurses at the nursing homes are so clueless they ask all their questions on yahoo answers.

      He has Congestive heart failure, that is the reason for his kidney disease. there is less blood flow to the kidney. fluid leaks into the interstitial compartments.

      dyspenia, troble breathing, a specfic condition known as PND he will wake up in the middle of night short of breath, this is because when you fall asleep blood seeps into your intravasculat compartment (up to 1 liter), thisis really a horrible condition, its just like torture. Pray that you never have to witness it.

      kidney disease is secondary to heart failure BASED SOLELY on the information provided. though there is a labyrhinth of possabliities

      diretucs (not so much because of his RF), digitalis, if he’s on an ace inhibitor and having those symptoms it might be due to renal artery stenosis…. in that case the ace inhibitor is counterproductive and contributing to his renal failure (RF).

      for that part I will link you to my other answer. do tell this to all patients like this. God will reward you for it!!

      Google the following..

      Dr Stephen Sinatra “Metabolic Cardiology” or any other books by him, he is a cardiologist (cardiac surgeon)with over 30 years of experience, and made his own protocol.

      he says something liek this in his book, but I suggest yuor read it/google it.
      D-Ribose: 15 Grams per day cost is like ~ for 8oz
      Coenzyme Q10: 400mg (atleast 1 to 2 times per day) for 60 capsules
      L-Carnitine (1.5 to 3 grams per day) get the powdered form its alot cheaper. ~ if not you can buy the tablets . (500mg each)
      Magnesium Supplements (atleast 400mg per day)
      Taurine: (atleast 1 gram per day, up to 4 grams maybe more i don’t remember the top bracket of it) for 300 tablets 500 mg each. about a few months supply.

      and check the following treatments, he likely has CHF or congestive heart failure he needs this treatment called EECP (35 treatments where they put blood pressure cuffs on the patients legs and abdoment to pump blood back to the heart for 1 hr a day for 35 days to make it stronger, (increased ejection fraction). It makes new blood vessels to that they can get blood to the damaged tissue and save it. It has been shown to IMPROVE heart function. It was just approved after 50 years of research.

      If you have cardiomyopathy look into stem cells, they can be found in thailand, mexico, the carribean and india. some are cheaper than others.

  13. QUESTION:
    Does Everyone know that this is National Scleroderma Awareness Month?
    Have you ever heard of scleroderma? This is a rare condition that is increasing in frequency. It causes progressive fibrosis of the skin and internal organs. It is 3 to 4 times more common in women than men, particularly younger African American women, but it can affect anyone. The cause is unknown, but researchers suggest that environmental and genetic factors play a role.
    In typical cases, patients first develop skin thickening on the fingers or elsewhere. Patients may complain of cold, swelling, and puffy fingers and hands. Arthritic symptoms are also common throughout the body. As the disease progresses, additional organs are affected such as the heart, esophagus, joints, muscles, and lungs. Patients can develop sudden severe high blood pressure and even kidney failure. There is no specific blood test for the diagnosis, although many different tests will be abnormal. There are several treatments but no cure as yet..If you are looking for a Charity, Please give to Scleroderma.

    • ANSWER:
      nope i didnt know …2 points thanks

  14. QUESTION:
    Mr. Hodges, a 73-year-old man, has had congestive heart failure for?
    Mr. Hodges, a 73-year-old man, has had congestive heart failure for the past 5 years. His doctor has told him that his heart is not functioning well, needing more and more medicine to maintain circulatory function. He has noticed that he is not urinating more than once a day.
    5. Why is the condition of Mr. Hodges‘s kidneys affecting the rest of his body?
    6. As his chronic renal failure worsens, what other symptoms and signs might occur in his respiratory, digestive, nervous, and urinary systems?
    7. What is causing Mr. Hodges‘s kidney disease?
    8. What are possible treatment options and prognosis?

    • ANSWER:
      Mr. Hodges has chronic Renal Failure. This means that his kidneys have failed to function properly. This also means that his body is no longer able to eliminate the metabolic toxic wastes his body is producing as the byproducts of the metabolic processes occurring in every cell of his body. When the amount of these metabolic wastes accumulate in the system, they begin to poison every cell in the body. This is how it affects the functions of the other organs in the different systems of the body. So as long as Mr. Hodges does not improve his urine output, he will deteriorate even if he is bombarded with drugs. Worse yet, the drugs will also aggravate his condition because their metabolites will also become additional poisons into his systems.

      The best approach to Mr Hodges problem is first increase his water intake. Not any other fluid but water! Water is the best diuretic and the body only excretes more urine if the body is provided with more. The adult human body is at least 70% water. If this percentage lowers, like plants the cells will wither. This withering will cause cell deterioration and when it dies, its the beginning of an organ failure. So for cells to maintain good health, adequate hydration in the form of proper water intake is very important. Avoid dehydrating beverages like coffee, tea, soft drinks, sodas, colas, alcohol, energy drinks, and of course, diuretic drugs.

      Unless the water requirement is met daily, Mr Hodges will continue to deteriorate because his cells will. Drugs will make him worse!

  15. QUESTION:
    acute renal failure in kitten… could the vet be wrong?
    10 days ago I brought my kitten to the vet after 36 hours of not eating and extreme lethargy. He was very dehydrated and his blood work was all over the charts but even in the mess of blood values the vet was still able to discern kidney insufficiency after 12 hours of hospitalization everything but the kidney values (Creatinine BUN and also his WBC) were normalized after 36 hours he ripped out his IV and was much stronger but with the next days blood test there was no improvement in the BUN or WBC creatinine was slightly off after another 36 hours not much change She did not tell me what the numbers were but told me that she still didn’t know if he had ingested something or if he was born with bad kidneys. His kidneys looked normal on an X-ray not small like in CRF cats and his symptoms came on so suddenly I refuse to believe he was born with bad kidneys as for ingestion I keep no plants in the house and all toxic products (soaps and cleaning products) are kept almost out of reach for even me let alone the cat. Long story short (too late) I was told I could put him down or if I was up to it take him home and make him comfortable with sub-q treatments and a wet food diet (low protein if he would take it). Her prognosis was I would see him steadily decline in the next couple weeks. I took him home Saturday morning I have given him his fluids every day fed him by hand and stimulated his appetite I have also given him dilute apple cider vinegar to help flush his system and the antibiotics provided by the vet. It has been 5 1/2 days and he is not declining he is getting stronger every day he has stopped drinking so much and urinates 2-3 times per day his bowel movements seem normal a little soft from all wet food but in keeping with what he eats. His twitching has almost completely stopped (was a full body tremor when he came home) He sleeps about 18 hours a day I think that is normal my healthy cat does the same… is it possible that he is recovering? At least to a manageable CRF level? is it possible he had an infection clouded by the other blood values? Could this death sentence she gave my cat be preemptive? I am not looking for false hope I just think it is strange that nearly halfway through his proposed life expectancy he is stronger than he was on his IV fluids in the hospital… has anyone had a cat that recovered from Acute renal failure? How long was the process of recovery after hospitalization… This vet was good and cared but I think she was more worried that I would run out of money than anything else I just want to know if anyone else has seen these cats turn around at a little slower pace
    oh and I check him for dehydration multiple times per day and he is always hydrated sometimes first thing in the morning he skin takes an extra second to spring back but nothing that my other cat doesn’t show from time to time. Also when he came home his urine didn’t have an odor now it has a light ammonia smell to it… could that mean he is clearing toxins again? I know the natural response is ask the vet but I think at this point she is more operating on a cover her ass mode than anything. (can’t say i blame her since everyone sues everybody else if things don’t go their way)

    • ANSWER:
      Some cats do recover from this, especially if caught early. A couple things about this vet made me wonder, though. For one thing, did she explain the list of toxins that might have caused this? For example, in a little kitten even one tylenol or NSAID like ibuprofen could have caused this. I have a friend whose cat died from tylenol consumption. So if one fell out of your purse and you never noticed it, it could be that simple.

      Since you obviously care about the kitten, my suggestion at this point might be to get a second opinion. The sad truth is, some vets are just not good with cats, and I’ve had 2 of these vets in 2 separate states. I would not be impressed if the cat was responding in exactly the opposite way the vet predicted, and rising kidney enzymes aren’t even always acute renal failure. If this was me (and I’ve done this anytime a diagnosis is tricky) I’d ask for a copy of his records and get a separate opinion. Try to find a cat specialist if you can. They’re not more expensive, and you might hear something very different. Cat rescue groups can help find one.

      Obviously, if you do this, I’d suggest doing it quickly, partly because of the nature of the diagnosis and also with a weekend coming up.

      I realize you’re not looking for false hope and I know how gut wrenching this is! But I wish someone had given me this advice when my cat had some strange symptoms, because I know I ended up in the hands of someone who was out of her league in treating it. Good luck to you and kitty.

  16. QUESTION:
    Should I trust the vet with her diagnosis of my cat? What does this sound like to you? I suspect renal failure?
    My 15 year old indoor cat Pookie’s health has seemed to decline over the last year with lack of grooming, looking frail, and increased thirst. Previously the vet has minimized these symptoms by saying her issues are from aging but otherwise “Pookie was healthy”. I put her in the hospital Saturday after she had diarrhea, vomiting (saliva) , and extreme weakness. I thought she was dying. The vet said she thinks it’s a stomach issue. They gave her an antibiotic shot, dewormer and fluids. Vet said Pookie’s kidney values were slightly elevated to a 5, but that didn’t indicate failure.Everything else in the bloodwork was normal. Now that she’s home she seems so weak and just sleeps, but is walking around a little and eating a little. I’m thinking this could be renal failure since Pookie had stones removed several years ago and
    the thirst, loss of weight, and lack of grooming happening before the recent vomiting and diarrhea. The vet wants to see if her stomach treatment works, and then do x-rays and ultra sounds on Pookie’s belly. I’m wondering if this treatment the vet is suggesting is just a money pit unrelated to what’s really going on here. Sorry for the long post. I just want to do what’s best for Pookie. I hate to be shoving dewormer down her throat and subjecting her to stomach scopes when she’s actually got a kidney issue. Any tips appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      The blood tests would show crf (kidney failure) so that is not it. The next step is an ultra sound to find out if there are any tumors or such
      It is expensive. I hope all turns out ok

  17. QUESTION:
    Why should I be grieving after 20 years?
    I was only 29 when my mother was diagnosed with cancer. She was in the third stage of cervical cancer when the tumor was found. She was taken to one of the best hospitals for cancer in the US at that time. They said that if she were to leave the hospital she would die within a short time. Because she was on medicare, social security would not pay for out of state medical benefits. She was eventually placed on medicaid and taken to a local hospital for treatment. The cancer hospital wanted to do more aggressive therapy which included surgery and chemotherapy. The local doctor gave her a treatment of only radiation to the tumor. She did well initially after her surgery, then around Thanksgiving of 1988 she suffered kidney failure. She was taken off radiation therapy. The tumor was almost completely gone, but after the kidney failure the tumor grew back to the size of a football. She suffered kidney failure, a stroke, a heart attack, and hyperkalemia. She eventually died from the kidney failure and hyperkalemia. Hyperkalemia is high levels of Potassium in the body. I have grieved over my mother and eventually accepted that she was finally at peace. This month is the 20th anniversary of my mother’s death on Feb. 25. I have been very moody, angry, and exhibiting depression symptoms. My husband has been very concerned about me. I spoke to my younger sister tonight. She mentioned that she has been crying and not sleeping or sleeping too much. She is a very balanced person. She also has noticed a scent of roses in her apartment. I noticed right after my mother’s passing that if I had a dream about her that I would smell roses in the room. But why is this anniversary year worse than the other 19. Sometimes, I wish I could tell her about my life now and that she has a new son-in-law which she has never met. My mother-in-law is also deceased. So my husband understands the loss of a mother. Should I be concerned?

    • ANSWER:
      I immediately went to a quote from Volkan after reading your statement:

      “A mourner never altogether forgets the dead person who was so highly valued in life and never totally withdraws his investment in his representation. We can never purge those who have been close to us from our own history except by psychic acts damaging to our own identity” (Volkan, 1985, p. 326).

      At times, those with complicated bereavement experience the acute pain of the loss years after the death and the pain is just as intense as it was at the loss. As Volkan stated, one can’t escape the pain as doing so damages our own identity and negates the importance of the deceased.

      One thing that may work is examining the emotional bonds that are still present with you and your mother. Many bereavement experts examine ambivalent feelings/thoughts as tantamount to complicated bereavement. For example, while this may sound heartless, your intense grief may be due to both loving and hating the deceased. In essence, it is possible that you intensely miss your mother, but at the same time you hate her for leaving you earlier than she should have. (Please refer to Child Development Psychology of Mary Ainsworth and how a child reacts to a mother abandoning her child and then returning; securely attached…etc.)

      A grief therapist may assist you in coming to terms with the loss; both as a resolution to what you lost (a mother) and also a resolution to anger (separation that you had no control over).

  18. QUESTION:
    ? re: petechiae rash & low platelets (TTP) AND ? re HUS?
    I had TTP / HUS 2 1/2 years ago. Complete kidney failure, almost died in fact, was on dialysis and plasmaphersis. Luckily 3 weeks later, I survived and my kidney function returned. **TTP and HUS are 2 different conditions, but in some cases as in mine, can occur togethor**** As for the HUS (kidney part), I still to this day have difficulty getting my urine flow started and emptying my bladder. I frequently try to go but cant but eventually do. Also, if I do urinate, I frequently am not able to empty my bladder and have to keep trying, which I do. All in all after many many trips to the restroom every single day, day after day, I feel although extremely bothersome, that my unine is being emptied close enough to all the way. Also my urine is a normal color and I have no other unine symptoms, other than the difficulty. My doctor (from another state of Michigan when I was hospitalized, said I should be rechecked every 6 months for the rest of my life). However, now I’m in Tucson, AZ and my Primary Care doctor will not give me a referral. Although, I did go to ER on only one occasion and they checked my BUN and creatnine, which were normal on that specific day. ?But what about the others? Shouldn’t my Primary Care doctor give me a referral every 6 months?
    Now the question regarding the TTP (which I also had when I was hospitalized in Michigan 2 1/2 years ago), I had low platelets and started getting a petechiae rash on my upper back and shoulders, sometimes on my neck and checks and even upper arms. The wierd thing is that for the last 2 1/2 years, this rash ‘Comes and Goes’, although it is usually concentrated to my back, sometimes (like 4-5 times a year) it flares up and goes in the other spots I mentioned) And then sometimes, even on my back, there could only be like 10 spots, as opposed to like 50. (Also, when I thought back, I remembered having low platelets that I learned during my pregnancy of my last child 8 years ago and them telling me that ‘it meant that I might have a hard time getting an epidural, which I couldn’t). What does anyone think? Does a former TTP patient platelets go up and down and up and down throughout the year, with the petechiae rash coming and going and getting worse and better and worse and better? What should I do about this? (Only my kidney doctor for the HUS said to be seen every 6 months for the rest of my life). I never had any follow up in Michigan for the TTP and was never told about any type of treatment. Currently, my back is doing good, with only about 10ish scattered spots. (But I know, from years experience, it will flare up again and again and again, most likely by the end of the month, no later than the end of next month for sure)
    Does anyone have any advise for me?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi there!

      I also had TTP, but luckily no kidney failure. I’m sorry you had such a rough time with it and had all of the kidney problems to boot. You said, “TTP and HUS are 2 different conditions, but in some cases as in mine, can occur togethor**** As for the HUS (kidney part), I still to this day have difficulty getting my urine flow started and emptying my bladder.” HUS and TTP being similar, I never did know the exact differences between the two, BUT TTP alone can cause renal failure. I’m not saying you didn’t have both. I’m just saying there are similarities between the two, but as you said, they are two diff. things, but I was told TTP itself could cause renal failure. If there is renal failure is it automatically TTP-HUS?

      Sadly, I don’t know what to say about your kidney issues today. Have you talked to a kidney specialist or hematologist (since these are blood based disorders) about what is going on with your kidneys now? Have they told you if there is available treatment to improve your condition?

      “My doctor (from another state of Michigan when I was hospitalized, said I should be rechecked every 6 months for the rest of my life).” <- Thank you for telling me this. My doctors had me checked frequently at first, but then were going to let me taper off. I stopped seeing my hematologist because it was several hours drive away just for blood work I could get at home, basically. Every so often, I ask local doctors for an order, and they've been giving me the CBC with differential order, but I didn't know how often I needed to be checked. I usually just waited a few months, and also whenever I had symptoms. I apprecaite this advice. :)

      Are you saying your new doctor won't write out an order? What a *explitive delted*! That is awful! Irresponsible! Time for a new doctor! Or at least tell your current doctor, they need to contact your old doctor and get you a standing order for blood work. I tried to get a standing order from a doctor whom I rarely see and couldn't get one which was BS, but try if you can. I might try again with another dr. A standing order means you get one order for the blood test and you can use it multiple times, as needed. If they refuse, there are other options. Try to get a single, one time order for the blood test- if the new dr. isn't giving it to you, you need to either get another dr. OR contact the old one for an order. If your current doctor won't contact the old one- YOU do it. Contact the old dr. and tell them you need a blood order called in, OR go to the lab and give them your old doctors name and contact info and tell them you need him to be contacted so he can call in an order.

      "The wierd thing is that for the last 2 1/2 years, this rash 'Comes and Goes', although it is usually concentrated to my back, sometimes (like 4-5 times a year) it flares up and goes in the other spots I mentioned)"<- I know! I know. I don't get it bad, but I didn't have it bad when I went in. But every so often, I get a few tiny dots here and there, and I start getting scared. Usually, I go to the dr. and they say my blood count is fine. Once, it was almost at the bottom of what was normal, but quickly shot back up. Low platelets can cause petechiae, but it is not the only thing that can cause it, and my CBC was usually normal when I got petechiae and had it checked, even though I don't recall every having petechiae before TTP....so this is odd, don't you think? Doctors are still working out the mysteries of TTP, as are we. But there are many causes for petechiae. Also low platelets aren't always a sign of TTP coming back, thankfully! But you should always have your blood tested when you get this warning sign just because of your history! My doctors told me always get tested when you have symptoms because TTP can be so fast acting. The earlier it is caught, the better!

      If you are tested and your platelts and RBC's are golden, consider other possibilities. If blood vessel walls are damaged, or there has been injury to the location, I think that can cause it. If you have hurt that area sometime recently, it could be the problem, especially if skin is thin in the area. However, since it is coming back in the same spot it did when you were sick, I doubt it is due to damaging the area. I am sorry. It is a mystery to me why we keep getting petechia after out illnesses, even when are blood counts are good. But def. your doctor should help you get a blood test to make sure it is not TTP or HUS again, and if it isn't talk to them about other possible causes. Good luck.

  19. QUESTION:
    help please..?
    please help me finish this,
    thank you so much
    best answer ten points=]

    1: The ingredient acetaminophen found in cold remedies and pain killers:
    can cause severe bleeding in a mother and her baby before, during, and after delivery.
    can cause inflammation of the liver, jaundice, and kidney failure if abused.
    has been removed from the market because of its dangerous side effects if abused.
    is a stimulant and should never be used in conjunction with coffee, tea or other stimulants.

    2: According to one of the websites, you should take antibiotics:
    only until you begin to feel better.
    even if you don’t feel any symptoms, but you think you might be sick.
    as directed, unless they don’t seem to be working.
    for the full time prescribed, even if you begin to feel better.

    3: Expectorants are typically used in the treatment of:
    coughs.
    itching.
    heartburn.
    infection.

    4: Abuse of aspirin can cause:
    high blood pressure and increased danger of stroke.
    drowsiness and decreased ability to concentrate.
    stomach ulcers and gastrointestinal bleeding.
    migraine headaches and insomnia.

    5: On an OTC label, “Uses” refers to:
    symptoms or diseases the product will treat or prevent.
    when not to use the product, when to stop taking it, when to see a doctor, and possible side effects.
    how much to take, how to take it, and how long to take it.
    product category (such as antihistamine, antacid, or cough suppressant).

