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Old 08-19-2010, 07:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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my 8 year old boxer has been diagnosed with renal failure. after the initial shock and crying, I have decided I need to be proactive for him and his health to do the most I can for him. His labs are bad. BUN is 182 and Creatine is 9.1. He has been given fluids 2 times and some medications to help increase his appetite. While I know that I cannot make him better, I want to make him comfortable and make sure that he has the best life he can have. I want him around as long as is possible. the thought of losing him makes me so sad. What can I do to help him more? I have purchased some food for him, but he won't eat much at a time. The vet has agreed to let me give him fluids at home if that makes him feel better. what else can I do to help him? Are there any medications that I should talk to the vet about? Any specific therapies that will help improve his quality of life.

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Old 08-19-2010, 08:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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My mom's dog was diagnosed with renal failure in June, he started losing weight, had no appetite at all and was lethargic, he would just lie there and have accidents on himself. (He was a mix and was also 16yrs young). The prognosis wasn't good, she was spoon feeding him and would have to squirt water in his mouth,the vet suggested he stay at an animal hospital which they tested his levels and they were very bad, he had IV treatments. They wanted to keep him another night for big $$$$$$, I asked about what would happen when he came home, they said we could continue to do IV treatments several times a week at home, when I asked for how long they said maybe for 2 weeks! It seems like this came on sudden, we had to put him down that evening. It was the hardest thing I have ever done, my mother couldn't even look at him, he had not been eating for 2 weeks and would barely drink. Not to be grim but this is not reversible, we were very upset by the false hope the doctors gave us. Maybe you could start IV theraphy???? I am soooo sorry but the quality of life was lost soooo incredibly fast for us, I hope this is not the case with your dog.
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I hope so too. He does have an IV catheter in his leg still and the vet said I could give him fluids at home if I wanted to do that. I have been able to get him to eat a little can food mixed with rice and chicken broth. Not much, but at least something. I take him back in the morning to check his blood levels again. I want him to be happy and not to suffer. I just pray that I am doing the right thing. He looks at me and is so sad looking, but will still give me that boxer wag.
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It was very hard for us, I had my dog since I was in middle school, we left him with my mom when we moved out and I've been married for about 10 years, so this was devastating we just thought he was gonna live forever I guess, my mom was staying home from work with him, and when she had to go home she would leave lunch meat beside his chin, (I noticed the cheese in your photo),it would still be there when she came home. The IV treatments are all you can do, are they giving him anything for pain? Im sure he feels awful. When we went to the hospital we knew he had given up, he did not come out of their kennel, and he let them wrap him in a blanket and push him in a cart, we knew if he did not want this he would've gave us some sort of sign atleast tried, his nose was soooo dry, poor thing.It seemed at that point whatever we were doing would just be selfish and just prolonging his misery. We just took comfort in the almost 17 years we had with him,thats all you can do. It's good that he is still atleast trying to eat, mine was not. Just stay strong for your buddy he needs you to, I really think mine was hanging on just for my mom. Thoughts and prayers.
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thank you. I do think he may be hanging on just for me. He seems so miserable to me. I just sat with him for a while and talked with him and told him that I would do anything he wanted me to do, but if he felt that it was his time to go, then I would miss him dearly, but I would understand. He seems to understand what I was saying. He let me snuggle with him for a while, then he laid down to rest. It's in his hands. If he wants me to fight for him, I TOTALLY will do it. If he is ready to pass the bridge, as hard as it is for me to say it, I will help him. The biggest thing is that he not ever for one minute suffer.
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I'm so sorry you and your dog are going through this. It sounds like you're doing everything you can for him and are there for him for whatever he needs. That's all you can do. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
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I have never dealth with this but I just want to let you know my thoughts are with you and your baby.
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I'm sorry you're having to deal with this. There is a lot of good information on kidney disease at DogAware.com: Diet & Health Info for Man's Best Friend - you might find something helpful to you both.
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thank you for that link. I will look at that now.

his numbers have decreased to 7.9 creat today and 164 BUN. I have fluids here at home that I am giving him now. Am I safe to just wait it out until Monday and get him rechecked?
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So glad he a little better today poor thing,hang in there I know this is difficult,he is a beautiful dog.
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