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Winnie's blood work and urine was analyzed on the 30th of September, that is when we found the renal disease and the UTI. At first, it appeared that she didn't like the food (Hills k/d) but now I'm thinking it is the Trimethoprim/sulfa that might be causing Winnie's issues. I gave it to her last night and around 2am she was having dry heaves. After receiving your email this morning, I decided that I would stop giving it and see how she feels. She had a Pepcid and Prostora along with 20mg of Prednisolone but threw up about 30 minutes later.
So a couple more questions.
Since we are mixing so many meds, other than the trimethoprim/sulfa (she had it 9 days), could any of the others be causing her to feel so crappy? Should I back off any others to see if I can notice a change?
This morning I noticed she isn't crunching her tummy and it doesn't appear to be as tight as it was. Any chance of something we are missing, like a blockage?
With renal disease, she is supposed to be on low sodium, low protein diet, can I boil a chicken breast and see if she will eat that this evening?
Her blood work showed just slight BUN numbers above the normal and my vet said she is not in kidney failure, but, do you think all these issues are related to kidney failure and not all the meds?
She already has autoimmune issues and your comment on the antibiotic causing issues with this, could that be more common of a reaction? She was diagnosed with Lupus a few years ago.
Thanks for providing me a second oppinion and helping me with my questions.
P.S. About 2:30, I got her to eat a boilded chicken breast and at 4pm she's still not shown any signs of wanting to throw it up.
Thanks Rebecca! You have no idea how much this helps me!
Since she threw up everything this morning, I've not given her any meds. Other than being really weak, she has been up and around some and not thrown up after eating her chicken. I've got another one thawing and will give that to her tonight if she seems to keep this one down. I also tried yogurt and she wouldn't touch it.
I did, however, love on her about an hour ago and she jumped when I rubbed her belly. I'm not so sure the issue is her back, but might be that her tummy hurts. My vet mentioned that when dogs have pain in their back they typically stand with their back up, she is doing the opposite, she stands with her back swayed. Any thought on this?
She has not done any shaking today either and has wagged her tail, even though she is carrying her tail low, when she is up. I think the chicken has really helped in giving her some strength.
Since I need to taper off the Prednisolone, should I skip tomorrow and just give it to her Friday (every other day) if she isn't vomiting? The kidney issue was just discovered on the blood work two weeks ago, but I'm a little concerned she was prescribed 20mg Prednisolone after that.
The lupus she has showed up as a very crusty nose. She was on 2.5mg of Prednisolone every other day for sometime which I stopped when I went to the 20mg dose.
I use Prednisolone vs. Prednisone. Does this make any difference?
Thanks Rebecca! You've really eased my mind during this stressful time. I'm hoping my sweet baby pulls through this and I'm just dealing with a temporary setback in her health.