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Renal failure HW+

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    Anonymous

    Hi,

    We adopted a six year old Golden Retriever this year and his health seemed fine-energetic, playful, etc. When I noticed he wasn’t eating for a couple of days and laying around, I took him to the Vet thinking it was a stomach bug or something. The Vet, after seeing his heart rate (250) said our dog is very sick. He suspected heart worms and renal failure, and did a blood test which confirmed it. He suggested we put him to sleep, but I said to try something, so he put him on an IV since Friday morning to see if he could flush out the toxins and get his kidneys functioning better. Today when we visited, the Vet said he will do another blood test in the morning (monday) to see if there is any improvement, but that the dog is vomiting and not putting out enough urine. Our dog got up when he saw my son this morning while visiting, wagged his tail and so he appears to still have spunk and fight in him.

    The Vet told my husband that we should put him to sleep, maybe take him home for one day, to have a last day together, then bring him back to put him out of what’s coming (an agonizing death).

    So, I’m here out of desperation really, trying to learn if there is ANY alternative treatment which could possibly save his life that we could try when we take him home tomorrow.

    Please, please answer asap, and let me know what you think.
    Thank you!

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    Dr. Jeff Feinman
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    [quote=Emily]
    So, I’m here out of desperation really, trying to learn if there is ANY alternative treatment which could possibly save his life that we could try when we take him home tomorrow.
    [/quote]

    There’s always a lot that can be done beyond strictly conventional care. Without a diagnosis however, it is impossible to say what and how. Heartworm disease is definitely treatable and if the kidney failure is due to the heartworms then perhaps that would then improve as well.

    If you want to go further I would first advise consulting an internal medical specialist [url]http://www.acvim.org/Specialist/Search.aspx[/url] to see if there is more that can be done conventionally. At the same time I would advise consulting a vet homeopath [url]http://www.theavh.org/referral/index.php[/url] for internal curative treatment.

    Good luck.

    Dr. Jeff

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