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.
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.
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.
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.
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....
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.