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My 11 m.o. GSD recently went in to kidney failure, looking back the signs were there -- bad breath, tartar, polydipsia/uria, clear urine -- but she also had nasal discharge and I was curious if that was also a sign of kidney disease?
Also, the first sign of illness came one month ago after visiting the dog park. She became sick with chills, 104.6 temp, lethargy -- vets didn't know what to do so we rode it out and the next day she was better but since then has never been 100% then last weekend she fell very ill again and it was then when she was diagnosed with kidney failure. Due to the nature of the onset of her illness does that lend any clues to whether it's an infection vs. chemical ingestion? Or is it more likely that it would be congenital because of her age? Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
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Emma's worried mom
 

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I'm sorry about your pup's health problem.
I have a 12 month old female GSD who has had nasal discharge since shortly after she was born. She's had a rhinoscopy, and nothing showed up to indicate the cause of the discharge. The discharge came out of her left nostril for several months and has recently changed to her right nostril - which I found strange.
A few months ago, when her blood was tested before she was spayed, I was told that her BUN enzymes were not where they should be - can't remember if they were up or down, but my vet said that we should test her again. I'm taking her back to the vet soon to have the enzymes checked.
I don't know if there is a correlation, but after reading your post, it's worth looking into.
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Thank you. It is SO worth checking blood labs early on because there is so much you can do to save the kidneys with diet, medications, and monitoring labs.

If your girl's BUN was high then it might be the kidneys; if it was low then that might indicate a liver problem.

Enjoy every precious moment with your girl and let us know if you find anything.

Best wishes.
 

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I have a foster GSD in CRF, I had to learn a crash course it all this, so let me tell you what I understand so far.

To tell if its congenital you need to have an ultrasound done so they can see if the architecture of the kidneys looks normal, i.e. shape is correct, size is normal, all vessels & tubes in the right place, etc.

Since it was more acute onset, it leans more towards toxin or illness. Lepto is a common cause of acute renal failure and/or damaging the kidney's enough to bring on chronic renal failure. With the temp and sudden onset sounds like an illness...but a toxin is certainly a possibility. Did they do a urinalysis...any crystals?

There are different kinds of renal failure due to what part of the kidneys are failing, and sometimes that leads to different treatments, so you do want to figure out which you have. Has your vet referred you to a specialist?

Some good resources are: Yahoo group-K9KidneyDiet, they are a wealth of information and links!!
 
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