    • ANSWER:
      1. a –> possibly
      b –> possibly
      c –> no
      d –> i don’t think so…

      2. correct answer: d

      3. Not sure..

      4. not sure but probably not a since aspirin is actually a blood thinner…

      5. b or c should be correct

  20. QUESTION:
    I stopped taking my BC after 1 month, is it ok if I start taking the remainder of the packages I have left?
    Ok so, I was prescribed a low dose birth control pill almost a year ago (April 08). I went to my local Planned Parenthood, spoke to the nurse and since it was my first time getting on any type of BC I chose the pill. I also chose the pill because its something I can remember to take and I liked the idea of it to begin with. They checked my medical history and the doctor there recommended Ortho Tri Cyclen Lo for me, and they gave me a 12 month supply! But this is the problem, i only took it for one month because I freaked out :/ The reason being is because I was diagnosed with Nephrotic Syndrome when i was 6 and continued treatment until I was about 14, just before entering high school. At that time my nehprologist told me that I was doing fine and that the disease had no signs of reoccurring so he told me to stay healthy; stay away from salty foods, and eat healthy and stay physically fit. Up until now I havent had any signs or symptoms and this is my main concern when choosing the right BC, and since I knew I wanted to be on the pill I wanted to make sure that I was prescribed the right one, since I dont have insurance I’m relying on PP and other health clinics. But I figured if I was prescribed a low dose it was for a reason and the doctor at the PP even told me thats why he gave me the low dose because of my history. So like I said I got scared thinking of all the scariest things that could happen to me like a blod clot, or kidney failure (which could happen with nephritits). If anyone has any advice for me as to the possibilities in which something like this could occur feel free to tell me that im overthinking and I need to relax lol. So my main question is since I stopped taking the BC after 1 month and I know I didnt give my body enough time to get used to it and see its actual reaction to it, is it ok if I start taking the remainder of the packages I have left?? They expire in July, so I have three months to try it all over again and if I dont freak this time and I actually like it I will go back for a refill. That is my plan, I just need advice on the kidney issue, and if I should try the pill out once again and since they expire in July and if I feel safer this second time around go back for more…..any advice would be appreciated. Thank You XoXo………………

    • ANSWER:
      If the prescribing doctor felt that the pills were safe for you, I don’t see any reason you can’t start taking them again when you have your next period. Do what the instruction say and start the first pill on the Sunday after you start your period, even if you are still bleeding. Three months should be enough time for you to get adjusted to the change in hormones. When the prescription runs out, you can either see the doctor at PP and get a refill or stop taking them depending on how they work for you. Remember you will not be able to have sex without other protection until you have taken 7 pills. You should continue to have your regular checkups with your nephrologist to make sure you don’t have any continued problems there.

      best wishes..

  21. QUESTION:
    help with a couple health questions please?
    1: The ingredient acetaminophen found in cold remedies and pain killers:

    1. can cause severe bleeding in a mother and her baby before, during, and after delivery.
    2. can cause inflammation of the liver, jaundice, and kidney failure if abused.
    3. has been removed from the market because of its dangerous side effects if abused.
    4. is a stimulant and should never be used in conjunction with coffee, tea or other stimulants.

    2: According to one of the websites, you should take antibiotics:

    1. only until you begin to feel better.
    2. even if you don’t feel any symptoms, but you think you might be sick.
    3. as directed, unless they don’t seem to be working.
    4. for the full time prescribed, even if you begin to feel better.

    3: Expectorants are typically used in the treatment of:

    1. coughs.
    2. itching.
    3. heartburn.
    4. infection.
    4: Abuse of aspirin can cause:

    1. high blood pressure and increased danger of stroke.
    2. drowsiness and decreased ability to concentrate.
    3. stomach ulcers and gastrointestinal bleeding.
    4. migraine headaches and insomnia.

    5: On an OTC label, “Uses” refers to:

    1. symptoms or diseases the product will treat or prevent.
    2 . when not to use the product, when to stop taking it, when to see a doctor, and possible side effects.
    3. how much to take, how to take it, and how long to take it.
    4. product category (such as antihistamine, antacid, or cough suppressant).

    • ANSWER:
      Is this ur hw…well asking here is not a good idea bc pp just want points..but for num 2 antibiotics should be taken until they are completely done or else the bacteria can become resistant to it of not killed all the way.
      I’ve never heard of an expectorant b4 sorry.
      Num 1 has not been removed from market lol, I think it can cause slight bleeding in brain (but im not sure it could be the other one) and it could cause jaundice

  22. QUESTION:
    Can Someone Please Help me with these 2…I am lost and do not know where to begin?
    Mr. Hodges, a 73-year-old man, has had congestive heart failure for the past 5 years. His doctor has told him that his heart is not functioning well, needing more and more medicine to maintain circulatory function. He has noticed that he is not urinating more than once a day.
    5. Why is the condition of Mr. Hodges‘s kidneys affecting the rest of his body?
    6. As his chronic renal failure worsens, what other symptoms and signs might occur in his respiratory, digestive, nervous, and urinary systems?
    7. What is causing Mr. Hodges‘s kidney disease?
    8. What are possible treatment options and prognosis?

    Ms. Jones, a 68-year-old female, underwent open-heart surgery to replace several blocked vessels in her heart. On her first day postoperatively, it was noted that she had very little urine output.
    1. What is happening to Ms. Jones‘s kidneys, and why is it causing the observed symptom?
    2. What other symptoms and signs might occur?
    3. What is causing Ms. Jones‘s kidney disease?
    4. What are possible treatment options and prognosis?

    • ANSWER:
      hi, you have presented a complicated question. i am a final year med student and i will try my best to answer your questions. in the case of mr. Hodges, the kidneys are the organs that filter waste out the body and into the bladder creating urine. if kidneys are failing it means they are not working at peak efficiency therefore not filtering enough waste out of the body hence there is less urine to excrete. as all the unwanted waste is building up, this can have effects in other parts of the body, mr hodges may expect to experience headaches, jaundice, nausea, loss of appetite, renal pains .. these symptoms can be manages by dialysis and other medications. the exact cause of kidney disease is unknown however, it is common place among the elderly.. kidneys may fail when a person gets older. at his age, it is possible hey may need dialysis to maintain kidney function, in the elderly with kidney failure prognosis is unfortunately not so good. another possible option is a kidney transplant from a donor.

      in the case of ms. jones, her presentation with poor urine output after one day of surgery may only be related to the fact that her food intake before surgery may have been very limited. most people need to fast for up to 48 hours prior to any surgery therefore waste is not being produced so there may be less urine. there is no indication of kidney disease. email me if you wish to add more detail

  23. QUESTION:
    Help i have a Quiz???? PLEEEAASSEE?
    . Which of the following is a possible sign/symptom of a urinary system disorder?
    A. Urgency
    B. Occult stool
    C. Nausea and vomiting
    D. Diarrhea

    2. The most common lab test done is:
    A. clearance test.
    B. urinalysis.
    C. blood tests.
    D. culture and sensitivity

    3. Which of the following is true re: Diuretics?
    A. Also known as ‘salt pills’
    B. Dry mouth is a common side effect.
    C. Most common diuretic used is Diamox
    D. Used only in lymph and urinary diseases

    4. Which of the following is true re: Hemodialysis?
    A. It is also called peritoneal dialysis
    B. It is usually done at home.
    C. It is usually required 3-4 times per week.
    D. It has no potential complications.

    5. Which of the following is not true re: urinary tract infection?
    A. A predisposing factor is a condition that impairs free flow of urine.
    B. It only refers to a bladder infection.
    C. Incomplete emptying of the bladder may help cause it.
    D. Scar tissue may contribute to infection.

    6. Which of the following is not a common developmental abnormality of the kidney?
    A. Renal agenesis
    B. Duplication
    C. Malposition
    D. Polycystic disease

    7. Which of the following is not true re: Polycystic Disease?
    A. It is an inherited disorder.
    B. It progresses rapidly.
    C. There is no cure.
    D. May not have symptoms until adulthood

    8. Which of the following is not true re: Urolithiasis?
    A. It is also known as ‘kidney stones.’
    B. A possible treatment is lithotripsy.
    C. Renal colic is a rare symptom.
    D. A predisposing factor is an increased concentration of salts in the urine.

    9.Symptoms of Chronic Renal Failure may not appear until what percentage of the kidneys have failed?
    A. 15-20
    B. 35-40
    C. 55-60
    D. 75-80

    10. Which of the following is a possible cause of acute renal failure?
    A. Shock
    B. Myocardial infarction
    C. Frequent urination
    D. Nocturia

    • ANSWER:
      All right, here we go again. What level of schooling is this?

      1. A
      2. B
      3. B
      4. C
      5. B
      6. D.
      7. B
      8. C
      9. D
      10. A

      These are pretty bad questions, by the way. Not too specific. Last question, for example, both A and B are correct.

  24. QUESTION:
    16 and could have cancer… questions?
    ok, well im 16 and I have had cancer already (when I was 7 to 9) and it almost got me, I had lung and kidney cancer (except the kidney cancer was found beside my kidney, not on it) so my kidney was not removed, I barely escaped that scare because my cancer was soo advanced. besically, last time I had cancer I was suppost to die, the cancer was soo bad that they wanted to do a double lung transplant and the cancer mass around my kidneys was roughly the size of a football (the ones in my lungs were around the size of a golf ball) so I was in really bad shape, infact I went into ceptic shock and was in ICU for about 3 weeks, I was suppost to die there because I had yellowing of the skin (liver failure), I was put on a breathing machine, I couldnt even go to the bathroom and they had to paralyze me because if I were to move I would of had a heart attack. I also didnt wake up for up to a week at a time.

    I was in really bad shape and all the doctors walked away from me, and when they did all my michenes went CRAZY (my blood pressure was all over the place, my breathing was irregular ect) and I was givin adreniline (they have to keep you alive as long as possible) and the amount they gave me should of givin me a heart attack but then everything just evened out and three days laiter i was sitting up in my bed and the doctors couldnt believe it. After I got out of ICU I continued my cancer treatment until it was completely gone.

    its hard to believe but it did happen so I did survive my first cancer scare but now I think its back….

    well the thing that worries me is that my first symptoms were loss of appatite, trouble going to the bathroom and overall just being really tired. I also lost alot of weight.

    well its all happening to me again, its really hard for me to eat, I would say within the last month I have only had two full meals. Every day i try to eat but whenever i do I just feel sick. I really do not know how to explain it.

    I was at a friends house last night and my back really started to become sore so my friend was feeling around my kidneys (she has been through cancer too so that was the first thing she really looked for) and she found a lump on my right kidney, I never noticed it until she pointed it out. Its about the size of a marble and the area around it hurts, not the lump itself. (the lump isnt sticking out, but when you push around it you can really feel it and its solid)

    I have also dropped a large amount of weight in a very short amount of time (I dropped 30 pounds in less then 3 weeks) and that is not normal weight loss and I know that. The thing is that was my first symptom.

    You know you get a feeling when there is something wrong with you, like you just know and I have that feeling, its like a broken record from when I was 7. Everything that I went through then im going through right now.

    I am going to the doctors on the 10th (he is a cancer specialist) and my mom does know, she is also quite concerned.

    im just wondering how I am going to break it to my friends. I havnt mentioned it to anyone besides family and I was wondering what would be the best way to tell them? or even tell them that i might have it??

    also, if the cancer is just on my kidney couldnt they just remove my kidney and I would be ok? (as long as it didnt spread) because the doc said if I relapsed they wouldnt be able to do really anything for me because I have been maxed out on everything such as radiation theropy and most cancer treatments.

    so yes I am worried about not making it this time, but honestly im not scared, im more worried about what will happen to everyone after im gone, im really not worried about dieing or anything, i see it in a way that I was SUPPOST to die when I was 7, and god gave me about 8-9 years extra to live and if I were to die within the hour I would be greatful (I know I wouldnt die within the hour though, its just an expression) I just dont know how to tell my friends….

    please help me with this, cancer is a difficult thing but im more worried about my friends.

    • ANSWER:
      If you are honest than you shouldn’t have any problems telling your friends. Be straight and honest and your friends will admire you.


Treatments For Renal Failure In Dogs

Kidney jing (essence) jing can be divided in to prenatal and postnatal jing. Aging is the natural process due to depletion of kidney jing, we can not change the prenatal jing, but we can supplement the prenatal jing by taking healthy foods and herbs that help to delay the depletion of jing causes of aging and diseases.

I. Symptoms
1. Dizziness
2. Weak or sore lower back
3. Amenorrhea
4. Infertility
5. Loss of memory
6. Hair loss
7. Dull facial expressions
8. Early aging
9. Etc.

II. Causes
1. Aging
As we age, so as our kidney. The depletion of kidney essence decrease slowly with aging, leading to menopause in women, but for women in their child bearing age, it may cause absence of period.

2. Frequent sexual activity
Since kidneys are organs governed the reproductive system, every time you engage in sexual activity, you deplete you kidney essence. If it can not be replaced by kidney heaven qi tonifying herb, it causes kidney essence deficiency.

3. Unhealthy diet
Unhealthy diet and consuming cold, raw food cause, greasy and hot foods for a prolonged period of time cause the inability of spleen in food absorption and faster than normal depletion of kidney essence. leading to early aging and menopause. For women in their child bearing year, it causes menstrual cycle disorder.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. QUESTION:
    Our Dog is very sick…..?
    Hi, I am hoping you can help. I know it is impossible to diagnose through an email but we are at the end of our ropes. Our dog, a ten year old Weimaraner, is going downhill, and fast. He has many signs and symptoms that started shortly after catching a woodchuck. It started with decreased appetite, then difficulty breathing (fluid was found on the lungs), increased thirst (renal failure is now setting in), mucous stool, increased albumin in his urine, I think that about rounds it off. Also, he has been on rymidal for quite some time for hip dysplasia. We are not looking for a cure or a treatment, we know that is impossible. What we are hoping for, however is some closure. Any thought or advice would be of assistance. Thank you for your time.
    Thank you to all who respnded. We have taken him to a vet…many many times. We even took him to a canine internal specialist, none of them had anything solid to go on, just a big circle of answers. You have ALL been very helpful and kind, Thank you! One vet suggested steroid shots to ease his discomfort as a short term till he passes. I prefer him home with us until he is gone! He has been a great dog and family member.

    • ANSWER:
      Oh gosh, I’m so very sorry. It sounds like you’ve done everything possible for your dog I don’t think that any of these things have to do with him catching the woodchuck, and it’s pure coin incidence that all of these things have happened now. I know that’s not what you want to hear, and I’m sorry I can’t tell you anything more positive.

      I really hate to say this, but it sounds like it might be time to let him go soon, especially in light of the fact that he appears to be going downhill so quickly. This, however, is a decision that only you can make, and not one that I tell you lightly. It breaks my heart to think that it may come to this though as I know what you are going though and it brings tears to my eyes and he isn’t even my dog.

      Love him and spoil him rotten for whatever time he has left because he deserves nothing less.

      Again, I’m very sorry, and wish I could tell you something that would give you more hope, but I think this would have happened no matter what.

      I’ll keep your dog and your family in my prayers.

  5. 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

  6. QUESTION:
    Hospital Gives Man Drip-Feed of Vodka?
    Hospital Gives Man Drip-Feed of Vodka
    By Associated Press
    4 hours ago

    UPDATED 3 HOURS 44 MINUTES AGO
    BRISBANE, Australia – Doctors plugged an Italian tourist into a drip-feed of vodka to save him at a hospital in Australia that ran out of the medicinal alcohol it would normally have used for treatment.

    The 24-year-old Italian, who was not further identified, was brought to Mackay Base Hospital in northeastern Queesland state and was diagnosed as having ingested a large quantity of ethylene glycol, a common ingredient of antifreeze that can cause renal failure.

    Pure alcohol is often given in treating such cases because it can inhibit the toxic effects of ethylene glycol.

    Mackay Base Hospital Dr. Pascal Gelperowicz said the man was given pharmaceutical-grade alcohol when he arrived, but that the hospital’s supplies soon ran out.
    i wished i could have learned this sooner back when some lowlife weasel poisoned my dog! i could have got him drunk AND save his life!!!!!!!!!!
    ? opps! i forgot to add the question mark! i would not want the yahoo police to report me for not making this a question! and i wonder if my dog would have drank to save his life?!

    • ANSWER:
      I’m not sure if your dog would have drank the vodka because of the smell may be a deterrent to your dog. Also I hope you get that lowlife weasel thrown in jail or at least beat the living shit out of that weasel.

  7. 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.


Treatments For Renal Failure In Cats

The kidneys act as the body’s filters; they eliminate harmful toxins and waste from the bloodstream. Kidney failure or renal failure means the kidneys are no longer able to perform their function properly. Kidney failure is usually diagnosed by blood tests, specifically kidney function tests, and urinalysis. These tests allow veterinarians to establish how severe kidney damage is. There are two kinds of renal failure that affect dogs:

Chronic Renal Failure: Chronic Renal Failure or CRF is common in older dogs and is one of the most common causes of death in dogs. It is so common that most blood tests performed on aging dogs will show some elevation in kidney enzymes indicative of kidney disease. If caught early though, a suitable diet, supplements and fluid therapy can delay the disease and prevent kidney failure. CRF isn’t necessarily a death sentence, some pets can live comfortably for many months or even years after being diagnosed.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Chronic Renal Failure In Cats and SubQ fluids?
    I was wandering if anyone has had a cat or still has one with CRF? Mine was diagnosed a while ago and she is only two. they said that she probably had a cold that led to an infection that went untreated, since so much damage happens to their kidneys before they show any warning signs it was too late. She is doing much better but the vet is telling me that maybe once or twice a week she should have SubQ fluids just to keep things at a decent level of comfort. Taking my cat to the vet 2 times a week is going to cost me around a week. They told me that if i do it at home i can get a 1000ml bag which is good for 3 to 4 treatments which will cost me around . So ofcourse doing it at home would be much easier plus my cat will be more comfortable at home. Does anyone do this at home, is it easy to do? My cat is a very mean cat and likes to scratch alot thats why i was wandering if it is easy or if it gets easier over time? I would like to thank you in advance and i appreciate honest…
    answers from people who have been through this or are going through this. Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      SubQ fluids are VERY easy to administer. But with a cat that might get a bit angry it might be difficult for you. It shouldn’t cost you that much for the fluids and needles. I had a cat I was giving SubQ’s last year and I remember I only paid only which gave him about a week’s worth of treatments. So you might want to call around to other vets.

      First step is taking the IV bag and putting it in your sink with some slightly warm water. This way when you administer the fluids it won’t chill your cat. Plus warm liquid will actually feel NICE for the cat. Once it feels a bit warmed up hang the IV bag up high – you can hang it from a show curtain rod, a hook on the wall, etc. There’s a long tube coming of the bag with a little fitting on the end that you snap a new needle onto each time you give the cat fluids. Then it’s just a matter of making a litte “tent” with the skin between his shoulder blades, sliding the needle into the skin and then turning the little valve on the tube that enables the liquid to start coming out. Make note of the marking on the bag and how much you’ve been told to administer and turn off the valve and remove the needle once you get to that mark. Inserting the needle really doesn’t make the cat jump as it’s very narrow and very sharp. You’re also just putting it between skin and tissue. I would have your vet show you in the office how to do it and see how your cat reacts. If he doesn’t freak then I’d say definitely do it yourself at home. Here’s a site online with pictures on how to do it as well (as well as more detailed info than my Cliff Notes lesson!) http://members.aol.com/aquila111/subq/subq.pdf

      What type of cat is this? My cat I treated last year was a Persian who was only 4. They can have Polycystic Kidney Disease early in life. They’re actually born with the cysts and they start to grow and cause problems. Reputable breeders tend to have PKD negative cats but I wasn’t sure of Spooky’s origin since he was found as a stray. Have they done an ultrasound on your cat to look at the kidneys or are they just going by the BUN, etc levels from a blood and urine test? Sadly, I lost Spooky in October of last year. I hope your cat does better with it. Poor Spooky was an abandoned stray and nearly starving when I adopted him so his poor weak little body really didn’t stand a chance.

  2. QUESTION:
    Cat in renal failure/possible pancreatitis…need experienced advice?
    I brought my 4 year old Smokey in to the vet because of weight loss and lethargy. After blood tests revealed little my vet did an ultrasound and found his pancreas is enlarged. He is also in renal failure. After 12 hour fasting, the PLI test was done and sent off but the vet didn’t want to wait on the results for fear he wouldn’t make it till then so he went ahead and put Smokey on IV fluids to rest the pancreas. The only treatment he gave me was KD food and a b-12 shot. Isn’t there more I can do for Smokey? The vet says if the KD doesn’t work, his prognosis is grim. Smokey is an inside cat and I’ve been feeding a wet/dry combo diet his whole life. I think I need a second opinion although this vet has seen all my cats for years. Has anyone used other methods or treatments for this and gotten good results?

    • ANSWER:
      please DON’T put your cat down til you’ve tried all the options..

