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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.

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Comment by CJ, Gracie, and Quinn on September 21, 2017 at 1:37pm

Still praying for a positive outcome. Healing hugs, licks, and loving paws from Gracie, Quinn, and CathieJo

Comment by Laura , Marley and Oliver on September 21, 2017 at 9:41am
I'm so so sorry to hear about Gizmo. So sad, it brings tears to my eyes. I just can't imagine all the pain and fear your going through. They are our children. Prayers for Gizmo and for you. Praying that the blood work Friday has made a great improvement. Love and hugs from Marley, Oliver and myself.
Comment by Grace and Pemon The Gentle Giant on September 21, 2017 at 12:35am

By the way it was so good to see a lot of the old members sending prayers your way.  We are all here for you Jo.  

Comment by Grace and Pemon The Gentle Giant on September 21, 2017 at 12:31am

Oh Jo.  It breaks my heart to hear Gizmo is so sick.  I'm praying for him.  Gosh I remember when you joined the Community and Gizmo was literally driving you out of your mind.  I think we got you calmed down when we told you it was just the puppy stage.  We all went through it.  You were able to vent to us and we all supported you.  You dealt with it and made it.  Again Gizmo will be put on my prayer list.  Poor baby I am crying.  Gotta go.  Please keep us in the loop.  We are here for you Jo.  That is what this Community is all about.  Love and hugs from the Crouse House.  Grace, Mark and Pemon, the Gentle Giant.

Comment by Jo Bill on September 20, 2017 at 11:52pm

Thank you all for your kind words, support and suggestions.  I will keep you updated when I can.  We won't know anything more until Friday morning.  He has eaten a little .... very little, but the blood work this morning wasn't very promising.  The numbers were just a point or two better .... not as much as the Vet was hoping for.  So, another 48 hours on fluids via IV at the Clinic.  More blood work on Friday morning.

Comment by Laurie, Jackson and Delilah on September 20, 2017 at 9:07pm

JoBill, I am so sorry to hear this news and will send up prayers to heaven for your Gizmo.  I remember you!!  You had some great input when I got my Jackson, who is 5 now, and was also a handful!!!!  Please know my doodle family in NY is thinking and sending positive thoughts your way!!  Let us know how things are going.  

Comment by CJ, Gracie, and Quinn on September 20, 2017 at 12:46pm

Oh JoBill, I am so sorry to be reading this. We just went through some terror with Quinn so I feel your anxiety. We had a golden mix many years ago who had kidney disease, and we actually did dialysis. It did wonders for her. If I remember correctly she had a couple of sessions several months apart and then she lived for 2-3 more years--and they were good quality happy years. We had to let her go at 18 because of a spinal shift, not due to her kidney disease. I tell you all this because I want to share some hope.

As for the eating, can you get ahold of some green tripe? Not the kind you find in the grocery store. It is called "green" because it is unprocessed. It is gross and terribly smelly, but most dogs find it irresistible. For several reasons, we recently switched to raw feeding and green tripe is a portion of the diet. Maybe there is a raw dog food supplier in your area? You can google it. If you can't find that, just try some chopped up pieces of raw chicken or raw beef. If you've never fed raw, this may seem disgusting and even detrimental, but it is truly safe and it might be something that Gizmo will eat.

Something else you may want to try is Satin Balls. They are for weight gain, and may also be helpful in enticing Gizmo to eat again. Here is a site with a few different recipes:

My prayers are with you guys. Please, please keep us posted!!

Comment by Laurie, Nug & Puk on September 20, 2017 at 12:33pm
Jo, I am so very sorry to hear this news. I am sending up prayers for Gizmo's health and for your peace and comfort.
My heart hurts for you as I can't imagine all the thoughts and scenarios going through your head. Keep a positive outlook and take it one day at a time. There are so many on this community who adore you and Gizmo and we all know how much you Love him.
Big hugs from all of the Young clan to you and Gizmo.
Comment by Pedro & Alessandra on September 20, 2017 at 11:44am

Dear JoBill, we remember you of course and sweet Gizmo. We are sending positive healing thoughts and loving paws with all our hearts. Sounds like you are in good hands for his treatment, but my only suggestion would be turmeric. I have been feeding Pedro the Turmeric Golden Paste with his food for a couple of years now and I hope every day that it helps keep him healthy. I read that Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties that are good for kidney disease. Please keep us posted and stay strong. Hugs from Alessandra and Pedro.

Comment by Kathy, Elliott & Spencer on September 20, 2017 at 11:28am
Hi JoBill, long time not here for me too. I am sending loving healing energy to both you and your sweet Gizmo. Hugs. Kathy, Elliott and Spencer

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