Well done barley, your hard work is producing promising results and that's a good sign. Good luck with the blood test results in 3 weeks. I would have loved to see your neighbour's face when he saw you mixing drugs!!
Oh no, sorry to have worried you.... it was mostly good news. His bloods have improved. Infact one of his kidney levels (my understanding is that there are 3 main ones that the blood tests look for).. has returned right back to normal.
His urine 'dipstick' test wasn't very good though... his pH is too high and he has glucose, protein and blood in his urine. It could just be a UTI, but we don't really know yet. My vet is sending it away for culturing.
caz2golden my vet said it was quite unusual to see a promising result in bloods but marked decline in the urine, but 'unusual' is my Alfie all over! He said as the glucose in his urine is back up, whilst his blood glucose is still fine, it appears that the ''fanconi syndrome'' is present again (his urine was clear of glucose end of Feb). I wondered if it was perhaps also because I have swapped almost all of Alfie's treats out for fruit which is obviously high in natural sugars, but then I guess that would reflect in the blood glucose and it's not.
The blood could be because Alfie has a slightly enlarged prostate, they saw that on the ultrasound he had back in December and he was going to be neutered when he was back to full fitness again, but obviously that's on the back burner now as anything non-life threatening requiring a GA is a no-go. My vet is also reluctant to give him the implant at the moment as it could affect blood results and we want to get a really clear picture of anything changes incase they're kidney related.
I have been Googling (of course!) and found that high urine pH can be caused by a low-meat, high carb diet and that's exactly what Alfie is eating now. Also says it's a very common indicator of an UTI and can be caused by ACE inhibitor also (the tablets Alfie is on).
So really I guess it points to an UTI, but we will have to wait and see.
These are Alfie's bloods from Feb compared with yesterdays.
I do not understand them much - but can see the UREA and Phosphorous are down. The CREA is raised from last time though. His BUN/CREA has changed from 21 to 10 but I don't know if this is a good thing or not (it was 21 back in December too).
Unfortunately I only got a copy emailed to me this morning, I didn't think to ask for one at the vets yesterday, so am just going through it myself now.
Overall, I think the news is positive. Vet was happy. He said we cannot expect miracles, but a happy Alfie and improvement on bloods is good. Naturally I just want more of an improvement, and for urine to be good too.
caz2golden: On walk today saw a dead branch hanging from a tree over a road. Probably been there a while but have not noticed before! Who do you report it too, tree would be owned by whoever has the field but the branch is over highway?
Sept 5, 2017 20:21:08 GMT
lotsofcats: I would report it to the local council's highway department.
Sept 6, 2017 12:51:54 GMT
caz2golden: sick of poor weather
Sept 10, 2017 14:09:19 GMT
scallywag: chucking it down here
Sept 11, 2017 13:00:00 GMT
caz2golden: Had the drizzle etc yesterday, today was windy which has blown a load of young Manx Shearwaters onto the beaches Dumped a load on the beach cleaner (think we were up to 10 birds) and then I found another so took that to a place of safety!
Sept 11, 2017 16:20:30 GMT
alfiemummy: I've been very lucky today - it chucked it down but only during my lunchtime!
Sept 11, 2017 17:19:03 GMT
scallywag: That was when I got soaked thru thunder hail and lots of heavy rain , Beau was dragging me home LOL
Sept 12, 2017 19:15:41 GMT
lotsofcats: We had very high winds during the night and I slept through it all but if Kobi had barked just once I would immediately be awake.
Sept 13, 2017 12:49:30 GMT
caz2golden: We had the same here Lotsofcats, except I was awake for fair part of it. We had intermittent power cuts too. Felt sorry for the raw pet food delivery man the next morning who was probably coming across a lot of downed trees etc.
Sept 15, 2017 11:07:04 GMT
caz2golden: Frustrating here today, one moment looks lovely but before you have chance to go out it is overcast and drizzling again. Must find weather window for a dog walk!
Sept 15, 2017 11:08:13 GMT
scallywag: It was lovely and sunny here till 2pm then just as I was also getting ready to take Beau out it chucked it down and still is My washing did manage to get dried thou
Sept 15, 2017 14:41:31 GMT
caz2golden: Was ok here today. Dogs enjoyed zoomies session on grass at end of lead walk today, even Sophie tried to join in, making me have to run to encourage her to run too! Madness! Only sorry I could not video it.
Sept 18, 2017 22:17:57 GMT
scallywag: Me toooo would like to see you running about Caz
Sept 19, 2017 10:38:25 GMT
caz2golden: Should have seen me today trying to keep Sophie on course on the beach! lol
Sept 19, 2017 20:00:24 GMT
caz2golden: Back to being drowned rat at work! Now home and warming up.
Sept 20, 2017 14:05:39 GMT
scallywag: What about today Caz it looked to be very wet over there in the West , we have had sunshine here with a breeze , clouding over now but then we are due rain around 5pm onwards
Sept 21, 2017 14:18:37 GMT
scallywag: Did you all get my PM ?
Sept 21, 2017 14:19:00 GMT