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Suspect Kidney Disease

Hi,

I adopted a rescue Doberman - Blaze last month. He is estimated to be around 5 yrs old - neutered recently by shelter.

I had a complete physical and senior blood panel, urianalysis, x-ray of the chest and abdomen and ultrasound of his bladder done on him.

Below is Blaze health status:

1. Heartworm positive - He is on a slow-kill protocol. Doxycyclien for 30 days with
Heartguard 2x a month
2. Tick Bourne disease (Ehrlichiosis) - Vet says dxycline shuld treat this disease

3. Urianalysis - Protein and Red blood cells found in urine

4. Blood Test - BUN is high; Alubumin is low;

5. Chest X-Ray: Lungs shows nodules but Vet is not expert in reading x-rays

6. Abdomen X-Ray: No stones found in Kidney or Bladder

7. Bladder Ultrasound: No stones found


Vet is suspecting he might have kidney disease. I will be repeating blood and urianalysis in a month or so.

Question:

1. Does anyone have experience with your Dobbie having kidney disease?
If so, can you share tips on diet and supplements to help this condition?

2. Is there natural treatment to this condition?

Appreciate any tips to keep my boy healthy and happy for a long time.

I don't see anyway to attach Blaze's lab results....

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Hi,

I adopted a rescue Doberman - Blaze last month. He is estimated to be around 5 yrs old - neutered recently by shelter.

I had a complete physical and senior blood panel, urianalysis, x-ray of the chest and abdomen and ultrasound of his bladder done on him.

Below is Blaze health status:

1. Heartworm positive - He is on a slow-kill protocol. Doxycyclien for 30 days with
Heartguard 2x a month
2. Tick Bourne disease (Ehrlichiosis) - Vet says dxycline shuld treat this disease

3. Urianalysis - Protein and Red blood cells found in urine

4. Blood Test - BUN is high; Alubumin is low;

5. Chest X-Ray: Lungs shows nodules but Vet is not expert in reading x-rays
Ask the vet to send the x-rays out to a pathologist--if your vet isn't skilled enough to identify what the nodules might mean that would be an appropriate next step.

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6. Abdomen X-Ray: No stones found in Kidney or Bladder

7. Bladder Ultrasound: No stones found


Vet is suspecting he might have kidney disease. I will be repeating blood and urianalysis in a month or so.

Question:

1. Does anyone have experience with your Dobbie having kidney disease?
If so, can you share tips on diet and supplements to help this condition?
There are prescription diets (also called kidney sparing diets) which can be given to dogs with suspected kidney disease but tick bourn disease will somtimes give results that have to do with the TBD and not actual kidney disease.

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2. Is there natural treatment to this condition?
Not that I know of--and I'll be the bearer of not so good news here--while cats with kidney disease can usually be maintained, sometimes for years, on prescription kidney diets and in advanced cases, sub Q fluids (to flush out wastes from the blood that the kidneys are no longer capable of removing) dogs do not fare as well. But since you don't have an actual dx yet the next set of blood work should provide more information.

If you do get a definite dx of kidney disease there is a list which is called the "Kidney Disease" list--it's a YahooGroup list and is very helpful in suggestions for home cooking to make acceptable kidney diets etc. But I'd wait for more information--kidney sparing diets are perfectly acceptable all purpose diets but the fact your dog is also heartworm positive and TBD will affect results.

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Appreciate any tips to keep my boy healthy and happy for a long time.

I don't see anyway to attach Blaze's lab results....

Thk You
I know there is a way to attach the results but everyone knows I'm a moron when it comes to computereze so I'll let someone else address that.

Good luck to you and Blaze...keep us posted.

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Sorry to hear all of this...that's really hard. I can't comment on the kidney situation, but can I ask why the slow kill method for heartworm? That is no longer a recommended method of treatment by the American Heartworm Society (https://www.heartwormsociety.org/). I've been through heartworm treatment with a rescue boy myself.


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I appreciate your response Dobebug. Thks alot!
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Thk You MeadowCat!

Blaze does not have advanced stage symptoms, symptoms like coughing or wheezing or lethargy. He acts very active. Vet feels he is not in advanced stage and recommended slow-kill. I am also giving him heart and overall health supplements to bring him back to health.

I have rescued 2 dogs prior to Blaze who had heartworm (not advanced) and put on slow-kill and they became heartworm negative after 8 mths. They are still active and healthy (8yrs & 3 yrs). Not recommending these protocol to anyone. Just sharing my experience.

I will continue to observe Blaze heartworm situation and make changes if needed.

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