My ears make me look like a puppy face.
I prefer dis couch to my crate!
Rosie is THE CUTEST little girl. She
has a DARLING personality and really likes herself a lot. She has uncropped ears which give
her this cute baby face.
Her tail never stops wagging and she is a happy, happy girl. She is crate and house trained and loves to
lounge on the sofa. She does know how to counter
surf too (so she has obviously been someone's house dog).
Rosie weighed 51 pounds when we went to have our check up. She is HW free, normal thyroid,
hooks and was also diagnosed with Chronic Renal Failure which means Rosie is in for a lifetime
of special diets, lots of vitamins and supplements and as things go downhill she will eventually
require subQ fluids on a daily basis.
CRF causes nausea so they refuse to eat, which is why so many kidney failure dogs
are so thin. Another thing that is of utmost importance with a renal dog is to keep the phosphate
count as low as possible so that means very specialized diet for each individual dog in addition
to a slew of vitamins and supplements specific to renal dogs.
Rosie's BUN was 82 (normal being 25), creatnine was 5.0 (normal being 1.6) and her
phos count was 6.1 (normal being 2.5-6.0)
Doc gave Rosie a B12 injection and fluids two days after we got these high readings and
a little bit but not enough to make a difference. BUN has remained at 70, creatnine dropped
then 4.3 the last time and the phos is still 6.1, which sucks.
But....the good news is she gained 8 pounds in those two weeks so we are doing the
happy dance about that!
June 6, 02 UPDATE
Rosie ate 4 cups of chicken and rice all on her own twice today for a grand total of 8 cups
of food in one day!! WOOOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! She still managed to eat around half of
so she still got her raw hamburger balls with her pills stuffed in there for dessert, lol.
But that is ok, she ate
on her own and that is a major break through!
June 15, 02 UPDATE
Rosie's ultrasound today shows that she only has one functioning kidney. Her right kidney is
tiny and non-functioning, basically non-existent. Her left kidney is larger but does not have
the normal architecture so her two vets (regular and specialist)
believe this is congenital. This means she will never get better and ultimately this horrible
disease will take her life. This also means her high BUN, creatnine and phos numbers ARE probably
normal for her (under the circumstances) and will probably never be in the normal ranges.
Rosie will live with this the rest of her life so this makes her a high maintenance girl
to say the very least. This is not a cheap diseases, not is it an easy one. CRF dogs require
special diet and loads of vitamins and fluids under the skin for in order to be able to have
a life worth living. Rosie is a very happy go lucky girl and has a great outlook on life,
inspite of being dumped in the shelter because of her kidney deformity and special needs. She
doesn't know anything is wrong so we will just have a good time, enjoy having her around
and we won't tell her she doesn't feel good.
If you have a dog with renal disease or would like to learn more about this
insidious disease join the K9Kidneys List. They are an invaluable
source of knowledge, resources and support. Rosie wouldn't be where she is today without
their wonderful help and suport.
Sweet Rosie lost her battle with chronic renal failure July 5, 2003 after a
year and three months of living here in Land of the Giants. She had a great
year and three months with us and lived a relatively normal life inspite of the
this insidious disease. She ate on her own most of the time, only had to have
fluids 2-3 times a week so we were lucky compared to most kidney dogs.
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