Drug Treatment For Chronic Kidney Disease

Chronic kidney stone treatment

Accumulation of calcium and other dietary minerals and forming into small pieces of stone like substance in the kidney can be the reason for kidney stones and in medical parlance this condition is known as ureterolithiasis. 80% kidney stones, whether they are calcium stones, struvite stones, uric acid stones, cystine stones or other types of Kidney stones are successfully treated without surgery.

The symptoms of kidney stones are: pain in the flank, lower abdomen and groin, pain on urination, pink, red or brown urine nausea and vomiting, persistent urge to urinate and fever and chills, if an infection is present.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Will cheap imported food cause the next health crisis?

    Read the article and think about it?

    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/11/29/IN9N14C47T.DTL

    Some quotes to note (although I recommend a reading of the whole article).

    Some quotes:

    “…The past decade witnessed the massive offshoring of jobs to low-cost countries, decimating the U.S. manufacturing base.

    “…Almost a quarter of the average American’s food is imported. But increasingly, imports are from developing countries that do not meet U.S. standards regarding sanitation, worker safety, environmental practices, quality of ingredients and treatment of animals.”

    “…There are 12 federal agencies administering 35 different food safety laws. The Food and Drug Administration inspected only 52 Chinese plants from 1998 to 2005. At U.S. ports, only 1 percent of imported food is tested for biological contaminants.”

    “…To make matters worse, the FDA does not check for nonorganic contaminants, such as heavy metal, that may be present in produce, fish and dietary supplements. Moreover, savvy suppliers sometimes reroute products, especially seafood, to an inland port such as Las Vegas – which has no FDA inspectors.”

    “…2008 federal study reports that the prevalence of chronic kidney disease in the United States has increased from 20 percent to 25 percent in the past decade – and for older Americans, it is significantly higher. Is it a coincidence that these trends parallel the imports from China?”

    How many Americans will die premature deaths because of the combination of globalization of the food supply and lack of inspection and regulation?

    Is it time to pressure the congress to compel the FxDA to act in the interests of the people instead of the multinational corporations?

    • ANSWER:
      Hope not. And do not buy anything from the Far East. In fact, if it isn’t manufactured, (not just distributed, and if you can’t find the country of origin, don’t buy it), in the United States, put it back.

  2. QUESTION:
    What is left for me to say…..?
    I typed up a report on diabetes, it is supposed to be 6 pages dubble spaced, but now i don’t know what else to put, all i need is a half a page more. Thank you!

    Diabetes Type 1
    Diabetes is a disease in which blood glucose levels are above normal. People with diabetes have problems using food for energy. After a meal, carbohydrates in food are broken down into a sugar called glucose, which is carried by the blood to cells throughout the body. Cells require insulin, a hormone made in the pancreas, to help use blood glucose for energy. People develop diabetes because the pancreas does not make enough insulin or because the cells in the muscles, liver, and fat do not respond to insulin properly, or both. As a result, the amount of glucose in the blood increases while the cells are starved of energy.
    Prior to 1997, the type of diabetes typically diagnosed in young people was called juvenile diabetes or type 1. Diabetes emerging in adults was called adult-onset diabetes or type 2. Then in 1997, the official names of the types were changed to type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetes is the second most common chronic disease in children (after asthma). About 13,000 new cases are diagnosed in the U.S. each year. Patients with type 1 diabetes make up about 5 percent of all cases of diabetes. It most commonly appears in girls and boys when they are about 14 years old. Usually, type 1 diabetes is first diagnosed in children, teenagers, or young adults but it can occur at any age. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks the beta cells in the pancreas that make insulin. As a result, the pancreas does not make insulin, a hormone which helps use blood sugar (glucose) for energy. The cells become starved of energy and there is an excess of glucose in the blood. People with Type 1 diabetes must have daily injections of insulin to live. Proper diet, exercise and home blood sugar monitoring are essential to manage the disease. Food and exercise must also be balanced because of the risk of hypoglycemia, low blood sugar, and hyperglycemia, high blood sugar. Both are life threatening concerns. When hypoglycemia develops, cells are not getting enough glucose. Confusion, loss of consciousness, comma and death results when the brain is deprived of glucose for too long. Hyperglycemia and prolonged absence of insulin may lead to ketoacidosis, the accumulation of ketones in the blood when the body uses fat for energy instead of glucose. Ketones make the blood acidic and slow down all body functions. Like hypoglycemia, hyperglycemia can also lead to comma and death. The only cure available today for type 1 diabetes is a pancreas transplant, which is rarely done. Because both pancreas transplants and kidney transplants require lifelong use of powerful drugs to suppress immune reactions that can reject the organs, pancreatic transplants are usually done to those with type 1 diabetes who also need a kidney transplant. The side effects of immune- suppressive drugs can be severe and even worse than the disease. One or two people out of every 10 who get the surgery die within a year. Also the new pancreas is rejected by half of the people who get this operation. If the transplant fails, diabetes returns. Recently, experimental treatments with stem cells have shown some promise. For most people, type 1 diabetes is a life-long disease that can be effectively managed with insulin.

    Signs and Symptoms of Type 1 Diabetes
    •Urinates frequently. The kidneys respond to high levels of glucose in the bloodstream by flushing out the extra glucose in urine. A child with diabetes needs to urinate more frequently and in larger volumes.
    •Is abnormally thirsty. Because the child is loosing so much fluid from peeing so much, he or she becomes very thirsty to help avoid becoming dehydrated. A child who has developed diabetes drinks a lot in an attempt to keep the level of body water normal.
    •Loses weight. (or fails to gain weight as he or she grows) in spite of a good appetite. Kids and teens who develop type 1 diabetes may have an increased appetite, but often lose weight. This is because the body breaks down muscle and stored fat in an attempt the provide fuel to the hungry cells.
    •Often feels tired. Because the body can’t use glucose for energy properly.

    But in some cases, other symptoms may be the signal that something is wrong. Sometimes the first sign of diabetes is bedwetting in a child who has been dry at night. The possibility of diabetes should also be suspected if a vaginal yeast infection (also called a Candida infection) occurs in a girl who hasn’t started puberty yet. If these early symptoms of diabetes aren’t recognized and treatment isn’t started, chemicals called ketones can build up in the child’s blood and cause stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, fruity- smelling breath, breathing problems; even loss of consciousness. Sometimes these symptoms are mistaken f

    • ANSWER:
      Watch out on using advice from yahoo answers if truthfulness is graded. While 80% of type 2′s are overweight, only 18% of obese people are diabetic.

  3. 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.

  4. QUESTION:
    If anyone has the time to read my responses to the MEPS questions and evaluate? 73 yes/no questions?
    1. Asthma, wheezing, or inhaler use – Yes, yes, yes. Very very mild.
    2. Dislocated joint, including knee, hip, shoulder, elbow, ankle or other joint – no
    3. Epilepsy, fits, seizures, or convulsions – no
    4. Sleepwalking – no
    5. Recurrent neck or back pain – no
    6. Rheumatic fever – no
    7. Foot pain – no
    8. A swollen, painful, or dislocated joint or fluid in a joint (knee, shoulder, wrist, elbow, etc.) – no
    9. Double vision – no
    10. Periods of unconsciousness – no
    11. Frequent or severe headaches causing loss of time from work or school or taking medication to prevent frequent or severe headaches – no
    12. Wear contact lenses (If so, bring your contact lens kit and solution so you can remove your contact when we test your vision at the MEPS; also, if you have a pair of eyeglasses, bring them with you no matter how old they are.) – no
    13. Fainting spells or passing out – no
    14. Head injury, including skull fracture, resulting in concussion, loss of consciousness, headaches, etc. – no
    15. Back surgery – no
    16. Seen a psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker, counselor or other professional for any reason (inpatient or outpatient) including counseling or treatment for school, adjustment, family, marriage or any other problem, to include depression, or treatment for alcohol, drug or substance abuse – no
    # 17. Any of the following skin diseases: Eczema – no
    # Psoriasis
    # Atopic dermatitis

    18. Irregular heartbeat, including abnormally rapid or slow heart rates – no
    19. Allergic to bee, wasp, or other insect stings (itching/swelling all over and/or get short of breath) – no
    20. Heart murmur, valve problem or mitral valve prolapse – no
    21. Allergic to wool – no
    22. Heart surgery – no
    23. Been rejected for military service (temporary or permanent) for medical or other reasons – no
    24. Any other heart problems – no
    25. High blood pressure – no
    26. Discharged from military service for medical reasons – no
    27. Ulcer (stomach, duodenum or other part of intestine) – no
    28. Received disability compensation for an injury or other medical condition – no
    29. Hepatitis (liver infection or inflammation) – no
    30. Intestinal obstruction (locked bowels), or any other chronic or recurrent intestinal problem, including small intestine or colon problems, such as Crohn’s disease or colitis – I was once severely constipated, does that count?
    31. Detached retina or surgery for a detached retina – no
    32. Surgery to remove a portion of the intestine (other than the appendix) – no
    33. Any other eye condition, injury or surgery – no
    34. Are you over 40? (If so, call the MEPS for information on special requirements for over-40 physicals) – no
    35. Gall bladder trouble or gall stones – no
    36. Jaundice – no
    37. Missing a kidney – no
    38. Allergy to common food (milk, bread, eggs, meat, fish or other common food) – no
    39. (Females only) Abnormal PAP smear or gynecological problem
    40. (Males only) Missing a testicle, testicular implant, or undescended testicle – no
    41. Broken bone requiring surgery to repair (with or without pins, plates, screws or other metal fixation devices used in repair) – i fractured the ligaments in my knee in 5th grade, no more issues with my knee.
    42. Ruptured or bulging disk in your back or surgery for a ruptured or bulging disk – no
    43. Thyroid condition or take medication for your thyroid – no
    44. Limitation of motion of any joint, including knee, shoulder, wrist, elbow, hip or other joint – no
    45. Drug or alcohol rehab – no
    46. Kidney, urinary tract or bladder problems, surgery, stones or other urinary tract problems – no
    47. Sugar, protein or blood in urine – no
    48. Surgery on a bone or joint (knee, shoulder, elbow, wrist, etc.) including Arthroscopy with normal findings – no
    49. Taking any medications – no
    50. Pain or swelling at the site of an old fracture – no
    51. Perforated ear drum or tubes in ear drum(s) – no
    52. Anemia – no
    53. Ear surgery, to include mastoidectomy or repair of perforated ear drum, hearing loss or need/use a hearing aid – no
    54. Night blindness – no
    55. Arthritis – no
    56. Absence or disturbance of the sense of smell – no
    57. Absence or removal of the spleen, or rupture or tear of the spleen without removal – no
    58. Anorexia or other eating disorder – no
    59. Cracked bone or fracture(s) – the knee thing
    60. Bursitis – no
    61. Braces (If you wear or are planning on obtaining braces for your teeth, have the orthodontist submit a letter stating that braces will be removed before active duty date; release form and sample format can be found in the Recruiter’s Medical Guide.) – no
    62. Loss of finger, toe or part thereof – no
    63. Loss of the ability to fully flex (bend) or fully extend a finger, toe or other joint – no
    64. Shoulder, knee, or elbow problem (out of place) – no
    65. Locking of the knee or other joint – no
    66. Giving way of knee or other joint – no
    67. Cataracts or surgery for cataracts – no
    68. Eye surgery, including

    • ANSWER:
      1.Asthma, wheezing, or inhaler use – Yes, yes, yes. Very very mild.

      if you say yes to this they will DQ you

      30. Intestinal obstruction (locked bowels), or any other chronic or recurrent intestinal problem, including small intestine or colon problems, such as Crohn’s disease or colitis – I was once severely constipated, does that count?

      doesn’t count so just say no

      41. Broken bone requiring surgery to repair (with or without pins, plates, screws or other metal fixation devices used in repair) – i fractured the ligaments in my knee in 5th grade, no more issues with my knee.

      just say no if it doesn’t bother you anymore

      59. Cracked bone or fracture(s) – the knee thing

      say no

      this is how it works.. if you say “yes” to almost anything you will get DQ’ed

      meps motto…
      “yes” means Your Enlistment Stops
      “no” means Never ending Opportunities

  5. QUESTION:
    Marijuana versus Aspirin. If both were legal which would you choose?
    (All of this from an article written almost 2 years ago)

    When Bayer introduced aspirin in 1899, cannabis was America’s number one painkiller. Until marijuana prohibition began in 1937, the US Pharmacopoeia listed cannabis as the primary medicine for over 100 diseases. Cannabis was such an effective analgesic that the American Medical Association (AMA) argued against prohibition on behalf of medical progress. Since the herb is extremely potent and essentially non-toxic, the AMA considered it a potential wonder drug.

    Instead, the invention of aspirin gave birth to the modern pharmaceutical industry and Americans switched away from cannabis in the name of “progress.” But was it really progress? There can be no doubt that aspirin has a long history as the drug of choice for the self-treatment of migraines, arthritis, and other chronic pain. It is cheap and effective. But is it as safe as cannabis?

    History:

    -Marijuana has been used for over 5,000 years.
    -No one has ever overdosed on marijuana.
    -Aspirin has been used for 108 years.
    -Approximately 500 people die every year by taking aspirin

    The Law:

    -Marijuana is a Schedule 1 drug, meaning the US government believes it is extremely dangerous, highly addictive, and of no medical value.
    -Aspirin is available for pennies and can be purchased by children at any drug, grocery, or convenience store. Often they are just handed out free by people with no medical education.

    Marijuana side effects and dangers:

    -The dangers of marijuana include possible respiratory problems caused by the deposition of burnt plant material on the lungs. This danger can be eliminated with alternate forms of consumption such as eating or vaporizing the medicine.
    -For two to four hours, marijuana causes short-term memory loss, a slight reduction in reaction time, and a reduction in cognitive ability. These conditions DO NOT persist after the herb wears off.
    -Hunger
    -Paranoia
    -Laughter
    -Introspection
    -Creative Impulse
    -Euphoria
    -Tiredness
    -Forgetfulness
    -0 Mortality Rate

    Aspirin side effects and dangers:

    -When taken with alcohol, aspirin can cause stomach bleeding.
    -Reye Syndrome in children: fat begins to develop around the liver and other organs of the child, eventually putting severe pressure on the brain. Death is common within a few days.
    -People with hemophilia can die.
    -People with hyperthyroidism suffer elevated T4 levels.
    -Stomach problems include dyspepsia, heartburn, upset stomach, stomach ulcers with gross bleeding, and internal bleeding leading to anemia.
    -Dizziness, ringing in the ears, hearing loss, vertigo, vision disturbances, and headaches.
    -Heavy sweating
    -Irreversible liver damage
    -Inflamation and gradual destruction of the kidneys
    -Nausea and vomiting
    -Abdominal pain
    -Lethargy
    -Hyperthermia
    -Dyspepsia: a gnawing or burning stomach pain accompanied by bloating, heartburn, nausea, vomiting and burping.
    -Tachypnea: Abnormally fast breathing
    -Respiratory Alkalosis: a condition where the amount of carbon dioxide found in the blood drops to a level below normal range brought on by abnormally fast breathing.
    -Cerebral Edema: Water accumulates on the brain. Symptoms include headaches, decreased level of consciousness, loss of eyesight, hallucinations, psychotic behavior, memory loss and coma. If left untreated, it can lead to death.
    -Hallucinations, confusion, and seizure.
    -Prolonged bleeding after operations or post-trauma for up to 10 days after last aspirin.
    -Aspirin can interact with some other drugs, such as diabetes medication. Aspirin changes the way the body handles these drugs and can lead to a drug overdose and death.
    -It is used as an analgesic to relieve minor aches and pains.
    -Used as an antipyretic to reduce fever.
    -Used as an anti-inflammatory medication.
    -Aspirin is used in long-term, low doses to prevent heart attacks, strokes, and blood clot formation in people at high risk for developing blood clots.
    -It has also been established that low doses of aspirin may be given immediately after a heart attack to reduce the risk of another heart attack or of the death of cardiac tissue.
    -For 50-year-old men, taking an aspirin every day to prevent heart disease and stroke carries a risk of 10.4 deaths per 100,000 men per year over and above their overall death risk.
    If you think that cannabis is actually safer than aspirin, you are not alone. In October 2000, Dr. Leslie Iversen of the Oxford University Department of Pharmacology said the same thing.
    In her book, ‘The Science of Marijuana,’ Dr. Iversen presents the scientific evidence that cannabis is, by-and-large, a safe drug. Dr. Iversen found cannabis had “an impressive record” when compared to tobacco, alcohol, or even aspirin.
    “Tetrahydrocannabinol is a very safe drug,” she said. “Even such apparently innocuous medicines as aspirin and related steroidal anti-inflammatory compunds are not safe.”

    So if safety is your concern, cannabis is clearly a much better choice than aspirin. If you eat it or vaporize it, it just might be the safest painkiller the world has ever known.
    A lie? No I don’t want to get high. I want Medical Marijuana. (No not Marijuana, MEDICAL MARIJAUANA) to be legal under Federal Law. Please prove to me how any of this is a lie and I will listen.

    • ANSWER:
      Everything in this post is pretty much the truth…

      Marijuana smokers rarely get brown lung, asthma, emphysema, and many of the other respiratory illnesses that tobacco smokers often get…

      You CANNOT overdose on marijuana. Even if its high grade, the amount you would have to smoke is physically impossible to ingest in the time period required (if i remember correctly, the amount to OD is something like a pound in around 15 minutes, im not absolutely positive on this, it may be even more than the above amount)

      people have been smoking the plant for over 5,000 years, and not one death can be directly attributed to its use…

      So in short, you can overdose on aspirin. Heck you can even overdose on caffeine. So i think marijuana use (health wise) is a lot less harmful for your body than aspirin…


Dukan Diet Kidney Disease

The Dukan Diet has proven a success in people with a little weight to lose and for those who want to lose a lot of weight in a hurry. Dr. Dukan notes that our weight gain is a result of how many fat cells we have. When we overeat, we get to a certain point where the fat cells grow large enough that if we don’t stop the unhealthy cycle, they then split into two creating more fat cells.

In the third phase of the diet you can even have two meals a week of whatever you want. Have a meal in restaurant with a couple of glasses of wine if you like, you’ll deserve it after all that weight you’ve lost! In the final phase of the diet the only thing you have to commit to is one protein only day a week. Dr. Dukan suggests Thursday in his book and apparently, if you enter a restaurant in Paris on a Thursday you’ll see many slim women (and men) eating protein only meals.

Phase One: Attack You start in the first phase called the “attack” phase – lean proteins are your first stage of attack on your fat. You will only eat lean proteins, chicken, seafood, lean beef and lean ham as advised by Dr. Dukan. You can use lemon juice on fish or chicken. Stay away from fatty meats. You can enjoy shellfish like lobster and shrimp during this phase.

Dog Kidney Failure Treatment

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

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

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

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

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    is there hope?

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

    • ANSWER:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      http://www.dogaware.com

      (navigate to their Kidney disease section)
      and consider joining the K9 Kidney Group here on Yahoo.

      http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/K9KIDNEYS/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      sorry

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • ANSWER:
      I would try for the Care Credit card.. It is no-interest card to be used for veterinary care, and it allows up to 18 months to repay.. all of the vets in my state accept this card..
      You can apply on-line, and know within minutes if you have been approved.. All it requires is a steady source of income.

      http://carecredit.com/patients/whatis.htm

      For veterinary care, go to this page, and click on “professions’, and scroll down to ‘veterinary’.

      http://carecredit.com/providerloc/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Please help with any suggestions to alternative treatment

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Best wishes xxxx

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

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

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

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

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

      Abnormal urine is either red, reddish brown or orange.

      Urine is only clear when they drink lots of water.

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

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

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

      I hope this helps and wish your dog well!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • ANSWER:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Some history:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Thanks in advance.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    What should I do?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      I found this website for homeopathy for dogs, and lists certain conditions, I thought maybe you would want to check it out, then check with your vet if you see anything helpful

      http://www.holisticvetpetcare.com/dogs_preview.htm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Any help is greatly appreciated! Thanks.

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

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

    • ANSWER:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  46. QUESTION:
    Why does my Dog smell of ammonia (her EYES & FAECES)?
    My dog, Sami is a female 2.5 yrs old, and hasnt been de-sexed yet. Her father is a Rhodesian Ridgy x Bull Arab and her mother is a Kelpie x BoarderCollie. She is full of life and has an abundance of energy all the time. Her appetite is normal. Hey eyes smell of ammonia and sometimes her faeces.
    I had a dog Jesse who unfortunately died a fews years from kidney failure, kidney dialysis treatment didnt work. I noticed Jesse (bull mastif cross greyhound) always had an ammonia smell but didnt think anything of it back then, and now I am wondering if there is a link here. Could a dog from an early age who is healthy be susceptible to kidney problems in the future?? if so, then there’s a good chance it can be prevented through diet and/or medication.
    .

    • ANSWER:
      Have her tested for diabetes asap, and OK other blood/urinalysis if the vet thinks it is necessary. Yes, lots of problems can be prevented or at least the severity lessened with an optimal diet. Sometimes, it’s hard to find a way to do that. If it turns out she has kidney problems, Hill’s has a diet for that (both early and late stage) and there are lots of sites on the net that discuss the best foods and times to feed a kidney impaired dog.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      my thoughts are with you at this difficult time.


Dog Kidney Disease Treatment

Kidney disease in dogs can develop gradually, often with symptoms that are easily overlooked. Springing from a variety of causes, kidney disease can be detected by a simple blood exam that a veterinarian can administer once a month. Symptoms of kidney disease in dogs vary depending on the type of complication present, such as viral infections, poisoning, or even cancer.

Keeping a close eye on your dog can be one of the best ways to detect kidney failure, but nothing beats a physical exam done once a month. Here are some things you need to know about kidney disease in dogs, and the steps you need to take for treatment and medication.

1. Kidney disease in dogsis of two types, acute renal failure, and chronic renal failure. The former is caused by ingesting poisonous materials. If you have a couple of poisonous components lying around your house such as rat poison or anti-freeze, your dog may have accidentally ingested them. Chronic renal failure, on the other hand, is insidious and hard to determine in their early stages. Caused by a number of underlying complications such as congenial abnormalities, leptospirosis or even cancer, chronic renal failure mostly affects young dogs and old aged ones.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What is the best dog food for a dog with kidney disease?
    Well, my newly adopted dog was just diagnosed with kidney disease. They said it’s not bad yet, but that I should feed her some special kidney disease food. I take her to the vet in Petsmart (Banfield), so she recommended Hills K/D (the only kind they sell there).

    Anyway, I was wondering what anyone thinks is the best dog food for kidney disease “treatment”. Thanks for any suggestions!! :)
    ps: it’s chronic kidney disease, in case it matters. And she’s only 3 years old. Thanks again!

    • ANSWER:
      The veterinarian I work for always recommends Hill’s K/D for kidney problems. Don’t get it confused with C/D. It helps bladder problems. Oh, and don’t feed her table scraps. Human food can damage the kidneys and liver.

  2. QUESTION:
    Holistic treatment for kidney disease in dogs?
    Are there any holistic treatments, diets, minerals, etc. that would work in conjunction with medicine in order to help a dog diagnosed with the start of kidney disease?

    • ANSWER:
      Raw food – a raw meaty bones or prey model diet based around whole carcasses, raw meat, meaty bones and organs.

      I would suggest you join one of the raw feeding groups – RawMeatyBones or rawfeeding are two good ones.

      holistic means treating the ‘whole’ rather than just the symptoms – not necessarily homoeopathic or ‘herbal’ – surely a species appropriate diet is the first step in this?

  3. QUESTION:
    Where can I buy cheaper Lactated Rigers for my dog who has Kidney Disease?
    My dog has recently been diagnosed with Kidney Disease. He is supposed to get subcutaneous fluid injections to help his kidneys deal with the problem. But my Vet charges per bag of fluid, which only lasts for 3 treatments! I cant afford that, but dont want to put my dog down when there is a treatment so readily available. Is there someplace I can get these bags of fluid for cheaper (hopefully much cheaper)? Im not even real sure which type I should be looking for- what the vet gave us is NDC 0409-7953-09 made by Hospira, 1000 ML. I am willing to buy by the case, either locally or online if anyone can point me in the right direction!

    • ANSWER:
      There are many companies that sell it online, you just have to have your vet send them a prescription for it. The last link has a case of 12 for .99 a bag plus free shipping, which is the cheapest that I have found. Also, I have ordered from Valley Vet (the last link) before, and I really thought they had great service. Just FYI: there is no difference between LRS for farm animals and for pets, they are just marketed different.

      http://www.entirelypets.com/lari.html

      http://www.allivet.com/Lactated-Ringers-Solution-Rx-p/25211.htm

      http://www.valleyvet.com/ct_detail.html?PGGUID=30e072f0-7b6a-11d5-a192-00b0d0204ae5

  4. 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!! :)

  5. QUESTION:
    Dog has early kidney disease?
    The vet just diagnosed my rescue chihuahua as being in the early stages of kidney disease. She give my dog 14 days worth of antibiotics, however told me to give her 7 days worth, cease for 10 days and then continue antibiotics for 7 days. Anyone understand what the 10 day period of no antibiotics in the middle of her treatment is about?
    Thanks in advance for your serious answers.

    • ANSWER:
      Which antibiotic are you using?

      Some antibiotics have effects other than their primary antibiotic effect, which might be what we’re chasing after here.

      The only other thing I can think of, is that there might be problems giving the drug for 14 days straight (due to side effects of the drug), and there might be enough residual activity left to keep working for a while (carry you through the 10 day break), and then you start back up again once the system has had a chance to equilibrate.

      Best thing to do though, is talk to the vet directly. I’d be quite curious to know what they say (I’ll check back on this question later, or you can e-mail me directly).

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

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

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

    is there hope?

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

    • ANSWER:

  7. QUESTION:
    my dog’s kidney is not working well but doctor says it can be cured with fluid treatment. is that possible?
    ok fist of all i don’t believe my dog has kidney problem because she is only 8 years old and their average life is 12 to 14 years. another thing she was just fine until 10 days ago.
    she was eating properly and walking around and she was pretty active considering she has eye disease Glaucoma. but then suddenly she stopped eating and she would just sleep all day long and won’t move at all. she would drink water but not eat. she did not have problem urinating either.
    so my parents took her to vet. he did some tests and he said that 70% of her kidney is not working now he is giving her this treatment in which they give her this fluid through her veins and that does the work that kidney is supposed to do.
    now they did some test yesterday and he says that her blood was getting more clean. also she vomited one time and also had diarrhea one time. she has lost some weight too but that’s obviously since she hasn’t been eating much.

    so now the doctor says that sometimes this happens but with this treatment he is doing, her kidney could start working again and she would be fine.

    just to let you know. her name is Jessy and she lives in India and i’m in California but i have been talking to my parent over the phone to get all the info.

    do you think she has kidney problem? if so, can she get better like doctor is saying? is kidney transplant possible in English Cocker spaniel

    here’s couple of her pics.

    http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/641/2905082136.jpg/

    http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/847/2905082134.jpg/

    • ANSWER:
      Kidney damage is very common, and cannot be reversed / cured but fluids do help flush out some of the toxins kidneys would normally filter out. She may need to get fluids regularly. Inappetance, diarrhea, vomiting, and weight loss are all classic symptoms of kidney problems. Glaucoma can also accompany kidney failure.
      Yes, kidney failure is much more common as dogs age, but it can happen at any time.
      I’ve never heard of a pet getting a kidney transplant, unfortunately, sorry.
      However, there are foods, medicines, and treatments (such as the fluid therapy she’s already had a round of) that slow down the process and can greatly improve the animal’s quality of life.
      Good luck.

  8. QUESTION:
    Should with my sister to put my dog to sleep?
    My doggy is going to get put to sleep:( should I go or not go? I don’t want people to see me cry. I know I will. Is 6 years old too young? My dog has a kidney disease and my family can’t afford treatment. He also might have cancer. So is 6 too young? He is a white boxer

    • ANSWER:
      6 is very young, yes (unless it’s a Great Dane)…even larger dogs generally live 12-14 years or more. Putting him down is so final, has your family spoken with a qualified vet to determine if he does have health concerns that aren’t remedied first? The SPCA has clinics and other programs that may help you with assistance with the bills, putting a loved one down for financial reasons isn’t always necessary. If you have confirmed these diagnosis and the lack of quality of life, then it may be the most humane thing to do. You may regret not saying your goodbyes…don’t worry about tears, you will all share them.

      I’m very sorry for your loss.

  9. 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.

  10. 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:

  11. QUESTION:
    How long does my dog have to live?
    I brought my dog to the vet today and he said she had kidney disease. She is an 8 year old chihuahua and I find it very hard to believe that she can have this sickness considering her age. She hasn’t eaten for 5 days and she seems to get worse everyday. They said we can keep her at the vet until she gets better but that will cost us 0 for everyday that she is there. Unfortunately we do not have the money to pay for that kind of treatment. So the other option was to give her an IV under the skin for 65 dollars which was more reasonable but it doesn’t seem like a simple IV will cure her kidney disease. I hope that she will survive because she is the best dog that anyone could ever imagine but it doesn’t seem like she is going to make it. So I guess my question is…do dogs with kidney disease eventually get better or does she have a limited amount of time? If so, how much longer does she really have? Thank you everyone for your help and I really appreciate it.
    How do I know if the kidney disease is very bad?

    I’ll name some of the symptoms that she has been having over the 5 days.

    -Weight loss because she wouldn’t eat anything for 5 whole days
    -Drinks a lot of water
    -Very weak
    -She spaces out a lot
    -Can’t sleep
    -Vomiting
    -Diarrhea
    -Urinates a lot
    -Shivering uncontrollably
    -Unable to sleep

    There may be more symptoms that I am not adding because I’m not a professional but these are what I can see myself.

    • ANSWER:
      I am so very sorry but kidney disease is not curable.

      It depends how bad it is as to how long she has left, but quite honestly I am not sure why the vet is offering to keep her at the vets at 0 a day until she gets better, when he has no cure to make her better.

      They can put them on an iv drip which will help — for a short while. But if the kidney disease has gone too far then it will not make her better and she would need to keep going on a drip every few weeks.

      I am so sorry.

      Google kidney disease as there are certain foods and actions that can slow it down for a while depending on how far it has gone already.

  12. QUESTION:
    Diet for K9 with Kidney Disease?
    My poor dog that I’ve had since I was 19 (Im currently 31) has failing kidneys. The Vet said that if she were a person she would be on dialasis. Anyhow, she is currently getting liquid treatment under her skin every day and her she is still eating, but not nearly what she used to. I have been giving her people food as she has been staying away from regular canned dog food (which she used to love). Now I give her some canned salmon, rice, carrots, sometimes a scrambelled egg or two. But what she REALLY LOVES is canned vienna sausages and hot dogs. I have been giving her alot of these just so she will take in more calories. I would put her down, alothough it breaks my heart except she is still pretty playful and happy…although not as much as she use to be. My question is what do you think about giving her hot dogs and such as primary meals?

    • ANSWER:
      There is a great yahoo group for dogs with kidney failure. The members there have a lot of great advice and tricks to keep your dog with you as long as possible. Please join and seek their advice.http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/K9KidneyDiet/

  13. QUESTION:
    Have you had any experiences with Deramaxx in a dog with a heart murmur?
    I have a 14-year-old male Airedale terrier with lumbar disease. Treatment with Tramadol and Gabapentin was not satisfactory and the vet recommended Deramaxx.

    Becket is free of kidney and liver disease. His blood levels look good. But he has a heart murmur.

    The heart murmur is congenital; he’s had it from the age of 6 months. So he can’t really be said to have “heart disease.”

    Nevertheless I’m concerned as Deramaxx is not supposed to be given to dog’s with heart disease. So I would like to hear of any experiences, good or bad, anyone else has had with this.

    His recommended dosage is well within the 1-2 mg/kg of body weight recommended by Novartis, and he tends to have a healthy and regular elimination schedule–so I’m not too concerned about the possibility of a build-up in his system. But I am concerned that COX-2 inhibition, over a long period of time, could result in increased blood pressure in an older dog with a heart murmur.

    Thanks in advance!
    Thanks for the suggestions, Leigh, although I don’t recall implying that “every day is misery.” Rimadyl is not quite the same as Deramaxx, and the adverse effects of the latter are not minor ones–so thanks for the story, but let up on the lecture, if you don’t mind.
    Thanks, Miaux–the thing is, it’s not his long-time vet. It’s a new one, and working in a clinic that sees large numbers of animals. He was unavailable today, and I’m planning on talking to him Monday. Until then, I’m checking with others–and trying to determine whether the risk of side effects is indeed slight, or significant.

    • ANSWER:

  14. QUESTION:
    Does the Catholic Church approve of euthanasia for pets?
    In this instance it is my dog that will not survive kidney disease and all options to save the life have been futile. She is very weak and depressed and will not get any better with any treatment.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes.

      God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them: “Be fertile and multiply and fill the earth. Dread fear of you shall come upon all the animals of the earth and all the birds of the air, upon all the creatures that move about on the ground and all the fishes of the sea; into your power they are delivered. Every creature that is alive shall be yours to eat; I give them all to you as I did the green plants. (Genesis 9:1-3)

      The Catholic Church teaches:

      • It is a sin to cause animals to suffer or die needlessly. Therefore euthanasia if animals is acceptable.

      • It is not a sin to kill animals with as little suffering as possible for food, clothing, and the health and safety of humans.

      • Medical and scientific experimentation on animals is a morally acceptable practice if it remains within reasonable limits and contributes to caring for or saving of human lives.

      For more information, see Catechism of the Catholic Church, sections 2415-2418 and following: http://www.usccb.org/catechism/text/pt3sect2chpt2art7.htm#2415

      With love in Christ.

  15. 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

  16. QUESTION:
    Please give advice on what to feed my dog with Addison’s!?
    Hello,

    My nine month old rottweiler was diagnosed with Addison’s (a kidney related disease where the adrenal glands to not produce enough cortisol). I am very concerned about what I should be feeding him. He has been on Iams, Eukanabua and now Purina I know none of these are the best quality, I am looking for an affordable alternative because his medications and treatment are very expensive.

    I also would like to stay away from any brands related to the recall wet or dry and I just recently found out Nestle’s purina has been added.

    My vet does not seem to give free advice, so anything you could tell me would be really helpful.

    Thanks so much

    • ANSWER:
      Well avoid things with lots of waste products, Iams and Eukanuba are one of the lowest quality foods. No offence, not everybody can afford the best quality. ;)

      You could try cooking for your dog, but if that’s not an option then you should try some of these great brands:

      Canidae, Innova, EVO, California Natural, Orijen, Wellness, Timberwolf Organics, GO Natural and so on..

  17. QUESTION:
    Picture of my dog, Is her eyes a sign of any medical condition?
    My girl was put to sleep today, she was 16. She has always been happy and healthy but last night had a seizure, The vets kept her in and she had another one, they said the medication they gave her to bring her out didn’t work and it knocked her out, It was best for her to be put to sleep. I am devastated.

    They said it could have been brought on by anything, liver disease, kidney disease etc. Her blood tests were negative for somethings and they would have to take her to another hospital if I wanted more tests which wouldn’t have been good for her as the treatment wasn’t working.

    So now shes gone, and I don’t actually know why. I was looking at her pictures just now and noticed her eyes are funny in a few, I know sometimes your eyes show medical conditions. What do you guys think? She was going blind, so this could explain her eyes but im hoping someone with more knowledge could help me.

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      You know dogs are the most important thing when you have one. Its like nothing else matters, you’d just be happy with you and your pal =) But then, when you lose all of that, you KNOW its all gone….its just painful thinking about it…you cry, you smile. But nothing changes. I had a boy shitzhu, 17 years old. Died over blindness…old age. The worst thing that ever happened to me, words cannot describe. I treated him like the world, i swear when i saw him i used to say ‘He must be the happiest dog in the world’ and then i was sure i was the happiest little girl in the world. But it was until i found out he passed away….when i was 7. I’m so sorry for your loss and you can see i’m pouring out my feelings. At least she’s safe, blessed, happy and no longer suffering. And no matter what she knows that you love her

  18. QUESTION:
    Have you had experience with Celebrex in conjunction with a heart murmur?
    I already asked this on the dog list, but I thought I would repeat it here because the COX-2 inhibitor Celebrex is similar to the Deramaxx that has been recently prescribed for my dog.

    I have a 14-year-old male Airedale terrier with lumbar disease. Treatment with Tramadol and Gabapentin was not satisfactory and the vet recommended Deramaxx.

    Becket is free of kidney and liver disease. His blood levels look good. But he has a heart murmur.

    The heart murmur is congenital; he’s had it from the age of 6 months. So he can’t really be said to have “heart disease.”

    Nevertheless I’m concerned as Deramaxx is not supposed to be given to dog’s with heart disease. So I would like to hear of any experiences, good or bad, anyone else has had with this.

    His recommended dosage is well within the 1-2 mg/kg of body weight recommended by Novartis, and he tends to have a healthy and regular elimination schedule–so I’m not too concerned about the possibility of a build-up in his system. But I am concerned that COX-2 inhibition, over a long period of time, could result in increased blood pressure in an older dog with a heart murmur.

    Thanks in advance!
    I’m sorry to say, Aziz, that this article has done little more than convince me of how stupid people can be when administering drugs. Previcox is not Deramaxx. The people writing the article actually talk about how ridiculous the vets were for telling them not to give aspirin (which causes serious ulcers in dogs very frequently). They also saw an adverse reaction on half a tablet, and then gave another whole tablet anyway. Please don’t post general information that is a waste of time–the content of my question should convince you that I’m looking for serious, knowledgeable answers only. If you don’t have them, then don’t answer.

    • ANSWER:
      pls go through this article http://www.k911.biz/Petsafety/DeathByPrevicox_Information.htm

  19. QUESTION:
    Why does my dog pee in the house after grooming?
    It’s a new trend… few weeks ago after trimming my dogs nails, I left her for a couple seconds to clean up and get her a treat. When I came back, I found a huge pee on the floor! The week after, I gave her a nice brushing and conditioning treatment. Boom, pee in the house minutes later. And then tonight, a week later, I gave her a warm bath lit the fireplace and put her on a towel to dry up. AGAIN PEE!

    What gives? Any suggestions?

    And please don’t tell me to bring her to the vet. I already have… did plenty of urine samples (direct needle to the bladder! – poor girl!), blood samples, cultures etc. no UTI, no incontinence, no kidney or bladder disease, nothing! I even switch to bottled water! She’s healthy.

    Any animal behaviorists out there? I have seen one lady here, who is an “animal whisperer” but she can’t seem to help. Not many other options here… I live in the country.

    Thanks.
    OK LIZZIE!!! whatever you say!!! It’s only minus 20 degrees celcius outside!!! I will definately not be taking her outside when she is wet!

    Get a life! This is new to me! the dog has never done this before…

    • ANSWER:
      Plenty of dogs do that which is commonly due to excitement & stresses of being groomed. I’ve groomed many dogs that need to go following or just after their owner picked them up. One of mine had to be set outside immediately after finishing his grooming or he would poop where ever he was. Easily fixed by taking dog to potty following any grooming work.

  20. QUESTION:
    Elderly dog please help?
    We have a 15 year old fox terrier who has lived a full and happy life and always been energetic and a bit mad. She had a health problem when she was a puppy which means she only has one kidney and what the vet describes as a fairly serious heart murmur but other than that she has always been fine and shown no symptoms.

    In the last few years her age has become apparent. She has gone very thin despite eating lots, she trembles alot, is deaf and i think her sight is not great. She sometimes gets very agitated and i think is a bit senile but has always been hyperactive. For the last few months she has been weeing much more and wetting her bed. This week she has developed a bowel problem, which means she has diarrohea but also strains to have a bowel movement as if she has constipation.

    From reading this i know it seems she is on her last legs and maybe i should have her put to sleep, but she is still very very happy. She is not in pain and looks fragile but fine. Should i wait for her to deteriorate and i will know when she has had enough or should i think about putting her to sleep now? It is difficult at the moment, but is that a good enough reason to have her put to sleep? She is happy sleeping in the garden and gets up to greet me and still begs for food, but we wake up every morning to awful mess and i don’t know what i would do if i couldnt put her outside in the nice weather. The vet knows she has done very well for age but would not help me make the decision. She is too old to go through any intervention or treatment so i don’t want them to start looking for diseases now as she couldnt get throught it. Do old dogs just lose control of their bowels like this? I am not afraid of losing her, i just want to be sure its her time and not too soon. I am sure because of her happy and slightly nutty nature she will just carry on regardless despite the physical problems she may be suffering. I hope this isnt an awful question, but i could do with some guidance on this. Thank you so much.

    • ANSWER:
      i just lost my 11 year old dog, had her since she was 9 weeks old, and she went blind, had issues with bathroom , wetting, and such, i had finally had to put her down, as she was in misery, could barely walk and had to be guided outside, and guided to food bowl, It was painful for me to do. But, i did not see her having anymore fun with me, she was my best buddy, followed me in the yard. used to hunt for lizzards, and was a blast to have around. but this was not her best time. she was in misery, it was hard, but i could not see her like this any longer. It was a tough choice, but, you will in the near future have to do the same thing. I now have a new puppie, but i stilll miss my 11 year old friend.

  21. QUESTION:
    10 points !! summarize this 4 me plz?
    ScienceDaily (Aug. 10, 2008) — Cone-rod dystrophies (CRDs) are a group of eye diseases caused by progressive loss of the photoreceptor cells in the retina. Researchers have identified a novel mutation in a gene associated with CRD in dogs, raising hopes that potential therapies can be developed for people suffering from these eye disorders.

    CRD represents a heterogeneous set of disorders characterized by progressive loss of retinal cone function. As these photoreceptor cells allow us to see in bright light, loss of cones results in what is commonly known as dayblindness, and can advance to blindness altogether. Thus far, investigations into the genetic basis for autosomal recessively inherited cases of human CRD have turned up only a few genes associated with the disorder, therefore it is likely there are other genes associated with CRD not yet identified.

    Eye disorders are one of the most frequently inherited disorders in dogs, however canine CRD is limited to only a few breeds. A gene mutation had previously been associated with CRD in the miniature long-haired dachshund, while a genetic basis for CRD in the standard wire-haired dachshund and the pit bull terrier remained unknown.

    In this study, scientists led by Dr. Frode Lingaas of the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science and Dr. Kerstin Lindblad-Toh of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard have identified a mutation in a novel gene for early-onset CRD in standard wire-haired dachshund by genome-wide association mapping of a dachshund family.

    The genome-wide strategy utilized by Lingaas’ group isolated a region on chromosome 5 associated with CRD in dachshund. A search for mutations of this area revealed that a portion of the nephronophthisis 4 (NPHP4) gene has been deleted and is likely responsible for recessively inherited CRD in the standard wire-haired dachshund. The finding is particularly interesting, as the human form of NPHP4 has been previously implicated in disease. “This gene has been associated with a combination of kidney and eye disease in human patients,” explained Lingaas. “Here, we found a mutation that affects only the eyes, suggesting that this gene might be a candidate for human patients with eye disease only.”

    The researchers suggest that the protein coded for by the mutant form of NPHP4 may lack a domain that would normally interact with other proteins involved in eye function, yet still retain the region involved in kidney function. “The new information that the NPHP4 gene can be involved in eye diseases only can shed light on the etiology of some low-frequency eye diseases in people where similar mutations may be involved,” Lindblad-Toh said.

    Lingaas noted that identification of causal mutations for diseases has practical implications for dogs, as genetic tests could be implemented to avoid new cases of the disorder and reduce the frequency of the mutation in the population. Furthermore, this investigation of the genetic basis for CRD in dogs could facilitate the development of treatments for humans.

    Scientists from the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science (Oslo, Norway), the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard (Cambridge, MA), Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston, MA), and Uppsala University (Uppsala, Sweden) contributed to this study.

    This work was supported by the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science.

    • ANSWER:
      … Seriously, I’m tired of people posting questions that ask people to do their homework for them.

      This doesn’t appear to be homework “help”.

      Read the article, highlight the main parts, and paraphrase those main points. There’s your summary. I’m not going to do it for you, though, and nor should anyone else.

  22. 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

  23. QUESTION:
    What would you do, if you were in this situation?
    I have a little Chihuahua named Zoe! She has Liver Disease! She is up to 3.3 pounds from 2.9 pounds, 1 month ago. Yesterday, she had more bloodwork done, to see if her Liver Enzyme Levels have come down at all. This morning the vet called and said, that her Liver Enzyme Levels, are still way off the charts, and her Kidney Levels are also a little high. He says he cannot treat her, until he does a Biopsy, to see exactly what is causing the Liver Disease. He said that even if she does survive the surgery, that he cannot guarantee 100%, that the treatment would keep her alive, but then again, it may be the solution. Toxicity, which he originally thought may be the cause, is Not and has been ruled out. The vet is actually surprised, because she is doing so well now and thought, her levels would have come way down by now! He actually said he was surprised that the levels have not come down. She is very active, happy, eating, drinking, gaining weight and according to the vet, she is Not in any pain! She’s like a little Energizer Bunny! She keeps going and going and you can tell, that she is fighting like crazy, to stay alive. I swear, if I didn’t know she was so sick, I would have never suspected she was sick, by the way she is acting now. She is going back in two weeks for more bloodwork, to see if the levels have come down at all and if they haven’t, I have to make the decision, of either taking the risk of opening her up and having him do a Biopsy of her Liver, and possibly losing her on the Operating Table, or letting her live the rest of her life the way she is, until she can’t fight anymore and I would have no choice but to put her down. The vet cannot estimate how long she would have, if I don’t do the Biopsy! The vet said that for her size the surgery would be very risky, but if she was his dog, that he would still take that risk. He also has two very tiny Chihuahuas, and one is the same size as Zoe. He has been a vet, for over 40 years! If I don’t take the risk, then there is not much more that he can do for her and it would just be a matter of time, before I lose her. A biopsy, would tell him exactly what is going on, and he can begin treatment, with No guarantees, that she would survive in the long run! I already lost Gigi, who was one of my other Chihuahuas to Liver Disease, and I don’t want to lose Zoe too. I want to do whatever it takes, to get Zoe cured, of this Terrible Disease or at least get her out of the woods! If you were in my position, would you take the risk of opening her up and having a Biopsy done, without any guarantees of survival or would you just let her live the rest of her life happy, until she can’t fight the Liver Disease anymore and she would have to be put down? She is only 1 year old and I want to give her every chance that I can! Has anyone here ever been in this situation before and had a Liver Biopsy done on your dog? What were the results? Money to me, is no object, when it comes to my dogs, but I was just wondering, for you that have had this done with your dog, what did you have to pay for the Biopsy? I was so shocked by the news this morning, that I forgot to ask! Like I said, I will do anything it takes, and pay whatever is asked for Zoe, if I think that she has a chance at living a normal life. What I don’t want, is for her to suffer anymore that she has already, because she’s been fighting this disease, for quite a long time. What would you do, if she was your dog? That’s Gigi and Zoe, in my Avatar!
    Lexi! That’s nice for you, but that does not answer my question!
    Gixxie! I never give any of my dogs, table scraps! I am feeding all of them Canidae All Life Stages, and they do just fine on that, without table scraps.
    I just wanted to add, Zoe was seeing a different vet now.This is the second vet I’ve taken her too. He has dealt with a lot of Chihuahua cases, has a lot of experience with the Chihuahua breed and has 40 years experience. He also has Chihuahuas of his own, that are Zoe’s size, and has come highly recommended by a lot of people I know, that also have him as a vet.
    PLS! Zoe has had every blood test you could possibly imagine and does not have Heartworm, so she isn’t on a Heartworm preventative medicine. I discussed that with my vet already, and he says she doesn’t need it! I’m sure that if the vet had seen that as a problem, we would have already taken care of it.
    I just wanted to add a picture of Zoe, so you can all see what she looks like!http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk159/ChihuahuaMommy_photos/My%20Little%20Cuties/OurLittleCuties159.jpg
    She’s such a little sweetheart, and I hate the thought, of losing her!

    • ANSWER:
      After reading your question, it looks like in your heart you know the biopsy has to be done. Even though it is risky, you want to do what ever you can to save her. And by not doing anything, you know she will die. I would take the risk and have the biopsy done. That way you will know what is wrong with her and can get her some treatment, even if it’s not guaranteed. You say you will do anything for her, so do the biopsy. It’s better then doing nothing and waiting for her to die. Sorry about your situation, and I wish you the best of luck with little Zoe!

  24. QUESTION:
    What are your thoughts on the prognosis given my info?
    Okay, so my Boston Terrier is having blood work drawn on Tuesday to decipher if he has Cushing’s or not. I’ve researched this disease like heck, and have seen pictures of dogs suffering from it. The only symptoms my dog has is the panting, a bit of increased thirst (which just started these past weeks, but we live in Florida and it’s so freaking hot out lol!), kind of an increased appetite (he’s always been territorial of food since we got our other male about 6 years ago), and I’m not sure about the pot belly. He’s pretty much always had a belly! He’s active, has had blood work for kidneys and diabetes that all came back negative, has normal stools and urination, and acts pretty good! He has no skin problems and no medical issues. If the bloodwork does say that he has Cushing’s of the pituitary and it’s benign, does that mean that the prognosis is good? I’ve read that the dog only has about 20 months to 30 months to live after being diagnosed. With my dog, and no other health problems, would that still apply? Is it possible for him to live for years and years with proper treatment? He just turned 10 and is in otherwise great shape.

    Also, with knowing my dog, is there any symptom that would show that it’s a tumor on the adrenals? Or does it sound like it’s pituitary?

    • ANSWER:
      My last dog was improperly misdiagnosed as a pituitary dependent Cushings case when in fact she had adrenal cortical carcinoma. Her outward signs clearly pointed to a cushingoid state – decreased muscling in the rear, potbelly (not obvious at first, but definitely more pronounced as time went on), pu/pd (polyuria/polydypsia), dry and thinning coat and skin, lethargic. If it is pituitary dependent cushings, lysodren is the most common treatment. Lysodren is a very potent drug. When humans are given the drug, they are usually hospitalized during the initial phase and bloodwork is monitored every 12 hours. But they dont do this with dogs. It will eat away at the cortex of the adrenal glands where cortisol is being overproduced to reduce the adreal response to the increased demand coming from the diseased pituitary. If its of the adrenal variety, your dog will definitely need surgery. My dog’s adrenal tumor had spread so quickly that it penetrated the vena cava, the main artery and vein in the abdomen. She survived surgery, but we lost her just over 48 hours after surgery to a pulmonary thrombosis. The nature of adrenal tumors is to be loose and spindly. Hers was like that. During the removal of the tumor from the vena cava, a very small (im talking less than 1 mm) piece broke off the main tumor. During the next 48 hours, the small tumor piece traveled to her lungs and instantly killed her.

      The prognosis for the pituitary dependent cushingoid dogs is really quite good as long as the medications are kept up with and the LDDS and HDDS tests are kept up with. Testing will need to be done every two or three months initially for the first year. Then after that you might be able to back it off to every 4-6 months for management of the disease.

      The adrenal type is a much more precarious prognosis. It depends on the type of tumor – carcinomas are the worst, but it could be a simple benign adrenal tumor. An ultra sound, when properly done, will be able to pick up on size and placement of the tumor, but it will not be able to tell you what KIND of tumor it is. That can only be done with a biopsy. At the time of surgery, the vet will more than likely want to do a full adrenalectomy on the affected gland to remove any chance of the tumor returning.

      There is no way of knowing where the source of the problem is just by listing symptoms. The outward symptoms of cushings is caused by a very high level of cortisol – a stress hormone responsible for fight or flight. Their poor bodies are in a constant struggle with this unchecked condition. Your vet will more than likely be doing a high dose dexamethasone suppression test on Tues. It is the most commonly used diagnostic to rule out cushings. If that test comes back positive, INSIST and I mean INSIST that your vet perform a low dose dexamethasone suppression test. The differential between the two is the ONLY way to determine where the problem lies – the adrenals or the pituitary. My vet insisted back that she would be able to determine the difference using simply an ultrasound. I trusted her. It turned out that my poor dog was put on Lysodren for 4 months while her adrenal tumor ravaged her internal organs. By the time I got fed up with an out of control cortisol level, the tumor had spread and I took her to specialty veterinarians (second best vet surgeons in PA). Even that wasn’t enough to save my soul mate. I learned some hard lessons thanks to this whole situation. The hardest one to learn was to NEVER completely trust a single vet. Keep going and get the experts involved so that you can be SURE you are doing what’s best by your pet.

      Good luck. Like I said, Ive known cushingoid dogs to live quite some time happily with the disease. The management isn’t the easiest, but a well informed vet and owner can manage the disease for years!

  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 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.

  26. 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


Dog Diet Kidney Disease

Obesity is a growing problem in America and many other places in the world. Many people are way over their recommended body weight, and continue to live an unhealthy lifestyle that is slowly killing them. When you are severely overweight, you have a lot more to worry about than just the lack of proper nutrition. People who are obese are twice as likely to develop chronic illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease and kidney disease.

Out of all of the above mentioned diseases, kidney disease is the one that has a tendency to go unnoticed until it’s too late to keep it under control. While your heart is the life force that pumps blood throughout your body, your kidneys are the body parts that cleanses your blood, filters waste out of your body efficiently and monitors your acidity levels. All of this happens day in and day out without fail. As long as you stay healthy, your kidneys will keep doing their job without interruption. However, when you put yourself at risk by gaining too much weight, it puts a lot of stress on all of your organs, which means your kidneys can begin to fail without you even noticing.

If you’re obese and not too concerned about this happening to you – think again. Millions of people are currently walking around with kidney disease, and you could be one of them. You see, everything that you put into your body has to be processed by your kidneys. Every burger, French fry, donut, snack chip, pastry, piece of fried chicken, overstuffed pork sandwich, cookie, slice of pizza, pill, beer, soda and milkshake ends up in one of those two organs. You’ve got two kidneys, so if one conks out, you have a back up. They take all of that stuff you put in your body and squeeze out the liquid, which goes down the urethra and out the door when you urinate.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What is the recommended diet for dogs with kidney disease?
    My beloved Binney was diagnosed with kidney disease just yesterday. The doc said she has less than a couple of months to live. I’m devastated and would like to make her remaining days easier on her – and her kidneys. Is there some sort of specialized diet I can provide? I would prefer something natural and organic.

    Please I’m desperate and if there is something in the local farmer market that helps, include that too!

