Well miracles do happen. Chance’s blood work today showed he still has some degree of kidney function. Three cheers for Chance !
To recap, Chance’s original blood work last Wednesday showed BUN at 208, creatinine at 15.1 and phosphorus at 14.8, about ten times the normal range indicating his kidneys were damaged or failing, consistent with ethylene glycol poisoning. After 48 hours of heavy IV fluids over Thanksgiving and Friday to flush his kidneys, his BUN dropped to 135, creatinine dropped to 11.5 and phosphorus was back to a normal range ( 2.5 – 6.8 ).
Since then he has been on a low protein diet without any additional IV fluids to see if his kidneys could function on their own. His blood results today showed BUN dropped to 98. creatinine dropped to 9.3 and phosphorus rose to 9.2. The only thing keeping this from being a real WAHOO! moment is that his phosphorus level is back above normal again. But the fact that BUN and creatinine are down suggest that he still has some degree of kidney function, though very weak.
He’s not out of the woods yet. His diet continues to be a struggle, he has turned into a very picky eater and has lost 4 lbs since last week. But we’re trying different low protein, low phosphorus, foods to keep his diet varied and will get those pounds back on him. It is not known how much good kidney tissue he has or how much, if any, will regenerate. So this is likely to be a long process. He has a follow up appointment next Tuesday with Dr. Heitman to check levels again.
I want to thank everyone for their good wishes. We have received an amazing number of phone calls, letters, and e-mails. It truly is heart warming to know so many people care.
Chance is an amazing boy. Few dogs or cats recover from ethylene glycol poisoning. I have to believe he is here for a purpose.
More to come….