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Hello, I am sorry to hear about Petra having kidney disease. My name is ***** ***** I will do my best to help.
If she is eating she is not starving, but she may have muscle wasting and be losing weight because of her kidney disease. The hunched look could be from losing muscle on her back and body, making her spine more prominent, or it could be she is hunched from pain in her back.
Seizures are not usually caused by kidney disease. She may have another problem such as liver disease, low blood sugar, a brain tumor.
I usually judge quality of life and suffering by the appetite. If she is eating, she still has some quality of life. However, she still could have pain and still eat.
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Yes, toxins in the blood can cause seizures. That is why I mentioned liver disease. The liver removes toxins from the blood, and if it is not working things like ammonia can build up in the blood and affect the brain. Usually dogs with pain will limp, not eat, hide, dislike being jostled or touched suddenly, are reluctant to go up or down stairs. Moaning and whimpering are often not done by painful dogs.
The kidneys do remove things from the blood, such as normal waste products, but the liver is what detoxifies things. The things that build up in the body with kidney disease are things like urea, and creatinine, and these usually do not cause seizures.
I have treated hundreds of dogs with kidney diseases that did not have seizures. If there are seizures, I would be looking for things such as low blood sugar, liver disease, brain tumor, hypothyroidism, and neurologic disease.
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