Good Blood

Addie continues to amaze me.. she is our “Super Dog”!

Following her last urinary tract infection, I was a bit concerned as she still seemed “off”.  I can’t say exactly how, but sometimes you just have that feeling.  I didn’t think it was still the UTI, but something else.  They ran some blood tests and then a urine test.  Her traditional vet called and based on her results (her BUN and creatinine were high), she diagnosed her with kidney failure/disease.  The actual test results said more than a 50% reduction in kidney function.  She recommended Addie go on a high carbohydrate/low protein diet. If you are familiar with dogs with cancer, you probably know that this is 180 degrees opposite of a traditional cancer diet.  Addie’s meals are higher protein and carbs are a big no-no for cancer.  When speaking with Addie’s traditional vet about this, she was perplexed.  She basically said we need to take care of which one was going to kill her first – the kidney failure or the cancer.  That is when she gave me information point #2:    that she believed that Addie really only had 6 more months.

Normally, this would be devastating news obviously.  But given Addie’s history, I wasn’t too phased.  I recall over 3 years ago getting a 6-10 week diagnosis for her.  Yea… she’s still here kicking butt.

So the lab results were sent over to Vet #2 – her holistic vet.  His opinion was not even close to being grim.  He recommended we wait 30 days, retest her blood, then determine how to proceed.  Which could mean altering her diet, providing more holistic meds which could help her kidneys, etc.  But at this point we were on a wait and see.

Late last week, we had her blood retested.  Her BUN and creatinine were both within the normal range.  High-normal, but normal.  The traditional vet didn’t recommend any changes at this time.  We are still waiting to  hear from her holistic vet who is out on vacation until the 19th.  But we not too concerned given her higher levels.

So again, Addie faces adversity head on and laughs in it’s face….

2 thoughts on “Good Blood

  1. Hello
    You story on sweet Addie has given us so much hope!! I would love more than anything to speak with you!! My best buddy in the world Oskar (male rottie 8 years young) went into ER on Sunday 1/29 when they found he was bleeding internally and had a grapefruit sized tumor on his spleen. They said he looked clean and only saw a little mark on his liver… We are so lucky he is alive!! He is lying right beside me dreaming 🙂 i think he is chasing a squirrel 🙂
    Tomorrow we will get the results of his biopsy..

    Thank you and all our love to sweet Addie!!!!
    Oskar and his family

    here is Oskar (oskar aka Oz is the most well known rottie on the web.. we share oz to help others with training, socializing, nutrition,love, ect…. ).

    • Ursula and Oskar,

      So sorry to hear the news! Although it has been over 3 years since we were in the same place, the emotions of it all seem like yesterday.

      Please feel free to email us offline and call us if you wish. We will try to offer any advice we can. If it does come back as hemangiosarcoma (and we so hope it does not!), our best advice at this time is to get him on Neoplasene ASAP. To us, that is what saved our Addie.

      We watched your videos this morning… he seems like an amazing guy! The one of when he was 8 weeks old so reminded of Addie at that age 🙂

      Wishing you all the best,

      Denice and Addie

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