    • ANSWER:
      I’m so sry to hear this. Make sure she drinks lots of water. There is a science diet food that is good for kidney issues I believe it is A/d or maybe i/d or it could be u/d. Petsmart carries it and you will be able to tell which one it is because it should say it on the bag or can. Good Luck and may god bless you and your dog in this time of need.

  2. QUESTION:
    What’s a good diet for a dog with kidney disease?
    My sister’s 14yr old blind border collie has been drinking water excessively. (She went blind very young..about 4yrs old) We took the dog to the vet and found she has kidney disease. Only 25% kidney function. (I’m working on second hand info, as I wasn’t there when the vet explained it.) We had been feeding her Kirkland Signature dog food for much of her life, but within the past year or so, we switched her to Acana (The fish flavor) because of allergies. What she’s allergic to, we don’t know. (could be chicken, corn, grains, etc)

    The border collie has anxiety, but we’ve had to restrict her 24/7 to an outdoor enclosure/kennel because she pees and poops all over the house without alerting anyone she has to go. We’ve tried blocking her in a room at night, but she just chews up the walls, and messes all over the floor (pee and poo). I feel bad for the dog, as she barks all day (extremely high-pitched and ear-piercing) and sometimes all night, desperate for human companionship.

    We’re willing to spend the money on a good diet and meds, but we don’t have a lot of time for home-made dog food. We’re taking care of the dog for my sister, as she couldn’t take her when she moved.

    We’re also taking care of an old Japanese Chin we inherited. He doesn’t seem to be exhibiting the same problems. He does pee/poop everywhere, but that’s always been a problem. (He was never properly potty trained.) We keep him outside with my sister’s dog during the day, but bring him in at night.

    They share food. Assuming the Japanese Chin doesn’t have kidney problems, is there a diet out there that will work for both dogs?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes there are specific brands that are for dogs with kidney problems. Science diet KD is one popular one. Basically you are wanting to reduce the workload on the kidneys. Most of these types of foods have reduced levels of protein, phosphorus and sodium. Some things to look for.are also increased levels of b vitamins, & antioxidants. Fish oil is a good source of omega fatty acids as well.

  3. QUESTION:
    Is there an alternative natural diet for a dog with kidney disease?
    My 15 yr old female bearded collie has just been diagnosed with kidney disease managable with an expensive pre prepared prescription diet food(I have been advised a low protein/salt diet-white fish/chicken). I do not begrudge the cost at all,but it will be difficult on a low budget and I am not considering euthanasia as she is not in pain and I love her too much.
    has anyone managed this condition successfully with adapting ‘human’ food etc which will be easy on her kidneys?Perhaps to combine with pre-prepared specialised dog food,to spread the costs. I am despererately seeking alternative options to prolong and improve her quality of life.
    I am hoping some experienced dog owners may be able to help.
    any suggestions welcome.
    PS I am in the UK .

    • ANSWER:
      Shop around. The prescription diet is not the only low protein one out there. Natural Balance has a vegetarian diet that’s 18% protein for the dry food. Their wet Duck & Potato is only 5% protein.

      http://naturalbalanceinc.com/dogformulas/UPDCanned.html#F

      http://naturalbalanceinc.com/dogformulas/Vegetarian.html

      The NF (prescription) diet is silghtly less, but you are pretty close there.

      You can absolutely use a raw based diet, but this takes a lot of time and work to get all the proportions right. If you are up to it, start research it. Personally, I would contact an holistic vet that is familar with both the medical condition and raw diets and have them help me.

      I’ve also seen some studies that state that a low-protein diet only helps so much. Research, Research, Research.

      And good luck to both of you. : )

  4. QUESTION:
    Will anything help a dog with kidney disease gain or maintain weight?
    My senior dog, Luigi, (exact age unknown as he is a rescue) has kidney disease and has lost a nearly 1/3 of his body weight. He is otherwise well, happy, and eating well (special kidney diet food) but has gone from 37 to just over 27 lbs. The vet just smiles but doesn’t seem to have any helpful suggestions. He is on Azodyl for kidney support.

    • ANSWER:
      I agree with the previous answer–
      high carb
      low protein
      almost zero fat

      It is very difficult on the kidneys to digest fat and protein. You might also add some extra IV fluids to help him with the kidney failure. Your vet could let you do that at home simply by injecting fluid subQ.

  5. QUESTION:
    Any advice on the best diet for a dog diagnosed with early signs of kidney disease?
    My 14 year old shih tzu, Doc, was recently diagnosed with kidney disease and my vet recommended switching his diet to Hills k/d. I am pretty strongly opposed to using Science Diet brand and so have been doing research on alternatives. Doc is currently on ‘Orijen Senior’ which is a 70% protein food. I know protocol is to immediately switch to a low protein food for renal failure but I have come across some information indicating recent studies show that a high protein diet could be ideal for even a dog with kidney disease as long as phosphorous levels are low. Any advice? First hand experience? Thanks.
    Please do NOT try to sell me on Hills. It contains LOW quality ingredients and also contains ethoxyquin. Which is banned from human consumption because it is carcinogenic.

    • ANSWER:
      Oh Gawd bless you for doing your research! Amen !

      You are absolutely correct – this is not about lower protein, it’s about higher quality protein. Phosphorus is going to be your limiting factor and you can even use a phosphate binder (eg: calcium such as Animal Essentials natural sea calcium) to further lower dietary calcium.

      The food you choose is entirely up to you. Raw protein is actually the best for a KD dog but if that is not an option for you, for whatever reason, then I would suggest you look at something like Ziwi Peak (www.k9rawdiet.com). Using Ziwi Peak as your base food, you can then add in your supplements or even add in some home cooked meals for rotation and variety.

      KD isn’t a scary diagnosis anymore. It can be highly managed through diet and supplements.

      Good luck!

  6. QUESTION:
    Pyrenees Mountain Dog, HUGE WEIGHT LOSS, possible kidney disease, best diet?
    Our Pyr is now 3 years old and we’ve had so many problems with him, bless him. We only had Benji for a few days when he started to have seizures. To cut a long story short after spending nigh on £7,000 at the local vets, vetinary hospital A&E and intensive care they still didn’t know what was causing the seizures and other problems (anemic, irregular blood cells and so on). Anyway, after the first year and half of his life on medication he seemed to stabilise and as the seizures stopped he no longer required the medication. Benji was then a relatively “normal” Pyr (apart from aenimic and sensitive stomach).

    However, the last few months he’s had dramatic weight loss and is now suspected of having kidney disease (still undergoing tests). He was never a big Pyr after all the problems he had when he was a puppy, but over the last few months he went from 41kg down to 32kg. With plenty of antibiotics and change of diet etc. he has gained a massive 5kg in the last month so he’s back up to 37kg now. We’re waiting for more test results so we know whether it is kidney failure of a severe infection. I asked the vet as to what dry food is the best for a dog like Benji with all his problems, and he didn’t really give me a solid recommendation. Benji’s always had a fairly sensitive stomach, so wet dog food isn’t really an option as it causes chronic diareah and makes him even more lethergaic. We changed to Royal Canin (large adult) just before his weight gain which I think has helped.

    Would anyone recommend to keep on using this?

    Advice needed from a distressed and concerned Pyr owner :)

    • ANSWER:

  7. QUESTION:
    My dog has kidney disease?
    My 14 – year – old mixed breed,Maura,has just been diagnosed with primary kidney disease ( early kidney failure.) her appettite had not been good for a few days,so I took her to the vet on Tuesday,only to find that she had lost 15 lbs. since her last visit in March.It wasn’t apparent ,as she was chubby,and has a very heavy coat.My vet did bloodwork,and the kidney problem was found.Now,I have had dogs with this problem before,and special diets improved their symptoms and prolonged their lives,but Maura,a former chow -hound,refuses to eat ANYTHING,except for duck and rabbit jerky,and cooked chicken breast.She is NOT supposed to have all that protein.I bought Hill’s k/d diet,both dry and canned,and some veggie dog biscuits,but she will have none of it.She is taking Tums as a phosphate binder,and Nutri -cal to try and stimulate her appetite and keep up her energy. She is also on amoxicillin.Does anyone have a good homemade diet for dogs with kidney disease that’s highly palatable? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      try her with a little cooked rice, and boiled chicken breast. a little bowl of cornflakes with some milk. and if you could get her to eat some ice cream. my little dog had the same problem, and would only eat meat. sadly she died two years ago. she was my baby for fifteen years, hugs to you both.

  8. QUESTION:
    I have a 1 yr old Shih Tzu that has been diagnosed with kidney disease and skin allergies. What diet?
    Maizie is a foster dog with New Beginnings ShihTzu Rescue and the three applicants that were lining up for her all dropped her when her diagnoses came down. I need to know what diet to pass on to anyone interested in adopting this little girl.

    My vet recommended a kibble loaded with corn. Because of the severe skin allergy she cannot tolerate the corn or wheat in diets I have been offered. She will not eat the canned KD either. The info about the proper diet for the kidney disease is confusing. Some people say protein doesn’t matter and others say it does. Low potassium is important, but not listed on the food containers, or the lists I am finding on the net. Can anyone help clarify all of this information for me?

    • ANSWER:
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      Ted replies: “Dear Satish: Often times a kidney failure is due to excess acidity in urine as the acidity digests the kidney causing kidney failure much like the stomach acid digesting your kidneys. My own experience with kidney failure is often when urinary pH is between 5.0 to 5.5 but often times it can be as low as 4.5.

      Therefore, taking 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda with 1 glass of water taken about twice a day should notice some relief in the kidney problems.

      It takes two weeks to notice some improvement. In case of my own aunt who had kidney failure pending a surgical removal it took her 3 days of taking about this same amount or a bit more like 1 teaspoon of baking soda twice a day plus 1/2 glass of water for 3 days before the doctors decided her kidney was completely normal.

      Kidney failure can have all kinds of causes, but the most common problem I do see is excess acidity of the urine.

      If you are a perfectionist, a urinary pH precisely at 7 or as high as 7.34 is a pH that is unlikely to be acid to begin with, so it at least will give a chance for the kidney to recover.

      An exception is that in case the kidney failure is of a diabetes complication, then it would appear treatment of avoiding strict no sugar diets to be very important to reduce that first along with the usual baking soda needed to raise urinary pH to at least 7.0, being neutral is the best figure I can imagine where there is practically speaking no acid that can destroy the kidneys.

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  9. QUESTION:
    What can I feed my dog when the vet says he has kidney disease?
    My 15 year old lab-spaniel mix dog has been diagnosed with kidney disease. The vet recommended KD dog food, but he doesn’t like it, and has basically been starving himself & not eating it. The vet said low to no protein diet. What else can I feed him that he will eat that’s good for him?

    • ANSWER:
      The KD is 14% protein. I don’t think there is a dog food on the market that is quite that low. You might want to consult your vet. I know Natural Balance has a light formula that is 16% protein. Ask your vet what the minimum protein percentage is.

  10. QUESTION:
    How long can a cat or dog live with chronic kidney disease/failure when they are on the special diet?
    We have had a cat and dog become so ill from this that the vets recommended euthanization (after they had been on the diet for some time, but completely regressed). Our dog lived one year from the time of diagnosis and our cat only 2 months. Our cat had hyperthyroidism (controlled w/medicine for about 4 years) and anemia.

    I don’t want to get into details about my family’s specific pets, but do you know in general how long they can live when on the hill’s kd or purina nf diet? Thanks for any information.

    • ANSWER:
      It depends completely on the animal and the situation.

      Some animals are tough as nails and fight sickness. Some don’t fight as hard. If the animal has many different issues, they won’t last as long. If the pet spent most of it’s life as a stray, starving and stressed, they wont’ do as well.

      Owners sometimes have the best of intentions, but don’t follow through with care. Sure, they’ll feed the special food, then feed “treats” that completely undo the good the food is doing. After a while, some owners get tired of caring for a chronically ill pet and don’t take as much care with meals and meds.

  11. QUESTION:
    kidney disease in dog?
    My 16yo poodle/schnouzer mix was diagnosed with kidney disease last yr. Please tell me anything more that I can do as his kidneys keep getting worse. His diet is Hill’s Prescription diet for kidneys canned. His meds are: calcitriol 1.5ml and 3 azodyl pills a day for kidneys, Enalapril once daily for blood pressure, and cosequin ds daily for arthritis. I also give him 250ml of normal saline via subcutenous IV now twice a week. His hips and back legs suffer the most from bone loss and arthritis. But the vet said he’sin no pain from the kidney disease. But is there anything more I can do? I bought a bottle at a pet store to force him to drink more since the vet said to flush his kidneys. but theres increased protein in his urine and decreased in his blood. I just want to do all that I can to make him live as healthy as possibl. Should I force exercise should I force water more. Some nights he eats half his food should I force more? What else any other drugs I should give him? Anything pls

    • ANSWER:
      My 8 year old Yorkie just had surgery to remove a large kidney stone. He also has an enlarged heart. He will be on the Enalapril for the rest of his life. I feel for you as I too am wondering what can I do to keep him healthy and give him longevity. You are most fortunate to have had him for 16 years. I think you are doing all that you reasonably can at this point. You will ‘know’ when it’s time to end his suffering and let him go, painful as it may be. Just give him all of the love and tenderness you can and God bless you both.

  12. QUESTION:
    I think my dog has Kidney Disease?
    He has all the symptoms for it except he has a good coat. I read this on the internet. He finished the new antibiotic yesterday. Today, he peed on the rug and floor right in front of us, Twice! I think he has Kidney Failure. My dad is going to try to order more antibiotic pills online.We have been to the vet about 2 times this month! The first time they thought he injested something toxic. He stayed on an IV overnight. The second time they thought he had either Prostate Cancer, an infection or a bump. She gave us antibiotic to give him for three weeks. All of sudden, he is done with the pills and the same behavior comes back for the third time. Does anyone know anything I can do for him? A special Diet, etc.? I really believe that he has Kidney Failure. Thank you for your answers!
    He has had bloodwork down about four times during the times he has been there. His kidneys were uplifted. When he was on the IV overnight, the next morning, they were normal. We have spent a FORTUNE on Jack! They can’t seem to find what is wrong with him. My mom said that she doesn’t want to go to the vet, again and spend another 00 to find out that he has Kidney Failure! I really just want to know if there is anything I can do to help him!
    Go to this question I posted about I think was the first time he was sick.

    http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=As9o73rhZsWfMdwLX7SQtrzsy6IX?qid=20061228061249AA98Pov

    Jack was neutered before we got him, about 12 and a half years ago. They though he had Prostate Cancer but it wasn’t, it was an infection. We thought this because the antibiotics worked, so we were almost positive that it was an infection.
    We feed him Purina Dog Chow
    He has Cancer…we took him to the vet. They don’t know what type.
    Does anyone know any types of dog food I can get for him that will help with the Cancer.

    I’m sorry, he doesn’t eat Purina, he eats Pedigree.

    • ANSWER:
      The only way your dog will be confirmed for having kidney disease is a blood test. CREA/BUN amongst others.inc electrolyte Levels will be elevated significantly if your dog has kidney disease. You cannot diagnose your dog over the Internet as the symptoms that your dog may displaying could be in relation to many other health ailments.
      Dogs i have seen with kidney failure become very skinny as they do not eat and vomit alot! and drink bucket loads.
      You ha vent made it clear as what the dogs symptoms are.
      Prostate cancer is generally diagnose with an internal and an xray. The Prostate is generally very enlarged as it evident on radiography. Also you would have probably noticed Heamorragia (blood), in the feces. Is your dog desexed?
      Three weeks on Ab’s and you dog is having no change could be a number of things, is it behaviour related of is there a chronic infection going on? What do you feed your dog? What are the other symptoms? has your vet done a full blood examination of the dog if not demand one.
      There are a number of test that your vet could do to pin point the problem my suggestion is if you are not getting results with the vet you are with now then get a second opinion.

      Remember be confident with your vet and sometimes you need to be patient as dogs cannot talk so it is a process of elimination.

      Good luck but you need to follow it up

  13. QUESTION:
    appropriate food for a dog with kidney disease?
    Let me preface my questions by stating that euthanasia is not an option at this point. My 14 yr old golden retrieverchow mix is very happy and active. I give her fluids every other day & she is on the Rx KD canned dog food. I know to keep her diet low protein. She has lost weight, and eats her food better when I mix rice or egg whites (the main ingredient in her kd food) in it. Does mixing this type of table food in anyway negate what the fluids & rx dog food does? I would really like to see her gain weight without complicating her kidney disease.
    I am communicating with my vet about this as well. My vet is who diagnosed the problem, and prescribed the food & fluids. However, I’ve always found that arming myself with as many points of view as possible from people ‘in the same boat’ beneficial to making decisions. Please know that I am not using the forum as a stand in for advice from my vet, I would just like to hear what others in my situation have done. Thanks for your comments & well intentions.

    • ANSWER:
      aw, i hope your dog is ok. my 4 yr old boston passed a few months ago from kidney failure. i can’t really answer your question but i hope all goes well!

  14. QUESTION:
    Cheaper food for my dog with kidney disease?
    The vet put my 8-year old whippet on Renal MP Modified Royal Canin Veterinary Diet. She said he should have 2-3 cans per day, but that seems like way too much for him as he’s only 40 lbs. Also, if this is the case, it’s costing us 100$ per month just to feed him! Are there any alternatives? I know that there’s another kidney failure diet food called KB… or KG… or something like that. Help please? How should I feed him, is this the right stuff he should be on, and if so, is there any cheaper alternative?

    • ANSWER:
      I have no personal experience with Kidney Disease, but this website (which I have referred to plenty of times for various issues, and trust very much) has a TON of info on canine kidney disease:

      http://www.dogaware.com/health/kidney.html

      I would suggest reading as much as you can from the above sight for a better understanding of what your dog is going through.

      Also the following might help you —
      “Non-Prescription Commercial Diets for Dogs with Kidney Disease”

      http://www.dogaware.com/health/kidneynonprescription.html

      “Is a Low-Protein Diet Desirable or Necessary for Dogs with Kidney Disease?”

      http://www.dogaware.com/health/kidneyprotein.html

      If you switch your dog to a dry kibble, I would definitely suggest wetting the food before feeding. Dehydration is a big concern for dogs with kidney problems. I would also suggest that you not give tap water anymore if you do now, and instead switch him to filtered water.

  15. QUESTION:
    What dietary options do I have for my dog with kidney disease?
    My 11 year old neutered male sheltie is beginning to show signs of kidney disease. His BUN levels were last recorded at 29 and 34 for his last two blood tests, which my vet says is an indication of a very slow progression into stage 1 kidney disease. My vet wants me to put him on Science Diet k/d, but I don’t believe in low quality bulk processed food like that. I don’t feed my dog corn, by-products, and prefer not to feed him any grains as well as any other fillers or plant proteins.
    I’ve read that plant proteins are harder on the kidneys than animal proteins and animal proteins are okay is early stages of kidney disease but my vet is adamant about a low protein, low salt, low phosphorus prescription diet. While I agree with the low salt and phosphorus, I’m not sold on the low protein and the prescription garbage.
    My dog currently eats EVO Red Meat Small Bites, Blue Buffalo Wilderness Duck and Solid Gold Barking at the Moon rotations. I’m pretty sure I have to lower his protein, which I’m okay with.
    However, I was wondering what kind of food (wet and dry food) is recommended for kidney problems for people who are seeking a more holistic diet for their pets? Any information is helpful. I can’t find a pet nutritionist in my area, so this is so difficult.

    PS I’ve been looking at Wellness Super5Mix Senior as a candidate with canned Innova Senior… That’s the best combination I’ve found, but any and all genuine thoughts and experiences is welcome.
    I’ve been looking at a holistic vet, and yes the cause of my dog’s problems is probably his food, but from before I became better informed. I used to feed him until he was around 6 or 7 Kibbles n Bits and Moist and Meaty, and I believe the plant proteins and fillers have taken their toll on him.
    Please refrain from blaming me for the issue; I already have blamed myself.
    PS Can you explain why you feel Science Diet is a better food than what I have been feeding him and why my food choices are junk? I’m open to opinions, as long as they have been researched outside of the brand’s lab.
    Cookie-
    Thanks for the info! The link didn’t work for me but I’m checking out the website. I threw this question up here to get some ideas… This won’t be the definitive answer here… I’m going to check out that group. I’ve already joined.
    What did you feed your dog? I’m taking a pass on the Science Diet, I’d just love to hear exactly why Science Diet is superior to holistic diets according to Bonnie…
    walking lady- I’m going to check your link out as well. That’s an interesing idea with the high protein.
    CJ Rossi, I just don’t believe that the SD is even a medium quality food. I don’t believe there’s enough protein to effectively keep a dog in his peak health. Further, I don’t know if the protein is plant or animal based, and the research I have done says that plant based protein actually makes the kidneys work harder. It will be a harder sale for me to switch to Science Diet. If I could find a medium quality, I would consider it, but I’m just not seeing it right now.
    I don’t think Science Diet is formulating a proper diet for a dog with kidney problems in mind. I think that Science Diet created a food decades ago based on the information they had then, and have become such a presence in vet’s offices that they no longer feel the need to do research.
    I realize your cats have been living for three years on k/d but I’ve also talked to a gentleman who continues to feed his Blue Buffalo to his dog five years after being diagnosed with kidney problems with no health issues.
    I don’t find a specific instance of the longevity of an animal to be enough proof for me.
    I feel like feeding my dog chicken beaks and feathers and corn (aka SD k/d) with a low protein prolongs his life with kidney disease just to shorten it with a protein and nutrient deficiency.
    I don’t feed my dog high quality food simply because it is considered high quality. I feed it to him beacause I believe it is what is best for him. I don’t feel Science Diet ever will be.
    Thanks Cookie for the info on your diet. I have been trying to locate a nutritionist to formulate something for my dog as well. That’s the only reason why I am looking for a holistic vet… well, that and I’m interested in testing my dog before over vaccinating, but that’s a whole nother discussion. :o ) Anyway, I love my traditional vet, but I was told that to find a nutritionist, the easiest path to take is to seek a holistic vet first and they would know where to go from there… not so much I’m interested in the herbal aspect of it.

    • ANSWER:
      I am sorry about your dog’s illness. I am not a veterinarian, so can’t advise you on food choices, my suggestion would be to find a holistic vet. Vets that promote Science Diet are usually selling the food and making profit on their recommendations, which could be why your vet is so adamant on you feeding that food.

      If you find a Holistic Vet, there is no way he/she would recommend Science Diet (junk food). This vet could advise and supervise healthy food choices and how your dog progresses.

  16. 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.

  17. QUESTION:
    Help on getting a dog with kidney disease to eat?
    I have a 8 1/2 yr old scottie. She has been diagnosed with stage 2 kidney disease recently. She has high protein and phosphorous levels. She was put on the Hills K/D and Purina NF diets, but won’t eat it now. Her vet insists that is what she should eat, but it’s getting to be a bad deal with alot of wasted expensive food and a hungry dog. I’ve tried mixing in rice, but to no avail. She also has bladder stones and is a little dehydrated. She’s on Epakitin, a phosphorous binder and high blood pressure medicine. I also give her a vitamin supplement daily. She really is in pretty good shape and loves to go on her mile a day walks, so I’m not willing to give up on her yet. Any help would be so appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      Thank you for your very loving question for your dog! I worked at a vet clinic for five years, and we often saw dogs with kidney failure live quite happy lives for years. I think you’re right on with your attitude. :)

      As you mentioned, she’s dehydrated. Dehydration can decrease appetite. Here are some tricks to try and get her to eat without overloading her kidneys with protein-rich flavor enhancers which would just make the problem worse:

      Add enough warm, unsalted chicken or other meat-based stock to her food to make a rich, warm, fragrant, water-rich “stew.”

      Feed her directly after coming home from her walks, when she would normally head for the water bowl. Replace the water bowl with her delicious, moist food, prepared as described above.

      Be sure to not leave the food out, but to feed her just once or twice a day. Take up any unused portion after 20 minutes, put it in an airtight container and store it in the fridge until next mealtime. Warm up slightly in the microwave before trying again. That’s much more exciting and enticing for doggie, and will save you from wasting that expensive food! ;)

      I am not kidding on this one…as you prepare and stir up her concoction, make loud, obnoxious smacking sounds yourself, as though you’re drooling over her dinner and might just eat it yourself is she doesn’t want it.

      Best of luck to you, try not to panic, and remember that making her food delicious and hydrating will go a long way!

      Doggedly yours,
      Celeste Crimi
      Network Member Support
      Best Friends Animal Society

      http://network.bestfriends.org

  18. QUESTION:
    Holistic treatment for kidney disease in dogs?
    Are there any holistic treatments, diets, minerals, etc. that would work in conjunction with medicine in order to help a dog diagnosed with the start of kidney disease?

    • ANSWER:
      Raw food – a raw meaty bones or prey model diet based around whole carcasses, raw meat, meaty bones and organs.

      I would suggest you join one of the raw feeding groups – RawMeatyBones or rawfeeding are two good ones.

      holistic means treating the ‘whole’ rather than just the symptoms – not necessarily homoeopathic or ‘herbal’ – surely a species appropriate diet is the first step in this?

  19. QUESTION:
    Is the Yahoo group for dogs with Kidney Disease still in action? If so how do I contact them?
    I found this group a few months ago, when my Yorkie had crystals in her urine. I put her on the Fuzzer diet, followed all their guidelines, and she has improved to the point where she no longer has the crystals in her urine. I really would like to get in touch with them to say Thank You.

    • ANSWER:
      It’s k-9 kidney diet group

  20. 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!! :)

  21. QUESTION:
    Diet for K9 with Kidney Disease?
    My poor dog that I’ve had since I was 19 (Im currently 31) has failing kidneys. The Vet said that if she were a person she would be on dialasis. Anyhow, she is currently getting liquid treatment under her skin every day and her she is still eating, but not nearly what she used to. I have been giving her people food as she has been staying away from regular canned dog food (which she used to love). Now I give her some canned salmon, rice, carrots, sometimes a scrambelled egg or two. But what she REALLY LOVES is canned vienna sausages and hot dogs. I have been giving her alot of these just so she will take in more calories. I would put her down, alothough it breaks my heart except she is still pretty playful and happy…although not as much as she use to be. My question is what do you think about giving her hot dogs and such as primary meals?

    • ANSWER:
      There is a great yahoo group for dogs with kidney failure. The members there have a lot of great advice and tricks to keep your dog with you as long as possible. Please join and seek their advice.http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/K9KidneyDiet/

  22. QUESTION:
    I need to put my 10 year old dog on a low protein diet. What specialized dog foods are available?
    He has been diagnosed with early stage kidney disease. It has been recommended that I put him on a low protein diet to help control the disease. He is currently taking antibiotics and the vet also recommends regular blood and urine testing to be sure it doesn’t get worse.

    • ANSWER:
      I think you would be VERY happy with Eukaneuba brand.. HOWEVER.. DO NOT PUT THE DOG on Eukaneuba all of a sudden…. mix your regular dog food with eukaneuba and then eventually increase the proportion of eukaneuba and until you have tdotally eukaneuba

  23. QUESTION:
    My dog is slowly dying from congestive heart failure and kidney disease. He has lost weight because ….?
    he refuses to eat. I have tried all kinds of food and have made foods. He needs to be on a low protien diet, because his kidney’s are deteriating. I found two healthy ceresls (made for humans) which he is eating. He seems to feel a little better and has a little more energy. He is even gaining back a little weight.

    My husband worries that this isn’t good for him.

    I love this dog so much and he is so happy to get his food now. I think, since he is dying and this makes him happy, and seems to help him, I should give it to him.

    What is your opinion?.
    To everyone except Diva, PeggyC, Ginbark & anyone else who may answer this question while I am writing this reply. I adopted my dog from the pound when he was 9 years old. I love and would NEVER allow him to suffer or live in pain. He still gets excited for his short walks. He is such a happy dog and is in less pain than I am and they won’t put me down. I am not the selfish person you think I am. When he reaches the point where he is in pain and our bond is so great that I will know when this is, I will have him put down, but he is not ready to go to doggy heaven yet.

    I know you mean well, but your answers were very upsetting to me. You haven’t even seen this dog and evaluated his condition. My vet is very good and he will tell me when it is time, because he also knows and loves my dog.
    Tina B
    He is about fourteen now. He is a Schnoodle .
    Yes, he is on medication. I roll his little pill in a little cheese, put it down, he sniffs it and looks at me. I say p l e a s e and he eats it. He smiles at me. It’s a game he likes to play, making me beg. He is so smart. I’m on oxygen24/7 and he puts his paws on my leash (tube) to try to keep me from going anywhere.
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    I wish I could choose all seven of the answers that had positive ideas, but I can only choose one. I kept reading them over and over again, after blocking out the ones that meant well , but were not helpful. Please know how much I appreciated the love that poured out for my dog
    PM
    I wish I had gotten him sooner in his life, but he was nine when I got him from the pound.
    Thanks for your kind comments.
    Dobiegang
    I have tried everything you named, except tuna. Thanks for your underatanding and compassion. Best wishes to you and your dog.
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    ********************************************** I wasn’t allowed to pick earlier and now with more great answers, it is even more difficult. Please do not be hurt if you are not picked. I wish I could pick more than one. Thank you! Thank You!Thank You!

    • ANSWER:
      You don’t say how old the dog is. You also don’t say if it’s on meds or if the vet has prescried a prescription diet. There are many foods that treat heart disease and kidney disease. Both kidney and heat disease are the normal course of deterioration for dogs as they get older, so don’t think that you have done anyting. wrong. As far as feeding him cereal, if he’s eating it and gaining weight, go for it. If it’s making him happy, then enjoy it. You don’t know how much longer you’re going to have him for and your memories should be happy ones. There’s very little that we eat that a dog can’t eat. Before we started feeding “dog food”, and before dogs were domesticated, they ate what they killed or they foraged and ate vegetation. They instinctively knew what to eat and what not to eat. They also healed themselves. I’m not saying that’s what’s happening here. There’s an ingredient or ingredients in that cereal that the dog wants or needs and by eating it he’s getting it.
      As far as him being in pain. Take a picture and look at him. If he’s in pain you’ll see it in the picture. If he’s not in pain it’s my oppinion that he should be left alone and allowed to pass at home. Good luck

  24. QUESTION:
    Can a dog rebound from kidney disease?
    My dog is 6 and 6 weeks ago he statred drinking mass quantities of H20 and peeing everywhere. I took him to the vet right away, who preformed a series of blood test. He had protien loss and we got a 2nd opinion, which was the same. He was given anti-biotics. At the time he was put on the k/d diet which he hates. He stopped eating completely so he began the homemade low protien diet and he is eating that fine, but we have to switch recipes every few days. He also was diagnosed with high blood pressure (195). The 10.5 protien and 195 BP was taken on 10/30. We took him to a specialist for an ultrasound and further blood work and x-rays. Ultrasound and x-ray came back %100 normal. BP was 168 and Protien was 9.3 (11/12), which are both slight improvements. He had a positive Rocky Mountian Fever and Lyme. He seems a bit better and we will be using strong antibiotics. Can he rebond and has anyone been through this?

    • ANSWER:
      kidney disease is a progressive illness, but you can slow it down greatly, with the change in diet, BP medication, kidney medication (azodyl and calcitrical were what my dog was on), and regular IV or sub-q fluids.

      my dog hated the K/d diet also. its important that whatever food you give, is lowest in protein and sodium, and that you add water to it, the more water he gets the better. I bought a baby bottle and gave my dog extra water that way every night also. the water and IV fluids are like dialysis in people who have kidney disease; the water works to flush the toxins out of the kidneys that can not do it fully on their own now. (so as a beneficial consequence, they need to urinate more, but that means accidents)

      at some point, your dog is just going to refuse food alltogether. theres nothing you can do, the toxin build up in the kidneys goes to the dogs brain and makes them have no appetite and nausea.

      but my dog lived for almost 2 years with kidney disease without pain and a good quality of life until the last few weeks.

      Also, try to get the dog eating the K/d because he still needs vitamins and enzymes that is supplemented in the dog food. i added unsweetened applesauce to the canned k/d..it seemed like a bad combo but my dog ate it like that for a while.

  25. QUESTION:
    What dog foods are available for dogs with kidney and bladder stones?
    I have a Great Dane with Addison’s Disease and who now has been diagnosed with bladder and kidney stones. I pay 0 a month for the injection to keep him functioning with Addison’s and now I have to feed him a prescription diet. I love my dog but I have to eat too. Is there anything out there that is cheaper than for a 40# bag.

    • ANSWER:
      Join Yahoo’s K9KidneyDiet group. You’ll need to know what type of stones.

      I had wonderful success using the Fuzzer Diet for calcium oxylate stones… and have found raw feeding to be less expensive than premium brands of food.

      http://www.eastwooddanes.com/Getting-Started-101.htm

      Good luck!

  26. QUESTION:
    does the canine kidney health by five leaf pet pharmacy really cure or treat kidney disease in dogs?
    My 9 year old dog has kidney failure. We have taken her to the vet and he told us to put her on a low protein diet and we are going to give her fluid injections. He says she has maybe a year to live. I searched on google and i found this website which sells natural medication for dogs with kidney failure. It says that it treats and cures kidney disease, and it has a lot of testimonials stating that it works. I am not sure whether to believe it and to buy it. Im worried that its a scam. Does anyone have any experience with this medication?????????????????? does it work?? any advice would be helpful. Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      Kidney failure is irreversible, so no it would not cure it. It would be supportive therapy.

  27. QUESTION:
    Anyone know how long kidney disease usually takes to progress in dogs?
    I just found out my 12-year-old female Samoyed has the start of kidney problems and was put on a precscription diet specifically to help maintain kidney function.

    • ANSWER:
      Did the vet say there was any loss of kidney function or just that there might be some problems?

      I know when my dog was diagnosised with kidney failure we were able to keep her going by changing her diet to a home made diet. What our biggest problem was our dog also had a sensitive tummy so food she should eat would give her diarrhea. She did pretty well on the home diet for 6 months then we did have to go back to her old food as by then it was try to keep weight on her.

      With kidney failure my dog lasted 9 months BUT that is worse than kidney problems. Some dogs can go for years with a kidney problem and not get worse. It really depends on the dog, if it was caught early enough and if the change in diet will help.

      I got lots of good help with diet and support from Yahoo Groups K9kidney. They will also tell you some supplements that may help.

  28. QUESTION:
    kidney disease for dogs?
    my dog was diagonsed with kidney disease..we brought him to the vet and they put him in the hospital where he was given slow drip ivs..now he is home and he is still acting weird hes still shivering his sides are hard as a rock ne advice should i return him to the vet?..or any special diet i can give him the vet said chicken and rice..is good.i also have another dog a puppy can he get this kidney disease by drinking and eating out of the same food bowls that the diganosed dog eats and drinks out of? Please Help!

    • ANSWER:
      No kidney disease is not contagious. The shivering could be from the IV fluids or from the resulting non-regenerative anemia that occurs with kidney failure. I would check back with the vet or get a second opinion. This is a very serious condition as most of the kidney function is lost when the animal starts to show signs of illness. In the meantime join the K9Kidneys yahoo group. The people there are wonderful and have many ideas for supplements, medicines, and diet.
      As for now the best diet is rice (either white or better yet sushi rice) and dark meat chicken as there is less phosphorus. But be sure to supplement the diet. Also check out the website www.dogaware.com. There is LOADS of information on it. Good luck!

  29. QUESTION:
    My dog has been diagnosed with kidney disease.?
    She won’t eat her prescribed diet of purina NF. anyone know what I can add to her diet that will entice her to eat her food? she’s been very worn down it seems from this. Her BUN level is 86 and her creatinine is 3.5 She is a 12 yr old Schipperke. Does anyone know the stage she would be in and can I bring her back to health? Please I’m desperate..my vet never told me what stage she’s in and i’ll be damned if he/she will return my calls.

    • ANSWER:
      Try feeding it a holistic or natural dog food. Good diet helps pull things back into alignment. Goto your vet and camp out till you get answers to your questions or get another vet.

  30. QUESTION:
    What are elevated kidney levels in a Boston Terrier?
    I am thinking about adopting a 3 yr old Boston Terrier from a local Humane Society. They told me she had “elevated kidney levels” when she came to the shelter b/c her prior owners basically fed her table scraps instead of dog food. At the shelter, she was put on a special “kidney diet” and they’ve done blood work 3 times since then and her kidney levels are fine now. Can anyone tell me exactly what elevated kidney levels mean and if it is connected to kidney disease? Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      My oldest cat had that problem – it has to do with how they are processing their diet. If untreated, kidney failure can occur. I’m not especially clear on all the medical details, but I think it had to do with the kidneys overworking because the animal is eating things they oughtn’t.

      So for practical experience… my cat is fine! He was switched to a prescription diet that is easier for him to digest and his enzyme levels all returned to normal. He’s been good for a couple of years now. I think all it really means is that you need to make sure that, if you adopt this pup, you stick to his diet and gets his bloodwork done every 6months to a year (the vet will recommend how long in between). As far as I can tell from my own kitty experiences, it hasn’t been a big deal. It might have been if we’d never known about it, but it’s been 100% manageable and easily managed at that. It’s just what goes in his bowl and it’s one extra thing to check off on his comprehensive exams.

      ETA: someone above mentioned not being able to get pet insurance, so I just wanted to note that this probably isn’t true. Not only is the dog fine, but it’s not the same as “kidney disease”. It’s easily managable and the expense is the food, not veterinary intervention. My cat has a banfield plan and his kidney level issue was not a problem when we switched from one plan to another (when we moved, he had to transfer which means a new plan, so they do the same pre-enrollment assesment as when he originally started years ago. Basically, they won’t cover some of the major chronic things that an animal can have wrong going in, and his special kidney diet needs weren’t even an issue, so I would think that’s a good indication for easy ability to cover this BT on pet insurance or a pet plan if you want).

  31. QUESTION:
    Are you a nutritionist that has experience with Kidney Disease and Congestive Heart Failure?
    Hi, I’m looking for a nutritionist that might be able to speak with me about a diet for my dog. He has stage three chronic kidney disease and congestive heart failure, and his last visit to the vet shows his kidneys getting worse despite our efforts to reduce salt and protein from his diet. We did get in contact with a nutritionist but she wanted 0 just to consult with us. We’re hesitant to do this because we fear she’ll just tell us to reduce salt and protein and stop giving him dog food which he hasn’t eaten in over two years anyone. It’s frustrating to have to hand over this amount of money when we’re not given any information on what the consultation will entail. If you’re a nutritionist, especially is you have any experience with these health problems and dogs any advice would be helpful. Our dog is a peek-a-poo, 15.5 years old, and his kidney numbers were 83 and 3.3 at his last visit. Again, any advice is appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      I am not an animal specialist neither a medical doctor. But I’ve had a heart failure myself 4 years ago. To improve function of my heart I am taking 200 mg. of CQ 10 daily. I’ve heard something that initially it came from trails in veterinarian clinics. Just my two cents. Make some research. It might help.

  32. QUESTION:
    1 year old dog, possible kidney issues, vet says food allergies?
    My basset/beagle is a little over a year old. He has been tested for diabetes mellitus, and kidney disease, has neither. They think it might be diabetes insipidus. Does anybody know anything about that? Basically they think he doesn’t concentrate his urine. I have been told by my vet he shows signs of food allergies. With no idea what he is actually allergic to, how do I begin to figure that out? I don’t know what to eliminate from his diet. He eats taste of the wild, which is grain free, right now. Any advice on the kidney issues, or food issues would be great!

    • ANSWER:

  33. QUESTION:
    Puppy with possible kidney disease…Should I keep him?
    Me and my husband got a mini schnauzer 4 month old pup from a rescue group about a month ago. This has come to be the worst nightmare of our lives so far…Since the day we brought him home we noticed that he drinks a lot of water…we were told by the vet that it was probably stress from the house change…we waited and he still drank lots of water (he’s about 11 pounds and drinks about 1L of water everyday)…the vet did some blood tests and urinalysis and found his BUN, Phosphorous and Calcium levels a little elevated and his urine very dilute…nothing big, but still not normal…he said it was a probable UTI infection and put him on antibiotics…10 days later we took him back, the values were a little higher now…he advised of probable kidney disease, possibly congenital…the vet put him on k/d food and gave him more antibiotics. I decided to go to another vet for a second opinion and again the new vet advised that since his Creatinine values were within normal range, it could just be a bad infection and gave him stronger antibiotics for 14 more days. Yesterday I took him back for his recheck and now his values are all within normal although his urine is still very dilute (1.008 and this was his first urine of the day). The vet is not sure if his values are lower because the antibiotics are working or if it’s just because of the food he’s been eating have lowered the values (low protein, low calcium, phosphorus, etc) so she wanted to do an ultrasound to confirm if it’s indeed kidney disease…the ultrasound is about 0 but my husband and I cannot afford this. The vet suggested I just keep the dog b/c she does think it might be some kidney problem and leave him on the diet and just let him live whatever time he’s supossed to live…basically just keep him on diet and dont worry about testing and stuff….our dilemma is, should we return the puppy to the rescue group and let them deal with him? (they said they would put him up for readoption but I dont really believe them and i dont think anyone would adopt a sick puppy) or should we just keep him and let him be happy and give him love until God decides to take him away? By the way, the puppy is the happiest creature ever…he’s not in pain, with appetite, not lethargic or anything…in fact, he’s VERY active…My heart is broken because I love him with all my heart and I dont want him to be put to sleep or to be given to somebody that wont take care of him the way we do…so I need advise…should I keep him????????? HELP!!!

    • ANSWER:
      As heartbreaking as it would be, I would keep the puppy until the day I had to make the tough decision to end his suffering. I would want to make sure this puppy was given the best chance at life.

  34. QUESTION:
    my dog has cronic liver & kidney failure. can i give him his arthritis loxicom on an empty stomach?
    Hi. This is really hard to explain but I will try my best. My dog is 16 yearsof age and until3 weeks ago he was in perfect condidion and even the vets said he has lots of yeaars left. Still mamaged to go on hours walks. Running up and down stairs and always full of energy. However, he does have authritus but he was put on loxicom for that and it makes him back to hid old self. 3 weeks ago he was going on 1 hr walks. 9 mths ago he was told he had something wrong with his liver but if we changed his diet it will be ok. So started feeding his chicken and vegatable lile the vet said. He lost all his weight and is just bones now. He went of his food 3 weeks ago and water and was being sick so took him vets. He look a complely different dog. The vets ran some test and they said he has got cronic kidney and liver disease and we should put him dog. It broke my heart because 3 weeks ago he was his mad self. Even someone said to me on his walk he taking you for a walk aint he. He is not a normal 16 year old dog he a figther. My next door neigbours call him phyc for phyco cse hes so lively. Anyways, I will not put him down noway I will kill my dog. He still tryes to fight and trys to drink and eat and eventhoe he has autheritus he still gets and walks around and has no problems going to the toilet. We have been giving him water threw a saringue. And because he has isnt eating I blend vegetable such as brocoli, cabbage,carrot spinage. So he can get vitamins and he isnt been sick and doesn’t have trouble going to the toilet. So I wanted to no if I could still give him his medicine for his autheritus loxicom because he is in pain with that and eventhoe he still walks he in pain with it. However, it says not to give it him on a empty stomach. He stomach isnt emprty but his food is like water based. I am really confused cause I dont want to make thing worse or kill him. I just think it will help him be in less pain and least he will be able to sit down wthout his authritus hurting him. I no he is going to pass away but I just want him to live as confortable as possible. I am up with him allday and night. I have a hours sleep then my family take over. I am tryin my best for him. I will not give up on him so please don’t mention putting him to sleep. So do you think I should risk giving him his medicine on a empty stomach well he has water based food? Also if anyone has any advise about vitamins etc. but have really got a lot of time to think about that. Just want to no about his medicine. Please help me because the vets are useess they just want to write him off. Kidest regards. thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Bless your heart….

      I am guessing the vets are making suggestions based on what most people want

      I would be concerned that giving him the meds at this point would make things worse for him because meds process either thru the liver or thru the kidney & you are saying he has both shutting down

      because neither his liver or his kidney can process properly, he is going to build up toxins… and, I hate to say this, but you know he will pass away rather soon…

      Thankfully, he has lived a joyful & full life with you & your family :)

  35. QUESTION:
    Why does my dog suddenly love eating dirt?!?
    So apparently my dog loves dirt. To eat. She has kidney disease, so I give her Hill’s Prescription K/D (the vet prescribed it). She seems to hate it even more than regular food (she has never been a big eater since I got her a few months ago).

    Anyway, so normally she likes to eat grass, which I feel isn’t THAT weird. But yesterday we walked by some “freshly tilled dirt” and it was like we were walking by a spilled bag of her favorite treats! She kept trying to eat it, and I *thought* I did a good job at keeping her from it, until she basically pooped a pot of dirt today! And today on our walk she did it again- eating dirt! Is it possible she isn’t getting enough nutrition from her diet? Should I try changing her to a more high quality food? I’ve heard many people say that dogs with kidney disease still need good quality food, because now there is some controversy over whether they are REALLY having a problem digesting protein or whatever from good food or not.

    Well any help with this would be much appreciated. :) Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      There are many reasons that could explain this:
      1)Pica: Pica is the ingestion or eating of non-food materials and substances. These materials have no nutritive values. Dogs eat dirt. There could be underlying reasons for this abhorrent behavior.

      2)Hunger: If your dog isn’t being given enough food to eat may she may be forced to eat dirt to ease the gnawing in her bellies. This is most common in dogs that are given one meal a day. And you said that she has kidney diease and never has been a big eater.. Maybe these two are related causing the dirt munching?

      3)Mineral Deficiency: Eating dirt is often associated with anemia. Low quality dog foods are most often deficient in nutrients. Dogs seem to have this amazing ability to solve their mineral deficiency concerns. If they don’t get enough vitamins and minerals from their food they simply eat dirt to cope with the shortage. So it could be the dog food your feeding her. So you should consult your vet about the best quality and most recommended vitamin and mineral enriched dog food.

      4)Health Concerns: You may be giving your dog high quality nutrient rich food but she would still eat dirt. She then may be dealing with a digestive system disorder. Gastrointestinal maldigestive as well as malabsorptive disorders hinders the nutrients of the ingested food from being absorbed by the body thus resulting to nutrient deficiency. Again, your dog will eat dirt to supplement the nutrient insufficiency.

      5)Abnormal Behavior: Dogs have excellent olfactory capacity that is 40,000 times better than humans. Your dog could be smelling something interesting in the dirt, and if she likes what she smells she therefore would want to eat anything that is embedded in the dirt. Eating dirt is also a way by which the dog can gain the owner’s attention. These are sensitive creatures that would crave human companionship especially when there are no other pets in the home. Eating dirt is also a way of manifesting boredom. Some dogs would be destructive when bored. Chewing furniture and carpets, digging and incessant barking are signs that the dog is bored. Some dog just eat dirt when they are. My bichon frise eats the tips of my my lemon grass leaves and eats the dirt too. I noticed he does it whenever I don’t give him a lot of attention.

      A dog eating dirt also may be coping with the increased appetite borne out of having an endocrine disorder. These dogs would crave for food and when none is available would resort to eating dirt.

      I can’t diagnose or answer your question fully. So I think you should bring these things up with your vet just incase, hun! Hope this helps :)

  36. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have any good recipes for dogs with kidney diease?
    My dog is a 15 year old Maltese with kidney disease. The vet prescribed him The Prescription Diet- K/D canned and dry food. He did not like the canned food but with the dry food, I grind it up and sprinkle over his meal. I currently cook potato, pumpkin and celery in salt reduced veggie stock and then mash it up and add white rice. I put some of this in his bowl with some diced chicken loaf. I give him the chicken loaf because it is processed and therefore low in protein. I then sprinkle the dry food over the top and mix it together. This worked well for a while but now he is tiring of it. I am reluctant to up the protein even though I know that is what he wants as the vet strongly recommended a very low protein diet.
    Does anyone have any suggestions? Thank you :-)

    • ANSWER:
      That’s a great question.

      My dogs never tire of the same food being offered repeatedly so it’s a bit of a head scratcher.
      You might benefit from joining some of the raw feeding yahoo groups. I joined some and you can email me if you want the names of those groups.

      While you want low protein, I suspect you can cook some beef liver or heart of tongue and chop it and freeze it in containers so you can pull out one container and add a little to your current recipe to change the flavor.

      ALSO… use brown rice or brown and white rice mixed.
      Also, there is turkey bacon out there which didn’t excite me when I tried it so I added it to my dog’s meal and they loved it.
      One of the most exciting flavors you can add to your current diet for a change of taste is some lamb. AND… if you don’t want to add too much meat, add the fat… lamb fat excites my dogs more than anything else.

      Use google… search for “amount of protein in meat products” and in fish products. If something has a high protein value, use a smaller amount of it so your dog gets variety, but not lots of protein. That way you don’t drastically change your current good diet but simply enhance it. If other items are equally low in protein as chicken, use them a lot more. Look at the ingredients in the prescription diet and K/D canned and dry food to see what types of items they use. Check the protein count of wild game food to see if maybe some deer meat or something similar could be given instead of the chicken.

      It’ll take some searching… but meanwhile… some lamb fat or bacon grease would be low protein and might do a LOT to improve your dog’s interest in the meal you now make. -!-

  37. QUESTION:
    My dog’s blood work shows high kidney enzymes?
    I have a 8-year-old Pom/mix. She recently had some dental work done, and the blood work she had done before it showed that she had high enzymes in her kidneys. They said i would have to put her on a low protein diet right away.

    For one, she wasn’t allowed to eat/drink after 12 am. She actually had not drank sines probably around 10 p.m. that night. All night she was up looking for me to give her a drink, so she obviously really wanted a drink. I did some research and it said that dehydration can cause the kidney enzymes to be high. (The vet said they were not up very high)
    Ever sines her diet has changed, i have a hard time getting her to eat, and she seems depressed, just not the same.
    I have thought about taking her to a different vets to get some more blood work done to see what the results of the enzymes are.
    I’m so confused, and i just love her so much, i hate to see her this way..i need some advice, i hope you can help!

    Do you think the high enzymes count was because of dehydration?
    1 more thing, what should i be looking for in her results (if i get the blood work done again) that would mean some kind on kidney disease?
    Thanks for your time!

    • ANSWER:
      A second PROFESSIONAL opinion wouldn’t hurt, especially in the light of the confusion you are experiencing. I does sound a little questionable diagnosis…but then again, I’m no vet; just a guy that has raised and cared for many dogs over the past 40 years.
      If you’re not happy with the vet’s diagnosis, look elsewhere. You may get the same answers, but then, at least you’ll know!

  38. QUESTION:
    My 13 yr old Dog was recently diagnosed with early stages of Renal Disease?
    My 13 yr old dog was recently diagnosed with renal disease and he is a small dog that only weighs 11lbs and our vet put him on nf kidney function diet but our problem is he wont eat it he went 2 day without eating anything because our vet said to give only this food. Today I broke down and put half of the nf dog food along with half boiled chicken with some water and mixed it all in together is this still ok or do I need to try to force feed him which I do not want to go this route cause I feel like if he don’t want it I should not force it on him but yet I am not ready to lose my baby. Is there anything that I can do to get him to eat the NF Dog food that I might be able to mix in with it that wont hurt him any worse than he is now. Please help I have done lots of research on Renal disease and I know there are foods I can make from scratch for the Renal disease but I would really like it if I can get the NF food from the vet to work. He only has early stages of the renal disease and would like to correct the problem now before it gets worse to the point we may have to have him put down and I don’t want to do that right now cause he is my one and only baby and has gotten me through some really bad times Please Help me
    The Vet put him on the Purina NF for a healthier Kidney Function it is the wet stuff for some reason my dog wont eat the hard food it has to be the wet or soupy before he eats it. The vet did say that if the dog wouldn’t eat the dog food they would change off to something else and if that didn’t work they said something about medicine. He has a very mild case there was something in his blood work that showed one of his levels at 32 and he was not worried he said if it was over 100 then it would be time to worry but he said he just has a very mild case and if we can get him to eat the food his lab work may resolve and go back down to normal they was saying something about normal being around 9 to 25 or around there and his was 32 so not really high but high enough for us to take action now before its too late I am just not too sure about mixing the boiled chicken in with it. He is a very picky eater and if there is no smell or taste then he wont eat it. Family would always feed him tabl

    • ANSWER:
      I have a 6 year old mini schnauzer that was diagnosed with renal disease a few years ago. She is on Science Diet KD food… she eats the dry food and canned food and I didn’t have any problem switching her to it. What type of food did the vet tell you to feed your dog? If not the Science Diet KD then I would definitely ask your vet if you can try it. There should be no reason why you couldn’t. Also, there is a pill that Roxy takes twice a day for her disease called Azodyl, did your vet mention or prescribe any medication? Unfortunately my dog has not seen much improvement from the diet or medication over the years but hasn’t gotten any worse either. So do your best to stick with the diet and ask about the medication and hopefully you’ll have several more good years with your baby :)

  39. QUESTION:
    Epileptic dog question?
    after taking our 12 year old lab to th vet, ( my bro in laws dog that was horribly neglected, full details are on my previous question asked), we took him in for his epilepsy meds, and for weight loss, the vet took his blood and is doing a complete work-up, we are currently waiting for the results, our vet is concerned about his kidneys, he has begun to put on a little weight, weve been mixing canned baby food and an egg in with his kibble and it is beginning to help, he is still real skinny but we are making some progress, his ears were terribly infected, very red and smelly, i havent seen any reaql improvement in that but the medication has only been on board for 2 days, im wondering how long until we will see improvement in his ears?? and if he has kidney disease what medications/ diet will we need to look into?? the vet also tells me that my bro in law left the ears so long that they are now called cauliflower ear and will never go back to the way they used to be but is this true?? thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Hi there, ear medications for ear infections can take awhile, depending on how bad the infection is present, and from your description it sounds bad, so i would give it a week or so before seeing the vet again. Also the topic of the dog possibly having kidney disease you will need to discuss that with the vet and he will give you all the detailed info as every dog has different needs. I would also say that the vet is right about the dogs ear, they know what they are talking about, especially since he examined the dog, Vets go to school for around eight years, so i would trust what he or she has to say. The best of luck and i really hope the dog is going to be okay!!

