Its strange how sometimes things will come in groups. A friend or someone on the mail list will ask a question about some obscure illness, and the next thing I know I have other people coming out of the woodwork asking or going through the same thing.
I like to take these clusters and refresh the blog to cover whatever topic happens to be "trending" and this month it seems to be kidney issues. While typically an "old dog" issue, I wanted everyone to know that kidney issues aren't solely a price of old age, and can be sort of a ticking time bomb that takes you by surprise.
Sometimes hereditary, sometimes caused by your pup eating something bad, or catching an illness, its good to know its signs so you can catch it early and start treatment. I know a good amount of you out there have adopted dogs from rescues and shelters and have absolutely NO IDEA of your beloved pup's lineage, so there's no way of knowing if kidney issues run in the family or not. Its also possible that a perfectly good lineage may throw out a kidney issue, so its very important to know what to look for.
Because of that, I want everyone to read up on kidney issues!
First off, start at Holly's House blog. Khady Lynn is young (3-years old) from a reputable breeder with no real history of kidney issues, and yet she's been at the hospital receiving kidney therapy to stop and hopefully reverse an as yet unknown cause to kidney malfunction. The symptoms were as benign as "lack of appetite" but her owner knew something was up and took her to the vet to find out what was going on.
I wanted to throw in there for all people that free feed their pups and have more than one dog, you may want to rethink that setup for this reason: Lack of appetite is generally a very tell-all symptom of something not being right. If you have more than one dog and leave food out all the time, you can never really gauge who is eating what, and how much. It may delay you noticing that one dog is off their feed.
I cannot say this enough times: If you think something is wrong, have it checked out. If your vet thinks you are over-protective and doesn't run the tests you want, insist on the tests or find another vet! You never want to be in the position of "I wish I had..." Better safe than sorry, better get it early than wait. You know your pups better than the vet and if something is wrong, YOU KNOW IT.
So, visit the kidney resource page.
Read one pup's journey through kidney failure
On the Kidney resource page, there is an excellent support group of people who are going through, have gone through, and know what its like caring for a pup in renal failure. I highly recommend them.