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Old 04-17-2015, 09:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So i wrote a while back about my 10 month old male boxers kidney problem.

Only symptoms he has been having for months has been hunched over in pain for hours not being able to move. Been on xeden and mirtrazadole for 5 weeks now. Bloods were done and were mid to high kidney results and blood in urine. Scan showed kidneys to be huge.

After 2 weeks and more antibiotics took him back today. Blood not in urine anymore and only showing a little protein as there was loads before and also showing bacteria. Bloods showed creatinine, bun, etc all within normal limits. Alp was raised and was advised could be stressed related due to being in vets so not to worry. Kidneys still massive in scan.

My question is can an infection cause kidneys to enlarge? I know it could be something more serious, jkd, polycystic kidneys, etc. But im just wondering could there be some hope the kidneys may return to normal size if an infection was cleared or is enlarged kidneys more of a permanent problem with an underlying cause?

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Old 04-17-2015, 11:30 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Have they cultured the bacteria to try to figure out what it is? Do you live in a city or rural area? There are certain bacteria that dogs can pick up from wild animals that can really make them sick including the enlarged kidneys.
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How enlarged are we talking significantly or slightly? I would focus on being aggressive with your antibiotics. This poor guy has gone through so much.

I've been in your situation.... It's frustrating and heart breaking. My girl also had enlarged kidneys which was found to be caused from excessive scar tissue due to a prolonged infection. At his age I would be ruling out polycystic kidneys or JKD. Unfortunately the only way to diagnose kidney disease is to do a biopsy and it is not something I was willing to consider as its very invasive. Instead we sent her kidneys off post mortem.
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Just realised this is in the wrong forum. Oops sorry!

Anyway no the urine has been sent away now. They just tested it in the practice and there was a lot of blood. This time no blood and bacteria. I read online 6-8 weeks antibiotics are needed for sometimes but was just wondering if the kidneys could have been that size due to the infection.

I live in the country and the dog is fully vaccinated etc never around dogs that arent my own etc and is in the house all day mainly so fingers crossed its not anything like that.

Yeah it does seem very invasive. If it gets worse again he is on the waiting list for an mri with a specialist. Im really hoping he continues to improve and maybe the size is just due to the infection..
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I am really surprised your Vet has not either suggested or completed tests for Toxoplasmosis or Lepto. These viruses are more prevalent in the country and can be carried by wild animals feces, urine, etc. They can be very damaging to the liver and kidneys. I would suggest bringing that up to your vet as well to see what they think.
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I am really surprised your Vet has not either suggested or completed tests for Toxoplasmosis or Lepto. These viruses are more prevalent in the country and can be carried by wild animals feces, urine, etc. They can be very damaging to the liver and kidneys. I would suggest bringing that up to your vet as well to see what they think.
That's what I was thinking Mgibs!!
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They mentioned lepto but said since he has no other symptoms it shouldnt be a problem. Second vets i have went to now and no further forward. So hard to find much about renomegaly from infection online either!
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I will ask on monday! hopefully the urine shows something!
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