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Ask the Vet About Kidney Disease in Dogs and Cats

Kidney Disease in Dogs and Cats
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Ask the Vet About Kidney Disease in Dogs and Cats
MichaelDym, V.M.D.
Michael Dym, V.M.D.
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As a practicing veterinarian, Dr. Dym has over 19 years of experience and dedication to enhancing the overall health and well-being of pets. His commitment and passion for pet health continuously drives him to learn more about the art and science of homeopathy through ongoing training and education.

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Date: Mar 19, 2017
Category: Kidney Disease
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Diet

Question:Do I just give my dog K/D Canned and Dry Dog food and NOTHING ELSE. Can treats i.e. , milk bones, greenies and other treats bought at the pet store be given? Also what about people food. I had been giving him white tuna in water, salmon, Frosty Paws etc. Also Beef Marrow Bones (frozen and I cook them in boiling water for 5 mins. There isn't any meat on them, but the marrow inside he loves and chewing on the bone should be good for his teeth. Thank you.

Answer:If you just had her diagnosed, I would just do the K/D pretty strictly for a while until you have her rechecked and see how her kidney values are doing. You can take the canned food and bake her some crunchy cookies until your recheck. (It will kind of stink up the kitchen, lol)

Date: Feb 13, 2017
Category: Kidney Disease
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Understanding Kidney Disease in Dogs

Question:My dog was recently diagnosed with Kidney, her BUN is 30 and creatinine level 1.6, we will retest in June. She doesn't particularly care for the Royal Canine wet food D, and the dry A, do you have any suggestions of what I can add to make it easier for her to eat. She eventually does, but my vet wants her to eat 2 times a day, any suggestions?

Answer:You can try adding some sort of doggy spice flavorings which may help such as Halo's dinner party which you can find on ilne. You can also ask vet about other prescription diets like HIlls K/D wet food or even consider proper home made diet, the latter, which is ideal and best. See the kidney diet recipe in the book Dr Pitcairn;s guide to natural health for dogs and cats by Richard PItcairn, DVM, phd which has great kidney diet recipe. You can also likely access this recipe on line. MAny dogs prefer the fresh, nonprocessed home versions of kidney diets

Date: Feb 9, 2017
Category: Kidney Disease
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: subq fluids

Question:If I incorrectly insert the needle to administer subq fluids to a cat, will it kill him?

Answer:Should not be a problem. NO risk to the cat

Date: Feb 6, 2017
Category: Kidney Disease
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Diagnosis

Question:I was reading the articles posted on the Pet Meds website One mentioned that a possible cause of kidney disease in dogs is periodontal disease. First, I assume this means poor care leading to infectious gums and bone to some degree. Is this assumption correct? If so, how bad does the periodontal disease have to be before it becomes a factor? How often is periodontal disease the root cause of kidney disease? Can my vet determine if this is/was the root cause?

Answer:Your vet can definitely try to get to the root cause. I recommend that you schedule an appointment with your Veterinarian at your earliest convenience.You can book a vet house call at http://bit.ly/2k0cWop Shanna Harris, Veterinary Technician

Date: Feb 5, 2017
Category: Kidney Disease
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Kidney Disease stage 2

Question:My 12 year dog has stage 2 Kidney disease his vet give 1 injection of fluids under skin put him on prednisone 5 MG to give him an appetite but has done any other treatment what can I do he has lost a lot of weight not eating good at all doesn't drink a lot I give him water with a syringe through out the day she has him on none. Of the medications I am seeing please help

Answer:Sounds like your dog needs to have a few DAYS of IV fluids and supportive care for kidney disease, BEFOre at home care is started so he can be stabilized and eating. AFTER that you can continue supportive care at home with SUBQ fluids given at home, which vet can show you, as well as appetite stimulants, nausea meds, etc. Not sure why a prednisone tablet was prescribed for a dog with kidney disease. You can also get another opinion from local vet in your community. For now, try pepcid AC at dose of 10 mg once to twice daily until you can see a vet.

Date: Jan 18, 2017
Category: Kidney Disease
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Propofol overdose euthanasia.

Question:Hello, I have seen your answer. Thanks a lot for that. The reason why I write again is actually because - we don't have barbiturates in Russia. They're not allowed for use in veterinary medicine. That's why I was interested in alternative ways.

Answer:I cant comment on using overdose of propofol in this way, as I have no experience with that protocol, as well as this should be done, in any event, under the care and supervision of a local veterinary health care practitioner in your area.

Date: Jan 16, 2017
Category: Kidney Disease
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Propofol overdose euthanasia.

