Hello every one! Khady's mom here again. Look at my beautiful girl!!!
Hubby and I went to see Khady at the doggie hospital. It's so hard to believe she is so sick since she looks so good and was so spunky and happy to see us. The vet said they could tell she was definitely feeling better because she was voicing her opinions a bit more!
We spoke in depth with the vet to get more info on the ultrasound results. The outside cortices is quite a bit denser than what is normal and there is scar like tissue (something to do with the nephrons and amaloids that are being produced) in that portion of her kidneys that should not be there. Also, the center of her kidneys are a bit dilated so basically things just aren't quite right. Luckily she doesn't have cystic kidneys. However, the amaloids that she is producing is what is causing this. I did verify that there is no way this could be caused from Lyme and she said no, it is definitely something hereditary and has been working on her kidneys for a long time. As the BUN and creatinine levels rise, as long as they do it slowly, then their bodies can adjust and acclimate to the increases. It is only once it gets to that really high level that actual failure sets in and they get this sick.
We are keeping her there again over night to check her levels again in the morning to see what changes in numbers we have again. The lower creatinine levels are what is the most important so that is really what they would like to see drop by about half again, so down to 2.2 would be great. Less than 1.2 would be back to normal range. BUN will probably not go back to normal, but lower levels is still important.
So, depending on her numbers, she might get to come home tomorrow. Or, we might want to keep her there for another 24 hours just to continue to see if numbers keep dropping or level off. I'm all for leaving her there if it is in her best interest. Even though I miss her so terrible much, it's all about what she needs!
Once she gets home she will be on the special prescription science diet k/d food and we will also have to give her Maalox as she needs the aluminum hydroxide and magnesium hydroxide to help with her kidney function. They are already giving it to her now, so we will need to continue that.
The uncertain thing is how long will it take for her numbers to go back up. That will determine how much time we will get with her. We will be keeping a close watch on how well she is eating. 2 skipped meals in a row will be a trip back to the vet.
We are keeping our prayers going and are more than grateful that there are so many others out there who are doing the same. I am overwhelmed with all the support and comforting words we have received. I couldn't be more thankful to have such a wonderful group of friends and support. Thank you all soooo much!
Will update you all again tomorrow once we get her new numbers. Khady sends many thanks and Sibe smiles to you all!