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  • Need some support and happy thoughts

    My dog Jack was diagnosed with early stages of kidney disease last November. He switched to a kidney diet, and we did a follow up in June with improved numbers showing the diet was doing its job (yay!).

    Unfortunately, not three weeks after that positive visit, his appetite crashed and he's proceeded to lose three pounds in less than a month. We had a rather unproductive visit with one vet in the practice ("he needs to eat more" Well no ****, but he's not eating).

    I tried changing some things up, rotating through his kidney diet canned foods, adding fish oil, water, and veggies for treats; and he was eating okay but not enthusiastically. The other night he peed in the house (not usual for him) and when I sopped it up, the urine had a brown tinge (not good) so I took him in this morning.

    We worked with the other practice vet. I managed to catch a urine sample before we left to take along. His specific gravity is off, so his kidneys have reached the point they're not concentrating his urine properly and has some white blood cells in it, so he's on sub-q fluids for a few days as well as amoxicillin.

    Anyway, if you've made it this far, could I ask for some well wishes for one of the best little dogs in the world to keep him comfortable for the next little while and some moral support as I get to play vet tech to do so. Thanks
    Leap, and the net will appear

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    Hugs to you and Jack!

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    • #3
      All the best for you! I can't write anything helpful, but hope, you'll have a good time as long as possible.

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      • #4
        First Jingles & AO for your beloved Jack ~

        ((hugs)) laced with extra strength and patience for you during this most difficult time period ~


        * have you taken him to a specialist / university for the most advanced diagnostics and treatment plans


        Jingle ~ Jingle ~ Jingle & AO ~ AO ~ AO ~ Always Optimistic ~



        Zu Zu Bailey " IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE ! "

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        • #5
          Spoil him rotten every single day!
          "There is no fundamental difference between man and animals in their ability to feel pleasure and pain, happiness, and misery." - Charles Darwin

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            #6
            Originally posted by Zu Zu View Post

            * have you taken him to a specialist / university for the most advanced diagnostics and treatment plans
            Thank you for the jingles

            Having spent several hundred dollars earlier this year for specifically diagnosing our cat's heart failure, he went on the same treatment he would have gotten with either diagnosis. It was also a progressive and irreversible disease, and he lasted six months after diagnosis.

            Jack is 15, going on 16, and while if I could afford to throw everything and move heaven and earth to make him healthy again, I would, but realistically we just can't. I'm steeling myself for the inevitable, as it's progressive. I just to keep him as comfortable and happy as I can for as long as I can. It just sucks so much.
            Leap, and the net will appear

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            • #7
              Originally posted by WNT View Post

              Thank you for the jingles

              Having spent several hundred dollars earlier this year for specifically diagnosing our cat's heart failure, he went on the same treatment he would have gotten with either diagnosis. It was also a progressive and irreversible disease, and he lasted six months after diagnosis.

              Jack is 15, going on 16, and while if I could afford to throw everything and move heaven and earth to make him healthy again, I would, but realistically we just can't. I'm steeling myself for the inevitable, as it's progressive. I just to keep him as comfortable and happy as I can for as long as I can. It just sucks so much.
              I understand ~ I’ve been ‘where’ you are ~

              You are wise to keep your goal ~ keeping him comfortable and happy as long as you can.


              Wrap Jack up in ‘home love’ ~

              Cherish every day together ~

              Jingles & AO for many more ‘good’ days with your beloved boy, Jack ~

              ((Hugs)) of support ~


              Zu Zu Bailey " IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE ! "

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              • #8
                Sorry to hear about your sweet pup. There is an active Facebook community group for owners of dogs with CKD, with lots of people sharing tips on getting dogs to eat, etc (I won’t post the name of the group here, last time I did I got a snarky response from the OP!). Many people see improvements with the addition of some combination of a phosphate binder, nausea meds and/or at home daily sub-q fluids if the dog is stage 3 or 4. Anyways, just wanted to send some jingles to your pup.. and pm me if you’d like the name of the FB group..

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                  We're going to see how he's feeling after a couple days of sub-q, and assess his appetite and adding meds if needed.
                  Leap, and the net will appear

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                  • #10
                    Hugs and jingles to you and Jack.
                    Rack on!

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                    • #11
                      Hugs and Jungles to you and Jack.

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                      • #12
                        Jingles. Under the often helpful, but minimally invasive, azodyl and epakitin are supplements which can often make kidney patients feel better and extend quality of life

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                        • #13
                          Thinking good thoughts for your good boy Jack.

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                          • #14
                            Loving thoughts for Jack and everyone who loves him.
                            Caring for Clifford, my big red dog and assorted monkeys, I mean goats. Protected by a few loyal Anatolian Shepherd Dogs and Kangals.

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                            • #15
                              Thoughts of peace and comfort for both Jack and you.
                              Mean Girls grow up to be Mean Women

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                                #16
                                Just a little update: the jingles are working

                                The sub-q fluids are doing their job, and he's feeling much better and has been eating like a champ. Per the vet, we'll do the fluids every other day for a week and reevaluate. I'm guardedly happy, as I realize it's eventually a losing battle but he even looks better and less tucked up and drawn looking.
                                Leap, and the net will appear

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                                • #17
                                  We went through all this with our sweet Lab mix, Gracie. Sorry you are going through it too. Hugs and jingles to you!
                                  It's 2020. Do you know where your old horse is?

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                                  • #18
                                    I'm sorry. Sending jingles for things to go as well as they can! Sounds like a lucky dog to have you watching out for him.

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                                    • #19
                                      Adding more jingles for him, and hugs for you.

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