Renial failure from poisoning would not appear the same as renial failure when the kidneys just shrivel up. However, if it was renial failure you would have seen the signs (increased water intake and urination for one)
At 11 months old a dog with a problem her entire life would have been showing signs. She'd not be happy normal bright eyed with good weight and normal potty habits one day, and a collapsed puddle a day or two later.
Another possible source of poisoning is getting into medications such as advil.
On the best of days a dog is a dog, and on the worst of days a dog is a dog.
I am so sorry to hear of your baby being sick, but with labs an infection would show a high white blood cell count. If it was anti freeze, it usually shuts down the liver and kidney's. If there is a problem they usually do an ultrasound or sono before going through with surgery. There seems to be some holes in the story. Don't be afraid to ask questions and be a nag, no vet minds that as long as you have the animals best interest at heart.
We called today, because the vet was going to go in for us.. so we could be with her with she was put down. She said that when she went in this morning to check on her that she seemed to be a little bit better, and she had pulled her IV out.. so.. had she not done that, she could have been even better than that, as she wasn't sure what time Bella had done it during the night. So, she said if it were her.. she'd wait until tomorrow and see if she improves any more. I know we're picking at needles in haystacks at this point, but if there's any sort of hope that she could pull through this..... I can't just put her down, yet. I can't do it. She's so young, and deserves a second chance if given to her..
Pray real hard, my little sister woke up this morning and said.. "Sissy, I prayed TWICE last night." Maybe It's working.:)
Icy, she wasn't eating or drinking at all.. and barely urinating or going poop. When she did go potty, it was severe diahrea. (sp).
I just talked with the vet, and oddly.. she sounds extremely positive. She said her white blood cell count is down to 20,000. She's going to leave her on her IV today, and then tomorrow evening.. take her off for the night. Then test her the next morning. She said that would be the "true test". I'm so excited. I'm trying to tell myself, don't count your chickens before they hatch.. but I just can't help it.
I think Shih Tzus are known to have kidney issues. I knew a shih tzu mix with such severe kidney disfunction that the owner was considering a transplant. I would contact the breeder to let them know what is going on with your puppy. It could very well be a genetic problem they would want to know about.
pwcorgilover You are correct the Shih Tzu is prone to Renal Dyslasia along with Umbillical Hernias, Juvenile Cataracts, Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Hip Dyspasia and Interverebral Disc Disease. More of the reason to have your dogs tested prior to breeding.
Well, according to the vet.. we have hit a dead end, fighting a losing battle.
She shows absolutely no interest in food. She's had so much IV in the past 4 days that she almost has more water in her body than blood. The vet said, since she shows no interest in food and water when they take her off of the IV.. she'll just go back to being deathly ill again.
Thanks everybody that was rooting for her, there's an appointment at 1pm tomorrow to end her suffering.