      I have a cat in renal failure too, and unless it’s acute, it can be successfully managed and add years of quality life to your cat. A lot of vets have outdated/limited knowledge about “CRF” (chronic renal failure) and are too quick to give up when there are very simple and effective treatments (can’t be cured, but can be managed). Please join this yahoo group for owners of CRF cats – the people on this list have tons of knowledge and experience. I’ve learned more from them (way more) than I did from my vet and my cat is doing very well. If you can get a copy of the blood results from your vet and post them to this list with whatever else is going on, they will be able to give you very good advice.

      http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/Feline-CRF-Support/?v=1&t=search&ch=web&pub=groups&sec=group&slk=1

  3. QUESTION:
    I have cat with kidney failure beginning there is no cure apparently but there may be homeopathic treatments?
    Cronic renal failure seems to be what he is headed for. I have been to many of the websites and paid hundreds of dollars in vet bills. I cannot afford a transpant for him. He has some blood in urine has been on antibiotics and is very thirsty. Seems to have no real pain yet. Sometimes he seems to have trouble urinating but his bladder is not distended.

    I am now feeding him his dinners as a soup with warm water mixed in his wet cat food to increase his water intake. He likes this very much

    Any info you have may help me so let your minds think outside the litterbox :)

    • ANSWER:

      http://www.i-love-my-cat.com/cat-kidney-disease.html?gclid=CPTW7eiH34oCFQbpYgodIBr02g

      I found this article online. Might be helpful.
      I just lost my cat Sophie to CRF and I wish I could have done more to help her. Don’t give up on your little guy, you’ll know when it’s time, but before then, help him fight a good fight.

      Good Luck!!

  4. QUESTION:
    I just got the unfortunate news that my beloved 16 year old cat has chronic renal failure.?
    The vet advised because of his age it may be best to just enjoy him while he is around instead of putting him through rigorous treatments that he may not even survive for his age. His kidneys are working a 10% capacity. As you can imagine, I’m completely devastated. Has anyone gone through this and wondering in anyone’s opinion “how much time” before the inevitable. The vet thinks not much more time. When will I know the time is right to end his suffering.

    • ANSWER:
      I’m sooo sorry to hear that.. Just spend quality time with him while you still can! When his quality of life deterorates you will know when it is time.. Again, I’m so sorry :(

  5. QUESTION:
    Cat with Chronic Renal Failure?
    Can anyone help me please? My cat was diagnosed with CRF in February this year. He is only 10 years old. I went to the vet with him this week and he was kept in and put on an IV drip for 3 days. When I collected him today they said that his Urea was 33.6 mml1/L and his Creatinine was 368 umo1/L. I was then told that my cat had not got long to live.

    I give him SubQ fluids (100ml) every other day and his is on 1 Fortekor tablet daily and I am to continue with this. That is all the treatment he is being given.

    Now my cat eats well and drinks a little more than normal. He uses his letter tray to do his one and twos. He still plays normally. His weight at present is 9 lbs. (lost 4 ozs recently). I feed him on Felix select cuts chicken pouches, as he will not eat any of the precription food on the market. (tried most of them),

    I read in a natural remides cat book that cats with very poor blood tests invollving the kidneys will often improve dramatically on RAW MEAT. It’s reshness and naturalness of this most appropriate food source for cats – raw meat – that drives the healing process. The vitality in the meat is trasferred to the weakend organ for effective repair.
    Has anyone got any experience in feeding his or her cat with raw meat? Does it work? If so should I also give my cat vitamins too as he would not be getting any from raw meat.

    I love my cat to bits as he is not only my friend and my constant companion too.

    Does anyone know how I can get my cats Urea and Creatinine lower?

    Desperate for any help or advise please.

    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      I don’t know that raw meat does what you expect but it is appropriate for your cat even with this disease. it also has to be specially prepared
      Please check out the links and join the yahoo group
      The very best of luck
      Treatment of Chronic Renal Failure

      If your cat is not in final stages, this is not want you want to do. You do not want to put your cat on the
      Vets low protein diet. There are simply so many better options out there than to hand the poor cat a low amount of poor quality protein – which often results in a poor appetite and muscle wasting since the body is now robbing its own muscle mass to feed itself a decent quality and amount of protein.
      . There are new thoughts on this and the thinking is it is not the amount of protein but the quality of protein that matters.
      The Merck veterinary manual [www.merckvetmanual.com] says that cats need “4 g of protein of high biologic value per kg body wt/day”. That’s about 7 calories from protein per pound body weight per day. If a cat isn’t a good eater and consumes, say, 20 calories per pound per day, then 7/20 = 35% of calories can safely be from protein. It must be high quality protein, which means meat, fish, milk, and eggs, and not grain or soy.

      I am under the assumption that you have been feeding mostly dry foods. Many use a vegetable based protein instead of animal and that is part of the problem.. Your cat needs protein as it is a carnivore and cutting down on it will lead to other health issues and may cause faster degeneration.
      You want to cut down on phosphorous (no fish allowed now)

      The best way to do this is with a raw diet which you can make yourself or buy. (Making yourself is better) link provided at the bottom
      If you are unwilling to do that then something like the non fish flavors of Wellness or Merrick with NO grains are good alternatives. Wysong is also a good canned choice. This list gives a breakdown. Remember you want low phosphorous

      http://www.geocities.com/jmpeerson/CanFoodOld.html

      You should be giving sub-Q fluids as needed.

      You also will want to look into phosphorous binders. Something like aluminum hydroxide
      Ask your vet or look into calcitrol

      You may want to talk to the vet about having injectable Pepcid AC on hand or you can buy it in pill form (ac not plain pepcid) and give 1/4 tab for stomach upset which happens a lot in crf cats due to acid in the stomach.
      I hope this stuff helps, here are many links for you
      Making cat food

      http://www.catinfo.org/makingcatfood.htm

      other links. Read, read, read!!!!

      http://www.felineoutreach.org/EducationDetail.asp?cat=KidneyDisease

      http://www.marvistavet.com/html/kidney_failure_where_to_begin.html

      http://www.felinecrf.org/

      http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/FelineCRF/?v=1&t=search&ch=web&pub=groups&sec=group&slk=3

      http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/Feline-Phosphorus-Management/?v=1&t=search&ch=web&pub=groups&sec=group&slk=5

      About that vets diet. This report is for dogs but applies to cats

      http://mousabilities.com/nutrition/crf/bovee_protein_RD.pdf

      http://www.geocities.com/Vienna/Opera/21…

  6. QUESTION:
    acute renal failure in kitten… could the vet be wrong?
    10 days ago I brought my kitten to the vet after 36 hours of not eating and extreme lethargy. He was very dehydrated and his blood work was all over the charts but even in the mess of blood values the vet was still able to discern kidney insufficiency after 12 hours of hospitalization everything but the kidney values (Creatinine BUN and also his WBC) were normalized after 36 hours he ripped out his IV and was much stronger but with the next days blood test there was no improvement in the BUN or WBC creatinine was slightly off after another 36 hours not much change She did not tell me what the numbers were but told me that she still didn’t know if he had ingested something or if he was born with bad kidneys. His kidneys looked normal on an X-ray not small like in CRF cats and his symptoms came on so suddenly I refuse to believe he was born with bad kidneys as for ingestion I keep no plants in the house and all toxic products (soaps and cleaning products) are kept almost out of reach for even me let alone the cat. Long story short (too late) I was told I could put him down or if I was up to it take him home and make him comfortable with sub-q treatments and a wet food diet (low protein if he would take it). Her prognosis was I would see him steadily decline in the next couple weeks. I took him home Saturday morning I have given him his fluids every day fed him by hand and stimulated his appetite I have also given him dilute apple cider vinegar to help flush his system and the antibiotics provided by the vet. It has been 5 1/2 days and he is not declining he is getting stronger every day he has stopped drinking so much and urinates 2-3 times per day his bowel movements seem normal a little soft from all wet food but in keeping with what he eats. His twitching has almost completely stopped (was a full body tremor when he came home) He sleeps about 18 hours a day I think that is normal my healthy cat does the same… is it possible that he is recovering? At least to a manageable CRF level? is it possible he had an infection clouded by the other blood values? Could this death sentence she gave my cat be preemptive? I am not looking for false hope I just think it is strange that nearly halfway through his proposed life expectancy he is stronger than he was on his IV fluids in the hospital… has anyone had a cat that recovered from Acute renal failure? How long was the process of recovery after hospitalization… This vet was good and cared but I think she was more worried that I would run out of money than anything else I just want to know if anyone else has seen these cats turn around at a little slower pace
    oh and I check him for dehydration multiple times per day and he is always hydrated sometimes first thing in the morning he skin takes an extra second to spring back but nothing that my other cat doesn’t show from time to time. Also when he came home his urine didn’t have an odor now it has a light ammonia smell to it… could that mean he is clearing toxins again? I know the natural response is ask the vet but I think at this point she is more operating on a cover her ass mode than anything. (can’t say i blame her since everyone sues everybody else if things don’t go their way)

    • ANSWER:
      Some cats do recover from this, especially if caught early. A couple things about this vet made me wonder, though. For one thing, did she explain the list of toxins that might have caused this? For example, in a little kitten even one tylenol or NSAID like ibuprofen could have caused this. I have a friend whose cat died from tylenol consumption. So if one fell out of your purse and you never noticed it, it could be that simple.

      Since you obviously care about the kitten, my suggestion at this point might be to get a second opinion. The sad truth is, some vets are just not good with cats, and I’ve had 2 of these vets in 2 separate states. I would not be impressed if the cat was responding in exactly the opposite way the vet predicted, and rising kidney enzymes aren’t even always acute renal failure. If this was me (and I’ve done this anytime a diagnosis is tricky) I’d ask for a copy of his records and get a separate opinion. Try to find a cat specialist if you can. They’re not more expensive, and you might hear something very different. Cat rescue groups can help find one.

      Obviously, if you do this, I’d suggest doing it quickly, partly because of the nature of the diagnosis and also with a weekend coming up.

      I realize you’re not looking for false hope and I know how gut wrenching this is! But I wish someone had given me this advice when my cat had some strange symptoms, because I know I ended up in the hands of someone who was out of her league in treating it. Good luck to you and kitty.

  7. QUESTION:
    Our cat has Chronicle Renal Failure, is there anything more to do or is it time to say goodbye..?
    Dear friends,

    Our beloved FOXIE, was recently diagnosed with CRF and the prognosis seems to be poor. We are willing to do everything we can to save our little Foxie!!

    Is she in the final stage? We got the diagnosis just 10 days ago, but today when I have learnt about CRF, I think there were signs already during the summer. Her way of movement was stiff and Foxie doesn’t really like to be caressed over her back – probably bone pain….
    I thought it was arthritis, but the vet examined her and found no such evidence. Unfortunately, no blood test was done.

    We estimate Foxie’s age to something between 4-8 years old.

    Her test result:
    Creatinine 954
    Urea high 41
    Phosphate high 4.3
    Blood pressure high 170
    HCT 19.2%

    The ultrasound shows that the kidneys are damaged, but to our veterinarian’s surprise, they looked better than expected with a crea of 950. A urine test tells us the concentration is ok. However, I don’t think he did a urine culture.

    She is eating every day, not so much, but app 60 g of wetfood per day. We give special diet, but also normal food. Anything to make her eat!! Foxie weighs 3.8 kg today. She weight 4.1 kg one month ago.

    Foxie has been given intravenous fluids 200-350 ml per day for 8 days now, she is also medicating for high blood pressure, Norvasc 5mg Amiodipin 1/4 of tablett per day, and Renalzin (phosphate binder).

    After 7 days on fluids and medicine, the latest test results show no change….I think she is getting weaker every day, Her appetite is reduced and she sleeps most. It breaks my heart to see her like this.

    Is there anything more to do? Any new treatments? Any other medicines we should give her? Should we continue with the daily intravenous fluids? We don’t medicate for the anemia, even though it is very low. Do you think we should and how?

    Do you think medicine for anemia can help? Antibiotics? Or is it time to say goodbye, until we meet again…We want her to have a good cat life. If there is nothing more to do, it is be time for her to go to a better place.

    We are willing to do everything to help Foxie and would be so grateful for your advice.

    Annette, Mike & Foxie

    • ANSWER:
      That is afully youing fopr this sorry you are going through it

      If your cat is not in final stages, this is not want you want to do. You do not want to put your cat on the
      Vets low protein diet. There are simply so many better options out there than to hand the poor cat a low amount of poor quality protein – which often results in a poor appetite and muscle wasting since the body is now robbing its own muscle mass to feed itself a decent quality and amount of protein.
      . There are new thoughts on this and the thinking is it is not the amount of protein but the quality of protein that matters.
      The Merck veterinary manual [www.merckvetmanual.com] says that cats need “4 g of protein of high biologic value per kg body wt/day”. That’s about 7 calories from protein per pound body weight per day. If a cat isn’t a good eater and consumes, say, 20 calories per pound per day, then 7/20 = 35% of calories can safely be from protein. It must be high quality protein, which means meat, milk, and eggs, and not grain or soy.

      I am under the assumption that you have been feeding mostly dry foods. Many use a vegetable based protein instead of animal and that is part of the problem.. Your cat needs protein as it is a carnivore and cutting down on it will lead to other health issues and may cause faster degeneration.
      You want to cut down on phosphorous (no fish allowed now)

      The best way to do this is with a raw diet which you can make yourself or buy. (Making yourself is better) link provided at the bottom
      If you are unwilling to do that then something like the non fish flavors of Wellness or Merrick with NO grains are good alternatives. Wysong is also a good canned choice. This list gives a breakdown. Remember you want low phosphorous

      http://binkyspage.tripod.com/CanFoodOld.…

      http://binkyspage.tripod.com/CanFoodNew.…

      You should be giving sub-Q fluids as needed.

      You also will want to look into phosphorous binders. Something like aluminum hydroxide
      Ask your vet or look into calcitrol

      You may want to talk to the vet about having injectable Pepcid AC on hand or you can buy it in pill form (ac not plain pepcid) and give 1/4 tab for stomach upset which happens a lot in crf cats due to acid in the stomach.
      I hope this stuff helps, here are many links for you
      Please read this about diet

      http://www.littlebigcat.com/index.php?ac…

      Making cat food

      http://www.catinfo.org/makingcatfood.htm

      other links. Read, read, read!!!!

      http://www.felineoutreach.org/EducationD…

      http://www.marvistavet.com/html/kidney_f…

      http://www.felinecrf.org/

      c

      About that vets diet. This report is for dogs but applies to cats

      http://mousabilities.com/nutrition/crf/b…

      http://www.geocities.com/Vienna/Opera/21…

  8. QUESTION:
    My cat was diagnosed with feline chronic renal failure (kidney failure) about 5 months ago. Resources/support?
    It’s not a question of if my cat is sick, but how severely.
    Our family cat that passed 6 years ago didn’t show signs of discomfort or pain until she was dying, and the euthanasia was very difficult because her body had already started to shut down and her veins collapsed.
    My cat started throwing up a while ago (she is ten years old, and had always seemed very healthy before that) and blood tests showed she had f.c.r.f. The stress of taking her to the vet and the iv for liquids stressed her out, more like traumatized her than just stress, and she went downhill within a few days and almost died. We were able to find a vet who helped us get her better at home without meds, but she recently started throwing up again, has lost her appetite but is more thirsty, is urinating like crazy, her eyes that were a vibrant green with a bit of blue are now a dull green, and the major thing is she accidently urinated while she was asleep yesterday. From the research I’ve done, “leaking” is a flag for kidney failure, and I don’t have the money (literally) to do any kind of treatments (I’m paying my way through college right now on my own).

    My cat has been like my shadow, inseperable, since we got her as a kitten when I was ten. I feel like she is a part of me, and I know she is not healthy, although she would seem ok to someone who doesn’t know her. My worst fear is for her condition to worsen to the point where she is in a lot of pain, and for the euthanasia to be painful or difficult.

    I have a phone appointment with the vet this afternoon, but if anyone knows of any websites with advice or similar stories, I would really appreciate it. I am looking for some support, and to make sure I do what is best for her.
    Thanks, I will definitely look at those groups.
    Unfortunately, when she first got sick and diagnosed, we tried the tablet for naseau but she would not take it, even in her favorite treats or crushed into food. We also tried the at home IV thing to hydrate her, but even that made her panic and we didn’t see any improvement. After a while, it was clear they were making her more stressed and just feeling worse, we were finally able to get her relatively healthy by changing her diet (to canned food mixed with water).

    • ANSWER:
      There are some very good CRF cat groups over on yahooGroups, just put the term in the search field. There’s also been discussion on it over on the Handicats group over there, so there are a lot of owners familiar with the reactions.

      Has your vet suggested a 1/4 tablet of Pepcid A/C for settling the stomach? It’s safe for cats. Phone and ask them. Has your vet taught you how to syringe water into your cat or give fluids? It’s do-able at home and extremely helpful for the cat to be hydrated without the stress.

      There’s also several very good CRF sites online, google CRF feline and you;ll find it.
      Here’s one — http://www.felinecrf.com/

  9. QUESTION:
    Old Cat with Chronic Renal Failure?
    Hi,

    I have a 14 year old cat that was diagnosed with CRF about 2 weeks ago. He was hospitalized for 4 days, and we took him back home for home treatment.

    Unfortunatley, his situation has deteriorated. He stopped eating and was becoming extremley lethargic. In addition to givig him IV treatment at home, we were forcefeeding him. However, despite all this, he became worse. The last few days he was very dehydrated. I took him to the vet today, and they gave him IV fluids – a pretty large amount. I think this may have compounded the problem as well. His stomach is large (probably from the fluids), and he seems like he is in pain. He has extreme difficulty walking, and can barely stand on his own feet. He is basically staying at the same place, motionless.

    He’s also behaving differently. Usually he’s pretty responsive and interactive (even while sick), but after I got him back from the vet today he started hissing and being aggressive with me. I can’t even touch him without him responding angrily.

    I made the decision to euthanize him on Monday (vet will be coming to my place). However, in the meantime, is there anything I can do to help? Is he overhydrated?
    Just Further details:

    My cat can’t walk!!
    I called my vet, and she said because he was given a lot of subQ IV, it will take time to be fully absorbed into his body and he will be a bit uncomfortable until then. I’m just worried because he when he tries to walk, he can’t even lift his legs up…he alsmot drags himself across the room. When he tries to stand, he legs just give up and they spread apart on the floor. Any reason for this?

    • ANSWER:

  10. QUESTION:
    Should I trust the vet with her diagnosis of my cat? What does this sound like to you? I suspect renal failure?
    My 15 year old indoor cat Pookie’s health has seemed to decline over the last year with lack of grooming, looking frail, and increased thirst. Previously the vet has minimized these symptoms by saying her issues are from aging but otherwise “Pookie was healthy”. I put her in the hospital Saturday after she had diarrhea, vomiting (saliva) , and extreme weakness. I thought she was dying. The vet said she thinks it’s a stomach issue. They gave her an antibiotic shot, dewormer and fluids. Vet said Pookie’s kidney values were slightly elevated to a 5, but that didn’t indicate failure.Everything else in the bloodwork was normal. Now that she’s home she seems so weak and just sleeps, but is walking around a little and eating a little. I’m thinking this could be renal failure since Pookie had stones removed several years ago and
    the thirst, loss of weight, and lack of grooming happening before the recent vomiting and diarrhea. The vet wants to see if her stomach treatment works, and then do x-rays and ultra sounds on Pookie’s belly. I’m wondering if this treatment the vet is suggesting is just a money pit unrelated to what’s really going on here. Sorry for the long post. I just want to do what’s best for Pookie. I hate to be shoving dewormer down her throat and subjecting her to stomach scopes when she’s actually got a kidney issue. Any tips appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      The blood tests would show crf (kidney failure) so that is not it. The next step is an ultra sound to find out if there are any tumors or such
      It is expensive. I hope all turns out ok

  11. QUESTION:
    My cat has hyperthyroidism, dr said I_131 iodine radio therapy is ok, just by blood analysis?
    and urinalysis, is that enough to diagnose if the kidneys are really ok in a hyperthyroid cat?which is better? methimazole ot I131-iodine therapy. he has only been on meds for 1 week and a half when they checked his t4 values? it seems to good to be true that his kidneys are ok, and that he is a good candidate for the above, since hyperthyroidism usually masks and covers unhealthy kidneys. the i131 can be a cure or be fatal. cue if his kidneys are really ok? and how do i know for sure? and fatal if he gets the above and the treatment causes renal failure. in addition to him already having heart murmur caused by the hyperthyroidism. but the meds he is on is causing him black stool. whuch of the two is the lesser evil of therapy? surgery is put of the question cuz hes to old & sick risk anesthesia. pls help me i love my cat and want to make the best decision with unhelpful dr’s that dont care and deplete all my money 4k so far, with no improvement in my cat. pls help my cat????????

