My dog is 13 years old. He has heart disease and renal failure. The vet wants to give him under the skin fluids. He is still eating and drinking, but he has lost a lot of weight. Please give me advice. What should I do? Should I put him to sleep? WHat is the prognosis of Renal Disease? I don't think the vet is telling me the whole truth, because they seem to be more interested in the money. They already said they can't give me a discount even though I have spent 1600 dollars this past month taking care of my dog. Please give me advice. My dog has lost so much weight. He was 28lbs, and now his is just 15. I just don't know what the right thing is to do....... Rose
Assuming renal failure in old dogs is anything like renal failure in humans, it's only a matter of time before nature takes it's course. The kidneys help filter out all sorts of toxins from the body, if they're not working, the body fluids will slowly poison the dog. Increased drinking and urination is the natural response of the animal to make up for the new amounts of waste materials that are going to the blood stream. Here's a pretty good article on renal disease and failure. http://www.petshealthrx.com/encycEntry.cfm?ENTRY=68&COLLECTION=EncycIllness&MODE=full In older dogs, it's both chronic and irreversible, and the prognosis isn't all that good I'm afraid. All your money isn't going to improve the dog's conditions, but may make him more comfortable. No one, probably not even your vet, is going to tell you when is the right time to let your pet go, or to euthanize. That's a decision you will have to make on your own. Good luck, and I wish you and your beloved pet the best.
You should think about the dog's quality of life. If he or she is in constant pain and is no longer enjoying life, and the prognosis for recovery is not good, well, you need to decide what is better for the dog. I know it's hard, because we just recently had to pts one of our pugs. But it was best for him as he could no longer walk, and would urinate and defecate while he was trying to eat. You should also think about the dog's dignity. I wish you and your dog the best of luck.
Unfortunetly when the kidneys are damaged, you cannot turn back the clock and repair them, same goes for heart problems. You can either get the special diet from the vet to al least keep the dog alive and have some type of existance, or plan a proper euthanasia. Some Vets just will not come out and tell you its time. This vet may have hope, and perscribed a strict prescription diet from the vet. If you choose not to feed the diet, then euthanize. The Kidney diet he would perscribe would stop any further damage to the kidneys. In the past, anything the dog ate in his life must be filtered by the kidneys. Anything in the food which is not usable by the body must be eliminated. like...preservatives, colorings, pollutants and excess nutrients like proteins. There is also a connection between poor dental care and heart diseases.