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8 September 2017 - 6:49 pm
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So as I sit here beside myself, we got some terrible news. Turbo has kidney disease. 

When Turbo was hit by the car with his previous owners, they hit him in the abdomen and broke his rear legs and as we are finding out, lots of trauma to his kidneys. 

While we wait for further testing to be done, and his ultrasound on Thursday, I am reading about how kibble is the worst thing to give a dog with kidney disease. So I’m going to switch him to a raw/cooked diet of natural foods.

My predicament is that now I have to make sure I am feeding Turbo enough nutrients to foster good bone health because of his amputation as well as easily broken down through the kidneys. 

Does anyone have any suggestions for me on where to start. I’m sorely niave when it comes to raw diets. What can I feed him, what can’t I, isnkt cooked, steamed, completely raw? Help! 

Livermore, CA




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8 September 2017 - 8:53 pm
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Geeze, you and Turbo have been through enough already!

My Tripug Maggie developed renal failure a few years after her amp.  I didn’t have much time to deal with it as she developed a second cancer and passed from that.  But I did find a K9Kidney group on yahoo that was pretty helpful with interpreting test results, diets and all things related to dealing with kidney issues.  Here is a link to their Facebook page, there is a link there to their yahoo group but the link is not working for me.

I know several people here have dealt with kidney issues- the one I can think of now is Spirit Nitro and mom Paula, they post as dobemom so you can send her a PM.

Karen and the Spirit Pug Girls

Tri-pug Maggie survived a 4.5 year mast cell cancer battle only to be lost to oral melanoma.

1999 to 2010

 

              Maggie's Story                  Amputation and Chemo

Green Bay, WI


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11 September 2017 - 1:57 pm
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Hi, like Karen mentioned, my Dobe Nitro had kidney failure – not sure if it was due to chemo or just to old age (he was an 11 1/2 year old Dobie). We started him on Hill’s K/D, a prescription food low in phosphorus and protein. He didn’t love it – it’s very bland – but he ate it for awhile. He also got acupuncture which can help with kidney issues. As far as a raw diet, we didn’t use one so I have no insight on this. Nitro became incontinent about the last year and a half of his life, which we just dealt with by using diapers at night. My holistic vet also had him on some Chinese herbs for kidney health. Did they help? I don’t know for sure, but they didn’t hurt. Nitro was a tripawd for over 3 years due to osteosarcoma, and old age is what got him in the end. Good luck, let me know if I can be of more help.

Paula and Warrior Angel Nitro

Nitro 11 1/2  yr old Doberman; right front amp June 2014. Had 6 doses carboplatin, followed by metronomic therapy. Rocked it on 3 legs for over 3 years! My Warrior beat cancer, but couldn't beat old age. He crossed the Bridge peacefully on July 25, 2017, with dignity and on his terms.  Follow his blog entitled "Doberman's journey"

http://nitro.tripawds.com

"Be good, mama loves you".....run free my beautiful Warrior

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