    • ANSWER:
      Hyperthyroidism is basically due to the oversecretion of thyroxin in the thyroid gland. This disease can get quite serious if left untreated. I would recommend that the iodine radio therpay be done as iodine is essential for the proper functioning of the thyroid gland.

      Don’t worry, your cat will be okay. Hyperthyroidism need not be worried about if treated properly.

      Hope that helps!

  12. QUESTION:
    Methamazole / acute kidney failure?
    My cat was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. She was put on methamazole 1/2 twice daily. She had her blood tests, & the levels were still high. So the vet prescribed 1 tablet twice daily. She was on this for about 6 months. The last blood test showed the level of thyroid hormone was undetectable. Too low, vet quickly lowered back to the first dose. Before I even had the new dose in her but 1 day, she became quite tired. I called the vet er, they said maybe it needed to get out of her system. Soon she could barely move, & eventually fell over in the kitchen. I took her to the vet er, she was in acute kidney failure. I had to help her out of pain. I am devistated. as this was a complete shock. The symptoms began & ended all within 3 days. I am wondering if a cats body can change as far as levels, & what could have caused her kidney failure that quick. I also had a male, w/ hyperthyroidism & kidney disease, he was treated also with methamazole, 1/2 tablet once a day. Also a blood pressure pill. He did go blind, as his retinas detached. It was a miracle, a day after treatment of the high blood pressure, he focused on me. He got his sight back! He was going downhill though still, as he was 15. The female above was 14. After she died, it was only 2 days, & my boy couldn’t even walk, as a Mom, I had to help him also. They got the blood tests at the same time, his level was perfect she said. I had no idea he had the thyroid problem til he lost his sight. I lost my two best friends in the same week. I noticed with both of them, after starting the methamazole, they stopped purring. Were not the same little “people” they used to be. I know I did the right thing for them, as they were older, and the blood tests came back horrible. There was nothing I could do. I need to know if this medication may have threw them both into renal failure. I am 42, an adult woman, its been a week….& I’m still crying like a child. Any opinion, advice, or answers would mean alot. Thank you.
    Apologizing ahead, as this is my first time here, on questions. I may have put this in the wrong category. Thought I put it on “Pets”…looks like it appeared on “diseases”?? I hope others can find it. Thank you ahead for any replies that are given, it means so much. I want to do the very best I can with any extra knowledge. I have one cat left, “Furgis”….and I want to do the best I can for him. He is only 6…..I want him to live a long and happy life.

    • ANSWER:
      I had a cat that lived to be 19. The last 6 years of his life he was on methamazole. It did wonders for his hyperthyroidism.
      Sometimes the best efforts of the vets just don’t do the trick. I am so sorry you lost your cats. They really are wonderful creatures. Please get another one or two that need homes.

  13. QUESTION:
    please help my sick cat, please he has hyperthroidism? what should ido? vets keep stealing my$$, and wont cure
    My cat has hyperthyroidism, dr said I_131 iodine radio therapy is ok, just by blood analysis?
    and urinalysis, is that enough to diagnose if the kidneys are really ok in a hyperthyroid cat?which is better? methimazole ot I131-iodine therapy. he has only been on meds for 1 week and a half when they checked his t4 values? it seems to good to be true that his kidneys are ok, and that he is a good candidate for the above, since hyperthyroidism usually masks and covers unhealthy kidneys. the i131 can be a cure or be fatal. cue if his kidneys are really ok? and how do i know for sure? and fatal if he gets the above and the treatment causes renal failure. in addition to him already having heart murmur caused by the hyperthyroidism. but the meds he is on is causing him black stool. whuch of the two is the lesser evil of therapy? surgery is put of the question cuz hes to old & sick risk anesthesia. pls help me i love my cat and want to make the best decision with unhelpful dr’s that dont care.

    • ANSWER:
      watch the fat intake…also go to a natural store and ask for trteatments. I hope he is ok

  14. QUESTION:
    my cat has hyperthyroidism, please someone give me helpful advice before vets kill him take all my money…..?
    My cat has hyperthyroidism, dr said I_131 iodine radio therapy is ok, just by blood analysis?
    and urinalysis, is that enough to diagnose if the kidneys are really ok in a hyperthyroid cat?which is better? methimazole ot I131-iodine therapy. he has only been on meds for 1 week and a half when they checked his t4 values? it seems to good to be true that his kidneys are ok, and that he is a good candidate for the above, since hyperthyroidism usually masks and covers unhealthy kidneys. the i131 can be a cure or be fatal. cue if his kidneys are really ok? and how do i know for sure? and fatal if he gets the above and the treatment causes renal failure. in addition to him already having heart murmur caused by the hyperthyroidism. but the meds he is on is causing him black stool. whuch of the two is the lesser evil of therapy? surgery is put of the question cuz hes to old & sick risk anesthesia. pls help me i love my cat and want to make the best decision with unhelpful dr’s that dont care.

    • ANSWER:
      Why don’t you put this question under Pets/Cats?
      I think you would get a better reponce.

  15. QUESTION:
    Herbal Medicine for CRF Cat?
    My cat has Chronic Renal Failure (CRF). We are trying to deal with his upset stomach and nausea so he can eat on his own. I just read that peppermint and dandelion are good herbal treatments and had a few specific questions:

    1. ARE they good?
    2. Are they safe?
    3. How do I cook them or assemble them or present them or whatever? It would be great if it was in a form that he would willingly eat or drink but something that has to be given via an eye-dropper would be fine too.

    If anybody has experience with this or (and I would LOVE an answer like this) if someone is a Vet, please give me some guidance!!

    Thank you so much.

    • ANSWER:
      I don’t know about these. I can give you some advice though

      Treatment of Chronic Renal Failure

      If your cat is not in final stages, this is not want you want to do. You do not want to put your cat on the
      Vets low protein diet. There are simply so many better options out there than to hand the poor cat a low amount of poor quality protein – which often results in a poor appetite and muscle wasting since the body is now robbing its own muscle mass to feed itself a decent quality and amount of protein.
      . There are new thoughts on this and the thinking is it is not the amount of protein but the quality of protein that matters.
      The Merck veterinary manual [www.merckvetmanual.com] says that cats need “4 g of protein of high biologic value per kg body wt/day”. That’s about 7 calories from protein per pound body weight per day. If a cat isn’t a good eater and consumes, say, 20 calories per pound per day, then 7/20 = 35% of calories can safely be from protein. It must be high quality protein, which means meat, fish, milk, and eggs, and not grain or soy.

      I am under the assumption that you have been feeding mostly dry foods. Many use a vegetable based protein instead of animal and that is part of the problem.. Your cat needs protein as it is a carnivore and cutting down on it will lead to other health issues and may cause faster degeneration.
      You want to cut down on fat and phosphorous (no fish allowed now) The best way to do this is with a raw diet which you can make yourself or buy. (Making yourself is better) link provided at the bottom
      If you are unwilling to do that then something like the non fish flavors of Wellness or Merrick with NO grains are good alternatives. Wysong is also a good canned choice. This list gives a breakdown. Remember you want low phosphorous

      http://webpages.charter.net/katkarma/canfood.htm

      You also will want to look into phosphorous binders. Something like aluminum hydroxide
      Ask your vet or look into calcitrol
      You may want to talk to the vet about having injectable Pepcid AC on hand or you can buy it in pill form (ac not plain pepcid) and give 1/4 tab for stomach upset which happens a lot in crf cats due to acid in the stomach.
      I hope this stuff helps, here are many links for you
      Making cat food

      http://www.catinfo.org/makingcatfood.htm

      other links. Read, read, read!!!!

      http://www.felineoutreach.org/EducationDetail.asp?cat=KidneyDisease

      http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_chronic_renal_failure.html

      http://www.felinecrf.org/

      http://www.felinecrf.com/

      http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/Feline-CRF-Support/

      About that vets diet. This report is for dogs but applies to cats

      http://www.geocities.com/Vienna/Opera/2167/bovee_protein_RD.pdf

  16. QUESTION:
    How long has a cat had declining kidney function say 50% or more before the vet detects 75% dysfunction?
    My cat was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. I had to maek the decision to pill him with methimazole or go ahead with I131 radioactive Iodine which is a cure however there are risks with both procedures. The risk with the I131 is your cat could go into acute renal failure if it has preexisting renal failure prior to the I131 injection-AND SOEMTIMES AFTER TREATMENT OF I131 THE KIDNEY FAILURE IS FOUND THAT WAS PREVIOUSLY HIDDEN. DO YOU THINK MY CAT HAD KIDNEY FAILURE PRIOR TO BEING DIAGNOSED WITH HYPERTHYOIDISM AND IT WAS BEING MASKED OR HIDDEN?

    my cat was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism in Nov 06. My cat was diagnosed with kidney disease & 75% kidney loss in Nov 07. I decided to pill him with medication to control but not cure his hyperthyroidism out of fear that if I had the I131 he would go into acute renal failure. There was no evidence suggesting that but I wanted to play it safe but having not gotten the cure may have caused him to die 2 years later instead of a cure of his hyperthroidism. Should i have gotten the I131 when he was first diagnosed with hyperthyroidism or do you think i made the right decision to pill him by allowing extra bllod flow to the kidneys which helps kidney function. But i feel really really guilty like i didnt make the right decison and have been cryign for 1 month straight. My cat dies 2 years later after being diagnosed with Hyperthyroidism on 12/29/08, and I balme myself becuse I think if i had gone ahead with the I131 he would still be here. The doctors dont know why he died. they just say he was severly dehyrdated, lethragic, anemic. I dont know if the hyperhtroidim killed him or kidney failure. I Ijust blame myself either way and will never forgive myself. I will never own another cat becuse I am not worthy or deserving of a cat. My cat was 16 1/2 when he died. I was giving him subq fluids under the skin for his dehydration and wellness can food 2 cans daily with hyperthyroid medicine. I hate myself!
    I am an awful awful person. if my cat had another mom instead of me he probabaly would have lived longer. Im th eone who should be dead nt him. if i could die 4 him and he live I would do it becuse my life is meaningless & empty without him.

    • ANSWER:
      Don’t hate yourself, you did the best job that you could at making sure that he was able to keep alive for as long as he did. 16 1/2 years for a cat is pretty good, the average of cats are usually about 12-13 years old, so this is pretty good for the age. It could have been the complications of the thyroid problem, or it could have been the issue with the kidneys, or it could have been a little bit of both problems which are highly possible too. I know that it is sad, but you did the best thing that you could for your cat, and again as I mentioned, you were able to keep the cat a live for sometime.

  17. QUESTION:
    Did my inactions and wrong decisions cause my 16 1/2 year old cat to die? Please Please help me!?
    How long has a cat had declining kidney function say 50% or more before the vet detects 75% dysfunction?
    My cat was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. I had to maek the decision to pill him with methimazole or go ahead with I131 radioactive Iodine which is a cure however there are risks with both procedures. The risk with the I131 is your cat could go into acute renal failure if it has preexisting renal failure prior to the I131 injection-AND SOEMTIMES AFTER TREATMENT OF I131 THE KIDNEY FAILURE IS FOUND THAT WAS PREVIOUSLY HIDDEN. DO YOU THINK MY CAT HAD KIDNEY FAILURE PRIOR TO BEING DIAGNOSED WITH HYPERTHYOIDISM AND IT WAS BEING MASKED OR HIDDEN?

    my cat was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism in Nov 06. My cat was diagnosed with kidney disease & 75% kidney loss in Nov 07. I decided to pill him with medication to control but not cure his hyperthyroidism out of fear that if I had the I131 he would go into acute renal failure. There was no evidence suggesting that but I wanted to play it safe but having not gotten the cure may have caused him to die 2 years later instead of a cure of his hyperthroidism. Should i have gotten the I131 when he was first diagnosed with hyperthyroidism or do you think i made the right decision to pill him by allowing extra bllod flow to the kidneys which helps kidney function. But i feel really really guilty like i didnt make the right decison and have been cryign for 1 month straight. My cat dies 2 years later after being diagnosed with Hyperthyroidism on 12/29/08, and I balme myself becuse I think if i had gone ahead with the I131 he would still be here. The doctors dont know why he died. they just say he was severly dehyrdated, lethragic, anemic. I dont know if the hyperhtroidim killed him or kidney failure. I Ijust blame myself either way and will never forgive myself. I will never own another cat becuse I am not worthy or deserving of a cat. My cat was 16 1/2 when he died. I was giving him subq fluids under the skin for his dehydration and wellness can food 2 cans daily with hyperthyroid medicine. I hate myself!

    I am an awful awful person. if my cat had another mom instead of me he probabaly would have lived longer. Im th eone who should be dead nt him. if i could die 4 him and he live I would do it becuse my life is meaningless & empty without him.
    I will do the cat world a favor and never have a cat again.

    • ANSWER:
      God, give yourself a break! It sounds like you truly loved your cat & went out of your way to do everything possible for him. Loss is extremely hard, but he was 16 1/2 years old & I’m sure he lived a great life with you! I’m very sorry for your loss but please go easy on yourself!

  18. QUESTION:
    My cat’s kidney disease?
    I have a 12 year old cat whom I love a lot. My wife thinks that since the new year he has been drinking and peeing a lot otherwise she thought maybe he had an occasional bad day but he was acting his normal self otherwise. September 2009 his blood work including thyroid levels were all normal (March 2009 he had a successful partial thyroidectomy). So I took him to the vet 2 weeks ago. I ended up going to a new vet who is across the street rather than his usual vet because he hates car rides. The vet just did a cursory exam and drew some blood and gave him his Rabies and distemper shots. The BUN Creatinine came back high and she said that this was chronic renal failure. All other blood work including sugar and thyroid were normal. When I asked for a workup for the cause she said it did not matter as the treatment is the same. She scheduled him for admission the following Monday for IV fluids. He rapidly deteriorated so last Friday night we rushed him to the ED of the hospital where his regular vet works. His BUN/Cr were worse so they admitted him and did IV fluids. They found no evidence of hypertension, no anemia even after hydration, normal kidneys on U/S and Xray, and no proteinuria (culture is still pending). He responded very well to 4 days of IV fluids (Cr came down from 9 to 5 and BUN from 135 to 56) and he was sent home with enalapril, antibiotics and sq fluids +/- renal diet. He is due to go back next Wednesday for blood work. Now since he is an indoor cat with no exposure to toxins or infection my wife (a “human” dermatologist) thinks that he indeed has chronic renal failure, because of the 6 months of drinking and peeing, that was exacerbated by the distemper shot. The Vets at the hospital think this is something acute given normal BP, hct, U/S and Xray of kidneys.
    Can a cat have chronic renal failure and have no hypertension, anemia and normal kidneys on both XRay and U/S?
    Can a cat be exposed to a UTI causing bacteria or a toxin in the house without ever going out?

    The reason I ask is if he does have chronic renal failure it is going to be very hard for him to get the sq fluids every day. He hates it and i don’t want to put him through that.

    • ANSWER:

  19. QUESTION:
    Cat grieving a sibling. How to ease the pain and help them to understand.?
    I have sister cats(less than 3 years old) that have been together since day one. They were the last two cats in the litter, so we decided to adopt them both. One of them will have to be put to sleep soon. She has chronic renal failure. We have gone through 2 months of treatments, and she isn’t getting better. A friend of mine read somewhere that owners of sibling pets have actually taken the surviving pet with them to when their sister/brother is being put as a way for the surviving pet to start to cope and realize that is happening. Has anyone else heard of this?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, it can be better for them, it shows that theyre not going to be round anymore, and will help them come to terms,
      if thats not the case, you can always buy another cat if you feel it needs one.

  20. QUESTION:
    I think my cat is having a uti relapse. Will the vet do anything different this time?
    She was on Clavamox for 10 days (standard) with the last treatment 5 days ago and today I noticed is now in the litter box every 2-3 minutes again. I assume the urine culture will show more detail 2 weeks later. All I was told at the time was that the white blood cell count was abnormally high and that it was a stress related problem. (Most likely my having been on vacation for the 3 weeks prior).

    I realize once a cat develops UTI they may need more antibiotic treatments than one to help them get over this, but I obviously don’t want to keep putting out 0.00+ each round only to get a recurrence.

    So Is there anything in particular I should focus on to dig a little deeper and get at the bottom of this now, before she develops stones, renal failure, etc. and it becomes totally unmanageable ?

    • ANSWER:
      You should always try to find out what is wrong now, to minimize the risk of long term complications. There are three options about what is going on with your cat, and a repeated urine culture can help figure out what is wrong:

      1) It is the same infection that didn’t respond to the Clavamox. The vet may continue the same antibiotic for longer, or try an new antibiotic.

      2) It is a brand new infection. Now the vet will need to figure out why your cat is getting UTIs, although it is up to his/her medical opinion whether to do extensive testing now or see if your cat has a third UTI – but the only way to tell that they are different is to keep culturing the urine, which can get expensive. The vet may need to make sure the kidneys are working properly, there aren’t any stones, there are no endocrine diseases like diabetes or Cushings (rare in cats), etc… But once found, the vet can usually treat or manage the underlying disease so that your cat can have a healthy bladder again.

      3) Your cat has a “sterile cystitis” (inflammation of the bladder) and no infection at all. It’s just as miserable as an actual infection. This can be managed with diet and stress management at home and sometimes pain medications.

      Definitely get the urine cultured at a lab, even if the urinalysis at the vet’s office doesn’t show bacteria. You are always free to get a second opinion from another vet as well – either another local practitioner or a specialist in internal medicine. It may cost money now to find out what the problem is, but it will save time in treating your cat effectively in the long run.

  21. QUESTION:
    How do I say goodbye to my cat?
    This may seem like a silly question, that a kid would ask, I know, but I’m 17, and I never really did expect saying goodbye to a cat would be this depressing and difficult.

    I’ve had this cat for three years now, which may not seem like a long time, but it feels like forever. When I first got him home, as a young cat from a girl at school, my family instantly fell for him. He had the strongest character, and most affectionate personality I’ve seen in a cat. He was my grandad’s best companion before my grandad passed away and you can imagine how fond I am of my cat, Munchkin. I even began referring to him as my “son”, because that’s the way I truly felt about him.
    When Munchkin grew a bit older, he started spraying around the house, so we got him spayed. This didnt solve the problem as he kept urinating on soft places; the bed, the couch, clothes.
    Whenever we could afford to every now and then we would take him to the vet and treat him with antibiotics, but the problem was recurring and we couldn’t always afford treatment.

    This year, it’s gotten much worse. His urine is very bloody, and he is starting to pee on the floor around the house. His litter box is clean. My dad is going through a rough time and said we couldnt afford it right now, but I was too afraid to delay the vet visit even further. So I sold one of my gold lockets, and went with my mom. The first few visits, the doctor said it was a urinary tract infection, and gave injections and antibiotics. It seemed to get better for a while, but later on there was vomiting and more blood, and drops of urine on the floor still.

    One day he poor Munchkin was straining so hard in the litter box, that something on his butt got red and swollen. I started panicking, worrying and called the vet and we rushed to the emergency in the middle of the night. By the time we got there, the swelling was gone, but injections were given and we were charged double for emergency service.

    Since the problem has persisted, the vet has suggested doing an x-ray and some tests to find out if this is renal failure, and if it is the case, he might need surgery but it’s not guaranteed to cure. My parents are saying we can’t afford it, and are telling me it’s best to get rid of the cat because cleaning up after him is getting frustrating.

    If I had my way, and was old enough to work here in Saudi Arabia, I would so I could help my poor baby, but I can’t. And I can’t stand watching him suffer either, if I can’t help treat him. Everytime he strains in the litter box my heart aches because of the pain he must be going through. I just researched on the internet and if he does have renal failure, his kidneys won’t work anymore eventually toxins will build up in his body, and he will go into a coma and die. I can’t bear to be there when that happens. I just can’t.

    I have tried to get him adopted by another family, but no one here wants a sick cat. I live in an apartment, and downstairs, some distance away there is a compound with a pool, court and small garden. I am thinking of leaving him there with the other stray cats, but I’m honestly devastated.
    The last time we tried to let him out of the house and be free, he was yowling and meowing, scared by other cats. The vet says he’s a male cat, he’ll be aggressive and he’ll be fine and able to fend for himself.
    I’ve been crying for days, and I feel so depressed since I’m attached to Munchkin. My mom says “We’ve done all we can really. God gave him this illness, now leave it in God’s hands to take care of him.” I can see where she’s coming from, but that’s just her opinion.
    I want to know what others think I should do? I’m so confused. Would it be cruel to leave him? I could go down and feed him daily…that is if he doesn’t run out into the streets :(
    Please help. How can I ease this pain and guilt I’m feeling?
    Right now he’s confined in a small room so that he doesnt pee around the house..
    Also, there are no animal shelters in saudi arabia :/
    and the pet centers, and vets cage cats up for adoption, but not sick ones

    • ANSWER:

  22. 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.

