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Dog Breathing Heavy, Drinking lots plus more :(

KristieL
April 28th, 2009, 11:40 PM
I've taken my dog to the vet twice in the past week (for two different things?)
She is 1/2 Rottweiler and 1/2 Siberian Husky.
She will be 10 in July

First She was limping after a good workout. Diagnosed with arthritis and it was inflamed. OK.. could be.. she will be 10 this July

Then we noticed her eyes are red, swollen and leak discharge. Possible allergy?
Gave us some ointment to treat it.

She also tested her urine. Came back slightly diluted.
She has been drinking alot more than normal....especially for the past few weeks.
She has also been breathing really heavy for the past few weeks.
As well her heart is beating faster than normal

My brother brought her to the vet again today and they want me to take another urine sample tomorrow morning.
I couldn't go (have an infant at home...couldn't leave) but she (vet) was telling my brother she could have a kidney problem. He can't remember what she said exactly.

Can someone give me more answers.
I'm very worried about her.

Also...not sure if it's related or not, but I noticed she's also been expelling white stuff out of her nose...salt?

Help!

sugarcatmom
April 29th, 2009, 08:15 AM
Did the vet take any blood for a full senior blood panel? That would be the best place to start.

kandy
April 29th, 2009, 02:14 PM
I also think a blood workup is in order. If she is having a discharge from her eyes and her nose, and also breathing hard - it could indicate some kind of respiratory infection. The bloodwork will show that. It will also show if her kidney's are being compromised. A dog can function very well on only 25% kidney function remaining. Dogs with kidney issues will drink considerably more water so that it helps to flush the kidneys and that would also dilute her urine. It could also be something as simple as a urinary tract infection. Excessive panting can also be a sign of pain - and kidney infections are very painful.

I lost a newf to total kidney failure at 19 months. While her condition was genetic, I have done lots of research on kidney issues in dogs just to see if there was something I could have done differently. If the bloodwork shows that her kidney's have not been damaged enough to show up in the blood screen but the vet still believes it is a kidney issue, there is a different kind of kidney test called an ERD test that can detect kidney issues well before they will show up in a blood screen.
http://www.heska.com/erd/faq.asp