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Kidney Failure

About three weeks ago found out my best friends numbers were off the charts. First vet suggested euthanasia, second gave me some options. I have been researching like crazy and trying everything possible, hollistic and prescribed by the vet. My Daisy, who will be 17 in April has been fighting hard. We have been doing SB fluids twice daily at home, along with many other things around the clock. I allowed my hopes to get to high. She has been so happy and alert, earing again (though still reluctantly) then the last couple days has started to refuse food again. Ive bought every option available and cooked many other options, she just won't eat it. She still keeps sniffing around looking for "junk" food dropped by my little ones. Today she stole a doughnut! Why would she be so drawn to eat junk food? I'm considering adding sugar to her food even though i know it is bad for her. I feel i have nothing to lose. She is waisting away and i can't watch her starve to death.

Another question. Does anyone have some great tips for giving the sb fluids? She is starting to fight me and it's breaking my heart, lately she is jerking around so much i end up having to stab her multiple times. I cannot keep doing this! I know if i stop the fluids she will get worse quickly but am not ready for that decision. I don't want to.be selfish and keep making her fight but i don't want to give up too soon as she is so happy agin, following me around again. How can i ever decide when she has had enough? This emotional roller coaster is killing me. I have had daisy since i was 11! She got me through soooo many hard times, now it is my turn but i feel i am not being strong enough for her. Please help
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Sorry, im mobile, don't know why it posted so many times! Trying to delete :/
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I am so sorry to hear about your fur baby not doing well. If you look to
the right of this page roll down to "tonyb286" and click on there Tony
has a Kidney forum and he's very smart about everything relating to
Kidney problems in fur kids...he might have a suggestion to help you.
974371 tn?1424653129
You can also cluck on Groups to the right side of the page then click on Chronic Kidney failure in dogs.  You may find more useful information as so many have and do deal with these issues.

Is she gating sny meds for nausea?  Have you tried the chicken (no skin) and rice with maybe some carrot or zucchini added?  Have you tried one of the dry or canned diets for kudney probkems?  You might try some canned green tripe. Some pet stores sell that now.

The fact that Daisy is almost 17 attests to the fact she has been well cared for.  That is pretty old in human years and we just have to come to the realization that they are not going to be with us forever.  Sad as that is!

You know your dog best so I am sure you will know when there is just no quality of life there any more for Daisy and I am sure you don't want her to suffer.  You will most likely have to work with your Vet on this.
What breed is she?
974371 tn?1424653129
Sorry, meant to add that you can try maybe putting her in a box not much bigger then she is to contain her or try wrapping her in a towel.
1916673 tn?1420233270
Krissy has now joined our User Group (Chronic Kidney Failure in Dogs), so if you want to keep following this thread please go over to it. Thanks JanisM13 and Margot49 for highlighting the Group and for informing Krissy about it.

Tony
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