Kessy has been having some issues this summer/fall. Forgive me if this is long but hopefully I won't leave anything out!
Kessy will be 8 in January - she is a herding dog. She usually gets to work 1-2x a week for an hour or two at a time. I noticed throughout the summer that she just was tiring more quickly than she used to. I was thinking maybe it was the summer heat (which she's always been a little sensitive to), in spite of the fact that we always went herding in the evening or early morning, before it got too hot. But then I noticed she started drinking WAY more than usual - 2 or 3 gallons a day and was tiring even more quickly. So I brought her into the vet in mid to late August.
He looked her over and said she looks great, and asked what I wanted to do. I wanted to at least run a tick panel and CBC to see how everything looked, so we drew blood for that.
She came back positive for anaplasmosis but everything else was okay. He didn't think we needed to do antibiotics since her CBC was okay - since doxy is so hard to find I decided to hold off. The vet basically had me convinced that it was in my head and that maybe she was just getting older.
Fast forward a week or so - Kessy started refusing food (which isn't like her - she's a PIG) and threw up a few times. I started her on doxy right away - I got some from a friend and had almost 2 weeks' worth of my own. Within a few days she was eating better.
After her (admittedly short) course of doxy ran out, she started to go downhill pretty badly. This was at the very end of September. She started drinking excessively again and she was very lethargic. I brought her into the vet, and she'd lost 7 lbs in just a few days. They did a CBC, abdominal x-rays, and a urinalysis.
The vet called me the next day with the results - Kessy's bloodwork was NOT good. Her kidney values were very high. BUN was 146 (normal is 6-31) and creatinine was at 3.8 (normal is 0.5-1.6). Her Na/K ratio was normal.
I have a copy of this bloodwork I can scan if that would help...
Her urine was also not concentrated in spite of the fact that she didn't have anything to drink for almost 24 hours, she was super thirsty, but I wanted them to see how she acted...
The vet wanted me to bring her back in for IV fluids, an ultrasound, and an Addison's disease test. So she went in about 2 weeks ago for that.
The Addison's test came back normal and they didn't see anything on the ultrasound. Her kidneys didn't look abnormal and I believe they looked at her heart, spleen, lungs, etc. Everything looked okay.
She was acting much better and had already gained the 7 lbs back. We put her back on antibiotics (minicycline) for the anaplasmosis and the vet wanted to redo the CBC in a week or two.
We had our HGH trial that weekend and Kessy did awesome although she did tire, she's just a workaholic and never quits.
She's been doing much better since, she's drinking about a gallon a day which is not too much more than she used to.
I took her back in for the bloodwork this past Saturday. I was expecting things to have improved. Unfortunately I got a call from the vet this afternoon that Kessy's BUN values are still 5x normal and her creatinine is still high.
This was 2 weeks after the last bloodwork.
So that's where we're at right now. I would like to get a copy of the newest bloodwork to compare the last one to - I can try to do that tomorrow.
It blows my mind that she could run an HGH while her kidneys are failing! Other than some very subtle things she's acting fairly normal.
She's been raw fed (prey model) for the last 4-5 years. Earlier this year we did start feeding kibble and I worry that it may have triggered something. She was eating 4health grain free, mostly the salmon formula.
She's been back on raw for the last couple of weeks. She did start to refuse chicken quarters around the time of her herding trial, but gobbled down beef and pork with her usual appetite. She's never been the type to refuse any type of food, but I'm willing to indulge her, maybe she knows what her body needs??
I will be getting her some green tripe ASAP since I've heard it's great for kidney issues.
I don't know if we have any kidney experts here, but can anything think of anything we're missing?
The vet said the next step would be a kidney biopsy but she wants to give it another week or so.
I was wondering if it's just an effect of the anaplasmosis, but the vet said that usually causes protein in the urine and Kessy had none.
Hopefully I've covered everything we've done so far. I just want my wild girl to get better!!!