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I'm glad I found this thread, too. @mschauer helped me a lot with Ritz' raw diet. Now I need help with Dahalia, who is just shy of one year old and has had very abnormal to high normal creatine levels (BUN normal) since I rescued her. Best guess by the vet and the vet who did the ultrasound is something she ingested right before I rescued her was toxic and damaged her kidneys somewhat. I do not want to put her on special kidney diet for many reasons. I will pm you, ...
She first saw the vet for this 'illness' on July 3. Second incident was around January 6. So it's close... Dahalia is around 10 months old and my vet left me a voice mail message saying, if I really want to feed raw, I should chose the 'light' meats such as turkey and chicken. A quick internet search indicates that beef cuts are lower in phosphorous. In any case, I will be giving her egg shell powder in lieu of bones. Thanks again.
Just thought I would update this thread. The vet who does the ultrasound sent me this report last week. In pertinent part: Bladder—Moderately to fully distended with urine. Wall measures 0.07/ cm thick. R Kidney--3.28 cm length with decreased corticomedullary contrast Ultrasound DDX--Decreased corticomedullary contrast with symmetrical normal to mildly decreased in size kidneys. r/o toxic exposure, raw diet/high protein/red meat, FIP, congenital abnormality, liver...
Sounds just like Ritz and Dahalia. I think it really just takes time, and more time, and patience. Hang in there!
In my opinion, for a cat with a possible kidney problem, yes dry food is not good. In interest of full disclosure: Dahalia has been on prey model raw almost since I rescued her, so I am biased.
Yeah, my philosophy--and perhaps that of the vets--is test for the obvious, then test for the not-obvious: grasping at straws. I was hoping the reason Dahalia drank gallons of water when I first rescued her was due to dehydration or a 'touch' of anti-freeze poisoning. Those explanations have been discounted.
Thanks everyone. Quick update: Dahalia is 100% back to normal. On Friday (15th), she is going to have an ultrasound and another attempt at getting a urine analysis. ALSO: she is going to be re-tested for FIV/FeLK: any idea why? She tested negative in early July 2016 ("SNAP" test). Thanks.
@cmarouet, I am dealing with a similar situation. Dahalia, a nine MONTH old kitten, has a creatine of 2.4, BUN is normal on Saturday, November 9, 2016. In November 2015, it was 2.0. Historically, her urine has been diluted. The vet couldn't get a urine sample but an ultrasound and urine analysis are scheduled for this Friday. She also being retested for FIV/FeLK (having previously tested negative). I don't know why but I mention that just in case.
They did do an x-ray to rule out an obstruction. The x-ray did show 2 kidneys but that is all that it showed. I don't know her background so do not know if it is genetic. She is a brown spotted tabby, short hair Yes ultrasound is on the agenda, hopefully Tuesday. I am concerned that she won't cooperate; will she have to be sedated and how is that on the kidneys? She did finish the meow mix, still sleeping in her cat carriet.
She has been inside since early July 2015 when she was around five to six months old (adult teeth). She drank gallons of water so got her tested around July 3 in preparation for spaying. Creatine was 5.3, BUN 91; CA 11.8; Phos 10. They said, no spay; go see a full service vet. Vet gave her convenia shot. I believe her T-3 ? T-4 was a little high but additional testing concluded that thyroid was not a problem. On July 12, 2015, she was retested creatine 2.0;...
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