My Mutt is still in the land of the living, though for how long is anyone's guess.
What was initially diagnosed as Congestive Heart Disease turned out to be late stage 3/early stage 4 Kidney Renal Failure. He'd been mostly brought up on what I now classify as man made processed dog bad in a bag, otherwise known as dry kibble dog food.
This first picture was him literally on death's door. You can see it in his face. He'd lost nigh on 3 kg's of body weight. Lost ALL appetite, what food and water he did eat/drink was being squirted back out in a matter of hours and his energy levels were that low he couldn't even be bothered to walk 20 metres without stopping for a breather.
Fortunately, because I'm an arrogant bastard, I refused to let the vet put him down and decided to go old school in his recovery.
The amount of online researching I have done since back in December when this kicked off (thanks again to all those who bought my silver - he's still here today because of you!!), I came to the conclusion that all this modern mass produced dog food bad was actually causing more harm than good to his overall body and not just his kidneys.
I have since chucked out every single scrap of man made dog food and treats and have instead gone full on raw meats and vegetables. My vet wanted my to buy all this fancy mad made expensive dog bad in a tin. I told them to get stuffed or I find another vet. They relented.
This is Benji as of a few days ago.
This pic is rather blurry as Benji was running around so quick my camera couldn't focus in time.
And here he is slavering like he used to....
He's still not out of the woods yet, and he never will be as once a dog gets stage 3 kidney failure, it'll eventually be game over. But since I took a more Mother Nature approach and went all in on the raw meat Wolf diet, he is slowly getting his weight back, his stools are back to how they should be, he's now actually got MORE energy that he ever used to have, and if someone hadn't been told otherwise - they'd never think he had stage 3 renal.
Oh and he still has a brain like a jelly fish!
Vets say that a dog with kidney failure should have a low protein high carb diet, the very opposite of what Mother Nature intended.If I had followed the vet's advice and gone with feeding him more of this man made processed bad, he likely wouldn't have lasted beyond Christmas. Yet here he is full of beans and energy (and slavver!) after me putting him on a raw meat (beef/chicken/turkey etc) diet.
I'm no expert nor vet, but a picture paints a thousand words.