Originally Posted by celerystalksme
My vet just called to give the results of Angel's follow-up bloodwork...where she was and where she is now. She only mentioned two sets of values on the phone.
Angel was BUN 67, Creatine 4.1
Now she's at BUN 33 and Creatine 2.7 after a week of fluids, low protein diet, and phosporous binding stuff.
I have no idea what these numbers mean...the vet says she's doing pretty well. How well? How much quality life does my kitty have? A month? 6 months? 2 years?
Thanks for any insight you guys can lend me!
Congratulations, very nice improvements! One thing you need is a printed copy of your results, as it will show you what the lab used has for it's normal range of values (these do vary from lab to lab).
For comparison, my vet's lab has this for the range of normal for BUN:10-35, and for Creatinine:1.0-2.0
Patrick has been holding stable at 2.9 Creatinine and a BUN of 53, he was diagnosed in May of 2002, so he is coming up on 3 years
The best advice I can give, and I hate to sound like a broken record, is to thoroughly read over both the sites that have been listed here for crf information, especially Tanya's site (the UK site). I'd consider it wonderful to see those numbers, creatinine is especially a number you want as close to norm as possible....other values you want to know about and to track are the potassium level (some crf kitties become low on their potassium), and of course, the phosphorous level, as well as the calcium level and their hemaglobin (Hgb) and Hematocrit (Hct) the last two will tell you if your kitty is becoming anemic or not, which eventually happens with a certain per centage of CRF kitties (it has happened with Patrick after his 2 year mark).
IMO, knock on wood no further crisies, you may have several more years with your sweetling.