I haven't posted anything in this group for a very long time, so most of you will not know me. I used to post and ask a lot of questions when I first got Gizmo. He was a HANDFUL!!! Well, he is six now and such a lover boy! He still has that mischievious streak. Well, my sweet boy is very, very sick.
Yesterday afternoon I found out that Gizmo has kidney disease. A couple months ago he would just pick at his food. So, I changed it thinking he needed something with a different flavor. He still picked so I went back to the other. It seemed like he liked it and ate it right away. Then he slowed down again to the point of not eating any of it. So I added a couple spoonful of canned. He wolfed it down right away for a couple days. Then he got picky again. As of Sunday, he wouldn't eat. He wasn't interested in his treat toy or just getting treats period. He threw up a few times after drinking water, too. He has had a hot spot on his back toe and we got meds for that, but he wouldn't leave it alone. Nothing helped it.
So, we took him back to the vet (who is also a friend) today. Doc examined him and then took some blood. He was thinking Gizmo had cancer. The results came back and it wasn't cancer at all .... his kidneys are shutting down. He has kidney disease. His weight a couple weeks ago was 68#. Today it was 64#. He used to run between 70# - 75#.
Doc kept him at his clinic and is giving him liquids through IV and will measure his output and take more blood. He has to stay at least 48 hours. If he improves after that time, we can bring him home and change his diet. If he doesn't improve, he'll have to stay longer. He could be there for up to 7 days! If the treatment doesn't help, we will have no other choice but to send him to the rainbow bridge.
His first night at the Clinic went well. He had two bags of fluid by IV and in the morning he peed like a racehorse! Today they are giving him more fluids. Tomorrow they will take blood and see what is going on. He still doesn't have any interest in eating, though. This is the third day without food. It's being offered, he just won't eat it. How long can he go without food?
Gizmo just turned 6 years old August 5th of this year. He has hip dysplasia since he was a puppy .... we found it when he broke his leg at 9 months old. He has been my constant companion and lover boy. I am in so much pain right now.
Has anyone else ever had a doodle with kidney disease? I'm just curious. Apparently, it's common in both the Poodle & Golden Retriever breeds. sigh.