As I sit here reading all your situations, next to me is my 12 year old jack Doofy. She was diagnosed 3 weeks ago stage 4 kidney failure. I to noticed the lack of eating, and brought her in right away. I was shocked to hear this, and let the vet keep her for overnight to administer fluids. I took her back last week for the follow-up, which they tested her blood again. This time her numbers were worst than the week before. She is now going down hill fast, and I am so torn as what to do. She doesnt seem to be in pain, just noticing the laying around, and throwing up more often. Yesterday she was chasin lizzards, and today seems disoriented. I dont want her to suffer, but at the same time I don't want to put her down to soon. This is so hard, and either way I go I know the time is near. I feel like Im watching my child die, and it hurts so bad.
I'm sorry to hear about Doofy.
Are you giving her Sub-Q fluids...? Is she taking any medications to reduce nausea, lower phosphorus,or prevent ulcers..?
Is she on a kidney diet...?
Tell us more.
The best thing you can do for her now, is to try and be sure she gets plenty of fluids. This will need to be done with sub-q's. You can learn to do this at home, and it shouldn't be too expensive.
I hope to hear from you soon, I will be sure to watch for your posts.
Don't panic, hang in there, and take one day at a time.
I share your agony, our 13yr old cockapoo was diagnosed 1 wk ago with late stage. We are experiencing the same thing, one minute he is alert following us around the house, the next, he is completely out of it. He will not eat dog food at all, so we feed him whatever he will eat (in small portions) and pray he keeps it down. We cheered when he had a bowl movement on Sunday. He kept down dinner last night, so we are hopeful. This seemed so sudden, even my vet was shocked, as she had seen him 1 mo prior and he was great! I am curious, what type of food was your dog eating?
All we can do is take it day by day! But this is torture.
I'm very sorry about Doofy :( I'm experiencing a similar thing with my 15 wk old boxer puppy. It is so heart breaking.
I have the same questions...has the vet put Doofy on any medications, renal diet, etc? Have they mentioned doing fluids at home? I'm going to have to learn how to do that very soon.
Love on her lots. I believe that dogs are very in tune with us emotionally, and your love will comfort her.
Please keep us posted!
I'm so sorry to hear your beloved pet is going through this. My boston terrier suffered from renal failure, brought on by congestive heart failure. At the end I cooked his food and gave him subQ fluids every other day.
All I can offer is my experience with Petie. I decided to end his suffering after he stopped eating and started vomiting. That was about 5 months after he started fluids. It's such a hard decision and now I really think I waited too long. His bad days had started outnumbering his good days. His spirit was still spunky at times but his tiny body just couldn't keep up.
It's up to you. You really have to do what's best for you and your pet. Life was SO hard for me toward the end. Cleaning up messes, giving fluids & keping track of pills, the constant worry. I wish my more recent memories weren't full of this but I couldn't let him go until I did everything in my power to help him.
Last night after posting my story on here, doofy had a horrible night. She was shaking uncontrollably, only getting up to get water & to get sick. I held her with me in bed, and got up with her every time. It was then that I relized my baby was indeed suffering to much. I did have her on all meds & the special diet. I did not try the fluids at home, as this happened so fast, that we didnt get to that. Unfortunately she would have nothing to do with the diet food, so I began giving her chicken & rice, She ate that at first, but soon turned her nose. Our beloved doofy was put to rest today, she went peacefully almost as if she knew I was helping end her misery. I am heartbroken that she is gone, but know in my heart that she is thanking us from above. I held her and said goodbye as she looked in my eyes. Through this short nightmare, Im so glad I found this page. It made my decision today a little easier by reading all you wonderful peoples past expierences. To anyone who is going through this now with a baby in stage four, let them eat what-ever they will or want, and love them every second. I knew in my heart, what we had to do today. God bless you all, and I will keep you in my prayers.
"Run Free Little Doofy" & ((Hugs)) to your momma.....She made the right decision to let you go...Although terrible Grief for us Humans, It's the price we pay for LOVE!!! Have fun running free at the Rainbow Bridge! Candise, Your in my prayers......Sincerely, Karla
THE RAINBOW BRIDGE
Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.
You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
I am so very sorry to hear about your loss. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy. It sounds like you did the right thing for her. I think, in our hearts we know when it is time to release our dogs from their suffering.
She was a lucky dog to be a part of your family, nobody could love her more than you. You gave her 12 years of love and comfort.
God Bless Doofy's Beautiful Spirit and Soul...She is much loved.
You will both be in my Prayers tonight.
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