Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Good Blood

Addie continues to amaze me.. she is our "Super Dog"! 

Following her last urinary tract infection, I was a bit concerned as she still seemed "off".  I can't say exactly how, but sometimes you just have that feeling.  I didn't think it was still the UTI, but something else.  They ran some blood tests and then a urine test.  Her traditional vet called and based on her results (her BUN and creatinine were high), she diagnosed her with kidney failure/disease.  The actual test results said more than a 50% reduction in kidney function.  She recommended Addie go on a high carbohydrate/low protein diet. If you are familiar with dogs with cancer, you probably know that this is 180 degrees opposite of a traditional cancer diet.  Addie's meals are higher protein and carbs are a big no-no for cancer.  When speaking with Addie's traditional vet about this, she was perplexed.  She basically said we need to take care of which one was going to kill her first - the kidney failure or the cancer.  That is when she gave me information point #2:    that she believed that Addie really only had 6 more months. 

Normally, this would be devastating news obviously.  But given Addie's history, I wasn't too phased.  I recall over 3 years ago getting a 6-10 week diagnosis for her.  Yea... she's still here kicking butt. 

So the lab results were sent over to Vet #2 - her holistic vet.  His opinion was not even close to being grim.  He recommended we wait 30 days, retest her blood, then determine how to proceed.  Which could mean altering her diet, providing more holistic meds which could help her kidneys, etc.  But at this point we were on a wait and see.

Late last week, we had her blood retested.  Her BUN and creatinine were both within the normal range.  High-normal, but normal.  The traditional vet didn't recommend any changes at this time.  We are still waiting to  hear from her holistic vet who is out on vacation until the 19th.  But we not too concerned given her higher levels. 

So again, Addie faces adversity head on and laughs in it's face....

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