Hello, hoping there might be some support here for puppies with kidney issues? I am so depressed, but I need to rally so I can help my puppy.
My 14-year-old female dog Spirit had to have several teeth removed in July and when they did the pre-op bloodwork, she had some values that were out-of-whack, and a bit confusing to read.
Her SDMA was in the normal range (this is the most sensitive test for kidney issues - shows abnormal results when as little as 20% of the kidneys are damaged).
But her creatinine and BUN were both elevated (far less sensitive tests that only show up as abnormal when 75-80% of the kidney is damaged).
The vet thought these results were weird, but thought that the massive infection she had in her mouth might have contributed to the results, so he took out her teeth, gave me antibiotics and recommended to come back in 2 months to recheck.
I just got the results of her recheck, and though the SMDA is still normal, her Creatinine and BUN are also still elevated (but stable).
For people with kidney-dog experience, I've included her test results below, with the current readings on the LEFT in bold
and her July readings on the RIGHT (I've only included abnormal stats or kidney-function-related stats): BUN 69
July: 73 (normal is up to 30) Creatinine 3.0
July: 3.1 (normal is about 1.5) IDEXX SDMA 13
July: 13 (Normal is up to 14) BUN:Creatinine Ratio 23.0
July 23.5 (from what I understand, this is normal) Phosphorus 5.3
July: 5.5 (both tests within normal range) Calcium 10.4
July: 10.1 (both within normal range) Sodium 151
July: 148 (both within normal range) Potassium 5.4
July: 5.1 (both within normal range)
Here were a few other stats that were off during both panels: RBC 5.26
July: 5.15 (a little lower than normal) ALP 198
July: 169 (Higher than normal) Amylase 1,531
July; 1,528 (higher than normal) Chloride 121
July: 122 (higher than normal)
Not listed above are all the things that tested in the normal range. She had her T4 checked both times and it went from 1.1 in July to 1.0 in October.
Her urinalysis had a gravity of 1.018 both months. A trace amount of protein was found, but no number indicated. Trace amount of blood was found in October (not July), but no number to indicate how much.
In July, she was sucking down water like there was no tomorrow and she had a few accidents in the house. Over the course of her surgery recovery and and administering of antibiotics, she hasn't had anymore accidents and has been drinking normal amounts of water. Beyond that, she has been completely asymptomatic - she doesn't act or seem sick (though she does have some arthritis).
I plan on getting referred to a specialist and doing everything I can to keep her healthy, happy, fit and comfortable. I am hoping that there might be some people who have kidney-dog experiences they can share? Obviously, I'm hoping for good news, but if your dog went downhill fast, I'd still be interested in hearing your story. She seems so healthy at the moment, but from what I've been reading, she could be fine for 2 years, or I could lose her 2 weeks or 2 days from now.
I'd love to hear your stories.