Hello. First, I am sorry you and your dog are going through this dreadful period. Sadly, one in three mature dogs get kidney failure. It is a complex and incurable disease, but there ARE things that help prolong life and improve quality of life. The kd diet is essential for now, as it will help stop putting so much stress on the kidneys (being low in protein). The Azodyl helps to slow down uremic toxin buildup and prevent further kidney damage in dogs, so again, stay with it for now.
To bring yourself up-to-speed with this disease and to help give you some guidance on how to best feed your dog (particularly if you are considering a homemade diet), please read my article here:
If you have your dog's blood panel results, please post them.
Once you have absorbed the info in the article above, come back, post the blood results, and ask any additional questions you may have. There is always hope - and on this forum you will find lots of it, lots of support and lots of advice. Don't despair, you are among friends.
Her bun is 130mg and crea is 4.3mg. They are terrible everything else is normal. And she is acting normal
Hi again. Her Creatinine puts her in stage 3 kidney failure (Stage 4 being that last stage). BUN is very high, but that could come down with the kd diet, low phosphorus foods ... and IV Fluids, which she needs right now, so talk to your vet about starting this straight away. Once they have taught you how to administer the fluids, you can carry on doing this yourself at home (to save costs). Please follow the advice in the article (the link I gave you previously) ... start adding some chopped cooked cabbage to the diet and no treats unless it's human grade chicken (with the skin on). This is not guaranteed to get the levels on a downward direction, but it's the best you can do and if she rallies round, great, if not - well, you can say you did everything possible. Time will tell.
Let us know how you get on.
SO sorry to hear about your baby......we all understand what you are going through. Tony is all our "go to" for advice! I can tell you though that I had to take my dog off the k/d.....she wasn't tolerating it. I now cook for her and do the following: Cut up chicken legs (only high quality chicken....no hormones, no antibiotics, etc.). Also cut up the skin...they need the animal fat. Cut up fresh greens. Mix in tapioca....I don't make the pudding...just use the minute tapioca and water. I also add Salmon Oil (pure) a few times a week. I use only purified water for her water although she doesn't drink much. I'm going to try watermelon to get more liquids in her.
You have to take a little of everyone's advice and find what works. Mine has also lost a lot of weight but she is maintaining. We also feed her smaller portions...many times a day.
After doing this her numbers went down....not perfect but better....giving us more time with her.
Keep us posted, please.
Hello again. It's been a few days without you replying to posts ... and you and your best friend were on my mind, so just asking how things are and whether there have been any changes. Tony
We have scheduled a second opinion with another vet practice this coming tuesday. She is acting fine/normal. We did change her food from hills k/d to royal canin ld. She loves it.
Is the Royal Canin ld a dry dog food?
Tony......not being very computer savvy, I didn't know how to start a new subject!! Sorry to break in on this post. Sammie saw the vet today and she's down to 7.8 lbs. The vet said to feed her whenever she wanted to eat which is often. She suggested cottage cheese to try to get some additional calories in her but I'm concerned it has too much protein. Any thoughts or other ideas? Pasta made her sick. I don't believe the tripe is an option as she is highly allergic to beef!!
Hi Charlene. To post a new question, go to Chronic Kidney Failure in Dogs User Group after you have logged into MedHelp. Then just click the orange Post A Question button at the top of the page.
If beef is a problem, you could try lamb tripe if you can get it. Alternatively, any fatty meat (without beef), so maybe pork will be ok. Yes, there are proteins in all meats, but use human grade high quality protein and it will be fine for Sammie. Cottage cheese is good and worth trying. Instead of pasta, have you tried white rice (washed before boiling, then a slight rinse just to cool it).
There are a few other things mentioned in the diet and kidney failure article that will add weight, if you have a copy available. If not, go to:
I also wrote this piece on food allergies, which you may find interesting and useful:
I suggest if it's possible, feed six small meals a day, which shouldn't cause tummy upset and will be much better tolerated than two larger meals. Are you keeping a weekly record of Sammie's weight? If not, I think it would be worth starting one.
Hope this helps.
I wish you the best of luck with your little Yorkie. Tony is a sage and I cannot agree more re: the IV fluids. It's a bit daunting at first, but it does make your pet feel better. I watched several youtube.com demos which helped me a lot as the vet seems to moves things along too quickly for my mind to absorb. What's nice about a small Yorkie is that you can set her up on a table comfortably and be done within minutes. A treat is always appreciated afterwards...Personally, I treat myself to a glass of wine:) .
I hit a roadblock with Hill's KD and was switched to Purina NF which Darbie loves...for now. Never a picky eater, she has thrown me into a tizzy at times when she refuses her favorite things. It's good to switch things up every now and then. Tony's article is very informative and supportive.
Please let us know how you make out.
Lynne & Darbie
I sneak a dollop of 4% cottage cheese into Darbie's meals. This is such a double edged sword as she lost so much muscle mass and she could barely walk. We've added a small ratio of good quality protein and massages-Her leg strength came back as well as her spirits! We also switched to TUMS after meals ( which she considers a treat ).Overall she seems content...We'll look forward to your (new) post:)
Lynne and Darbie