Today, Tasha’s BUN had come down from 89 to 59 and her creatinine went from 3.5 to 2.9. We told the vet the quandary - that if we can’t do the amputation, we’re going to end up euthanizing soon because of the pain. He was careful to say he can’t make any guarantees, and of course we know that, but he said he doesn’t think it’s unreasonable to do the amputation in a dog of her age in her condition. He believes she has the same type of constant throbbing pain in the leg as dogs have from osteosarcoma and that she will be a different dog when she wakes up and that’s gone.

Most importantly, he said her BUN and creatinine indicate some type of kidney disease, but not necessarily kidney failure, and that she doesn’t fit the clinical picture of a CRF dog. (DH had spoken with him about the initial SMAC results, and "kidney failure" was my interpretation, not his.) He thinks her kidney function may improve more once she’s off Previcox. So, Monday morning she will go in and they’ll start IV fluids. She will have the leg amputated first thing Tuesday, and will remain on fluids through surgery and until just before she comes home.

She’ll probably come home Tuesday. I plan to keep her on a kidney diet, probably mostly homemade and maybe some K/D, forever unless her values return to normal at some point in the future.
Thanks to everybody for your well wishes. Here we go again; fingers and paws crossed for a good outcome!
Mustang Sally
Thanks to everybody for your well wishes. Here we go again; fingers and paws crossed for a good outcome!

We have a lot of fingers and paws crossed.
That information sounds a lot better than the kidney failure shorthand.

For some reason, I'm reminded of a good friend who had a kidney transplant many years ago and then about five years ago, had a heart transplant. Nobody told his body he was getting a new heart and it began to shut down and die. Between the kidney problems, the drugs he had to take for that and the heart failure, he was a mess.

Since the heart transplant, he's had his hips and knees replaced. So he's like the bionic man. He feels better now than he has in many years. When he had so many pieces parts replaced, the rest of his body could begin to function better and his over-all health has improved. Now everything is working pretty well (granted, MUCH has been replaced).

But it's my hope with Tasha that once she isn't in such terrible chronic pain, everything will improve.
Best wishes for you, DH & Tasha.
fingers and paws crossed for a good outcome!

we'll keep all crossed and be thinking of Tasha on Tuesday.

Janet Boss
www.bestfriendsdogobedience.com
Thanks to everybody for your well wishes. Here we go again; fingers and paws crossed for a good outcome!

A mess of paws crossed here in Enfield, and a few fingers, too.

Melinda Shore - Software longa, hardware brevis - (Email Removed)

If you can't say it clearly, you don't understand it yourself John Searle
Today, Tasha's BUN had come down from 89 to 59 and her creatinine went from 3.5 to 2.9.

Oh good!
We told the vet the quandary - that if we can't do
the amputation, we're going to end up euthanizing soon because of the pain. He was careful to say he can't ... as dogs have from osteosarcoma and that she will be a different dog when she wakes up and that's gone.

Double good!
Most importantly, he said her BUN and
creatinine indicate some type of kidney disease, but not necessarily kidney failure, and that she doesn't fit the clinical picture ... and "kidney failure" was my interpretation, not his.) He thinks her kidney function may improve more once she's off Previcox.

Beyond good and on to excellent!
So, Monday
morning she will go in and they'll start IV fluids. She will have the leg amputated first thing Tuesday, and ... to everybody for your well wishes. Here we go again; fingers and paws crossed for a good outcome! Mustang Sally

The shepherds and I have all crossables crossed for you and Tasha.

Beth
Thanks to everybody for your well wishes. Here we go again; fingers and paws crossed for a good outcome!

Fingers and paws crossed for you and Tasha in Kentucky. You're both in my thoughts.

Lynne
Good luck to you and to Tasha.

Melanie Lee Chang * (Email Removed)
Canine Behavioral Genetics Project
University of California, San Francisco
http://psych.ucsf.edu/K9BehavioralGenetics/
Today, Tasha's BUN had come down from 89 to 59 and her creatinine went from 3.5 to 2.9. We told ... future. Thanks to everybody for your well wishes. Here we go again; fingers and paws crossed for a good outcome!

Good luck to all of you :-).
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