Kidney failure in an 11-month old boxer? Help! (Long)

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@angustia:  Did you ask her exactly what indication there is that it’s kidney failure?  

Post # 4
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’d get a second opinion. Sounds like a UTI to me. Did they do bloodwork to confirm kidney function?

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@angustia:  First, I am so sorry you’re going through this.  It’s so hard when our pups are sick becasue they can’t tell us what is wrong 🙁

I know what you mean about the Vet.  While I don’t have experience with Kidney issues in dogs, I would definitely get a second opinion.  It seems off to me that the vet would say “kidney failure” in such a casual fasion.  To me, thats very serious, and I would expect my vet to tell me straight up – and right away.  The peeing in the crate could mean many things (my pup does it somtimes w/her separation anxiety).  I would ask some neighbors/friends/coworkers who have dogs who their vet is – and look up some reviews online.  We travel an hour to our regular vet just because he is the only one I trust to take care of my babies.

I hope everything turns out okay – please let us know what happens!!

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@angustia:  There are a lot of reasons for dogs to be urinating a lot, not just kidney failure.  Sounds like at the second vet she just did a urine test?  To know if his  kidneys are ok you would need blood work done.  Even if he had normal bloodwork in April, kidney problems can happen quickly so I think you should have bloodwork repeated to see what is going on.

Post # 7
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

Sounds like a UTI. My lab gets them because she was very sick as a puppy when we got her and ha to be on a lot of antibiotics. I guess that made her suseptable to them. I’ve also almost been swindled by vets, so I’m leery of them in general. We finally found a vet we really liked in socal, but then we moved to North Carolina.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@pixiecat:  Good point.  I just had 3 sets of bloodwork done on one of my dogs in the last couple of weeks because of GI issues.

Post # 11
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Newbee

I have a friend that had thier much older dog – 12 years old have kidney failure and they removed one kidney.  She lived for a long time after that – but that was an extreme case and it was also related to cancer.

 

I had a bulldog who has problems peeing a lot, and unfortunately it was a tumor in her colon that was pressing on her bladder.  They tried Calvamox and other antibiotics.  Also way we found out was an x-ray.  This could be an less expensive way to rule out anything else as well.

 

Maybe try finding a boxer specialist, given your puppy’s age.  

Post # 12
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

@angustia:  I was in La Habra/Whittier area. We took her to Gregg Animal Hospital in La Habra. Even if it’s a bit of a drive, it is so worth it! Our vet was great and you could just tell how much he loves every animal. I feel like all of the ther vets we saw were sort of cold towards our dog. He just wanted to love on her!

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@angustia:  I know the bloodwork was “only” three months ago, but he wasn’t having accidents in the house at that time.  Especially if he urinated while sleeping, that is not normal.  Again, not necessarily kidney failure.  The bloodwork is an easy place to start, because it may take a lot more to eventually find out what is going on (and you could still come up with everything being normal).  I know people don’t like to spend money repeating bloodwork, but things really can change quickly.  I have repeated bloodwork a few days later and things are completely different.

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