  40. QUESTION:
    PLEASE HELP, question about ill dog. ***********10 pts. tonight********?
    after taking our 12 year old lab to the vet, ( my bro in laws dog that was horribly neglected, full details are on my previous question asked), we took him in for his epilepsy meds, and for weight loss, the vet took his blood and is doing a complete work-up, we are currently waiting for the results, our vet is concerned about his kidneys, he has begun to put on a little weight, weve been mixing canned baby food and an egg in with his kibble and it is beginning to help, he is still real skinny but we are making some progress, his ears were terribly infected, very red and smelly, i havent seen any reaql improvement in that but the medication has only been on board for 2 days, im wondering how long until we will see improvement in his ears?? and if he has kidney disease what medications/ diet will we need to look into?? the vet also tells me that my bro in law left the ears so long that they are now called cauliflower ear and will never go back to the way they used to be but is this true?? thanks
    his ears arent cropped, they were left with infection go, from what the vet told us at least 3 months untreated

    • ANSWER:
      this is so sad, I really can’t answer your question, but I can tell you this several years ago I took a what once was a beautiful golden retriever, that was horribly starved almost to death, she belonged to a neighbor, after lots of care and somewhat weight gain she was never like she was before, she was always sickly looking, the night she drug herself to my house my family pulled shifts in sitting up with her, feeding her a little every couple of hours, the vet we called and took her to told us that she was so bad that if she lived she would never be the same, she lived a good year with us loved and nice hot breakfast every morning my dad came over to feed her, along with all access to food that she wanted, it is a sad thing, when people do this to animals…. now i’m not saying that this dog will pass away, i don’t know how bad your rescue is….. your a great person for doing this and hope all ends well…. good luck

  41. QUESTION:
    Anyone out there from the Sebring-Beloit area in NE Ohio?
    My dog is lost and I need for you to keep an eye out for her.If you ,or any of your friends are from Sebring,Beloit,Salem ,Damascus,North Benton or Alliance,Ohio,please,on Friday there were very high winds in our area and our fence was blown over.Two of my 13-year-old dogs were lost.One was found safe today,but her sister is still missing.Her name is Sierra.She is a mixed-breed(Australian shep/retriever/???).She is golden-red with white on her chest,and is very thin,as she has been sick.She needs medication and a special diet for kidney disease.I know this is a long-shot,but in the off-chance that someone who sees this is from my neck of the woods,please help.Her sister was found on the corner of Johnson and Courtney roads,and was also seen at Quaker City IGA on Friday,so she could be anywhere.Thanks.
    Thanks,Nicky.Would you please ask your friends as well?There are fliers with her picture on them posted at IGA,Marathon,and Gromoll Drugstore.
    I have called everyone;the Salem Humane Society,Alchemy Acres,the pounds in Mahoning,Columbiana,and Stark Counties,and all of the area vets.I’ve had adds in the Salem and Alliance papers,and put fliers up,and no luck.I’m afraid that she is probably dead,or someone has her.I know with her health problems and her age that she could not have survived the recent cold unless she is in someone’s house.Thanks for your offers of help,though,and I’m still wishing for a Christmas miracle to bring my girl home.

    • ANSWER:
      I and my brothers live in Salem. We will keep our eyes open. You need to call the Humane Society which is run by Sue Davidson. Her place is on Rt. 62 near Andrews Cycles. Look for the place that has llamas out in the front field. There is also a little red , heart shaped, sign the says Valentine Farms.
      Did you call the pound?

  42. QUESTION:
    Should we euthanize or wait it out?
    We have a 15+ yr old yorkshire terrier. It’s a long story, but here are the bullet points.

    He was rescued from the pound 6 years ago and already had heart murmor and bad teeth. Approx 9yrs old then.
    He has kidney disease and urniates on the carpet daily,
    He’s on meds and special diet dog food, costing .00/mo.
    Our children are 2 1/2 yrs and 5mo old baby. He bit the 2 1/2 yr old yesterday, unprovoked.
    He sleeps all day and can’t climb stairs

    It’s hard to come to terms with the fact that he’s probably not well. To look at him he looks fine. And he’s still relatively social. Yesterday was the first time he’s shown any aggression to the children.

    • ANSWER:
      Poor thing!

      If he is starting to get irritable toward the children, it’s time to let him go. 15 years is a long life for a dog, and he doesn’t look like he’s having much fun now.

      Yes, it is hard. It is the hardest thing you will ever have to do. But it is better that he can go with love instead of hurt.

      Feel better.

  43. QUESTION:
    My yorkie has been depressed for about a year and shakes until incontinence frequently, why?
    Tonight he urinated on the floor and it was dark pink (and not in celebration of Valentine’s Day either…), I am going to take a sample of his urine to the vet tomorrow to rule out kidney disease or UTI. He is about 6 years old with no history of either. He eats Royal Canine’s Yorkshire Terrier food (on this diet for over 3 years) so his breath always smells like fish. I was reading that foods high in protein may be bad for dogs with kidney problems, is this food bad? Are there any other explanations?

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like he may have bladder or kidney stones. The color of the urine is because of blood in the urine, and it is good that you are getting him to a vet soon. Usually UTIs do not have a lot of blood in them, but it can happen.

  44. QUESTION:
    Should I be concerned that my dog is urintating clear (like water)?
    My dog’s vet is currently out of town and about a month ago he had bladder stone surgery. They changed his diet completely and now he is on specific food to keep his pH levels in his urine normal to prevent the stones from coming back. All of the sudden he starts urinating clear. He stopped eating store-bought treats and drinks a lot of water and eats peas for a treat. I talked to a different vet who I am not familiar with and she took his urine yesterday and said his urine is extrememly diluted which is bad. Then she kept going on and on that he could have kidney failure, a tumor, or some kind of hormone disease!!! I was like hold on a minute here!!! He just had a full blood work up done a month ago and all of his organs are working fine and he’s totally healthy besides the stones that were removed. I think she hasn’t had too much experience it seemed. So after looked in his chart and noticed this, she had a change of heart on all the tests she wanted to perform. I told her, listen, I am not a vet whatsoever, but don’t you think it’s kind of a coinsidence that my dog starts urinating clear after being on this new diet? I feel like he is not getting the other nutrients he needs. My dog used to eat meat everyday (Beneful Ready Meals) and now hes like on a canned diet and only drinks water and eats peas! So she looked at me and said I’m going to have to call an internist and see if this is normal from the food. Then she sent me home! How do you tell someone their dog could be diseased and then send them home!?! She was supposed to call me today and never did! So now I’m worried and concerned because I don’t know what to think or believe and my vet doesn’t get back until next week. I searched this clear urine problem online and I get mixed answers. I read it’s good because his body is flushed out and then I read it’s a sign of kidney problems because the kidneys are not flushing the urine out properly. So now what? I can’t sleep and this is my only hope to find an answer. My Aunt’s dog recently died from kidney failure and it was so tramatizing to me, so ….PLEASE HELP!

    • ANSWER:
      I’ve lost 3 dogs to Chronic Renal Failure so just like you I’m always watching out for the signs:
      Drinking a lot more than usual, peeing a lot of clear urine, ‘uriney’ smell on the breath, lethargy, vomiting, tremors. Look at the urine first thing in the morning – it should be more concentrated – and take it to your vet to check again. The anesthetic and pain meds could, and I say ‘could’ have damaged the kidney function. Rule out CRF with urine and blood tests and then you can get some peace of mind. It’s never a bad idea to establish a baseline.
      They’ll drink a lot with Diabetes too unfortunately.

  45. QUESTION:
    My dog pees as soon as she comes inside?
    I have a dog that starting peeing every time she’s let in the house. We’re talking within 1sec-10 mins.

    Yesterday my husband brought her in for a bath and to crate her a night and as soon as he placed her in the tub she squatted. He washed her and took her back outside. My husband doesn’t do the ‘dog thing’ so his solution is to just keep her outside. Which is fine, they have a dog house we built for them (all out 2 by 4s, haha), food, water and we still take her on walks and play with her.

    But she didn’t have this problem before…well she wasn’t fully house trained but she never made messes so fast. I checked out the ASPCA website and got this:

    “If your dog soils indoors, it’s important to visit his veterinarian to rule out medical causes before doing anything else. Common medical reasons for inappropriate urination and defecation include gastrointestinal upset, a change in diet, a urinary tract infection, a weak sphincter, hormone-related problems after spay surgery, bladder stones, diabetes, kidney disease, Cushing’s disease, neurological problems, age-related incontinence and certain medications. Please see our article on Medical Causes of House Soiling in Dogs to learn more.”

    I know the obvious answer is to take her to the vet but I’m looking for anyone whose had this problem and what they did/turned out.

    • ANSWER:
      We have had a similar problem, once it turned out to be a bladder infection, the other time it was caused by a medication (prednisone) that made her drink water like there was no tomorrow. Did you just get her spayed? I think a visit to the vet is probably what you need

  46. QUESTION:
    My Dog is Sick and Vets Can’t Figure It Out?
    Spayed female about 8 years old. Has a little blood in her urine, leaks urine when she sleeps and now a little when she’s awake, she walks all hunched up and stands like a bear with her head lower than her shoulders (she shivers and looks like she’s freezing but it’s warm outside), she drinks a lot and just seems really unhappy and uncomfortable. She has to go to the bathroom often.

    What’s normal: her temp, her appetite.

    Vet suspected a urinary tract or kidney infection, and put her on antibiotics. She was tested for Von Willibrand’s Disease, but she is negative for that. They just don’t know.

    She’s really fat since she was spayed and she’s lumpy but I have to admit that I can’t tell if the lumpiness is fat or something else. She eats almost nothing (smaller portion that prescribed of diet dog food and NO treats) but stays REALLY fat. People think we overfeed her! We take her for a walk daily (about 45 minutes) but she doens’t enjoy it now — she drags behind now. HELP!
    You are all so kind — here’s what I’ll add. She is a Doberman. And they have done blood tests and they said nothing was out of sorts other than that she did have a small amount of blood in her urine. We have been to 2 vet clinics, but the one that we use the most has 5 vets in there that work together.

    After reading your feedback, I have more questions and I’m taking her back to the vet today.

    I’ll keep you posted. And, I’m afraid of the comment that one of you wrote about it being cancer or something. That’s why I’m really afraid to take her in today, but I know I need to.

    Thanks for your feedback. I appreciate it more than you know.
    Visited the vet today and he prescribed another round of antibiotics (stronger) and pain medication. He still thinks a chronic urinary tract/kidney infection may be to blame, but he’s worried enough to suggest that we either do a MRI (which he said is 00) or take an x-ray or do exploratory surgery. Tomorrow morning, we’re doing an x-ray, and see if that shows anything. He suspects either: kidney stones, cancer/tumors, or the chronic infection without any serious complications.

    I’m going to ask him about hypothyroidism because ALL of the symptoms match this poor dog. She IS a “heat seaking missile” as I can hardly get her to move 6 inches from the blazing wood stove! Thanks for that suggestion!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Has any one taken X-Ray for stones or done an ultrasound for tumors? This is what I would do, but also sounds like she’s still got a bladder infection and possible urinary incontinence. I would find another vet for another opinion. Best of luck to her, poor thing:(

      Keep an eye on her “private area” to make sure she doesn’t get urine scald.

  47. QUESTION:
    severe loss of kidney funtion?
    my 7 y/o dog (chow/lab)has 10-15% kidney function possibly do to lime disease. i have him on a low protein diet. any ideas on how to keep him comfortable till the end?

    • ANSWER:
      Dogs love there owners so just stay with him and reassure him that every thing is going to be ok…Im sorry about your dog, it must be hard

  48. QUESTION:
    Do you brush your dog’s teeth????
    Why or Why Not????

    Some interesting facts:

    Studies indicate 85% of adult dogs suffer from periodontal disease

    Periodontal disease is associated with chronic diseases of the heart, kidneys, and liver & even death from systematic failure. (If there is infection in the mouth – blood carries it throughout the body)

    Gold caps have been used to fix fractured teeth in pets

    Orthodontic braces can be used for dogs to correct bad bites

    Labrador retrievers are the breed most likely to develop cavities (not as common as in dogs as humans)

    Have you ever had a toothache? Studies have shown that dogs have pain thresholds that are almost identical to ours. Dental disease is the # 1 cause of chronic pain in dogs.

    And yes. I do brush my dog’s teeth regularly. Several times a week. In addition to brushing my dogs are on a raw diet and get all the dental benefits that go along with that. I also use a product called petzlife (AMAZING!) to break down any built up tartar (usually in fosters) and to prevent it from coming back :)

    Some more fun facts!

    a proper dental chew can reduce plaque by up to 69%

    the ingredient: Hexametaphosphate (which is found in soem chews) prevents the mineralization of plaque into tartar. In one study, two biscuits daily removed 46% of tartar!

    In 2007 the Porphyromonas vaccine was releasesd by pfizer. It’s prevents 3 types of bone-eating anaerobic bacteria

    • ANSWER:
      Yep. And she loves it! When she sees the toothbrush, she walks right over and sits between my legs, waiting for her teeth-brushing.

      I try to multiple times a week. Sometimes I forget, but it does get done on a regular basis. I also have started giving raw meaty bones a couple times a week to keep her teeth in good shape.

      Small dogs are notorious for bad teeth, so I try to keep hers as clean as possible.
      .

  49. QUESTION:
    Kidney failure in dogs?
    About a week ago my dog started vomiting frequently and violently shaking, after 4 trips the vet and 4 different diseases diagnosed, we finally came to the conclusion that my dog’s kidneys were at least 60% failed. She will not eat, she hasn’t pooped in over a week. We have her on a low protein diet and give her at home IV’s filled with lactate fluids.

    She is still shaking, and she vomits, just not as frequently. I am still force feeding her.

    What are the chances of her survival?

    • ANSWER:
      Dogs with renal disease can live for acouple of years with a good quality of life when the owner is able to do iv/sq fliuds and follow a strict diet.Suggest you look at yahoo group k9 kidney,lots of info in their file section.

  50. QUESTION:
    Any suggestions? My shih tzu has allergies?
    I have tried everything I can think of. The vet gives her allergy shots and they work, but says she can only have so many a year, and she’s used them up. The medicine he prescribed doesn’t work. Baby benadryl and sudafed don’t work. The vet prescribed a special shampoo, and that’s not working. I’ve also tried various itch sprays and creams, and they don’t work at all. We put some olive oil in her bath and that seemed to help for a while, but now that doesn’t help, either. She scratches herself constantly all day long, leaving raw or bloody patches on her skin. Do you have any suggestions that I haven’t tried?

    Also–she’s on a special prescription dog food because she has kidney disease also, so I can’t change her diet very much.

    • ANSWER:
      The shots they give are steroids and can cause problems of their own (addison’s disease) so that is why they limit the number. Most likely she is allergic to something in her food. My dog was helped by eliminating all grains. I put her on Taste of the Wild and she stopped itching within 3 weeks and it has been close to a year now with no itching. It is high in protein so your vet might not agree to the change, but their are vets out there that don’t believe in limiting protein for kidney disease, as long as the protein is from a quality meat source and not derived through corn. Your vet should be able to assemble a homemade diet like potatoes and hamburger meat with some vitamins to see if this helps. I know I would rather die of kidney disease than go through the obvious discomfort your dog is experiencing.

      Adding fish oil capsules to her diet should help. Evening primrose might also help. Try to find a holistic veternarian as they will have knowledge beyond a regular vet to help in your situation.


Does My Dog Have Kidney Problems

If your dog has a behavior problem or an attitude problem there is no need to worry because you are not the only one dealing with this problem. It is important that you take into consideration the fact that two very different species are involved, which can make communication difficult. Much like how different cultures between humans can spark problems, you may see a problem in your dogs attitude problem.

You have to look at it as if you were a dog, as crazy as this may seem. You have authority over your dog, but if you don’t use the power than your dog sees it as if you are equals. This can be directly correlated with a communication problem and the way you act toward your dog. Luckily for you, you can change a dog’s attitude.

So where do you start? You have to start by taking control of their most valued possessions to show them who is boss. This will allow you to earn your dog’s respect and show him that you are worthy of the respect. By taking control of the things that matter to him most, he will see that with an attitude problem he won’t get those things any more.

Does Drinking Water Help Kidneys

Does Drinking Water Help You Lose Weight

The reason why this is correct goes back to your primitive ancestry. Your body needs to maintain a proper fluid balance to function properly and survive. It is actually possible to survive without eating for a considerable length of time, but without water death can come on much faster. Going back to your 00004000 ancestry your body will recognise if it is not getting enough water and will go into “drought mode”. This means that you will actually store water which in itself weighs quite a bit.

The main body storage system is of course fat. The kidneys are the way that water is removed from the body so they will slow down and the liver will take over some of their role. The liver is the organ responsible for processing and breaking down fat so if it is busy doing something else then the fat burning will slow down and you will put more on.

So does drinking water help you lose weight? If you go back to drinking more water then it certainly will. Once you start to drink more then at first you will excrete more and need to go to the loo more often, but this phase is only temporary. Your body will recognize that it no longer needs to be in drought mode and will start to flush away all the stored water that it realises that it does not need any more. It will actually get rid of more than you are taking in. As long as you keep up the correct regime (which I will come to soon) then you will reach a balance and normal function will resume.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Does drinking extra water help healthy kidneys or hurt them?
    I have heard both. Some sources say that extra fluids keep the kidneys cleansed and healthy and some sources say it prematurely wears them out

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  2. QUESTION:
    Does drinking water help reduce kidney stones or is that a myth?

    • ANSWER:
      no myth there buddy .. it flushes out your system ..makes you pee..flushes and cleans out your kindneys .. so stones wont develop and turn into big bolders

  3. QUESTION:
    How does drinking water help with getting rid of the dark circles under your eyes?
    I see in my answers from my questions that water helps with getting rid of the dark circles under your eyes and helps with the kidneys somehow. my question in how does it help your dark circles and kidneys.

    • ANSWER:
      In the past, people have associated dark circles under the eyes with kidney problems.So staying properly hydrated comes to mind in that reference because it keeps the kidneys flushed out. To get rid of dark circles, try shea butter. Put it under the eyes before you go to bed. If you drink a lot of caffeine, or sugar based drinks cut back.

  4. QUESTION:
    Would drinking water with a little lemon juice help clean our kidneys after sleeping?
    Do toxins settle in the kidneys while sleeping and would water with a little lemon juice help with cleansing after sleeping during the nite? I strongly disagree with drinking anything other than water after your organs have worked for the body,, such as drinking coffee or soda without drinking water first when a person awakes.. please give me feedback.. thanx

    • ANSWER:
      no. and , no. you are just a little neurotic. Your kidneys are normally sterile, and it is not toxins, it is used or processed nutrients that the body has already used. The fluids you drink in the morning don’t even get to your kidneys till hours latter. the water soluble salts you injest are processed and kept in balance by capilary action in the kidneys. so it does not matter what you start your day with — or end it with; as long as you are not injesting poison, you will not be generating any..i personally preferre a drink made from many 100% fruit juices with a packett of natural (not decaf) green tea per cup with the tea put in the juice the night before.. it is very good and good for me.

  5. QUESTION:
    does drinking large amounts of water actually reduce the kidney’s ability to function as a filter?
    so I read this article from a scientist, That it was just a myth. Also that drinking extra water helps rid the body of toxins was a myth also. So are people just making this crap up, Or is it actually true?
    I’ve been drinking extra water everyday and i feel a lot better than i did before.

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  6. QUESTION:
    Does drinking 8 glasses of water per day really help the kidneys?

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  7. QUESTION:
    Does drinking too much water help you lose weight?
    Because i think that water;
    1. Assists in activating the process faster means the process is sleeping and wakes the water begins to work.
    2 .And do not forget that the kidneys filter the body are the first thing affected by any diet Drinking so, water helps to provide the body with fluid and the best of these fluids is water.
    3. It also helps expel grease by urinating a lot.

    So… am i right?
    Please i need answers (:

    • ANSWER:
      Yeah because look down
      Water: How much should you drink every day?
      Water is essential to good health, yet needs vary by individual. These guidelines can help ensure you drink enough fluids.
      By Mayo Clinic staff

      How much water should you drink each day? It’s a simple question with no easy answers. Studies have produced varying recommendations over the years, but in truth, your water needs depend on many factors, including your health, how active you are and where you live.

      Although no single formula fits everyone, knowing more about your body’s need for fluids will help you estimate how much water to drink each day.
      Health benefits of water
      Functions of water in the body Functions of water in the body

      Water is your body’s principal chemical component and makes up about 60 percent of your body weight. Every system in your body depends on water. For example, water flushes toxins out of vital organs, carries nutrients to your cells and provides a moist environment for ear, nose and throat tissues.

      Lack of water can lead to dehydration, a condition that occurs when you don’t have enough water in your body to carry out normal functions. Even mild dehydration can drain your energy and make you tired.
      How much water do you need?

      Every day you lose water through your breath, perspiration, urine and bowel movements. For your body to function properly, you must replenish its water supply by consuming beverages and foods that contain water.

      So how much water does the average, healthy adult living in a temperate climate need? In general, doctors recommend 8 or 9 cups. Here are the most common ways of calculating that amount:

      Replacement approach. The average urine output for adults is about 1.5 liters (6.3 cups) a day. You lose close to an additional liter (about 4 cups) of water a day through breathing, sweating and bowel movements. Food usually accounts for 20 percent of your total fluid intake, so if you consume 2 liters of water or other beverages a day (a little more than 8 cups) along with your normal diet, you will typically replace your lost fluids.
      Eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day. Another approach to water intake is the “8 x 8 rule” — drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day (about 1.9 liters). The rule could also be stated, “Drink eight 8-ounce glasses of fluid a day,” as all fluids count toward the daily total. Although the approach really isn’t supported by scientific evidence, many people use this easy-to-remember rule as a guideline for how much water and other fluids to drink.
      Dietary recommendations. The Institute of Medicine advises that men consume roughly 3 liters (about 13 cups) of total beverages a day and women consume 2.2 liters (about 9 cups) of total beverages a day.

      Even apart from the above approaches, if you drink enough fluid so that you rarely feel thirsty and produce 1.5 liters (6.3 cups) or more of colorless or slightly yellow urine a day, your fluid intake is probably adequate. If you’re concerned about your fluid intake, check with your doctor or a registered dietitian. He or she can help you determine the amount of water that’s best for you.

  8. QUESTION:
    Why does my side hurt after drinking?
    I drank a drink called Joose friday and another one that I can’t remember the name of and every day my side has been hurting in the same area around where my kidneys are (I guess). It gets better when I drink water but then it comes back later on but I havent been able to poop, ive had to take miralax to help me. What can it be? and this all started after friday. And that was my first time ever drinking.

    • ANSWER:

  9. QUESTION:
    Does drinking lemon water help clear up acne?
    just wondering, since it supposedly detoxifies your kidneys and such… ?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Einstein

      Here are some real answers on skin conditions. Remedies at the bottom. Cleansing the body of toxins is the key. Especially a colon cleanse! Educate yourself on detoxifying the blood.

      Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman N.D. – “What is your skin trying to tell you? Often the skin is a metaphor for deeper issues and a way for your body to send up a red flag to warn you that all is not well underneath. When our skin is unhealthy it is usually a reflection of the internal state of our bodies, and is often a sign of poor elimination of toxins and waste products. Most of us are embarrassed by skin problems such as rashes, rosacea, boils or acne, especially in places where others can see our imperfections. The skin is the body’s first line of defense against the environment. It has to deal with the effects of weather, sun , cold, heat, dryness, humidity, scrapes, bumps, soaps, detergents, chemicals, perspiration and dirt of all kinds. It is a wonder that our skin stays healthy most of the time! We can help our skin deal with this onslaught by optimizing our general health and by protecting our skin from harsh environmental exposure. Western medicine generally treats skin eruptions with either antibiotics, cortisone, or antifungal preparations. These medicines may alleviate the skin problem temporarily, or occasionally for good, but do not address the source of the problem. Putting a lid on skin symptoms without getting to the root of the imbalance may even result in suppression, that means the imbalance may be driven deeper causing more serious health problems later without ever strengthening the underlying vital force of the person. Fortunately, naturopathic medicine offers a wide vareity of effective treatments for skin problems.”

      Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman N.D. – “Your skin is a reflection of how well your body is eliminating the toxins that build up on a daily basis. Chronic skin conditions such as acne, eczema and psoriasis stem from a combination of genetic factors, immune stress, dietary deficiencies or sensitivities, and the accumulation of toxins in the body. For our skin to be radiant and clear, it is very important that the other organs of elimination (kidneys, liver, lungs, and colon) are cleansing the body effectively. If not, the skin will be overtaxed, pores will become clogged, and eruptions of one sort or another will result. Here are a number of steps you can take to improve your body’s overall elimination wtih specific emphasis on your skin.”

      Detoxification is a normal body process of eliminating or neutralizing toxins through the colon, liver, kidneys, lungs, lymph and skin. Juice Fasting is the world’s most ancient and natural healing mechanism. Fasting triggers a truly wondrous cleansing process that reaches right down to each and every cell and tissue in the body.

      Learn more about Therapeutic Fasting and Detoxification – Colon Cleansing is the main step. Must remove the toxins from the colon, so the toxins dont get in the blood and cause illness and disease.

      Natural Cures

      1. Fruits and Vegetables for Acne: Carrot & spinach, celery & watercress, grapefruit juices are all useful to combat acne.

      2. Unwholesome Foods: Acne, a prevalent problem among teen-aged boys would not be possible in our society if our foods were wholesome. A most sad and disgusting sight is the pus-filled pimples due to inner toxicity — wastes trying desperately to escape through the face. This condition often turns a gentle face in the blossom of youth into a waste dump of pimples, pus and subsequent pock marks which can be prevented. The tons of acne medications and prescriptions sold annually act only on the effect of the harmful food, and not the cause of the disease, malnutrition. The traditional teenage meal, a grease burger, french fries and a milk shake or cola simply does not provide enough nourishment for anyone, let alone a boy going through puberty to adulthood. Our highly processed foods are devoid of hormones found in fresh fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts and seeds. Must do a colon cleanse to rid of all the toxins in the body, which eventually get into the blood and cause acne and all other diseases.

      3. Cabbage: Apply a lotion of freshly prepared cabbage juice preceded, if desired, by the application of leaves. The eating of cabbage leaves or juice is also helpful.

      4. Lemon Juice: Skin problems such as acne… will often respond to a treatment of lemon juice. For blackheads rub lemon juice over them each night.

      5. Black Walnut: Externally, Black Walnut is nearly a miracle worker in cases of …acne, dandruff, boils, itch, shingles, ringworm–we could go on, but you can see that you can use Black Walnut whenever a skin disorder appears! The tincture is an excellent first-aid remedy for wounds.

      Best of health to you

  10. QUESTION:
    how does watching your weight help your kidneys?
    how does watching your weight, your blood pressure, exercising, and drinking lots of water help your kidneys?

    thanks !

    • ANSWER:
      One of the biggest causes of chronic kidney failure, next to diabetes mellitus, is high blood pressure. By having a healthy diet, reducing salt intake, and excercising, the risk of developing chronic kidney failure decreases because all of these help to decrease blood pressure. High blood pressure can lead to kidney failure by damaging the blood vessels that supply the kidneys with blood. If these vessels become damaged, the kidneys cannot filter the blood efficiently and wastes accumulate in the blood because they cannot be excreted from the body.

  11. QUESTION:
    Does water help Kidneys function?
    I am having pain in my lower abdomen (i think its my kindeys). I get it when i laugh or lean to then right (my right) Should i drink lots of water ? Or see a doctor? im scared.. i think my kidneys may be going out! HELP!! PLEASE!!

    • ANSWER:
      Pain in your kidneys is usually in your back. Kidney infections are less common in boys than in girls. Does your urine look normal?

      Water is of course, essential for your kidneys and for good health.

      Lower abdominal pain is difficult to diagnose from symptoms, but your appendix is on your right side and while people often have pain near their belly button, the pain can be almost anywhere. Your gall bladder is on the right side also, but higher than your appendix. It can cause pain in your side. It tends to act up after you eat fat, but is mostly a disease that older people get.

      Do you have a fever? Are you able to eat? Are you having normal bowel movements? These are things that a doctor would want to ask you.

      If you are having abdominal pain that you are very worried about–don’t forget that today is Friday. Call your doctor or you could end up in the ER this weekend.

  12. QUESTION:
    Questions about drinking water?
    Last Monday I started drinking 8+ glasses of water a day and I have some questions.

    1. I heard some of the things it does for you is clears acne, makes your skin ‘glow’, makes you sweat less, hydrates your muscles, and helps you lose weight. Is this true? Does it do anything else?
    2. How long will it take for my acne to clear while drinking water (I also use a daily cleanser)? How long will it take for me to lose weight?
    3. Are there any downsides besides having to go to the bathroom frequently? I heard that drinking too much tap water gives you kidney stones. Is this true? I’ve also heard you van die from drinking too much water. How much is enough?

    • ANSWER:
      1.) Yes it does clear up acne, when you drink water it washes the toxins out of your system, when you don’t drink enough water, the toxins exit out of the pores of your skin and urine, when they exit from the pores of your skin it causes acne.
      2.) It is different for each person, you can’t really say, it took my sister about 3 weeks to a month to see results. While it takes me a couple of weeks we have different skin types, I have oily skin and little acne and she has dry skin and medium acne.
      3.) You are only supposed to drink the amount the human body is supposed to. That woman died in that contest from water poisoning when her internal organs were floating in the water, she was drinking the water constantly and gallons at a time, not just a glass in a couple of hour spans. You will only go to the bathroom frequently for only a week and then it will even out, you are not used to drinking the recommended amount so therefore you will urinate a lot.

      Also know that the 8 to 10 glasses are only a cup each. So that is 8 cups of water daily or 64 ounces daily.

  13. QUESTION:
    Is Tea (Caffeine) diuretic in nature. Does it help in reversing water retention.?
    I started drinking 8 to 10 glasses of water about 6 years back. Initially water seemed to be working as diuretic. I lost

    water weight of about 7 to 8 kg from a weight of 75 to 68 kg.

    Then I started gaining weight. My shoes started pinching. But I had lost about 2 inches from my waist. I has corns on

    the right fingers of my feet. I gained the same weight about 7 to 8 kg so I reached about 75 again in about 2 years

    time. But earlier when I had same weight my shoes were not pinching. There were other associated problems as well.

    About 1 year back I cut down on my water intake to about 1 glass a day. No other liquids as well. At times I used to be

    without water upto 72 hours (during this period I was not taking any other liquids as well).

    My shoes stopped pinching. The corns disappeared. All other associated problems were also resolved. During last 3 months

    I stopped taking tea or any other caffeine product completely.

    For last 7 days I back to my water intake of 6 to 8 glasses a day.

    Yesterday I decided to check the effect of drinking excess water before and after playing badminton. There was no

    effect. Every thing was all right. There were no muscle cramps as well.

    Today I decided to check the effect of tea. I took about 250 ml Black tea. Initially there was no effect (shoe

    pinching). However by the time I finished playing (about 2 hours later) my shoes had started pinching.

    It indicates that tea promotes water retention. I have been very careful to eliminate the other reasons of water

    retention.

    I would like to use a caution here. No one should stop drinking water as mentioned above for a long period. I have not

    been drinking water with or after meals for last 2 years. I drinking water about 1 hour before meals. I have not been

    taking any other liquids for last 2 years. I do not go to bed for at least 2 hours after a meal. I take my meal around 8

    PM. I think these are the things which helped my to stop drinking water (substantially reduce water intake) without

    effecting my kidneys. Though in past I had kidney issues. I had kidney stones for 3 years in running. Every year stones

    used to reappear in summers just after rains. I have been taking tomatoes and all other prohibited things for kidney

    patients for last 3 years.

    • ANSWER:
      That’s very interesting. When people ask me for help with water retention I always ask them to stop tea and coffee (and alcohol). All these drinks are diuretics and force the body to continue excreting water even if it is already dehydrated. Because of this they can aggravate water retention as the body then has to overproduce hormones to help the kidneys hold on to water. (Sorry it’s a bit complicated!)

  14. QUESTION:
    Why does it burn to urinate, if I neglect to drink more than 3 glasses of water?
    3 yrs ago, I decided to drink more water after I read it helps to keep the complexion clean and glowing. O.K, it was true, but it seems my system has become accustomed to being flushed with lots of water daily that if I indulge more in other drinks for one day eg; soda, juice -it burns when i urinate. It feels like I have to force out more urine when there isn’t. Sometimes, i feel like sitting in a bath of water and force out in drops and I feel better. Then it helps if I rush and drink a few glasses quickly to flush out the bug?
    I assume my system should be able to take one day with less water since I normaly drink lots of water?
    But my husband, brothers and sisters do not care to drink water daily and have gross urine colour, but they are always fine and do not have the same problem as me. Do I suffer from a bladder or kidney condition-even if I’ve practiced healthy living? My family thinks I use salt too frequently in my diet- eg on my fruits. Is there any possible link?

    • ANSWER:
      it sounds like urinary tract infection… the doctor would advise drinking lots of water to treat the symptoms and medication to treat the infection. if you’ve been drinking alot of water then the symptoms will temporarily subside but the infection still remains and symptoms return when you don’t drink water. Try “Uran” from the chemist (Australia) or you can just ask the phamicist for something that treats urinary tract infections.

  15. QUESTION:
    Drinking water with 2 squeezed lemons to loose weight ?
    Hi, I hope there are some clever people who could help me answer this. My friend recently started drinking a 1 litre bottle of water 3 times per day with 2 depipped lemons squeezed out into the water. Apparently there are two versions to this. You could either drink it with warm water or cold tap water. This is supposed to make you loose weight. The acidity in the two lemons, taken together with the water apparently induce a process known as lipolisem where the acid in the lemons litteraly ‘burn’ away the fat as it travels through your stomach ! The luke warm water with the two lemons according to my friend (who has a degee in Human Phisiology) melts away the fat while the acid burns it. My friend has been complaining about a aching and burning senstion in his stomach, so im sceptic ! My questions are:
    1. How does this process actually work ?
    2. Does it actually work and how fast ?
    3. How safe is it to your body and especially your kidneys ?
    4. Is this a myth or a fact ?
    Comeon guys, id really love to get your opinions on this. If your a doctor or a dietician and you know or youve heard of this PLEASE let me know, it could really be interesting !

    • ANSWER:
      Apart from being an amazing body alkalizer/alkaliser, lemon water also gives the following health benefits:

      Lemons are antiseptic
      Lemon water has excellent digestive properties and can ease heartburn, bloating and other digestion problems
      Lemon water cleanses and stimulates the liver and kidneys
      Lemon juice contains calcium, magnesium and potassium
      Lemon juice has been known to relieve asthma
      Lemon water (hot) offers relief from cold and flu symptoms while providing some much needed Vitamin C
      Lemon juice is a great skin cleanser
      ***i don’t think it will make you loose weight, but it will do lots of these other things.

      it is really safe for you kidneys because it actually cleans them out!

  16. QUESTION:
    did drinking water help clear my urine infection?
    im 17 weeks pregnant and have been on antibiotics for 2 days.
    i was still feeling pain in my lower left back but after drinking plenty of water its nearly gone away.
    Do you recommend i keep drinking water and is it actually helping?
    alsooo how do i know i dont have a kidney infection which can be bad during pregnancy!
    my symptoms are only pain in the lower left back and frequent urination! no stinging or nausea!
    thanks

    • ANSWER:

  17. QUESTION:
    Why does a cat become diabetic?
    Why and how does a cat become diabetic?
    After giving my cat his annual booster with Feligen RCP booster he became ill. Started vomiting and stopped eating and just drinking water…. I know that is a sign. However, vet says his kidneys are now packing up. He sleeps all day and is very weak. Vet said I should consider putting him to sleep. How do I know if he is suffering? He is my baby and my heart is breaking. He is 13 years old. Vet also said if he was human he would be on a dyalasis machine. Thank you for your help everyone.

    • ANSWER:
      So sorry to hear about your precious cat – I am a cat lover myself and have cats.

      Sounds like your vet is saying that these are signs of kidney failure rather than diabetes. Read this: http://www.fabcats.org/crf.html

      Would you consider seeking a second opinion from another vet. My prayers are with you and your cat.

  18. QUESTION:
    Exessive water retention kidney?
    Man boobs, big stomach, puffy face, puffy legs. And I urinate very frequently. Been tested and no UTI, or blood problems. I know there’s something wrong with my kidneys and I’m beginning to go into and depression and self consiousness, and big shyness, because I’m so concerned about my weight gain ona day to day basis. Knowing it’s water and not fat does help me realize it’s not my fault. But what can I do to lower water retention. Will drinking less water causey body to have less to retain. I know drinking more water helps, but I’m gonna retain water no matter what because of my kidneys so should I drink less water.
    Oh and I’m only a 14 year old boy

    • ANSWER:
      I know you’re only a 14 year old boy & I know you keep asking this same question & I know I’ve already answered it before.

  19. QUESTION:
    Is Water Really The Cure All For Skin and Body Problems?
    A lot of people swear by water. One of my friends drinks it a lot, and he said drinking water helps him to function better, and he even claims it helps him sleep better. Another friend claimed, when I asked him how his skin stays so clear, that all he does is use water on his skin. No soap, no cleanser, just water. Also, drinking a lot of water is supposed to help with weight loss efforts. And when people have kidney infections, they’re told that drinking a lot of water helps. My question is, what is it about water that makes it a cure all for the body? Does water really have all the abilities people claim it does, or is it something that people have gotten in their head to be true, so therefore they swear by it’s “powers”? What’s with water?

    • ANSWER:
      Water is the basis of life.

      Yes, water is essential for the body to function properly. It flushes poisons out of our systems, helps in weight loss because it helps make us feel full so we don’t eat as much, and with properly flushed systems we sleep better. I have found all of these things to be true.

      But a cure-all? Don’t think so. We need other things besides water to live. And drinking TOO much can be detrimental — it can overwork the kidneys and create problems there. It is possisble to have too much of a good thing.

  20. QUESTION:
    Does cold water pass through your kidney & clean out your system?
    I have often heard that when you drink cold water it does not do any thing to your body, I have heard that it is best to drink room temperatur or “”hot “” as people prefer. Help !! thankss

    • ANSWER:
      The temperature of the water has no effect on you other than burning your mouth if it’s too hot, or possibly making you vomit if it’s too cold. The inner temperature of your body is maintained between 99 and 100F, all the time. Water you drink, regardless of the incoming temperature- is adjusted as needed. Cold water would be at body temperature long before it ever arrived at the kidneys. Water itself doesn’t “clean” the system, the kidneys do the filtering. Water is just the carrier for the waste products that get removed, to transport them out of the body. Some water will be retained in the intestines by fiber in the diet, to help move matters along in the colon. The body doesn’t distinguish between water that arrived hot or cold- it’s all the same temperature inside the body. You can drink water at whatever temperature you can comfortably do so, and prefer.

  21. QUESTION:
    Drinking water makes me urinate too much. Why?
    Ok, so i get dizzy and realise i haven’t drank any fluids all day, but if my blood is missing fluid and i drink water, why doesn’t it go into the blood? Why do i just pee it all out?
    I studied at university in the medical field, so i should know this but i don’t.
    One 250mL cup of water makes me pee 8 times in a day.
    I try to avoid drinking cos i just pee tooooo much and it is disturbing to my work.
    No i don’t have diabetes or anything else. Doctors told me my kidneys work better than normal. Faster than normal.
    But my head spins if i dont drink water. So what can i do?
    My husband recommends i wear a nappy hahahaha.. he is obviously kidding around.
    I even avoid tea and coffee cos i heard it makes you pee more.
    Help?

    • ANSWER:
      Actually, it is a time your body needs to adjust to extra fluid intake.

      If you drink 3 glasses of water more per day – the first week you`ll feel like you have a subscription to the toilet.
      But after that time – your body gets used to it – and the urge to go will grow less.
      (been there myself a few times).

      Water is used to clean the system, and therefore not taken into the body as such.
      The headache / dizzyness you describe can be caused by too much waste – and not enough water to take it away.

      And yes, tea, coffee and alcohol do make you go faster – as they are dehydrating you a bit.
      Hence the hangovers people have – lack of water …

  22. QUESTION:
    I don’t like Drinking water..and a few questions?
    When I moved to Australia I was 7 and before that I really didn’t like drinking water.
    But at 7 I totally loved water. I drank at least 2 bottles a day.
    Now, I’ve gone off it.
    I’ve heard that dehydration causes blood clots,kidney failure and even death and now I’m really worried. Im not sure if I should even be worried sinceim only 11 but still…
    I barely even drink plain water anymore.
    I drink tea and coke zero and juice…does that count too?
    And when I drink water from a glass it makes me feel a bit sick, I’m pretty sure its just the smell of the glass probably. (they don’t smell bad its just … eh.)
    I also heard that you can get UTI’s from not drinking enough water too.
    I do get chest pains alot- Like: I can’t take in proper deep breaths without it hurting sometimes. and i get headaches quite a bit and i also get lower stomache aches too.

    Is there something I can do? I try forcing myself to drink it . maybe 1-3 cups but not very often.

    I am starting to try flavoured waters aswell.
    Please help. (:

    • ANSWER:
      flavoring water is a good idea, if it helps you drink more water. try to avoid tea and coffees because they will make you pee more causing dehydration (they are natural diuretics). dont forget that your body also gets water from foods that you are eating, especially fruits and veggies. as for blood clots, kidney failure, etc. you’ll have to be severely dehydrated to get those. UTIs are not commonly caused by not drinking enough water. as long as you empty your bladder when you feel the urge, then youre fine. as for the chest pain, headaches and stomachaches, i suggest you see your doc about them just to make sure theyre nothing serious. i hope this helps =)

  23. QUESTION:
    days without drinking water?
    Okay, I have a problem. I’m the first to admit it. I do not drink enough water. I actually don’t drink a lot during the day as it is (maybe 2 glasses total) and I know it is not good. I can’t help it though, I don’t feel thirsty. But I know this isn’t good, especially in Texas, so what will happen?

    I don’t know i can pass out or get dehydrated but are there any other effects of not getting enough water? I try drinking those flavored carbonated waters (from HEB, Texas ppl!) but I read that carbonated bevarages are horrible for you and can increase your risk of kidney disease by 30%. Are carbonated waters bad for you too?

    *and I know you can get water from foods and stuff, but I’m talking just plain water.

    • ANSWER:
      It depends what kind of carbonated water… there are some such as the ones in a big bottle like club soda’s (I forgot what there called) those are full of sodium and aren’t natural carbonated. The best carbonated water is called “perrier” water and it’s all natural and pure. It comes from France and it’s very good.. It’s a dollar or two for a bottle. I would suggest that and you can also mix it up with cranberry juice or other juices (just make sure they don’t contain sugar)

      But you should definatly stay away from any corbonated beverages..they are terrible for your health.

      Get active more and work out, you would definatly get thirsty.

  24. QUESTION:
    13 year old Toy Poodle drinking tons of water and urinating profusely. Please help.?
    My Toy Poodle, Sammy, has been drinking FAR more water than has ever been normal and has to urinate like a russian race horse about every 1 1/2 hours. He always has water near my office desk and each time he drinks water (which is about ever hour now) he drinks so much it seems he is going to burst. He then has a jet stream when he urinates often. No signs of weight loss or change in mood/personality.
    He has NEVER done this the entire 13 years of his life and I am worried. Could it be something with his kidneys? Is there some form or disease that causes this? Please help.

    • ANSWER:
      It could very well be a UTI or Kidney infection…You need to have him checked by a vet!

  25. QUESTION:
    Drinking water makes me go too many times…?
    Pople say drink a lot of water to help you get through the day and to also avoid sicknesses or diseases such as kidney stones etc…

    I had a kidney stone when i was 8 years oldand im 19 years old now.

    I try to drink lots of water, but even the little amount I drink i have to go straight to the washroom. Is this normal or not? I last went to the doctor 2 years ago and they said nothing was wrong. I again went last week because even days i dont drink much water i have to go pee non stop.

    Does anyone know if there is a problem or not? Also found blood in pee when i did a full physical test which i went to have checked out and no news just yet.

    • ANSWER:
      You don’t need to drink more water than you actually need, be guided by your thirst. There is a lot of water in fruit and vegetables.
      Eat a lot of salty things, you get thirsty.
      Eat a lot of fruit, you don’t get nearly so thirsty.
      As for peeing a lot, what goes in must come out one way or another.
      Blood in your pee, I leave that to your doctor.
      It sounds as if he is investigating, if you are not happy when you get the results ask for a second opinion, ot a referral to a urologist.

  26. QUESTION:
    Do i need to start drinking more water? 10 points to best answer!?
    Okay so my whole life I have NEVER liked water. I think its abseloutely disgusting. And I know theres no taste to it but I think thats why I dont like it. I really dont know. So like 7th grade I was in athletics, where we would run everyday in the heat and get a really good workout. I would never sweat, and would always get dehyrated and throw up and pass out. The school nurse would always tell me to drink water but I didnt. Its too nasty. Okay that was about 3 years ago. I was like 13 or so. Now im 16 and I havent dranken water since I passed out, LITERALLY. I always get dehyrated really easily outside in the hot, and I get drained really easily. I get bad pains in my lower back where my kidneys are, but lately its been getting worse and it hurts so bad I wanna cry :/ My mom, boyfriend and everyone elese always try forcing me to drink water, I drink one sip, and leave it there, and throw it out later. I just cant do it. It makes me gag. I hate it so bad like if Im allergic to it. Im not, but Im just saying thats how bad it is. Ugh, what do i do?? :( I know drink water ofcourse, but I mean help me out?! Thankk you!

    • ANSWER:
      I used to be in the same boat as you. I hated drinking water because i simply could not taste it!! But after a couple visits to my family doctor, I knew I had to start drinking it. My doctor explained how vital water is to living a healthy life. You can start out drinking flavored water as I did that really helped me out. Eventually I moved on to ice cold water which I could tolerate and now I drink it every day. Also your kidneys aren’t located in your lower back they are up a little further maybe mid back. But I do recommend you start drinking some form of water you will start to see a change in the way you look and feel. Good luck:)

  27. QUESTION:
    MY DOG PEES AND DRINKS WATER CONSTANTLY?
    I have a Alaskan Malamute and he is 7-8 years old. For the past couple of days, he has been drinking water CONSTANTLY and he is peeing constantly, too. In addition to that, he has been vomiting the dry food that he eats. He has been vomiting a lot, also, but in small portions. Does anyone know what this is a sign of, or what’s wrong with him?? Has anyone ever had this problem? Is there something wrong with his kidneys, does he have diabetes, or what? Please help!! Thanks in advance!
    :)

    • ANSWER:
      This is a sign of many things: classic diabetes symptoms, auto-immune diseases (such as Addisons and SLE), Cushings Disease. or something as simple as a UTI. The excessive thirst is always an indicator that the vet should get a visit. Add the excessive urination to it and that means GO NOW.
      The fact he is vomiting and not just excessively drinking and peeing says it is time for a visit to the vet. A sample of his urine and some blood will quickly rule out many of the things it could be, or… tell you exactly what is wrong.
      I understand the fear and need to know before going to see a vet, but the one thing you should know about many of these diseases is that they can be treated and the quicker you get the diagnosis, the better the outcome.
      The best thing you can do is go ahead and find out what is going on so he can start to feel better.
      Best wishes and prayers.

  28. QUESTION:
    How to drink more water?
    This may sound really weird but I always forget to drink my water. I have gone up to two to three days without drinking water.

    If I do drink a bunch of water and wake up the next day it feels like I got punched in the kidneys! Why would I feel like this?

    If I don’t drink my water I feel all dry and I get killer headaches.
    I’m trying to remember to drink my water but I just don’t.
    Help???!!!

    • ANSWER:
      I have the same problem! I cant seem to remember to drink water on a regular basis and sometimes I try to make up for it by chugging down a big glass of water. Whenever I do that I feel just as you described, like I was about to explode! As for a reason why you and I have this reaction, I have no clue, but I do have a trick for you on drinking more water without feeling that way.

      The key is moderation, you can do as I have done and carried around a water bottle all day as a reminder and drink the set amount gradually over the course of the day…

      OR

      Every time you eat a meal have a small glass of water, and gradually as your body gets used to water increase the amount.
      :) hope this works for you!

  29. QUESTION:
    My cat is drinking a lot more water than usual. HELP!?
    ok so my cat is 13 years old and he is pretty fat. he has never had any health problems in the past but lately he is drinking water slowly and a lot of it.
    i have heard sometimes when cats do this it is some sort of kidney thing or diabetes.
    i am scared for him and need your advice/input.
    also if i think my cat is having this should i try to get him to exercise more or can i do anything to help him?

    thank you

    • ANSWER:
      Don’t wait, it’s probably been going on longer than you thought. BOTH conditions are treatable, not an issue to euthenize over.

      Take the cat to the vet this week and tell them about the water drinking. If the litter box is being ‘flooded’ tell them that too. They should do a blood test to check for the kidney function and the thyroid function. And a urinalysis for diabetes. If you can get a urine sample from the cat that’s less than 8 hours old, take that in with you. (See if you can get the cat to pee in a cup without him jumping out of the litter box).

      These tests will cover the main issues. Exercise won’t solve anything with the water drinking symptom, but can help the cat in general health. You need to have the vet do the blood tests and urine test though.

  30. QUESTION:
    This sites’ myths about drinking water… is it true?

    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=89323934

    The five myths of drinking water:
    Myth No. 1: Drink Eight Glasses Each Day
    Myth No. 2: Drinking Lots of Water Helps Clear Out Toxins
    Myth No. 3: Lots of Water Equals Healthier Skin
    Myth No. 4: Drinking Extra Water Leads to Weight Loss
    Myth No. 5: It’s Easy to Get Dehydrated During a Workout
    If these are true then why does everyone tell me to drink more water to get better skin, and it says somewhere on the site that it actually reduces the kidney’s ability to function as a filter…

    • ANSWER:
      every “myth” on that site is BS

  31. QUESTION:
    My cat is drinking tons of water and peeing… she has a kidney problem?
    Two years ago we learned my cat has a problem with her kidneys, so we switched her to a special food that is supposed to help with her disease. Recently she has been drinking an large amount of water and peeing a lot… She still acts normally and eats her usual amount of food and seems perfectly fine other than that. We got her from a shelter so we don’t know much about her past. She is 7 years old… is she okay, and do we need to do anything? Is this normal, or should we contact the vet?

    • ANSWER:
      You need to bring her in to a vet and have her looked at. Excessive thirst is a sign of feline diabetes, and given the fact that your kitty already has issues with her kidneys that have necessitated a special diet, it’s a possibility. The vet will most likely do some blood tests and tell you how to proceed from there.

  32. QUESTION:
    17yr old cat drinking alot of water?
    I have a cat that weighs 4 and a half pounds she has always been small and people tend to confuse her to be a kitten. She actually is going to be 17yrs old this year. Anyway I plan on taking her to the vet Monday after work but if anyone can give me any ideas as to what this might be I thank you. I just had a 17yr old die last year and I dont want to be losing a cat every year. I have 2 left now. So my little girl Sheba has been drinking ALOT of water and she does use the litter box 95% of the time and yes she does eat good to. The only thing not normal is the constant drinking of water. Not only that but the one day she jumped on my bed meowed and pee’ed right in front of me. Thats when it all started then 3 days later I went to put on my pajama shirt and there was pee on it too. Could it be her kidneys? I just have ALOT of fear for her being so small. I got her that way as a stray so I dont know why she never really grew any bigger then 7 lbs. I plan to take her to the vet after work Monday I just want someone to give me any ideas what she might be going through. Thanks for any help you can give. Also she is very active no change in anything but the water drinking and 2 accidents of peeing out of the box.
    I just hope it isnt diabeties my other cat died last year from that. Her weight and age of also 17yrs is what killed her. thats what the vet said.

    • ANSWER:
      First test to do, and it can be done right there at the clinic as you wait, is to test for diabetes. They draw a urine sample from the cat for this. If you can bring in cat pee that’s not contaminated, that helps too (use a bowl under the cat as she starts to pee).

      Second thing–do the blood panel to see how the organs are functioning. This will give you info on both the thyroid and any developing kidney issues. At her age she would have some loss of kidney function, but that may not be the problem causing this.

      The upside is that they are ALL treatable. We’ve got a hyperthyroid cat who’s been on methamazole for 4 years and is stable (she gets the cream in the ear, not the pills). We have a cat who qualifies as being CRF (chronic renal function) who we keep hydrated and he’s on canned food only now to control it. High protein and extra fluids are what we focus on with him. He’s going on 21 this year. The diabetic cat we had was treated with insulin for over 4 years, we lost him last year to a fast growing tumor, not associated with the diabetes.

      It is not a problem with doing medication on any of the cats–it’s just part of what you do as an owner. Talk to your vet, have the blood panel done, let the vet educate you on what you need to do to help your kitty. But if she’s flooding the litter box, I suspect diabetes is the cause. Get her stabalized and she can have more years ahead of her. There are very good lists on YahooGroups for each one of these problems in cats. Whichever it turns out to be, go over there and do a search for the type of problem and join up. You’ll be able to talk to a lot of owners who are dealing with exactly the same thing in their cats.

      And if you’re worried about costs–I looked at what we spent on supplies for our diabetic guy at the end of the year with his syringes and Lantus insulin. It broke down to a month. The insulin by the cartridge lasted 2 1/2 months each (Lantus is good for far past the 28 days they suggest for humans), and the bottle lasts up to 9 months. A box of 100 syringes from WalMart was , each syringe was used twice.

  33. QUESTION:
    What should I do if I think my cat’s kidneys are failing?
    my cat is around eleven years old, and she’s been hiding under my bed for a month now. she drinks water and eats occasionally, but throws up shortly after. she’s lost a lot of weight, and has stopped cleaning herself. she still purrs and loves on me if I attempt to love on her, but I’m still worried that she might be dealing with her kidneys failing. help? thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Do you have any medical training? No? I didn’t think so.

      What you describe are symptoms shared by a number of diseases and conditions – not just kidney failure.

      Even if it is kidney failure, do you seriously expect strangers here on Yahoo Answers to tell you how to treat it?

      Come on!

      There is a word that is absent from your question and details. That word is vet (or veterinarian)

      You cat needs to be examined by a vet to determine what is wrong with her. The longer you delay, the more likely it is that she is going to die. You’ve already wasted a month.

      No one here can diagnose your cat remotely. Even a vet reading your question could not determine the cause of the problem without examining your cat and it is highly unlikely that there are any vets here and anyone saying they are a vet is likely lying.

