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Kidney Disease

Postby NYC John » Tue Nov 13, 2018 7:51 am

On Veterans Day last year I had to put my almost 15 year old Brittany to sleep. I had my heart set on another Brittany and I applied for an adoption thru ABR. I was not that confident of getting a Brit because of a small backyard. Wound up I came across a 5 year old English Setter which came from Turkey in a program similar to the one conducted my ABR. I thought I had won the lottery and I adopted him on Nov. 19th, 2017. He was a perfect dog, a real couch potato in the house, no countersurfing or chewing on shoes etc. About 2 weeks ago he turned his nose up on his regular dog foods. On a couple of occasions he ate a cheaper dog food which I offered him and he was also OK with rice and beef broth. He was a bit lethargic and he went to a bedroom where he normally never went to and curled up in the corner. I took him to the vet last Wednesday afternoon and his blood test revealed a BUN of 110 and creatinine of 11.6. The vet initially thought Lepto, Addisons or a tick borne disease but they all have been ruled out. Two kidney scans have been taken and they are "fuzzy", "unclear" but might a indicate a "structural abnormality". The vet suggested sending the scan to a "specialist". Unless the defect can be repaired without extensive surgery, I do not see that as a remedy. The vet said that his kidney problems were probably progressive and not the result of a sudden toxin like antifreeze. The dog is still at the vet and he has been given intravenous fluids mixed in with antibiotics. His BUN initially went down to 81 but then went up slightly again.
I have been researching renal failure on several veterinary websites and it looks to me renal failure is always fatal even with numbers less severe than my dog's. I also did an archival review of all "Renal Failure" posts on the ABR website and there were several posts which were not encouraging. Ironically I came across a 2009 post from Dave Powers who said he lost 3 dogs from Renal Failure. He advised that you should expect a dog in that condition to exhibit behavioral changes including sneaking off to a room to be alone.
As of last evening my vet bill is $4,110. Finally last night at 1030 he returned my call and when I suggested that we were spinning wheels and delaying the inevitable he said he had a bull terrier with worse numbers that was still alive. I do not relish euthanizing a second dog in a year but if necessary I will have no choice. The vet suggested that we meet tonight at 730 PM and discuss and possibly taking the dog home.
Sorry for the long post but my question to the ABR community: Has anyone experienced a dog that has recovered from renal failure or at least lived comfortably for an appreciable period of time? If my memory is correct I believe that Janet's Brit from Colorado lived for another 9 months. That appeared to be the exception.

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Re: Kidney Disease

Postby gagesbarb » Tue Nov 13, 2018 8:09 am

I don't know about dogs, but I have had several cats with kidney failure...they were older, however (17, 18 yrs)...my understanding is that kidney failure is a common thing to happen to cats...most of ours lived for appreciably long times (8 months to couple of years) with a special diet and one whom we gave subcutaneous fluids at home...I imagine it depends on the cause of the kidney failure...so sorry about what's happening to you and your dog...please let us know what is happening and don't worry about long posts...we've all been through illnesses with our dogs and sometimes "talking" about it can be helpful :cry:
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Re: Kidney Disease

Postby NYC John » Tue Nov 13, 2018 9:01 am

Thank You. I am heading out the door right now to visit him at the vets. He was in good spirits yesterday and he ate a bowl of shredded chicken. While I was visiting him outside his cage it was obvious that he had just realized that a cat was in the cage above him. He gave the cat a long look and then eventually barked at him I guess to show he was boss.
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Re: Kidney Disease

Postby Cindy » Tue Nov 13, 2018 4:14 pm

So sorry to hear about your dog and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the "inevitable" may be put on hold for a while. Like gagesbarb said, I've not had problems with renal failure in dogs but my 15 year old cat was recently diagnosed. Please keep us posted.
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Kidney Disease

Postby Rurpal » Wed Feb 06, 2019 10:53 am

Hi everyone, new here and was advised to come here for some answers.
My 6 and a half year old baby girl has just been diagnosed with kidney disease.
My vet has advised me that there is no cure, but we can only prolong the hard decision.
she has given my rabbit 12-18 months until she passes.
She is on penicillin twice a week now.

I originally had gone to the vet for an abscess at the base of her ear,
but when we did a urine test it came back with high numbers of protein.

Im really stuck on what to do, i feel like it is my fault.
i feel like i should have noticed the symptoms
Her history is when she was 2 she had EC for a few months which we treated and she only has a slight head tilt left from it.
I was just wondering if anyone could give me extra information, advice or any treatments they have tried.

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Re: Kidney Disease

Postby Barb Wright » Wed Feb 06, 2019 11:40 am

Other than a thorough internet search, my advice would be to go to an internet forum that specifically discusses RABBITS. There should be some knowledgeable folks there to give you advice and/or suggestions to help you.
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