|Barked: Thu Jan 31, '13 7:46am PST |
|You seem interested in gaining knowledge regarding Bella's conditions. Knowledge and wisdom will serve both of you well on this journey!
Regarding Bella's thyroid, I highly recommend getting hold of Dr.Jean Dodds' book regarding the Canine Thyroid Epidemic. I would recommend it for all dog owners whether or not their dogs currently have thyroid issues or not. Aina was daignosed with dilated cardiomyopathy and hypothyroidism within months of each other. Anecdotal evidence is strong correlating the two but research is very limited since each condition falls into vastly different specialities. Only vets with a more holistic eye on the client will consider connecting the dots. While we were able to bring her conditions under control so that clinically she appeared "normal," that didn't mean she was all better and went off meds. Yes, her EKGs, etc. were repeatedly normal one year after diagnosis. Yes, her thyroid panel showed numbers within normal range. But we remained steady with her treatments, knowing those were only clinical signs. Her body's life force/energy/Qi was clear that deficiencies remained. A long winded way of saying not to go off meds even if tests suggest "normal" for these conditions!
As for renal insufficiencies, the diagnosis is based on the bloodwork and urinalysis using first urine of the day? Or do other clinical signs correlate? We went through extensive repeatedly bloodwork and urinalysis on our Rosie, as had all her previous owners. Most of the time, her clinical symptoms pointed toward a UTI. However, the blood and urine didn't always fall in line there. We quickly decided on an ultrasound for a better look at the kidneys. The technician's evaluation was "severe kidney damage." Our 3 year old Rosie had the kidneys of an aged 9 year old. Massive diet change (from dry kibble to home cooked), acupuncture, Chinese herbs, etc. have vastly improved her condition. Why the condition in the first place? We are her third home, so we don't know exactly. We just know that we are giving her food and supplements appropriate for her now. And she is thriving!
If you have concerns over Bella's kidneys and her adrenals, then I would highly recommend an ultrasound. Insist that Bella not be sedated and that you be present, especially with all that is going on with her. I recall a good article in Whole Dog Journal a couple years back about Addison's, so that might help you understand that possibility as well. The article may suggest more affordable approaches to diagnosing Addison's.
Here's hoping that you and your healing team are able to get to the healing stage for Bella.
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