      Any “diagnosis” you get here will be no better than a guess.

      Your cat needs to be examined by a vet.

      A basic vet office visit exam should cost between and dollars. That is not much for the type of exam it will buy you.

      The vet should do a full exam of the cat, nose to tail, and look at any specific problems.

      You can tell the vet not do anything that will add to the bill without your prior approval.

      Do a Google search on :
      “low cost” vet cats city state

      Put the words low cost in double quotes as I show them and replace city and state with your city and state.

      You may find some low cost vets in your area.

      Check with the Humane Society, the ASPCA (RSPCA if you are in the UK), and the APA (Animal Protective Association) and see what they charge for a basic exam.

      There is a charitable vet service in the UK called PDSA, here is their eligibility page http://www.pdsa.org.uk/eligibility.html

  34. QUESTION:
    does the THC from the weed affect at all the kidneys?
    i was born with a kidney tumor, and was removed when i was just a little boy (about 3 months old). ever since then my parents have told me not to drink sodas, and to drink allot of water. besides from all of that. i don not know if the THC crystals from the weed can cause any more damage to my kidneys.
    please some one help! and please give sources…
    thank you all!

    • ANSWER:
      Sorry to hear about the tumor, but you should be fine man. Marijuana directly affects your lungs and (somewhat; not as extensive as the other legal and illegal drugs) your brain. However, it’s going to be the safest and least damaging on your body overall. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

      You probably know this and especially since you stay away from pop, but never touch alcohol man. Affects every single part of your body, legal killer. And with your condition I wouldn’t want to see you even occasionally have a brew. Be safe man.

      Good luck.

  35. QUESTION:
    Odd question…Why does sleep deprivation and drinking a lot of water at one time fix my depression?
    Umm…I guess I always thought sleep deprivation = bad. But…I have mild depression and sometimes anxiety. It just acts up occasionally and I just try to distract myself by doing a lot of things until it passes (if my mind is always busy it won’t hurt). Then I feel better because I usually solve the problem by doing all of my “distracting activities”. It works well for me.

    Butt…my body has an insane reaction any time I feel depressed. I can’t sleep – no amount of sleep aids will knock me out, just make me fall down if I try to stand up. So I stopped trying to sleep when this happens even though I wanted to sleep so I didn’t feel like crap the next day. Turns out I was very happy at night, I kept myself busy until the sun came up. This happens every time. I can’t sleep because my brain is racing but I guess the fact that I exhaust myself helps. Not intentional. I always feel much happier the next day.

    Anybody else experience this?? Do you know why this happens? It seems backwards, but whatever works I guess.

    Also…and this is not depression related. I got in the habit of drinking very large amounts of water each morning after getting two kidney stones which are very good incentive to stay hydrated. I rarely feel thirsty so I just decided to drink a lot of water at certain times of the day (sad that I have to do this consciously). I realized it makes me feel high, like just a very mild form of euphoria. Strange?

    Why does this happen? and…Does anyone else experience this?

    It seems crazy that I like sleep deprivation (only when depressed) and water makes me high…hmm…

    • ANSWER:
      Normally when it is time for you to sleep your body releases a chemical called Melatonin, which is the chemical that regulates sleep. I’ve read that an excess of Melatonin can prevent Serotonin levels from rising, and Serotonin is a mood regulator, one of the ones for ” happy” feelings. Sleep deprivation would also result in a Melatonin decrease, and thus, making way for more Serotonin. This is why it’s very important for people with depression to not over sleep, if you over sleep you’ll have too much Melatonin and that will equal one big BLAH of a day. I’ve noticed that when I’m 2-3 hours short of sleep I feel better and I’m pretty sure it’s due to less Melatonin in my system. I’m sure there’s more to it but I’d bet that’s a part of it!

  36. QUESTION:
    HAVING FOAMY PEE! WHY! HEALTHY KIDNEY.?
    I been having a foamy pee for a while. I don’t drink alot of water even though I’m a runner. Even after I run I usually don’t drink water. My Kidneys were fine and I am really healthy. I eat nothing but rice from Breakfast to Dinner. So what could be causing it? Also I am one of the fastest in my class and I’m 13 years old. When I do DRINK alot of water I pee white but no foam. HELP

    • ANSWER:

  37. QUESTION:
    HELP?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!??!?!?!?!?!?
    I POSTED THIS A COUPLE OF DAYS AGO, BUT THEN I THOUGHT OF MORE INFO!!! (:

    Ok, so lately I’ve been dealing with some health issues. They’ve been there almost my whole life but they started getting really bad about a year or two ago. My main symptom is frequent urination. When I was younger, it started out as feeling like a UTI, but it always came back negative. This always happened every so often in a month. Then, it started happening every few weeks, then every other week, then every week. I could almost always get rid of it by drinking a lot of water. Then, I started getting it constantly, but it didn’t burn or anything. It was just frequent urination. I try to drink water, but it makes it much much worse. I am going to the bathroom at least 30+ times a day, sometimes even 60+ times a day. I get up at least once every night to go to the bathroom. I drink a sip of water, about 1/2 a cup every 3-5 days, usually around 5 days. I’m not very thirsty. Even though blood tests show that I’m dehydrated, my urine is usually clear or pale yellow. Sometimes its dark yellow, but not as often.

    When I was younger, I had severe constipation. We did a biopsy to make sure everything was okay down there, and results came back normal. We treated it with Milk of Magnesia, Myralax, and other things. It worked. Then recently, within the last few years, it’s been coming back. My doctor thought the cause of the frequent urination could be the constipation and we just got me mostly cleared out but it made no difference. I’m still going to the bathroom 30+ times a day.

    I also have very pale skin. I’ve always been very pale. I also get frequent nosebleeds, but those also run in the family. I have been diagnosed with Chronic Migraine Headaches. Sometimes with my headaches, I get lightheaded. I also have Scoliosis. I bruise very easily. I have a very short stature. I am 4’9 and I am 99% full size. I am 14 years old and a girl. Both sides of the family are short, but I’m shorter than doctors or family expected. I also have some hair loss. This is on the top of my head and on the back. I’ve also noticed excessive hair growth on my upper lip, between my eyebrows, arms, breast, and stomach. My hair is thinning on the front of my head near where I part my hair.

    An ultrasound showed that my kidneys were slightly smaller than they should be. I am smaller than I should be so it is being expected that they are fine for me.

    In December 2009, I fell down the stairs. I now have a bulging disc in my lower back. I’ve had the frequent urination much longer than I’ve had the injury so I don’t think it’s even possible for this to the cause of the problem.

    I’ve tried multiple medicines, all of which have failed to work. I’ve had an ultrasound from every organ from the heart down to the bladder. I’ve had an MRI on my brain (for headaches) and an MRI of my back (for disc problem). I’ve had blood tests. I’ve been tested for Celiac Disease, which I just found out today, the tests came back normal. I also have a Vitamin D deficiency, but I eat very little, and mostly yogurt. I don’t drink any caffeine, but I do eat chocolate which has caffeine. I’ve never noticed a difference in the caffeine in chocolate. I’ve gone about 2 weeks without chocolate, so no caffeine at all, and my symptoms did not improve at all.

    I’m just wondering if there are any other tests that can be done. Is there a disease that you think I could have, even if I don’t have all the symptoms? I’ll look into anything, just as long as frequent urination is a symptom. Do you know of any natural remedies or medications I could use? I’m allergic to penicillin. I’m currently seeing my pediatrician, a 2nd urologist, and I just saw an endocrinologist, but she doesn’t feel the need so see me again. I’ve seen a neurologist before but for my headaches. Does anyone know of a really good specialist I could see, preferably in the NC area? Do you think there is a different specialist that I need to see, such as a gastroenterologist? Should I see another neurologist? Is there a drink I can take that won’t make me have to go to the bathroom?

    Someone please help. I can’t do this much longer. It’s ruining my life; I can’t live like this forever. I’m only 14, I should be out hanging with friends and going to see movies and concerts and stuff, not trying to figure out what’s medically wrong with me. I just want my life back. :(

    PS: Please don’t tell me to go to the doctor. I’m already going to the doctor. I’m going to multiple doctors.

    • ANSWER:
      Migraines:

      * Abdominal pain
      * Diarrhea
      * Dizziness
      * Excessive urination
      * Headache
      * Sweatiness
      * Swelling
      * Teary eyes
      * Thirst
      * Vertigo
      * Vomiting.
      OR

      Vulvovaginitis

      Young girls can suffer from an inflammation of the skin and tissues around the urethra and vagina.

      OR
      Pollakiuria

      Pollakiuria, also known as Extraordinary Daytime Urinary Frequency Syndrome, is not a disorder or illness that requires treatment. It can be caused by stress or other unknown factors.
      Diabetes
      OR

      Diabetes is an disease that causes the body to not produce appropriate amounts of insulin. In children, one of the most significant symptoms is excessive thirst and frequently passing of large amounts of urine.

      OR
      The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation points to the following warning signs for diabulimia:

      * Changes in eating habits, such as eating more while losing weight
      * Unexplained weight loss
      * Unexplained high blood glucose
      * Low energy levels
      * Frequent urination

      OR
      Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is an infection of the fallopian tubes, uterus, or ovaries. Most girls develop PID as a result of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), such as chlamydia or gonorrhea.

      Did you visit an endocrinologist specialized in children?
      * nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
      * loss of appetite
      * backache and perhaps even difficulty walking
      * painful or more frequent urination
      * pain in the upper abdomen on the right

  38. QUESTION:
    what happens to your body if you dont drink enough water?
    im doing this for a biolody project where we are learning about the human body function. i wanna what are the things that happens to your body if you dont drink enough water. for example, how does it affect your other body function, like the kidneys, or your circulatory system. thanks for the help.
    i would also need the sources where you found these information.

    • ANSWER:
      It depends on when you say do i get enough water. If you absolutely no water you will die in around 72 hours. If you get little water you will probably die in a longer amount of time. Sadly I don’t know what happens inside your body when you don’t get enough water ( Well your body will be short on important nutrients needed to survive) but I do know that some side affects of not getting lots of water are headaches, constipation and perhaps drowsiness.

  39. QUESTION:
    Why does my urine have an extremely strong oder? Whats Wrong?
    My urine smells very strong every time I pee. It almost smells as bad as a portal let that has been used! I don’t understand. Even if I drink water all day it doesn’t help any? Can this be a sign of kidney failure?

    • ANSWER:
      You might have been exposed to radiation and are pissing uranium as a consequence.

  40. QUESTION:
    If I drink a gallon of water a day for 7 days, is there a chance it can be fatal?
    I have a drug test exactly a week from today and am going to try my luck by drinking lots of water so that my kidneys temporarily stop expelling toxins in my urine and only expel water. This is the only thing I have heard of that works and PLEASE, the drug test has nothing to do my question, so I don’t need advice on that. I don’t want your opinions about my drug use either, only any answers you might be able to provide pertaining to my question.

    Now, I took a nutrition class and learned all about electrolytes and what not. I know that over-hydration can flush them out or something like that. What constitutes as over hydration? I know that it’s not a good idea to drink the gallon in an hour’s time, so if I space it out over the course of 11 or twelve hours, should I be okay? Does my size factor into it at all? I am very small. 111 lbs to be exact. Should I drink less water because of my size?
    Thank you for any help you can give :)

    • ANSWER:
      It shouldn’t be dangerous to drink a gallon a day, as long as you are continuing to eat healthily. You won’t over-hydrate at a gallon a day. You can also drink cranberry juice (not cocktail!) or take cranberry pills to help. Hope everything goes well!

  41. QUESTION:
    I’m the girl who asks all the water wieght loosing questions. I need help.?
    I’m kinda hooked. Ever since I’ve started this I can’t stop drinking water, it’s all I do. In fact I”m drinking a gallon right now, it’s in my lap as I type this. Well my throat feels kinda sore and that’s why I keep drinking all this water to make this better and yesterday I got a really bad pain like where my kidney’s are or like under my waist line, right there and I cried. What does this mean. I like water ALOT now or I don’t really like it I just can’t stop.Help!

    • ANSWER:
      Kourtney, accept yourself as you are and don’t try to lose weight this way. Nip it in the bud and just say NO more excess water, period. Once you really tried to stop and can’t see a Doctor. Do it as soon as you can, its important, your lively hood depends on this. Lean on your friends for moral support they will understand. I know Michaela does and cares.

  42. QUESTION:
    Why does my cat drink TONS of water but eat less than a pint? Help!?
    He drinks all day long but eats less than a pint of food. We think it might be diabetes or kidney failure. Help?!?
    We did take him to the vet already, but the vet is not completely sure.
    He is very skinny and frail.

    • ANSWER:
      Unfortunately it sounds like he might have kidney failure. I recommend you take him to a vet as soon as you can.

      Good luck to you and your cat.

  43. QUESTION:
    strained kidneys what does it mean?
    hey ive just added a question in diet about my obesional eating disorder how im undergoing help and hoping to get back on the reoad to recovery by eating more calories . My doctor did a routine blood test on me last week and she told me that my kidneys are showing strain so ive got to be kept an eye on, what does this mean exactly she did say it may be the weight loss but can losing so much weight have damaged my kidneys. i am urinating alot aswell the last month has been terrible i have been up in the night and if i dont go i feel like i will wee my self, im passing alot of water too. Is this a sign of a kidney problem ?, i drink alot of water and diet squashes so i cant understand why my kidneys would be dehydrated?. im a bit scared as im only 19 so im just wondering what does strain on the kidneys mean and what are the symptons?, i was also found to have a very low immune system anyways in which i can higher this
    thanks for your advice it really helps
    xx
    thanks i am just wondering so upping my calorie intake gradually is going to help them? and hopefully recover yes? what about my need to urinate is this a sign? im just so worried and mad with my self for causing the damage i just have this phobia of gaining weight x

    • ANSWER:
      Your kidneys have to remain In balance to work properly. They are not a muscle, minerals, water, and other factors have to remain In balance. Your eating disorder has taken away that balance and caused the kidneys to become stressed and hence damaged to some degree. The good news Is that If yu take care of yourself some of the dame can be ameliorated over time. Good luck and I’m glad that you are receiving help.

  44. QUESTION:
    My friend gave me Adderal..does interest in sex ever come back??? plz help! ?

    ok well my friend gave me a 20mg adderal. i have taken 2 of them. not at the same time.. i took 1, one day to stay awake and do homework. i took another 1 to stay awake in class the next day. but on the 2nd one i downed, i started to have problems. my kidneys really started to hurt. i drank water and just sat still for awhile. that problem passed. but i also was about to make love with my girlfriend… i was curious because i have heard in the past that you lose interest in sex i also looked it up.. and i did loose interest..
    And my question is—does the interest in sex come back? am going to be able to get really turned on like i did before?

    please help!

    • ANSWER:
      yes the sex drive will return in a few days. don’t mess with stuff that your doctor doesen’t give you. it will screw you up. if you have lack of lust problems see me later.tmm

  45. QUESTION:
    my friend gave me Adderal..does interest in sex ever come back??? plz help! ?
    ok well my friend gave me a 20mg adderal. i have taken 2 of them. not at the same time.. i took 1, one day to stay awake and do homework. i took another 1 to stay awake in class the next day. but on the 2nd one i downed, i started to have problems. my kidneys really started to hurt. i drank water and just sat still for awhile. that problem passed. but i also was about to make love with my girlfriend… i was curious because i have heard in the past that you lose interest in sex. and i did.
    And my question is—does the interest in sex come back? am going to be able to get really turned on like i did before?

    please help!

    • ANSWER:
      Don’t take other people’s prescriptions! Seriously! You should definitely see a doctor. Don’t worry about getting in trouble- you won’t. So many factors go into prescribing medication that are specific to the individual (i.e. weight, condition, interaction w/other meds, etc.). You don’t want to find out you’ve OD’d when your symptoms start getting worse. Don’t take any more Adderall and see a doc now!

  46. QUESTION:
    urinary tract infection, help!?
    I’m 17 and I’m pretty sure I have a UTI. I’ve gotten them at least twice before. I have a little blood when I pee and it’s quite painful. I can’t go to a doctor because I can’t afford a visit unless it’s an emergency. I’m going to by the AZO pills and take them, I’ve done that once before last summer. I get these about once or twice a year but only last time did I ever pee a little blood.
    Anyway, I’m a little worried because I can’t be getting antibiotics AGAIN or my mom’s gyno is going to want to see me. He gave them to me last time and all I did was call, but I’m sure he’ll want to see me this time and I’m waiting until my 18th birthday for a gyno visit because I want the option of not having my mom sit with me while he’s telling me what’s going on down there.
    Is there anything I can do besides drink water and take the AZO? I don’t want this to go into my kidneys, will drinking water stop it if I drink a lot? I haven’t been drinking much of anything lately so that’s probably one of the reasons I have this problem.
    A little advice? Reassurance?
    Would the doctor even want to speak with my mom during a gyno visit with an exam/pap smear? When testing for a UTI, if they do, will the urine test act as a drug test as well?
    Fast responses would be lovely! Thanks!
    Thank you very much for your responses, I did find them helpful. It’s not embarrassment keeping me from making an appointment, it’s that I don’t care to have my mom so involved in that part of my body. It came on all of a sudden, not like usual when it slowly gets worse. I think I will give it a day and if it doesn’t clear up I will call the doctor.

    • ANSWER:
      Blood in the urine is serious unless it’s coming from your vagina and not your bladder or kidneys. Did you have sex before coming down with this infection? Don’t take the Azo pills if you’re going to the doctor for a urine test. To get a little relief from the urge and burn, use a hot water bottle wrapped in a towel between your legs, so you can get some sleep. Tell your Mom everything you have told us–that you think you have a UTI and if you need a gyno exam you’d rather not have her in the room. She’ll understand that you are becoming an adult and want to start handling some things yourself.

  47. QUESTION:
    What kind of drinks make your kidneys work harder?
    I am doing a science fair project and I need help to understand your kidneys. What I am trying to figure out is which type of drink will make your kidneys work the hardest. The selected drinks are energy drinks, coffee, pop, juice, water, salt water, and milk. So our hypothesis is that coffee will definately affect the kidneys the most but what I do not understand is how we prove that. Does a more frequent urination mean your kidneys are working harder or does urine colour determine that?

    • ANSWER:
      Do some preliminary research. Caffeine is definitely a diuretic. Decide what you mean by ‘work the hardest’.

  48. QUESTION:
    I don’t drink water at all. I hate the taste of it! Is this bad?
    I don’t like the taste of water. It’s so horrible! It tastes like money, it’s metallic and bland and almost bitter. It makes me gag- seriously. I drink diluting juice, but I know that it’s not the same.

    Someone told me that if I didn’t drink 8-12 glasses of water everyday then I would get infections and failure in my kidneys and stuff, now I’m so scared that something bad will happen.

    What can I do? I don’t even drink 8-12 glasses of anything a day! I never need it, I’m never dehydrated or anything, but I want to start drinking the right amount. Can someone help me start, or motivate me to get up off of my ass and do it or something?

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      You will live a shorter life adding things to it.

  49. QUESTION:
    How are you supposed to know when to drink water if you dont wait untill your thirsty?
    So I read somewhere that it is unsafe to drink alot of water because you hear its good for you because of making your kidneys work more and adding pressure to like your heart with something to do with your blood?? Sorry I dont remember all the details but anyways I also read somewhere you shouldnt wait untill your thirsty to drink water because that means your already hydrated? If I wait untill I’m thirsty to drink water I barely drink any at all. I doubt thats healthy for me. But how am I supposed to know when its ok to drink it and when its not?? Is it not healthy to get at least 8 glasses of water a day if I’m not thirsty? thanks for your answers!! Oh and also I want to know because I try drinking a lot of water because I want it to help keep my skin clear and so far its working but I dont want to over do it.

    • ANSWER:
      While eating you know to eat three square meals. You don’t wait til yuo’re starving.

      You know how much water you should drink a day, 8 glasses. Drink them at regular intervals; don’t wait til you’re dying of thirst.

  50. QUESTION:
    I know my kidneys are scarred and damaged. Do I have chronic kindey disease?
    Hi I am 29 and I have had kidney damage for over 4 years. My left kidney is the one that’s scarred and damaged. I have kidney infection every 2-3 months if I take care of myself by drinking lots of water. My kidney function test showed that they are still functioning normally at this point. I also have liver disease and hypothyroid.. although my thyroid probably has nothing to do with it. I am getting tested to see if I have bladder reflux. I think thats what it’s called. I always have protein in my urine also.

    What I am wondering is: Is kidney damage the same thing as kidney disease?
    Because I need to know if I need to follow the kidney diease diet or not. My doctor says I don’t but I fell much worse if I eat processed foods or drink pop. I drink about 64oz of water each day and some cranberry juice every week. Any help would be appreciated!!
    Okay thanks for the response. I have permanent kidney dmage due to too many kidney infections. I’ve had this for 4 years. It’s irreversible as I said the left one is damaged I have had blood tests as well as been to radiology for some tests.
    As far as the liver goes I had lost 30% of the finction of my liver when it was diagnossed. I have permanent liver damage also. It’s from an overdose of tylenol (about 300) and about 200 other pills. Yes I was ill but because I was in a coma 4 days before being taken to the hospital my liver couldn’t be saved.

    So both are permanently damaged I know for a fact. What I want to know is: “Is kidney damage the same as kidney disease?”
    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      There are two blood tests that check for kidney
      damage: creatinine and Bun (blood urea nitrogen)…If these are in normal range…then
      there is a could chance that the kidneys will
      heal. Protein in the urine is not good however.
      Protein checked by a urine test, doesn’t show up
      much unless the kidney has been damaged.

      You said you have liver disease but do not
      mention what caused it. The kidneys are
      second in line to fail after the liver fails. The
      reason for this is because the toxins that
      the liver no longer handles, the kidneys try
      to dispose of and it taxes the kidneys sometimes
      beyond what they are able to handle. This only
      occurs when the liver is damaged to the point
      that the cells have started to die and form
      scar tissue inside the liver…also known as
      cirrhosis. Hypothyroid trouble can also be
      connected to the liver problem.

      There is acute kidney disease and chronic
      kidney disease. Acute means that it may
      comes and then leave, chronic means that
      it is ongoing. Damage to the kidneys, to
      me, means that it is a disease. But, the
      problem with the kidneys may be only a
      result of another problem you already have
      had and that is the liver problem. Once the
      liver problem clears up…the kidneys may
      return to normal also. Infections can occur
      in many people with no damage to the kidneys
      because of using antibiotics to fight it off.

      Most people who are having problems with
      their kidneys are told to limit the amount of
      sodium, potassium, phosphorus in their diets.
      Sodas have alot of phosphorus and
      processed food contain alot of sodium.
      However, a certain amount must be maintained
      in the body since sodium and potassium are
      needed for the heart to beat in rhythm and
      for water retention. It is best to get the
      advice from your doctor about what you stated
      here. He has your blood work and can tell
      you what you should or should not do.
      He can tell you if there are any limits to the
      amount of Sodium, potassium, phosphorus or
      proteins you should be taken in or refer
      you to a nutritionist. He can also inform you
      how much fluid you should drink a day.
      Most people who have had kidney stones are
      told to drink alot…but too much fluid can also
      overwhelm the kidneys if they have liver problems also. In cirrhosis of the liver,
      sodium is retained in the body by this disease
      and fluids have to be adjusted accordingly, to
      keep things in balance.

      Sorry that I cannot be of more help…just
      giving you some things to think about and
      maybe discuss with your doctor.


Does Drinking Water Help Kidney Function

Are you consuming contaminated drinking water? Some water supplies that were once considered pure are now found to have contaminants. Drinking water impacts many human body functions. Considering that our bodies are almost two-thirds water, eliminating contaminated drinking water can be vital to your health.

Contamination in your drinking water, even small amounts of a chemical, can cause chronic health problems. Examples of potential health issues that can be caused by drinking contaminated water include cancer; liver and kidney damage; disorders of the nervous system; damage to the immune system; and birth defects. It has been reported that our drinking water today may contain more than 2,100 toxic chemicals. Neither earth’s natural filtration process nor municipal water treatment is effective at removing these poisons.

The causes of tap water pollution are many, ranging from chlorine to pesticides, herbicides, and everything in between. In our contemporary society more than 80,000 synthetic chemicals bring added convenience and productivity to our daily lives, but at a very high pricea”drastic increases in risk of degenerative disease.

The tragic health effects of consuming these highly toxic chemicals can be magnified many times over for small children because their systems are more sensitive and still developing. The National Academy of Sciences issued a report in 1993 on this subject and stated, “children are not little adults; their bodies are less developed and simply incapable of detoxifying certain harmful compounds.” So what is the answer to protecting yourself against drinking contaminated water?

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    does drinking large amounts of water actually reduce the kidney’s ability to function as a filter?
    so I read this article from a scientist, That it was just a myth. Also that drinking extra water helps rid the body of toxins was a myth also. So are people just making this crap up, Or is it actually true?
    I’ve been drinking extra water everyday and i feel a lot better than i did before.

    • ANSWER:

  2. QUESTION:
    Does water help Kidneys function?
    I am having pain in my lower abdomen (i think its my kindeys). I get it when i laugh or lean to then right (my right) Should i drink lots of water ? Or see a doctor? im scared.. i think my kidneys may be going out! HELP!! PLEASE!!

    • ANSWER:
      Pain in your kidneys is usually in your back. Kidney infections are less common in boys than in girls. Does your urine look normal?

      Water is of course, essential for your kidneys and for good health.

      Lower abdominal pain is difficult to diagnose from symptoms, but your appendix is on your right side and while people often have pain near their belly button, the pain can be almost anywhere. Your gall bladder is on the right side also, but higher than your appendix. It can cause pain in your side. It tends to act up after you eat fat, but is mostly a disease that older people get.

      Do you have a fever? Are you able to eat? Are you having normal bowel movements? These are things that a doctor would want to ask you.

      If you are having abdominal pain that you are very worried about–don’t forget that today is Friday. Call your doctor or you could end up in the ER this weekend.

  3. QUESTION:
    Is Water Really The Cure All For Skin and Body Problems?
    A lot of people swear by water. One of my friends drinks it a lot, and he said drinking water helps him to function better, and he even claims it helps him sleep better. Another friend claimed, when I asked him how his skin stays so clear, that all he does is use water on his skin. No soap, no cleanser, just water. Also, drinking a lot of water is supposed to help with weight loss efforts. And when people have kidney infections, they’re told that drinking a lot of water helps. My question is, what is it about water that makes it a cure all for the body? Does water really have all the abilities people claim it does, or is it something that people have gotten in their head to be true, so therefore they swear by it’s “powers”? What’s with water?

    • ANSWER:
      Water is the basis of life.

      Yes, water is essential for the body to function properly. It flushes poisons out of our systems, helps in weight loss because it helps make us feel full so we don’t eat as much, and with properly flushed systems we sleep better. I have found all of these things to be true.

      But a cure-all? Don’t think so. We need other things besides water to live. And drinking TOO much can be detrimental — it can overwork the kidneys and create problems there. It is possisble to have too much of a good thing.

  4. QUESTION:
    This sites’ myths about drinking water… is it true?

    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=89323934

    The five myths of drinking water:
    Myth No. 1: Drink Eight Glasses Each Day
    Myth No. 2: Drinking Lots of Water Helps Clear Out Toxins
    Myth No. 3: Lots of Water Equals Healthier Skin
    Myth No. 4: Drinking Extra Water Leads to Weight Loss
    Myth No. 5: It’s Easy to Get Dehydrated During a Workout
    If these are true then why does everyone tell me to drink more water to get better skin, and it says somewhere on the site that it actually reduces the kidney’s ability to function as a filter…

    • ANSWER:
      every “myth” on that site is BS

  5. QUESTION:
    what happens to your body if you dont drink enough water?
    im doing this for a biolody project where we are learning about the human body function. i wanna what are the things that happens to your body if you dont drink enough water. for example, how does it affect your other body function, like the kidneys, or your circulatory system. thanks for the help.
    i would also need the sources where you found these information.

    • ANSWER:
      It depends on when you say do i get enough water. If you absolutely no water you will die in around 72 hours. If you get little water you will probably die in a longer amount of time. Sadly I don’t know what happens inside your body when you don’t get enough water ( Well your body will be short on important nutrients needed to survive) but I do know that some side affects of not getting lots of water are headaches, constipation and perhaps drowsiness.

  6. QUESTION:
    I know my kidneys are scarred and damaged. Do I have chronic kindey disease?
    Hi I am 29 and I have had kidney damage for over 4 years. My left kidney is the one that’s scarred and damaged. I have kidney infection every 2-3 months if I take care of myself by drinking lots of water. My kidney function test showed that they are still functioning normally at this point. I also have liver disease and hypothyroid.. although my thyroid probably has nothing to do with it. I am getting tested to see if I have bladder reflux. I think thats what it’s called. I always have protein in my urine also.

    What I am wondering is: Is kidney damage the same thing as kidney disease?
    Because I need to know if I need to follow the kidney diease diet or not. My doctor says I don’t but I fell much worse if I eat processed foods or drink pop. I drink about 64oz of water each day and some cranberry juice every week. Any help would be appreciated!!
    Okay thanks for the response. I have permanent kidney dmage due to too many kidney infections. I’ve had this for 4 years. It’s irreversible as I said the left one is damaged I have had blood tests as well as been to radiology for some tests.
    As far as the liver goes I had lost 30% of the finction of my liver when it was diagnossed. I have permanent liver damage also. It’s from an overdose of tylenol (about 300) and about 200 other pills. Yes I was ill but because I was in a coma 4 days before being taken to the hospital my liver couldn’t be saved.

    So both are permanently damaged I know for a fact. What I want to know is: “Is kidney damage the same as kidney disease?”
    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      There are two blood tests that check for kidney
      damage: creatinine and Bun (blood urea nitrogen)…If these are in normal range…then
      there is a could chance that the kidneys will
      heal. Protein in the urine is not good however.
      Protein checked by a urine test, doesn’t show up
      much unless the kidney has been damaged.

      You said you have liver disease but do not
      mention what caused it. The kidneys are
      second in line to fail after the liver fails. The
      reason for this is because the toxins that
      the liver no longer handles, the kidneys try
      to dispose of and it taxes the kidneys sometimes
      beyond what they are able to handle. This only
      occurs when the liver is damaged to the point
      that the cells have started to die and form
      scar tissue inside the liver…also known as
      cirrhosis. Hypothyroid trouble can also be
      connected to the liver problem.

      There is acute kidney disease and chronic
      kidney disease. Acute means that it may
      comes and then leave, chronic means that
      it is ongoing. Damage to the kidneys, to
      me, means that it is a disease. But, the
      problem with the kidneys may be only a
      result of another problem you already have
      had and that is the liver problem. Once the
      liver problem clears up…the kidneys may
      return to normal also. Infections can occur
      in many people with no damage to the kidneys
      because of using antibiotics to fight it off.

      Most people who are having problems with
      their kidneys are told to limit the amount of
      sodium, potassium, phosphorus in their diets.
      Sodas have alot of phosphorus and
      processed food contain alot of sodium.
      However, a certain amount must be maintained
      in the body since sodium and potassium are
      needed for the heart to beat in rhythm and
      for water retention. It is best to get the
      advice from your doctor about what you stated
      here. He has your blood work and can tell
      you what you should or should not do.
      He can tell you if there are any limits to the
      amount of Sodium, potassium, phosphorus or
      proteins you should be taken in or refer
      you to a nutritionist. He can also inform you
      how much fluid you should drink a day.
      Most people who have had kidney stones are
      told to drink alot…but too much fluid can also
      overwhelm the kidneys if they have liver problems also. In cirrhosis of the liver,
      sodium is retained in the body by this disease
      and fluids have to be adjusted accordingly, to
      keep things in balance.

      Sorry that I cannot be of more help…just
      giving you some things to think about and
      maybe discuss with your doctor.

  7. QUESTION:
    Losing protein through urine. What does this mean and what should I do?
    Hey there. So, a few days ago I went to the doctor to have my urine checked for signs of a bladder infection I was pretty convinced I had, based on research I had done online. Suffice to say, then, I was surprised when my doctor called me this afternoon to tell me, simply, that my urine shows that I’m losing more protein than a person of my age should be. The doctor connected this to the fact I had previously mentioned to her that I have low appetite, but implied something could be wrong with my kidneys.

    That said, she’s referring to me at least three different specialists, including one kidney specialist, (a “nephrologist”) but I’m not suppose to hear from them until Monday at the earliest. In the meantime, I’m “dying” to know what’s going on! Does anybody have any idea what this could mean? And if you do, what should I do? The doctor’s advice to me was very vague: she asked me simply to drink water and to eat balanced diets. But I’m rather disturbed by this development, and if there were anything else I could do/know, I would appreciate it immensely.

    For the record, I’m a 5′, 90 lb 23 year old woman. My mother is very petite, and my father is very slim, so while I admit I could do to eat more, I personally don’t think I’m more than 10 lbs underweight. But maybe that’s a lot. I don’t know. It’s always been hard to be objective about these things.

    As a final note, I’m aware this may or may not be diabetes related, but I know diabetes is related to problems with kidney function, and seeing as I have a few aunts with diabetes, I thought I’d start out here. If anyone has any questions they think would help identify whatever it is that is going on with me, by all means ask. Thanks again; I look forward to hearing from you.

    • ANSWER:
      Detection of a protein like albumin in urine mainly indicates kidney problem. Small amounts should be a precaution but not to be alarmed. This condition is known as ‘proteinuria’ or ‘albuminuria’ or ‘urine albumin’. Do you have high blood pressure? Losing large amounts of protein through urine can lead to several health complications diabetes being one of them but you can only affirm this by getting a blood glucose test by your doctor.

      The normal values of protein for a random urine sample: approximately 0 to 8 mg/dL.
      The normal value of protein for a 24-hour urine collection: Less than 150 mg per 24 hours.

      Normally, a routine dipstick test does not show any protein in urine. We all know that our kidneys work as filtration plants. Protein molecules are relatively larger and they cannot pass through filters of the kidneys. Thus kidneys keep protein in blood as it is necessary for the body. Protein in urine with normal or low blood protein levels indicates dysfunction of kidneys. Sometimes, in case of very high blood protein levels, protein may be present in the urine despite normal functioning of the kidneys. So along with protein urine, protein in blood is also measured.

      High protein levels in urine mainly indicate kidney infection or kidney disease which affects glomeruli function.

      Proteinuria does not exhibit any symptoms. Routine urine and blood tests help detect this condition. One should keep in mind that dehydration, excessive emotional stress, intake of certain drugs, strenuous exercise, urinary tract infection or contaminated urine (with vaginal secretions) can affect the urine test results.

      The doctor will determine the course of treatment after knowing the exact cause of protein in urine. If you have hypertension or diabetes, you should take proper precautions to maintain normal blood sugar levels and normal blood pressure levels. Balanced diet and regular exercise play an important role in stabilizing blood sugar and blood pressure levels. To fight kidney or urinary tract infection, your doctor will prescribe antibiotics. You should follow the instructions of the doctor religiously. Prompt medication, fruitful change in the lifestyle (stress-free lifestyle, exercise, engaging yourself in your favorite activities, avoiding alcohol, drugs, smoking, excessive caffeine, etc.) can help improve kidney function. Restricting dietary salt and protein helps lower protein levels in urine.

      Excessive loss of protein through urine indicates kidney disease and if not controlled promptly, may lead to serious complications.

      Hope this helps.

  8. 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.

  9. QUESTION:
    Sharing my tips on getting and maintaining beautiful skin.?
    Ive come across a lot of people who seem to have issues with their skin.. so here is my beauty resume.. hope it helps you too.

    1. Drink more water. Everyone tells you to drink more water – 8 cups a day (approximately 2 Litres) is often the recommended amount. A vast majority of people don’t drink anywhere near this amount. Drinking water has many health benefits. Water assists with digestion, regulates body temperature and blood circulation, carries nutrients and oxygen to cells and removes wastes and toxins from the body. Water also assists with kidney function. As nutrients are absorbed more effectively and toxins are removed from the body, skin is smoother, healthier, cleaner and looks better. If you are not getting enough water in your diet, you may feel joint pain, stomach pain, back pain, be low on energy and experience mental confusion and disorientation.

    2. Reduce exposure to the sun. Much of society sees a tan as a sign of beauty. The trouble with this view as that many will try to achieve this by hours spent in the sun. The problem with this approach is that it is very short-term orientated – although you skin may look good in the short term, in the future sun damage will produce the visual signs of ageing, producing wrinkles and spots – which can’t be fixed with Botox! There are many excellent fake tan products available and this should be your first choice for tanning as it will produce good results not just now, but your skin will also look good in the future.

    3. Avoid Stress. Stress is a terrible thing that should be avoided wherever possible. Stress is linked to heart disease, cancer and depression. Stress also causes wrinkles and frown lines.

    4. Don’t smoke. Smoking these days is a completely irrational activity, apart from the countless health problems it causes it does major damage to skin. Cigarette smoke and tar deprive the skin of oxygen and nutrients leaving it appearing dull and unhealthy. Smoking can also give skin a undesirable yellow or grey appearance. Smoking also leads to the creation of free radicals which can weaken the collagen and elastin fibres leading to premature wrinkling.

    5. Get more sleep. It is estimated that on average the world’s population is sleep deprived by about an hour. Short term sleep deprivation is not necessarily a problem as the body compensates by increasing adrenaline levels, however insufficient sleep will reduce the ability of cell’s to rejuvenate, and creates dark areas around the eyes. Long term sleep deprivation can cause serious health problems.

    6. Eat lots of fruit and vegetables. A diet high in minerals, vitamins and nutrients is an excellent strategy for improving the quality of skin. Vitamin A can increase the softness of skin and a balanced diet will increase overall health. Click here for some super foods.

    7. Have a good cleansing routine. It is imperative that skin is kept clean and moisturized to avoid flaky dry skin, skin disorders such as acne and to increase the overall appearance of your skin. Ensure you clean, lightly exfoliate and moisturize your skin.

    • ANSWER:
      thanks thats really good to share that with people .. :)

  10. QUESTION:
    6th UTI/Kidney Infection in 2 months, HELP!?
    Hello there! I am writing to ask some people on the online community if they too have/are experiencing this. I have been having recurring UTI infections over and over, and they KEEP coming back.

    I have had a urine culture (am resistant to Cipro)
    I have had my kidney functions tested (3 UTI’s ago)
    I drink tons of water, shower like crazy, and have no STD’s (they checked for that just in case too)
    I pee and shower after sex
    I wipe properly
    I take 5 cranberry pills a day

    I am just wondering, after all the antibiotics, all the tests and all the effort I keep putting into it, how can this keep happening? Could there be another underlying cause?

    I just am wondering if someone has gone through this and has figured it out! My doctor is a bit incompetent and I am sick of going every other week! Should I see a urologist? and what do they do there?

    Sorry, thanks for reading!

    • ANSWER:
      Make sure that when you do have an infection, you take the entire course of antibiotics exactly as prescribed. If you don’t, the infection can spread. If you do take the full course of antibiotics and still have problems, you should ask your doctor for a referral to a urologist. A urologist can do other tests and help you figure out why you have so much trouble with infections, and help you find a solution. It is important to get this taken care of, because recurring UTIs can lead to kidney damage.

  11. QUESTION:
    What home-based remedies, foods, or alternative treatments can help a cat get kidney values down?
    I have a 15 y.o. kitty, Vlad, who has a carcinoma which has spread (abdominal, affecting liver and pancreas). He has been in hospital for almost 48 hours getting fluids so that we could bring his kidney values down so that he could get chemo. So far the values are still high and the doctor is not optimistic they are going to get lowered.

    He also has HCM (Hyper Cardio Miapathy) so they can’t give too much fluids. He doesn’t seem to eat or drink too much, but when I was (prior to him being in the hospital) hand-feeding and giving him water, he would eat and drink ok.

    I am really scared right now and I feel that there has got to be something else I could do to help him. Alternative perhaps. Something at home? The doctor said she doesn’t feel he is in pain, but sees him as a candidate for euthanasia because his kidney function is not improving.

    Is there ANYTHING I could do at home. Just take him from the vet and work with him at home with anything to at least help?

    Thanks,
    John
    *** I would really appreciate answers to the question I asked as opposed to people commenting, theoretical, online, and having no knowledge of my cat, as to when I should euthanize him. So if anyone wants to offer anything USEFUL, it would be appreciated ***

    • ANSWER:
      aww I am sorry to hear this..

      yes, you should try what helps humans
      1. dr richard schulze’s incurables program….use clark’s rule

      http://www.curezone.com/schulze/handbook/default.asp

      for a cat dose, use the cat’s weight..the dose for an adult is for a 150 pound person. the average herbal tincture (liquid with eye dropper top) dose is 60 drops 5 times a day. so if your cat weighed 10 pounds you would divide 150 by 10 (150 / 10 =15) so it would be 1/15the regular dose (60 / 15 =4 so 4 drops)..if it was 15 pounds, it would be (150 / 15 = 10) so 1/10th the dose so (60 / 10 = 6 drops and so forth)

      http://www.curezone.com/schulze/handbook/CAD.asp here is clark’s rule

      2. also use wheat grass juice…this is sold at health food stores or as a grass called pet grass in health food stores..do not give too much like maybe an ounce would be a human dose as it can detox too fast if you gave a cup or something. If you can’t find it, try barley grass powder from health food store or wheat grass powder but fresh is best…maybe the cat can chew it..you need a wheat grass juicer as it will break a blender but if you have the grass, cut into 1/2 pieces and blend with water and some of it should go into the water (so give more in this case)

      3. Also use the hoxsey formula..cat dose

      4. also use essaic tea.

      all of these things have reversed cancer in people.

      5. also raw fruits and veggies and their juices and green tea contain enzymes that break sown the protein coating that surrounds each cancer cell so the immune system can then kill he cancer. Since cat are not vegetarians, I wonder if the enzymes in raw meat would have the same effect. Use freerange meat as this is safer. blend and add some veggie juice (fresh juiced not canned) like carrots and kale and beets and blend with the raw meat or grind it all up and give it to the cat.

      http://www.curezone.com/schulze/handbook/default.asp here is the incurables program…if you can’t find the hoxsey formula you can use Schultze detox formula..

      6 check this thoroughly as well –this website should be of help to search…it deals with sick pets

      http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/

      http://search.freefind.com/servlet/freefind?id=9609505&pageid=r&mode=ALL&query=kidneys

      http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/urine_untoldstory.htm

      7. urine therapy is said to be extremely helpful for these problems.

      8.cordyceps mushrooms have been said to greatly help kidney disease…open the caps and figure out a cat dose and add to the food

      9.also give the cat blood cleansing herbs ..get a burdock tincture..again use a pet dose ..the human dose is usually 60 drops 5 times a day for tinctures. This is to help with the poisons from nonfunctional kidneys. Parsley root is a good one..it is sold in the produce department of some meijers and looks like a carrot with a parsley looking top like a carrot but white..juice it and add to food or make a tincture and give by drops (kidneys)

      hope this helps…it is unlikely you could do this with the cat at the vets.

  12. QUESTION:
    pls. help me about my dad. .?
    ok here we go, my dad is a chain smoker, he drinks coke a lot and seldom drinks water. now that his creatinin level is high which means his kidney function is not doing well, i’m the one who’s afraid for him to undergo dialysis. i love my dad, i want him to get well and specially i don’t want him to get sick. i want him to drink plenty of water to detoxify his body coz i know that’s the only thing i can do coz i can’t stop him from smoking.

    people pls suggest things i could do to convince my dad to drink water.

    thanks in advance everyone. :3
    thank you for your answers. <3 i will talk to him.

    • ANSWER:
      Every morning take him a full glass of iced water, and have him drink it. Then do the same thing often through out the day. That will help him drink water and you to keep track of him taking care of himself some.

      Smoking is a real bad problem; because it’s not easy to give up. Talk to him telling him you don’t care if he stops; but you want to to at least slow down on it. Have him smoke only 1 quarter of the cigarette at a time, put it out and smoke the rest a quarter at a time. That will help him slow down and the idea of not having to stop will help him cooperate. Make sure to have him understand that he would be doing for you and that you really need him to do it. If he does it, some day he may be able to stop smoking; since now his used to smoking less. Also have him not smoke the second he goes out; have him wait five to ten minutes before lighting up. That will help him distance himself from that habit.

      With the soda issue it’s the same; don’t tell him to give it up. Tell him to drink only a taste at a time. That’s all people really need; the taste.

      Good luck

  13. QUESTION:
    the value of a naturopath in regards to fat-loss?
    Hi there
    i understand that the liver is the major organ within the body that plays an essential role in fat loss.

    A guy at work who has been to a naturopath told me that to lose weight you must detox first. He has lost about 20kgs.

    I’m only a little overweight but i have found it difficult to lose stubborn fat even after strenuous excercise regimes.

    I have been a heavy binge drinker over the last couple of years. I’m starting a weight loss program that comprises of gym and cardio alternated over the 6 day week. Also a plan of eating 6 meals a day, lean protein, lots of vegies, whole grain carbs and fresh vegie and fruit juices. I’ll be stopping the ciggarettes and alcohol and drinking mainly water.
    Also do you know of any foods that help liver and kidney function?
    What do you think?
    will i still lose alot of weight and get lean without visiting a naturopath and going on herbal drinks?

    any advice? your own experiences?
    i know ive asked a fair bit here, but i really want to get healthy

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Often there is some inbalance that creates weight gain… otherwise the body would function properly.

      On you other situations, I would go to a naturopath or nutritionist who can work out what you need and put you on a supplement regime. Really, otherwise you’re shooting in the dark.

  14. QUESTION:
    Anatomy Urinalysis lab help?
    Anatomy Urinalysis lab help?
    we did a urinalysis lab in anatomy, having trouble answering the follow up questions and understanding the concepts.

    we drank 3 solutions ( in groups)
    1000ml of plain water, 1000 ml of water and 6g of NaCl, !00ml of water and 6g of NaCl

    which solution would causecaused little change in kidney function? Why? Which drink made the body hyperosmolar and what were the results? Why? Which made the body hypoosmolar and what were the results? Why?

    • ANSWER:
      You have to answer these questions based upon the results you got when you did the tests. If you do not understand the vocabulary being used, check with your teacher for explanations. Also talk to others in your class about this, and to your lab partners.

  15. QUESTION:
    Oedema-medication not working?
    I posted a while ago about my oedema and the fact that I was tempted to try another diuretic without consulting my GP.
    I did as I was advised and decided to wait until I had seen the doc, she decided to give me a months trial of Furosemide provided my kidney function was ok..a blood test confirmed this.
    She did tell me at the time that if the Furosemide wasn’t successful at removing or reducing the ankle and foot oedema significantly, the furosemide would be stopped and I would have to continue with my previous diuretic, Bendroflumethazide. She made it quite clear, in the nicest way, that there would be nothing more they could do to help me.
    The month is practically up and the oedema is unchanged, it is so bad I have real trouble getting my footwear on.
    I feel so depressed I don’t even want to make the appt at the docs (I know it will be a different doc as thge last one has left). Surely there must be something they can do to help me? Seriously, is it right that they try me on 2 different tablets and then say that’s it?
    I have tried to help myself, I am attempting to lose weight, have stopped ordinary salt and only use sea-salt and am drinking more water. I am a full time carer to my disabled daughter and can’t be put in this position where I am unable to do normal activities..it is vital that I stay well but the surgery don’t seem interested.
    Please can anyone advise me on what I should do?

    Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      what condition do you have that causes the edema? how long have you had the edema? is it getting any worse? Furosemide or Lasix is, i think, the most popularly used diuretic that i know of, i’ve seen good things come from it. it sounds like your doing everything right.. im sorry i have seen people in similiar situations and i feel for you. i don’t think you should sit back either, go see another doctor until you get what you want.

  16. QUESTION:
    Urine-related Case Studies… 10 pts to best answer?
    I’m really not good at the stuff that’s related to urine, and I only have 2 questions left till I’m done the unit. Thanks in advance for any help!

    In this assignment you will assess two scenarios and determine how each situation will affect kidney function. In your explanation, describe the cause of the symptoms, and then describe how regulatory hormones counteract the imbalance created in each situation.

    Case 1: Sports Player
    A male, 16 years old, is playing soccer. He refuses to drink water during break times. The temperature is 30 degrees Celsius. After the game, he is extremely thirsty. When he attempts to urinate he can only manage a small volume, which is dark yellow in colour.

    Case 2: Motorcycle Accident Victim
    A middle-aged man is struck from the side while riding his motorcycle. His leg is severely injured, including a laceration of the femoral artery. He has lost approximately 2 litres of blood. When taken to the hospital, his urine output is zero, and he has very low blood pressure and a weak heart rate. Include how his body will restore blood volume.

    • ANSWER:
      These are closely related problems: both males have have too little blood volume. In both cases, renin is secreted by the body.

      Case 1: His blood has too little volume because blood is made up in large part by water and he’s being a teenager by refusing to drink any. So his body attempts to make up for his brain’s failings by secreting renin, which makes him thirsty by stimulating the hypothalamus. Renin also causes production of aldosterone through a bunch of intermediate steps. Aldosterone “stimulates the epithelial cells in the distal tubule and collecting ducts of the kidneys to increase re-absorption of salt and water, leading to raised blood volume and raised blood pressure”. The increased re-absorption of water leads to the dribble of dark yellow urine because that’s what’s left after as much water as possible is taken back into the body.

      Case 2: Middle-aged man riding a motorcycle, interesting. More power to him (minus the crash). So, here the blood volume is lost instead of having never been taken in. His body has a lot of hormones circulating right now, in an attempt to save his life. Here’s the sequence:
      renin->angiotensin 1->angiotensin 2->aldosterone->vasopressin. Most of these function in their own right as well as playing a role in the domino effect. There are Wikipedia articles on each of them.
      Back to the motorcycle man: the reason his urine output is 0 is that his body is saying, “We need more volume, not less!” At this point, it doesn’t matter much that everyday toxins are building up, because it would take blood volume to wash those toxins through the kidneys and into the bladder. Low blood pressure and a weak heart rate are indications of his low blood volume: there’s nothing to pump, nothing to create pressure in the blood vessels. His body will restore blood volume by making him thirsty so that he drinks water and builds his volume back up.

      By the way, the 10 points thing in the title wasn’t necessary to get people to answer; generally a best answer is chosen no matter what.

  17. QUESTION:
    I feel like a hyperchondriac – one symptom after another !?
    Hi I dont normally talk much about my problems but I feel as though I am going mad – I’ve had an exhaustive list of ailments for a long time – I’ll start from the beginning and maybe someone may say – hey I know what is your problem:

    From the age of 16 have suffered from hypoglycaemia (low) was always told this is healthy – (mother is type 1 sister type 2 brother type 1) – I seem to be the other way – Now my blood sugar levels seem to be rising – had my dinner tonight (no different nothing fancy) and it was 9.1
    Diagnosed with kidney cyst (size 4cm minimally complex) 6 months ago due to symptoms of: thirst, flank pain, skin rashes, itching
    Now for last 3 weeks – have pitted swelling in both legs every day – never goes
    I walk 3-4 times a week (power walk) up hills etc always have found it a bit difficult but now I’m in severe leg pain as though they cramp up and ache so badly it takes my breath away – just below my calf muscles at the back – why?
    I’ve had blood test 2 weeks ago and was told anemic so eat more iron rich foods – been doing that now for 2 weeks
    I work all day in front of a computer and have done for last 7 years – never had a problem sitting there but now I have tingling sensation in both legs and pins and needles so I have to get up more ofter and walk around.
    I can be sitting watching tv and for no reason have a stabbing or stinging sensation in my arm, leg, side as though I am being stabbed
    Today in work I accidentally fell out of my chair when leaning over (done it a million times before) – i feel more and more clumsy as though my balance is all to pot – my daughter has commented when we walk how I am bumping into her – yes I have hearing problems so that may be where my balance comes into it but they have been there since birth.
    With regard to water – I drink a lot during the day to stay hydrated cos If I miss a drink I get severe headaches and my kidney hurts so I drink at least 4 pints of diluted juice and about 5-6 cups of tea or coffee

    Everytime I go to the docs they tell me – yes your cyst is still there your kidney function (creatinine clearance) is still low – was 66 now 71 should be about 100 I think – yes your legs are swollen but your heart sounds fine your anemic yes – but go home – its as though I am making a fuss. I understand that I should be more assertive and say – Look I know there is something wrong please help me – Sorry to go on – is there anyone who can understand what could be wrong with me – also I cannot shift any weight – it just seems to be going up
    I am 40 and ever since this age have found my cyst and things have gone down hill – I know I know things are harder as you get older – thanks for the advice I will print this off and take it – thanks
    one other thing – I used to visit a chiropractor because of severe trapped nerves in neck quite a few years ago and they did a (hammer test – you know where they test your reflexes) and I was told to keep an eye on my left side something about it not being as good or something like that – I have never mentioned that to my doctors because I didnt think it was important – maybe it is ?
    when i fell over today – i only felt like i grazed my leg but it hurt bad and now it has a large bruise on it – I mean for goodness sake I only slipped off my chair onto carpet – and now have a large bruise on top side of thigh ????
    I still have the swelling from a fall downstairs over 7 years ago which developed into a haematoma – its the size of a golf ball on the side of my butt cheek !!!

    • ANSWER:
      You sound anxious and stressed.
      The falling over could be because of this, an inner ear problem, anaemia amiong other things
      As people get older, sacs filled with fluid can form in the kidneys. These sacs are called “cysts.” They are usually small oval or round thin-walled sacs with watery fluid in them.
      Kidney cysts are almost always benign (not cancer). Usually, the cysts don’t cause any problems. In fact, people can go through life without even knowing that they have them.
      You don’t say where the chiropractor did the hammer test, he should have explained to you fully the implications. a weak response can indicate damaged nerves.
      A reflex examination is usually conducted by a physician. Neurologists (doctors with specialized training in neurology) often perform reflex tests. Physician assistants, physical therapists, and nurses may also test reflexes as they examine or evaluate individuals.
      Bruising is not abnormal. In some cases, you may bruise easily for no apparent reason from time to time. The colors of a bruise can sometimes look frightening, but they depend on the severity of the injury. If you experience any bruising that seems unusual, consult a doctor. Bruising can sometimes be a symptom of other illness, such as an irregularity in the liver or the blood clotting mechanism.
      The main worry with a haematoma is that infection might
      occur, as your haematoma developed so long ago and there was no sign of infection your doctor must not consider this a problem.
      Anaemia’
      The first symptoms will be tiredness and palpitations (awareness of heartbeat).
      Shortness of breath and dizziness (fainting) are also common. If the anaemia is severe, you may experience angina (chest pain), headache or leg pains (intermittent claudication).
      Swelling in the legs.

