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My dog has canine kidney failure, the vet says to put her down, anyone treat a dog with this disease?

Mar

27

2012

She’s 11 and still knows what’s going on and get’s excited for walks, but isn’t eating much, I just don’t want to get rid of her.

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Answer by JR
Renel failure is bad news.

There is not cure. You may be able to sustain her for a while but it is enevitable.

Answer by iluvtorofl
Feed her a highcarb diet with very little protein and give IV fluids when necessary. You might have another ten to twelve months together this way. If she is in severe Kidney Failure with several other organ failures then do put her to sleep. It is kinder than letting her die one breath at a time.

Answer by dragonfly_3
I am sorry about your dog.

I think what you need to focus on right now is if your pet has a quality of life. If she is still enjoying her doggie things, then maybe extended medical treatment is warranted. If she is winding down and not having a great quality of life, then it might be time to consider easing her pain and letting her go with dignity. She might be in pain and hiding it well. I don’t think your vet suggests that route lightly, so you will have to be prepared for that reality and think of your dog. Be strong and do what is best for the dog. Good luck.

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Answer #1

Oh I lost my poodle three years ago from that. Eventually I tried everything to help him. My Paddington weakened till his back legs gave out. It is so sad letting go I know. My heart goes out to you. Try changing the food that you get at the vets that is mushy at this point it doesnt matter just get something down her. I had to keep going and get him injected with liquids. he lost alot of weight. It almost killed me. I loved my poodle so deeply. I pray you have the strenght to go through what you will have to go through. I had to let go. It was so hard. Rest assured when that day comes that your sweet baby will be with you always. After mine died we had visitations and people heard his barking. Sometimes at night I can hear his nails tapping as he walks. The best one was six months after he was gone I heard him sneezing. So Death is NOT final. Their spirit lives on. Be strong. Wishing you all the best.

Answers Answered By: BlueLadyBlue R [ Grey Star Level]
Answer #2

Sorry about your dog. My 15 yo had kidney failure. I tried, for several long months to keep him alive and happy, but I eventually knew when it was “time.”

I’m really sorry.

Answers Answered By: raticals.com [ Grey Star Level]
Answer #3

I’m so sorry to hear about your dog. I have treated cats with Kidney failure, however, be advised you are only prolonging the inevitable I’m afraid. I would have to give my cats extra fluid under their skin about 2-3 times a week, this helped but it is not a cure. My eldest cat died three months after being diagnosed (I didn’t see the signs) when she died she went into a coma first. I thought I would just let her pass away at home with me next to her, I didn’t realize that when their kidneys fail it releases toxins into the blood stream, that toxin starts shutting down organs one by one until it reaches the brain, once it does convulsions start, it’s not pretty and its rather heartbreaking. I wish to this day I had taken her in and had her put down humanely.

If her quality of life is still decent you might want to try the IV route three times a week and change her food to one that is for kidney disease (yes they do make one by Science diet) I’ve attached it. But when it seems like her quality is diminishing I would suggest having her humanely put down. don’t keep her alive just for you, put her best interests before your own.

Good luck.

Answers Answered By: hj_thorne [ Grey Star Level]
Answer #4

I have two neighbors whose dogs were diagnosed with renal failure, both are giving them fluids (Ringer’s lactates) daily which I suppose would be the equivalent of dialysis. It’s an intravenous drip and not hard to do, my neighbors 13 year old does it for the Doxie. I’m really surprised your vet would not have suggested the fluids if your dog is still perky. [email protected] is a really good list for people like you. They are all very kind and knowledgeable.
Good luck.

Answers Answered By: 2Westies [ Grey Star Level]
Answer #5

Kidney disease is not painful until the very end.

Here are the steps you need to be doing:

1. New diet (prescription)
2. Medications (prescription)
3. Sub-q (under the skin) liquids
4. New vet

Contact me(email form via my profile) tell me the state you live in and I’ll find you a good renal vet.

Kidney disease means the kidneys can not filter the toxins from the urine out of the blood. The toxins travel to the heart causing high blood pressure and they travel to the brain causing decreased appetite and later nausea, dizziness, disorientation, and possibly seizures. But my dog lived for almost 2 years pain free with kidney disease, so can yours.

In the meantime if your dog won’t eat feed him lean chicken breast. But get him on the kidney prescription food asap, and make sure he is drinking plenty, use a bottle if you have to.

****TOM: I received your email and when I tried to reply it said email not set up, but I was replying from my email box so I don’t get it..anyway though my email is naddy 1990 [at] yahoo (with no spaces) if you wanted to contact again its up to you. I’m very sorry your baby is suffering. The sub-q fluids might decrease her nausea so might medications..she could go on steroids too they increase appetite. Only you know though if your baby is ready to go though. I wish you and her alot of peace.

Answers Answered By: ♥catsndogsrthebest♥ [ Grey Star Level]
Answer #6

you could perhaps contact a holistic vet in your area, just to get their opinion. I do not know if there would be something he could do or what the cost would be, but all of that would be discussed beforehand

I know several people who have used their services and did very well.

Here is a site that explains a holistic vet in case you are not familiar at all with them
http://www.ahvma.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=1

Good luck to you, I applaud you for keeping your options open. Believe me if you get another opinion it will at least give you peace that you did and tried everything possible for your beloved and faithful friend.

Answers Answered By: annie [ Grey Star Level]
Answer #7

Sorry to hear that. It is unfortunately not curable, but some symptoms are treatable. My mother had a cat with renal failure for years. If she is still enjoying life, I would just enjoy the time with her. Sadly, you will know when the time is right.

Answers Answered By: rachal961 [ Grey Star Level]
Answer #8

I am so sorry that you are faced with such a sad decision to make. I have been doing animal rescues for many years and have yet to find a cure for this ailment. Vets are aware of the most up to date treatments and do not like to resort to euthanasia unless it is absolutely necessary. You can always obtain a second opinion from another vet to assure yourself that you have done everything possible, but chronic means that it is in advanced stages and there is no cure. Only you can make the choice for what is best for your beloved companion.
If she is not in any pain, you can wait for awhile, but please don’t view this as getting rid of her. You are a caring responsible pet owner who is doing what you can to ensure that your pet is not suffering.

Answers Answered By: cameoanimals [ Grey Star Level]

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