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My 8 month old puppy is currently at our local trauma hospital diagnosed with renal failure. They are trying to flush his system with IV and I am trying to stay positive that he will come out of this healthy enough to flush out his toxins on his own without medical assistance. Today is day 2 and while his levels have come down (phosphorus is now normal, but creatinine and urea are still dangerously high) he is far from clear. The docs have no idea what has caused this, they do believe that it was multi-factorial - he was neutered on Saturday and developed acute symptoms the next day. While I think this played a part (I did not cheap out on the neutering - I made sure there was an IV running and he got the best I could afford), I am of the belief that he was born with an underlying problem (an ultrasound has ruled out actual structural defects but still). When he was 3-4 months old I raised the issue of excessive urination with the breeder and she minimized it which I think is understandable as she would not know. Looking back I think this was an early sign and as he's always urinated quite a bit, I've just taken it to be normal for his system (he's also had 2 episodes of extreme vomiting/dehydration requiring hospitalization but no definitive answer as to a cause).

Like I said, I am remaining positive and am looking for advice from anyone that has lived with a dog that recovered from an acute episode. The doctors are still optimistic, but have cautioned that if he makes it that I should be aware that he may not come out completely "cured" - that while kidneys can heal from an acute episode, recovery can take weeks or months or become chronic. Can anyone tell me what they experienced in a situation like this - I am not looking for anything sugar coated, even if it is ugly I would rather know and be prepared. At the end of the day, I am going to make decisions based on what is best for him and not what is best for me. I plan to do right by him no matter what it means to me, but I will not let him suffer. :frown2:
 

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I'm so sorry you and your puppy are going through this :(
There are so very many things that can cause kidney problems -even parasites.

I don't know if this is helpful but there is a condition called renal dysplasia that can be tested for. Maybe something to rule out.

http://www.dobermantalk.com/breeding-breeders/90354-renal-dysplasia-testing.html

Hope you keep updating and that things turn around for your boy.
 

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our boy had renal displaysia. i hope, if your boy has it, it's nowhere near the severity Deckard had. based on what you described (excessive urination and drinking) it sounds like this could be the case.

a specialist might have to read the ultrasound to really get an idea of what's going on with those kidneys, and you may have to move him to a hospital that has renal specialists (in our case, we moved him from Baltimore to the University of Pennsylvania, up in Philly). this will not be inexpensive, and he may not survive.

our boy lasted a week between the beginning of kidney failure and the day we had to let him go. i tell you this not to scare you, but to prepare you for the possibility that he won't have much time left.

oh, and get EVERYTHING in writing and in duplicate to submit to your breeder.

good luck. this is going to be tough. i hope your boy has a chance. :(
 
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I'm very sorry your boy is so ill. I hope he can come out of this and and regain his health.
 
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