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Old 03-28-2017, 11:49 PM
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Advice for senior dog with kidney disease..

For those who would like to give an opinion or experienced it, i need advice.

My 17 year old german shepherd/husky mix was diagnosed Dec 2016 with stage 2 kidney disease. I've been strictly feeding her the food recommended by the vet since then. She's been good since then, she has her accidents in the house (she's old, it happens so i understand that). How will I know when she's in pain? I don't want to put her through anything unnecessary but also don't want to have her put down if it's not her time yet.

Her back legs are losing their muscle strength but she also still runs around and plays at the same time.

For those who have gone through this, how did you know when it was time?
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Imo still being interested in food/going out/play are indicators that it is not time yet.
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Kidney disease is categorized from stage one to stage five, so she is not terribly advanced at this point. At stage two, she will not have any symptoms, but it will show up in blood and urine tests. Just monitor her, as long as she is eating, drinking, and eliminating waste effectively, and not acting like she is in pain, she should be ok for now. At seventeen, you have done a good job of taking care of her. Continue to enjoy each day you have with her.
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