|Barked: Sun May 18, '08 1:39pm PST |
|Jerky Treats Causing Fanconi Syndrome in Dogs
I nearly fell over as I read through the website. When I began fostering Bailey two years ago, she would only eat Chicken Jerky. I knew to read dog food/treat labels then but I was totally unaware of the dangers of Chinese ingredients. For a month and a half finicky Bailey virtually lived off chicken jerky.
Bailey became ill 6 weeks after I began fostering her. She was hospitalized for a week, with my veterinarian taking her home at night. The four veterinarians at the clinic we used at the time were working together and consulting with other veterinarians, trying to get a diagnosis in time to save Bailey.
Bailey was given supportive care, while each test came back negative. Meanwhile, in just a week's time, she had lost 1/3 of her body weight and couldn't even lift her head. Our vet informed us she did not think Bailey would survive and asked if we wanted to continue.
Through incredible fate, Bailey was ultimately diagnosed with Fanconi Syndrome and started on Dr. Gonto's regimen for treating the disease. Bailey was the first known case of a Chihuahua with this rare disease. Thankfully, Bailey has an incredible will to live and within just a few days of diagnosis, she was stable and at home.
It hasn't been easy, however. Bailey still needs ongoing medical care and takes many medications daily, including BIG sodium bicarbonate pills that she absolutely hates. Unlike Basenji's (who are prone to congenital Fanconi's Syndrome), she has little reserve and, therefor, requires even closer monitoring.
Bailey is the happiest and friendliest Chihuahua I've ever known. She has been a trooper through it all and has never lost her happy outlook on life. Sadly, due to this aquired disease, Bailey's life will most likely be cut short. Meanwhile, her quality of life is still great.
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