|10-17-2013 08:06 PM|
I belong to the k9kidneydiet yahoo group. It's a LOT of information, but I like it better than the k9kidney group.
I was overwhelmed with diet info when Rudy was diagnosed, so had Sabine at Better Dog Care, Better Dog Nutrition - Creating Healthy Lifestyles for Canines: Main Page formulate Rudy's recipe. Best money I spent. Her recipe has saved his life.
|10-17-2013 07:56 PM|
Here's what Kessy has been eating, I've been following the recipes and suggestions.
1 lb 10 oz boiled potatoes, 4 oz meat, some unsalted butter or coconut oil, and lots of pills 2x a day. She swallows the meat whole and then looks at me for more - she's not crazy about the potatoes but she will eat them.
I doubled the recipe I found online and she's getting fed 2x a day. I'll have to see if she maintains weight or if I will have to increase her food. So far she's looking ok but it's only been a few days. She has a fast metabolism so we're going through 10 lbs of potatoes every 2-3 days. Luckily we have a big industrial pot so I can boil all 10 lbs at once!
I will probably bring her back into the vet on Tuesday for another blood test and some of the other suggested tests.
|10-15-2013 10:25 AM|
|JeanKBBMMMAAN||Good glad they might help - I think (my interpretation) the concept is the higher/farther from normal the numbers are, the more you have to tweak that diet initially, until you get some results. So for a while, it may be a lot of cereal with some of the right meat mix. Also, if you are not doing subq fluids, that is what you probably want to discuss doing.|
|10-15-2013 10:06 AM|
Thanks for the links! I've been searching for diets but was not able to find specific recipes or many sites that had a lot of detail.
It is overwhelming But I'm going to tackle diet/supplements first and then will go from there.
|10-15-2013 09:40 AM|
sent you an email....
|10-15-2013 09:03 AM|
Go to Dogaware - the kidneys are probably in need of a break and a 50/50 diet of the right kind of meat mixed with carbs will help to bring those numbers back down. Not saying low protein, it's moderate. DogAware.com Health: Kidney Disease in Dogs
After you read that site, join the K9 kidney group on Yahoo. You will get a ton of information that will be overwhelming I am sure. I set up a whole email just for that group because it's so much. Yahoo! Groups They tell you the information needed to post, then people respond. There is a diet group too - did not join that one.
I had 2 dogs who just had elevations in creatinine (now resolved, knock wood) so not the same as Kessy's. I've had 2 kidney cats and found the cat sites to be very, very helpful and good primers for the info. My kidney cats did very well in terms of longevity. One, who also had diabetes, lived til he was 16 I believe, the other without diabetes was 18.5. They were brother sister.
Tanya's Comprehensive Guide to Feline Chronic Kidney Disease - Everything You Need to Know to Help Your Cat
Finally, this site will give you excellent information - it's not really for us but whatever: Iris - IRIS (International Renal Interest Society)
I am hopeful that once some of the anaplasmosis is resolved, the kidney function will improve - I have no idea if that is possible, but I hope it is!
I would also see if it might be helpful to see someone in internal medicine, endocrinology or whatever at UPENN or Cornell. They may want to do a more involved tick panel, etc. They love to do testing at those places!
I wish you the very best with her.
|10-15-2013 08:47 AM|
Lisa can disect bloodwork better than I
Sometimes I refer to this link to get some more info on bloodwork results
Understanding Blood Work: The Biochemical Profile for Dogs - Page 1
I know some are replacing doxy with the minicycline, not really sure if it is comparable. Hope lisa chimes in I'd like to see what she thinks of this as well
|10-15-2013 12:31 AM|
Thank you - I sent LisaT a PM on the other forum with a link to the thread so hopefully she will check in here!'
Kessy is on 200mg of minicycline 2x a day. She was on doxy for 2 weeks, and just finished her 2nd week of minicycline. I picked up another 2 weeks' worth on Saturday. I can talk to the vet about increasing the dosage.
Should I try to get doxy? My vet doesn't carry it anymore and it's so hard to find (and expensive...).
I'll get some milk thistle, also got some salmon oil as I read somewhere it may help to slow the progression of kidney issues.
I just got the lab results uploaded but not sure the best way to link to them since i need to leave the images large enough to be read. I guess direct links might be best? These are all from 2 weeks ago - some of the bloodwork is a duplicate but I figured I'd post everything. Sorry if the quality isn't great, I scanned with an app on my phone, but I think everything is at least legible!
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|10-14-2013 08:10 PM|
I'm sorry kessy isn't well I do agree about talking to Lisa..
Is she still on the antibiotic? I will fathom a guess here, it's the anaplasmosis, and it hasn't been treated long or aggressive enough..
I know Lisa will most likely have much better suggestions than I, but I would add milk thistle to her diet..
What dosage is she on with the antibiotic.?
My dogs are chronic for anaplasmosis, when Masi was 'clinical', her kidney / liver function/values were not good, don't have the paperwork in front of me, but I put her on liver aid and milk thistle, plus the doxy..I do 5mgs per body weight, twice a day for atleast 2 months...I then wait 3 months if all is looking good and redo my bloodwork/kidney/liver function, which was back within normal range..
This year, at our annual, she again came up postiive for anaplasmosis (the dog has NEVER been negative , she wasn't clinical, but I put her on doxy anyhow..I haven't retested, because there is no point, she's always going to be positive for it, and right now she is not clinical, so when I see something "off" I throw her back on the doxy , but it's rare I see her 'off...
Ok, done rambling, just some things to think about
|10-14-2013 08:00 PM|
I'm sorry to hear this. These dogs amaze me how they will keep going even when not feeling well.
You may want to reach out to LisaT on the board
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