      As your doctor doesn’t think your anaemia is severe enough to require treatment I would follow the advice re an iron rich diet.
      In short, stress, tension and anaemia could account for many of your symptoms. sitting a lot doesn’t help circulation in the legs either.
      Write all your worries down so that you forget nothing, take someone with you to the doctor’s surgery in case you miss any explanation and talk it over with him/her

  18. QUESTION:
    Explain how detoxing works?
    My kidneys function to rid sodium and salts from my body. How would drinking a gallon of salt water help ‘cleanse’ me? And how does cayanne pepper do anything?

    This is all rediculous. Can anyone tell me how cleansing is supposed to work?

    • ANSWER:
      It’s suppose to work, and often does, by relieving dumb people of their money. One of the biggest scams going on now.

  19. 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

  20. QUESTION:
    CAT HEALTH Help. High Levels of Microalbuminuria. UTI Symptoms?
    I am in desperate need of some help, I am searching for people who are very knowledgeable in Feline health and will be able to provide me with some sense of what may be a sign to look out for; how to help bring my Kitty to good health. I would appreciate it so much ~ as my little kitty is very dear to me.

    PURPLE IS 2 YEARS OLD.

    I recently noticed frequent use of the litter box and took my cat, Purple, into the vet. I assumed she had a UTI. They did a Urinalisis and Blood test.

    The Red Flags to pay close attention to were;

    - High levels of Albumin ( 4.2 to be exact Refrence Range is ; 2.5 – 3.9)
    - Moderately high levels of Creatine (1.6)
    - Low levels of Platelet Count ( 144 Reference Range is 200 – 500 )
    -High Occult blood
    -High levels of protein
    -High RBC.
    They indicate that there is a high level of Microalbuminuria. It is 8.5 and Reference Range is <2.5

    So aside from that, the Receptionist at the Vet told me “Her Kidneys are functioning correctly but since there are these Red Flags there is the ability for infection/clogging.” I have had Purple on K/D food to help with her kidney and to lower her protein intake for about 5 days. She is on CLAVAMOX (antibiotic) and we keep her hydrated. She does not drink water (due to the fact we have kept her hydrated I feel), and she eats regularly. She has been showing more use of the litter box and I have witnessed her poop twice (very dark brown). She is spunky and talkative, and when she is resting she cleans herself but still licks down there mildly cause of irritation I am assuming.

    My questions are;
    -Are there any other types of Antibiotics/ Medicine I should ask a Vet about?
    -What Foods would help with Purples diet? I would like to maintain low levels of protein and creatine.
    -What health signs could these be? ( I know it depends on so much but a broad idea )

    Because of the fact I did not get anything explained to me by the Vet I took Purple to, I am planning on taking her to a different; better rated one for her next Bloodtest (after she finishes her dose of Clavamox). I will be keeping a update on her health.

    Thank you so very much for taking the time, and bless your heart if you can help ~

    • ANSWER:
      First, contact your vet and talk to him/her specificallly about what the lab results were and what it means for your cat. It sounds like there is some damage or decreased function of the kidneys based upon your lab results, but your VET is the one that you should talk to about these–not the receptionist or someone on the computer.

      Keep her on the K/D. It is a prescription diet designed specifically for kidney disease issues. Don’t go adding foods or mixing and matching foods because that is an easy way to mess up the nutrient balance of the diet.

      I would not immediately go to a second vet, just make sure that you get the information on your cat from your VET in the future.It may have been a random situation where the vet was dealing with an emergency or in surgery when you picked up your cat. However if having the receptionist discharge medical patients (as opposed to bath/dips, boarding) is a regular situation, then that would be a reason for switching vets. Client education is a very important part of providing medical care for a patient and with a medical case you should always get to talk to a vet for the initial diagnosis and at least a credentialed veterinary technician for rechecks of lab results.

  21. QUESTION:
    real medical issue..please advise?
    I am a 26 year old male..i live in asia and have been from doctor to doctor who all say that i am fine but my syptoms seem to say otherwise..Im just not sure if they are connecting the dots like they should maybe because i am young..I have had blood tests,thyroid blood count chest x-ray,ekg and mri (head)…I also did a urine test that showed i had a couple blood cells in it,a low amount of billirubin) and somthing else..my urine is dark all the time i feel very foggy all the time,a dull pain in my chest on the left side that gets worse with pressure or movement…I am constantly gassy..the whites of my eyes appear to be turning yellow.i see floaters all the time…I have lost maybe 20 lbs in 8 months (maybe from the move to asia not sure).in america i was somewhere between 190 and 185 and now i am full at 165..6ft tall.they said they did a liver and kidney function test and that was ok…i am convinced i have cancer somewhere or something..i know that I sound crazy but i am really nervous…all i drink is water..i do smoke.i eat ok….I stress about this so much that i started having panic attacks which seem to occur after i eat and have a cig……I know i should stop the smoke and i am trying..a pack last me about 4 days..please help with what you think..(aside from telling me i am crazy..Thanks for your time

    • ANSWER:
      Your problem could be a liver problem or a
      biliary one. Let me explain. There are a number
      of things that can cause this problem:
      alcohol consumption, medication toxifications,
      chemical exposure, hereditary condition,
      biliary obstruction or malformation,
      viral infection such as Hepatitis A,B,C, etc
      mushroom poisoning, fatty liver disease,
      auto immune disease.

      The first signs of a liver problem is being very
      tired. The liver is an organ that doesn’t show much of signs or symptoms until the cells become stressed so much that they cannot perform the functions they once did.
      The first sign is the yellowing of the whites of the eyes and skin and also maybe the mucous membrances. This yellowing is caused by the substance you mentioned…bilirubin.
      What happens is that the liver doesn’t convert
      the bilirubin, when there is damage to the liver
      cells, efficiently to a soluble form to flow with
      the bile out of the liver…it tend to go into the
      blood or stay in the blood instead. Since
      it doesn’t flow with the bile from the liver
      to the intestines…the stools may appear lighter
      in color, almost a grayish white and may float
      on top of the water and appear greasy. The
      skin and eyes show yellow because the bilirubin
      is now in higher concentration in your blood.
      The kidneys filter the blood, so the urine
      will appear darker from this also. Bilirubin is
      a greenish/brown/yellow substance and there
      is a normal amount in our blood at all times,
      it is only when there is an increase and being
      a pigment…it shows up like this.

      No one blood test is 100% accurate. The doctors usually do a series of these tests
      to be sure of the accuracy. They do a
      blood test known as liver enzymes to see
      if there is damage to the liver/biliary area and
      they do liver function tests to see how the cells of the liver are functioning. They also do
      testing to see if you have develops a virus
      that is causing the problem.

      You should be with a doctor that specializes
      in the liver and digestive system now, known
      as a gastroenterologist.

      The doctor will examine you and feel your
      upper right abdominal area just under your
      rib cage.. He may be able to tell if there
      is an enlargement of the liver. He can then
      do an ultrasound to see the condition the
      liver is in. Enlargement of the liver signifies
      inflammation. The ultrasound can also
      check out the biliary area and see if you
      have trouble with your gallbladders or stones
      or infection developing there. When the
      liver enlarges, then the spleen that is located
      on the other side of the body just opposite
      the liver in range…can also swell up.

      I definitely would ask to be referred to
      either a gastroenterologist or a hepatologist.
      It could also be a blood problem and you
      might need a hemotologist…but from what
      you stated here…it sounds more like the
      liver/biliary/gallbladder area.

      I hope this info has helped you.
      Here is a site to compare what you have
      to the symptoms on this site and you might
      be able to decide if you have any other signs
      that the problem is the liver:

      http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/cirrhosis/

  22. QUESTION:
    I HAVE 5MM KIDNEY STONE I CAN’T PASS AND HAVE NO INSURANCE. EXTREME PAIN. ANY MEDS OR IDEAS THAT MIGHT HELP?
    I drink lots of water and juice but no luck. The ER doc did a CT said stone is almost 6mm and doesn’t think I can pass it. It feels to me like kidney isn’t really functioning anymore or very much.

    There is no bleeding for some reason, like when I had one years ago.

    Any ideas how to get this to pass? Help please…

    • ANSWER:
      This idea might be a try – hope it disolves and I will pray it works now.

      In Herbs of the Earth by Mary Carse, she lists under stones and gravel in the urinary system pertaining to kidneys and the bladder, that these are rare where apple cider or vinegar are a staple of the diet. (Note that this reference does not state whether the vinegar needs to be apple cider vinegar, but the brands in the health food aisle are organic and retain much better nutrients than the processed brands.)

      The woman I work for now, says her daughter passed a kidney stone while pregnant (identified by a doctor) within 20 minutes of taking apple cider vinegar. The Braggs brand found in the health food aisle suggests to take 2 teaspoons in water with honey 3 times daily and there is another organic brand called Spectrum.

      +++++++++++++++++++++++++
      The Braggs in their book on apple cider vinegar suggest most apple cider vinegar is over processed which loses many nutrients. So the organic one again is highly recommended if you choose to try this.

      In Apple Cider Vinegar Health System by the Braggs 1985 or 34th printing, it states on p 21:

      A large number of kidney stones are of the type that can be dissolved with cider vinegar.

      Use cider vinegar freely on salads consisting of cabbage, carrots, celery, beet root, tomatoes, green onions, parsley, cucumbers. Eat prunes, raisins, apples, at the same meal with the cider vinegar on the salad.

      +++++++++++++++++++++

      Note that neither citation above guarantees that this will work for you, but it may.

      Mistoday

  23. QUESTION:
    I have 5mm Kidney Stone I can’t pass and have no insurance. Extreme pain. Any Medicine or ideas that might hel?
    Had this for over a week so painful. Im a full time college student, no job, no insurance, cant afford surgery

    I drink lots of water and juice but no luck. The ER doc did a CT said stone is almost 6mm and doesn’t think I can pass it. It feels to me like kidney isn’t really functioning anymore or very much.

    There is no bleeding for some reason, like when I had one years ago.

    Any ideas how to get this to pass? Help please…

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  24. QUESTION:
    Is there anything I can do to help prevent CRF in senior kitties?
    I have two spayed female cats in their late teens who are healthy now, but I like to be proactive. I saw a friend’s cat die of CHF and it wasn’t pretty. They eat Wysong Uretic kibble (without it Tigger will invariably get a UTI) as well as some raw organic grain-free frozen pre-made food called Paw Naturaw, premium grain free organic canned cat food, and some homecooked wild fish and other raw or cooked organic grass-fed meats (i do a homemade organic grainfree mostly raw diet for my dog and give them anything out of what she’s eating that they want) they also get extra taurine and lcarnitine for their hearts, as well as a gut health mix of prebiotics, probiotics and enzymes (to prevent their touchy tummies acting up) as well as salmon oil with coq10 and 1 ml organic apple cider vinegar for arthritis. tigger also gets turmeric for her joints. One week a month they get milk thistle to keep their livers clean and they get dried organic parsley blended into their raw/canned mix to assist kidney function. I also give them bottled water only, and in a mug to encourage drinking, since they seem to like it better than a bowl. I also blend water into their raw/canned mixture until it’s a soupy consistancy. What else can I do?

    • ANSWER:
      This is something that you need to ask the vet about, because they are qualified animal doctors and know what they are doing.
      That is the best advice I and anyone else can give.
      Hope your cats are okay.

  25. QUESTION:
    My old male cat’s pee is too clear (problems with kidneys), vet reccomends euthanasia?? Please help!?
    My male cat is approx 18 years old. I know, very old, but his health is fine, other than the fact he’s having troubles with his kidneys. His pee is not very yellow at all, it’s clear, and he keeps drinking water constantly. My vet who has many years of experience says it’s a common thing to happen to old male cats, when their kidneys stops to function properly, they simply do not make all toxins come out in the pee anymore, and in response to that the cat tries to drink more and more water but to no avail.
    He reccomended we put the cat to sleep, he says so far the condition is not to the point where he will start having urine infections and eventually urine poison, so it’s most humane to let him rest now. I do know my vet is normally against euthanasia and only reccomends it if it’s really neccessary, but I love this cat so much and I come on here to ask if anyone has any experience with cats having this problem and if there is anything at all that can be done to save him? Keep in mind he is very old (18 yrs), and I am quite positive it’s the kidneys which is the problem and not something else. Is there any medications that works?
    Thanks in advance for your time and help.
    I found something online called Tripsy for cat kidney diseases. anyone has any experience with that medication?

    http://www.petwellbeing.com/products/cat-kidney-disease?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=cats%20kidney%20disease&utm_content=!acq!v2!s-b-7735617405-1884917685&utm_campaign=PWB+-+Search+-+Direct+-+USA+%28KW+focus+%E2%80%93+optimized%29&gclid=CPe8kNiEtqoCFYnr7Qodinom4w

    • ANSWER:
      I know that this is desperately upsetting. I had to let my vet put my beloved cat to sleep last year. It broke my heart and I still haven’t got over it. You say that your cat is healthy apart from the kidney problems. My lovely girl went from apparent good health to really poorly at a terrifyingly fast rate. Her kidneys were failing, she was incontinent and had trouble eating. She was 17 years old. The vet told me that an operation and medication could extend her life but the very best prognosis she could offer me was a year to eighteen months. I would have to have put her through a lot of pain and discomfort simply for a few extra months. I could not put her through it so I opted for euthanasia. It was probably the hardest thing I have ever done but I love her so much that I simply could not let her suffer.

      If you really love your cat you must consider letting him go peacefully without pain. It would be selfish to keep him alive for your own sake. Medication may help for a while but if he is an elderly cat it will almost certainly not be long before something else fails and you are in the same position.
      Most vets will not offer euthanasia unless they think it’s really necessary. I am so sorry for you and for your cat. I will think of you both.

  26. QUESTION:
    Older dog with congestive heart failure ~ what would you do?
    I will be talking about this with a vet tomorrow but wanted some other opinions.

    Going out of town and was wondering what you would recommend:

    I have a 18 year old dog with congestive heart failure; he is about 16 pounds
    - until March he had been on 20mg of lasix daily for over 5 years.
    - in March he developed major kidney failure, so the vet took him completely off the lasix.
    - 3 weeks ago he developed very bad breathing problems and his enlarged heart was constricting his bronchial pipe.
    - he went back on the 20mg lasix for a few days and are trying to wean him down to the lowest level of lasix possible.
    - as of Wed he has been on 10mg lasix every other day
    - but last night he started to develop slight shortness of breath & for the past several days he has drank excessive amounts of water, at night only. I know this is due to the reduced kidney function.

    My problem is this coming weekend I will be out of town for a long weekend. A pet sitter will be staying with him. I want to have as limited risk as possible while I am gone:
    - should I keep him on this medication course which I know is not the best for his heart and I know is causing some kidney distress?
    - or should I up the lasix to 10mg daily (instead of every other day) which I know will help his heart but further weaken his kidneys?

    If I was here, I would just continue watching him and adjust things as needed.
    But with me gone for a few days, I want to have a plan that seems like will get him through the long weekend with the least amount of problems.

    Thank you!!
    Add’l Info: He’s not some old decripit dog who has one foot in the grave. When he begins suffering, we will take appropriate action. For now, he’s just a happy guy who has had heart problems since he was a pup, that we don’t want to worsen because of his change in routine.

    • ANSWER:
      CHF and CRF are both progressive diseases, untreated heart failure is likely to cause acute distress whereas Chronic Renal Failure will be less dramatic. So support the heart function over the weekend.
      I’ve lost 3 dogs to CRF over many years and there are things you can do to help lessen their experience of the symptoms. Consider visiting this site for more info:

      http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/K9KIDNEYS/

  27. QUESTION:
    Question about ankle swelling for no reason?
    Does anyone know if there is any treatment for ankles that swell for no reason. I’m a healthy young woman and I have been having this problem for a number of years. I have seen many doctors and specialists for this problem but none of them can help me. They do the normal lab tests they do to check if my heart, lungs, kidneys, etc.. are functioning properly and the results always come back normal so there is nothing they can do except tell me that I should reduce salt intake, drink more water, excercise, etc.. which I have been doing but they don’t seem to help. The problem gets worse when I have to stand or sit for a long time which I do everyday because at work I’m either standing or sitting for at least 8-10 hours.
    If anyone knows something that works, please tell me. There is no pain or anything but it sucks walking around with fat ankles all day and not be able to wear cute shoes. By the end of the day, my ankles look like a 90 year old’s ankles. I’m just too young for that.

    • ANSWER:
      Since you’re young and healthy, I can’t really say much. However, my grandmother had this problem, but she was overweight and diabetic..

      Something her doctors always told her was to keep elevating her legs. This might seem difficult to do at your job, so I don’t know what to tell you for that.

  28. QUESTION:
    Bloated feet/lower legs?
    OK, my husband has visited the doctor because his lower legs and feet bloated up on him unexpectedly (first time ever, he thinks). He’s 36 and in otherwise good health. The doctor says the 2 tests he was given came out well and he is satisfied. However, he did not point out to the doctor a red rash that was on the backs of his legs (he hadn’t noticed it yet and the doctor did not mention it). Two days later he has drunk a lot of water and kept his feet up and the rash and swelling are mostly gone. BTW, it’s super-hot where he is and he has been under a lot of stress for a long time; also, I asked my husband to press his finger into his foot to see if a depression lasted for any time, and he said it did not, but I don’t know if he did it right.

    Obviously, I’m worried that his doctor isn’t being thorough. Unfortunately, due to circumstances, I cannot contact this doctor, nor can I see my husband’s legs and feet myself. We are indeed legally married, however.

    Could some medical person please come on here and tell me what tests those probably were (we think kidney function and glucose but he is not sure), and whether we should just stop worrying about it or continue to look into it? I hear from the net that this can be symptomatic of heart and liver problems too; as a matter of fact, IMHO if a non-medical person reads the net on this symptom they easily could get scared to death.

    Thanks for your help!
    Oh, yeah. Due to a long trip this summer, my husband gained 20 pounds in less than six weeks, and has not taken them off (he is not very fat, though, just a little).

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

      Because of my own weak skin and organ systems that have been unable to handle poisons since when I was a teen and could not use deodorants, I have learned to use hypo-allergenic non perfumed soaps, and you also may someday want to powder different portions of the body with cornstarch.

      Firstly, even though I might not answer your question precisely as you might have wanted, to help you with simple and concise information on ALL itch rash illnesses and for short and long term solutions to them ALL – the following link has considerable info within a ‘report’ I recently posted on Y_A:

      <> http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20091113104039AAbnGet <>

      I have accumulated a substantial background in investigating itch rash illnesses with my own non-alcoholic fatty liver disease even though I have a fairly low BMI of 26. Back when my malady was at its worst – I used to be allergic to my own sweat that I was burning off during exercise or after showering – during a time in my life when I used to have considerable toxins stored within my body fat.

      I eventually learned that itching or rashes are symptoms of maladies that could become much worse if not healed with better non-toxic nutritional choices. So, since it took me ‘almost’ too long to understand what I am attempting to now teach others, I now take a little time each week to help others understand the need for non-toxic and ‘adequate’ micro-nutritional absorption in the gut and for good hygiene that will prevent or minimize every disease I am aware of.

      Secondly, although I have seen that most root problems for ‘skin’ issues for myself and others has usually ‘always’ been from long and or short term allergic reactions to ‘something’ COMBINED WITH a weakened lymph liver kidney skin and immune systems – IF the following symptoms would ever occur – I ‘think’ the worst rash one might possibly have quickly acquired is from deadly bacterial meningitis, ALTHOUGH bacterial meningitis would be VERY RARE.

      The two quotes below are from: <> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bacterial_Meningitis <>

      <>
      “IF a rash is present, it may indicate a particular cause of meningitis; for instance, meningitis caused by meningococcal bacteria may be accompanied by a characteristic rash.”
      <>

      <>
      “The MOST common symptoms of meningitis are headache and neck stiffness associated with fever, confusion or altered consciousness, vomiting, and an inability to tolerate light (photophobia) or loud noises (phonophobia). SOMETIMES, especially in small children, only nonspecific symptoms may be present, such as irritability and drowsiness.”
      <>

      For further details see: <> http://www.cdc.gov/meningitis/about/faq.html <>

      <><>

      I truly hope what you learn will help you to decide on the correct choices that will remedy your painful malady in the future.

      My best to you and yours,

      AI – self taught nutritionIsT ><+>[(-:]

  29. QUESTION:
    11 weeks pregnant with concerns.?
    Today I went to the doctors to get an ultra sound. They took blood also and did a massive amount of tests. I got to see my baby, even a little movement, the doc says its a fare chance its a she and growing normal. Everything was good in my uterus.

    However thats not where my question/ issue lies. The blood work and urine sample came back saying otherwise. I am not doing well. My kidney function is down massively and my liver is working overtime along with some other issue like high blood pressure and a good chance of diabetes. The doc pretty much said I am not a good baby host and strongly encouraged me to abort. And if not I would have to spend the rest of my pregnancy in bed and under the watchful eye of a doctor. My health insurance is limited (state funded) and I cant afford to spend the next 6 months in bed. Even worse this pregnancy can kill me. Do to lack of insurance this was my first appointment with a doctor, so I really didnt know what to expect, but I kind of had a feeling something was wrong, bowl movements have almost stopped, Even though I drink massive amounts of water my pee has been coming out almost brown and I have has awful cramping, spotting but no real blood, tired and sick feeling all the time. Just feelings of dread. The doctor told me its a shame I didnt come in sooner had I, some of these issues could have been seen and helped before, but my liver and kidney function is a big sign of concern.

    The pregnancy was an accident, the father to be isnt exactly happy about it but said he would do his best. I am not particularly attached to the idea of being a mother nor putting myself at risk for major complications, pre term birth, even death. So that leaves me with getting an abortion, I am not morally against this, in fact I am very pro choice, I just dont agree with people using abortion as birth control.

    My health is more important then my unborn child. Has this ever happen to anyone else? Do doctors often suggest abortion? Since he is, should I take him seriously and do it? What would you do?
    About a second opinion, since this kind of came as a shock to the doctor he called 2 other doctors to take a look, I assume this had something to do with liability or so they dont get sued after telling someone to abort. All three doctors came to the same conclusion, and even went as far as setting me up an appointment next week to abort.

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  30. QUESTION:
    PLEASE HELP! VET ADVICE DESPERATELY NEEDED!!!?
    My 5 year old pembroke welsh corgi has been acting funny for the past 1-2 weeks. He started drinking incredible amounts of water and peeing frequently, he stopped eating (very rare of him), and he was very lethargic. We took him the vet last Friday and they said they were going to treat him as if he had a bladder infection. They put him on Clavamox twice a day for 7 days and then re-evaluate the situation. On Monday we still weren’t seeing results so we took him back to the vet. They did x-rays and blood tests. The x-rays showed up pretty normal, and they said his kidneys were functioning fine as well(we were afraid of kidney failuer) but they discovered he had a high amount of liver enzymes. We continued him on his medicine as well as a recommended “bland diet” (rice and chicken) and he seems to be getting somewhat better. He shows a slight increase in energy, he eats his “bland diet” in a heart beat, and has slowed down considerably on his water intake. We try to test him to see if he can eat anything else and it seems as if it is hurting his mouth to chew. i.e. he only eats one kibble at a time. As a test we threw him a tiny curnal of popcorn (his favorite food) and he caught it in his mouth, but spit it out. We are in the process, per directions from the vet, of collecting 3 consecutive daily urine samples to test for Cushing’s Disease. If it is not that then the vet said it could be an infection of the pancreas or liver. We are desperately hoping it is not Cushing’s Disease because we know the effects are not good. Can anyone with experience with Cushing’s Disease please tell me their own story and if you think my dog may be suffering from it.

    • ANSWER:
      I wish I knew about Cushing’s Disease so I could help you. I’ll star your question and maybe one of my contacts will see it and can offer you some advice. Also, you might want to think about re-posting this question in the “Pets” section under “Dogs” in order to get some more feedback from dog owners or Vets. God bless you and your dear pet – I pray he will be allright!

  31. QUESTION:
    my dog has been diagnosed with renal failure?
    my 15 month old american bulldog that i rescued when she 12 weeks old has just been diagnosed with chronic renal failure. two night ago she came in from the garden went to her bed and within an hour was trembling breathing strangely and couldnt get up, rushed her to vet hospital and later that evening he confirmed renal failure. she has 10 % kidney function left the vet says. he has let her come home and has told me she has to have about 6 to 7 pints of water per day and i cannot get her to have this i am so worried i dont know what to do i am feeding her the fooda the vet said to but every time she eats she vomits. the vet says she has prob had this since birth and its slowly caught up with her and the thing that bothers me is that she has suffered all these months and i havent realised. the only thing i will say is that over the last 2 weeks i noticed she seemed depressed so i did start to change her lifestyle like different walks, different times and different foods. she lives with me my husband three children age 8 14 and 15 and two other dogs a doberman 5 yrs and a cavalier king charles 4 yrs i have had her home one day now and i am so confused i dont know what to do the vet says she has weeks if we get her to drink 6 to 7 pints a day but now i am not managing to do this i am scared everyday something is going to happen, i am worried she is in pain and not showing it please help anyone with any advice please can you tell me what to do what to expect etc etc thanks

    • ANSWER:
      You most likely need a new vet.

      Your vet should have shown you how to give your dog subcutaneous fluids-with a needle under the skin. That is how you get the extra water into the dog, you do not make them drink it.

      She will continue to vomit as long as you are not giving her daily fluids.

      It is very easy to do the fluids, the pets do not mind.

      Find a new vet who can actually show you how to give your dog more quality time.

      If you are not willing to do the subcutaneous fluids then it is time to have the dog PTS since it is vomiting every day.

      I have had several dogs and cats I have done this with. Most recently my cat was on Sub=q fluids for three years for her kidney failure and it bought her quality time.

  32. QUESTION:
    Ughh. Mean Yeast Infection Issue,, Any Ideas or Advice?
    OKay, I’ve always been susceptible to yeast infections/uti’s for some evil reason & usually have 1 yeast infection a year. Have only had to get prescription help rarely in the past & could nix them mostly w/ home remedies: cranberry juice, non~sweetened yogurt containin Acidophilus, cut caffeine, etc…But a lil more than a month back (maybe 2 months…), I got awful sick. Bad uti that quickly became a Kidney infection (I knew I was comin down w/ another infection, but this moved quicker than any previous one by a long~shot) & was in severe pain even when I wasn’t havin to run to the restroom bc I felt like I constantly had to pee. & when I went to see my gyno she said if I’d waited another day they would’ve had to admit me & even wanted to right then! Along with all this I also got an upper respiratory infection, had migraines, & was starting to get fevers (fevers were night after I wen2 doctor & cont. for a while.) & they thought I was trying to come down w/ the flu too. I couldn’t hardly function from the pain & **oodles** of prescribed medication & antibiotics for 5 days. Once it let up it all disappeared relatively quickly. What I’m concerned about is starting around 4-5 days ago I started havin symptoms of a mild yeast infection. & the burning when I gotta pee is gradually increasing but if i drink water only for a whole day it aleviates it temporarily but it returns :( . It shouldn’t be happenin this soon & I’m worried it’s becoming chronic. I don’t want what happened last time to happen again but at the same time it’s killing me that I can’t figure out why this is happening??? I stay clean of course I bathe very regularly!! lol. & have had the same partner- my fiance- for a long time. Can any of you help me figure out why this is happening so I can fix whatever I maybe doing wrong??? Like, has this sorta thing happened with any you???
    Bc this sucks badly & I’m lost at how to fix this problem. If any of you know a way I can stop this before it gets started again without me having to go to the gyno again so soon I’d soooo appreciate it.
    Sorry so long…just wanted to explain it all out so I can get the best advice. Thanks for your time :]
    <3Ash
    **Note: I did finish all the rounds of my anti-biotics & medications completely except for the pain-killers for the migraines bc they were "as needed" & I didn't need them after I had half a bottle or more left. AND I also was given anti~biotic or steriod shots or something like that in the hip the day I came in when I was last sick (left side) & had to return the next day at 8a.m. for another (right side) & couple/few days later to return & get ANOTHER (back on left). Not all 3 shots were the same medication neither. The first 2 were, but the last was diff. & I would list what these were called exactly, but I was too busy cryin my eyes out once they said "shot" like a 3yr old instead of an 18yr old. Sorry :/
    But Do Help Please!!! Any Advice Welcome :]:]:] Thanks sooooooo much again ya'll<3

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  33. QUESTION:
    How to get out of a pee lab in anatomy?!?
    This week in my anatomy lab, we have to do a urinalysis on ourselves. This entails drinking 1000 mL water, 6 g NaCl in 100 mL water, or both, and then collecting urine samples every thirty minutes for 3 hours.

    Our TA said if we had a really good excuse, she’d let us out of having to do this. I probably can’t use the actual excuse… which is that I feel so embarrassed about carrying around my own pee in a cup I have actually started crying. Please help!!

    ps. I know we’re supposed to learn a lot by doing this, but really — I can learn about the function of the kidneys another way!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      You could go to the dean and threaten a lawsuit. That might just work.

      Such an unsanitary thing that is a violation of human dignity, I guarantee you that not only would you win and get a boatload of money if you were to pull through with it, but you’d also prevent hundreds or thousands from being subjected to the same humiliation.

      Or you can just say what the name of your school is and I will complain on your behalf.

  34. QUESTION:
    Trouble urinating but no signs of pain or discomfort.?
    Alright, well a few nights ago I went to the bathroom on my normal routine, but something was different. I had some trouble urinating. There was absolutely no pain. And it took me about 1-2 minutes to actually go. Now this freaked me f**k out! Because I am a healthy 16 year old male! At first I thought I was just reading into it, because my mom went to the hospital the night before and we were talking about “Catheters” ect…So I calmed down and drank a lot of water, like 4, 500 mL bottles of water a day, and I didn’t even touch a soda. And still to this day, my natural urine function is all off. Before this happened my pee flow was as strong and thick as a water hose and it reacted in seconds.

    Any way so I will describe it for you. There is absolutely “0″ pain. So I’m almost positive that it is not a kidney stone. There is no blood in my urine, nor does it sting or burn at the end. My pee does not “dribble” at the end either. When I have trouble going, it doesn’t slowly dribble out. I feel it coming, then it goes back in, then I feel it again but it just recedes back again until I finally go. Now I’m not sure if it is all of the fluids I have been drinking, but after I go, I find my self having trouble urinating an hour or two later. Which is weird because normally I only pee 4 times a day at most. And all of them are very satisfying. And it sort of seems like my urine flows are not as “satisfying” as they used to be. Like they are not as “long run” as before I started having this problem. So I am driving myself crazy with this problem, I am also worried because a healthy 16 year old male should not be having these troubles. So have any of you had something similar? Or know about this? Lots of help would be appreciated!!

    P.s- Just in case. Are those scopes and catheters really as painful as people make them out to be? Or are they just “Uncomfortable”.

    • ANSWER:
      Maybe its because your worried abou thise kinds of thing thus creating a negative effect on your typical urinating pattern. This combiend with the fact that you are overhydrating yourself maybe the reson for your problem. Your only supposed to drink 8 cups per day. Try to calm down (no stress), and drink less for a while (some weeks maybe), to see if things go back to normal. If not, then consult a doctor.

  35. QUESTION:
    My doctors can’t give me a good answer or direction to take. Can you help?
    Hi, My name is Matt and I apologize in advance for the long question. I’ve been having a chronic health problem for the past year and half now, and I’m not much closer to solving the problem of why I feel so awful than I was at the start. Different doctors will tell me I have things that other doctors say there is no way I have. Others tend to throw antibiotics at me, push me out of the office, and hope the problem magically disappears. My faith in health care professionals is ebbing away more and more everyday.

    Anyways, here are my regular symptoms:
    Loss of focus/concentration, extreme fatigue, constantly hungry, feeling very faint and weak kneed, stiff joints and muscles, stuffy nose, sore/tight throat, chest pain/tightness right along my sternum, irritability, and heavy breathing.

    For the past year and a half, I’ve exhibited these symptoms on and off. I have good days and bad days, but especially lately, much more so bad. Also, even the good days give me some fatigue, but the difference is pretty night and day. I feel a lot more capable.

    I’ve been diagnosed with a severe dust mite allergy, pumped full of medications, continued to get sick, and later found I had no allergy to dust mites according to another doctor and another test. The new doctor diagnosed me with chronic sinusitis. I’ve tried corticosteroids, antihistamines, nasal rinses, vitamins, and all sorts of things. The only thing that gives me any real relief is the sinus rinse, and that relief is pretty fleeting. Now I’m being told that I have allergies again, despite the fact that no allergy medication has done me any good, and the skin tests say I’m not allergic to anything.

    I’ve also recently had some new symptoms, on top of the old ones being more severe than usual (especially the fatigue, hunger, and faint feeling). They are: constantly thirsty, nausea, frequent urination (happens a lot, regardless of how much water I drink, always comes out crystal clear, and I can’t seem to hold it at all), about 10 pounds of weight loss 2 weeks ago, and now, very little weight gain, despite eating like crazy.

    I’ve had a complete blood count recently. It showed my glucose as normal, so diabetes is not the problem. Kidney and liver functions were also normal. My lymphocyte level came in a little high at 47 (12-44 is normal), absolute neutrophils came in a little low at 1.67 (normal is 1.8-7.7). It looks like I have a slight anemia, because my hemoglobin came in at 13.2 (normal: 14-18) and my hematocrit came in at 38 (normal: 42-54). I’ve started taking a multivitamin, and eating more red meat in case of iron deficiency.

    Yet, I find it hard to believe that anemia is to blame for all of my new/worsening of symptoms, and more importantly, I’ve had numerous blood tests over the past year and a half, and never came up as anemic, so even if it is the complete cause for my new and worsened symptoms, it still doesn’t explain my regular fatigue and general feeling like garbage for over a year.

    As for my habits, I generally eat a very healthy diet, and also exercise frequently. I’m in pretty good shape, and am in the right weight range for my height (6 feet tall, 170 lbs). Also, I’m only 20 years old, so I feel like I shouldn’t be getting winded by taking the stairs, or needing a nap after 2 hours of work. The only hospitilizations I’ve had are for a concussion at age 16 sustained while playing rugby (very light concussion, blacked out for 10 seconds, can’t remember some of that day, but I was fine after a few hours), and a surgery to take out my tonsils and open up my sinuses (which did seem to help my breathing a bit, but didn’t stop the sickness from coming over and over and over).

    As for medications, I’ve been on pretty much every allergy medication around, and none of them stop me from getting sick. Plus, most of them leave me in an even worse brain fog than when I’m just feeling sick. I’ve also been pumped full of more antibiotics than I can count. At this point, I’m quite adverse to taking more medications, considering that none has helped me thus far, and they always, always come with side effects.

    I really just want to know whats wrong with me, whatever it is, so that I can get about fixing it. It’s a number one priority for me, because it just makes everything in my life so much more difficult. Even the simplest classes and tasks and work become grueling when I’m feeling like this, and I’d say I feel like this about 85-95% of the time, especially as of late. My problem is, I’m at the end of my rope. My doctor’s can’t give me any good ideas or directions to take, they just tell me the other one is an idiot and that I need to just keep putting money in their pocket. I’ve tried so many options and been tested for so many things, and I can’t seem to get a truly conclusive answer. I’m ready to try just about anything. In fact, I’m getting ready to make an acupuncture appointment, and maybe start taking some herbs. I mean, it may be a

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, have you tried cutting out gluten in your diet. I have this friend who did exactly this and she became human again and she felt more alive than she had in years. She had some of the symptoms that you have been suffering. Hope this helps.

  36. QUESTION:
    Constantly fatigued and miserable. Need help please!?
    Hi, My name is Matt and I apologize in advance for the long question. I’ve been having a chronic health problem for the past year and half now, and I’m not much closer to solving the problem of why I feel so awful than I was at the start. Different doctors will tell me I have things that other doctors say there is no way I have. Others tend to throw antibiotics at me, push me out of the office, and hope the problem magically disappears. My faith in health care professionals is ebbing away more and more everyday.

    Anyways, here are my regular symptoms:
    Loss of focus/concentration, extreme fatigue, constantly hungry, feeling very faint and weak kneed, stiff joints and muscles, stuffy nose, sore/tight throat, chest pain/tightness right along my sternum, and heavy breathing.

    For the past year and a half, I’ve exhibited these symptoms on and off. I have good days and bad days, but especially lately, much more so bad.

    I’ve been diagnosed with a severe dust mite allergy, pumped full of medications, continued to get sick, and later found I had no allergy to dust mites according to another doctor and another test. The new doctor diagnosed me with chronic sinusitis. I’ve tried corticosteroids, antihistamines, nasal rinses, vitamins, and all sorts of things. The only thing that gives me any real relief is the sinus rinse, and that relief is pretty fleeting. Now I’m being told that I have allergies again, despite the fact that no allergy medication has done me any good, and the skin tests say I’m not allergic to anything.

    I’ve also recently had some new symptoms, on top of the old ones being more severe than usual (especially the fatigue, hunger, and faint feeling). They are: constantly thirsty, nausea, frequent urination (happens a lot, regardless of how much water I drink, always comes out crystal clear, and I can’t seem to hold it at all), about 10 pounds of weight loss 2 weeks ago, and now, very little weight gain, despite eating like crazy.

    I’ve had a complete blood count recently. It showed my glucose as normal, so diabetes is not the problem. Kidney and liver functions were also normal. My lymphocyte level came in a little high at 47 (12-44 is normal), absolute neutrophils came in a little low at 1.67 (normal is 1.8-7.7). It looks like I have a slight anemia, because my hemoglobin came in at 13.2 (normal: 14-18) and my hematocrit came in at 38 (normal: 42-54). I’ve started taking a multivitamin, and eating more red meat in case of iron deficiency.

    Yet, I find it hard to believe that anemia is to blame for all of my new/worsening of symptoms, and more importantly, I’ve had numerous blood tests over the past year and a half, and never came up as anemic, so even if it is the complete cause for my new and worsened symptoms, it still doesn’t explain my regular fatigue and general feeling like garbage for over a year.

    As for my habits, I generally eat a very healthy diet, and also exercise frequently. I’m in pretty good shape, and am in the right weight range for my height (6 feet tall, 170 lbs). Also, I’m only 20 years old, so I feel like I shouldn’t be getting winded by taking the stairs, or needing a nap after 2 hours of work. The only hospitilizations I’ve had are for a concussion at age 16 sustained while playing rugby (very light concussion, blacked out for 10 seconds, can’t remember some of that day, but I was fine after a few hours), and a surgery to take out my tonsils and open up my sinuses (which did seem to help my breathing a bit, but didn’t stop the sickness from coming over and over and over).

    As for medications, I’ve been on pretty much every allergy medication around, and none of them stop me from getting sick. Plus, most of them leave me in an even worse brain fog than when I’m just feeling sick. I’ve also been pumped full of more antibiotics than I can count. At this point, I’m quite adverse to taking more medications, considering that none has helped me thus far, and they always, always come with side effects.

    I really just want to know whats wrong with me, whatever it is, so that I can get about fixing it. It’s a number one priority for me, because it just makes everything in my life so much more difficult. Even the simplest classes and tasks and work become grueling when I’m feeling like this, and I’d say I feel like this about 85-95% of the time, especially as of late. My problem is, I’m at the end of my rope. My doctor’s can’t give me any good ideas or directions to take, they just tell me the other one is an idiot and that I need to just keep putting money in their pocket. I’ve tried so many options and been tested for so many things, and I can’t seem to get a truly conclusive answer. I’m ready to try just about anything. In fact, I’m getting ready to make an acupuncture appointment, and maybe start taking some herbs. I mean, it may be a shot in the dark, but at least I’m taking a shot.

    Anyways, if you’ve made it this far, I appreciate you taking the time to read

    • ANSWER:
      ok i lived this already you need to see an endocrinologist i suffer from multinodular goitor never detected i have normal tsh t4 t3 i have a high globulglobin antibody which is a precurser for an auto immune defect in my case hashimoto thryoiditis , i have hypo thyroid symptoms with normal thyroid levels i am on VIT D as it was dangerously low giving me chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia symptoms the IBS symptom depression and now i have a gluten sensitivity so you can try swollowing vit D at walmart and VIT E high doses my VIT D rx is 50,000 IU 1 x per week so the second thing i would do is pump up your VIT B drink vitamin water like propel , stop eating wheat products so i am eating puffed rice corn flakes potatoes etc stay away from MSG also , cream of rice grits read the boxes eat lots of fresh fruit and vegs and meat PLAIN no seasoning see if you perk up, i am on synthroid 37.50 mcg a day and i feel human again, so have an ultrasound of your thyroid , start drinking pomegranite juice 4 oz a day and eat yorgurt with ACTIVA like enzymes , the antibiotics are slowing your system down yeast build up , unless you can get a RX for nystatin its suppose to break down the yeast in your body , or maybe swollow Diflucan to remove yeast that is what i have been living , now my mom likes those chinese foot toxic pads for your feet she says her burning feet has miniumized with this? try a massage also, stop smoking and drinking alcohol detox your body , drink V8 splash soy milk silk milk? hope something i do helps you? walmart sells all natural snacks world gourmet when pigs fly.. it gives you a serving of fruit or sensible portions co are all natural NO WHEAT in these snacks no preservative ,

  37. QUESTION:
    Worried about my liver/kidneys. Is there something wrong?
    I drink a lot with my friends on the weekends. I believe that maybe it has taken a toll on my body over the past twenty years. On Sundays, I drink water, gatorade, orange juice to recharge for Monday yet I do not urinate. Maybe at the end of the day before bed, I can pee but it is so dark orange and yellow that I am worried that my organs aren’t functioning correctly. Any experts out there who can help me?

    • ANSWER:
      Despite your efforts to rehydrate, it appears that you are still very dehydrated. While this is probably not a sign of liver problems, it is most definitely a sign of stress upon your kidneys. Whether it’s from the drinking or not. You should probably make an appointment with a Urologist and get evaluated.

  38. QUESTION:
    Is it time to put my dog to sleep?
    O.K. I have asked God about this, but I am not really sure if He is answering or maybe I can not sit still long enough to hear an answer. Or maybe the answer is NO and my indecision is how the answer is being communicated to me….who knows. Maybe I need a spiritual tune up so God will work with me a little better. I know this is a decision to be made by me, but I really need some help.
    Billie, my 17 year old lab mix, has been in my life longer than any friend I have ever had. Her health has slowly declined over the past 4 years. She is almost completely blind and deaf. She started having arthritis and kidney failure about 4 years ago but I helped control it with high dollar meds and dog food. But now her left hind leg is very stiff and she pees herself several times a day while laying down. Sometimes, she still can get up on her own and sometimes you have to help her up at first, but then she will start walking (pretty wobbly). She can make it to the back yard and relieve herself provided she does not have to crouch over 15 seconds to do so (#2 takes a little longer and yesterday when trying to perform this function she fell right on it). She still pees on herself even though she has been getting up to relive herself about 3-4 times a day.
    She still eats and will even wag her tail once a day or so in response to seeing me.

    If I did not have to work, I would not worry about her so much but I have to work full time job and another part time job as my full time job only covers my rent and bills (and I need groceries too). In addition to this, I am also enrolled in a night class that meets two times a week (I had no idea that her health would be deteriorating this quickly this semester after waiting 4 semesters for the school to hold this class at a time I could attend). So I am not home much during the week. I have my dad come over and look after her for about an hour during the day but he and my mom both feel it is time to put her down and I hate inconveniencing them with this emotional situation. I stay home with her all weekend and this is when she is at her best. Although she still sleeps (or at least lays motionless) for about 85% of the day. Then she will get up and walk around for about 15 minutes, eat, drink a lot of water and go lay back down).

    I try to keep her clean but she is about 90 pounds and too weak for the way I formerly bathed her (with the garden hose which she used to love). Her hind legs are too weak to withstand a real thorough wash down. So basically she smells really bad and her smell combined with the urine odor overwhelming my small home is really starting to become disgusting. I don’t want this to be a decision made based on the hardship that is being caused in my life, but my concern is that maybe she can sense the frustration I feel even though I also love her very much. I monitor my thoughts in hopes that she will undersatnd the love I feel for her far outweighs any inconvenience this has on my life. What I really wish is that she would just gain her health back.

    I have indicated that some vactaion time from work may be nice to my boss, but she did not take the hint and I believe she thinks I am trying to use this situation to just be off work. The economy, I have heard, is so bad now, that I am afraid to jeaopordize the job I have.

    I believe Billie is still mentally intact and probably will go on like this for a few more months maybe even a year if I do not intercede. The only thing is, I don’t know if I should. I have called the vet and they told me I also need to consider her integrity and quality of life.

    Can someone give me some advice?

    • ANSWER:
      Crystal, it’s time. Your old girl doesn’t want to lie & fall in her own waste. She doesn’t want to be dirty & smell. Allow your old friend to go with some dignity. I know it’s a hard decision to make. I’ve had to make this decision myself too many times, but our pets depend on us to make decisions & care for them to the very end. It truly is the final act of care & love we give them. Stay with her & hold her till she is at rest. Take care.

  39. QUESTION:
    Opiate detox?!?
    I really hope I get some serious answers because right now I don’t know what to do, I’m going crazy!! Okay, so long story short, 3 years ago I had kidney surgery and I’m still taking pain pills! I have tried to quit a few times, but after about the 5th or 6th day of being in hell I have to get something! I have tried methadones, but that just made it worse! I’m going to see a doctor about suboxen next week, but I wanted to see if anyone knew of anything I could do at home right now to help! I have tried the hot baths, the Tylenol, the heat pads and ice packs, I have been trying to drink lots of water, but I can’t hold anything down! I have tried sleeping pills to sleep and that doesn’t work.. I can’t eat, sleep, relax, stop shaking.. I just can’t function! Oh, and my eyes hurt if I’m outside! Even with sunglasses on it just seems so bright! I hate this, this is the reason why I have been on the pain meds for so long! I can’t go through this! Any advice would be wonderful!
    I have tried the methadones and now that’s one of the things I have been doing on a daily basis! The methadone clinics don’t want to help .. They start you off with a small amount and give you more and more and more! I am going to try Suboxen, but I have to make it through for a couple days until I can get to the doctor. I don’t know if I can do this! I want to be done so bad, but I have never had a detox like this! I’m beyond miserable! : (
    Update.. I have my doctors appointment tomorrow to get the suboxens, but like I said, I have been beyond miserable! I really, really, really just want to be done with this crap, so I didn’t want to buy anything off of the streets, but then a friend of mine told me that he had a few Suboxens left from the last time he went to the doctor and he gave me those! : ) So, I feel a million times better and I’m on the right path! I’m so excited, kind of nervous, but just really happy that I’m getting off of this crap! Thanks so much for the help and the nice posts!! : )

    • ANSWER:
      Check your e-mail

  40. QUESTION:
    dehydration help me please lost my notes and due very soon!?
    1. Dehydration can be described as a ________ water loss within the body, resulting in a drop in performance. (1 point)
    2%
    5%
    1%
    3%
    2. It is estimated that ________ glasses of water are lost from normal kidney filtration on an average day? (1 point)

    3. The average person should drink ________ glasses of water each day, just to replace the water lost during normal daily activities (1 point)
    3-4
    6-7
    10-12
    8-9
    4. Dehydration is known to: (1 point)
    Not affect brain functions
    Slow or stop efficient fat elimination and metabolism
    Lead to cases of diarrhea
    Cause skin to take on a soft, supple texture
    5. When would it be appropriate to consider a sports drink instead of water to re-hydrate? (1 point)
    When lifting heavy weights for 30 minutes
    When running for less than 20 minutes
    When doing crunches and sit-ups for 15 minutes
    When walking for less than 45 minutes
    6. Sports drinks generally contain: (1 point)
    Water, carbohydrates, and electrolytes
    Sodium, protein, and water
    Protein, electrolytes, and water
    Potassium, protein, and salts
    7. Endurance athletes sometimes suffer from water intoxication, a condition known as _______________. (1 point)

    8. _____________ speed up the process of elimination of water and waste through the kidneys. (1 point)

    9. Which of the following can act as a diuretic? (1 point)
    Water
    Milk
    Coffee
    Chamomile tea
    10. ________________ can act as a diuretic in the body, leading to dehydration and causing problems with the body’s temperature controls. (1 point)
    Coffee
    Tea
    Salt
    Alcohol

    • ANSWER:
      1. Dehydration can be described as a ________ water loss within the body, resulting in a drop in performance. (1 point)
      (1 pt) 2%
      (0 pts) 5%
      (0 pts) 1%
      (0 pts) 3%
      1 /1 point
      2. It is estimated that ________ glasses of water are lost from normal kidney filtration on an average day? (1 point)
      6
      This question has not yet been reviewed.
      3. The average person should drink ________ glasses of water each day, just to replace the water lost during normal daily activities (1 point)
      (0 pts) 3-4
      (0 pts) 6-7
      (0 pts) 10-12
      (1 pt) 8-9
      1 /1 point
      4. Dehydration is known to: (1 point)
      (0 pts) Not affect brain functions
      (1 pt) Slow or stop efficient fat elimination and metabolism
      (0 pts) Lead to cases of diarrhea
      (0 pts) Cause skin to take on a soft, supple texture
      1 /1 point
      5. When would it be appropriate to consider a sports drink instead of water to re-hydrate? (1 point)
      (1 pt) When lifting heavy weights for 30 minutes
      (0 pts) When running for less than 20 minutes
      (0 pts) When doing crunches and sit-ups for 15 minutes
      (0 pts) When walking for less than 45 minutes
      1 /1 point
      6. Sports drinks generally contain: (1 point)
      (1 pt) Water, carbohydrates, and electrolytes
      (0 pts) Sodium, protein, and water
      (0 pts) Protein, electrolytes, and water
      (0 pts) Potassium, protein, and salts
      1 /1 point
      7. Endurance athletes sometimes suffer from water intoxication, a condition known as _______________. (1 point)
      hyponatremia
      This question has not yet been reviewed.
      8. _____________ speed up the process of elimination of water and waste through the kidneys. (1 point)
      diuretic
      This question has not yet been reviewed.
      9. Which of the following can act as a diuretic? (1 point)
      (0 pts) Water
      (0 pts) Milk
      (1 pt) Coffee
      (0 pts) Chamomile tea
      1 /1 point
      10. ________________ can act as a diuretic in the body, leading to dehydration and causing problems with the body’s temperature controls. (1 point)
      (0 pts) Coffee
      (0 pts) Tea
      (0 pts) Salt
      (1 pt) Alcohol
      1 /1 point

      The current score is 7/7. There are still 3 ungraded questions worth 3 possible points.

  41. QUESTION:
    can someone translate this to french for me please?
    PLEASE DONT USE GOOGLE TRANSLATE, SOMEONE WHO’S GOOD IN FRENCH NEEDED!
    thanks to everyone for help!

    The human body and water
    There’s nothing more refreshing than a nice cold glass of water after playing your favorite sport. On average, water makes up 60% of the human body. Our brain is made up of 80% water, bones are made up of 15% water and blood is made up of 50% water. Not only do we need water, but salt also. Water cleanses the system and removes impurities and assists the digestive system to performs it’s functions as well as the bowel, liver, kidneys. The salt attempts to retain water so that we don’t dehydrate. The body needs to balance itself as well as possible. If we do not drink enough water, symptoms of dehydration ( such as dizziness, vomitting, inability to sweat) or death may occur.

    • ANSWER:

  42. QUESTION:
    Other than Diabetes, what can this unknown condition be? Reactive Hypoglycemia, Adrenal Gland Dysfunction?
    I’m a 28 year old Romanian male, about 5’11, 330 pounds. This condition is unknown and the doctors can’t find the cause and it’s not Diabetes! Please read over this, I know it’s a long list but please help me. I have no medicaid or insurance to have this taken care of so I’m trying to find the underlying cause.

    1: Constant frequent hunger especially after eating. Overeating. Changes in behavioral pattern and tempermant after eating. Consuming sugar makes me crave salt. Consuming salt makes me crave sugar. Irritablity, anxiety, rapid heart beat, difficulty sleeping and over sleeping and sleeping a few hours after a meal even though feeling very rested. Fatigue, lack of enthusiam, lack of motivation, hate towards people and my life. Hate towards everything and everyone for no apparent reason. Extreme lethargy and extreme apathy. Extreme urge to save money and not spend a dime. Selfish with money. Selfishness, loathing and no lust for life what so ever.
    2: Body aches and pain, headaches. Most of the pain resides in the feet especially the left foot. Painful numbing burning pain is always there in the feet. Cold water relieves the burning pain in the feet giving me “some” feeling sensation back in the feet, hot water of course makes it worse. The pain gets worse everyday making it more and more difficult to walk and perform my duties at work. Joint pain, no longer able to run due to lack of joint function.
    3: Pain in the eyes especially after eating, blurry vision, constant webs and floaters in the eyes that never go away. Loss of vision. Darkened vision. Thick sticky yellow mucus like substance that comes from the eyes after eating a heavy meal combined with heavy physical activity and the mucus can be pulled out with a q-tip.
    4: Pain in the kidneys. Frequent urination. Constant thirst is not present with frequent urination. Bowel movements are normal.
    5: Memory loss, trouble concentrating, trouble speaking at times.
    6: Unable to adjust to weather, cold or hot.
    7: Loss of reality. Drifitng in and out of reality. Changes in personality and mental focus.
    8: Dieting to have this under control only made it worse. The symptoms were too much to handle and the hunger was unreal and very difficult to get it under control. Physical activity along with dieting did not improve anything what so ever. When I went back to eating what I wanted I felt such a great relief from the pain. The weight loss did not go far either. 40 pounds was lost but it was only water weight. 320 to start and then 290 to 280 after one month but it never went below 280 pounds no matter how hard I tried. My anger was alot worse during the diet as well but I figured that was normal when your constantly feeling starvation even though three meals a day along with health shakes did not matter. The strangest symtpoms came from drinking an EAS health shake that gave all the required nutrients needed throughout the day without all the carbohydrates which was only 4 grams. These shakes would give me extreme body aches, head aches and uncontrollable hunger cravings and my anger and temperment would be even more out of control and I know for a fact thats it’s not in my head or “ANXIETY!”
    9: Uncontrollable crying. Uncontrolled emotions.
    10: I used to be such a horrible hypocondriact about all this and filled with extreme anxiety but now after so long I don’t care anymore because that’s what it does to you, it forces you not to care until you start crying about it then you feel all the emotion you had locked away for so long and it comes out wrong. I cry about what I have, what I’m suffering with and how I can’t deal with it. I asked God to help me in any way he can and he doesn’t want to hear me.

