Join Date: Sep 2012
Dogs Name: Remington
Dogs Age: 3 yr
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I am so sorry you are going through this!
I don't have experience with ARF (acute renal failure), just with CRF (chronic renal failure), which is an entirely different deal.
My understanding of ARF is that if the dog survives initially it will take some pretty intense veterinary care, it could be days to weeks to stabilize the animal- then possibly sub-Q fluids and careful blood monitoring once you return home.
If you make it past the first 6-8 wks then recovery CAN be complete- in that no further management is necessary. OR, you can wind up with a pet with CRF who will require special diet & management..
Nsaids, like Rimadyl, have ARF as a possible side effect so I think it is the likely cause. Hopefully that will mean it is a less serious incidence (the ones I am familiar with are usually poisoning cases).
Fingers & paws crossed that he makes a full recovery!!!