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    Thanks for all the recommendations and support. We went into urgent care today because she regressed and is back to lethargy, vomiting bile, and loss of appetite. Her kidney numbers are really high, indicating kidney failure. We’re giving her one more great day, then saying good bye tomorrow.

    Good luck to everyone, this has been a tough year.

    Jason O

    Thank you all for your replies. Our dog doesn’t have full blown kidney disease, her numbers are just elevated a bit. We had an ultrasound taken of her a few years ago and the tech said her intestines have difficulty pushing food through. That combined with her elevated numbers led the vet to suggest a K/D diet.

    She just won’t eat any of the Hills K/D anymore, although we haven’t tried ALL of the different flavors. She likes the K/D kibble, but she has a tough time digesting it. When we water it down, she has no interest in it. She’s really finicky and we may end up having to cycle foods every two days or something.

    She really likes nabbing our bigger dogs food, which is Natural Balance Sweet Potato Venison. I tried feeding her the wet version and she took a few bites and that was it. The numbers looked okay, although protein was a bit down.
    Crude Protein 20.0% Min.
    Crude Fat 10.0% Min.
    Crude Fiber 5.0% Max.
    Moisture 10.0% Max.
    Calcium 0.8% Min.
    Phosphorus 0.6% Min.
    Omega-6 Fatty Acids* 1.5% Min.
    Omega-3 Fatty Acids* 0.5% Min

    My second attempt was Hill’s Adult Light With Liver. She ate a larger portion of that last night, and this morning she chowed it and wanted more.
    Protein 23.9
    Fat 9.0
    Crude Fiber 13.0
    Carbohydrate / NFE 48.4
    Calcium 0.74
    Phosphorous 0.61
    Sodium 0.32
    Potassium 0.96
    Magnesium 0.141
    Vitamin C 105 ppm
    Vitamin E 903 IU/kg
    Total Omega-3 FA 0.39
    Total Omega-6 FA 3.67

    We have a vet appointment either tonight or tomorrow to re-up her prescriptions and discuss the diet issues. I have a feeling the vet will say “if she’s eating, pooping, and drinking just roll with it”.

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