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A couple weeks ago, our 9 yo lab mix got very sick.  She couldn't keep food or water down.  We took her to the vet for blood work.  Her kidney levels and liver enzymes were elevated.  The liver enzymes were really high--about 20X normal.The only thing out of the ordinary that had happened was that 4 or 5 days before, she'd eaten some kind of bone that had been on our street for days.  Not sure if it was an old chicken bone from someone's trash or if it was a wild animal bone.

 

She stayed at the vet on IV fluids and antibiotics for 2 days.  They repeated the blood work and the liver enzymes improved by half (they were still 10X the normal amount though), but some of  the kidney levels actually got a little worse.  The vet was considering Cushings, diabetes, and leptospirosis.

 

We had an ultrasound.  It showed a smaller than normal liver with a few prominent bile ducts and a little thickening around the kidneys, but nothing scary.  The leptospirosis test came back negative, but has to be repeated in another couple weeks.

 

She's been on antibiotics to treat as if she has lepto.  She's doing better.  She can keep food and water down, and she's not acting sick anymore.  She's still drinking and peeing more than usual though. 

 

The thing is, we still don't have a diagnosis!   So I don't know if this is an acute illness, or the beginnings of a chronic illness. 

 

Do any of you have dogs with kidney or liver disease?  If so, would you share your experience? 

 


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One more thing.  Our vet recommended a supplement called Sam-e to support liver healing and function.  Have you heard of it or used it?  There one formulated for pets that also contains milk thistle, and there's also the human grade one (that doesn't have milk thistle in it).  For some reason the human one is less expensive (and easier to find) than the dog formula.  Do you think it's safe to use that one, or should I buy the dog formula online? 

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I updated this thread with new information and questions, so I'm just giving it a bump.  :)


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