Hello there. I am no medical expert of any kind as you will see from what I am about to ask so please forgive me for probably sounding like an idiot. Anyway, so a few weeks ago, I noticed that my dog was blotted so I freaked out and took him to the vet thinking it was bloat (he is a small Rat Terrier). Anyway, to keep it short, it wasn't bloat, he is just old and his heart was expanding on boath sides causing the liquid retention. So he was kept there for three days and when I went to pick him up I was in such a hurry that I took the pills that were prescribed for him and then I got a case of Hill's Prescription K/D. So, it wasn't until now that I look back and wonder if this food is necessary. I read about it online and I see its mostly for diabetic dogs, so why was he prescribed this? Do you think my vet is fooling me. And actually this isn't my vet vet, this is just some emergency pet room for animals in Puerto Rico that is struggeling for money.
So I ask you all, do you think I should keep buying this food for him or should I go find another vet?
It's not a bad idea to get a 2nd opinion, certainly. I've heard of k/d being used for both diabetic dogs and for dogs with kidney failure and heart disease. Liquid retention is generally seen as a kidney problem in older dogs.. thus, your dog was prescribed k/d.
Unless theres a kidney disorder, why would you need k/d? If the dog has congestive heart failure, the fluid retention in the lungs would be treated with a diuretic or a medication to improve the strength of the heart or both. Ask about the labs they did on the kidneys. If the kidneys are ok, I don't see why you need a special food.
Vets also prescribe K/D for dogs with liver problums, and Liver Shunts. I dont believe a vet would prescribe if it werent necessary. There are lots of other foods only your vet can sell, I dont believe they would pick that one for nothing. ~IMO, My pug eats it, and its spendy I know!
Forgot to say a 2nd opinion cant hurt though-just in case!
***Edited By: 763melani on 5/5/2005 6:47:29 PM*** Reason: edit
it is always a good idea to have a followup with your regular veterinarian after an emnergency room visit. it is good to give your vet a copy of all paperwork for his permanent file. was an ultrasound done by the er vet to determine the type of heart problem your dog has ? if not it would be a good idea to have your reg. vet schedule one so you know exactly what you are dealing with. there are different types of meds for different heart problems. k/d is generally dispensed for kidney problems. hill's used ot have a food called h/d for heart problems. we rarely use any of the hills produvts anymore so the h/d diet may have been replaced by the k/d diet.
You know scout that is a good question. I was thinking H/D would be more appropriate, but I haven't seen it in a couple of years. I know that the first vet I worked for would send home H/D for dogs who were usually on K/D if we were out of K/D or vice versa because they were so similar. So they may have just decided to do away with the H/D and have just one diet. But if the dog is retaining fluids you definietely want the kidneys to be well taken care of. If you're giving the dog a diuretic it would make sense to make sure the kidneys are in tip top condition, because they will be working extra hard to get rid of all that fluid. The K/D simply helps keep the kidneys working efficiently. It would be a good idea to let your reg. vet know what is going on so they can follow up as this is a condition that will probably not go away, but will need to be carefully monitored.
Just my opinion, but I have said it once, will say it again. I can't stand emergency clinics. They routinely charge 10xs what normal vets charge for no reason other than they are an emergecy clinic, and they many times the vets aren't that great. If is also my experience that they use fear and guilt to 'upsell' people who are just scared and concerned for their pets.