Since my last post ("acute renal failure recovery"?), here are the updates and my question:
We went to get his bloodwork done early today, and his BUN level had gone up since Monday (and IV fluid therapy cessation). It is still within normal range, but high normal. His phosphorous level is still low normal. His creatinine, however has gone up and is a few decimal points (.3) above normal. Now I wonder if those levels indicate his kidneys sustained permanent damage, or if this fluctuation is normal due to the stress his kidneys endured over the weekend. The doctor, an eternal optimist and very hesitant to make me worry even more, would not (or could not) tell me either way. Her only advice was, "Let's check him again in a week." Any thoughts?
A creatinine 0.3 points above normal is not too bad. Daily fluid therapy or fluid therapy every other day may be necessary for awhile, and it certainly won't hurt.
It may help to place your dog on some Chinese herbal formulas for kidney support, and an herbal preparation called Renal Support, under the guidance of a holistic veterinarian, if there is one in your area. Do a web search, or check the www.ahvma.org, www.holisticvetlist.com, or www.tcvm.com/, amongst others.
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