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We can't figure out what's wrong with my (almost) 12 year old greyhound. I took her to the vet 3 weeks ago with diarrhea. Metronidazole 500mg and subcutaneous fluids didn't help. Soon after, she started drinking lots of water and became incontinent. If I don't make her go out every 2 hours (longer at night), she will pee in her bed. After another visit last week, my vet suspected mild azotemia and renal insufficiency. Her specific gravity (refractory) was 1.020; no protein in urine; BUN was 37; and CRE was 2.0. The vet wanted keep her overnight and do an IV fluid diuresis, but I opted for more sub fluids and a home trial of 50 mgs Phenylpropanolamine (Prion) 2 times a day. This hasn't helped - she still has little bladder control. We did change her food to Prescription Diet k/d. This helped a lot as she doesn't have diarrhea anymore. The above values above don't seem high for a greyhound. These problems seemed to have come on suddenly, and I'm wondering if these are kidney problems or something else. Any ideas? I'm going crazy with the diapers, little sleep and washing dog beds! I'd appreciate any advice or opinions :) Melissa
Hello, This is a non grey post, so I apologise for that. I joined as we are waiting to get our greyhound Peggy. However, I thought that I would still ask on here as everyone seems very helpful We found out last night that my parents dog Barney (flat coated retriever) has kidney failure he is only 5 and such a lovely dog, we were lookign forward to him and Peggy spending lots of time together and my dad is just about to retire so it's such a shame. I was wondering if anyone has dealt with kidney failure and if they have any advice for us? He is going on a special Royal Canin Renal diet from today and has been prescibed some medications. I think it is earlyish as the main symptom was excessive drinking/urination with little colour. He doesn't seem ill at all, still full of energy and lovely as ever I think apart from this he is very healthy, which will hopefully help. It only really got noticed as he just had a small lump removed from his gum (which was benign) and they did blood tests and urine tests as he leaked urine while under anasthesia which they thought was odd at the vets. How long is life expectancy for dogs with kidney failure does anyone know? Are we looking at a month or 2 or a year? We're very sad as me and my boyfriend raised him from a puppy during our Univeristy summer vacation and we lived with them until 8 months ago, so he is very much our dog as well. It would be great even he lived for another year to enjoy his time with Peggy and my dad once he retires. Any advice will be greatly appreciated Thanks