I am so sorry to hear that Whiskey's blood values have dropped. Few thoughts:
1) Darbepoetin is thought to work better than erythropoetin, in terms of its effects lasting longer. This is what we used for Wolfie.
2) You are continuing with the iron capsules, right? It can help prolong the time between the injections. I know that people worry about iron toxicity but from what I have heard from human doctors, that you need to be taking very high doses for a very long time in order to end up with toxic levels. Apparently, we absorb only 20% of the supplemental iron.
3) Is it possible for the drop in hemo to be on account of the Babesia infection? If the hemoglobin levels can get back to normal after the Babesia is treated, maybe it's worth giving Imizol a shot?? Of course, this is a calculated risk but given the progression of the disease, maybe worth thinking about...
4) The horrible oral stench goes with advanced kidney disease, unfortunately. It's the toxins building up inside the body. You could try adding pureed parsley to his food to help flush out the toxins.
I'm sorry I couldn't respond sooner -- traveling for work and family visits and broken laptop while traveling doesn't make for a happy traveler.
Wolfgang vom Kolenda (Wolfie) 5/5/08 - 7/24/12 -- You taught me so much, sweet boy
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