    • ANSWER:
      Hormonal imbalance is the root cause of all Ur problems. “Impaired/malfunctioning of Adrenal gland and pancreas + voracious eating habits” is the root cause of diabetes. it is most unfortunate to note so many complexity of health problems. Ur mood swings, frustrations, etc., are understandable. Ur inner feelings are natural for anyone if kept in the same position,.

      If any disease/disorder condition is incurable, as a last resort, it has to be endured; for which U r already struggling to bear with.
      But, here is a plan to help U with least costs, no side effects & no hospitalizations. T & C apply. One should have the will power to comply with all stipulated instructions most religiouisly for the best results.
      Acupressure & Natural Remedies may solve Ur problem.
      1.ACUPRESSURE TECHNIQUES:
      Utility—Blocked energy + toxins shall be moved from all Ur internal organs to purge in the normal drainage system, i.e., urine, feces, sweat, cough, menses[ladies], vomitting and all the organs shall function upto optimal levels.

      ‘Health In Ur Hands’ by Dr.Devendra Vora vol.i & ii. Available all over the globe & in all Indian Languages + Braille lipi, Germany and the French. Dr.Vora, the world renowned Acupressurist, an octogenarian and the Bhishma Pithamaha of acupressure in India, wrote the books, after treating and caused to treat more than 150000 cases of Cancer, HIV/AIDS, Diabetes, and many other most dreaded diseases. —Dr.Devendra Vora has analysed that pressure applied on certain points located on the palms and soles helps to stimulate all organs of the body, prevents disease and assists in maintaining good health. Acupressure also helps to diagnose, prevent and cure diseases like common cold, Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Migraine, Paralysis, and even cancer, HIV/AIDS. Autism, Thalassemia, Muscular Dystrophy, all brain and spinal cord affected diseases.

      With ur thumb, press ur/his/her palms and soles, wrists and ankles on both sides. Suppose pain is felt while pressing 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 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. Ur entire immune sytem gets invigorated to produce antibodies.
      PS-To ensure 100% cure in respect of early diagnosed cases and maximum cure in regards to late stages of Cancer/HIV/AIDS, many other most dreaded & incurable diseases etc., one should comply with all the stipulated instructions most scrupulously like rituals. No costs/hopitalization/side effects.Domiciliary treatment is enough.
      2.Ban salt, cooked foods and baking soda from Ur diet for 45 days and use of enema + vaginal douch[females] to extract & purge Toxins from Ur body’s systems is a MUST.

      3.ALOE VERA JUICE:
      U may try aloe vera juice safely. Dosage: 30 ml. + 1 tsp of honey t.d.s.
      No trace of glucose in aloe vera juice.
      4.NONI [FRENCH FRUIT] JUICE: Doage 5 ml., t.d.s. in the first week. 10 ml, t.ds. in the second week and 15 ml., t.d.s., theereafter. Add double the quantity of water to each serving.
      5.WHEAT GRASS POWDER:
      Dosage: 1 tsp [3 gms.] of powder + 3 drops of honey with a cup of hot water in an empty stomach in the morning. For a day or two the patient may pass green stools to purge-out toxins. No worry.

  43. QUESTION:
    please help me? biology?
    1.How much water do you need to drink each day in order to replace fluids lost through urine, sweat, and respiration?

    A.About 2 cups
    B.About 8 cups
    C.About 16 cups
    D.About 24 cups
    2.Which nutrient is your body’s main source of the raw materials used for growth and repair?

    A.Animal fats
    B.Proteins
    C.Minerals
    D.Vitamin B12
    3.Which of the following foods is a good source of carbohydrates?

    A.Cheese
    B.Potatoes
    C.Chicken
    D.Seeds
    4.Good nutrition is especially important during the first two years of life and during the preteen years to

    A.help maintain normal childhood homeostasis.
    B.support accelerated growth and development.
    C.prevent excessive carbohydrate consumption.
    D.ensure you get enough green, leafy vegetables.
    5.The food label on a package of cookies tells you that the amount of Calories per serving is 250, 150 of which are from fat. If you eat 2 servings (4 cookies), how many Calories will you be getting?

    A.300
    B.400
    C.500
    D.600
    6.A person whose gallbladder has been removed would want to avoid fatty foods, because his or her body would be unable to store

    A.bile.
    B.chyme.
    C.pepsin.
    D.amylase.
    7.The main purpose of digestion is to

    A.convert energy.
    B.break down food.
    C.eliminate wastes.
    D.transport nutrients.
    8.Starches are digested into simpler sugars in the

    A.small and large intestines.
    B.stomach and large intestine.
    C.mouth and small intestine.
    D.esophagus and duodenum.
    9.Food moves in only one direction through the digestive system because of

    A.mechanical digestion.
    B.gastric acids and chyme.
    C.sphincters and peristalsis.
    D.enzymes and hormones.
    10.Which of the following digestive enzymes are involved in breaking down proteins?

    A.Amylase and lipase
    B.Maltase and lactase
    C.Peptidase and trypsin
    D.Sucrase and pepsin
    11.Nutrients are absorbed primarily in the

    A.Liver tissues.
    B.Small intestine.
    C.Large intestine.
    D.Stomach.
    12.The process by which nutrients move from the digestive organs into the circulatory and lymphatic systems is called

    A.respiration.
    B.digestion.
    C.excretion.
    D.absorption.
    13.The many folds, villi, and microvilli inside the small intestine work to

    A.increase absorption of nutrients.
    B.speed passage of fibrous material.
    C.absorb up to a liter of water daily.
    D.protect the lining of the intestine.
    14.Nutrient-rich blood that leaves the small intestine is carried first to the

    A.heart.
    B.liver.
    C.lungs.
    D.brain.
    15.Which part of the digestive system consolidates and eliminates solid wastes?

    A.Duodenum
    B.Small intestine
    C.Intestinal villi
    D.Large intestine
    16.The excretory system is a body system made up of the urinary organs, the skin, and the

    A.blood.
    B.lungs.
    C.heart.
    D.liver.
    17.Urine produced by the kidneys moves through the ureter into the

    A.bladder.
    B.urethra.
    C.nephron.
    D.medulla.
    18.Which of the following substances is part of the filtrate found in Bowman’s capsule?

    A.Red blood cells
    B.Plasma proteins
    C.Free electrolytes
    D.White blood cells
    19.Which of the following is the correct sequence in producing urine?

    A.Loop of Henle – Bowman’s capsule – glomerulus – ureter
    B.Glomerulus – Bowman’s capsule – loop of Henle – ureter
    C.Bowman’s capsule – glomerulus – ureter – loop of Henle
    D.Ureter – loop of Henle – glomerulus – Bowman’s capsule
    20.The main function of dialysis is to

    A.increase nephron formation.
    B.collect fluid from the body.
    C.prepare a patient for a kidney transplant.
    D.filter waste from the blood.
    21.The large intestine absorbs about

    A.one liter of water a day.
    B.one liter of nutrients a day.
    C.two liters of water a day.
    D.two liters of nutrients a day.
    22.Which nutrient is required for nearly every chemical reaction in every cell in your body?

    A.Vitamin B6
    B.Calcium
    C.Water
    D.Protein
    23.Which of the following foods is a good source of lean protein?

    A.Fish
    B.Grains
    C.Potatoes
    D.Oranges
    24.Which of the following vitamins is vital for maintaining healthy cartilage and bone?

    A.Vitamin K
    B.Vitamin C
    C.Folic acid
    D.B vitamins
    25.Which nutrient is your body’s main source of energy?

    A.Animal proteins
    B.Carbohydrates
    C.Saturated fats
    D.B vitamins

    • ANSWER:
      1.B
      2.B
      3.B
      4.B
      5.C
      6.A
      7.B
      8.C
      9.C
      10.C
      11.B
      12.D
      13.A
      14.B
      15.D
      16.B
      17.A
      18.C
      19.B
      20.D
      21.A
      22.C
      23.A
      24.B
      25.B

  44. QUESTION:
    Please help on bio?!?! 10 points!!!?
    1.How much water do you need to drink each day in order to replace fluids lost through urine, sweat, and respiration?

    A.About 2 cups
    B.About 8 cups
    C.About 16 cups
    D.About 24 cups
    2.Which nutrient is your body’s main source of the raw materials used for growth and repair?

    A.Animal fats
    B.Proteins
    C.Minerals
    D.Vitamin B12
    3.Which of the following foods is a good source of carbohydrates?

    A.Cheese
    B.Potatoes
    C.Chicken
    D.Seeds
    4.Good nutrition is especially important during the first two years of life and during the preteen years to

    A.help maintain normal childhood homeostasis.
    B.support accelerated growth and development.
    C.prevent excessive carbohydrate consumption.
    D.ensure you get enough green, leafy vegetables.
    5.The food label on a package of cookies tells you that the amount of Calories per serving is 250, 150 of which are from fat. If you eat 2 servings (4 cookies), how many Calories will you be getting?

    A.300
    B.400
    C.500
    D.600
    6.A person whose gallbladder has been removed would want to avoid fatty foods, because his or her body would be unable to store

    A.bile.
    B.chyme.
    C.pepsin.
    D.amylase.
    7.The main purpose of digestion is to

    A.convert energy.
    B.break down food.
    C.eliminate wastes.
    D.transport nutrients.
    8.Starches are digested into simpler sugars in the

    A.small and large intestines.
    B.stomach and large intestine.
    C.mouth and small intestine.
    D.esophagus and duodenum.
    9.Food moves in only one direction through the digestive system because of

    A.mechanical digestion.
    B.gastric acids and chyme.
    C.sphincters and peristalsis.
    D.enzymes and hormones.
    10.Which of the following digestive enzymes are involved in breaking down proteins?

    A.Amylase and lipase
    B.Maltase and lactase
    C.Peptidase and trypsin
    D.Sucrase and pepsin
    11.Nutrients are absorbed primarily in the

    A.Liver tissues.
    B.Small intestine.
    C.Large intestine.
    D.Stomach.
    12.The process by which nutrients move from the digestive organs into the circulatory and lymphatic systems is called

    A.respiration.
    B.digestion.
    C.excretion.
    D.absorption.
    13.The many folds, villi, and microvilli inside the small intestine work to

    A.increase absorption of nutrients.
    B.speed passage of fibrous material.
    C.absorb up to a liter of water daily.
    D.protect the lining of the intestine.
    14.Nutrient-rich blood that leaves the small intestine is carried first to the

    A.heart.
    B.liver.
    C.lungs.
    D.brain.
    15.Which part of the digestive system consolidates and eliminates solid wastes?

    A.Duodenum
    B.Small intestine
    C.Intestinal villi
    D.Large intestine
    16.The excretory system is a body system made up of the urinary organs, the skin, and the

    A.blood.
    B.lungs.
    C.heart.
    D.liver.
    17.Urine produced by the kidneys moves through the ureter into the

    A.bladder.
    B.urethra.
    C.nephron.
    D.medulla.
    18.Which of the following substances is part of the filtrate found in Bowman’s capsule?

    A.Red blood cells
    B.Plasma proteins
    C.Free electrolytes
    D.White blood cells
    19.Which of the following is the correct sequence in producing urine?

    A.Loop of Henle – Bowman’s capsule – glomerulus – ureter
    B.Glomerulus – Bowman’s capsule – loop of Henle – ureter
    C.Bowman’s capsule – glomerulus – ureter – loop of Henle
    D.Ureter – loop of Henle – glomerulus – Bowman’s capsule
    20.The main function of dialysis is to

    A.increase nephron formation.
    B.collect fluid from the body.
    C.prepare a patient for a kidney transplant.
    D.filter waste from the blood.
    21.The large intestine absorbs about

    A.one liter of water a day.
    B.one liter of nutrients a day.
    C.two liters of water a day.
    D.two liters of nutrients a day.
    22.Which nutrient is required for nearly every chemical reaction in every cell in your body?

    A.Vitamin B6
    B.Calcium
    C.Water
    D.Protein
    23.Which of the following foods is a good source of lean protein?

    A.Fish
    B.Grains
    C.Potatoes
    D.Oranges
    24.Which of the following vitamins is vital for maintaining healthy cartilage and bone?

    A.Vitamin K
    B.Vitamin C
    C.Folic acid
    D.B vitamins
    25.Which nutrient is your body’s main source of energy?

    A.Animal proteins
    B.Carbohydrates
    C.Saturated fats
    D.B vitamins

    • ANSWER:
      seriously?
      do your own work and pay attention in class.

  45. QUESTION:
    biology help please. need any help i can get?
    1.How much water do you need to drink each day in order to replace fluids lost through urine, sweat, and respiration?

    A.About 2 cups
    B.About 8 cups
    C.About 16 cups
    D.About 24 cups
    2.Which nutrient is your body’s main source of the raw materials used for growth and repair?

    A.Animal fats
    B.Proteins
    C.Minerals
    D.Vitamin B12
    3.Which of the following foods is a good source of carbohydrates?

    A.Cheese
    B.Potatoes
    C.Chicken
    D.Seeds
    4.Good nutrition is especially important during the first two years of life and during the preteen years to

    A.help maintain normal childhood homeostasis.
    B.support accelerated growth and development.
    C.prevent excessive carbohydrate consumption.
    D.ensure you get enough green, leafy vegetables.
    5.The food label on a package of cookies tells you that the amount of Calories per serving is 250, 150 of which are from fat. If you eat 2 servings (4 cookies), how many Calories will you be getting?

    A.300
    B.400
    C.500
    D.600
    6.A person whose gallbladder has been removed would want to avoid fatty foods, because his or her body would be unable to store

    A.bile.
    B.chyme.
    C.pepsin.
    D.amylase.
    7.The main purpose of digestion is to

    A.convert energy.
    B.break down food.
    C.eliminate wastes.
    D.transport nutrients.
    8.Starches are digested into simpler sugars in the

    A.small and large intestines.
    B.stomach and large intestine.
    C.mouth and small intestine.
    D.esophagus and duodenum.
    9.Food moves in only one direction through the digestive system because of

    A.mechanical digestion.
    B.gastric acids and chyme.
    C.sphincters and peristalsis.
    D.enzymes and hormones.
    10.Which of the following digestive enzymes are involved in breaking down proteins?

    A.Amylase and lipase
    B.Maltase and lactase
    C.Peptidase and trypsin
    D.Sucrase and pepsin
    11.Nutrients are absorbed primarily in the

    A.Liver tissues.
    B.Small intestine.
    C.Large intestine.
    D.Stomach.
    12.The process by which nutrients move from the digestive organs into the circulatory and lymphatic systems is called

    A.respiration.
    B.digestion.
    C.excretion.
    D.absorption.
    13.The many folds, villi, and microvilli inside the small intestine work to

    A.increase absorption of nutrients.
    B.speed passage of fibrous material.
    C.absorb up to a liter of water daily.
    D.protect the lining of the intestine.
    14.Nutrient-rich blood that leaves the small intestine is carried first to the

    A.heart.
    B.liver.
    C.lungs.
    D.brain.
    15.Which part of the digestive system consolidates and eliminates solid wastes?

    A.Duodenum
    B.Small intestine
    C.Intestinal villi
    D.Large intestine
    16.The excretory system is a body system made up of the urinary organs, the skin, and the

    A.blood.
    B.lungs.
    C.heart.
    D.liver.
    17.Urine produced by the kidneys moves through the ureter into the

    A.bladder.
    B.urethra.
    C.nephron.
    D.medulla.
    18.Which of the following substances is part of the filtrate found in Bowman’s capsule?

    A.Red blood cells
    B.Plasma proteins
    C.Free electrolytes
    D.White blood cells
    19.Which of the following is the correct sequence in producing urine?

    A.Loop of Henle – Bowman’s capsule – glomerulus – ureter
    B.Glomerulus – Bowman’s capsule – loop of Henle – ureter
    C.Bowman’s capsule – glomerulus – ureter – loop of Henle
    D.Ureter – loop of Henle – glomerulus – Bowman’s capsule
    20.The main function of dialysis is to

    A.increase nephron formation.
    B.collect fluid from the body.
    C.prepare a patient for a kidney transplant.
    D.filter waste from the blood.
    21.The large intestine absorbs about

    A.one liter of water a day.
    B.one liter of nutrients a day.
    C.two liters of water a day.
    D.two liters of nutrients a day.
    22.Which nutrient is required for nearly every chemical reaction in every cell in your body?

    A.Vitamin B6
    B.Calcium
    C.Water
    D.Protein
    23.Which of the following foods is a good source of lean protein?

    A.Fish
    B.Grains
    C.Potatoes
    D.Oranges
    24.Which of the following vitamins is vital for maintaining healthy cartilage and bone?

    A.Vitamin K
    B.Vitamin C
    C.Folic acid
    D.B vitamins
    25.Which nutrient is your body’s main source of energy?

    A.Animal proteins
    B.Carbohydrates
    C.Saturated fats
    D.B vitamins

    • ANSWER:
      1.B
      2.B
      3.B
      4.B
      5.C
      6.A
      7.B
      8.C
      9.C
      10.C
      11.B
      12.D
      13.A
      14.B
      15.D
      16.B
      17.A
      18.C
      19.B
      20.D
      21.A
      22.C
      23.A
      24.B
      25.B

  46. QUESTION:
    i need some help with my biology please help me?
    1. How much water do you need to drink each day in order to replace fluids lost through urine, sweat, and respiration?
    A. About 2 cups
    B. About 8 cups
    C. About 16 cups
    D. About 24 cups

    2. Which nutrient is your body’s main source of the raw materials used for growth and repair?
    A. Animal fats
    B. Proteins
    C. Minerals
    D. Vitamin B12

    3. Which of the following foods is a good source of carbohydrates?
    A. Cheese
    B. Potatoes
    C. Chicken
    D. Seeds

    4. Good nutrition is especially important during the first two years of life and during the preteen years to
    A. help maintain normal childhood homeostasis.
    B. support accelerated growth and development.
    C. prevent excessive carbohydrate consumption.
    D. ensure you get enough green, leafy vegetables.

    5. The food label on a package of cookies tells you that the amount of Calories per serving is 250, 150 of which are from fat. If you eat 2 servings (4 cookies), how many Calories will you be getting?
    A. 300
    B. 400
    C. 500
    D. 600

    6. A person whose gallbladder has been removed would want to avoid fatty foods, because his or her body would be unable to store
    A. bile.
    B. chyme.
    C. pepsin.
    D. amylase.

    7. The main purpose of digestion is to
    A. convert energy.
    B. break down food.
    C. eliminate wastes.
    D. transport nutrients.

    8. Starches are digested into simpler sugars in the
    A. small and large intestines.
    B. stomach and large intestine.
    C. mouth and small intestine.
    D. esophagus and duodenum.

    9. Food moves in only one direction through the digestive system because of
    A. mechanical digestion.
    B. gastric acids and chyme.
    C. sphincters and peristalsis.
    D. enzymes and hormones.

    10. Which of the following digestive enzymes are involved in breaking down proteins?
    A. Amylase and lipase
    B. Maltase and lactase
    C. Peptidase and trypsin
    D. Sucrase and pepsin

    11. Nutrients are absorbed primarily in the
    A. Liver tissues.
    B. Small intestine.
    C. Large intestine.
    D. Stomach.

    12. The process by which nutrients move from the digestive organs into the circulatory and lymphatic systems is called
    A. respiration.
    B. digestion.
    C. excretion.
    D. absorption.

    13. The many folds, villi, and microvilli inside the small intestine work to
    A. increase absorption of nutrients.
    B. speed passage of fibrous material.
    C. absorb up to a liter of water daily.
    D. protect the lining of the intestine.

    14. Nutrient-rich blood that leaves the small intestine is carried first to the
    A. heart.
    B. liver.
    C. lungs.
    D. brain.

    15. Which part of the digestive system consolidates and eliminates solid wastes?
    A. Duodenum
    B. Small intestine
    C. Intestinal villi
    D. Large intestine

    16. The excretory system is a body system made up of the urinary organs, the skin, and the
    A. blood.
    B. lungs.
    C. heart.
    D. liver.

    17. Urine produced by the kidneys moves through the ureter into the
    A. bladder.
    B. urethra.
    C. nephron.
    D. medulla.

    18. Which of the following substances is part of the filtrate found in Bowman’s capsule?
    A. Red blood cells
    B. Plasma proteins
    C. Free electrolytes
    D. White blood cells

    19. Which of the following is the correct sequence in producing urine?
    A. Loop of Henle – Bowman’s capsule – glomerulus – ureter
    B. Glomerulus – Bowman’s capsule – loop of Henle – ureter
    C. Bowman’s capsule – glomerulus – ureter – loop of Henle
    D. Ureter – loop of Henle – glomerulus – Bowman’s capsule

    20. The main function of dialysis is to
    A. increase nephron formation.
    B. collect fluid from the body.
    C. prepare a patient for a kidney transplant.
    D. filter waste from the blood.

    21. The large intestine absorbs about
    A. one liter of water a day.
    B. one liter of nutrients a day.
    C. two liters of water a day.
    D. two liters of nutrients a day.

    22. Which nutrient is required for nearly every chemical reaction in every cell in your body?
    A. Vitamin B6
    B. Calcium
    C. Water
    D. Protein

    23. Which of the following foods is a good source of lean protein?
    A. Fish
    B. Grains
    C. Potatoes
    D. Oranges

    24. Which of the following vitamins is vital for maintaining healthy cartilage and bone?
    A. Vitamin K
    B. Vitamin C
    C. Folic acid
    D. B vitamins

    25. Which nutrient is your body’s main source of energy?
    A. Animal proteins
    B. Carbohydrates
    C. Saturated fats
    D. B vitamins

    • ANSWER:
      1.B
      2.B
      3.B
      4.B
      5.C
      6.A
      7.B
      8.C
      9.C
      10.C
      11.B
      12.D
      13.A
      14.B
      15.D
      16.B
      17.A
      18.C
      19.B
      20.D
      21.A
      22.C
      23.A
      24.B
      25.B

  47. QUESTION:
    BIOLOGY HELP PLEASE!!!?
    I apologize for the longness of this!! Never again will I inquire of Yahoo Answers for such a thing. :)

    1. Urine produced by the kidneys moves through the ureter into the
    A) bladder.
    B) urethra.
    C) nephron.
    D) medulla.

    2.Which of the following vitamins is vital for maintaining healthy cartilage and bone?
    A) Vitamin K
    B) Vitamin C
    C) Folic acid
    D) B vitamins

    3.Which part of the digestive system consolidates and eliminates solid wastes?
    A) Duodenum
    B) Small intestine
    C) Intestinal villi
    D) Large intestine

    4.How much water do you need to drink each day in order to replace fluids lost through urine, sweat, and respiration?
    A) About 2 cups
    B) About 8 cups
    C) About 16 cups
    D) About 24 cups

    5.Which nutrient is your body’s main source of energy?
    A) Animal proteins
    B) Carbohydrates
    C) Saturated fats
    D) B vitamins

    6.Food moves in only one direction through the digestive system because of
    A) mechanical digestion.
    B) gastric acids and chyme.
    C) sphincters and peristalsis.
    D) enzymes and hormones.

    7.Starches are digested into simpler sugars in the
    A) small and large intestines.
    B) stomach and large intestine.
    C) mouth and small intestine.
    D) esophagus and duodenum.

    8.The process by which nutrients move from the digestive organs into the circulatory and lymphatic systems is called
    A) respiration.
    B) digestion.
    C) excretion.
    D) absorption.

    9.Nutrient-rich blood that leaves the small intestine is carried first to the
    A) heart.
    B) liver.
    C) lungs.
    D) brain.

    10.Which of the following foods is a good source of lean protein?
    A) Fish
    B) Grains
    C) Potatoes
    D) Oranges

    11.Which of the following substances is part of the filtrate found in Bowman’s capsule?
    A) Red blood cells
    B) Plasma proteins
    C) Free electrolytes
    D) White blood cells

    12.The main function of dialysis is to
    A) increase nephron formation.
    B) collect fluid from the body.
    C) prepare a patient for a kidney transplant.
    D) filter waste from the blood.

    13.Which of the following is the correct sequence in producing urine?
    A) Loop of Henle – Bowman’s capsule – glomerulus – ureter
    B) Glomerulus – Bowman’s capsule – loop of Henle – ureter
    C) Bowman’s capsule – glomerulus – ureter – loop of Henle
    D) Ureter – loop of Henle – glomerulus – Bowman’s capsule

    14.Which of the following digestive enzymes are involved in breaking down proteins?
    A) Amylase and lipase
    B) Maltase and lactase
    C) Peptidase and trypsin
    D) Sucrase and pepsin

    15.Which of the following foods is a good source of carbohydrates?
    A) Cheese
    B) Potatoes
    C) Chicken
    D) Seeds

    16.Good nutrition is especially important during the first two years of life and during the preteen years to
    A) help maintain normal childhood homeostasis.
    B) support accelerated growth and development.
    C) prevent excessive carbohydrate consumption.
    D) ensure you get enough green, leafy vegetables.

    17.The excretory system is a body system made up of the urinary organs, the skin, and the
    A) blood.
    B) lungs.
    C) heart.
    D) liver.

    18.The many folds, villi, and microvilli inside the small intestine work to
    A) increase absorption of nutrients.
    B) speed passage of fibrous material.
    C) absorb up to a liter of water daily.
    D) protect the lining of the intestine.

    19.Which nutrient is your body’s main source of the raw materials used for growth and repair?
    A) Animal fats
    B) Proteins
    C) Minerals
    D) Vitamin B12

    20.Nutrients are absorbed primarily in the
    A) Liver tissues.
    B) Small intestine.
    C) Large intestine.
    D) Stomach.

    21.A person whose gallbladder has been removed would want to avoid fatty foods, because his or her body would be unable to store
    A) bile.
    B) chyme.
    C) pepsin.
    D) amylase.

    22.The main purpose of digestion is to
    A) convert energy.
    B) break down food.
    C) eliminate wastes.
    D) transport nutrients.

    23.Which nutrient is required for nearly every chemical reaction in every cell in your body?
    A) Vitamin B6
    B) Calcium
    C) Water
    D) Protein

    24.The large intestine absorbs about
    A) one liter of water a day.
    B) one liter of nutrients a day.
    C) two liters of water a day.
    D) two liters of nutrients a day.

    25.The food label on a package of cookies tells you that the amount of Calories per serving is 250, 150 of which are from fat. If you eat 2 servings (4 cookies), how many Calories will you be getting?
    A) 300
    B) 400
    C) 500
    D) 600

    • ANSWER:
      1.B 2.B 3.A 4.C 5.A 6.A 7.B 8.B 9.A 10.B 11.D 12.A 13.A 14.D 15.D 16.A 17.D 18.C 19.D 20.D 21.B 22.A 23.A 24.B 25.C

  48. QUESTION:
    What is left for me to say…..?
    I typed up a report on diabetes, it is supposed to be 6 pages dubble spaced, but now i don’t know what else to put, all i need is a half a page more. Thank you!

    Diabetes Type 1
    Diabetes is a disease in which blood glucose levels are above normal. People with diabetes have problems using food for energy. After a meal, carbohydrates in food are broken down into a sugar called glucose, which is carried by the blood to cells throughout the body. Cells require insulin, a hormone made in the pancreas, to help use blood glucose for energy. People develop diabetes because the pancreas does not make enough insulin or because the cells in the muscles, liver, and fat do not respond to insulin properly, or both. As a result, the amount of glucose in the blood increases while the cells are starved of energy.
    Prior to 1997, the type of diabetes typically diagnosed in young people was called juvenile diabetes or type 1. Diabetes emerging in adults was called adult-onset diabetes or type 2. Then in 1997, the official names of the types were changed to type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetes is the second most common chronic disease in children (after asthma). About 13,000 new cases are diagnosed in the U.S. each year. Patients with type 1 diabetes make up about 5 percent of all cases of diabetes. It most commonly appears in girls and boys when they are about 14 years old. Usually, type 1 diabetes is first diagnosed in children, teenagers, or young adults but it can occur at any age. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks the beta cells in the pancreas that make insulin. As a result, the pancreas does not make insulin, a hormone which helps use blood sugar (glucose) for energy. The cells become starved of energy and there is an excess of glucose in the blood. People with Type 1 diabetes must have daily injections of insulin to live. Proper diet, exercise and home blood sugar monitoring are essential to manage the disease. Food and exercise must also be balanced because of the risk of hypoglycemia, low blood sugar, and hyperglycemia, high blood sugar. Both are life threatening concerns. When hypoglycemia develops, cells are not getting enough glucose. Confusion, loss of consciousness, comma and death results when the brain is deprived of glucose for too long. Hyperglycemia and prolonged absence of insulin may lead to ketoacidosis, the accumulation of ketones in the blood when the body uses fat for energy instead of glucose. Ketones make the blood acidic and slow down all body functions. Like hypoglycemia, hyperglycemia can also lead to comma and death. The only cure available today for type 1 diabetes is a pancreas transplant, which is rarely done. Because both pancreas transplants and kidney transplants require lifelong use of powerful drugs to suppress immune reactions that can reject the organs, pancreatic transplants are usually done to those with type 1 diabetes who also need a kidney transplant. The side effects of immune- suppressive drugs can be severe and even worse than the disease. One or two people out of every 10 who get the surgery die within a year. Also the new pancreas is rejected by half of the people who get this operation. If the transplant fails, diabetes returns. Recently, experimental treatments with stem cells have shown some promise. For most people, type 1 diabetes is a life-long disease that can be effectively managed with insulin.

    Signs and Symptoms of Type 1 Diabetes
    •Urinates frequently. The kidneys respond to high levels of glucose in the bloodstream by flushing out the extra glucose in urine. A child with diabetes needs to urinate more frequently and in larger volumes.
    •Is abnormally thirsty. Because the child is loosing so much fluid from peeing so much, he or she becomes very thirsty to help avoid becoming dehydrated. A child who has developed diabetes drinks a lot in an attempt to keep the level of body water normal.
    •Loses weight. (or fails to gain weight as he or she grows) in spite of a good appetite. Kids and teens who develop type 1 diabetes may have an increased appetite, but often lose weight. This is because the body breaks down muscle and stored fat in an attempt the provide fuel to the hungry cells.
    •Often feels tired. Because the body can’t use glucose for energy properly.

    But in some cases, other symptoms may be the signal that something is wrong. Sometimes the first sign of diabetes is bedwetting in a child who has been dry at night. The possibility of diabetes should also be suspected if a vaginal yeast infection (also called a Candida infection) occurs in a girl who hasn’t started puberty yet. If these early symptoms of diabetes aren’t recognized and treatment isn’t started, chemicals called ketones can build up in the child’s blood and cause stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, fruity- smelling breath, breathing problems; even loss of consciousness. Sometimes these symptoms are mistaken f

    • ANSWER:
      Watch out on using advice from yahoo answers if truthfulness is graded. While 80% of type 2′s are overweight, only 18% of obese people are diabetic.

  49. QUESTION:
    Other than Diabetes, what can this unknown condition be? Reactive Hypoglycemia maybe? I don’t know please help?
    I’m a 28 year old Romanian male, about 5’11, 330 pounds. This condition is unknown and the doctors can’t find the cause and it’s not Diabetes! Please read over this, I know it’s a long list but please help me. I have no medicaid or insurance to have this taken care of so I’m trying to find the underlying cause.

    1: Constant frequent hunger especially after eating. Overeating. Changes in behavioral pattern and tempermant after eating. Consuming sugar makes me crave salt. Consuming salt makes me crave sugar. Irritablity, anxiety, rapid heart beat, difficulty sleeping and over sleeping and sleeping a few hours after a meal even though feeling very rested. Fatigue, lack of enthusiam, lack of motivation, hate towards people and my life. Hate towards everything and everyone for no apparent reason. Extreme lethargy and extreme apathy. Extreme urge to save money and not spend a dime. Selfish with money. Selfishness, loathing and no lust for life what so ever.
    2: Body aches and pain, headaches. Most of the pain resides in the feet especially the left foot. Painful numbing burning pain is always there in the feet. Cold water relieves the burning pain in the feet giving me “some” feeling sensation back in the feet, hot water of course makes it worse. The pain gets worse everyday making it more and more difficult to walk and perform my duties at work. Joint pain, no longer able to run due to lack of joint function.
    3: Pain in the eyes especially after eating, blurry vision, constant webs and floaters in the eyes that never go away. Loss of vision. Darkened vision. Thick sticky yellow mucus like substance that comes from the eyes after eating a heavy meal combined with heavy physical activity and the mucus can be pulled out with a q-tip.
    4: Pain in the kidneys. Frequent urination. Constant thirst is not present with frequent urination. Bowel movements are normal.
    5: Memory loss, trouble concentrating, trouble speaking at times.
    6: Unable to adjust to weather, cold or hot.
    7: Loss of reality. Drifitng in and out of reality. Changes in personality and mental focus.
    8: Dieting to have this under control only made it worse. The symptoms were too much to handle and the hunger was unreal and very difficult to get it under control. Physical activity along with dieting did not improve anything what so ever. When I went back to eating what I wanted I felt such a great relief from the pain. The weight loss did not go far either. 40 pounds was lost but it was only water weight. 320 to start and then 290 to 280 after one month but it never went below 280 pounds no matter how hard I tried. My anger was alot worse during the diet as well but I figured that was normal when your constantly feeling starvation even though three meals a day along with health shakes did not matter. The strangest symtpoms came from drinking an EAS health shake that gave all the required nutrients needed throughout the day without all the carbohydrates which was only 4 grams. These shakes would give me extreme body aches, head aches and uncontrollable hunger cravings and my anger and temperment would be even more out of control and I know for a fact thats it’s not in my head or “ANXIETY!”

    • ANSWER:
      If your doctor has given up on you then I suggest you change doctors cause your condition sounds like it needs serious treatment. You need to have a complete bloodworks done aswell as some untrasounds of liver and kidneys etc. I really think this is a biological conddition and not mental. You have some some serious physical symptoms that need urgent treatment. You need a diagnosis from a doctor. Your mood changes are due to your severe physical symptoms. If you need to get yourself to a hospital. Aswell as all the tests I mentioned above ask for a thyroid test too and anything else the doctor might decide to test for.

      I cannot believe that your doctor hasn’t done more tests..you need to report him.
      It is possible that you have reactive hypoglycemia but your doctor has to diagnose it and then he needs to send you to a nutritionist if that is what your condition ends up being. Like I said change doctors or tell your doctor you need extra tests.

  50. QUESTION:
    I could really really use some help with this drivers exam! i know some of the stuff but im kinda shaky on it?
    Abusers may have a_______sense of entitlement to using and denial of actual abuse.
    a) weak
    b) non-existent
    c) strong
    d) none of the above.

    A family history of substance abuse/dependence has a significant impact on the functioning of individuals with substance dependence.
    a) true
    b) false

    Characteristics of abuse of Narcotics include ______.
    a) drowsiness
    b) nodding
    c) drunken behavior
    d) all of the above.

    Some of the visual clues for the defensive driver to spot an impaired driver are .
    a) inconsistent signaling
    b) abrupt turns
    c) both
    d) neither

    Some of the reasons that your driving privilege could be revoked are _____.
    a) convicted of three major offenses or 15 pointable offenses in three years
    b) a court orders your driving privilege be revoked
    c) both
    d) neither

    If you are convicted of a DUI you could lose your_______.
    a) marriage
    b) friends
    c) children
    d) all of the above

    The effect of marijuana can be felt between 5 and 15 minutes after ingestion.
    a) true
    b) false

    With the use of marijuana you are in state of altered perception, distance, time, memory and physical coordination.
    a) true
    b) false

    With emotional distress risen to the point of violence, your mind is not capable of rational function.
    a) true
    b) false

    Alcohol is use as a form of self-medication to “manage” _______.
    a) depression
    b) loneliness
    c) both
    d) neither

    Alcohol is implicated in a very large number of collisions because alcohol leads to slowed reflexes, problems with vision and a loss of self-control.
    a) true
    b) false

    Smoking tobacco products can damage your eye’s retina’s ability to contract and expand.
    a) true
    b) false

    Including the direct and indirect costs, alcohol related collisions cost society_______billion dollars annually.
    a) 86
    b) 96
    c) 106
    d) 116

    The limbic system in your brain, contains your brain’s_______center.
    a) emotional
    b) rational
    c) pleasure.

    The release of kinetic energy in a collision is what causes the car to be damaged or destroyed and
    the occupants injured or killed.
    a) true
    b) false

    Even if I have air bags in my car, I should still wear safety belts for the maximum protection.
    a) true
    b) false

    When a school bus is loading or unloading students, you do not need to stop.
    a) true
    b) false

    Alcohol use/abuse leads to______ in the user/abuser
    a) poor self image
    b) growing sense of despair
    c) both
    d) neither

    The crime of DUI is _____ preventable.
    a) 80%
    b) 90%
    c) 100%
    d) none of the above

    About 10% of all alcohol eliminated by the body comes from the lungs, kidneys and perspiration.
    a) true
    b) false

    Tolerance requires that you use_______of the drug to achieve the same “high” or medical effect.
    a) the same amount
    b) less
    c) more

    Alcohol does not affect the driver’s judgement.
    a) true
    b) false

    As alcohol use increases, the effect on your vision increases.
    a) true
    b) false

    Child safety seat installation can be ______ due to the variety of seat belt configurations, vehicle and
    child safety seat designs.
    a) simple
    b) unnecessary
    c) difficult
    d) none of the above

    If the stomach is empty, absorption will be less rapid and the effects of alcohol would be less severe
    than if the stomach were full.
    a) true
    b) false

    Once you have stopped for an emergency vehicle remain stopped until the emergency vehicle has passed.
    a) true
    b) false

    Marijuana components are not water-soluble and traces can remain in the body for weeks.
    a) true
    b) false

    As you use alcohol you will experience multiple vision, blurry vision, dizziness and night vision impairment.
    a) true
    b) fales

    General effects of cocaine use include_______.
    a) extreme changes in blood pressure
    b) increased hearing
    c) increased respiration rates
    d) all of the above

    If the driver drinks a carbonated alcohol beverage, the effects will be faster, as the alcohol is absorbed sooner and on the way to the brain.
    a) true
    b) false

    Speeding is a factor in ______ of all fatal crashes in the United States.
    a) 10%
    b) 20%
    c) 30%
    d) 40%

    The force of impact is what can kill in a motor vehicle collision.
    a) true
    b) false

    In combination with alcohol, barbiturates have the potential for severe impairment.
    a) true
    b) false

    Impaired drivers are incapable of making quick decisions in emergency situations.
    a) true
    b) false

    To prevent fatigue from affecting your driving, you should bring a_______.
    a) map
    b) hotel reservations
    c) a passenger to help drive.

    High doses of stimulants can influence driving capabilities by ______.
    a) inducing dizziness
    b) panic reactions
    c) hallucinations
    d) all of the above

    When you are experiencing heightened stress, emotions or fatigue, the driver should_______.
    a) continue as normal
    b) not drive
    c) stomp on the gas

    To avoid impaired drivers, do not drive late at night on weekends.
    a) true
    b) false

    Your driving

    • ANSWER:
      The answer to each of these questions can be found in the study manual that you should become familiar with before your test. If you have the gumption and ability to put the questions in this forum, you obviously have the ability to read and comprehend a pamphlet or manual.

      Not to be judgemental, but it’s cheesy not to want to do for yourself.


Does Beer Help Kidneys

Many men and woman have had the misfortune of dealing with the agonizing pain of passing a kidney stone. If you have not had to deal with the excruciating pain, you are one of the lucky ones!

To make matters much worse for those that have had kidney stones, there is an 80% chance that they will have another issue with kidney stones in their lifetime. Unless, beer and kidney stones are in the same individual.

I know, this must sound very odd, considering we have been told for a number of years that alcohol can have a negative affect on our body’s. However, research has begun to show that it is possible for a person that consumes beer to have a decreased risk of kidney stone formation. Beer and kidney stones, the connection is a simple one.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Will drinking beer once a day damage my liver/kidneys? Does it even help you to gain weight?
    Will drinking beer damage my liver/kidneys? I’m currently trying to gain weight, and someone advised me to drink beer once before going to bed. But will how about its alcohol content? Will it harm the liver/kidneys?

    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Have some ice cream instead. Take it from me, one beer could lead to many more if your mind likes how you feel after having a drink. One beer a day won’t damage anything–there’s about 150 calories in a beer, which isn’t going to have much affect on your weight–I think it takes about 3000 calories a day to gain a pound.

  2. QUESTION:
    Is drinking beer good for kidney stones ?
    I’ve got kidney stones and mah friends suggest that I should drink lots off beer to get them dissolved, is that true does it really help ?

    • ANSWER:
      beer consumption may reduce the risk of developing kidney stones.Finnish researchers found that there was 40% lower risk of kidney stones in beer drinkers.

  3. QUESTION:
    My MIL just told me to drink a beer to flush my kidneys out…?
    I’m starting to get a kidney infection.
    Will this do more harm than good?
    Or will it really flush them out?
    I’m trying to drink tons of water and cranberry juice, but she suggested that, and I was like Okay!
    So, will it help?

    • ANSWER:
      It is a diaretic, so yes, it should help. A couple should help more in that respect. Save the kidneys! Kill the Liver!!!

  4. QUESTION:
    does drinking beer help get rid of kidney stones?
    What is the best way to cure kidney stones

    • ANSWER:
      Drinking beer is not a treatment for any state of ill-health.

  5. QUESTION:
    Does drinking beer help reduce the occurence of kidney stones?

    • ANSWER:
      No. There is no such medical evidence to prove this

  6. QUESTION:
    Is beer good for urinary tract health?
    I have heard that beer is good for helping kidney stones to pass. What about for other urinary tract conditions? Does beer clear out bacteria? Is beer good for the male prostate gland?

    • ANSWER:
      Beer is just good……

      Check this out:

      http://www.essortment.com/all/beerhealthbene_rryq.htm

      You may need to web search deeper to find more “official” versions of what is in the article.

      ALL THINGS in moderation are good for you.

  7. QUESTION:
    Does drinking of beers help prevent building-up kidney stones?
    because drinking of beers cause me to urinate more frequently.

    • ANSWER:
      I have been told by several Internists that drinking a beer a day JUST ONE BEER… will keep you from having kidney stones

  8. QUESTION:
    What are some things to do that can help or harm your kidneys?
    Like, bike riding or swimming.Activities like that. Or whats bad food to eat besides coffee and beer.

    • ANSWER:
      energy drinks are very harmful especially sparks. sparks gave my husband kindney stones. painkillers are very hard on your kidneys as well. the best thing you could ever do for your kidneys is drink alot of sugar free cranberry juice, it cleans your system and makes you feel fantastic. its better for your kidneys then water. nothing will make a difference more than what you eat and drink.

  9. QUESTION:
    i dont kow to right now help!!!!!! what is going with my kidney stones?
    is it true that if you drink a beer it will help you pass a kidney stone? i drank a beer and two big bottles of green tea then one hour latter i pass a kidney stone i don’t know if it was the beer or the green tea! i have dr apt tomorrow at ten should i tell the dr i drank the beer? i have had kidney stone 4 two years! and can flomax help me pass it ? i am 30 year female ! i am try to lose weight but i cant and now i have borderline diabetes! and can having kidney stones make your kidneys fail! iam swleeing in my feet face i am craving ice my left kidney hurts alot sine i pass my first stone i could not go pee for ten hours! then after i drank that beer a two bottles of green tea then i had the sudden pressure to go pee the i passed it ! the other part of the stone was in the tiolet it broke off when i forgot to use the funnel that time it hurt bad the 2nd time i did not hurt at all! whats going on with me?

    • ANSWER:
      I’m not sure about the beer, it may be just because you’re drinking extra fluid that the stone passed. If you can get a piece of the stone, they can analyze it for the composition so they can figure out why you have stones, and then either put you on medicine or change your diet. If you have had tests to determine the size of the stones: generally, 0-5mm you’ll probably pass w/o even being aware, 5-10mm you’ll know when you pass it, 10+mm, you won’t be able to pass the stone.

      In general, drink more water, preferably until your urine tuns pale yellow to clear. If your doctor ok’s it, there is a supplement called TheraLith XR from Theralogix to decrease/eliminate stone formation. Flomax can help to pass the kidney stones by dilating the pathways before and after the bladder.
      BTW, rapid weight loss can lead to stone formation.

      Sometimes changing position helps w/ passing a stone (i.e. on your side or elevate lower back), depending on where the stone is. Walking may also help. Your doctor can also prescribe pain medication to make you more comfortable. Lithotripsy (using soundwaves to break up the stones into smaller pieces) is also a possibility.

      Good Luck!!!

  10. QUESTION:
    What kind of answers will I get from these questions?
    Why do we pay taxes to keep the things we already own? Why is marjuana called the “gateway” drug if people only try other drugs when they’re drunk & they don’t when they’re high? Why is alcohol legal if it’s the only drug that completely takes away all of our inhibitions? Why do nonviolent drug offenders spend more time in prison than rapists, child molesters, & murderers? Why can you show someone’s brains getting kicked in, but not a boob? If people who smoke can sue the cigarette companies for lung cancer, can we sue the beer companies for liver/kidney failure? Should anti-abortionists take care of all the world’s orphans with no help from the government? Why don’t people use free birth control? Why can people have as many kids as they want & everybody else’s taxes help pay for them? Why do we spend so much money on the war on drugs? Why do we refuse to keep violent sex offenders off the street, knowing they will always repeat thier crimes? Would there be a drug trade if people didn’t want drugs? Why do already obscenely rich corporations refuse to pay livable wages, move overseas to make a little bit more, or hire illegal immigrants for 1/2 of minimum wage? Other than the fact that they’re aren’t obscene amounts of money to be made, why are some people against green energy? Are anti-abortionists at all concerned with imminent overpopulation & dwindilling reasorces? Why does no one seem to care about loosing any/all of our human rights & civil liberties? Why should some one go to jail for defending themselves, but we can kill some one overseas who has never done anything to us? Since we have defeated natural selection, shouldn’t we police our own species more thoroughly? What ever happened to “We the People”? Why is our government trying to stop public aid, but gives billions to already rich corporations? Why do illegal immigrants get free health care, but people born in this country don’t? Why do immigrants get free college/medical school, but we don’t? Is asking questions that make people think a good way to rally for change & bring this country back from the brink?

    • ANSWER:
      I know, I know. It’s long people, but these are very good questions. Definitely thought provoking & worthy of putting on a poster. Maybe others will think harder….it’s called ‘common sense,’ but is no longer common at all. To answer some of your questions, people have become complacent. They walk around with a sense of hopelessness & feel they have no control over the world……or their money. They’ve become somewhat detached, as complaining doesn’t seem to do any good. Don’t lose your spirit!
      You see the world with open eyes, so hope for change. It’s a good thing.

  11. QUESTION:
    Does a pain in the kidneys feel like back pain?
    I suffer from lower back pain quite a bit. There’s no doubt that it’s back pain, sometimes excercise helps. However, sometimes it coincides with a headache, and often, on the rare occasions I have more than about two beers, I have back pain the next day. I get drunk quite easily and suffer very bad hangovers. To me this puts a question mark against my liver and/or kidney function. My question is this: could back pain be masking a kidney problem? How can I tell if it’s a pain in my kidneys or just my usual back pain.
    My back had been fine for a number of weeks, but after drinking seven pints of guinness three nights ago, I’ve had severe pain, and can barely walk.

    • ANSWER:
      Renal pain would tend to be over the kidneys at the sides of your back, whereas spinal pain would start centrally, though it might radiate laterally.

      http://download.videohelp.com/vitualis/med/kidney_post.jpg

  12. QUESTION:
    I’ve had 4 Kidney stones sine 1993, I was wondering, does it help or is it badddd if yu drink a couples Beers?
    I’ve had 4 Kidney Stones since 1993, People tell me to drink a couple beers a day!!!!
    In some one’s Openion, does it help or Hinder if i drank say 2 Beers a day!!!!
    I’m the Male of the Marriage!

    • ANSWER:

  13. QUESTION:
    Is there such thing as too much iron?
    I have a family member that was very ill but likes to drink, alot. He went to the hospital, and when he left the hospital that day, he said he had to go for a simple blood test. No problem, I can handle that. He went for the test today and I believe he lied to me. He apparently got the results back in less than 1.5 hours. He also said that his iron content was so high that he would have died in 2 days. He said the doctors said it was the content of iron in the beer cans? This does not seem right at all. Does anyone know of any sites that discuss HIGH iron contents in people? I know he is just an alcoholic and his kidneys are failing. Kidney problems are my bane, I know the symptoms. Website suggestions, please, so I can get physical proof that he needs help?! Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      Beer cans are made of aluminum. Take your friend to an AA meeting.

  14. QUESTION:
    why does having a drink before bed everyday make you an alcoholic?
    i see a lot of questions on here about people asking when or how much is socially acceptable to drink. every answer i see which aren’t from medical or substance abuse professionals reads “omg! you drink a beer all alone before bed every day!!! you are destroying your liver and kidneys and need help!!!! please go to AA before its too late!!!” or “you like having a drink alone to relax!!! you are destroying your liver and have a problem!!!”. why do you people answer like this? i am a drunk with years of recovery under his belt (currently three years without a drink) and can say without a doubt that people who like to have a beer/glass of wine/mixed drink before bed every night aren’t alcoholics unless they find the urge to drink increasing or start making excuses to drink or lying about or hiding their drinking. most doctors say having a drink a day is good for your health and i wish i was somebody who could stick to just one. if you feel bad or like you have a problem because you buy a new six pack every six days you dont have a problem except maybe you ask non qualified idiots online for medical advice instead of doctors. if you are really worried that you may have a problem sit in on an AA meeting. if you relate to the people sharing then by all means share yourself and join.

    • ANSWER:
      In order for Alcoholics Anonymous to keep up its membership, the “bottoms” have gotten higher and higher.

      AA was designed for the skid row alcoholic; now a teenager that experiments NORMALLY is told they have a life-long disease that cannot be cured and requires a lifetime of 12step meetings to keep under control.

      Anti-Alcohol Industry 101: Overview of the Anti-Alcohol Industry in the U.S.:

      http://www2.potsdam.edu/hansondj/Controversies/1122492295.html

  15. QUESTION:
    What’s Wrong With My Kidneys?
    I have noticed that when I have some beer, and then go pee, I feel a throbbing pain in my kidneys. I don’t feel pain before I pee or after I’m done, Only when I’m going! I’ve also noticed recently that I will wake up with what feels like back pain and I realized that it’s my kidneys only this time they’re not throbbing, they’re achy. I was thinking….. Maybe I was sleeping too long? I’ve stopped drinking for about four days now and really been taking in alot of water. It seemed to help for the first couple of days, and now the pain is back. Its not a constant pain. After I get out of bed, it goes away. I’m pretty sure when I had my physical (i.e. blood tests, etc.) about 1 and a half 2 years ago they checked everything including my kidneys, everything came back normal. I’m going to see my doctor, but I was hoping someone could help in the meantime while I wait for an appointment. Thanks in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      Could be kidney stones. An old remedy would be to drink pure cranberry juice.

  16. QUESTION:
    What harms your liver and/or kidneys more?
    Hard liquor or beer? I’ve been drinking pretty steadily for most of ’08 and am just wondering if I’ve done any permanent damage yet? I’ll probably drink 3 beers in a day or 4 at most. And for liquor about 2 shots of pure grain alcohol. Its usually an either or thing never together… more so the liquor because its not full of empty calories and hits you faster without filling you up.
    I know I won’t be doing it forever because its mainly stemmed from boredom and once I find another pass time I’ll cut back but I still see myself enjoying a few nights a week drinking or getting buzzed. I’ve been given answers that just once a week can’t be detrimental and I believe this to be utterly stupid but to me that would be the classic definition of moderation.
    I asked this in a health community and mostly got the get help stop drinking answers… yeah I know I need to slow down as drinking everyday can’t be healthy but I am curious as to older people 50′s,60′s,70′s who have been drinking regularly if it has effected there life any or given them health problems. I know some people can smoke all there life and although it effects them a bit inside and outside i.e. there skin… they still outlive all of there friends and relatives. I’m wondering how much genetics plays a part in it… I can’t look to any of my older relatives because none of them died from drinking/smoking all the time and my mom is adopted so no real help there. I’m more just curious as to the answers I’ll get. I bet I don’t keep on drinking everyday past the end of ’08 it’ll get boring eventually and I don’t have an addictive personality.
    that would be CAN be detrimental not can’t

    • ANSWER:
      Health wise I’m good, but it is like those TV commercials you see; results are not typical.
      I have been a professional musician, and have had more woman and drugs than any man has a right to have had.
      My Lungs are clear, my heart is strong, I don’t have AIDS/HIV. But I am lonely. All of my friends have passed on. My children have friends that are gone too.
      All this has taught me one thing; every man must walk his own way.
      Life is a lottery, some people hit the jackpot, and some crap out at the beginning, without winning a damn thing.
      If you feel it is time to slow down, then slow down! If it isn’t fun any more then knock it off! Thats all. there is no magic formulae that’s all there is.
      I am 50 years old. I look like I’m in my 30′s. I have very little grey hair. I can lift my own weight over my head.
      I am six feet even, and weigh 190 lbs.
      I don’t have 2 shillings to rub against eachother, but I’ve got my health.

  17. QUESTION:
    kidneys shut down, pnemonia, liver shut down, etc?
    My uncle who has been in the hospital now since thursday for double pnemonia. First his liver shut down, and now apparently his kidneys are going as well. His bp has gone up though. Yesterday he was taken off his sedation medication but he still hasn’t woken up. They are saying it’s going to take a miracle but I refuse to believe this. Is there no chance at all for him? They are checking for brain I feel so guilty right now because I conributed to his alcohol use (he would ask me for money all the time). I cut him off though a week before he ended up in the hospital and I’m starting to think he did something to himself to end up here. We just now found out that he was suppose to go to court a few days ago for stealing beer but he never told us about this. We think he was too afraid too. He helped me out with so many things in life…he wasn’t just some bum alcoholic. How can I feel better about this? I’ve never lost anyone before and we were so close..he was like the father I never had
    They are checking for brain activity now.

