Thought I'd start (yet) another new thread rather than adding to the other one, sorry!
Alfie had his bloods repeated today and there is a ''marked but not extreme'' deterioration since the ones he had done in December. I'd taken him back as he is still drinking & drinking & drinking.
Vet has diagnosed him with kidney disease now
He's been put on Benazecare 5mg, half a tablet twice a day and Pronefra liquid, not sure on the dosage on that yet as vet had none in stock and has ordered me some in for tomorrow.
Vet said that Hills k/d is definitely the best food for him now. Bit worried about the fat content but vet said pancreas has been stable long enough now and the acute form is less likely to return. Also worried about the ingredients and general crapness of the food, I try to avoid wheat & maize for Alfie's skin, but I guess this is the biggest issue now! Got 2kg of dry and 12 cans of wet to pick up from vet tomorrow but will definitely research tonight to see if there is anything else worth mentioning to vet.
At 13 I know these kinds of things are going to be common, but still sad. Hate him getting old!
I don't have any advice either, but know that Nutriment do a low purine variety which is good for dogs with kidney issues. I know you have limited freezer space so probably wouldn't be able to feed that as a main diet - but you could maybe feed a bit to accompany the Hills?
I have another idea for you barley - applied zoopharmacognosy.
I attended a workshop on canine self healing yesterday with Isla Fishburn and have had an AZ practitioner come out and do consultations for both Pepper and Ellie. I have seen a big improvement in Ellie since her consultations, and a slight improvement in Pepper.
The idea is that the dog will select remedies (from powders, essential oils and fats) that it knows it needs. I'm just thinking that it might be worth you looking up a practitioner in your area. They treat the dog as a whole, so wouldn't necessarily focus on the kidney disease, but Alfie would select the remedies he needs for his biggest issue at the time, meaning he would eventually select things that would work for each problem he has i.e. his skin, pancreas and kidneys (plus anything else). Or, you could apply to Caroline Ingraham for him to be used as a demo dog. I know that she has a workshop this coming weekend that may be short of a demo dog as a friend's dog was supposed to be going down but unfortunately she's not able to go now.
As orpheous87 knows I am thinking my two could do with seeing an applied zoopharmacognosy practitioner. It is something that might be worth looking into or learning about. At the moment I am having a good read about it all so that I understand the principles a bit better.
orpheous87 I have seen bits & pieces on your Facebook about the applied zoopharmacognosy and it's certainly worth bearing in mind
caz2golden Burns mixer & Naturediet would be something I would be quite happy feeding so that's definitely something I need to look into.
alfiemummy be prepared for all the dog food company chats at Crufts
Thank you lotsofcats and cazypops... love this forum and all the help/advice/support that you guys are all so good at!
I have found a really good Facebook group on kidney disease and am feeling much more positive than I was. I've posted Alfie's results and a couple of people who seem very knowledgeable have said they do not think they seem too bad at all and are wondering if the tiny amount of steroids Alfie is still getting (via eye drop, although we're phasing it out slowly now) could be causing an issue.
One bloke said he wouldn't even change diet yet, just to mash my head further
But anyway for now Alfie did have Hills k/d tinned food for tea, and I picked up his other medication from the vet. A liquid called Pronefra and OMG it is the most VILE thing ever! Comes in a little bottle and you draw the medication up with a syringe. It brown & putrid and looks like well, I don't even need to say! Doesn't smell much better either. Alfie on the other hand LOVED it and couldn't get it down fast enough, think it's going to be his new favourite treat
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