Update on Sugar

This girl is a mess.

We have been waiting to post any more news about Sugar until we knew something specific. Several specialist visits, X-rays, ultrasounds, blood and urine tests later we STILL do not have a definitive answer on what is wrong with this sweet girl. If you’ve read our previous post then you know she has been urinating spontaneously with blood mixed into the urine. This has been going on for months and we have ruled out a few things. She does not have a UTI or Lepto. She does not have…..oh wait that’s about it. $2000 later and the specialists at AVS cannot definitively tell us a whole lot more than that.

  1. She does have kidney disease. She will probably have this for the rest of her life and it cannot be cured. Instead, we are trying to manage some contributing factors. She has high protein in her urine which can affect the way the kidneys function. This is being managed for the time being with a prescription food, vitamins, and potentially a blood pressure medication (to come later).
  2. They know she has stones in her kidneys, BUT they are most likely not kidney stones. I am still trying to wrap my head around all of these different aspects of her ill-being. From my understanding, sometimes mineralization forms in the kidneys, but it is actually caused by other things. They want to either do a biopsy of her kidney or a blood test to find out more information about what is going on there. They seemed to imply this could actually be a result of her livers not properly functioning.
  3. To find out more about her liver we are going to do another test to rule out any issues. Hopefully, we find our liver is functioning properly. IF her liver is compromised that could be contributing to lovely #4.
  4. She may have another condition with her kidneys that cause the bleeding called Idiopathic Renal Hematuria. For now, her bleeding is limited to about a 3-5 consecutive days every month. If untreated this could cause blood clots, anemia, and inability to urinate. The specialist at AVS said to confirm this diagnosis and treat this we would have to go to the University of Florida.

As you can imagine if we have spent over $2000 to get the likelihood of fixing everything wrong with Sugar is very slim. I asked the vet and after beating around the bush she said that Sugar will never be a completely healthy dog. Right now she has no clue that anything is wrong with her. She has a healthy appetite and is very very active. She is able to go on daily runs (Vet approved) and is enjoying her life as a normal dog at the present.

We are most likely going to try and do the two smaller tests that were recommended. Unfortunately, we have spent the majority of the money we had to get this far. We are having another Rummage Sale for Sugar in a few weeks.

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