My 5 1/2 year old Am Staff has recently been diagnosed with kidney failure. His BUN has been normal, creatinine was at 2.2 (our lab normals show high normal at 1.6) and urine SG 1.019 (it’s never been higher than that and has been as low as 1.014).
I adopted him from our local shelter a couple of years ago and he came with a myriad of problems, one of which was drinking a ton and with my knowledge of vet med, I had a feeling something was up but wasn’t sure what yet. It didn’t take long to show in the blood work. Naturally I was concerned and super sad about it. He’s a love!
Anyhow I went to see a holistic vet who is really great. We talked about different things and he got acupuncture and she started him on Rehmannia 8 (AKA Bawei Dihuang Wan). So this is my question, has anyone used this for kidney disease?
Just curious, was he diagnosed with Lyme? I had a dog that wasn’t diagnosed in time so even with the maximum antibiotic treatment she was left with kidney damage.
PS: I would consider consulting an Internal Medicine Specialist regarding an aggressive approach to treatment. Supplements are not medication.
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I have not experienced kidney disease with my sibi, but she was concently getting struvite stones and we switched her to bottle water because our tap water is so hard, and that took care of her stones. Has your holistic vet suggestions on this to you. So sorry to hear about your baby.
Anonymous, I have a regular veterinarian who I work well with. I also have a history in vet med as a technician. I appreciate the recommendation to go to the internist but I’m comfortable with my route. His vet is quite competent and is also quite comfortable sending me to an internist when she feels it’s warranted. He, very likely, came to me with a kidney issue as he’s always had symptoms. He’s had multiple tests at his general practitioner including blood work, urine and an ultrasound of his kidney’s. Lyme? This was not an issue as he has no other symptoms that would point to that. I went to my holistic vet to get an additional opinion to work in conjunction with my vet not in opposition to. I feel the utmost trust in his veterinarians.
Katyand jewel, thank you so much for the well wishes! No, she hasn’t. We don’t have hard water where we’re from. It’s actually ok. I appreciate your response though 🙂
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