I've just gotten some heartbreaking, absolutely sucky awful news.
My sweet, angelic 4-yr old doggie was born with renal dysplasia. In lay terms, that means she was born with the most screwed up, non-functional kidneys imaginable.
I did not know this until just this week, and apparently that is pretty common for dogs of breeds that it doesn't genetically run in. We've had lots of random health scares, and despite searching for an answer, I couldn't find one. Now I have it. And now she's in acute renal failure, with less than 10% of her kidney function.
I'm seeing a world-class vet specialist. At this point, sadly, finally, her medical care isn't the problem. There isn't anything left to be done- not even a kidney transplant- but to try to preserve what is left of her kidney function. And preserve some quality of life as her life winds down.
At the start of this week, the vet gave her 1 month to live. Now they are saying probably 1 year, 2-3 max.
Anyone else here dealt with kidney disease in a doggie? This is just such a severe diagnosis to get in a week and I"m trying to learn as fast as I can. She's now on a renal diet, super low-protein. Pretty much all carbs, veggies, fruits.
I'm not usually so candid here, but my heart is breaking. She is SUCH a happy, sweet, spirited dog. It is just heartbreaking. Even hooked up to all the IVs and such at the vet clinic this weekend, she was giving all the staff her paw and just charming everyone. They all knew her by name when I came to pick her up- and this is a large teaching hospital!
UHG. This is just happening to the wrong doggie. She works as a therapy dog even! She is just The. Best. Dog. Brings so many people happiness on a daily basis.
I can't find a 'why'. It just 'is.' This is one of those sad genetic disorders that sleeps and then takes a life. And sadly it is going to get my doggie. I just want to make her last year, or few, as comfortable and happy as possible.
Was just wondering if any members here have dealt with canine kidney disease- or any other fatal disease where you knew it was coming. And if you have any tips or hints to make things easier. And just interested in your experiences and input.