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Subject: Renal Failure
Date Posted: 1/30/2008 2:32 PM ET
Member Since: 9/29/2005
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HI All,

My English Mastiff (marla Hooch)was diagnosed with Congential Renal Dysplacia (sp??).  She is a year old (TODAY) and isn't expected to live much more than two years.  She is currently on Hills KD for now and is doing okay.

My question is have any of you ever dealt with this and what are some things that worked for you? Specifically with a large breed dog (she is currently 125 and growing)

It was suggested that we do sub q fluids for her once her levels reach a certain point -my vet doesn't have a lot of experice with this especially with a puppy

Date Posted: 2/3/2008 3:43 PM ET
Member Since: 11/5/2005
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gosh, how horrible. i don't have any experience in this kind of a thing with a pup, but when i was dealing with my elderly renal troubled dog, the people on the yahoo k9kidneydiet group were very helpful and very kind.

Subject: In memorie of Opie
Date Posted: 3/19/2008 9:44 AM ET
Member Since: 1/30/2008
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Opie died yesterday of renal failure.  She was almosst 7 , I wish we would have known she had it. By the time we found out, she was too far gone. I am so glad you caught your dogs early. My dog was an American Pit Bull Terreier. This disease runs in the mastiff/bulldog family.  Give her ONLY what the vet tells you . & always look for lethargacy, fever, blood in urine. (I thought my dog was in heat again). Never give salt at all.  Maybe she will live as long as Opie did.

 

 Bless you & marla hooch,

In Memory of Opie, ((((((Hugs)))))))

 Shanna

Date Posted: 3/20/2008 11:54 AM ET
Member Since: 12/19/2005
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I'm very sorry for your loss, Shanna, and wish all the best to Sherrie and her Mastiff.

Date Posted: 3/20/2008 11:18 PM ET
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Thank you , Kari. 

Subject: renal failure
Date Posted: 3/27/2008 10:42 AM ET
Member Since: 11/3/2005
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was your vet able to ascertain reason for renal failure, i.e., had been on diuretics such as lasix for a heart condition? 

Date Posted: 4/3/2008 1:31 AM ET
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HI Betsy

Marla was the runt of the litter and quite a bit smaller than all of her litter mates.  At first, I just chalked it off to a HUGE litter (there were 13 I beleive).  My best friends got her brother and we took them to the vet together.  The vet was worried at the size difference and had Marla's levels checked.  Her BUN came back abnormal.  We retested in a few weeks and all was fine.  Several months later (about 4 or so), when I took her in for her spay, the BUN revealed abnormal numbers again and the vet diagnosed a UTI and put her on antibiotics.  She also recommended a sonogram.  The sonagram showed kidneys of about average size with no vessels (im not sure what their called).  As Marla was only 7 months old, she was diagnosed with Congential Kidney Failure.  Her life expentancy is about 2 years.