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Experience:  UC Davis graduate, emphasis in dermatology, internal medicine, pain management
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My 17 year chihuahua was diagnosed with kidney failure on

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Good morning! My 17 year chihuahua was diagnosed with kidney failure on friday. The vet gave her tramadol 50mg perdnisolone 5mg and famotidine 10 mg. she drinks little water and urinates litle but very clear. If there is something i can do?
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name?
Customer: Nanuca
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Nanuca?
Customer: She is on phase 5 kidney failure
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 2 months ago.


She is in kidney "failure" and on prednisilone?

You need a second opinion. Vets will rarely prescribe a steroid while a pet is in kidney failure. Clearly, there are other joint or pain issues, otherwise, the vet would not have prescribed drugs like Tramadol and prednisilone.
However, it is very tough balancing pain management and kidney failure.

Unfortunately, without reviewing actual test results, I must assume that the kidney values are quite high.
Plus, she is drinking little water. She will dehydrate quickly because the kidneys are unable to preserve water. I think you need a more immediate second opinion. Even today. She may benefit from either getting IV fluids or even learning how to give fluids under the skin (subcutaneous) at home. Plus, she absolutely should be on a prescription kidney diet. Definitely, some concerns here and well worth you getting a copy of all records and consulting another local vet.

Hope that information helps

Dr. Andy