  23. QUESTION:
    my dying cat doesn’t want to die, please advise!?
    this is awful. my cat is dying but isn’t ready to die. i couldn’t consider euthanasia unless she is in extreme pain, but she isn’t. she has renal failure. drinking water is extremely difficult for her, and she hasn’t eaten in about four days.

    rather than pull her back from impending death by seeking out IV treatments provided by the vet to do this, i’d just like to keep her comfortable until she slips into a coma. i’m thinking just enough water intravenously, as well as a mild sedative would help.

    any advice on how i can get the vet to work with me to make the cat comfortable as she completes they dying process?

    after four days of keeping constant vigil, i’m getting stressed. she’s still very strong, considering she has hardly any body mass. can walk, sit, hold her head up etc.

    i’d be so grateful for any advice.
    thank you everyone for your responses.

    the problem i have with euthanizing her at this time has to do with the fact that the first injection into the spine is extremely painful. i don’t want that to be her last memory.

    she has had some happiness over these last four days as well.

    i really hate to even bring her to the vet right now, as finally she seems to be resting for the first time since the dying process began.

    please know that if she were in extreme pain, i wouldn’t hesitate to put her down.

    a vet came to the house for that purpose. he examined her, declared that she wasn’t in pain, then explained how euthanising her would work.

    it seems a lot more gentle and natural to let her go by coma. i just want to make that process easier on her.

    i really do appreciate the excellent advice and support i’ve received in terms of discussing my wishes with my vet.

    and i know my cat – she’s my heart. she’s pissed that her time is up, and i’m pissed that i can’t change that.
    PLEASE READ MY ADDENDUM RE: EUTHANASIA!! – It’s an edit to my original question.

    Please do not presume to judge my decisions assuming I’m doing what makes ME more comfortable.

    Do you think it’s been comfortable sleeping on an air mattress so that I can be near her every night? Do you think it’s been comfortable waking up every morning, wondering if she made it through the night or not?

    It would be a lot easier on me if she died DAYS ago, but she’s not ready to die yet.

    The vet said she wasn’t in pain. The vet said the needle into the spine is extremely painful.

    This is not an easy decision at all. If you have advice, great! bring it!

    If you have judgements, keep them to yourself. They are NOT helping!!
    instead of passing judgement, why not ask questions? the vet that i called to come to my house and euthanize my cat said he would first sedate her by making an injection into the spine, which CAN be extremely painful.

    Why do you want to judge me, when this is the first time I have ever gone through this, when I have done everything I can to get as much information as possible, including trying to get this info from two vets and a pharmacist, and finally, when I am grieving because I feel so helpless?

    But, if I have to stomach self righteousness in order to get the info I need to help my cat, then that’s the price I pay in addition to the dollars, the time, and my own personal grief and distress at wondering about her distress.

    Just remember, one day the shoe might be on the other foot. Maybe not with a pet, but with a human. And at a time when you most need compassion and answers, you get condemnation and judgment.
    Thanks again so much to all who offered not only answers, but consideration and care.

    And a slightly lesser thanks to the people who had to be smug, but still had good info. I’m still grateful.

    A major thank you to the second last poster. If I need to euthanize her, this sounds like the ideal solution! I am eternally grateful for that insight and experience.

    Finally, I got to a vet today, and learned to administer IV fluids at home, as well as procure some tramadol to ease any comfort and provide sedation. I also got more info on better ways to euthanize, so I am feeling much more at peace, and much more prepared.

    My deepest sympathies to all who have had to part with their beloved pet.

    Warmest Regards,
    LM
    Thanks again so much to all who offered not only answers, but consideration and care.

    And a slightly lesser thanks to the people who had to be smug, but still had good info. I’m still grateful.

    A major thank you to the second last poster. If I need to euthanize her, this sounds like the ideal solution! I am eternally grateful for that insight and experience.

    Finally, I got to a vet today, and learned to administer IV fluids at home, as well as procure some tramadol to ease any comfort and provide sedation. I also got more info on better ways to euthanize, so I am feeling much more at peace, and much more prepared.

    My deepest sympathies to all who have had to part with their beloved pet.

    Warmest Regards,
    LM

    • ANSWER:
      You need to talk with your vet about the best options for you and your kitty.

  24. QUESTION:
    I can’t decide between putting my cat to sleep, or trying treatment.?
    My 13 year old Persian was diagnosed today with Chronic Renal Failure. My vet says she isn’t in pain, but probably is experiencing a general feeling of being unwell. I guess they’ve come to that conclusion because that’s how a lot of humans with the same thing describe it.

    I love my cat so much; I’ve had her since I was 6 years old. I just can’t picture her not being around.

    The vet told me about a treatment– it’s about 10 minutes, once a week (for the rest of her life)– and it should get her appetite back and help out her kidneys. It wont FIX the problem, but if she responds to it, it could add anywhere from a week to a few years to her life. During that time, she still might have her ups and downs.

    If I let her die naturally with time (medicated or not), she’ll end up being in pain. However, if I choose to euthanize her, I’m so afraid that I’d be cutting her life short when she could have had a couple more years left.

    Any advice would be so greatly appreciated. I don’t know what to do; I’ve never put a pet to sleep before, and I’ve never even had anyone close to me pass away. I’m devastated.

    • ANSWER:
      I hate putting animals to sleep. Its so sad, but the thing to understand is that she will not know when she has passed on. At least she will not be in any pain. People tend to hold on to sick animals for the happiness and benifit of the person, not the welfare of the animal. Its not much of a life for the poor little dear if she has to go to the vets all the time, feel sick all the time.

      I think the best thing to do is to let her go, its so sad, but its not going to be a great life for her, and when shes gone she wont feel pain, its just you that will feel the pain of this horrible loss.

      Please give to the mercy of your cat and not think of your own loss in this situation. Selflesnes is the best option. Its a horible thing, but I think its in the best interest of the cat.

      I realy feel for you in this situation, a situation I have been in many times, please make the correct decision by your cat.

      Im sorry for what you are going through, hope I have helped, Jane

  25. QUESTION:
    He’s in Heaven now?
    I just put my cat down today due to renal failure that he has been battling for the last 5 months. I took him off the fluids a week and a half ago so he could have some time without having to go to the vet. He HATED treatment, and I just couldn’t put him through it anymore. He was only 5 years old. I stayed with him the whole time. He was curled up with my other cat, his buddy, before we left. It was like they knew. He cried when I had to put him in the carrier.They had to sedate him first due to his aggressive nature. He freaked out when they put the needle in and he only got 2/3 of it. It was enough to make him gag and throw up. I gave him a bunch of ham before we left as his last treat. He loved ham but he threw it up, and it hurt to see him struggle to try and stand up. My mom got the tech and he came in and took Patches out of the carrier and laid him on the towel. I just kept kissing and petting him the whole time, telling him how much I loved him. Cried the whole time too.
    The tech came back in with the vet when I okayed it, they shave his fur and put the needle in to give him the injection. No sooner did she do that, when she went to check his heart and said, “I’m sorry, he’s gone.” It only took about 3 seconds and his eyes stayed open the whole time. He fought to even keep them open while sedated. I am so sad. My other cat hasn’t started looking for him yet, but she will, and she will cry out for him, just like she cries out for me if I’m not in the same room. I made sure his last day was a good one. I wanted to let him go before any major suffering took place. My heart is broken, but I know it was for the best. My little buddy is gone. I can’t believe it. It hurts so bad.
    Thank you all for your wonderful and touching answers that did help to comfort me. It was so hard to pick a “best” one. All your thoughts and prayers mean so much to me, saying “thanks” really isn’t enough.
    To Flying Indian–had my first sign last night from Patches. My little girl cat (his buddy) was playing with his favorite mouse toy. She NEVER used to do anything but just bat it around. Patches would always pick up the toy in his mouth (any toy really) and carry it around or sit with his belly down, front legs slightly out with the mouse in between, and he’d pick it up in his mouth and play with it that way. Then he’d move his head around a little bit and drop the mouse back down between his legs and start to bite/pull at its tail. Last night, she was sitting in that EXACT same position, belly down with front legs slightly out. I gave her the mouse (we were playing) and she picked it up in her mouth, moved her head around a little bit, then dropped it and started to pull/bite at its tail EXACTLY like he did. I immediately thought of your response. I knew then and there his spirit was with me, and that he was watching over me in Heaven. He let me know through her that he was okay now.

    • ANSWER:
      I am so sorry you had to go through this. Sometimes it really hurts to be kind and what you did was the most unselfish act of love.

      I had to have my 15 year old ‘ Thomas’ put to sleep because he was suffering with cancer and the strangest things happened after a couple of days things kept going missing and moving from where I put them. I believe it was my old Tom, we were inseparable you see and I think it was his way of letting me know he was still around. I put one of his pictures in a frame on my TV, its still there, and bought fresh flowers and put them in a vase next to it. About a week later I thought I would never get over the pain and then I had a dream almost like an out of body experience. Me and Tom were floating around my house together and it seemed to go on all night. The next morning I felt so much better and remembered him how he used to be and not the way he was the last time that I saw him. I will never forget him. Believe me it gets easier with time. In a few weeks you’ll remember your cat how he used to be and the great time you had together in a happy way. Hope my story helps in some way .

      Take care now and watch out for those little signs. He’s in heaven alright, looking down on you.

      God Bless

  26. QUESTION:
    help for female 6 year old cat with CRF?
    My Cat has been diagnosed with chronic renal failure. She has been into the vets to get re-hydrated twice and?
    each time she does get better. This time she has been well for 5 weeks. She doesn’t like the renal food that the vets have given her so we have started her on the senior cat food which she loves. They have done urinalysis and also a kidney scan, the only issue is the amount of protein in her blood – her kidneys just don’t want to get rid of it. Yesterday we had to take her back in for more fluid treatment and i asked the vet about subq fluids. He was very adament that this was not an option with her and that the next time she goes down hill will be the time to say goodbye. Can anyone advise on any options. Her protein in her blood keeps going very high after a couple of weeks off fluids.

    The vet keeps telling us we have no other option now other than putting her to sleep

    • ANSWER:
      Get another vet. I don’t know your cat, or situation, personally but I’ve never had sub-Q fluids be a problem for renal pets. My guinea pig was in renal failure and I managed to get close to a year of good quality time with him. Toward the end I was giving him fluids daily and it really helped with his comfort level. If he got frequent fluids he felt better, ate more, and was more active.

      I know there are many options in terms of treatment and medications to help manage this. Hopefully you can get some more quality time with your girl. You’ll know when it is time to say goodbye, but enjoy the time you have.

      Great info on CRF:

      http://www.marvistavet.com/html/chronic_renal_failure.html

  27. QUESTION:
    renal cell cancer that has spread to other side of body into arm bone?
    My beloved brother (whom I was caring for ) was only 58 when he died of liver failure 2 mths ago. Now and at the same nursing home my Mother is taking therapy for her arm that just broke for no reason. They did a CAT scan and said they found cancer of the kidney (clear cell carcinoma) that had spread to the bone in arm. They called it mesatise (I think) They have told me there is no treatments they can do because of her age (84) but she sure doesn’t look like it or act like it before) and the fact that becasue it had already spread to the bone it was probably all over the body. I am there everyday no matter what just like I was with my brother. The past few days she has been seeing things , getting really nervous, does’nt know how to dial a phone no. (she was also diagnosised with mild demetia 4 yrs ago) she is getting to the point of not being able to even feed herself. I feel so useless and my question is how fast does this type travel, could it be in brain. why call in hospice now?

    • ANSWER:
      We call in hospice when we think the prognosis is for a survival of less than six months. This sounds like an appropriate situation for hospice – except she is already in a nursing facility – - hospice is particularly helpful in home care situations.
      Her age is not the main reason that no specific treatment such as chemotherapy is being recommended. Our intravenous treatments for renal cell carcinoma metastatic to distant sites such as bone and brain are very poor. There would be no chance of cure of she were 34 instead of 84 with today’s treatments for this particular type of cancer.

      Comfort is the number one concern in this situation. If this were my mother (who is almost 80 herself), I would want her to have good nursing care with symptom management – especially expert pain control. There is a medical art to correct pain control. This is where hospice nurses have extremely useful experience, but they need to be directed by a physician experienced with comfort management for end stage diseases such as this. The average survival of “13 months” quoted in a previous answer is probably not an accurate estimate in your mother’s case as you present it – especially if it turns out that she does have metastases to her brain as well as bone mets.
      Sorry I can’t give you more cheerful information. I think you will need to be prepared for a progressive downhill course in a matter of a few months.

  28. QUESTION:
    Is my cat poorly or clever?!?
    my cat is approx 13 years old, 4kg cat but skinny for frame size. He is a very active/playfulcat and always loves attention/cuddles.
    my concern is he has recently become very vocal and demanding food, even after he has been fed! he has been through this before but it dies down after a day or 2.
    He jumps up on the worktops sniffing for food and i caught him scratching at the bin one day but he has a bowl full of dry food left out all day. I feed him 3-5 pouches per day, he has 2 bowls of water – one I leave until its gone, the other i change every day or 2 but I still catch him drinking water from the toilet or kitchen sink. when i eat he will jump up and try to swipe the food off my plate.
    He has also started humping my fur rug – on one occaision at least 4 times a day. I took this away from him but he becomes frustrated and scratches at the door/carpet of the room the rug is in!!!
    he apparently had renal failure before I adopted him so I wondered if the greediness was linked but when i called my registered Vet, they do not seem to be able to give any advice of what is safe to try etc, they want me to bring him in.
    I am reluctant to take him as when my other cat was poorly, i took him straight away but the vet said he had a conjunctivitis, acne, ear infection and fleas and charged me £89. I simply changed his flea treatment from a supermarket brand to a recommended brand, this cleared all his “problems” and he has since been very well and more confident. I lack confidence in vets now. Please advise.

    • ANSWER:
      It’s hard to find a good vet, I’ll cheers to that! But they are sometimes a ‘necasary evil’, I believe the phrase goes. Sometimes vets are the only ones who can help.

      Older cats sometimes need a switch in food. Something more for them. It’s possible he’s not getting what he needs from the food you’re feeding him now & his body is telling him to eat more to find it.

      If you use dry food, I’d suggest this: “Purina One Vibrant Maturity 7+ Formula”. I’m a big fan of Purina One, they’ve got such healthy food for my cats & so many choices. My cats are on the Chicken & Rice Formula one right now. It’s their fav. :) I’m not so good with the canned wet stuff, I only use it as treats or when I need to sneak in some medicine for them. So you’re on your own there. Sorry.

      Our current foster cat loves to jump into the bathtub to drink from the faucet. Doesn’t matter if we have 2 fresh water bowls out for her, she just gets a kick out of it. So I wouldn’t worry about him drinking out of sink & you can just keep the toilet seat down from now on.

      Is he neutered? If not, that might explain the humping. If he is, then it might be boredom. Is he not getting enough playtime? Or perhaps a change of toys would be good? I switch out my cats’ toys. Keep half of them out for a couple months & then put them away & take out the other half. It works wonders for their boredom. :)

      Sorry if I missed anything, your message was long & slightly jumbled. Hehe. Hope what I said helps!

      ~fayquest

  29. 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.


Treatments For Kidney Failure In Dogs

First let us begin by stating the obvious, you love your dog. I am sure he is loved just as much as any member of your family. Now would you ever feed your beloved family member something that you knew could cause his kidneys to fail?

Would you give him something that could cause him extreme pain, and eventual death? Of course not!

Chances are though, that you unknowingly feed your pet this poison everyday.

Commercial pet food is killing pets on a daily basis and the government is doing nothing to stop it. With a little research though, you can learn the secrets to prolonging your dog’s life and saving him from future pain and suffering.

To understand why commercial dog food is so bad we should begin with what exactly is in the “quality” food you are feeding your loved one.

We will start with the advertised ingredients; prime cuts of beef, chicken, whole grains. What they failed to mention is that those prime cuts of beef are actually the parts that no humans will eat or pieces that are so rotten and diseased that they aren’t allowed to feed them to humans.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. 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

  2. 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!! :)

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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!

    • ANSWER:

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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 :)

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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

  20. 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.

  21. 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!

  22. 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.

  23. 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!

  24. 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 …

  25. 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

  26. 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

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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

  30. 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

  31. 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.


Treatments For Renal Failure

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With a staggering amount of vehicles on the road, there are often many accidents. Some are the result of driver negligence, whether this means lack of attention, driving under the influence, or poor vehicle maintenance. Unfortunately, many break failure accidents are outside of the driver’s control.

Break failure can be caused by an automotive defect. Car companies are regulated in terms of the safety of their vehicles. Unfortunately, some parts may be damaged or defective during production in a manufacturing company. Their Quality Control departments are fallible.

There are many famous cases of massive recalls from car companies. They spend millions of dollars to recall defective breaks. Why go through all of this effort? Because the alternative would be far worse. Just this year alone, several major car companies recalled popular vehicles for break issues. These car companies have recalled vehicles within the past 6 months!

  • Chrysler
  • Dodge
  • Jeep
  • Honda
  • Toyota

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    what are the treatments for renal failure if you are diabetic?

    • ANSWER:
      Treatment is rigorous glycemic control combined with BP control. An ACE inhibitor, an angiotensin II receptor blocker, or both should be used to treat hypertension at the earliest sign of microalbuminuria or even before, because these drugs lower intraglomerular BP and thus have renoprotective effects.

  2. QUESTION:
    Treatment for Canine Renal Failure?
    Does anyone know of any natural/herbal treatments for canine renal failure?
    I have a 21 month old yellow lab who has been diagnosed with renal failure.

    • ANSWER:
      comfrey leaf or root tea.
      But best thing right now to to stop feeding your dog any commercially prepared dog food. It could contain melamine imported from Chine (the FDA allows trace amounts). Also commercial dog food is contains dead diseased dog meat from dogs and cats that have been euthanized with sodium pentathol, this drug ends up in the dog food. Dogs are not cannibals.
      Just feed your dog some nice ground turkey beef lamb or chicken or fish, mixed with steamed veggies, some seaweed, and some Vit C.
      when you walk the dog, let your dog lick the urine from other dogs. there are antibodies in this urine that will strengthen your dog’s immune system.

  3. QUESTION:
    What happens if you don’t seek treatment for Acute Renal Failure?
    A completely hypothetical question. I was wondering what lasting affects will occur

    • ANSWER:
      Death

  4. QUESTION:
    Treatment for Chronic Renal Failure and Developments of Stem Cell Research?
    Dear Friends,

    Can eny body shed some light on how kidney transpalnt would be successfull with stem cells. How far stem cell research has evolved in medical world. Do you think that stem cell treatment will available with in next decade?

    Please respond, this is important to me very much!

    • ANSWER:
      We are no where near developing functioning kidney from stem cell. CRF is managed by dialysis and transplant. I understand there is wait for getting the transplant and it is often difficult to have match when you are from minor ethnicity.

      Nonetheless, the outcomes of kidney transplant are much better now then ever. Next 10 years are very very unlikely to see stem cell based therapy for CRF.

      Only FDA approved stem cell therapy at present is treatment of blood/marrow cancer. Parkinsonism is next one in line to be approved.

  5. QUESTION:
    nature treatment of Chronic Renal failure?
    Recently I found abnormal of my urinary with less daytime and more during the night. Microscopic level of blood in urine also was found. My family doctor ordered tests for blood and urine. Prostate and blaader, and uters were also examed, and all looks normal; But I found the frequncy of abnormal urinary increased. It is indicated that the problem got worse. Could you tell me any additional test I should performed to determine if it is chronic renal failure.
    Is there any nature medicine can make the process slower?
    Thanks very much!

    • ANSWER:
      Were you actually diagnosed as having Chronic Renal Insufficiency? Or is this your guess? Sounds like your main complaint seems to be increased urinating at night from what you’ve described. Either way follow your doctors prescription.