    • ANSWER:
      well theres a good chance that he won’t pull out of this. and they are right he would need a miracle…once those major organs shut down it’s not a good sign. Don’t feel guilty about contributing to his alcoholism, you loved him and you were trying to help him out, out of love…I understand don’t take it upon yourself to suffer due to his addicitions he made this choice for himself….if he does pass he isn’t suffering anymore and now his soul can rest at peace!

  18. QUESTION:
    Does this PROVE I am the last decendant of Nostradamus?
    I KNEW you were going to say that – so dont even start typing that answer or so help me- some terrible, horrible, awful things may come to pass – and probably sometime soon too. Someone you personally know may or may not die right at the end of their life – right when they needed to live the most. And YOU could have prevented it – if only you had heeded my words. When it happens – you will come back and re-read this and it will all make sense then – not now , not NOW- oh it doesnt HAVE to make sense NOW. Soon, my friend. Very soon as the sun is above the two bright cousin milk sacks and black as sackloth will be your dead eyes, plucked out like eagles with their twisted, writhing, skeletons arguing over the remote and over the torch of the hippo. Glassy rotten twinkie meat will begin coating the loved-ones boat as I shave bacon slices off your sister and harpoon your eldest son in the right kidney and twist, twist, twist until his soul is collected in the tub where Hister bathes his monkey treats and quails do sing a tune for the ages.
    Seriously, I am good at prophecy okay – and to answer your question- yes you left the iron on this morning go home at lunch and make sure it cut off.
    These are the words I have written. Within this quatrain lies the key to your survival. I dont always drink beer. But when i do, I make it a Dos Equis…..stay thirsty, my friends.

    • ANSWER:
      Oh, I’d say you’re on something stronger than beer.

      Funny though. Who said mental illness was all bad :)

  19. QUESTION:
    I have an overactive bladder, medication does not help. What foods should i avoid?
    For several years I’ve had an overactive bladder. Medications dont really help. The biggest difference is cutting out alot of caffeine later in the day. This way I might only get up 2 or 3 times a night. On a bad night it’s like 4-6 times. Sometimes I wake up with back pains and stomach pains and after I use the bathroom it goes away (even though my bladder was no where near full). I’ve tried 4 different med’s, and wonder if i cut our certain foods if that’d help. I never had this problem as a child or teenager (i’m 25) and blood tests show that my kidney is fine (was only born with one of em)
    How can I manage this problem to make it more livable. I’d love to have one night where I don’t have to get up at all. Not very fair that my husband can drink a 12pack of beer and not get up once, and I drink nothing and get up 4 times.

    • ANSWER:
      Try not to eat fruits or anything that holds water right before bedtime. Salad, fruit, veggies, etc. Chips and dried foods are ok to eat because they will not stimulate your bladder as much.

  20. QUESTION:
    Does selenium helps with erectile dysfunction? I have this patient thats diabetic and kidney…?
    …failure swear by them.
    Me and one of my regular patients are talking ,then a extenze commercial comes on. And he says “none of that s@!t don’t work”. He tried viagra and other male enhancement drugs, but he said it made his penis swell ,and he had to come to the hospital. To have it drain it with a big syringe .And he yells and scream and he can hear the staff laughing.And actually we laughed about it cause you know we’ve known each other for years from me working at the hospital. We see each other street from time to time. And man he swears by selinium he says he got results in about a month. I didn’t tell him iam suffering from erectile dysfunction for the last 5yrs. I was told because of my testosterone levels are really low but its been awhile since i had them checked maybe a year. I’ve tried viagra and my bp dropped.I’ve tried a combination or vitamins and herbs .But iam really afraid to try male enhancement drugs because of my lifestyle i like to eat fast food and drink beer.

    • ANSWER:
      These uses have been tested in humans or animals. Safety and effectiveness have not always been proven. Some of these conditions are potentially serious, and should be evaluated by a qualified healthcare provider.
      Uses based on scientific evidence Grade*
      Antioxidant

      Selenium is a component of glutathione peroxidase, which possesses antioxidantactivity and demonstrates antioxidant properties in humans. Long-term clinical benefits remain controversial. B
      Keshan disease

      Keshan disease is a cardiomyopathy (heart disease) restricted to areas of China in people having an extremely low selenium status. Prophylactic administration of sodium selenite has been shown to significantly decrease the incidence of this disorder. Organic forms of selenium (such as selenized yeast or Se-yeast) may have better bioavailability than selenite and thus may be better preventative treatments for Keshan disease.Selenium is used to treat and prevent selenium deficiency (for example in those with HIV or receiving enteral feedings). B
      Prostate cancer prevention

      Initial evidence has suggested that selenium supplementation reduces the risk of developing prostate cancer in men with normal baseline PSA (prostate specific antigen) levels and low selenium blood levels. This is the subject of large well-designed studies, including the Nutritional Prevention of Cancer Trial (NPC) and the ongoing Selenium and Vitamin E Cancer Prevention Trial (SELECT), as well as prior population and case-control studies.

      Preliminary research reports that selenium supplementation may help improve asthma symptoms. Further research is needed to confirm these results. C
      Blood disorders

      Selenium supplementation may offer benefits in patients with glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G-6-PD) deficiency and chronic hemolysis. Selenium supplementation may also affect platelet function and coagulation. C
      Bronchitis

      Because selenium is proposed to have a role in immune function, selenium supplementation has been studied in patients with various infections. Some evidence suggests that selenium may promote recovery from bronchitis and pneumonia caused by respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). Though selenium may correct selenium deficiency in patients with bronchitis, more studies are needed to show its effectiveness in treating respiratory infections. C
      Cancer prevention

      Several studies suggest that low levels of selenium may be a risk factor for developing cancer, particularly gastrointestinal, gynecological, lung, colorectal, and esophageal cancer. Studies have shown significantly reduced risk of some (but not all) cancers in subjects taking selenium supplements. Selenium supplementation may reduce cancer incidence in men more than women. Ongoing trials are examining the precise role of selenium in reducing cancer risk. C
      Cancer treatment

      Several studies suggest that low levels of selenium (measured in the blood or in tissues such as toenail clippings) may be a risk factor for developing cancer, particularly prostate, gastrointestinal, gynecological, and colorectal cancer. Population studies suggest that people with cancer are more likely to have low selenium levels than healthy matched individuals, but in most cases it is not clear if the low selenium levels are a cause or merely a consequence of disease. It remains unclear if selenium is beneficial in the treatment of any type of cancer. C
      Cardiomyopathy

      read more….

  21. QUESTION:
    Please help me is this kidney pain or diabetes…..
    Ok so I m real thirsty and I drink like ten bottles of water per day and my eyes have no tears they feel so dry so dry that I had to go but something to help keep my eyes moist I m going to the doctor today to get check but I wanted to know what was some the opinions to add some detail

    All this started when I went to go see the doctor for some upper right side pain that I had plus I had dark urine (the color of a water down beer with a metical smell to it) and my bowel movements had change at time I couldn’t go and its was hard when I did they ran blood tests and urine tests plus a sonogram when they called me back they told that everything came back fine their exact word where: your kidneys are fine your gladder is fine your liver show to have fat” which is fatty liver” and that I had a U.T.I so I got checked for hep A.B.C and all came back negative.. the following week I went to the E.R. for the same pain they ran blood work and urine test and some x-rays when the doc walk back in he said “I don’t know” your blood came back fine the x-rays where ok your kidneys and liver look ok we did see so blood in your urine which at the time he reacted as if it was connect to the U.T.I

    Ok so let’s skip to this week I have been having real bad thirst that I can’t control even dough I m drinking a lot and going to the restroom a lot also the my eyes feel so dry like they have to tears when I yawn I have no tears my gas is horrible and it does not feel normal I still have bowel trouble and two days ago I stared to feel a tingling feeling in my right foot and last night I felt pain in the same foot so my question is if I have a kidney problem would have caught it the first to times they check my blood and urine or the x-ray? Could there something wrong we my intestines that would be making so dam thirsty and give me all this problems or could it diabetes? I have a sugar test done at my moms house (she a diabetic) I check it at 3pm and I had ate two hours before that and it was at 101 what does that mean? Any good suggestions on what to ask the doc?

    The big question here is could I be able to feel my kidney hurting in the front of my stomach three inches right of my belly button and one inch up and flank pain in my back like where my lungs are at ? I have been getting blur vision I believe due to deheryration and some heart pain and sometimes when I take in big breathes I pain at the bottom of my lungs Please help I just had a baby girl and I feel like m going to find out something horrible at the doc office and that I going to die and leave her and her mom by then selfs…..

    • ANSWER:
      This does not sound like diabetes. Sounds more like a possible kidney infection. Kidney pain is in the lower back on one side or the other. However, kidney stones can cause pain in the lower abdomen and pelvic regions, and lower as they move. You need to get a complete workup done at your doctors. It could be anything. Make sure you tell your doctor everything, and tell him all of your symptoms.

  22. QUESTION:
    Can you separate the Hydrocodone from the apap(tylenol)?
    I have a prescription for Hydrocodone 7.5/750 apap. I don’t like taking pain killers at all, but the severity of the injury to my neck leaves me with little options. I only take them before bed to help with relaxation while I’m sleeping. I’m most concerned with the continued use of the Tylenol because I’m already on a prescribed regiment of Ibuprofen. Prolonged use of both can and will likely cause damage to my liver, heart, and kidneys. Also, I like to enjoy a beer here and there, and am terribly afraid of having a beer while on a regiment of either Tylenol or Ibuprofen. So I haven’t had a good ole beer in a long time.

    It’s extremely difficult to get a schedule 2 narcotic over my schedule 3, and I’m not sure I even want it because I’m unaware of the dosages. The 7.5mg of Hydrocodone once a night seems to do me well enough to sleep more comfortably than without it, so staying at that level is fine just don’t want the Tylenol.

    Is there any way I can remove the Tylenol from the Hydrocodone? I read a post where someone noted Hydrocodone is more soluble in water than Tylenol and to crush the pills, put them in 3x the pill power of warm water, refrigerate, and strain through a filter. The contents left in the filter would be mostly Tylenol while the fluid strained would be most water and Hydrocodone.

    Seeing as how I would never experiment with this procedure with anything more than one pill, I assume I can’t hurt myself because at the very least it won’t strain anything and I’ll be taking one pill as usual.

    Anyone know if this is accurate? Or another safe, simple way to extract the Tylenol.

    Please don’t assume I’m a dope head looking for a safe high, because I very much hate pain medication. I have two 3mm herniated discs in my low back that I’ve had since I was 17 (4 years now) that I never take pain meds for, I fight the pain because it’s safer and keeps me feeling healthy not being medicated. I just recently came down with 3 1mm bulged discs in my neck which were a direct result of poor posture brought on by Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. This pain is ridiculous in comparison to my low back, and greatly affects my left hand. I’m afraid of needles because my mother died of AIDS, so don’t accuse me of wanting to shoot it up (this was an accusation on the other post).

    I’m just a 21 yr old father who can’t enjoy time with his child because of the pain and injuries he’s suffered. I don’t want to add liver failure to my list of problems while trying to seek comfort from the pain.

    Any help is appreciated, even if the help is from a chemist who says “don’t do this, it’s not safe”. If you aren’t a chemist, or in the medical field with knowledge that extracting the two aren’t safe don’t state what you don’t know.
    I’m extracting a comment in my information that is pertinent to those telling me to ask my doctor for stronger meds.

    It’s extremely difficult to get a schedule 2 narcotic over my schedule 3

    • ANSWER:
      It’s not unsafe, it just won’t work. It would be like trying to get the caffeine out of coffee grounds. It just doesn’t work like that.

      Yes, prolonged use of ibuprofen or acetaminophen can cause damage to the liver and kidneys, but not at reasonable doses. Unless you already have problems with those organs, it’s unlikely to cause damage to your heart and liver. With your medication you can safely take five hydrocodone/apap a day. And you can take 2400mg of ibuprofen a day.

      As for the alcohol, the general thought is that an otherwise healthy man can have 1-2 drinks (that’s one can of beer, one glass of wine, or one shot) and 2800mg of acetaminophen daily. That’s three of your painkillers.

      If you are still really concerned, you can ask you doctor to try Darvon or Ultram, they are both schedule 4 so they have the same regulations as a 3. They just don’t work very well.

      But medically, there’s no reason to stop doing what you are doing and start having a beer every once in a while.

      Did you know that APAP stands for N-Acetyl-Para-Amino-Phenol, and name acetaminophen is the combination of the first few letters of each chemical compound?

  23. QUESTION:
    help me???? is this kidney pain or diabetes
    Please help me is this kidney pain or diabetes…..
    Ok so I m real thirsty and I drink like ten bottles of water per day and my eyes have no tears they feel so dry so dry that I had to go but something to help keep my eyes moist I m going to the doctor today to get check but I wanted to know what was some the opinions to add some detail

    All this started when I went to go see the doctor for some upper right side pain that I had plus I had dark urine (the color of a water down beer with a metical smell to it) and my bowel movements had change at time I couldn’t go and its was hard when I did they ran blood tests and urine tests plus a sonogram when they called me back they told that everything came back fine their exact word where: your kidneys are fine your gladder is fine your liver show to have fat” which is fatty liver” and that I had a U.T.I so I got checked for hep A.B.C and all came back negative.. the following week I went to the E.R. for the same pain they ran blood work and urine test and some x-rays when the doc walk back in he said “I don’t know” your blood came back fine the x-rays where ok your kidneys and liver look ok we did see so blood in your urine which at the time he reacted as if it was connect to the U.T.I

    Ok so let’s skip to this week I have been having real bad thirst that I can’t control even dough I m drinking a lot and going to the restroom a lot also the my eyes feel so dry like they have to tears when I yawn I have no tears my gas is horrible and it does not feel normal I still have bowel trouble and two days ago I stared to feel a tingling feeling in my right foot and last night I felt pain in the same foot so my question is if I have a kidney problem would have caught it the first to times they check my blood and urine or the x-ray? Could there something wrong we my intestines that would be making so dam thirsty and give me all this problems or could it diabetes? I have a sugar test done at my moms house (she a diabetic) I check it at 3pm and I had ate two hours before that and it was at 101 what does that mean? Any good suggestions on what to ask the doc?

    The big question here is could I be able to feel my kidney hurting in the front of my stomach three inches right of my belly button and one inch up and flank pain in my back like where my lungs are at ? I have been getting blur vision I believe due to deheryration and some heart pain and sometimes when I take in big breathes I pain at the bottom of my lungs Please help I just had a baby girl and I feel like m going to find out something horrible at the doc office and that I going to die and leave her and her mom by then selfs…..

    • ANSWER:
      First you have a second opinion. There is test for diabetes called ALC, ask your doctor, this tell you how much sugar is in your blood going back prior three months. The normal average should be 5 or 6. The blood sugar goes up and down. I have diabetes type 2 and sometimes when I checked I have 95, and sometimes it goes to over 200. The fact that your thirsty could sign of diabetes, I hope not. But you take 8 glasses of water no more than that. I think you are drinking too much water. The kidney’s pain is not in the front, it’s usually in the upper back. Did you tell your doctor when you take a big breath you got pain in the bottom of your lungs. You should see another doctor, but don’t be to worry, maybe the worry is causing all those problems plus taking so much water. Nobody die the day before you are supposed to. I fee like that sometimes and most of the time is stress.

  24. QUESTION:
    i m going to die due to tthis?
    Ok so I m real thirsty and I drink like ten bottles of water per day and my eyes have no tears they feel so dry so dry that I had to go but something to help keep my eyes moist I m going to the doctor today to get check but I wanted to know what was some the opinions to add some detail

    All this started when I went to go see the doctor for some upper right side pain that I had plus I had dark urine (the color of a water down beer with a metical smell to it) and my bowel movements had change at time I couldn’t go and its was hard when I did they ran blood tests and urine tests plus a sonogram when they called me back they told that everything came back fine their exact word where: your kidneys are fine your gladder is fine your liver show to have fat” which is fatty liver” and that I had a U.T.I so I got checked for hep A.B.C and all came back negative.. the following week I went to the E.R. for the same pain they ran blood work and urine test and some x-rays when the doc walk back in he said “I don’t know” your blood came back fine the x-rays where ok your kidneys and liver look ok we did see so blood in your urine which at the time he reacted as if it was connect to the U.T.I

    Ok so let’s skip to this week I have been having real bad thirst that I can’t control even dough I m drinking a lot and going to the restroom a lot also the my eyes feel so dry like they have to tears when I yawn I have no tears my gas is horrible and it does not feel normal I still have bowel trouble and two days ago I stared to feel a tingling feeling in my right foot and last night I felt pain in the same foot so my question is if I have a kidney problem would have caught it the first to times they check my blood and urine or the x-ray? Could there something wrong we my intestines that would be making so dam thirsty and give me all this problems or could it diabetes? I have a sugar test done at my moms house (she a diabetic) I check it at 3pm and I had ate two hours before that and it was at 101 what does that mean? Any good suggestions on what to ask the doc?

    The big question here is could I be able to feel my kidney hurting in the front of my stomach three inches right of my belly button and one inch up and flank pain in my back like where my lungs are at ? I have been getting blur vision I believe due to deheryration and some heart pain and sometimes when I take in big breathes I pain at the bottom of my lungs Please help I just had a baby girl and I feel like m going to find out something horrible at the doc office and that I going to die and leave her and her mom by then selfs…..

    • ANSWER:
      oh, girlfriend!!! take a quick chill pill and quit with the worrying!! Three deep breaths and let them out slowly.

      Yes, we get some problems after having a baby and they can seem like mountains rather than the tiny ant hills they really are.

      No!! 101 is not diabetes or anywhere close to it. That is fine, and besides no one dies of “diabetes”. If uncontrolled it can lead to side issues that do kill, but you are not an uncontrolled diabetic of long years standing. So Chill!

      go see your Ob/Gyn for a check up. They are the ones to be seeing after having the baby. They have your records right there in front of them. They are also the specialists for all these sorts of problems.

  25. QUESTION:
    I really need to pass my Drug and Alcohol test PLEASE HELP!!!!!?
    I really need to pass please help !!!!!

    Hallucinogens are extremely dangerous because of their unpredictable results.
    a) true
    b) false
    About 10% of all alcohol eliminated by the body comes from_____
    a) perspiration
    b) lungs
    c) kidneys
    d) all of the above.
    Substances become a form of “self-soothing” when one feels stressed, down or anxious or feels the need for a reward
    a) true
    b) false
    In business and residential districts the speed limit is 30 mph unless otherwise posted.
    a) true
    b) false
    Characteristics of Inhalant use are ______.
    a) euphoria
    b) slurred speech
    c) impaired perception
    d) all of the above
    _______is a type of drug that induces a soothing, lulling or dulling affect.
    a) stimulant
    b) depressant
    c) narcotic
    d) hallucinogen.
    It takes about one hour per beer consumed to completely burn up the alcohol ingested.
    a) true
    b) false
    The law gives the right of way to no one.
    a) true
    b) false
    About 10% of all alcohol eliminated by the body comes from the lungs, kidneys and perspiration.
    a) true
    b) false
    Driving after drinking_______the risk of bodily harm in the result of a collision.
    a) decrese
    b) has no effect on
    c) increse
    d) has the same risk on
    A driver should not strive to develop a positive attitude when driving.
    a) true
    b) false
    Many people with addictions feel that the use of alcohol or other substances give them a sense of control when their lives feel most out of control.
    a) true
    b) false
    For a ______ conviction of a DUI you could have your licensed revoked at least 5 years.
    a) third
    b) second
    c) first
    When the driver is disturbed by emotions, this manifests itself by_______ risk taking behavior.
    a) decreased
    b) increased
    c) no
    You cannot safely operate a motor vehicle without the abilities you lose after using alcohol and other drugs.
    a) true
    b) false
    As the amount of alcohol and other drugs you consume increases your ability to safely operate a motor vehicle decreases.
    a) true
    b) false
    Prescription medicines can______ a driver’s judgement and slow reaction times.
    a) improves
    b) impair
    c) does not effect.
    At most crossings in Florida, the location of the crossing is listed on a plate under the crossbuck.
    a) true
    b) false
    The depressant effect of alcohol interferes with the conduction of the electrical impulse of the heartbeat.
    a) true
    b) false
    In Florida, in 2000, approximately 3 people died and 54 were injured every day due to alcohol related collisions in Florida.
    a) true
    b) false
    Prescription medicines can impair a driver’s judgement and slow reaction times.
    a) true
    b) false
    You can overdose on alcohol or alcohol in combination with other substances.
    a) true
    b) false
    General effects of crack use include burning of the ________.
    a) lips
    b) toung
    c) throat
    d) all of the above.
    Depressants may reduce the effectiveness of your immune system making it easier for you to catch a cold and you may be at greater risk for developing cancer.
    a) true
    b) false
    Higher doses of barbiturates result in ______.
    a) aggressive behavior
    b) erratic driving
    c) both
    d) neither
    Drugs do not effect all users the same way.
    a) true
    b) false
    The frontal lobe of the brain is essential for driving a motor vehicle as the frontal lobe controls judgment, emotions, decision making and awareness.
    a) true
    b) false
    As you use alcohol, you vision center of the brain becomes impaired.
    a) true
    b) false
    Driving requires a high degree of_______in the driving environment.
    a) distraction
    b) carelessness
    c) awareness
    In school zones you do not need to be alert for children.
    a) true
    b) false
    Do we need stress in our life?
    a) no
    b) yes
    Reaction time is _____ with each drink.
    a) decreased
    b) stays the same
    c) increased
    d) none of the above
    Impaired driver’s reaction times often double in response to situations on the road
    a) true
    b) false
    Substance abuse is an _____ coping mechanism.
    a) effective
    b) ineffective
    c) both
    d) neither
    Alcohol is an ineffective way to deal with the stress of everyday life
    a) true
    b) false
    Cocaine affects the driver by______.
    a) heighten aggression
    b) creating hostile behavior
    c) distorting the drivers decision making process
    d) all of the above
    Narcotics cause both mental and physical dependence.
    a) true
    b) false
    With the intake of alcoholic beverages, damage to your pancreas can include_______.
    a) inflammation
    b) atrophy
    c) fibrosis
    d) all of the above.
    Including the direct and indirect costs, alcohol related collisions cost society_______billion dollars annually.
    a) 86
    b) 96
    c) 106
    d) 116
    Graduated licensing is designed to introduce driving privileges to beginning drivers in a gradual process.
    a) true
    b) false

    • ANSWER:
      1 a
      2 d
      3 b (if you pick a, they will think you have an addiction.)
      4 a
      5 c
      6 b
      7 b (i think it is 2 hours)
      8 b
      9 a
      10 c
      11 a
      12 a
      13 a
      14 b
      15 a
      16 a
      17 b
      18 ??
      19 a
      20 a
      21 a
      22 a
      23 d
      24 a
      25 d?
      26 a
      27 a
      28 a
      29 c
      30 b
      31 b
      32 a
      33 a
      34 b
      35 a
      36 d
      37 a
      38 d
      39 ?
      40 a

      You really have to double check it all. I just wanted to see how much I could remember. I only had to look up a few things and the one’s that I don’t know, I wouldn’t know where to look.
      Good luck and drive safely

  26. QUESTION:
    What could this dull ache be in one of my testicles?
    I’m posting this for a friend by the way.
    ________________________________

    So a while ago, after a very heavy session of drinking one morning, I awoke as normal with a strange kind of hangover, my left testicle was very sensitive to the touch and I noticed a aching pain in that area that came and went through the entire day, and next day. It then stopped for a few weeks, and then later came back, but not nearly as severe and painful. ( I am pretty certain nobody kicked me in the balls that night)

    When it came back the 2nd time it was more a dull, pulsating aching pain, which was noticeable but not causing any discomfort, and I could still masturbate and have sex with no problems.

    Since then it’s seems to be getting progressively better, however something is still not completely right because some mornings I wake up and, it’s not the pain that is there, but my left testicle has retracted and gone up into my groin area, whereas my left one has remained where it usually is.

    I checked myself for any visual enlargement, swelling, lumps, discoloring and found nothing, I had my girlfriend check too and she found nothing.

    I had a really weird dream last night that I had this pain again, and I took some aspirin to in effect “thin the blood” which could help, as I read somewhere on the internet about a condition called Varicose Veins. But i’m not sure.

    Another odd thing is, it seems to always happen the day after i’ve been drinking, even if it’s just one beer that i’ve had after i’ve come home from University, or been out and got really drunk… Could it be connected to my kidneys in any way?

    Right now it feels fine, but once in a while i’ll have a little “pulsating” for a few seconds, which is noticeable but barely uncomfortable. I get the feeling now that because i’m thinking about it so much, i’m actually possibly just hallucinating that i’m still getting this dull ache. But it does seem to be getting much less noticeable.

    Can anyone suggest anything? I have been contemplating going to see a Dr. but because it seems like the problem is improving rather than getting worse, I thought I would search the internet first to find any possibly solution or answer.
    this has all happened since December 1st 2009, today is 25th January 2010, so just over a month and a half.

    • ANSWER:
      Your problem can be as simple as the pants you wear, to the way you sit when your drinking.
      The fact that it goes away means that your body does heal itself! The fact that it returns after drinking could mean that your kidneys could be involved. Or you may have a slow healing injury.
      Drink alot of water just before and right after you drink alcohol again.
      If hydrating yourself fully does not make a difference then your kidneys are not to blame!
      If you wear tight jeans and sit with your legs open, then you are crushing your balls.
      But one thing is certain, if you find blood in your cum then you need to go see a doctor!
      God’s Speed to you!

  27. QUESTION:
    Who wants to help me with these questions?
    How does metabolism affect your risk level for alcohol problems?

    a) There are no additional risk factors. Everyone metabolizes alcohol at the same rate of one drink per hour.b) A slower metabolism rate can result in impaired judgment, altered mood, and reduced motor coordination.c) An individual who metabolizes alcohol quickly does not become intoxicated.
    Question 2

    What are the primary factors that affect BAC? (Select all that apply)

    a) Type of alcoholic beverage; beer, wine, or liquorb) Body weightc) Amount of alcohol consumedd) How fast the alcohol is consumed

    Question 3

    What BAC is fatal in about 50% of the population?

    a) .20 BACb) .30 BACc) .45 BAC

    Question 4

    Which of the following statements are true about the way that alcohol moves through the body? Select all that apply.

    a) Alcohol is a sedative that moves very rapidly through your body via the bloodstream and affects the brain.b) Everywhere alcohol goes it produces a slowing down effect on the human body.c) Every time your heart beats, it transports clean blood through your arteries to all the living tissue in your body.d) The kidneys are the primary organ that detoxify the poison in alcohol.

    Question 5

    What occurs in the brain when a person passes out from drinking too much alcohol?

    a) The brain stem which controls consciousness and breathing is sedatedb) The cortex which controls consciousness and breathing is sedatedc) The cerebellum which controls consciousness and breathing is sedated

    • ANSWER:
      Oh i had this during 9th grade health class. Umm i’m not quite sure on some of them but i’ll try. ok….

      1) B

      2) ABC

      3) A ?

      4) AD?

      5) C

  28. QUESTION:
    My mother has been experiencing chronic pelvic pain for over two years….?
    She’s been to numerous doctors, checked for numerous medical conditions (kidneys, gall bladder, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Diabetes, Gynecological exams, etc.) and has tested negative in all cases. She has been diagnosed with osteoarthritis and has two crushed discs in her spine. It has been the consensus of her doctors that the spinal problems are not causing the pelvic pain. She also has been diagnosed with a fibroid on her uterus that causing her to menstruate every two weeks. However, she has been told by two separate doctors that the fibroid is too small to be causing the level of pain she is experiencing. One doctor suggested surgery to repair the discs in her spine might relieve the pelvic pain as well as the pain she has in her arms and legs but he could not say for certain. The cortisone injections she received in spine at the base of the neck did help to relieve to arm/leg pain (for three weeks) but the injection to the spine in the lower back provided no relief for the pelvic pain. This gives her little hope that surgery to the lower spine would help.
    I did a little research of my own online out of curiosity. I discovered that chronic pelvic pain without an apparent medical cause can be the result of past sexual abuse. Sometimes chronic pelvic pain is psychosomatic. In 50% of women with chronic pelvic pain a history of childhood sexual abuse can be identified. These women are often referred to many different specialists and, in the process, they may be subjected to expensive tests and exploratory surgery only to be told that ‘nothing is wrong’ because no underlying pathology (medical cause) was discovered or identified.
    I strongly believe my mother may be one of these women. When my mother was younger she was sexually abused by her father. I’m not certain exactly how old she was or how long the abuse lasted but I know that it did. My father told me about it immediately after they separated and after about a case of beer. Later my aunt accidentally confirmed it.
    The problem is my mom doesn’t know I know. But I think she should seek psychological counseling as the abuse it likely related to the chronic pelvic pain. Perhaps if she came to terms with her psychological and emotional pain she would experience relief from the physical pain. I don’t know how to approach with the information. I don’t want to upset her further but I hate see her suffer with no answers. Does anyone have any advice on how to approach her? I don’t want to push her away. She is a very private person. Very emotionally distant.

    • ANSWER:
      She can get a free test for fibromyalgia at:

      http://www.fibromyalgia-information-relief.com/fibromyalgia-test.html

  29. QUESTION:
    Enlarged Kidney after Alcohol Only Eighteen?
    I am Eighteen and am not addicted to alcohol. Over the Christmas period I really drank a lot I mean continuous for over three weeks.This ranged from beer, whisky, rum and wine. I felt the left side of my body and my kindey was enlarged. I thought I had drank too much and stopped. I was ashamed that I had overdone it so much that my lower back ) i found out it is my left kidney) is enlarged. After stop drinking the pain went but I have been stressed latley and it is painful. I am taking antibiotics. Fine I have not drank for three weeks and do not wan a drink. However I am getting this uncomfortable sometimes burning pain in my left kidney. Occasionally it is very uncomfortable and as I am eighteen am very scared as to what I have done to it. Please help…

    PS It may be that I have a water infection or cold but nothing burns when I go to the toilet or drink liquids.

    • ANSWER:
      How do you know that you are not addicted to alcohol? If you drank for three weeks straight, you got something going on! You don’t have to drink every day to have a problem. Alcoholics go years, decades without drinking but they are still alcoholics! Consider why you did that before you decide you don’t have a problem. Second, be honest with your doctor. With HIPPA, they can’t tell anyone! It is not their job to be judgemental, just to help you. Call the doc back and tell him/her what is going on. Heck – you could have something unrelated to the binging all together.

  30. QUESTION:
    can severe stomach and kidney pain be connected to alcohol?
    I’ve been drinking pretty heavily almost everyday for about 2 weeks. I don’t usually do that and have never been one to drink on the weekdays but, since it’s summer I guess I’ve just gotten wrapped up in all the partying. Anyway, day before yesterday I decided I needed to slow it down and give myself a long break. I could feel my body just becoming utterly exhausted from all the drinking.

    Well, I ended up going to a concert and though I didn’t get drunk this time, had a sip of beer. Also about 2 hours later I had a mixed drink. Needless to say that was a terrible idea. As soon as I got to the 3rd or 4th sip my stomach began hurting pretty bad. I finished the drink but just barely. The next day I woke up and just didn’t feel good at all really. As the day progressed I was overcome by severe stomach and kidney pains. I couldn’t even move! I laid down for the remainder of the day and when I would so much as try to turn over I got these shooting pains in my kidney and all over my stomach. This throbbing pain, just everywhere. I managed to take a shower and almost passed out. I got these really sharp pains in my kidneys and my stomach just felt terrible. It also felt like I had menstrual cramps too, but basically it was all in my stomach. I couldn’t eat and didn’t have much of an appetite so I just took some pepto and and an aleve and went to bed. I’ve also been under some stress these past weeks so I thought maybe that would have kind of made it worse than it was, plus I have bad anxiety so my brain was jumping to all kinds of illness’s. It was just a bad day.

    Today was better, I wasn’t in so much pain. My stomach from time to time would hurt a bit but nothing compared to yesterday. My kidney’s kind of hurt a bit but it was more of a dull ache or throb, not the sharpness I was feeling. It was extremely scary and was one of the worst pains I’ve had. I know that usually this type of pain only happens when you drink for years or something like that but I’m just thinking I drank way to damn much and now I’m paying for it. I read somewhere that this can occur and can last up to a certain amount of day’s depending on your size and everything. Well I’m 5’1 and weigh 110 and a female. Don’t really know if it matters but I don’t really understand what the hell happened. If anyone can help me out here I’d really appreciate it!

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  31. QUESTION:
    Is there a name for a person with a long-term death wish?
    If you’re depressed, and you snap and make up your mind to commit suicide, you pick a method and do it. Either jump in front of a car, off a building, shot/stab/hang yourself, etc.

    What I’m talking about, is the people who decide to kill themselves long-term because they’re still depressed. So they smoke excessively, and drink heavily, and do a lot of “bad 4 your heath” kinda things. Especially take huge risks, like walking through a known crime-invested neighborhood.

    I ask, because I had a huge depression that lasted 5 years, and I stopped the suicidal thoughts 2 years ago (with help from a psychotherapist) [btw, meds only complicate things, i hated them].

    But nowadays, I often find myself with a “i don’t give a f**” attitude about smoking and drinking. Yes, I know it’s bad, but it keeps me sane. And a few people tell me “join the club”. I think about cancer every time I light a cigarette, and I think about kidney failure every time I drink my 10 beer, and it doesn’t slow me down one bit.

    Is there a term for people like me? Why am I okay with a possible terminal-illness? Or is it depression still talking?

    thanks for reading.

    • ANSWER:
      i think i’m a happy pessimist after living most of my life in depression and despair.
      i have no desire to live a long life. i wouldn’t commit suicide but i don’t worry about things that are detrimental to my long term health. i’ll quit doing something that makes me feel bad in the present but the people who exercise daily and eat super healthy and all that other garbage so that they can live to a ripe old age. i don’t get it.
      i think life on this planet is not all that good for most of us. so i don’t know what the term for people who don’t care is. it’s at least despair. and there’s lots of us.

  32. QUESTION:
    What is Good for Kidney problems?
    Hi,
    I need some advice. I have just found out that my father may need a Kidney transplant because his kidneys are damaged. For the moment the are OK but if they get any worse then he may need a transplant. My Father has high blood pressure which i think was the cause of the Kidney problem.
    Anyway …if anyone can give me any advice that would help i would be very thankful… What kind of foods are good for him? He drinks about 2-3 beers in the evening is this having an added effect?
    Is there anyway to repair the damage???or prevent further damage??
    Any useful websites would be great too.

    Thanks to everyone who does reply.

    • ANSWER:
      he should STOP the beers and try drinking water it will help clean the kidneys.

  33. QUESTION:
    How concerned should I be for my father? recovering alcoholic?
    My father was an alcoholic when my parents met, and quit along with my mom when I was born. When I was three they got married and he started drinking again. He ALWAYS had his silver cup of Jaeger, EVERYWHERE. He suddenly quit cold turkey, with the help of anti-DT meds in February after he developed acute pancreatitis and said he never even craved it again. I go hang out with him every Sunday and today he took me and his wife to see speedboat races, and while there just went and bought a cold beer, and than another. That was all he had today, and he didn’t get anything to drink at home or anything, but what the hell? I even asked him once if he was going to start drinking again after his pancreatitis cleared up and he said that would be the stupidest thing he could ever do. I hadn’t seen him drink since he quit, and it was a shock. He never drank beer even when he DID drink. I don’t know how to approach him on this… I’m only 19 and he might not take my interference so well, but I HAVE to know what the hell’s going on. He’s been trying so hard to build himself back up (he also had a hip replacement and some kidney issues that were due to the painkillers he took for his hip and went away after he quit taking them.) Which brings me to my next point-he was supposed to restrict his protein intake, and today for lunch he had a friggin cheeseburger! And a huge one. I asked his wife about it and she said he tries to restrict his protein until he can’t stand it anymore and he’s been having cheeseburgers EVERY DAY but that his kidneys are doing fine with it. He’s always been healthy aside from the alcohol-he’s a fifty-four year old taekwondo master/school owner. We ARE getting along really well now, so I am going to somehow bring it up when I talk to him tonight (we call each other every night) but I’m not sure how…
    I meant they both quit when she found out she was pregnant

    • ANSWER:
      “What the hell?” is right! If your dad is a real alcoholic and he is drinking – then he is not recovering. It doesn’t matter whether he calls himself ‘recovering’ or not. Alcoholics who still drink as if they can do so safely aren’t going to recover from anything except the occasional cold, flu or the like. Certainly not alcoholism.

      Alcoholics who still drink are just that– they are still alcoholics who still drink. It is possible that he is NOT a real alcoholic and CAN now drink. It could be that he is merely someone who has abused alcohol in the past and who has learned how to moderate his intake like anyone else who is also non-alcoholic.

      The world is full of people who – although are not truly alcoholic – used to have a problem with EtOH but have realized drinking too much/too often is harmful an detrimental to happy living and so they moderate – maybe with a little counseling or some other such secular/non-spiritual human aid. But ‘you’ would have no what of knowing for sure.

      If you really want to know if he’s all right don’t look to his alcohol intake — look to him as a person. Alkies aren’t just booze damaged bodies – they are afflicted, sick individuals with ailing souls and distorted personalities. According to “Alcoholics Anonymous” alcohol is only a symptom of the real problem. “Our liquor was but a symptom. So we had to get down to causes and conditions.” (64:0)

      Instead it would be more revealing to observe; How is his patience? Is he kind and loving and helpful to others or is he restless irritable and discontent? Is he wrought with emotional entanglements, fear, anxiety and depression? Is he plagued by physical ailments and does he struggle with negativity? All of the later indicates untreated spiritual sickness which leads to abuses of all kind including chronic alcoholism. (and drugs use as well,) Good luck. I truly hope that helps.

      Peace and Love,
      Danny S – RLRA
      Real Live Recovered Alcoholic

      http://recoveredalcoholic.blogspot.com

  34. QUESTION:
    Help!! Heavy drinking lifestyle!?
    I am a 24 yr old male. I’ve been out of school for 2 yrs & work a normal 40-50 hr/wk job, But i still really enjoy the college partying lifestyle. I drink anywhere from 1-5 times a week. When I drink it starts out a few beers with friends then next thing you know it is 5 hrs later and 15 beers/shots. I absolutely love partying with my friends and don’t want to give it up or the activities that I enjoy drinking with (poker, darts, pool, fishing. drinking games, backyard games, BBQs, ect). I can deal with the hangovers, i’m not missing work and I don’t drive drunk. The only thing I’m worried about is how to continue this lifestyle w/o destroying my body/health, mainly high blood pressure, my kidneys, liver, stuff like that. I am in avg shape, really active, and I eat decently heathly (cut out alot of sweets, caffiene, salt). My dads side of the family does have a history of kidney disease and I was told that I have a 50/50 shot of developing it.

    • ANSWER:
      you can still drink but do it in moderation, maybe twice a week only like fri and sat.. its good that u can maintain drinking as much as u do, but just the fact that u have a history of family illness should make u cut it down at least… good luck

  35. QUESTION:
    Kidney pain due to drinking?
    I often times have kidney pain the day after drinking. I guess I could be considered quite the light weight ( 132 lbs. / 5′ 10″) , in that if I consume 6-7 beers within a two hours or less, I get pretty drunk. Is kidney pain common for someone of my stature and exactly why does this pain occur? How can it be avoided?

    To my knowledge I am a healthy individual if that helps any.

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  36. QUESTION:
    How to help a family member. Her 21 year old son Committed suicide and buried him on his 22 B-day?
    My husband sisters 21 year old son committed suicide. And I know it has to be so rough on her but Not real sure how to help. We have never been close. And I refuse to be like so many to tell her I know what she is going through. It feels so cruel. When I have my son he just turned 28 and is a wild man. Always has been. He son was one of the good guys. He was a high school graduate and not into drinking, drugs or any of that kind of stuff my son has done it all. The alcoholic, his 1st son when he was only 16. And has done the street drugs. But I hear so many people telling her they know what she is going through When they don’t because I feel until you have had to bury a child for any reason or lost a child to death you Can’t possialby know what they are going through. He son watched his father at 8 years old die at his feet.His father was a diabetic and had a kidney transplant. And only lived 2 years then died from a blood clot. This youg boy was standing beside of his daddy in the kitchen when he fell to his death. Our nephew was a brillte diabetic, At 16 he had open heart surgery. His heart had NO back in it they repaired it and done a bunch of other stuff to it. He found out 3 months ago his pancreas had quit, his kidneys were failing and they wanted to put him on a heart transplant list. He told his mother he was just tired of all his health problems and he gave up. He committed suicide and they buried him on his 22 B day.Here I am with a 28 year old son. Who know more cares about his family or his health. He goes through 2 cases of beer a week. Neglects his children. And only comes to see my husband and I when he wants a free babysitter, or money. But yet her son was acomputer wizard, had made it through high school, had tried college before his health got worse. And was a great kid. But I don’t know how to be there for her. When We have our son and our 3 grandchildren. And she lost hers.We have never been close in about 10 years anyway. She lives 90 mile away.

    • ANSWER:
      I feel really sorry for this lady, and I’m sorry for saying this but you definitely need to stop comparing your son to hers and putting him down like that.

  37. QUESTION:
    This is bizarre…need your help!!?
    Ok, so yesterday was just a fantastic day! Right? I hung out with some friends and we decided to knock out 64 ounce Big Gulps of Powerade which we did in under probably an hour and a half. Later on (about 2 hours later) I went to a party and played two games of beer pong, which equates to me drinking about a beer and a half total. I was feeling fine leaving the party and went to sleep around 4:00 AM! I wake up today and I am aching in the area where I feel my kidneys would be! It’s in line with my belly button on the back-right side of my back. It feels strained or just sore. I am an occasional smoker and I drink ever so often. Could this be serious or perhaps a Powerade overdose??

    • ANSWER:
      I drink a lot of water. Actually, I drink ONLY water. So, if I don’t drink enough water one day, or if I’m drinking alcohol or soda, I will get that same pain. The next day, I go back to drinking water, and it goes away.

      So, I would say you had too many sugary drinks, and if you drink some water, the pain should go away. I wouldn’t give it but a couple days, though. Go to the doctor if the pain persists.

  38. QUESTION:
    husband is having pain when he has to pee?
    he would kill me if he knew i was asking this on here, but i’m worried,and he won’t go to see a doctor.. he says that when he has to pee it feels like he has something stuck/caught about half way down inside of his shaft and it hurts like hell.. i told him it sounded to me like he either has a bladder infection and the swelling is causing the pain, or he could even have a kidney stone that is lodged that is causing the pain. only thing is i have had kidney stones myself, and before it would make it’s way into my urinary tract i had pain in other areas of my abdomin and he hasn’t had any pain before today,and only in this area..i also told him that if it were me i would lay off of the coffee,soda, and dark beer for several days, and drink as much water as i could force myself to drink, because this will help to flush whatever it is out. but he won’t listen to me..now he says that it might help to push it out if he gets off.which again i think is a very bad idea… what does this sound like to you guys?

    • ANSWER:
      You’ve hit the nail on the head. It is probably a bladder infection or a kidney stone. He needs to go see the Dr. if it is a bladder infection. A kidney stone usually passes on its own, but occasionally they are large enough that they get stuck in the tube.

  39. QUESTION:
    Suddenly, I’m unable to have a drink without vomitting, why?
    I’m a bartender, so I’m used to drinking a fair amount regularly. Not excessive or binge drinking at all. But recently (about 3 weeks) I can’t have more than a few drinks (2-3 in 4-5 hours time) without being sick to my stomach. At first it wasn’t until the next day, so I cut down and spread the drinks farther apart. I don’t feel as terrible, but the end result (me over the toilet) is the same. I’ve tried to eat before I drink, after, tried drinking loads of water during and after drinking. Tried different types of alcohol, but nothing seems to work. In fact, now I get sick before I can even fall asleep! I’ve done some checking on the Internet, but none of the answers seem to fit. If it’s allergies, could they suddenly develop? I’m 28 an have been a regular drinker for years (again, not excessive, or binge. I don’t drink til I blackout or act like an idiot, so I don’t believe this is due to kidney or liver problems, at least the traditional alcohol related problems). I don’t believe this is genetic, there is no family history and this has come on suddely for me. Does this sound like an ulcer to anyone? I used to have horrible acid reflux when I was about 23 and has begun to bother me a bit again. Also, in February I had mononucleosis. I know this can affect your liver. I’ve also suffered from a kidney infection or 3 within the last year. The last being 2 months ago. Could this have anything to do with it? Please help! Any input would be greatly appreciated!! I miss enjoying a glass of good wine with dinner, and a cold beer watching the game!

    • ANSWER:
      Well maybe your PREGNANT go pee on a sick and see!! or maybe you have some type of stomach virus. Go to the doctor again and see what they say. (sorry if this comment wasn’t helpful)

  40. QUESTION:
    This is bizzare…need your help!!!?
    Ok, so yesterday was just a fantastic day! Right? I hung out with some friends and we decided to knock out 64 ounce Big Gulps of Powerade which we did in under probably an hour and a half. Later on (about 2 hours later) I went to a party and played two games of beer pong, which equates to me drinking about a beer and a half total. I was feeling fine leaving the party and went to sleep around 4:00 AM! I wake up today and I am aching in the area where I feel my kidneys would be! It’s in line with my belly button on the back-right side of my back. It feels strained or just sore. I am an occasional smoker and I drink ever so often. Could this be serious or perhaps a Powerade overdose??

    • ANSWER:
      People have died recently from drinking too much WATER. One case recently in America when a woman drank for a radio contest.

      It doesn’t have to be alcohol.

  41. QUESTION:
    15 year old girl in horrible need to get out of her house help?
    im fifteen years old when i was little like around the age or four to ten my mom use to hit me well when we moved up to Oklahoma she stopped and went to mentally abusing me and my sister. My dad says he will talk to her about everything she has said about threaten to choke me with soap that ive screwed up her life that she regrets adopting me ive screwed up everything that i cant ever do anything right stuff like that. They have put so much stress on me including my grades i haven’t been able to be at school because ive had a heart problem from stress when i get to stressed out i cant breath my chest tightens up i get sharp pain that spreads and jumps places every time i get in a fight with them or to stressed out. I wasn’t able to go school for the first semester for maybe a total of two months because ive been in and out of st francis from cysts stress and rare enlarged appendix they hold my grades over me like i could have gone every day when i was in screaming and crying pain no pain killer would help maybe for three to twenty mins at most. then back with the pain. the days i missed or went to school and had to be picked up after being pretty much carried into the nursed office i would get yelled at the whole time home saying i was faking the whole thing that high school is hard but i have to quit this bullshit and go to school suck up the pain. after about two months they finally took me to see a doctor. yet they kept yelling after having to pick me up or call the school saying i was going to be gone again and needed my work. They stress me out and wont let me leave the house unless its with family or to school. then they say im able to go places i can only have two people out of my friends come over thats my boyfriend and a girl im not friends with because she got into hard core drugs. The stress has gotten so bad that when my heart acts up im in bed asleep the rest of the bed someone has to help me sit up n help me walk in to weak my side were my kidneys are hurt along with my stomach from stress. Ive gotten so stressed from then i cant eat alot without throwing up anymore so im losing wieght from it. Is there any way possible that i can get emancipated and move in with my sixteen year old boyfriend n his mom?
    she also wants me out of this houseand is fine with me living with them the stress effects my health n heart so bad im on the ground gasping for air screaming and crying then when i end up falling asleep from being light headed im to weak to get up and do anything at all on my own i have to have people help me even sit up or hold a glass of water im out for at least 24 hours if im lucky not longer, my mom goes to work around 1 in the afternoon n gets off at eleven at night she stays out with friends until four am normally sometimes later or they come over to the house when i wake up there is the smell of smoke everywhere downstairs along with over twenty empty beer bottles thrown everywhere downstairs. she acts more of a teenager then most of the poeple i know. My dad seems to flirt with me. he says perveted things to me plays with my feet when no ones around to see n a few years ago he pinned me down put his knees on my tighs so i couldnt move my legs n held my wrists down so i couldnt move my arms my sister walked in n he quickly got off but im scared to be alone with him i make someone either stay on the phone with me or text someone n give them my adress if i stop texting or randomly hang up. please is there anyway at all to get me out of this house at the rate of stress im in im going to have a heart attack before im 18.

    • ANSWER:

  42. QUESTION:
    Little hole in a kidney, help………………………………….?
    Okay, my mom went to doctors like i think 2 months ago..and they found out she had a hole (little) in the kidney and she has to get it removed (the one kidney), she still waits for the reply tho to get this operation. Okay but she can’t pee or anything, and she works in cold all the time so when she comes bk home in hot place her kidney hurts a lot, any advice how to stop it hurting ? kk next ..lol
    As i said she can’t pee, she tried to drink beer which makes u pee faster..not for her tho she like pees once a day or nothing.. what she needs to do to make her pee faster if u know what i mean.

    btw If u dont know the answer then just dont write anything >.>
    shes drinking alot of stuff …and vitamins etc..
    plus she has a lil hole she had all the scans, they told her to wait couple of months, till she has some surgery and stay in hospital…;/

    • ANSWER:
      I don’t know what they mean by “a little hole”. I doubt doctors would say such a thing. Maybe a cyst? You cannot remove a hole. You could only sew up a hole. Sounds like she is maybe having kidney failure or a kidney stone or kidney cancer or ?? if she is not urinating. Not urinating is a very bad thing. Poisons stay in the body.

  43. QUESTION:
    Persistant Kidney Infection?
    I’ve been having a Kidney infection for about 4 1/2 months. I’ve taken two rounds of antibiotics. I’ve also had a culture done, and no bateria grew in it. My doctor now wants me to do a CT scan to try and find the cause. The only problem is my insurance deductable it ,000 and it just renewed for the year. I don’t know what I should do. I’ve been drinking beer and cranberry juice because I heard that helps with this type of infection. Other than that, I am a very healthy eater, I never drink cokes or coffee or tea (other than herbal). Anyone have experience or advice? I don’t want to spend the money. My husband and I just bought our first house, and moved in together and we are going to have a lot of expense with that. Plus, I am saving up for braces, because I have terrible TMJD and that is suppose to help my condition. I am only 23 and I don’t make tons of money. Any comments are greatly appreciated.
    I am taking vitamin C with rose hips for the acidity.
    I only ever drink one soda a week. I could only handle drinking one beer, yuck. I have been drinking cranberry juice. I have been seeing my GP, but I think I am going to see a Urologist, even though it may not actually be my kidney’s, I want to make sure before I go have a CT Scan.
    I forgot, I am taking 100% juice, not cocktail. It is a mixture of grape and cranberry because I can not find it straight up anywhere. I always drink lots of water everyday.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,
      First of all, I’m sure you’ve been told this but kidney infections can be very dangerous- the infection usually begins lower in your urinary tract and moves up to your kidneys, but if left untreated it can damage your kidneys. additionally, occasionally it will cause sepsis (infection of the blood) which is extremly dangerous.
      the best thing you can do for the average kidney infection is to drink water. I mean drink water like your life depends on it- like a liter an hour. This may help flush the bacteria. As for cranberry juice, make sure it’s 100% pure cranberry juice, most of the time bottles labeled “cranberry juice” are actually cranberry juice cocktail which has a TON of sugar in it and will actually make your infection worse. I have never heard of drinking beer and can’t suggest that.

      BUT

      If you haven’t responded to antibiotics there are 2 possible explanations that I can think of;

      1. the bacteria causing the infection is resistant to the antibiotics you have been prescribed
      or
      2. it’s not actually a kidney infection.

      There are many types of antibiotics that all kill different types of bacteria- and doctors are faced with the problem of antibiotic resistance. This is when bacteria evolve ways to survive drugs that should normally kill them, making those medicines useless- obviously this really bad. The cause of this is that too many doctors prescribe antibiotics that people don’t really need, and so in the past few years doctors have begun to be much more conservative with antibiotic prescriptions. This mean that the FIRST time you went to the doctor and took antibiotics, you were probably prescribed a less “powerful” antibiotic, and it may not have been strong enough, may not have been taken correctly, may not have been the correct antibiotic for the bacteria you have etc.
      either way, the second time you had to be prescribed antibiotics for the SAME infection, any good doctor would give you a “stronger” broad spectrum antibiotic, possibly a higher dose and would have discussed with you the importance of taking them properly. So that makes me think that none of the possible problems that can occur with antibiotics are the explanation for what is going on with you.

      explanation 2: it’s not actually a kidney infection
      the fact that your urine culture was negative is a huge indication that you probably do NOT actually have a kidney infection. at least, not any more.
      do you still have pain in your flank? do you run a fever? is there any blood in your urine? look up the symptoms of a kidney infection and see if they describe you.
      If you really still think it’s an infection, you could ask them to re-culture your urine, It’s always possible (although unlikely) that a mistake was made.
      If not, generalized pain in this area could be any number of things and a CT will be REALLY helpful to identify- it basicly just lets your doctor take a look at the soft tissue in that area, if something is damaged or inflamed or whatever this will alllow them to see it. It’s possible that if you had a reeeeally bad infection, your kidneys are damaged. it’s also possible that something else is going on.
      My best advice, is there a medical school in your area? All doctors need to be taught how to give a CT and read the results, occasionally you can be a learning tool and get a free CT or ultrasound etc. in the process.
      If you talk to your doctor and tell him that you just don’t have the money, it’s possible that he may be able to suggest somthing else that is less expensive.
      If it were me, I’d have the CT becasue it really doesn’t sound like a kidney infection.
      best of luck

  44. QUESTION:
    How can I pass a 6mm unobstructing kidney stone naturally?
    I am 31 y/o female and I have a 6 mm kidney stone sitting in the middle of my right kidney that is causing me pain. The doctor says that it is not obstructing any thing and I should not be in pain but I am. I have passed kidney stones before on my own but I am having a hard time passing this one. I have been drinking TONS of water, lemonade, and cokes. I even heard beer was good to drink. PLEASE HELP! I do not want to have surgery, I just want to pass this thing. Any advice is welcomed. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      IV fluids would also help. Might make it go faster. But there’s no way to know when this will happen. I’ve never thought ambulation was any help, but then who knows, can’t hurt.

