It's great that we have these forums to voice concerns and seek help and information.
A few of us here have many years of experience with digs and try to share and advise the best we can. However, we are not Vets and life in an ongoing learning experience. I am a firm believer that we can learn a lot from the experiences of others, good or bad.
That being said, there are often so many posts that we never see follow-up on from the original posters. It would be great if everyone would post updates for the test of us.
My pomeranian Dakota (liver shunt) is doing very well on his new diet and meds. I can tell he has gained weight. We go around mid-November for second round of bloodwork to see if liver count has changed. He is a true joy and keeps me on my toes....along with my other two poms. I call them "The Three Amigos". I appreciate all the advice I have been given in this community.
I promise I will keep ya'll updated. Nothing to report right now. Dakota finished antibiotics last night and I will take him next week for bloodwork. He is the most playful, funny and loving dog. I am so thankful that I saw him at that adoption place that day.
Thank ya'll for what you do for everyone on this group.
I posted a while back about my (then 15 wk old) boxer, T.J. & his kidney failure. I updated a few times in the original thread, but I'll update here again :)
He's now almost 5 months old, and doing pretty well. He's a total bed hog, clown, & troublemaker LOL He is sooo smart! I'm trying to teach him how to say "mom", but so far he's just really good at the basics like wait, leave it, down, please (whine), speak, etc.
He is on a totally home-cooked diet, and several vitamin/mineral supplements, and we are still doing sub-q fluids several times a week. Last week he weighed in at 41 lbs, so at least he's gaining weight slowly. He is eating well, drinking well, and as playful as he should be. The vet is very surprised at T.J.'s success so far, and actually apologized to me for recommending euthanasia, hoping I understood it was merely based on how absolutely horrible his blood work numbers were at the time. He still stands by his original opinion that a puppy with his values shouldn't have lived, and certainly shouldn't be doing as well as he is now..LOL I laugh because I knew in my heart that T.J. would pull through it, and I'm not sure if it was our prayers, or just luck, but I'll take it! He gets treated like a celebrity at the vet's office..haha
We're finishing up a long regimen of antibiotics, just in case the kidney failure was caused by an infection (but not likely due to other indications), and then will recheck blood work at the end of the month to see how he is doing clinically. No matter what caused it, I don't expect his numbers to be hugely different, as the damage is done, and it's irreversible.
I know that the long term prognosis is not good, but I'm very thankful for the encouragement & support I got here that helped me when I couldn't give up on him. I'll keep updating when there's more to tell!
I have such great news today! I took Dakota for his second set of bloodwork to see if his liver counts had changed this morning. My awesome vet just called me and she said it is a miracle but his liver counts are completely normal after only 5 weeks. She said his counts on the first bloodwork panel were 8 times higher than normal.
His regime was 20 days of Amoxil and Metronidiazonole and Hills k/d canned food and lactulose twice daily.
I believe I was meant to adopt this dog and get him healthy and he has 2 wonderful sisters that all love each other. I am blessed.
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