      If you do have renal insufficiency, you might want to do yourself a favor and stick to the proven mainstream medications, prescribed by your physician, rather than taking the “cure all” nonsense being sold online. It’s a serious disease. Don’t play alchemist with your body…

  6. QUESTION:
    can herbs cure acute renal failure?
    is there any treatment for acute renal failure in herbal medicine
    no doubt this is an acute condition can be treat in hospital under renal expert observation but Is the dialysis final treatment or ARF can cure by convential treatment?
    there are many misconcepts regarding the herbs. The herbal medicine may cause renal failure yes, because herbal medicines or products itself are not systmic medicine. If these use through the system of herbal, Unani, Aurvedic, chinease etc. It can cure all acute or chronic disease.

    • ANSWER:
      No.

      Herbal medicine CAUSES acute renal failure however:

      http://archinte.highwire.org/cgi/content/abstract/155/2/211

      http://www.uninet.edu/cin2001-old/paper/ibanez/foyaca.html

      http://pjms.com.pk/issues/janmar09/article/casereport2.html

  7. QUESTION:
    In 3rd stage renal failure. Looking for treatment via supplement?

    • ANSWER:
      It’s called a transplant. Either that, or you can take Hemlock. Socrates was a great man, it’s no shame to follow in his footsteps.

  8. QUESTION:
    Treatment options for Chronic Renal Failure.?
    My friend’s father is 68, diabetic and suffers from Chronic Renal Failure. Can anybody please tell me the available treatment options in US. She is really worried and we both will be very obliged for any help.
    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Treatment for CRF is only hemodialysis to remove al the waste products in her body which should have been done by the kidney. It also remove excess fluids in the body to prevent pulmonary edema or water in the lungs.

  9. QUESTION:
    What is the best treatment for pulmonary edema if the person has renal failure?
    The person is currently treating it through hemodialysis. Is there any other way to manage it?

    • ANSWER:
      Depending on how bad the renal failure is (how high the creatinine runs), small doses of lasix or other diuretics can be given to rid the body of excess fluid.
      The dialysis is to treat the kidney failure. It’s a tough balancing act for the doctors., and it sounds like “end stage renal disease”, which will ultimately (a month, a year, 10 years) likely be the cause of the patients death.

  10. QUESTION:
    What foundation can u suggest me for my brother that has renal kidney failure?
    My brother has renal kidney failure and he needs to undergo dialysis treatments and kidney transplant as soon as possible.The doctor said that it cost almost 1 million all in all,but we dont have amount like this,my father was only a farmer tenants and i’m only a production operator.Even i’ll get overtime daily,this is not enough to produce 1 million for my brother.I/we love my brother.What foundation that helps kidney patients, can u suggest me for my brother?I want him to stay and live with us.If only i can give him a 10 years of my life,i could. Please please help me..Please please….I’m crazy need your help. Please

    • ANSWER:
      The united states government will pay for your brothers dialysis treatments, but he needs to apply for medicare. And I believe medicare will only pay for the treatments. Once a person is on dialysis, there are many medications that he will be put on such as epogen, iron, vit d and pills that he will need to take to control his phosphorus. To get these medications covered he will need another insurances. I don’t know what state you leave in but meet with the social worker at the dialysis center. They will advise you on what insurance options you have. There is something called a medicare part D plan that is what they call a kidney friendly plan, but there are many part D plans so knowing all the medications your brother has to be will help to determine which part D plan to get on.

      Also as far as transplant lists go, the wait is about 6 years long right now, so make sure to get on as many transplant lists as possible. If you have a donor, it goes much faster but there are many tests your brother and the donor will have to go through to see if they are compatable and if the donor is healthy enough to give the kidney.

      You will also meet with a Registered Dietitian at the unit to make sure you fully understand the renal diet, because it is very different from a persons diet who is not on dialysis.

      Make sure to start planning now because dialysis is very complicated but it will be easier once you met with your dialysis center staff and come up with a plan of action. Good Luck!

  11. QUESTION:
    My father has renal failure and must go in for dialysis 3 times a week. Is there a federal program available?
    Someone told me that there is a federal program pays all costs involved but, I have been searching all day and just can not find one. By the way, he is 70 years young, resides in California, and also owns a small cafe. The expense of the dialysis and other diabetes related expenses even with Medicare is out of his financial ability to continue with the treatments! Please help us.
    He is not a Veteran. My Mom told me today that Medicare denied their claim because they have ,000 in the bank! Unbelievable! This is disgusting! Any other programs that may be available to him?

    • ANSWER:
      Sorry to hear about your father. Check on Medicaid, that should be your federal program. I’m sure that they will pay for it all. Just remember, if your father cannot afford the treatment, HE CANNOT BE REFUSED MEDICAL CARE. That is federal law, and probably state law as well. Someone in that area MUST provide dialysis and diabetes related products and care. I only wish you the best of luck to you and your father. Please let me know what you find out. Have a great day.

  12. QUESTION:
    What food is good for Yorkie with Renal Failure?
    My sweet yorkie (approximately 10 yrs old ) has been diagnosed with renal failure. Our vet has put him on sub-cutaneous fluids and phosphate binder/hypertensive/
    pepcid medication. As a result of this treatment, his energy level has dramatically improved but his desire to eat has also changed within the past few weeks. He seems to be hungry and wants to eat something, but something stops him. We have been giving him special kidney food in a wet form which he likes but he doesn’t eat too much of.
    Anybody out there have any advice of what else would be healthy addition to his diet aside from his wet food? We want him to eat more.
    Also, we have noticed that with treatment, he has started shivering. Anybody with experience with this and why would it be happening? We will ask our vet tomorrow, but we are truly concerned. He is the baby of the house and we want to see him healthy and happy. Thanks :)

    • ANSWER:
      You can try another brand that offers a kidney diets (like Science Diet, Eukanuba, Purina, and IVD). Just be sure to speak with your vet before you switch diets.

      As for the shivering, I have never heard of any proven reason for this (I have heard of a few reasons, but none have been medically proven). You may want to ask your vet about it next time you talk, but I do not think it is something to really worry about.

  13. QUESTION:
    I have cat with kidney failure beginning there is no cure apparently but there may be homeopathic treatments?
    Cronic renal failure seems to be what he is headed for. I have been to many of the websites and paid hundreds of dollars in vet bills. I cannot afford a transpant for him. He has some blood in urine has been on antibiotics and is very thirsty. Seems to have no real pain yet. Sometimes he seems to have trouble urinating but his bladder is not distended.

    I am now feeding him his dinners as a soup with warm water mixed in his wet cat food to increase his water intake. He likes this very much

    Any info you have may help me so let your minds think outside the litterbox :)

    • ANSWER:

      http://www.i-love-my-cat.com/cat-kidney-disease.html?gclid=CPTW7eiH34oCFQbpYgodIBr02g

      I found this article online. Might be helpful.
      I just lost my cat Sophie to CRF and I wish I could have done more to help her. Don’t give up on your little guy, you’ll know when it’s time, but before then, help him fight a good fight.

      Good Luck!!

  14. 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

  15. QUESTION:
    Are there different stages or types of kidney failure?
    My mom has recently had chemo, radaiton & surgery for colon ca. She keeps having to go back to hosp. after vomiting a lot & told she has no renal functon. She gets better after a few days of treatment, but is it normal to have renal failure & get better? Are there oral treatments?

    • ANSWER:
      There are 2 categories of kidney failure: acute renal failure, which happens suddenly and often can be reversed, and chronic renal failure, which happens slowly over a long period of time. Within chronic renal failure, there are 4 stages. In early stages this is treated with ACE inhibitors (a type of drug), calcium supplements, phosphate binders, vitamin D, and maybe Sensipar. Also a restricted diet is required. When you get to stage 4 you need long-term dialysis or a kidney transplant. With acute renal failure, which is likely what your mom has, you need to support with lots of fluids and other drugs that increase blood flow to the kidneys.

      What your mom REALLY needs is drugs to control the nausea and vomiting associated with chemo. She should be on a 5HT3 antagonist (like Zofran or Anzemet), or preferably a newer drug called Emend. I am sure she was prescribed one of these. BUT in most patients these are not enough. You might want to inquire about a drug called Cesamet which can control “breakthrough” nausea and vomiting. It is synthetic and is like marijuana. It will help increase her appetite and control the nausea (and also elevate mood.) A final note, check on her cancer chemo, it should be FOLFIRI or FOLFOX plus Avastin (if it was metastatic). Good luck, it’s tough to deal with all these med issues, especially cancer which is really complex. Email me if you have any more Qs.

  16. QUESTION:
    My 2 yr cat just diagnosed with renal failure. What chances for a good recovery??
    Just got results of blood tests for my cat and show renal problems. He will go on drips for the next week with antibiotics. Is there a good chance of survival and recovery?? What special treatment will he need??

    • ANSWER:
      my 12 year old cat was diagnosed with renal failure due to infections and we couldn’t feed her any dry food any more, we took good care of her and 5 years later had another serious failure, they thought she was going and asked my to let them put her down, but she pulled through and lived just 1 more year to the grand old age of 18.
      all is not lost yet, try and get your cat through this, but at 2 years old i dont expect she’ll last to 18 but you might get up to 6 years with a lot of care

  17. QUESTION:
    My cat has hyperthyroidism, dr said I_131 iodine radio therapy is ok, just by blood analysis?
    and urinalysis, is that enough to diagnose if the kidneys are really ok in a hyperthyroid cat?which is better? methimazole ot I131-iodine therapy. he has only been on meds for 1 week and a half when they checked his t4 values? it seems to good to be true that his kidneys are ok, and that he is a good candidate for the above, since hyperthyroidism usually masks and covers unhealthy kidneys. the i131 can be a cure or be fatal. cue if his kidneys are really ok? and how do i know for sure? and fatal if he gets the above and the treatment causes renal failure. in addition to him already having heart murmur caused by the hyperthyroidism. but the meds he is on is causing him black stool. whuch of the two is the lesser evil of therapy? surgery is put of the question cuz hes to old & sick risk anesthesia. pls help me i love my cat and want to make the best decision with unhelpful dr’s that dont care and deplete all my money 4k so far, with no improvement in my cat. pls help my cat????????

    • ANSWER:
      Hyperthyroidism is basically due to the oversecretion of thyroxin in the thyroid gland. This disease can get quite serious if left untreated. I would recommend that the iodine radio therpay be done as iodine is essential for the proper functioning of the thyroid gland.

      Don’t worry, your cat will be okay. Hyperthyroidism need not be worried about if treated properly.

      Hope that helps!

  18. QUESTION:
    I just got the unfortunate news that my beloved 16 year old cat has chronic renal failure.?
    The vet advised because of his age it may be best to just enjoy him while he is around instead of putting him through rigorous treatments that he may not even survive for his age. His kidneys are working a 10% capacity. As you can imagine, I’m completely devastated. Has anyone gone through this and wondering in anyone’s opinion “how much time” before the inevitable. The vet thinks not much more time. When will I know the time is right to end his suffering.

    • ANSWER:
      I’m sooo sorry to hear that.. Just spend quality time with him while you still can! When his quality of life deterorates you will know when it is time.. Again, I’m so sorry :(

  19. QUESTION:
    please help my sick cat, please he has hyperthroidism? what should ido? vets keep stealing my$$, and wont cure
    My cat has hyperthyroidism, dr said I_131 iodine radio therapy is ok, just by blood analysis?
    and urinalysis, is that enough to diagnose if the kidneys are really ok in a hyperthyroid cat?which is better? methimazole ot I131-iodine therapy. he has only been on meds for 1 week and a half when they checked his t4 values? it seems to good to be true that his kidneys are ok, and that he is a good candidate for the above, since hyperthyroidism usually masks and covers unhealthy kidneys. the i131 can be a cure or be fatal. cue if his kidneys are really ok? and how do i know for sure? and fatal if he gets the above and the treatment causes renal failure. in addition to him already having heart murmur caused by the hyperthyroidism. but the meds he is on is causing him black stool. whuch of the two is the lesser evil of therapy? surgery is put of the question cuz hes to old & sick risk anesthesia. pls help me i love my cat and want to make the best decision with unhelpful dr’s that dont care.

    • ANSWER:
      watch the fat intake…also go to a natural store and ask for trteatments. I hope he is ok

  20. QUESTION:
    Chronic Renal Failure with Diabetes?
    My friend’s father is 68, diabetic and suffers from Chronic Renal Failure. Can anybody please suggest any alternative treatment. She is really worried and we both will be very obliged for any help.
    Thanks.
    His creatinine is 7.4
    I meant any treatment other than dialysis or kidney transplant. Yoga, Accupressure, Ayurveda…. any option is welcome.

    • ANSWER:
      A product called Goji juice could help. the website below has some great success stories. It may not cure anything but it could ease some of the associated issues. on the pubmed website you have to use the name lycium barbarum.

  21. QUESTION:
    my cat has hyperthyroidism, please someone give me helpful advice before vets kill him take all my money…..?
    My cat has hyperthyroidism, dr said I_131 iodine radio therapy is ok, just by blood analysis?
    and urinalysis, is that enough to diagnose if the kidneys are really ok in a hyperthyroid cat?which is better? methimazole ot I131-iodine therapy. he has only been on meds for 1 week and a half when they checked his t4 values? it seems to good to be true that his kidneys are ok, and that he is a good candidate for the above, since hyperthyroidism usually masks and covers unhealthy kidneys. the i131 can be a cure or be fatal. cue if his kidneys are really ok? and how do i know for sure? and fatal if he gets the above and the treatment causes renal failure. in addition to him already having heart murmur caused by the hyperthyroidism. but the meds he is on is causing him black stool. whuch of the two is the lesser evil of therapy? surgery is put of the question cuz hes to old & sick risk anesthesia. pls help me i love my cat and want to make the best decision with unhelpful dr’s that dont care.

    • ANSWER:
      Why don’t you put this question under Pets/Cats?
      I think you would get a better reponce.

  22. QUESTION:
    1.0 What causes impotence?2.0 What is the treatment for impotence?3.0 What causes renal failure and cure?

    • ANSWER:
      fat chicks
      thin chicks
      doughnuts

  23. QUESTION:
    Renal Failure and High Potassium…serious question…?
    Almost 3 1/2 years ago, a kid was diagnosed with Renal Failure. I am not positive, but I am pretty sure that it is Acute Renal Failure. 3 years ago when he was diagnosed at the age of 16 or 17, (sorry, my math skills aren’t the greatest and it is in the middle of the night!) his doctors told him that his kidneys were only working at 40%. He was put on dialysis 3 days a week for 4 hours at a time. At first he did good, with sticking to his diet and everything else he was or was not supposed to do. He had appointments about a transplant, but never really pursued it. About 6 months to a year after he was diagnosed, he started smoking cigarettes again, smoking pot, drinking, not eating healthy…stuff like that. In March of 18, he had 2 grand mal seizures, and was hospitalized for a few days. This week the nurses from dialysis called his father and told him that he had missed a bunch of treatments, and that they had found something on his tests, and that his family should be prepared for him to die VERY soon.. All he would say when asked about what they have told him, is that his Potassium Levels are up a lot. Can that really kill someone? I appreciate any and all help I can get! I would love answers from someone in the medical field, or another person with the same problem.

    • ANSWER:
      A potassium test checks how much potassium is in the blood. Potassium is both an electrolyte and a mineral. It helps keep the water (the amount of fluid inside and outside the body’s cells) and electrolyte balance of the body. Potassium is also important in how nerves and muscles work.

      Potassium levels often change with sodium levels. When sodium levels go up, potassium levels go down, and when sodium levels go down, potassium levels go up. Potassium levels are also affected by a hormone called aldosterone, which is made by the adrenal glands.

      Potassium levels can be affected by how the kidneys are working, the blood pH, the amount of potassium you eat, the hormone levels in your body, severe vomiting, and taking certain medicines, including potassium supplements. Certain cancer treatments that destroy cancer cells can also make potassium levels high.

      Many foods are rich in potassium, including scallops, potatoes, figs, bananas, prune juice, orange juice, and squash. A balanced diet has enough potassium for the body’s needs. However, potassium is passed in the urine even if the level in the blood is low so the level of potassium in the body can get lower.

      A potassium level that is too high or too low can be serious. Abnormal potassium levels may cause symptoms such as muscle cramps or weakness, nausea, diarrhea, frequent urination, dehydration, low blood pressure, confusion, irritability, paralysis, and changes in heart rhythm.

      Other electrolytes, such as sodium, calcium, chloride, magnesium, and phosphate, may be checked in a blood sample at the same time as a blood test for potassium
      Potassium is an essential mineral required by the body for controlling muscle and nerve function. One of the most important muscles in the body, the heart, beats normally due to potassium. Plus, the body requires potassium in order to maintain its pH level along with electrolyte and fluid balance. We get potassium from the foods we consume. It can be dangerous if the potassium levels in the blood get too low or too high.

      The normal level of potassium in the blood is between 3.5 and 5.0 mM. When the potassium level in the blood goes beyond 5.0 mM, the condition is referred to as hyperkalemia, or the person is said to have high potassium levels.
      If your potassium becomes too high, it can cause an irregular heartbeat or a heart attack.
      This means that your kidneys are not doing as good a job as they should to help keep you healthy. Your kidneys normally remove waste products and extra fluid from your blood. These waste products and fluids come from the foods you eat and liquids you drink. If you have early kidney failure, some of the waste products and extra fluid remain in your blood. Sometimes, early kidney failure may progress to total kidney failure. However, if you follow your doctor’s orders carefully, you may be able to slow down this process.

      Vitamins and minerals come from a variety of foods you eat each day. If your diet is limited, you may need to take special vitamins or minerals. Take only the vitamins and minerals your doctor orders for you. Certain vitamins may be harmful to people with kidney disease.
      Kidney failure, also referred to as renal failure, is a condition in which the kidneys lose their ability to adequately filter waste products from the blood and to regulate the body’s balance of salt and water. As a result, urine production slows or stops, and waste products and water accumulate in the body. This can lead to a potentially life-threatening overload of fluids (causing swelling, or edema), a dangerous accumulation of waste products in the blood and extreme alterations in blood chemistry that can eventually affect the function of the heart and brain. Renal failure may be acute, chronic or end-stage.
      If your friend does not do what his doctor’s want of him, he will die earlier. His kidneys can not function at all or heart attack or strokes even so, yes this is very serious.

  24. QUESTION:
    Cat in renal failure/possible pancreatitis…need experienced advice?
    I brought my 4 year old Smokey in to the vet because of weight loss and lethargy. After blood tests revealed little my vet did an ultrasound and found his pancreas is enlarged. He is also in renal failure. After 12 hour fasting, the PLI test was done and sent off but the vet didn’t want to wait on the results for fear he wouldn’t make it till then so he went ahead and put Smokey on IV fluids to rest the pancreas. The only treatment he gave me was KD food and a b-12 shot. Isn’t there more I can do for Smokey? The vet says if the KD doesn’t work, his prognosis is grim. Smokey is an inside cat and I’ve been feeding a wet/dry combo diet his whole life. I think I need a second opinion although this vet has seen all my cats for years. Has anyone used other methods or treatments for this and gotten good results?

    • ANSWER:
      please DON’T put your cat down til you’ve tried all the options..

