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It is startling for us to hear about so many cases of kidney problems in dogs. We have been following Champ and his mom, Judy, and their journey through the difficult time since getting this devastating diagnosis. We wanted to share this here so that other pet parents, who my be struggling with a similar issue, may see that there is hope, even in the most advanced cases. Here is Champ’s story so far…
Dear Dr. Harvey,
Champ is our five-year-old Golden Retriever who we adopted three years ago. He was rescued from a high kill shelter in South Carolina by a Long Island Humane Society just 24 hours before he was to be euthanized. Champ is a very loving and loyal dog. We have spent many hours roaming the woods and fields during all seasons.
Our medical journey with Champ began on December 20, 2013.
For a few months prior, we had noticed Champ losing some weight. There were also a few days where he did not have much of an appetite. But most days, he was his normal active and energetic self. When I took Champ to his December veterinarian appointment, I was shocked to get the diagnosis of stage 4 kidney failure!
I was told survival outlook was most likely just weeks. I left Champ overnight at the vet to receive IV fluids. When I picked him up the next day and was given 5 different medications along with a phosphorus binder. They recommended a “prescription diet”. Champ was eating next to nothing at this time.
As soon as I got Champ home I began searching the Internet for information and resources to help me understand this condition. On January 2nd we tried the prescription dog food. I tried cooking for him. It was hit or miss, some days he would eat and some days nothing at all. He always wanted to go for his walks. I don’t know where he got the energy, as he was really not eating!
At this time, I came across Canine Health, the all-natural food pre-mix food by Dr. Harvey. There was a website address and toll free number. I had nothing to lose, I sent an e-mail explaining what was happening with Champ and held my breath hoping for a reply.
Within an hour, Wendy e-mailed me and said Dr. Harvey wanted to speak with me and to please call. I did right away. I told him everything and he said to start Champ on Kefir right away. I had just ordered the Canine Health-The Miracle Dog Food, was to call him when I received it so he could help me portion what Champ needed.
Champ has been eating Canine Health for a few days by now. It did take him a few meals before he started to really eat his food.
Dr. Harvey was guided me on the protein amounts to use in Champ’s food. We decided to decrease the protein a bit to try and bring down his Bun. He also said I needed to get Champ on fluids right away. On Jan. 11th another urinalysis was done. I was told kidney function was very poor there was a lot of protein and bacteria in urine. Again, I was told a very bleak outlook.
On Jan.20th I spoke with Dr. Harvey again, Champ was not eating as well as he had been. Dr. Harvey told me not to stress, because that would get Champ stressed. Dr. Harvey helped me come up with a new game plan. I asked the vet for Sub Q Fluids to be given at home. My vet suggested 500 ml every other day.
By Feb 3rd the urinalysis was much improved. I had taken a sample from Champ first thing that morning by doing a clean catch. *Champ had also gained some weight, up a few pounds thanks to Canine Health! Again, I called Dr. Harvey with results. New game plan, we need to get the Bun down. We cut his daily protein amounts and I began giving 500 ml of Sub Q fluids every day. I continued giving 3600 mg of aluminum hydroxide powder divided among 3 meals per day.
We didn’t change anything else except that Dr. Harvey told me to add one sweet potato per day to Champ’s food. This should help him gain a little more weight. I am so thankful for Dr. Harvey and Wendy. They are always available to help day or night. They genuinely care about our animal companions. I know Champ’s journey is ongoing and I am learning new things every day. It is reassuring to know Dr. Harvey is only a phone call away. He expects me to call after every vet appointment to discuss results. I am thankful for that!
Champ is doing great! He is eating 8 scoops of Canine Health-The Miracle Dog Food per day along with a sweet potato mixed in. He licks his dish clean! I can’t tell you how good it is to see that considering 6 weeks ago we were begging him to eat with little success.
Thank you Dr. Harvey. I am so glad I stumbled upon this website. I appreciate the support you offer and the quick response to a phone call or e-mail. Thanks for caring. Judy