  45. QUESTION:
    Help with bladder/kidney problem..?
    I went to my doctor for a routine checkup and he noticed an enlarged bladder. I was sent for a lab and ultrasound and upon completion of the ultrasound I was immediately admitted to the hospital. I had a catheter inserted and 2000ml of liquid was drained from my bladder. I was given a blood test and was told my creatinine levels were at 2.8. I had no symptoms what-so-ever and still have no problems urinating, no discomfort, strong stream, ect. I was given a VCUG, which eliminated the idea of reflux from my bladder to the kidneys, and also was given a cystoscopy, which eliminated the possibility of a stricture or blockage. I was told I have the bladder of a 60 yr old.
    That is where I stand at this point today. I have the doctors baffled as to what is causing these problems.
    By the way…I am a 32 y.o. male, 5’10″ 170, in good shape, do not drink except for maybe 3-4 beers per month. This has been extremely humbling and I was curious if anyone had, or knows someone who went through a similar situation and what the final outcome/prognosis was?

    • ANSWER:
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  46. QUESTION:
    I need some kidney failure help.?
    I need some information on kidney failure. Anything would help really.
    So I have some symptoms i believe, but i wanna make sure that it’s a good possibility before telling anyone and freaking them out, lol. First off I have extreme shortness of breath, which i’ve thought was asthma, also I’ve had really sharp pains a little above my left hip bone. I also think I’m having lost of appitite, like I get hungry, but once I start eating i don’t usually finish it and eat just a few bites. These are just like the big things, or signs that are super apperant.
    Secondly, I was wondering if anyone knows like exactly what could cause this. I have drank before a few times, but I mean i’m not a huge drinker and it’s not near an everyday thing at all, also I don’t like beer so I usually just stick to wine coolers and such. I also have had hit a “rough” patch and have taken more than prescribed amounts of medicine, mostly Ibuprofen, or over the counter things, nothing I would call serious. These are just things I can think of that would play a role on this off of the top of my head. Which I wanted to know if these things could have this affect.
    Like i said before anything would help and I’d appreicate any information. I just want to hear out some thoughts before I go and see everything and do things i don’t need to do, if that makes sense. And lastly I don’t want people to tell me to just go and get checked out now just in case, i’m not a huge hospital person and I’m just asking for what I’ve mentioned above. Thanks for your input:)

    • ANSWER:
      Acute Kidney Failure Symptoms
      The following symptoms may occur with acute kidney failure. Some people have no symptoms, at least in the early stages. The symptoms may be very subtle.

      Decreased urine production
      Body swelling
      Problems concentrating
      Confusion
      Fatigue
      Lethargy
      Nausea, vomiting
      Diarrhea
      Abdominal pain
      Metallic taste in the mouth
      Seizures and coma may occur in very severe acute kidney failure

      Take care

      TIN

  47. QUESTION:
    could I possibly have kidney stones? Lower back pain?
    Well im 26 and almost never drink beer. However I did on saturday and now I have awfull lower back pain=( It hurts so stand or sit. Im in alot of pain=(
    I have had back problems before but I always thought it was just normal. Even though I couldnt sit or stand and was crawling around my house instead of walking!
    I dont take pain meds for it because it doesnt help the only thing that ever did was (SOMA) a muscle relaxer!
    Well heres what I need to know,

    Could KIDNEY STONES pain come and go every fiew months?
    Could my drinking trigger the stones to give me pain again?

    • ANSWER:
      probably not. I have had kidney stones, and it was pretty intense pain. I have a pretty high pain tolerance and not taking pain meds wasn’t an option. And the pain was pretty constant until I passed the stone. However I do have back problems as well, and the muscle relaxer may actuallyl be making it worse. The muscles surounding your spinal column may be loose which can cause pretty significant pain. You may need physical therapy if that is the case.
      Good luck

  48. QUESTION:
    I can’t drink caffine or alcohol, what can I do?!?
    4 years ago I was diagnosed with a birth defect that causes frequent kidney infections. I can no longer drink caffine or alcohol, smoke, or eat spicy foods. I quit everything but eating spicy foods, love that too much. My favorite thing was Green Tea and beer, both of which I can’t have anymore. Is there any alt. drink I drink that doesn’t contain caffine but tastes like Green Tea? Or some kind of fruit drink? I love apple juice but get tired of drinking it all the time…HELP ME PLEASE!!

    • ANSWER:
      When I was on Weight Watchers I decided to stop drinking soda altogether so that I would drink more water. I had a tough time with it, but I got through it by drinking different flavors of Crystal Light and some of the flavored seltzer waters.

      I love the Crystal Light Green Tea with Raspberry, but I don’t know if it has caffeine (it probably does). Here is the website that lists its ingredients:

      http://www.kraftfoods.com/main.aspx?s=product&m=product/Product_display&Site=1&Product=4300001288

      You might also want to browse the Weight Watchers website (you don’t have to be a member to use a lot of the site) for recipes. They’re good at coming up with creative, healthy alternatives that don’t make you feel like you are losing any taste. I did a site search for “drinks” and came up with a couple interesting pages:
      -Very Cool Drinks (although one has caffeine): http://www.weightwatchers.com/util/art/index_art.aspx?tabnum=1&art_id=2781

      -Frozen Pitcher Drinks (although one has tea in it): http://www.weightwatchers.com/util/art/index_art.aspx?tabnum=1&art_id=29201

      Happy drinking! :)

  49. QUESTION:
    Organ liver kidney donor,, why not pay for organs rich people do and live?
    What’s the big deal in paying in exchange to help donor, donor goes through a lot of hassle and lost wages pain and psychological changes so why not compensate someone that is willing to help. A lot of people die because of government regulations that most of it apply to not rich people do you believe Steve Jobs waited like everyone else? I’m B+ 5’10″. About 170 lbs. None smoker good health drink ocasionaly, just a beer or two no more,, every oher week, got a couple tattoos I see it like art, professionally done, I’m an organ donor on my license already but I can be living donor too,, and please if you feel offended by this don’t be please I am not trying to be rude I’m just human,

    • ANSWER:

  50. QUESTION:
    dealing with sick family member?
    My uncle who has been in the hospital now since thursday for double pnemonia. First his liver shut down, and now apparently his kidneys are going as well. His bp has gone up though. Yesterday he was taken off his sedation medication but he still hasn’t woken up. They are saying it’s going to take a miracle but I refuse to believe this. Is there no chance at all for him? They are checking for brain I feel so guilty right now because I conributed to his alcohol use (he would ask me for money all the time). I cut him off though a week before he ended up in the hospital and I’m starting to think he did something to himself to end up here. We just now found out that he was suppose to go to court a few days ago for stealing beer but he never told us about this. We think he was too afraid too. He helped me out with so many things in life…he wasn’t just some bum alcoholic. How can I feel better about this? I’ve never lost anyone before and we were so close..he was like the father I never had

    • ANSWER:
      I am not sure if he is going to make it.
      It doesn’t sound good.
      Go visit him at the hospital while you still can.
      Sit with him and hold his hand.
      Talk to him about how important he is to you and how much you love him.
      Mention some pleasant memories you shared with him.
      Maybe on some level he can hear what you are saying. This is why it is good to talk to him. It can also help you say good-by to him if you must. Best Wishes


Does Cranberry Juice Help Kidneys

We often read that cranberry juice can cure kidney stones. Cranberry juice and kidney stones have been associated with each other for generations.

A study made by the University of Texas Southwest Medical Center in Dallas revealed that levels of calcium and oxalate increased when cranberry juice was taken by the subjects. The results gave rise to the discovery of a rare kidney stone disease called brushite stones.

However, it disclosed that it can reduce uric acid levels and prevent urinary tract infection (UTI). but did not elaborate any course of action for people with tendencies to have kidney stones.

Kidney stones form when calcium and oxalate crystallize as they are supposed to be dissolved in the urine. Hence, cranberry juice may not be the right cure for kidney stones but can be used as a prevention to lower the uric acid level, based on the study.

In a similar study at the University of Cape Town made by Prof. Allan Rodgers provided scientific evidence that cranberry juice is effective in the cure of kidney stones.

The study claimed that calcium oxalate, citrate concentration and oxalate and phosphate were altered by the cranberry juice. Thereby concluding the effectiveness since they are part of the components that causes kidney stones.
The observations made by Prof. Rogers is contrary to the findings of the University of Texas Southwest Medical Center in Dallas.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Does Cranberry Juice help malfunctioning kidneys caused by adult onset Diabetes?
    I have received conflicting advice from the Medical Profession.
    Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      No.

      Once your kidneys have begun to malfunction, there is usually very little that can be done. Damage from Diabetes is almost always permanent. Damage is caused from scar tissue left over from the damaging effects of sugar molecule attached to red blood cells (this is called GLYCATING, and is what the A1C test measures).

      the only thing that can be done is to take proper care of yourself, and do everything medically possible to prevent the disease from getting worse.

      ASK the doctor that is treating your diabetes to refer you to a Nephrologist (kidney specialist). The nephrologist should take a Creatinine and BUN reading, and from that should be able to get you a Glomular Filtration Rate reading, which is based on your age, sex, ethnicity, and Creatinine reading. Keep that GFR as high as possible, and definitely above 50% !!

      Cranberry juice probably won’t hurt anything, but if you expect it to improve the situation, or repair the damage, you are wasting money.

  2. QUESTION:
    How does cranberry juice help kidney infections?
    Everytime I hear about a kidney infection, they are told to drink cranberry juice… how does it help?

    • ANSWER:
      It doesn’t help kidney infections, an infected kidney is very serious. It can help prevent bladder infections because a component of cranberry juice makes it more difficult for bacteria to stick to the bladder.

      Cranberry juice will only help to prevent a bladder infection, if you have an infection it doesn’t help at all — you need an antibiotic from your doctor to treat a bladder infection.

  3. QUESTION:
    Does cranberry juice help to keep the kidneys healthy?
    I had a friend tell me that her urologist told her cranberry juice does not help the kidneys at all.

    • ANSWER:
      I think it is the antioxidants that help I drink it when ever I get a bladder infection! :)

  4. QUESTION:
    Cranberry Juice – how does it help the kidneys?
    What does cranberry juice do t othe kidneys? how does it help the kidneys?

    • ANSWER:
      The kidneys (one on each side of the spine just above the waist) make urine, which consists of about 95 percent water and 5 percent urea and various salts. This urine exits the kidney via long, thin tubes called ureters. The ureters (one from each kidney) drain into the bladder, a small round organ that acts as a holding tank. When the bladder fills, you get a signal that it is time to urinate. The urine passes out of your body through a canal called the urethra.

      Anything that interferes with this flow may cause the urine to back up and stagnate in the bladder. The urinary tract then becomes a sitting duck for disease. Women often experience urinary tract infections. More than 60 percent of women experience a urinary tract infection sometime during their lives. For many women, infection is a chronic problem.
      These infections are caused by the introduction of bacteria into the urinary tract. Once inside, they thrive in the warm, moist environment. Ultimately, they begin to affect urine production and the function of the bladder, resulting in significant pain.

      Any reduction in kidney efficiency can have a drastic and immediate impact on our health. Even a partial reduction in the kidney’s ability to filter the blood will lead to the rapid buildup of deadly toxins in the bloodstream. In severe cases, patients may require a kidney dialysis machine to artificially filter blood. Although this equipment does prevent the deadly buildup of urea and ammonia in the bloodstream, it is not as effective as the kidneys.

      How do cranberries help? When a cranberry is in its juvenile state, it is green and bitter, making it unpalatable to most animals. At this early stage, the cranberry produces a certain class of molecules known as flavonoids, substances that have been investigated for their nutritional benefits and antibacterial activity. Studies have shown that the particular flavonoids produced by the cranberry have a strong antibacterial effect.

      But this is only part of the story. As the berry matures, it benefits the plant if a bird or other animal eats the cranberry so that its seeds will be spread to new areas where it will propagate and grow. To ensure that this happens, the plant transforms the flavonoids that contribute to the fruit’s bitter taste.

      The plant removes part of the flavonoid molecule and replaces it with a sugar molecule. This has the effect of sweetening the fruit, making it more palatable as a food-and helping to ensure that the plant continues to produce offspring.

      This sugar molecule makes cranberry effective as a nutrient within the urinary tract. In the human body, different cells have unique receptor sites. These sites can be thought of as a lock in a door requiring a unique key to open it. The sugar attached to the cranberry flavonoid seeks out an acceptable receptor site to attach itself. In cranberries, the sugar unlocks a receptor site on the walls of the urinary tract.

      This explains cranberries’ unique benefits. Cranberries contain a type of flavonoid that is capable of defeating the bacteria that cause urinary tract infections, and this flavonoid is attached to a sugar that seeks out the cells that line the urinary tract.

      Research recommends making cranberries part of your diet if you are prone to recurrent urinary infections. A 1994 article in the Journal of the American Medical Association indicates that cranberry might reduce the levels of bacteria in urine. A report in the Journal of Psychiatric Nursing suggests that anyone troubled by urinary incontinence incorporate cranberries into their diet to reduce the embarrassing odor of this problem.

  5. QUESTION:
    why is cranberry juice good for kidneys stones and how does it work?
    hi i think i got kidney stones because my back hurts just above my hips it can be very painful at times im been told to drink cranberry juice so i am its helped with the pain loads,

    but why does it work please tell me what cranberry juice does????

    there must be a scientific biological explanation as its apparently a well known treatment for it
    but its actually stopped the pain i havent took nothing else im going to the doctors today abot it i hope the pain dont come back its really painful some days i just wanna cry

    • ANSWER:
      It’s not.

      It doesn’t.

  6. QUESTION:
    does cranberry juice help dog kidneys?

    • ANSWER:

  7. QUESTION:
    does cranberry juice help flush out the kidneys if you have a urinary tract infection?

    • ANSWER:
      I don’t think so, but drink cranberry juice anyways cuz its soooo good!

  8. QUESTION:
    does cranberry juice help with kidney stones or help with infections in the kidney?
    or does it help with both?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi A.P

      Here are some ideas to heal the issue.

      Cause
      Kidney stones are more common during the summer, possibly due to concentrated urine caused by increased sweating and insufficient fluid intake. In general, mild chronic dehydration can play a role in the development of kidney stones. Chronic stress can also play a role.

      Kidney stones that are high in calcium may be a signal of hyperparathyroidism (excessive secretion of parathyroid hormone). In serious cases of kidney stones an ultrasound that fractionalizes and breaks down the stones may be advised. See your medical doctor for more information about this.
      ——————————…

      Natural Cures

      Aromatherapy: Hyssop and juniper essential oils can be helpful.

      Ayurveda: Cumin, coriander, and fennel tea. Drink one cup three times a day.

      Diet: Diet alone cannot get rid of the stones. Higher-than-normal levels of oxalate related to a diet high in oxalic containing foods, such as rhubarb, spinach, leafy vegetables, and coffee, can promote kidney stone formation. High levels of dietary refined carbohydrates can also cause kidney stones. Sugar stimulates the pancreas to release insulin, causing increased calcium excretion through the urine. Other dietary factors that cause increased calcium excretion in the urine and promote stone formation are increased intakes of coffee, colas, acid-forming diets (such as high protein and grains), insufficient water intake, and excessive salt consumption. Soft drinks containing phosphoric acid can also encourage the formation of kidney stones and should be completely eliminated.

      The most important dietary actions are to increase your intake of pure filtered water, fiber, and green vegetables, and reduce refined sugar consumption. Foods that are helpful in decreasing kidney stone formation include cranberries, black cherries, rice bran, kombucha tea. In addition to avoiding sugar, also avoid or reduce your intake of salt, dairy products, caffeine, alcohol, refined carbohydrates, nuts, chocolate, pepper, and animal proteins.

      Herbs: Combine the tinctures of gravel root, cornsilk, wild yam, and blackhaw in equal parts and take one teaspoon of this mixture three times a day. Or drink one cup of an infusion of nettle three times a day. Other useful herbs include uva ursi, horsetail, and dandelion root.

      Homeopathy: Berberis, and Sarsaparilla are both useful homeopathic remedies.

      Juice Therapy: The following juices can help stimulate the overall health of the urinary tract and potentially flush out the stones: Organic lemon juice; carrot, beet, and cucumber juice with a dash of garlic and/or horseradish; and/or Organic cranberry and watermelon juice.

      Nutritional Supplementation: Helpful nutrients include: magnesium, vitamin B6, vitamin C (keep your total daily intake below 6 grams to avoid increasing oxalate formation), vitamin A, proteolytic enzymes (away from meals), raw kidney glandulars, fat-soluble chlorophyll, lipoic acid, and the amino acids glutamic acid, lysine, and methionine.

      Alternative Professional Care
      If your symptoms persist despite the above measures, seek the help of a qualified health professional. The following professional care therapies have all been shown to be useful for treating kidney stones: Acupuncture, Ayurveda, Detoxification Therapy, Reflexology, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Ultrasound.

      Best of health to you

  9. QUESTION:
    Why does cranberry juice help with kidney infections?
    My doctor told me on top of taking my antibiotics that I should drink plenty of clear liquids, but that cranberry juice would be best, and everyone who knows I am sick has said “Drink lots of cranberry juice.” What makes cranberry better than other juices or water?
    Actually, Answerer # 1…its not “simple”, or I wouldnt have asked the question. Thanks for that though…

    • ANSWER:
      It kills the bacteria and cleans your bladder.You can also take cranberry pills.I used to get tons of infections,Since I started taking cranberry pills daily i havent had one in the past year.I suffered for 20 years.Its not hype. it really works.

  10. QUESTION:
    Does drinking cranberry juice help kidney…………?
    i heard drinking cranberry juice help kidney stones go away or at least have less of them is it true?

    I really need help my grandmother has em

    PLEASE HELP!
    thanks in advance

    • ANSWER:
      yes it does help but it CAN NOT be juice or from juice concentrate, it contains too much sugar and can make it worse. Most of the time you can find it in the organic section from the store. It helps my dad when he had his kidney stones.

  11. QUESTION:
    how does cranberry juice help kidney stones?

    • ANSWER:
      It doesn’t. Cranberry juice creates acidic urine which can help prevent urinary tract infections, but it also contains oxalates, which are associated with a higher risk for calcium oxalate stones. The best preventative measure is drinking 8-10 glasses of fluids a day, preferably mostly water. Studies have found that moderate alcohol intake, coffee and tea can lower the risk of kidney stones.

  12. QUESTION:
    does cranberry juice help pass kidney stones?

    • ANSWER:
      it might …once you have the stone they recommend drinking a lot of water…2-3 quarts a day…you can add cranberry juice to the water or trade off but in order to pass it you have to flush it out…

      good luck….

  13. QUESTION:
    Does drinking cranberry juice really help prevent getting kidney stones?

    • ANSWER:
      yes

  14. QUESTION:
    Is Garpe Juice good for the kidneys?
    I know cranberry juice is, but my god its awfull, does grape juice have any kidney cleaning effects? (Not for a drug test, I wanna know if it can help lower levels of protein in the urine)

    • ANSWER:
      Make sure you’re drinking straight grape or cranberry juice and not something with sugar added. Only “real” juices are good for the kidneys. Straight cranberry juice has been proven to help with urinary tract infections.

  15. QUESTION:
    Does Cranberry Juice good for diabetic person?
    My mom have type 2 diabetes and she also have a swollen kidney right now due to kidney stones… she is now confine in hospital, So I want to help her to drink some nutritious food or drinks…

    Does cranberry juice can help?

    • ANSWER:
      Normal cranberry juice is very high in carbs (sugars). But if you can find diet cranberry juice that is low in carbs, that would be OK.

  16. QUESTION:
    my kidneys hurt and I have no health insurance. Any Home cures other than cranberry juice and burnt toast?
    does anyone know of anything else that I can do to help myself at home with out the aide of a doctor, I can not afford one period.

    • ANSWER:
      Go see a doctor, if it’s an infection then delay in treating it is VERY serious.

  17. QUESTION:
    does anyone know of any remedies,old or new to help with kidney pain?i know of cranberry juice.any more?
    besides the doctor,i cant stand doctors. all they want is $$$$$$$and more of it. any help would be appriciated. thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Lemonade, not the powdered stuff, but either fresh squeezed or from concentrate.

      If you have an infection, then you need antibiotics. The infection will not go away on it’s own.

      If you are having spasms or pain when you urinate, there are over the counter meds to help that. Uristat is a good one. There are also cranberry pills. Don’t know how effective those are though.

  18. QUESTION:
    When are you supposed to eat with all that you have to drink?
    If you are supposed to drink 8 to 10 glasses of water and then have a glass of orange juice for vitamin c, a glass of milk for calcium, a glass of cranberry juice for your kidneys, prune juice to keep you regular, V8 for nutrients, grapefuit to help you burn calories,and apple juice for whatever the reason may be, …when do you actually get to eat? and how many glasses a day would you need to drink of all that just to get your daily requirements?

    • ANSWER:
      Eat only when hungry and not more than thrice a day. Nothing other than water in between. Include plenty of uncooked vegetables and fruits in each meal, preferably 50%. Chew each morsel at least 32 times to activate ur body to generate signals of hunger/fullness. Obey these signals.

      Take light exercises and brisk walks regularly preferably twice a day.

      U will achieve what u have not even dreamt and that too in a reasonable time. Do not be in a hurry.

      The total liquid intake shud be 8-10 glasses including milk and juice etc.

  19. QUESTION:
    does anyone know what prevents kidney stones?
    does anyone know how to prevent kidney stones. I thought cranberry juice did but was told that that had not been proven. It might help but has not been proven. what has been proven to prevent kidney stones. All natural.
    I work for a doctor and just found out today. the first two were the wrong answer those have not been proven by science. I am just looking to see if someone does have the right answer.

    • ANSWER:
      Kidney stones are the result of calcific deposits clustering int he kidneys. Best thing to do is maintain a constant flow of water (8-12 glasses per day), and decrease your mineral intake slightly. Cut down on salt, potassium, and slightly on calcium.

  20. QUESTION:
    Cranberry Juice?
    What does cranberry juice do that makes people say that it can help in dissolving kidney stones?

    • ANSWER:
      Kidney stone brings discomfort and excruciating pain due to the formation of calcium oxalate crystals in the urine and then progress through the urinary tract. Studies have found Cranberry to be an effective remedy because the juice alters three key urinary risk factors: it lowers the concentration of oxalate and phosphate, it increases the citrate concentration and it dilutes the concentration of calcium oxalate in the urine. The same studies also concluded that cranberry juice had some anti- bacterial properties which can treat the infections resulting or attached to calcium oxalate crystals and stone-promoting bacteria to the epithelial cells in the renal tubes.

  21. QUESTION:
    Kidney problems, i drank alot of cranberry juice but?
    Nothing came out, ive had over 6-7 glass’s of it, regular sized ones, and i havent had the urge to pee, is it maybe cause my body needs it? I dont eat very healthy food this is my first in awhile so did my body just up and keep it? im worried help, is something wrong with me? ive had to use the bathroom to poop but not alot came out… idk whats going on or what to do… dont suggest doctor… im poor

    • ANSWER:
      If you feel a knife-like pain near your kidney, jump around and shake (it’ll hurt. You might vomit from pain.). If you don’t get that pain, then you should be fine as long as it doesn’t go longer than a couple days.

  22. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know of any new FDA-approved treatments or things that help deal with kidney stones?
    My dad has been fighting kidney stones for over thirty years. He has one now that is really bothering him. He has been to numerous doctors throughout the years, adapted his diet,and other things, but they stones keep coming back. Cranberry juice and/or pills don’t seem to help. He watches his calcium intake, and has even had the stones sonically blasted apart. He didn’t care for braking up the stones however. He said he’d rather just pass a couple of stones than a bunch of pieces of them. I just would like to help him I live in Dallas if anyone knows of a specialist. Any suggestion is a great suggestion, please tell me what you know about kidney stones and helping with the discomfort from them. I appreciate your time.

    • ANSWER:
      Uriflow – Advanced Kidney Stone Supplement For Dissolve & Flush Action

      Prevent harm to your kidneys and ease the passage of the stone with safe & natural therapy.

      Uriflow is the first clinically proven product that eliminates stones by disintegrating them into gravel and cleansing out all urinary tracts painlessly. Once your kidneys resume normal function you will find permanent relief from pain and prevent stones from forming again.

      Scientists have now shown that the best way to eliminate and prevent kidney stones is by introducing natural substances in your urine that help breakdown the stone’s chemical composition. These substances are called lithontriptic agents and have remarkable scientific evidence proving they work

      Based on this research scientists have developed the first natural kidney stone supplement that works immediately to dissolve and flush stones.

      Uriflow – Advanced Kidney Stone Supplement For Dissolve & Flush Action
      Uriflow is the only product that has over 20 independent clinical studies supporting its effectiveness. Unlike aggressive kidney stone procedures it protects your kidney tissue from damage by naturally reversing the stone formation process. Once the stone begins to disintegrate it quickly moves out the urinary tracts without causing pain or tissue damage.

      To effectively treat kidney stones
      you need to target 4 important issues:

      Disintegrate the stone at a microscopic level -so that stone material completely breaks down and is able to move out easily.

      Completely flush out all dissolved particles painlessly -to make sure all urinary tracts are thoroughly cleansed and free from blockages.

      Prevent bacteria from collecting in the urinary tracts -to prevent urinary infections that are common during and after kidney stones pass.

      Keep kidneys from forming stones again -by resuming kidney function and allowing them to naturally keep minerals dissolved in urine.

      Uriflow is the only scientifically supported product that accomplishes all 4 important aspects of kidney stone treatment. After being featured in several news articles and medical conventions Uriflow has been recognized as the most complete kidney stone therapy available.

  23. QUESTION:
    When I take Amoxicillan I feel like i get a Urinary tract infection?
    I took one single dose of amoxicillan and i got the horrible pressure, burning feeling like i gotta go right in my bladder. Its awful what causes this? Cranberry juice does nothing AZO makes my kidneys hurt when i got to the doctor they say no infection? Please help?
    I had an ultrasound Tuesday and I got no results (from the doctor) back yet. The technician doing the ultrasound says that she didnt see kidney stones.

    • ANSWER:
      Are you a guy or a girl, b/c i’m a girl and every time i take amoxocillin i get a horrible yeast infection that only goes away after i take diflucan that’s why i hate taking antibiotics in general, b/c it always happens, especially high dosages of them, but i have never had a urinary tract b/c of it.

  24. QUESTION:
    My dad has type II diabetes and is getting tested soon..?
    How can he reduce the level of sugar in his URINE, not blood/kidneys? Will cranberry juice flush it out? And does anyone know of anything else that will help him before he gets the test done? Please help!!!! =]

    • ANSWER:
      First of all, the sugar level in your urine is not separate from the sugar level in your blood. If one is high, the other will be high as well. It’s not something that can be flushed out of the system like alcohol or drugs; the only thing that can lower his blood sugar is insulin.

      What is he being tested for? Since you say he already has a diagnosis of Type II diabetes, I assume you mean he’s going in for his A1C test. That test measures average blood sugar over the last three months, so his blood sugar on the day of the test is not going to make any difference. He should be taking his medication or his insulin as prescribed by his doctor, or following a strict diet and exercise plan, or both. That is the only way to lower his blood sugar.

      Finally, cranberry juice is FULL OF SUGAR and will RAISE his blood sugar if he drinks it. I actually use it for hypoglycemia because it is so sugary.

  25. QUESTION:
    back pain for over a week. Pregnancy? Gallbladder? Kidneys? Please help.?
    Hubby and I have been ttc. I’m due for my next period this coming Friday (it’s Tuesday night here right now). For the past 8 or so days, I’ve been having very bad lower back pain all across my lower back. I was thinking kidneys so I drank cranberry juice all week which didn’t help anything. I’m afraid that it is my gallbladder, but I really hope it’s a pregnancy that is causing this pain. The pain is almost constant which makes me think it’s not my gallbladder because everything I’ve read says that it comes in spells lasting about 30 mins to an hour. My back pain is almost always there. I’ve got a 6 month old son, and I had back pain very early in pregnancy with him. Do you think this could be another pregnancy or is it too early to be getting back pain for pregnancy. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:

  26. QUESTION:
    Why do I keep getting kidney infections?
    This is my third kidney infection in two months. I am in so much pain. I am wondering why this keeps happening. I am drinking a lot of water and cranberry juice. Everytime this happens I have to get iv meds . Can anyone help me . Does this mean my kidneys are messed up?

    • ANSWER:
      hiya

      sorry to hear this. I had a similar experience.
      Firstly – i recommend going to see a urinologist . They will be able to run certain tests.
      Its possible than when you took the antibiotics there were a few cells with the infection left which were not killed off. Also, bear in mind that you need to treat the kidneys with a lot of care because once they’ve been treated with an infection.. they are still very sensitive (even if you are no longer in pain) and very prone to infection so you would need to continue drinking plenty of water for over a month.

      The urinologist might be able to prescribe you a disinfectant antibiotic for the kidney. Which may help to kill off any reminents of the infection (as it usually a longer term course of drugs) . Also get the std tests done. It could be something that is causing this, like a certain bacteria which needs treating.

      wish you luck , and hope you feel better soon
      take care

  27. QUESTION:
    please help me I am to young to be going through all of this bladder and kidney problem?
    okay i am 19 years old female and over the summer one night i starting having serious lower left abdominal pain so i ended up going to ER that night then the doctor told me I had UTI which was my 3rd time getting that he also said i had an bladder infection and kidney stones, he gave my antibiotics and told me to drink a whole lot of water and cranberry juice and the kidney stones would work its way out, its been almost 2 months and the stones are still not out and im starting to feel the same abdominal pain? some people said maybe the stone dissolved or its just getting bigger? and i been urinating a lot. what should i do?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,
      Most of the stones are passed out by using these methods, but sometimes they don’t pass through the urethra. You can consult your doctor and use calcium channel blockers (like nifedipine) and alpha blockers (like tamsulosin), which hasten the process of voiding the renal stones. You can take painkillers/ antispasmodics for pain relief. In some cases lithotripsy may be required where shock waves are used to break up the larger stones to smaller ones. It is advised to consult a urologist for the same. Hope the information is useful. Good luck. For details visit-

  28. QUESTION:
    Does dandelion dissolve kidney stones?
    I know cranberry juice is good for the bladder, but some people say it actually can make kidney stones worse. What about dandelion? There are specific claims that it can dissolve kidney stones. Has anyone had any experience with this, or passing kidney stones? Please help, I’m in a lot of pain.

    • ANSWER:
      see the link below. it is very detailed, but right to the point. Re: your question, the paragraph may be found under the title, “oxylate”.

  29. QUESTION:
    My MIL just told me to drink a beer to flush my kidneys out…?
    I’m starting to get a kidney infection.
    Will this do more harm than good?
    Or will it really flush them out?
    I’m trying to drink tons of water and cranberry juice, but she suggested that, and I was like Okay!
    So, will it help?

    • ANSWER:
      It is a diaretic, so yes, it should help. A couple should help more in that respect. Save the kidneys! Kill the Liver!!!

  30. QUESTION:
    what does it mean f my lower right side of my back hurts(I think my kidney)and the same side on my stomach?
    what seems to be my kidney hurting, it burns and sometimes sharp pains. On my stomach, it’s a sharp pain. Both seem to hurt more if I eat sugar and/or spicy food. Cranberry juice helps. Help!!

    • ANSWER:

  31. QUESTION:
    My guinea pig won’t eat!!! Help!?
    She won’t eat, and it’s going to only be a matter of time till she dies. All she does is sit in her igloo all day.

    She’s really sweet. All my friends love her to bits. I think she has something wrong with her kidneys- my brother suggested cranberry juice.

    Any other suggestions—like home remedies? (my dad won’t tke her 2 the vet just so they’ll say that her kidneys r bad, he’s a doctor)

    • ANSWER:
      I am sorry for you and your piggy.

      Are there any other symptoms besides the not eating and lethargy? Like blood in the urine, excessive drinking, diahrrea?
      Why do you think it is a kidney problem?

      Have you tried to syringe feed her to give her strength?
      If you can get some Russel rabbit science recovery or use her pellets, crush and soak them in water. Get a syringe or eye dropper and fill it with the paste solution. Wrap your pig up in a towel and hold her face so you can put some of the paste in her mouth. After about 2 mouth fulls, give her some water and help her eat. go slow so you don’t suffocate her. Will this help her or will it cause her too much pain?

      Cranberry juice, not cranberry cocktail, with a 50 split with water will help if it is a urinary tract infection, but it it is a cyst or a GI problem, I am not sure.

      It won’t hurt to put the diluted juice in a bowl in the cage next to the water source so it has a choice. I wish there were more I could suggest.

  32. QUESTION:
    Why does my kidney hurt?
    i went vegetarian about 4 months, and once a week or so, my kidneys hurt, i get pains and my lower back hurts, I drink plenty of cranberry juice and water, i pee fine, but i have no idea whats wrong with me!It always happens at 4 or 5 in the morning at night, and once i wake up, i can’t go back to sleep!!!I have to stay up beacause the pain hurts soo bad!!!I eat seafood though and soymilk !Could that be why i have these problems!??help me!~

    • ANSWER:
      you could have an internal kidney infection. It’s like an internal urinary tract infection except it doesn’t burn when you pee. Same thing happened to me. Go to the doc and get anibiotics and it will go away in a few days. You need to make sure you keep butt germs away from where yu pee. Sorry it’s gross but that’s what causes most infections.

  33. QUESTION:
    Doctors? Husband’s urine is cranberry colored and has kidney problems…?
    I had to take my husband to the ER yesterday. He had been dignosed previously with polycystic kidney disease. He woke up yesterday morning and his urine was the color of cranberry juice! The doctors did a CT scan and found a large mass in his left kidney which explains the pain in his side. We are waiting for an appointment with the urologist and a biopsy of the mass. We are scared, has anyone else gone through this? He was prescribed Ciprol antibiotic. Will they take his kidney? What if it’s cancer! And the bloody urine had not subsided. Any info would be of great help. Thank You. He is 31 and otherwise healthy.

    • ANSWER:
      i by no mean know whats wrong with your husband, as i am not a doctor..but i do have(pkd) polycystic kidney disease and i do know that blood in urine is a common thing and cysts will burst, he needs to have a nephrologist if he doesnt already have one this is important.there is alot to this disease alone..if you dont know much about it i would suggest reading it online..goin to the support groups and reading all you can…this is one of those things you have to manage , when the doctors dont. good luck

  34. QUESTION:
    My kidneys really hurt help?
    It’s both of them, and they have been hurting about a week so far. My mom bought me some more cranberry juice today and i’ve been drinking that and water. Also, when I use the bathroom my urine is so yellow. What should I do? What could be wrong? UTI? Stones? Infection? help :) thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Go to your doctor Kidneys are not something you should ignor!

  35. QUESTION:
    Why does it hurt when i pee?
    Well first i had kidney pain, but with some medication the pain was gone, then i started using a medication called UROMICINA and after that the pain started, i had drinked white cranberry juice, but no changed, but i was told to drink coconut water, and i was wondering, would that help me???

    • ANSWER:
      you could have urinary tract symptoms because you said you have pain when you pee, you should go to the doctors to get an examination because it can get worse if left untreated, try antibiotics if you have some at home it reduces the infection if you have urinary tract infection

  36. QUESTION:
    how do i clean out my blood system of marijuana?
    ok i have a blood test at the end of the month ..
    i know it takes 6 months for it to get out of ur blood system (i dont have a month)
    and i know it gets stored in fat cells in the body and organs of certain tissues.. dont worry i did my research
    ok so ive heard.. garlic cleans out ur blood system and cranberries clean out your urinary system ..
    ok so what if i take

     ex: oxy elite pro, d4 themal shock
    they increase ur temperature so u sweat more and burn fat,
    so what if i take these suppliments and i work out i work out and run alot so it could burn these fat cells more easily ?
    and i drink alot of water and cranberry juice
    theory behind water and cranberry juice:: water is in ur blood system im not in anatomy but isnt water the base for ur blood? and cranberry juice to clean out my kidneys so theres none left for my body to rely on. and i know oxygen can help clean out toxins so what if i buy protein with createin to dialate my blood vessels for oxygen and blood do flow more easily .. does it sound like a good plan idk i need advice and a miracle

    • ANSWER:
      If its going to take you 6 months to get clean, you must be one very heavy smoker. Even most daily users wont be able to detect traces after 4-6 weeks of abstaining.

      Burning fat will actually cause you to release the thc metabolites stored in your fat. If you are burning fat, you need to pack fat back on the few days before the test.

      Detoxes are only giving you a flush allowing you to dilute the urine sample. They dont actually detox all the thc metabolites out of your fat. And it wont do anything for a blood test.

      All the drinking isnt really going to make a difference. Thc metabolites arent stored in the blood or food or kidneys, its stored in the fat.

      If this test is for your personal doctors, then you should skip the detox charade and just be honest with them.

      Most employers are not going to tell you exactly when they are going to give the only test that truly measures actual blood content.

      Whats this test for?

  37. QUESTION:
    How do i clean out my blood system of marijuana?
    How do i clean out my blood system of marijuana?
    ok i have a blood test at the end of the month ..
    i know it takes 6 months for it to get out of ur blood system (i dont have a month)
    and i know it gets stored in fat cells in the body and organs of certain tissues.. dont worry i did my research
    ok so ive heard.. garlic cleans out ur blood system and cranberries clean out your urinary system ..
    ok so what if i take

     ex: oxy elite pro, d4 themal shock
    they increase ur temperature so u sweat more and burn fat,
    so what if i take these suppliments and i work out i work out and run alot so it could burn these fat cells more easily ?
    and i drink alot of water and cranberry juice
    theory behind water and cranberry juice:: water is in ur blood system im not in anatomy but isnt water the base for ur blood? and cranberry juice to clean out my kidneys so theres none left for my body to rely on. and i know oxygen can help clean out toxins so what if i buy protein with createin to dialate my blood vessels for oxygen and blood do flow more easily .. does it sound like a good plan idk i need advice and a miracle
    ive already quit smoking for the last month and a half after i broke up with my gf.. i did it because she did it .. i know im stupid but plz help

    • ANSWER:
      There is no way to clear out your blood system of marijuana. The only possible way known to man is just waiting and letting the human body take care of the job for you. It'll work. I'm 100% sure. All you have to do is wait and let your body take care of the job. The time that will take varies because every human body is different. Glad I could help.

  38. QUESTION:
    Why does it burn?
    I am a 19 year old female. Today, I noticed that I always feel like I have to pee, even after I just went. I go to the bathroom, but nothing comes out. Then, I went to the bathroom and it began to burn. Also, there is a little blood in my urine. It is not from my period because I already had it at the beginning of the month. I am sexually active with my boyfriend of thirteen months and he always uses condoms. We are very careful. I am sure neither of us have any sexually transmitted diseases because we were each other's first people we slept with. Could this be a bladder, kidney or urinary tract infection? I heard that drinking cranberry juice sometimes helps this. If you think it is an infection, are they serious? Please tell me what you think so I know if I should go the doctor or not. Thanks for your help.

    • ANSWER:
      You need to be seen by your family doctor, or a urologist. You definitely have some type of infection with your urinary system. If left untreated these type of infections can do serious damage to your kidneys. You may even have kidney stones. But you won't know unless you go to the doctor. Hopefully your ailment can be cured with an antibiotic.

  39. QUESTION:
    When you have kidney stones and/or kidney infection, does it exhaust you?
    made an app. w/the doctor, and it feels like I have a combo of 'something' going on w/my left kidney and possibly even an infection [or it could be a bladder infection]
    MADE AN APP> w/my doctor however.
    anyway does this type of stuff REALLY EXHAUST one when going thru it??
    I am SO tired!!! just really beat.
    Plus I have this huge black rotten tooth that I'm getting extracted this friday. It doesn't hurt, but then again, I don't really get a lot of tooth pain [for some reason]. Not sure if all this is connecting now I'm worried, will I survive all this crap?
    Well am taking a lot of different vitamins, drinking tons of spring water, cranberry juice, cranberry capsules, + olive leaf supplements. Trying to "remedy" all this UNTIL all my doctors app. later this week.
    Of course I am going to the doctor
    but back to original ques. lol
    going back to bed now.
    help!

    • ANSWER:
      Yes it does. At least it did for me. I just went through kidney infection, kidney stones and hydronephrosis (spelling may be wrong) a couple of weeks ago. I was exhausted but I was also in a lot of pain and just absolutely felt like I had no energy what so ever to do anything. Hope that helps.

  40. QUESTION:
    Kidney Infection or just UTI?
    Well Ive gotten about 2 UTI's so far in the last 5 months of me being sexually active and well as symptoms of UTIs I have (burning sensation when I pass urine, little bits of pinkish blood afterwards) and now Im having lower back pains and aches which I read can be kidney infection. Does drinking lots of water and cranberry juice ALSO get rid of kidney infection or obly UTIs? Please help. Thanks (:

    • ANSWER:
      Because of the back pain, a kidney infection is a possibility. The infection may have originally been just UTI that spread to the kidney(s).

      Once you have a UTI or a kidney infection, water and cranberry juice won't really have an effect. Cranberries make the environment in your bladder acidic so that bacteria can't survive, but you're past that stage. Right now you need a urinalysis and antibiotics.

      If you want to prevent UTIs, urinate after having sex. You can also take a cranberry supplement every day.

  41. QUESTION:
    What can I do about a bladder or kidney infection?
    Besides going to the Dr, what can I do? They say to eat yogart and drink cranberry juice and water will help. What did you women do about a bladder or kidney infection?

    • ANSWER:
      You have to go to the docs. I had a kidney infection and didn't know it. It caused me to go into early labor...thankfully I got to the hospital in time for them to stop it from happening. The dr. told me that an infection can make you have real contractions...go to the docs!

  42. QUESTION:
    Is my back pain from my kidneys? or somewhere else...help!?
    Well I hust recently had a 'uti'...not even, didnt have the burning pee...but anyway that has subsided with the help of tons of cranberry juice/supplements and so on. Well I just go back pain today, I am thinking it is from where I work, I am a housekeeper and I do about 13 rooms a day with mopping, laundry, sweeping, garbage..and I am a Personal Care Assistant every weekday..... last friday to sunday I worked 25 hrs with no more than 11 hrs of sleep... Anyway, do you think this is from my kidneys? or from all the bending over and labor work...this is a diagram of where if hurts exactly...I just want your opinion
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v249/quacka/untitled-1.jpg the red dot

    • ANSWER:
      Do you have any burning, frequency of urination? Blood in the urine?
      Nausea, fever? Does it hurt when you hit your middle back with your fist(not hard) You say you were on supplements and cranberry juice. They will not cure a uti. You need antibiotics. I would see a doctor and have your urine checked, you don't want a kidney infection.

  43. QUESTION:
    Im 33 weeks pregnant, and have 4 kidney stones, any remedies that might help me get them out?
    i have 1 on my right and 3 on my left, i've drank cranberry juice but i can barely keep it down, it makes me feel sick. Does drinking lots and lots of water help?

    • ANSWER:
      In Herbs of the Earth by Mary Carse, she lists under stones and gravel in the urinary system pertaining to kidneys and the bladder, that these are rare where apple cider or vinegar are a staple of the diet. (I note that this reference does not state whether the vinegar needs to be apple cider vinegar, but the brands in the health food aisle are less processed.

      The woman I work for now, says her daughter passed a kidney stone (identified by a doctor) after taking apple cider vinegar. The Braggs brand found in the health food aisle suggests to take 2 teaspoons in water with honey 3 times daily and there is another organic brand called Spectrum.

      +++++++++++++++++++++++++

      In In Apple Cider Vinegar Health System by the Braggs 1985 or 34th printing, it states on p 21:

      A large number of kidney stones are of the type that can be dissolved with cider vinegar.

      Use cider vinegar freely on salads consisting of cabbage, carrots, celery, beet root, tomatoes, green onions, parsley, cucumbers. Eat prunes, raisins, apples, at the same meal with the cider vinegar on the salad.

      +++++++++++++++++++++

      Note that neither citation above guarantees that this will work for you, but it may.

      Mistoday

  44. QUESTION:
    Is there anything you can do to help with kidney stones?
    Hello,
    I am wondering if there is anything I can do to prevent/help with my kidney stones. I have one that the Dr. said won't pass and I'm trying to avoid it coming to that point as he said he has no idea when this one will pass. Is there anything I can do to prevent it passing? I really want to avoid the laser surgery, it seems like it would be painful lol :/ Also does cranberry juice really help? Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      Watermelons! Watermelons help dissolve kidney stones and if you consume them regularly you will never have the stones return. An occasional one day fast of consuming nothing but watermelons and/or watermelon juice will help cleanse your kidneys and the rest of your system as well.

      "Chicken Bone Grass" herb, dried red dates and water. This is an ancient remedy from China that works very well on kidney stones. Simmer all ingredients in three cups of water until reduced to only one cup of water. Drink it twice a day and repeat for 10 days. The kidney stone should be dissolved and reportedly should never grow back. "Chicken Bone Grass" is a common herb which can be found in Chinese herb shops. This remedy also works on gallstones. A variation of this remedy is to make a tea out of HB Abrus frutus losus, dried red dates and water and drink twice a day for three weeks. Also listed as a remedy for gallstones.

      Another good item for dissolving kidney stones is the product called Stone Breaker formulated by noted alternative health figure Jon Barron.

      Cranberry juice (pure and unsweetened) is good for the kidneys but does little to dissolve kidney stones.

  45. QUESTION:
    I know my kidneys are scarred and damaged. Do I have chronic kindey disease?
    Hi I am 29 and I have had kidney damage for over 4 years. My left kidney is the one that's scarred and damaged. I have kidney infection every 2-3 months if I take care of myself by drinking lots of water. My kidney function test showed that they are still functioning normally at this point. I also have liver disease and hypothyroid.. although my thyroid probably has nothing to do with it. I am getting tested to see if I have bladder reflux. I think thats what it's called. I always have protein in my urine also.

    What I am wondering is: Is kidney damage the same thing as kidney disease?
    Because I need to know if I need to follow the kidney diease diet or not. My doctor says I don't but I fell much worse if I eat processed foods or drink pop. I drink about 64oz of water each day and some cranberry juice every week. Any help would be appreciated!!
    Okay thanks for the response. I have permanent kidney dmage due to too many kidney infections. I've had this for 4 years. It's irreversible as I said the left one is damaged I have had blood tests as well as been to radiology for some tests.
    As far as the liver goes I had lost 30% of the finction of my liver when it was diagnossed. I have permanent liver damage also. It's from an overdose of tylenol (about 300) and about 200 other pills. Yes I was ill but because I was in a coma 4 days before being taken to the hospital my liver couldn't be saved.

    So both are permanently damaged I know for a fact. What I want to know is: "Is kidney damage the same as kidney disease?"
    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      There are two blood tests that check for kidney
      damage: creatinine and Bun (blood urea nitrogen)...If these are in normal range...then
      there is a could chance that the kidneys will
      heal. Protein in the urine is not good however.
      Protein checked by a urine test, doesn't show up
      much unless the kidney has been damaged.

      You said you have liver disease but do not
      mention what caused it. The kidneys are
      second in line to fail after the liver fails. The
      reason for this is because the toxins that
      the liver no longer handles, the kidneys try
      to dispose of and it taxes the kidneys sometimes
      beyond what they are able to handle. This only
      occurs when the liver is damaged to the point
      that the cells have started to die and form
      scar tissue inside the liver...also known as
      cirrhosis. Hypothyroid trouble can also be
      connected to the liver problem.

      There is acute kidney disease and chronic
      kidney disease. Acute means that it may
      comes and then leave, chronic means that
      it is ongoing. Damage to the kidneys, to
      me, means that it is a disease. But, the
      problem with the kidneys may be only a
      result of another problem you already have
      had and that is the liver problem. Once the
      liver problem clears up...the kidneys may
      return to normal also. Infections can occur
      in many people with no damage to the kidneys
      because of using antibiotics to fight it off.

      Most people who are having problems with
      their kidneys are told to limit the amount of
      sodium, potassium, phosphorus in their diets.
      Sodas have alot of phosphorus and
      processed food contain alot of sodium.
      However, a certain amount must be maintained
      in the body since sodium and potassium are
      needed for the heart to beat in rhythm and
      for water retention. It is best to get the
      advice from your doctor about what you stated
      here. He has your blood work and can tell
      you what you should or should not do.
      He can tell you if there are any limits to the
      amount of Sodium, potassium, phosphorus or
      proteins you should be taken in or refer
      you to a nutritionist. He can also inform you
      how much fluid you should drink a day.
      Most people who have had kidney stones are
      told to drink alot...but too much fluid can also
      overwhelm the kidneys if they have liver problems also. In cirrhosis of the liver,
      sodium is retained in the body by this disease
      and fluids have to be adjusted accordingly, to
      keep things in balance.

      Sorry that I cannot be of more help...just
      giving you some things to think about and
      maybe discuss with your doctor.

  46. QUESTION:
    Anyone have some medical expertise with regards to Kidneys in women?
    So, she has had kidney problems before as well as cysts in the cervical area (pardon my uneducated medical Eubonics) that have had to be removed. Also she has had (minor - in and out of hospital same day) cervical cancer relating to those cysts. One time she went into septic shock and had to be rushed to the hospital. Keep in mind this is over a period of years. Obviously I'm concerned.

    Also, she has moved from out of state to be with me and reported no problems before she arrived. Going back to where she was is not really an option. The day she arrived they began to hurt and it's been 8 days now. She reports back pain (lower if my memory serves), ocasional headaches, and has a small bump or cyst in her armpit area. She's drinking water and cranberry juice and that hasn't helped much. She is very active and works out every day doing tons of cardio. It's important to note she has drank alcohol over that span to a moderate degree (i.e. daily), and smokes about a half a pack a day of marlboro medium 100's. So, we think it's a Kidney Infection but she is very resistant to getting medical care. She doesn't have health insurance. I have Kaiser but she is not on my plan and we are not married.

    She has said she wants to wait until Tuesday and if it is bad we will go to the hospital then and pay what we have to. Is it safe to wait? Based on the limited info I have given what is her status, what actions should I take here? Is she in mortal danger and what options are there for people who have no medical insurance? We are in the Bay Area, California near Pleasant Hill/Walnut Creek/ Concord/Martinez area. Also are there any in home remedies that I should consider, and what steps can she take to reduce her pain? Will not smoking or drinking help? She is getting lots of rest as well. She tells me not to worry, but alas....I am concerned and have decided to take this situation in hand. Help.

    This is the first time I have encountered a situation where me or my loved one is unable to go to the hospital to seek care because of financial concerns. Is it possible that this will just go away? We have been sexually active, although we are abstaining due to her issues. I have been tested for std's and am clean and so is she.

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like she has a kidney infection. No, it will not go away on its own, it will only get worse and then be more expensive to treat. That's why you should go TODAY or TOMORROW to a clinic. It's a pretty easy thing to treat, there's no reason for her to suffer. The costs will be Dr. visit (maybe -), lab test (?) to see what kind of bacteria it is, and then a charge for the drugs (). But don't go to a hospital, they'll charge you a whole lot more--there are cheaper options out there. There are cheap clinics. I went to one in Berkeley. Here are a few in the bay area:

      http://www.afterhourshealth.com/?gclid=COvAmJDb26YCFQqAgwodTQec0w

      http://www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/ContentDisplay.aspx?id=3944

      http://www.berkeleyfreeclinic.org/

  47. QUESTION:
    Does this have anything to do with my kidney???
    About a week ago I started having a really sharp pain in my left, lower back. After a few days it kept getting worse, to the point where it hurt to move, cough or even touch that area. I've had this same problem before and the ER told me it was a dermoid cyst on my ovary (right side though). Turns out it was a severe kidney infection PLUS e-coli. I got some heavy duty meds and it went away. I'm not sure if this is the same thing, but it sure feels like it. I've been drinking lots of cranberry juice but it doesn't seem to be helping. And then the other day I started to feel like I had a really bad case of the flu too. I took some extra strength flu medicine and miraculously all the pain and ickyness went away. But the pain has unfortunately come back. It doesn't hurt when I go to the bathroom, which a lot of people are asking. And I have absolutely no appetite. Any help???

    • ANSWER:
      If you are diagnosed with kidney problems (or any for that matter), seek out a good naturopath (one who uses natural healing). You've GOT to take care of your kidneys, and the natural approach will give you better results. Don't dismiss natural remedies until you've worked with a dependable person. This is not the same as going to a chain store and buying an herb. Help is out there- but you have to find someone who knows what they are doing. good luck!

  48. QUESTION:
    Does my mom have a urinary tract infection?
    I overheard my mom saying that when she pees it hurts REALLY REALLY bad, and I also heard her say her pee is a little pinkish. She looked it up online and said she has almost every one of the symptoms. I looked up kidney infection and it does state peeing blood, but she isn't peeing pure blood. Is she supposed to drink a lot of cranberry juice, and does it help? Thanks!
    Can't be bladder because she checked the symptoms and no match.
    I over-exhadurated on the "REALLY REALLY BAD" part, she says it hurts really bad.

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like a UTI to me. At this point cranberry juice will not help. She needs to go see a Dr. and get on some medication to get rid of it.

  49. QUESTION:
    What is wrong with my kidneys?
    I wake up in the night with dull throbbing pains, which occur throughout the day also. I always drink a lot of water, but in the morning my abdomen feels like it is bloated there is so much fluid to eliminate. I have had some swelling in my feet from time to time. My doctor just tells me there is nothing wrong with me and doesn't order any tests. Says I am fine. He also said that cranberry juice won't help either. What should I do? I know a lot about the medical field and that I have had UTI's in the past, but there is nothing that can describe how I feel now. My vision has been fuzzy also.
    My thyroid meds were also changed...at first not enough meds, then too much, and I am on a new dose currently. I am so frustrated!
    My thyroid meds were also changed...at first not enough meds, then too much, and I am on a new dose currently. I am so frustrated!

    • ANSWER:
      If your doctor said there's nothing wrong with your kidneys, then your symptoms could be due to side effects from the medicines you're taking. I would speak to the doctor again, and telling him how you're feeling. Sometimes meds have to be changed a number of times until the right dosage is found.

  50. QUESTION:
    I am allergic to penacillin but have an urinary problem?
    i have a urinary infection and now my kidney is in pain. i have been given several medications but have reacted to all i am now allergic to penacilin and to several other medications given. cranberry juice has helped with the burning but the cramps are unbarebul the doc says he does not know what to give me, they think the best wayis to give me surgery. the problem is that im a belly dancer and i dont want any scares. please help me!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      There are other antibotics they can put you on since ur allergic to pcn. I am also allergic so I have had many other meds.