Question:Hello, my cat is at the late stage of the kidney disease. So, I'm already trying to find out about the painless euthanasia. So, my question is: Is it painless to euthanise a cat only with propofol? Overdose. I'm worried because propofol doesn't have analgesic effects, so I am not quite sure if the death caused by the propofol overdose would be painless. But at the same time the cat will be unconscious. So, could you please clarify? Thank you.

Answer:In my experience and opinion propofol is only good for pre euthanasia anesthesia or calming. I would go to your local vet for approved IV barbituate euthanasia done by licensed vet

Date: Aug 20, 2016
Category: Kidney Disease
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Kidney

Question:Would A Brat Diet Help Our Dog Get Appetite Back?

Answer:Not Sure What You Are Asking But You Need To Be Having Kidney Disease Addressed At Local Vet In Your Area Via Fluids, Etc Appetite Stimulants Like Mirtazipine Can Sometimes Help

Date: Feb 26, 2016
Category: Kidney Disease
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Cvd And Chf

Question:My Dog Has Been Diagnosed With Cvd And Chf. He Was Given Lasix And Pimebentan. When He Got The Meds Administered At The Vet Hospital, He Was Like A New Dog, But Now, I'm Having Trouble Giving Him The Meds At Home. He Won't Eat And Won't Open His Mouth When I Try To Give Him The Meds. He Also Wants To Sit, Instead Of Lay Down. Is There Anything I Can Do?

Answer:I Would Check With 1800petmeds And/or Your Vet And/or Local Compounding Pharmacy In Your Area, To See Who Can Make Them Into Easy To Administer Flavored Liquids. Some Pharmacies Can Even Make Them Into Transdermal Formulation To Be Absorbed Through The Skin. Vet Recheck Recommended To Make Sure No Secondary Kidney Or Other Issues From Lasix Therapy Or Heart Disease

Date: Mar 12, 2013
Category: Kidney Disease
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Kidney And Liver Disease

Question:I Have A 17 Year Old Male Cat Who Has Had Seizures Since Labor Day Weekend 2012 (after A Dose Of Revolution??) he Has Been A Natural Indoor Outdoor Cat Since Birth-still Has Nails Etc. His Diet Has Been About 3/4 Cup Dry Cat Food With Wet Food "treat" 1/2 Can A Day When Giving The Medicine. since September He Has Been On Phenobarbitol 1/2 Tab Twice A Day. The Diagnosis Has Been Probable Brain Tumor. Also Kidney Disease Creatinine 2.17/bun 59, And Liver Enzymes Elevated At Last Check Up. He Also Had Seizures In Dec. After Trying To Wean Him Off Phenobarbitol. Two Weeks Ago He Had More Seizures. Now They Want Him On A Prescription Diet -kd And Supplements ( Vit B And Iron). i Consulted The Woman Who Wrote The Natural Cat-she Recommended We Make His Food-raw Foods Diet (i Have Not Been Able To Find The Calcium Powder To Add To It). she Also Recommended A Stress Formula Supplement-high Vit C For Periodontal Disease (he Has Lost Teeth) And Vt B Complex. we Have A Store That Sells Instinct Raw Foods Diet For Cats And Dogs. i Am Totally Confused. today I Want To Begin To Switch Him To A More Natural Diet. our Goal-keep Him Comfortable And As Healthy As Possible Until We Are Ready For Gentle Euthenasia. he Likes To Eat, Drinks And Urinates Profusely But Always In The Litter Box, Poops Formed Once A Day. He Is Still Social But Lethargic. does Not Go Outside For Any Length Of Time Anymore-no Need For Revolution Anymore. thank You, mary

Answer:Hi Mary.....i Would Follow Anitra Frazier,S Recommendations Regarding Your Cat's Diet And Supplements. If You Have Any Questions, Phone Her Back For Clarification. Instincts Raw Foods Is Ok For Cats And Dogs But What Anitra Will Tell You Is Likely Superior. Not Sure Where The Confusion Comes In . You Can Find Calcium Powder From Website Www.animalessentials.com Which Has Excellent Vegetable Source Of Calcium.

Date: Dec 7, 2008
Category: Kidney Disease
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Weight Loss.

Question:My Cat Is Peeing Too Much,He Is Alwais Very, Very Thirsty, And He Is Losing Weight. Do You Can Tell Me If You Know Any Illness With These Symtoms? Thank You. Angela

Answer:Many Possibilities. Diseases That Need To Be Ruled Out With Blood And Urine Done At Vet Include Diabetes, Kidney Disease, Liver Disease And Overactive Thyroid Gland. Then Write Back So I Can Advise.


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