at christmas we rescued a bull terrier mix she was 3 months and abused we took her for all the treatments and shots but she had a incontinence problem so we had her tested she had a UTI So we treated that the final tests showed everything was all clear the told us that there was nothing wrong with her kidneys or liver or anything 3 weeks later she started getting slow and a ***** eye so i took her to the vet friday and they said she was in kidney failure and had to put her down right away is there any advice on what i can do to help her
This sounds strange. How an one vet (presumably after blood tests?) say her kidney function was fine....and only three weeks later (!) a vet (the same one?) says she is so badly affected with kidney failure she should be euthanized? I cannot believe both reports are right.
Take her to a completely different vet a.s.a.p. Monday. Get them to do a full blood count on her, telling them the two reports you have had, so they will know what to look out for. You would be looking at elevated Blood Urea Nitrogen, and elevated Creatinine, and possibly elevated Phosphorus.
However, do prepare yourself for bad news. There is a condition called "Juvenile Renal Dysplasia" where as the pup grows up, the kidneys do not mature, and fail because they cannot keep up the blood-filtering requirements of a maturing dog. It may, possibly, be this she has.
Juvenile Renal Dysplasia does not have a brilliant prognosis. But even so -even if it WAS that, there is usually some amount of stabilization of kidney function possible, for a short time -with medication and diet.
Another POSSIBLE cause of sudden acute kidney failure would be ingestion of toxins.
Anyway, get this checked with another vet soon as you can.
I do hope something can be done for her.
I completely agree with Ginger. This is very strange, from the diagnosis right down to wanting to put her down immediately. As Ginger said, ONE of those reports had to be incorrect, because it makes no sense that at one examination the vet can say her kidney results were completely normal and just a few weeks later, she is in kidney failure to the point where he is wanting to put her down immediately.
If she has juvenile kidneys, that STILL doesn't mean that she has to be put down immediately. There are ways to manage this condition so that, while the dog will definitely not have a normal lifespan, she can still have a good quality of life for a couple of years.
I have a friend who had a litter of puppies and one of the puppies had juvenile kidneys. We had both fallen in love with this puppy because he was SUCH a sweetheart, and while her husband was looking at things matter-of-factly and said that he agreed with the vet that she should just put him down, but she and I both argued in favor of the puppy. Her hubby said that he didn't want to waste time and money on a puppy that a) couldn't be sold and b) wasn't going to live very long. It almost landed her in divorce court but she decided to keep this puppy and we both vowed to cook for him. He lived five years! She eventually did have to make that awful decision to put him down, but as long as you watch his proteins and fats and make sure he has plenty of fluids (including sub-Q fluids if necessary), you can often add quite a bit of quality time to their lives.
Please don't make any rash decisions. DEFINITELY get another opinion before you do ANYTHING. Then weigh your options and go from there.
Please post back and keep us updated on how things are going.
thank you for your support we are going to take her to another vet in the morning everyone agrees that there is some thing wrong with their readings we dont believe she has gotten into any toxins she is a house puppy with a fenced yard and we are not missing any toys but she is sick
Do whatever you can to keep her hydrated while you are waiting for the vet's to open Monday.
If she is drinking water -ok, but do not let her drink too much at once or she may vomit it up, and make dehydration worse. The best thing is to get small amounts down her to STAY down hopefully, every half hour or so.
If you have -or can get -Pedialyte, so much the better. If not, then water is OK. To keep her energy from completely ailing her, a little honey or maple syrup added to the water won't hurt. Honey also will not have a bad effect on ailing kidneys (if that in fact IS her problem.....)
Get a syringe (no needle) and syringe very small amounts of water into her mouth. This works better in the back corner of the mouth. Don't shoot too much in at once, let her swallow before trying some more.
thank you for your support Lola passed away yesterday morning She was surrounded by her family we were all holding her as she passed She was so sick so fast and there was nothing that we could do for her She is going to be so missed and there is so much heartbreak in my home right now
I have a 10 month old tiny chi, I noticed over the past few weeks that she has been looking very skinny and frail, but no loss of appetite, matter of fact she is a little piglet. I took her to the vets today and her BUN is 60 and creatnine is 2.4. she is all of 2.1 pounds. I have an appointment to get her ultrasound and see a specialist in this department. I am very worried that she may have JRF and am not sure what to do. I have been reading posts and am asking for help from anyone who reads this. she is very very dear to my heart. I feed her boiled chicken and she eats anything she can get her little mouth on. I am going to look into a renal diet for her and watch her like a hawk. I will post after her visit to the specialist. Any suggestions would be great. She has always been tiny, but has lost weight over the past month and now her spine and all of her bones show and looks like she is muscle wasting, it is so sad. She has no clue what so ever that she is sick, she acts normal other than the fact that she constantly is hungry and drinks and pees a ton.
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