Poodle With a Kidney Stone
January 31, 2011 4:49 PM Subscribe
HELP! My elderly dog has a kidney stone that is ruining his life. Anyone have any advice on easing his pain?
posted by evilcupcakes to Pets & Animals (5 answers total)
The dog is a 16 year old toy poodle. He also has arthritis, but as 2 different vets have told us, he is a geriatric dog, not a terminal one. A kidney stone should not be a "game ender" for him. He still has his little sparkle, and theoretically this WILL get better. This dog is my "baby", and I can't see euthanising him for something as stupid as a kidney stone unless I am certain we have no options left.
The problem is, he is in a great deal of pain right now, and everything we have tried has done little or nothing to make him more comfortable. We have taken him to 3 different vets, tried several different pain medications (the narcotics made him panicky and neurotic, the NSAIDS made his liver enzymes skyrocket). Surgery isn't an option, because of his age and the fact that his liver functions are still out of whack.
Right now we are taking him to an holistic vet and have him on some treatments/diet (in conjunction with the mainstream meds for infection) that seem to be working better than before, but I am hoping someone has dealt with this and can offer some advice on making him more comfortable until this either passes or subsides.
Also, if anyone knows of a veterinary acupuncturist who does housecalls in the Seattle area, that would help a great deal. Or anyone who can help?? ANYTHING??? I am desperate!