      I have a cat in renal failure too, and unless it’s acute, it can be successfully managed and add years of quality life to your cat. A lot of vets have outdated/limited knowledge about “CRF” (chronic renal failure) and are too quick to give up when there are very simple and effective treatments (can’t be cured, but can be managed). Please join this yahoo group for owners of CRF cats – the people on this list have tons of knowledge and experience. I’ve learned more from them (way more) than I did from my vet and my cat is doing very well. If you can get a copy of the blood results from your vet and post them to this list with whatever else is going on, they will be able to give you very good advice.

      http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/Feline-CRF-Support/?v=1&t=search&ch=web&pub=groups&sec=group&slk=1

  25. QUESTION:
    acute renal failure in kitten… could the vet be wrong?
    10 days ago I brought my kitten to the vet after 36 hours of not eating and extreme lethargy. He was very dehydrated and his blood work was all over the charts but even in the mess of blood values the vet was still able to discern kidney insufficiency after 12 hours of hospitalization everything but the kidney values (Creatinine BUN and also his WBC) were normalized after 36 hours he ripped out his IV and was much stronger but with the next days blood test there was no improvement in the BUN or WBC creatinine was slightly off after another 36 hours not much change She did not tell me what the numbers were but told me that she still didn’t know if he had ingested something or if he was born with bad kidneys. His kidneys looked normal on an X-ray not small like in CRF cats and his symptoms came on so suddenly I refuse to believe he was born with bad kidneys as for ingestion I keep no plants in the house and all toxic products (soaps and cleaning products) are kept almost out of reach for even me let alone the cat. Long story short (too late) I was told I could put him down or if I was up to it take him home and make him comfortable with sub-q treatments and a wet food diet (low protein if he would take it). Her prognosis was I would see him steadily decline in the next couple weeks. I took him home Saturday morning I have given him his fluids every day fed him by hand and stimulated his appetite I have also given him dilute apple cider vinegar to help flush his system and the antibiotics provided by the vet. It has been 5 1/2 days and he is not declining he is getting stronger every day he has stopped drinking so much and urinates 2-3 times per day his bowel movements seem normal a little soft from all wet food but in keeping with what he eats. His twitching has almost completely stopped (was a full body tremor when he came home) He sleeps about 18 hours a day I think that is normal my healthy cat does the same… is it possible that he is recovering? At least to a manageable CRF level? is it possible he had an infection clouded by the other blood values? Could this death sentence she gave my cat be preemptive? I am not looking for false hope I just think it is strange that nearly halfway through his proposed life expectancy he is stronger than he was on his IV fluids in the hospital… has anyone had a cat that recovered from Acute renal failure? How long was the process of recovery after hospitalization… This vet was good and cared but I think she was more worried that I would run out of money than anything else I just want to know if anyone else has seen these cats turn around at a little slower pace
    oh and I check him for dehydration multiple times per day and he is always hydrated sometimes first thing in the morning he skin takes an extra second to spring back but nothing that my other cat doesn’t show from time to time. Also when he came home his urine didn’t have an odor now it has a light ammonia smell to it… could that mean he is clearing toxins again? I know the natural response is ask the vet but I think at this point she is more operating on a cover her ass mode than anything. (can’t say i blame her since everyone sues everybody else if things don’t go their way)

    • ANSWER:
      Some cats do recover from this, especially if caught early. A couple things about this vet made me wonder, though. For one thing, did she explain the list of toxins that might have caused this? For example, in a little kitten even one tylenol or NSAID like ibuprofen could have caused this. I have a friend whose cat died from tylenol consumption. So if one fell out of your purse and you never noticed it, it could be that simple.

      Since you obviously care about the kitten, my suggestion at this point might be to get a second opinion. The sad truth is, some vets are just not good with cats, and I’ve had 2 of these vets in 2 separate states. I would not be impressed if the cat was responding in exactly the opposite way the vet predicted, and rising kidney enzymes aren’t even always acute renal failure. If this was me (and I’ve done this anytime a diagnosis is tricky) I’d ask for a copy of his records and get a separate opinion. Try to find a cat specialist if you can. They’re not more expensive, and you might hear something very different. Cat rescue groups can help find one.

      Obviously, if you do this, I’d suggest doing it quickly, partly because of the nature of the diagnosis and also with a weekend coming up.

      I realize you’re not looking for false hope and I know how gut wrenching this is! But I wish someone had given me this advice when my cat had some strange symptoms, because I know I ended up in the hands of someone who was out of her league in treating it. Good luck to you and kitty.

  26. QUESTION:
    My cat was diagnosed with feline chronic renal failure (kidney failure) about 5 months ago. Resources/support?
    It’s not a question of if my cat is sick, but how severely.
    Our family cat that passed 6 years ago didn’t show signs of discomfort or pain until she was dying, and the euthanasia was very difficult because her body had already started to shut down and her veins collapsed.
    My cat started throwing up a while ago (she is ten years old, and had always seemed very healthy before that) and blood tests showed she had f.c.r.f. The stress of taking her to the vet and the iv for liquids stressed her out, more like traumatized her than just stress, and she went downhill within a few days and almost died. We were able to find a vet who helped us get her better at home without meds, but she recently started throwing up again, has lost her appetite but is more thirsty, is urinating like crazy, her eyes that were a vibrant green with a bit of blue are now a dull green, and the major thing is she accidently urinated while she was asleep yesterday. From the research I’ve done, “leaking” is a flag for kidney failure, and I don’t have the money (literally) to do any kind of treatments (I’m paying my way through college right now on my own).

    My cat has been like my shadow, inseperable, since we got her as a kitten when I was ten. I feel like she is a part of me, and I know she is not healthy, although she would seem ok to someone who doesn’t know her. My worst fear is for her condition to worsen to the point where she is in a lot of pain, and for the euthanasia to be painful or difficult.

    I have a phone appointment with the vet this afternoon, but if anyone knows of any websites with advice or similar stories, I would really appreciate it. I am looking for some support, and to make sure I do what is best for her.
    Thanks, I will definitely look at those groups.
    Unfortunately, when she first got sick and diagnosed, we tried the tablet for naseau but she would not take it, even in her favorite treats or crushed into food. We also tried the at home IV thing to hydrate her, but even that made her panic and we didn’t see any improvement. After a while, it was clear they were making her more stressed and just feeling worse, we were finally able to get her relatively healthy by changing her diet (to canned food mixed with water).

    • ANSWER:
      There are some very good CRF cat groups over on yahooGroups, just put the term in the search field. There’s also been discussion on it over on the Handicats group over there, so there are a lot of owners familiar with the reactions.

      Has your vet suggested a 1/4 tablet of Pepcid A/C for settling the stomach? It’s safe for cats. Phone and ask them. Has your vet taught you how to syringe water into your cat or give fluids? It’s do-able at home and extremely helpful for the cat to be hydrated without the stress.

      There’s also several very good CRF sites online, google CRF feline and you;ll find it.
      Here’s one — http://www.felinecrf.com/

  27. QUESTION:
    Anyone with info on the Renal Diet?
    My sister has recently developed renal failure as a result of Remicade treatments for her Rheumatoid Arthritis. The hospital says she must follow the Renal Diet to save her from ending up on dialysis.
    The diet seems very complicated…research gives conflicting information…what is allowed on one, isn’t allowed on another. I want to help her out as much as possible. Anybody have any experience with this and can you direct me to someplace that will give difinitive information?? Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      SODIUM restrictions are paramount. It is literally impossible to take in NO sodium, because that’s an element found in so many foods, but it is possible to limit the amount in a diet. First, obviously high sodium foods must be eliminated. These include cured meats (ham, sausage, bacon, corned beef, and the like), most cheeses, “fast” foods, pickles, bouillon cubes, soy sauce, and most Chinese or oriental foods.

      FLUIDS must be restricted. Your physician will set a limit for you, somewhere between four and eight cups maximum per day. Fluid is defined as anything that melts at room temperature, so in addition to water and juices, you must count ice cream, gelatin desserts, sherbet, and watermelon.

      POTASSIUM counts, too, and it’s harder to control for several reasons. You can’t taste it, like you can salt, it’s not a required item to be listed in the nutritional contents of packaged food, and it’s in many foods.

      PROTEIN plays an important role in the diet of any kidney patient. For those who are pre-dialysis, the amount must be limited to conserve kidney strength. After dialysis begins, however, protein needs to make up the major portion of the patient’s menu, and the guideline will be set as a minimum, rather than a maximum amount per day — as much as 2 grams per kilogram of body weight. The physician will determine the recommended amount for each person, depending on their over all health and their specific needs.

      PHOSPHOROUS begins to be a consideration once dialysis begins, also. Foods to avoid based upon phosphorous content are dairy products, whole grains, bran and barley, nuts, coconut, figs and dates, raisins, salmon, sardines, oysters, and organ meats.

  28. QUESTION:
    Chronic Renal Failure In Cats and SubQ fluids?
    I was wandering if anyone has had a cat or still has one with CRF? Mine was diagnosed a while ago and she is only two. they said that she probably had a cold that led to an infection that went untreated, since so much damage happens to their kidneys before they show any warning signs it was too late. She is doing much better but the vet is telling me that maybe once or twice a week she should have SubQ fluids just to keep things at a decent level of comfort. Taking my cat to the vet 2 times a week is going to cost me around a week. They told me that if i do it at home i can get a 1000ml bag which is good for 3 to 4 treatments which will cost me around . So ofcourse doing it at home would be much easier plus my cat will be more comfortable at home. Does anyone do this at home, is it easy to do? My cat is a very mean cat and likes to scratch alot thats why i was wandering if it is easy or if it gets easier over time? I would like to thank you in advance and i appreciate honest…
    answers from people who have been through this or are going through this. Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      SubQ fluids are VERY easy to administer. But with a cat that might get a bit angry it might be difficult for you. It shouldn’t cost you that much for the fluids and needles. I had a cat I was giving SubQ’s last year and I remember I only paid only which gave him about a week’s worth of treatments. So you might want to call around to other vets.

      First step is taking the IV bag and putting it in your sink with some slightly warm water. This way when you administer the fluids it won’t chill your cat. Plus warm liquid will actually feel NICE for the cat. Once it feels a bit warmed up hang the IV bag up high – you can hang it from a show curtain rod, a hook on the wall, etc. There’s a long tube coming of the bag with a little fitting on the end that you snap a new needle onto each time you give the cat fluids. Then it’s just a matter of making a litte “tent” with the skin between his shoulder blades, sliding the needle into the skin and then turning the little valve on the tube that enables the liquid to start coming out. Make note of the marking on the bag and how much you’ve been told to administer and turn off the valve and remove the needle once you get to that mark. Inserting the needle really doesn’t make the cat jump as it’s very narrow and very sharp. You’re also just putting it between skin and tissue. I would have your vet show you in the office how to do it and see how your cat reacts. If he doesn’t freak then I’d say definitely do it yourself at home. Here’s a site online with pictures on how to do it as well (as well as more detailed info than my Cliff Notes lesson!) http://members.aol.com/aquila111/subq/subq.pdf

      What type of cat is this? My cat I treated last year was a Persian who was only 4. They can have Polycystic Kidney Disease early in life. They’re actually born with the cysts and they start to grow and cause problems. Reputable breeders tend to have PKD negative cats but I wasn’t sure of Spooky’s origin since he was found as a stray. Have they done an ultrasound on your cat to look at the kidneys or are they just going by the BUN, etc levels from a blood and urine test? Sadly, I lost Spooky in October of last year. I hope your cat does better with it. Poor Spooky was an abandoned stray and nearly starving when I adopted him so his poor weak little body really didn’t stand a chance.

  29. QUESTION:
    how long does one live after discovering chronic kidney failure?
    64 year old male. already has pancretitis, liver disease, gallballder trouble, and renal failure. has been treated medically to try and reverse kidney failure, and now does not wish to have dialysis, and has decided to stop treatments and wait to pass away. all conditions are caused by chronic alcholism. thanks for any input, personal experiences.

    • ANSWER:
      From a medical provider standpoint, you typically live as long as you feel like living, regardless of the disease.

  30. QUESTION:
    Our cat has Chronicle Renal Failure, is there anything more to do or is it time to say goodbye..?
    Dear friends,

    Our beloved FOXIE, was recently diagnosed with CRF and the prognosis seems to be poor. We are willing to do everything we can to save our little Foxie!!

    Is she in the final stage? We got the diagnosis just 10 days ago, but today when I have learnt about CRF, I think there were signs already during the summer. Her way of movement was stiff and Foxie doesn’t really like to be caressed over her back – probably bone pain….
    I thought it was arthritis, but the vet examined her and found no such evidence. Unfortunately, no blood test was done.

    We estimate Foxie’s age to something between 4-8 years old.

    Her test result:
    Creatinine 954
    Urea high 41
    Phosphate high 4.3
    Blood pressure high 170
    HCT 19.2%

    The ultrasound shows that the kidneys are damaged, but to our veterinarian’s surprise, they looked better than expected with a crea of 950. A urine test tells us the concentration is ok. However, I don’t think he did a urine culture.

    She is eating every day, not so much, but app 60 g of wetfood per day. We give special diet, but also normal food. Anything to make her eat!! Foxie weighs 3.8 kg today. She weight 4.1 kg one month ago.

    Foxie has been given intravenous fluids 200-350 ml per day for 8 days now, she is also medicating for high blood pressure, Norvasc 5mg Amiodipin 1/4 of tablett per day, and Renalzin (phosphate binder).

    After 7 days on fluids and medicine, the latest test results show no change….I think she is getting weaker every day, Her appetite is reduced and she sleeps most. It breaks my heart to see her like this.

    Is there anything more to do? Any new treatments? Any other medicines we should give her? Should we continue with the daily intravenous fluids? We don’t medicate for the anemia, even though it is very low. Do you think we should and how?

    Do you think medicine for anemia can help? Antibiotics? Or is it time to say goodbye, until we meet again…We want her to have a good cat life. If there is nothing more to do, it is be time for her to go to a better place.

    We are willing to do everything to help Foxie and would be so grateful for your advice.

    Annette, Mike & Foxie

    • ANSWER:
      That is afully youing fopr this sorry you are going through it

      If your cat is not in final stages, this is not want you want to do. You do not want to put your cat on the
      Vets low protein diet. There are simply so many better options out there than to hand the poor cat a low amount of poor quality protein – which often results in a poor appetite and muscle wasting since the body is now robbing its own muscle mass to feed itself a decent quality and amount of protein.
      . There are new thoughts on this and the thinking is it is not the amount of protein but the quality of protein that matters.
      The Merck veterinary manual [www.merckvetmanual.com] says that cats need “4 g of protein of high biologic value per kg body wt/day”. That’s about 7 calories from protein per pound body weight per day. If a cat isn’t a good eater and consumes, say, 20 calories per pound per day, then 7/20 = 35% of calories can safely be from protein. It must be high quality protein, which means meat, milk, and eggs, and not grain or soy.

      I am under the assumption that you have been feeding mostly dry foods. Many use a vegetable based protein instead of animal and that is part of the problem.. Your cat needs protein as it is a carnivore and cutting down on it will lead to other health issues and may cause faster degeneration.
      You want to cut down on phosphorous (no fish allowed now)

      The best way to do this is with a raw diet which you can make yourself or buy. (Making yourself is better) link provided at the bottom
      If you are unwilling to do that then something like the non fish flavors of Wellness or Merrick with NO grains are good alternatives. Wysong is also a good canned choice. This list gives a breakdown. Remember you want low phosphorous

      http://binkyspage.tripod.com/CanFoodOld.…

      http://binkyspage.tripod.com/CanFoodNew.…

      You should be giving sub-Q fluids as needed.

      You also will want to look into phosphorous binders. Something like aluminum hydroxide
      Ask your vet or look into calcitrol

      You may want to talk to the vet about having injectable Pepcid AC on hand or you can buy it in pill form (ac not plain pepcid) and give 1/4 tab for stomach upset which happens a lot in crf cats due to acid in the stomach.
      I hope this stuff helps, here are many links for you
      Please read this about diet

      http://www.littlebigcat.com/index.php?ac…

      Making cat food

      http://www.catinfo.org/makingcatfood.htm

      other links. Read, read, read!!!!

      http://www.felineoutreach.org/EducationD…

      http://www.marvistavet.com/html/kidney_f…

      http://www.felinecrf.org/

      c

      About that vets diet. This report is for dogs but applies to cats

      http://mousabilities.com/nutrition/crf/b…

      http://www.geocities.com/Vienna/Opera/21…

  31. QUESTION:
    Our cat is diagnosed Chronic renal failure and has a very high Crea 954. What can we do to help her?
    Foxie had her diagnosis one week ago and has been given intravenous fluids 200-350 ml per day for 7 days now, she is also medicating for high blood pressure, Norvasc 5mg Amiodipin 1/4 of tablett per day, and Renalzin for high phosphates. New tests show no change:

    Creatinine >900
    Urea high 41
    Phosphate high 4.3
    Blood pressure high 170
    HCT 19.2%

    The kidneys have been examined with ultrasound, and they are damaged, but our veterinarian says he has seen much worse. The urine concentration is normal.

    She is eating every day, not so much, but app 60-80 g of wetfood per day. We give special diet, but also normal food. Anything to make her eat!!

    Foxie is a stray cat, but we estimate her age to something between 4-8 years old. She has been with us for one year.

    Is there anything more to do? Any new treatments? Do we continue with fluid every day?

    We are willing to do everything to help Foxie, no matter the cost.

    We really hope someone can help us!

    Annette

    Annette

    • ANSWER:
      Join the Yahoo Groups feline crf support group. http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/Feline-CRF-Support/

      And check out these sites http://www.felinecrf.com/ and http://www.felinecrf.org/
      on this page here is a list of tips for getting your cat to eat. http://www.felinecrf.com/managd.htm

      Continue giving the fluids at the amount and frequency prescribed by your vet And yes there are other things you can do.. Like phosphorus binders added to each meal. ( an inexpensive kind is aluminum hydroxide dry gel powder)
      Something that may help nausea due to stomach acid is famotidine (Pepcid AC) 2.5 or 5 mg once or twice a day. (so 1/4 or 1/2 of a 10 mg tablet).
      and there are some new medicines.
      But discuss with your vet, check out those sites, and join that group and ask questions on there. Best wishes to you and Foxie.

  32. QUESTION:
    Chronic renal failure?
    Scenario B: Chronic renal failure. Mr. Hodges, a 73-year-old man, has had congestive heart failure for the past 5 years. His doctor has told him that his heart is not functioning well, needing more and more medicine to maintain circulatory function. He has noticed that he is not urinating more than once a day.

    oWhy is the condition of Mr. Hodges’s kidneys affecting the rest of his body?
    oAs his chronic renal failure worsens what other symptoms and signs might occur in his respiratory, digestive, nervous, and urinary systems?
    oWhat is causing Mr. Hodges’s kidney disease?
    oWhat are possible treatment options and prognosis?

    • ANSWER:
      so this is why the nurses at the nursing homes are so clueless they ask all their questions on yahoo answers.

      He has Congestive heart failure, that is the reason for his kidney disease. there is less blood flow to the kidney. fluid leaks into the interstitial compartments.

      dyspenia, troble breathing, a specfic condition known as PND he will wake up in the middle of night short of breath, this is because when you fall asleep blood seeps into your intravasculat compartment (up to 1 liter), thisis really a horrible condition, its just like torture. Pray that you never have to witness it.

      kidney disease is secondary to heart failure BASED SOLELY on the information provided. though there is a labyrhinth of possabliities

      diretucs (not so much because of his RF), digitalis, if he’s on an ace inhibitor and having those symptoms it might be due to renal artery stenosis…. in that case the ace inhibitor is counterproductive and contributing to his renal failure (RF).

      for that part I will link you to my other answer. do tell this to all patients like this. God will reward you for it!!

      Google the following..

      Dr Stephen Sinatra “Metabolic Cardiology” or any other books by him, he is a cardiologist (cardiac surgeon)with over 30 years of experience, and made his own protocol.

      he says something liek this in his book, but I suggest yuor read it/google it.
      D-Ribose: 15 Grams per day cost is like ~ for 8oz
      Coenzyme Q10: 400mg (atleast 1 to 2 times per day) for 60 capsules
      L-Carnitine (1.5 to 3 grams per day) get the powdered form its alot cheaper. ~ if not you can buy the tablets . (500mg each)
      Magnesium Supplements (atleast 400mg per day)
      Taurine: (atleast 1 gram per day, up to 4 grams maybe more i don’t remember the top bracket of it) for 300 tablets 500 mg each. about a few months supply.

      and check the following treatments, he likely has CHF or congestive heart failure he needs this treatment called EECP (35 treatments where they put blood pressure cuffs on the patients legs and abdoment to pump blood back to the heart for 1 hr a day for 35 days to make it stronger, (increased ejection fraction). It makes new blood vessels to that they can get blood to the damaged tissue and save it. It has been shown to IMPROVE heart function. It was just approved after 50 years of research.

      If you have cardiomyopathy look into stem cells, they can be found in thailand, mexico, the carribean and india. some are cheaper than others.

  33. QUESTION:
    is there any stem cell research going on into chronic renal failure?
    one kidney being multi cycstic and the other being dilated I know the conventional outcome is a transplant I would like to know if there is any radical or ground breaking treatment for this condition & if so whether someone would take on a child to conduct such a procedure.

    • ANSWER:
      Renal failure has lots of causes, any treatment would have to specific for the individual cause.

      I tried to set up some info here but the cut and paste would be obscenly long.

      Go to the link below and type in polycystic kidney and you will get a list of studies/trials and who to contact to get involved.

  34. QUESTION:
    Risks of a health identical twin donating a kidney to their very weak unhealthy sibling w/renal failure?
    I’m sure the healthy donor would be ok, but what about the unhealthy recipient?

    -The possible recipient lives off of a feeding tube and is pretty frail.
    - Recipient also has Parkinson’s disease & movement is very restrictive to some use of a walker.
    - Recipient also had been hospitalized multiple times for urinary track infection, blood infection, and did start showing some signs of kidney damage from infection.

    All this involved a couple family members some time back, and the twins are elderly, in their 60′s.

    Would a transplant be a feasible option? Dialysis?

