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Discussion in 'Diseases & Illnesses' started by hyundaipro, Oct 16, 2017.

  1. hyundaipro

    hyundaipro Forums Regular

    Jun 2, 2011
    Hello I'm new I need to ask a question I have a 5 year old sheltie she had quite eating so I took her to the vet she has kidney infection the doctor put on antibiotics and a IV gave her 6mo to a yea anyone had this
  2. ghggp

    ghggp Premium Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    Grosse Pointe, Michigan
    I am so sorry to hear your Sheltie baby has kidney issues. I personally have not had any dogs with kidney disease but would hope you could manage the issue with diet, meds, and IV fluids.

    Found this info that may help...
    Dog kidney failure is more common in older pets. The disease may be fatal, but dogs with this problem may live as much as 4 years. Typically, chronic kidney failure progresses slowly. However, the prognosis for dogs with kidney failure will depend on a number of factors.

    Dog Kidney Failure
    Kidney failure in dogs is a serious condition and affects the capacity to filter waste materials from the blood. The condition may be caused by the accumulation of toxins in the dog's body, which happens over a number of years due to diet or environmental factors. The disease may also be caused by an overdose of drugs or the ingestion of a toxic material. The symptoms of kidney failure may include:

    The condition is not reversible and the prognosis is poor. However, if detected early enough, the dog can live a few years.

    Factors Determining Life Expectancy
    The life expectancy can be greatly modified by a few essential factors:

    • Whether the kidney failure is acute or chronic. Acute kidney failure develops quickly and may result in immediate death. Chronic kidney failure develops at a slow rate.
    • The stage in which the kidney failure was discovered. If the problem is detected when it is already advanced, the prognosis can be very poor.
    • The care given to the dog. A dog that receives medication and proper care may live longer than a dog that doesn't receive the same amount of support.
    • The age of the dog. Younger dogs may be able to regenerate and live longer.
    • The general state of health and the condition of the immune system.
    • The type of treatment administered to the dog.
    A dog with kidney failure should receive intravenous (IV) fluids and a special diet. The diet should be poor in proteins, phosphorus and sodium, which will make the task of the kidneys easier. Drugs that filter phosphorus and other toxins from the dog's blood can be used to support the kidneys. Frequent tests should be performed to make sure the dog is eating a suitable diet.

    Dog Kidney Failure Life Expectancy
    The dog's life expectancy may be normal, provided he receives proper care. This is due to the fact that the dog is already old when the disease occurs and even without a kidney disease, his life expectancy would not exceed a few years. However, most frequently, the dog will die within the following year. Dogs in poor condition will die within the following 3 months. The disease may be fatal if it is acute and certain dogs may die within a few days, because he cannot remove the waste materials from the body and these can lead to immediate toxicity and death.

    Please let us know how things are progressing.
  3. Ann

    Ann Moderator

    Feb 25, 2008
    Western Connecticut
    I'm sorry to hear about your pup. I hope you can give her a longer life. Try adding some milk thistle to her diet. It helps the kidneys and liver when they're compromised. I'd recommend a high quality one, such as Marin Plus. You can get it on Chewy.com. Good luck and pats to your girl.

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