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We have an 8 month old spayed female who is on some sort of weird cycle where every 3-4 weeks she is vomiting and not eating or drinking any water. This goes on for 2-3 days and then she is back to normal. We have taken her to the vet who thought it was some sort of liver bacteria and gave her meds to rid her of it. During the three weeks med treatment she was fine but a week later it was back to vomiting and not eating. My wife noticed some blood in her urine as well on this last bout. Unfortunately I am finishing up a tour in AFG and cant really help my wife so she is going at it alone. Of course she is taking her to the vet again, but I wanted to see if anyone here had similar issues.
 

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Poor dog! That's different...

I would want to do...
Urinalysis
Fecal
Blood work
And see, do you get any information from those?

If no, then
Xray of the digestive system from start to end
Abdominal ultrasound
GI bloodwork

I see you are in Belgium so not sure who has the best GI labs over there if needed.

I'd be thinking of things like worms, parasites first, UTI, but would follow the blood work if not already done. Then if I really wanted to get freaked out I would think of something like Intussusception of the Intestines in Dogs because they can go in and out over time, but it is probably not that!

OH! Just realized where you are - thank you and please take care.
 

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Does that cycle coincide with topical flea/tick prevention? Or HW meds?
 

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good thought jax! imho, maybe another consult with a different vet, two sets of eyes, maybe they will see something the first vet overlooked. jax could be spot on, or at least in the ball park. if this is a regular thing, i would guess an enviroment issue. some one spraying there yard for bugs or weeds on a regular "30" day schedule that you pass by. washing dogs bedding every 30 days. need to do some detective work here as well as follow up with your vet.
 

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Bad outcome

Turns out after blood work she is currently undergoing kidney failure. My wife rushed her back to the vet at 10 o'clock last night once they received the blood work results and now they are flushing them for 24-48 hours. What happens next, i have no idea.

To answer the question below it did not coincide with any treatment of any kind as she started this during the winter and in Belgium there are virtually no fleas or ticks around so no treatments had started.
 

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Food? Toxicity to antifreeze or some other poison?
hoping for the best news.
There is nothing imediately I can think of as far as poisioning. Her diet has been changed a couple of times but it has always been premium food, Science Diet etc. The only thing that comes to mind is that we live in the farming region of Southern Belgium and our yard backs up into a field where sugar beets are grown. It may be possible that she may have come in contact with poisonous sprays as they try to rid the field of pests.

Riley is currently at the vet for at least 24-48 hrs getting her kidneys flushed. Whatever happens after that wil deermine our next course of action.

Thanks, all, for the suggestions. My wife is having a rough time doing this alone, so I am trying to aid her in any way possible from long distance.
 

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Do you have Leptospirosis in your area? If you live in a farming community it may be a possible source? Or Lyme disease? I don't know what she may have been exposed to in Belgium.

If it is not a toxin or infectious my concern would be a congenital kidney disease.

Wishing you the best!


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Do you have Leptospirosis in your area? If you live in a farming community it may be a possible source? Or Lyme disease? I don't know what she may have been exposed to in Belgium.

If it is not a toxin or infectious my concern would be a congenital kidney disease.

Wishing you the best!


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Lep does not seem to fit the bill, although I will ask the vet to look into it and ask if any other cases have been reported in the area. My immediate thoughts were Lyme disease and I asked my wife to check with the vet when she goes back to check on Riley this afternoon. I am hoping for the best and I have talked to my wife about the changes that will have to be made with diet and medicines if Riley is able to pull through this.
 

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Possibly whipworms? They do go in a cycle, and can cause vomiting and blood in the stool. But I'm not sure about in the urine.
 

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I'm so sorry! Are there recalls associated with any of the foods you're feeding? Science Diet is not a premium food by any stretch of the imagination, btw.

If you google kidney failure on this board you will find a number of threads with very detailed advice. Wishing your pup the very best!
 

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After blood work and xrays they local vet is still very stumped. She has an extremely high Urea count which is what she has been vomiting due to the back up in her system and xrays revealed a dark mass where one of her kidneys is. The vet has referred her to a specialist in Brussels which we will call on Tuesday, as Monday is a Belgian holiday, and get her in asap. Riley is at home now with my wife and is obviously miserable and not eating much. My wife is making her food based on a low phosphorous low sodium diet. We are still hoping for the best and that the specialist is able to give us some definite answers on how to proceed.


Thanks for all of your help and suggestions.
 

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Join the yahoo group k9kidneydiet. The people there will have some suggestions as to how to help her feel better in the meantime.
Best of luck!
 
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