    I’m guessing no… since the ill person did pass away pretty quickly, I’m just wondering about the “what ifs” and would these treatments have done a lot of good?

    • ANSWER:
      Did the sick one actually have renal failure? You only mention “showing signs of kidney damage”. The recipient needs to be healthy enough to survive the surgery and cannot have a transplant if any infection, especially blood infection, is present.

      Usually if someone is in renal failure, the doctors will put them on dialysis before doing a kidney transplant. It is possible that medical problems other than kidney failure were present and responsible for the death. In that case, a kidney transplant would not have helped.

  35. QUESTION:
    Should I trust the vet with her diagnosis of my cat? What does this sound like to you? I suspect renal failure?
    My 15 year old indoor cat Pookie’s health has seemed to decline over the last year with lack of grooming, looking frail, and increased thirst. Previously the vet has minimized these symptoms by saying her issues are from aging but otherwise “Pookie was healthy”. I put her in the hospital Saturday after she had diarrhea, vomiting (saliva) , and extreme weakness. I thought she was dying. The vet said she thinks it’s a stomach issue. They gave her an antibiotic shot, dewormer and fluids. Vet said Pookie’s kidney values were slightly elevated to a 5, but that didn’t indicate failure.Everything else in the bloodwork was normal. Now that she’s home she seems so weak and just sleeps, but is walking around a little and eating a little. I’m thinking this could be renal failure since Pookie had stones removed several years ago and
    the thirst, loss of weight, and lack of grooming happening before the recent vomiting and diarrhea. The vet wants to see if her stomach treatment works, and then do x-rays and ultra sounds on Pookie’s belly. I’m wondering if this treatment the vet is suggesting is just a money pit unrelated to what’s really going on here. Sorry for the long post. I just want to do what’s best for Pookie. I hate to be shoving dewormer down her throat and subjecting her to stomach scopes when she’s actually got a kidney issue. Any tips appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      The blood tests would show crf (kidney failure) so that is not it. The next step is an ultra sound to find out if there are any tumors or such
      It is expensive. I hope all turns out ok

  36. QUESTION:
    can herbal medicines help cure kidney failure?
    my husband was diagnosed with renal failure last feb 2007, he is now under hemodialysis treatment….but still we are looking for some alternative medicine that can help or cure his disease. can somebody help us to look for alternative medicine. or is there somebody with the same case that could help us.

    • ANSWER:
      As of today, there is NO cure for kidney failure. It is not a death sentence however. I have lived with kidney failure for 10 years (I am middle-aged) and have been on peritoneal dialysis, hemodialysis and had two kidney transplants. And life still goes on.

      Please be careful with your husband using herbal medicines which can kill what little kidney function your husband still has left. He should talk to his kidney doctor (nephrologist) and renal dietician about what won’t interfere with the medicines that he is already taking.

  37. QUESTION:
    Old Cat with Chronic Renal Failure?
    Hi,

    I have a 14 year old cat that was diagnosed with CRF about 2 weeks ago. He was hospitalized for 4 days, and we took him back home for home treatment.

    Unfortunatley, his situation has deteriorated. He stopped eating and was becoming extremley lethargic. In addition to givig him IV treatment at home, we were forcefeeding him. However, despite all this, he became worse. The last few days he was very dehydrated. I took him to the vet today, and they gave him IV fluids – a pretty large amount. I think this may have compounded the problem as well. His stomach is large (probably from the fluids), and he seems like he is in pain. He has extreme difficulty walking, and can barely stand on his own feet. He is basically staying at the same place, motionless.

    He’s also behaving differently. Usually he’s pretty responsive and interactive (even while sick), but after I got him back from the vet today he started hissing and being aggressive with me. I can’t even touch him without him responding angrily.

    I made the decision to euthanize him on Monday (vet will be coming to my place). However, in the meantime, is there anything I can do to help? Is he overhydrated?
    Just Further details:

    My cat can’t walk!!
    I called my vet, and she said because he was given a lot of subQ IV, it will take time to be fully absorbed into his body and he will be a bit uncomfortable until then. I’m just worried because he when he tries to walk, he can’t even lift his legs up…he alsmot drags himself across the room. When he tries to stand, he legs just give up and they spread apart on the floor. Any reason for this?

    • ANSWER:

  38. QUESTION:
    Cat with Chronic Renal Failure?
    Can anyone help me please? My cat was diagnosed with CRF in February this year. He is only 10 years old. I went to the vet with him this week and he was kept in and put on an IV drip for 3 days. When I collected him today they said that his Urea was 33.6 mml1/L and his Creatinine was 368 umo1/L. I was then told that my cat had not got long to live.

    I give him SubQ fluids (100ml) every other day and his is on 1 Fortekor tablet daily and I am to continue with this. That is all the treatment he is being given.

    Now my cat eats well and drinks a little more than normal. He uses his letter tray to do his one and twos. He still plays normally. His weight at present is 9 lbs. (lost 4 ozs recently). I feed him on Felix select cuts chicken pouches, as he will not eat any of the precription food on the market. (tried most of them),

    I read in a natural remides cat book that cats with very poor blood tests invollving the kidneys will often improve dramatically on RAW MEAT. It’s reshness and naturalness of this most appropriate food source for cats – raw meat – that drives the healing process. The vitality in the meat is trasferred to the weakend organ for effective repair.
    Has anyone got any experience in feeding his or her cat with raw meat? Does it work? If so should I also give my cat vitamins too as he would not be getting any from raw meat.

    I love my cat to bits as he is not only my friend and my constant companion too.

    Does anyone know how I can get my cats Urea and Creatinine lower?

    Desperate for any help or advise please.

    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      I don’t know that raw meat does what you expect but it is appropriate for your cat even with this disease. it also has to be specially prepared
      Please check out the links and join the yahoo group
      The very best of luck
      Treatment of Chronic Renal Failure

      If your cat is not in final stages, this is not want you want to do. You do not want to put your cat on the
      Vets low protein diet. There are simply so many better options out there than to hand the poor cat a low amount of poor quality protein – which often results in a poor appetite and muscle wasting since the body is now robbing its own muscle mass to feed itself a decent quality and amount of protein.
      . There are new thoughts on this and the thinking is it is not the amount of protein but the quality of protein that matters.
      The Merck veterinary manual [www.merckvetmanual.com] says that cats need “4 g of protein of high biologic value per kg body wt/day”. That’s about 7 calories from protein per pound body weight per day. If a cat isn’t a good eater and consumes, say, 20 calories per pound per day, then 7/20 = 35% of calories can safely be from protein. It must be high quality protein, which means meat, fish, milk, and eggs, and not grain or soy.

      I am under the assumption that you have been feeding mostly dry foods. Many use a vegetable based protein instead of animal and that is part of the problem.. Your cat needs protein as it is a carnivore and cutting down on it will lead to other health issues and may cause faster degeneration.
      You want to cut down on phosphorous (no fish allowed now)

      The best way to do this is with a raw diet which you can make yourself or buy. (Making yourself is better) link provided at the bottom
      If you are unwilling to do that then something like the non fish flavors of Wellness or Merrick with NO grains are good alternatives. Wysong is also a good canned choice. This list gives a breakdown. Remember you want low phosphorous

      http://www.geocities.com/jmpeerson/CanFoodOld.html

      You should be giving sub-Q fluids as needed.

      You also will want to look into phosphorous binders. Something like aluminum hydroxide
      Ask your vet or look into calcitrol

      You may want to talk to the vet about having injectable Pepcid AC on hand or you can buy it in pill form (ac not plain pepcid) and give 1/4 tab for stomach upset which happens a lot in crf cats due to acid in the stomach.
      I hope this stuff helps, here are many links for you
      Making cat food

      http://www.catinfo.org/makingcatfood.htm

      other links. Read, read, read!!!!

      http://www.felineoutreach.org/EducationDetail.asp?cat=KidneyDisease

      http://www.marvistavet.com/html/kidney_failure_where_to_begin.html

      http://www.felinecrf.org/

      http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/FelineCRF/?v=1&t=search&ch=web&pub=groups&sec=group&slk=3

      http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/Feline-Phosphorus-Management/?v=1&t=search&ch=web&pub=groups&sec=group&slk=5

      About that vets diet. This report is for dogs but applies to cats

      http://mousabilities.com/nutrition/crf/bovee_protein_RD.pdf

      http://www.geocities.com/Vienna/Opera/21…

  39. 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:

  40. QUESTION:
    Help i have a quiz PLLEEAASEE?
    1. A possible treatment of acute renal failure is:
    A. Long-term dialysis
    B. There is no cure; it will become chronic.
    C. Short-term dialysis
    D. It is always fatal.

    2. The five-year survival rate for Adenocarcinoma of the kidney is:
    A. 25
    B. 50
    C. 75
    D. 90-100

    3. The most common neoplasm of the urinary tract is:
    A. Adenocarcinoma of the kidney.
    B. Transitional Cell Carcinoma.
    C. Basal Cell Carcinoma
    D. Malignant Melanoma

    4. What age group is most commonly affected by incontinence?
    A. Mid-30′s
    B. Mid-50′s
    C. Seniors
    D. Teenagers

    5.Which of the following is not a possible contributor of incontinence?
    A. Pregnancy
    B. Enlarged prostate
    C. Too much to eat
    D. Kidney stones

    6. Cystitis refers to:
    A. any infection of the urinary tract.
    B. infection of the urethra.
    C. kidney infection.
    D. bladder infection.

    7. A supplement that might be needed when taking diuretics is:
    A. iron.
    B. salt.
    C. potassium.
    D. calcium.

    8. Nocturia refers to:
    A. frequent urination.
    B. urination at night
    C. lack of urination.
    D. painful urination

    • ANSWER:
      LOL…here are your answers..

      1. C.
      2. Survival rate depends on stage. Overall, it is about 65%, so you pick which one you want to choose 50 or 75%
      3. A
      4. C
      5. Bad question. Answer can be C or D.
      6. D
      7. C
      8. B

      Good luck.

  41. QUESTION:
    kidney stones or renal calculi?
    I want to know is laser technique used for breaking kidney stones safe?
    Any other treatment for kidney stones?
    Do kidney stones lead to total renal failure or renal failure is due to other reasons as well?
    please help.

    • ANSWER:
      the laser treatment is very safe,but like any other procedure it has risks which your doctor can explain to you…only other treatment for stones would be soundwave that break them up and just letting them pass naturally which is painful until they pass…stones themsleves dont lead to failure..that is something totally different and can be too complicated to explain here

  42. QUESTION:
    Can a diabetic 86 yr old benefit from dialysis treatment and maintain a good quality of life?
    My 86 yr old grandmother has decided that she wants to pursue dialysis treatment for end-stage renal failure. She has diabetes that is pretty well maintained along with mild anemia and hypertension (again well controlled with medication). And while she has not had any major issues with her heart (a few angina attacks that were immediately relieved with nitroglycerin), we assume that even that organ is affected by the diabetes. I would like to know if anybody has had any experience with elderly people on dialysis who have comorbid conditions. And I know that dialysis is not a cure but merely life-support.

    • ANSWER:
      My grandmother was on dialysis for three years before she passed at 89. She wasn’t diabetic, and she was put onto a dialysis regimen fairly soon after her renal failure diagnosis. It was really hard on her. She was constantly bruised-not just at the port site, but anywhere she even lightly bumped. It drained her of all her energy. It would take her a few days to recover and she would carry on her daily personal care and even managed baking cookies and things for the staff at the center where she took her treatments, but other than that, she didn’t do much. She stopped grocery shopping and cleaning house and after about a year and a half, she moved in with my folks. It is pretty fair to say that the dialysis took over her life.

  43. QUESTION:
    What treatment is there for long term joint and bone pain caused by hypercalcaemia?
    My 55 year old gran was given the wrong dose of calcium supplements by her GP. This caused hypercalcaemia, and then renal failure. After going into hospital, both of these conditions were sorted. However, a year later, she can still barely walk due to excruciating pain in her ankle area. Why is this? And what can be done to help? Thanks. If anyone knows of any other websites where I can maybe get detailed answers, I’d be very grateful. We’re just stumped for answers right now.

    • ANSWER:
      Honestly, any medication has side effects, the worst being when you run out, the pain comes back, and because you’re used to being in less pain, normal pain feels awfully worse. With meds one must also take them regularly. Organs don’t like that, nor do blood vessels and bones, really.

      There are special little devices that work by giving very smll electric impulses. This is supposed to take one’s mind off the other pain. I don’t find they work as well as some suggest.

      HERE is some VERY interesting reading about a whole different source of pain management, something just about everyone but hippies and est-Asians were sceptical about before these experiments were conducted. An MRI of the pain receptor area of the brain was taken while acupuncture was being performed. This is just one example of one study. It’s been found to help bone pain in many cases, as well. Google away! But first read this:

  44. QUESTION:
    How Many Dialysis Patients Suspect That This Industry Operates Primarily For Profit, And Not For Patients?
    Do your natural instincts tell you that something insidious is going on at your dialysis center?
    Do you suspect that your center staff orders unnecessary drugs, surgeries and excessive treatments for you, not because they benefit you, but because they make money for the center?
    Do you feel like the “End Stage Renal Failure Industry” Is trying to turn You Into “A Slave For Profit?”
    If so, Please!- Please!; register your questions, comments or complaints here.
    I am currently conducting research on the subject.
    Thank you,
    Gregory R. Coleman

    • ANSWER:

  45. QUESTION:
    what happens if dialysis can’t be pumped in through vein in arm?
    I am back. Yesterday my dad survived the surgery to implant the cathita in his neck, for his initial dialysis treatment., They are having trouble finding a good vein, for the final portal. They told my mom, they are not sure if they will be able to get it into his vein. They also said he can”t continue to get it through his neck. Again, he has several other complications. I was told he would die, if he starts to reject dialysis? Is this correct? He was in total renal failure for a second time in one month.

    • ANSWER:
      All right, this can be complicated, but I’ll try to help you out. The catheter that was used for your dad’s dialysis can stay there for now, so he is in no imminent danger. The doctors will dialyze him and prevent him from having complications from renal failure. They are right in saying that the neck catheter can not stay there for a long time and in fact anything longer than a week will expose him to an increased risk of infection. If he needs dialysis for a long term, he will get what is called a “tunneled chest dialysis catheter,” which is inserted by a surgeon into the skin in his chest and then tracked under the skin towards the big veins in his lower neck. That catheter can stay there for months. Ultimately, it would be nice if he could get a permanent aorto-venous fistula (AVF), or a port that you have mentioned. That could be worked on once he gets out of the hospital and feels better while dialysing through his chest catheter. AVF needs about 8-10 weeks to heal, by the way, and thus could not be used right away anyway. If he truly is in renal failure, he can die without dialysis, but I am sure they will find a way to dialyze him. They do it all the time.

      Hope that helps and good luck,

      -Halso04

  46. QUESTION:
    need home remedy for gout?
    My fiance is a cardiac patient who was on allopurinol for years. they took him off of some of his meds so they could figure out what he needed and didn’t need. he went into congestive heart failure a while back and they rapidly infused him with lasix to remove 3.5 liters of fluid. the lasix was so strong it put him into renal failure and in the treatment of that he has developed 2 acute cases of gout in left hand and wrist. he is beginning to feel this type of pain in alot of other joints. they gave him colthrecine to rid the gout but it is making him very wet. swollen extremetie and severe diarrhea. is there any home treatment or anything he can do to rid this bout? they already put him back on allopurinol but state that it wont help rid the gout but it should help to keep it from happening which is a good thing. but what i need to know, is there any remedies that relieve the pain?

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.ayushveda.com/homeremedies/gout.htm READ THIS hth

  47. QUESTION:
    what are the neurological complications of cerebral malaria?
    1)What are the neurological complications of Cerebral Malaria?
    It was Four years back since I have suffered from an attack of malaria.And, the onset of illness was a week back with complaints of headache,fever,nausea and vomiting. Then, I was admitted to hospital and I had been stayed in Coma for seven days. Blood smears confirmed infestation by falciparum malaria.
    And its complications followed by Acute Renal Failure then immediate hemodialsis treatment started with all supportive care, after third session my condition markedly improved but I have developed psycho-neurological symptom complex.
    After three weeks of stay in the hospital, Liver and renal function tests markedly reduced, then I was partially recovered and discharged.
    Although, EEG and MRI imaging four weeks after the onset of illness have shown normal findings, I was told by the doctor as I have brain stem encephalopathy and peripheral neuropathy.
    I am now a 36 years old man having difficulty in walking as well as writing. And also I have minimal difficulty to talk. I have visited so far to notable neurologists in this country, but all recommend me one thing ‘’physical exercise’’ however, my conditions get worsening while I started to exercise. Now, I have stopped all exercises except the occupational therapy and walking using a standing frame.
    2)What will you recommend me to be able to walk again and work independently?

    • ANSWER:
      habtu – Neurologic effects have been reported in children but have not been described in detail in adults. The most striking findings were neuropsychological disorders, in particular memory impairment and diffuse white matter damage on magnetic resonance imaging. Only three of the patients had made a full recovery after 6 months.
      In adults, sequelae are less common, and range from 3–10% in prevalence in India, 10% of adults had neurological sequelae on discharge, including psychosis (4%), cerebellar ataxia (3%), and extrapyramidal rigidity or hemiplegia.45 The depth and duration of coma and multiple convulsions were independent risk factors for neurological sequelae.

      Subtle deficits (for example, cognitive difficulties, language and behavior problems) are increasingly recognized, and have been documented in 24% of children after recovery from cerebral malaria. The prevalence of these impairments in adults or after other forms of severe malaria is not known, because of lack of long-term follow-up studies with neuropsychological examinations.
      Continue to exercise and remain active.

  48. 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

  49. QUESTION:
    Methamazole / acute kidney failure?
    My cat was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. She was put on methamazole 1/2 twice daily. She had her blood tests, & the levels were still high. So the vet prescribed 1 tablet twice daily. She was on this for about 6 months. The last blood test showed the level of thyroid hormone was undetectable. Too low, vet quickly lowered back to the first dose. Before I even had the new dose in her but 1 day, she became quite tired. I called the vet er, they said maybe it needed to get out of her system. Soon she could barely move, & eventually fell over in the kitchen. I took her to the vet er, she was in acute kidney failure. I had to help her out of pain. I am devistated. as this was a complete shock. The symptoms began & ended all within 3 days. I am wondering if a cats body can change as far as levels, & what could have caused her kidney failure that quick. I also had a male, w/ hyperthyroidism & kidney disease, he was treated also with methamazole, 1/2 tablet once a day. Also a blood pressure pill. He did go blind, as his retinas detached. It was a miracle, a day after treatment of the high blood pressure, he focused on me. He got his sight back! He was going downhill though still, as he was 15. The female above was 14. After she died, it was only 2 days, & my boy couldn’t even walk, as a Mom, I had to help him also. They got the blood tests at the same time, his level was perfect she said. I had no idea he had the thyroid problem til he lost his sight. I lost my two best friends in the same week. I noticed with both of them, after starting the methamazole, they stopped purring. Were not the same little “people” they used to be. I know I did the right thing for them, as they were older, and the blood tests came back horrible. There was nothing I could do. I need to know if this medication may have threw them both into renal failure. I am 42, an adult woman, its been a week….& I’m still crying like a child. Any opinion, advice, or answers would mean alot. Thank you.
    Apologizing ahead, as this is my first time here, on questions. I may have put this in the wrong category. Thought I put it on “Pets”…looks like it appeared on “diseases”?? I hope others can find it. Thank you ahead for any replies that are given, it means so much. I want to do the very best I can with any extra knowledge. I have one cat left, “Furgis”….and I want to do the best I can for him. He is only 6…..I want him to live a long and happy life.

    • ANSWER:
      I had a cat that lived to be 19. The last 6 years of his life he was on methamazole. It did wonders for his hyperthyroidism.
      Sometimes the best efforts of the vets just don’t do the trick. I am so sorry you lost your cats. They really are wonderful creatures. Please get another one or two that need homes.

  50. QUESTION:
    anyone any answers for the following ? How does this disease effect a person daily living? & phyical being?
    Also, what are the long term effects wil renal failure have on a persons physically & psychosocially with and without treatment??
    the disease is renal (kidney) failure

    • ANSWER:
      Without treatment, renal failure runs a downhill course. However, with treatment, the condition can be ameliorated to a certain extent and for a certain period. Yes, this condition causes serious psychosocial and physical effects.

      However, the best thing of modern medicine is that a cure/remedy is at hand by way of renal transplant, where healthy kidneys from a donor can be exchanged with those that have stopped functioning, thus providing long term succor.