When Pele was diagnosed with acute renal failure the vet had never seen test results that bad in a living dog, she had not told me this yet, but I could see it in her face. I knew I was in trouble, but I never gave up. Many doctors feel that kidneys once failed cannot be cured, and many people lose hope and have no idea what to do. In my opinion, and experience there are many vets that do not know how to administer the proper care. I am the child of a country doctor who did trade with the local vet. My mother was a lab technologist. I am very comfortable around doctors, clinics and hospitals. I am telling you this because I had to raise holy hell and rain hell fire upon the vet’s around me to get to the point that I could save Pele’s life, because what I did for Pele was with little help I was getting from the veterinary hospital here in Redwood City. I want you to know there is hope, and I want you to know that there is definately a chance:)
The number one thing that needs to happen in the acute stage is to understand that there is hope. I saved my dog from certain death and it was not the vet I took her to that saved her, Pele clearly needed something much different than what they wanted to do, she was not getting better and they had already gotten almost $1500 out of me that day!! I was not able to get her into a holistic vet when she was in the acute (dying) stage, there were none taking new clients! My advice before you read further is to contact a holistic vet immediately if you have not done so already! Here is a site that lists holistic vets: http://www.holisticvetlist.com/
Once I realized that the vet wanted to keep Pele over night and it would be an additional $1200 to hook her up to IV and care for her we had to walk away, we did not even have that much in our bank account. So after signing waiver after waiver we went home with Pele that night and prayed that she would make it. She did. In the morning I desperately started calling around and tried an old vet of mine who is retired and he told me to give her subcutaneous fluids, to give her an enema immediatly because she was constipated, and to feed her baby food. I went back to the vet and got them to show me how to administer the fluids, made them give Pele an enema, and got the needed supplies and went home to take care of Pele myself. Total costs of all supplies including the water I bought and the food? $275!! Much less than the 1000’$ the vet was going to take!! By that afternoon, after the anti-nausea kicked in, and two bags of fluid, Pele started to come around. She could hold up her head and she started to drink water and keep it down. The next day I had to leave her to go to the store and when I got home she met me at the door, the next day I was giving her a warm wash cloth bath and the rest is history. She not only survived she is thriving! Looks better now than before it happened! Here is what I did:
1. Environment. This is so important. Our house is already pretty peaceful, but during this acute phase, I only played soft music. NO TV!! I kept Pele clean, comfortable and warm. I sat with her as much as possible or had someone near her. I surrounded her with crystals and made sure to concentrate on healing energy. There were many times I thought Pele was going into cardiac arrest, but with some touch and soothing words she would calm her breathing. During this period of time she was my main priority.
2. Increase fluids. Make sure you are providing the purest water you can find. If you do not have the proper filter (Brita does not filter out fluoride which is very harmful for the liver & kidneys and can cause a toxicity in the organs of anything that drinks it over time) purchase water filtered by Reverse Osmosis or distilled, I got Pele the best water I could find with added electrolytes. I gave her this water until she was ok. And I shoved water in her face constantly!!! Today we all drink RO water.
3. Administer subcutaneous fluids. Right now your pet is extremely dehydrated! The fluids is the single most important thing you can do for your pet right now. It is the ONLY way for them to flush out the toxins that are killing them!!! It is not necessary to hook your animal up to an IV costing $1000’s over a period of time. The most common fluid type given to dogs with chronic kidney failure is Lactated Ringers Solution (LRS). A couple of techniques are: with a syringe, needle and flexible tubing called an extension set, and from a vinyl bag using a solution drip set. You can do this yourself and it is a better choice anyway!! Ask your vet to teach you how to administer subcutaneous fluids. Most dogs tolerate being given subcutaneous fluids. You can give about 10-20 ml per kg of body weight (5 -10 ml per pound) in one spot (e.g. 50 ml for a 10 pound dog) before you move to another location. It usually takes 6 to 8 hours for all the fluids to be absorbed. Check to see if the previously administered fluids have been absorbed before giving more fluids. Even though the fluids are given on the back, gravity will cause the fluids to accumulate on the belly, so check for residual fluids on the belly before you give more. Check with your veterinarian if the fluids are not being fully absorbed. Most dogs are easy, cats more difficult. You must find a way to administer the fluids. Pele was easy. She was so sick she just lied there and let me stick needles in her; however, I have talked with people with cats or other type of dogs that make it difficult, all I can say is with the proper instruction and full confidence on your part, take charge and give your animal this treatment. You will find a way! It is the only way! Cats especially get terrified and it is hard to do this, you will need help. For cats the vet is very hard on their nervous system, you do not need to go to the vet to give the fluids. Try everything you can do to do this at home. For cats in general you will probably need two people and will need to restrain your cat and there are actual Feline Restraint Bags. If you cannot get one right away use a fishing net or something with holes that you can contain the cat and administer the syringe of fluids while the cat is contained in the bag. You can push the cc’s of liquid from the syringe in quickly and then let the cat free. Your vet will tell you how many cc’s each administration and it should be at least 2 times per day. According to the animals weight and type, there are specific directions on how much or how often. But feel free to ask questions and use your common sense here, I don’t think Pele would be alive today if I did not drive the vet completely crazy. Maybe I can save you the frustration, I hope my advice here keeps you from going through what I had to go through.
4. Get an anti nausea medication. Constant vomiting is part of the acute phase, here they are very, very sick. It is so very important to get them to stop vomiting now. They are only dehydrating themselves even more and causing many GI problems from the acid. You can also use pills little by little to keep them down, but Pele was in such a state she could not even keep water down, so the best way in this case for a dog is by a shot, once a day in the morning right before you give the fluids, just to make sure there is no nausea. For cats only the pill form is usually given. If the cat cannot or will not keep the pill down crush up the pill and give them little bits with tuna juice or something they like until they have had enough to be effective.
5. Enema. Pele was completely constipated, by her x ray it looked like she had eaten a bucket of rocks! The vet had done nothing about that, and did not think it was important…but of course you must IMMEDIATELY give them an enema whether they are constipated or not!!! Modern medicine does not recognize the need/use of enemas yet they have been used for 1000’s of years for their miraculous curative benefits. Do not let your doctor talk you out of this one, I insist! When any-body is going through kidney failure or any life-threating illness, an enema is one of the most important things you can do. It will clean and detox the intestines and stimulate the liver and kidneys. An enema is like giving a blood transfusion and is even better than dialysis in some cases. Having an intestinal tract full of toxins is horrible for the body, Pele’s system had to be working properly for her to survive. Have your vet administer an enema right away! If they won’t do it find one that will or do it yourself. http://www.carolonpets.com/blog/could-a-coffee-enema-save-your-dogs-life/
5. Food. Dry food is not a good idea. Baby food is essential because it is watery and has low protein, sodium, potassium, phosphates, etc. For now it is important to get nutrients in without shocking a system that is not working right now. The kidneys have to filter all these things and it is very important to understand that their diet needs to change right now if you want them to survive and thrive, no exceptions! At first Pele would not eat, but after the anti nausea meds she stopped vomiting! She then started to eat the baby food with Forti Flora an appetite stimulant enzyme sprinkled on, I gave her as much as she would eat. After she started to show signs of interest I added one tablespoon of fish oil and one tablespoon of coconut oil, these two are very good for healing nutrition!!!!! So now you have baby food, fish oil and coconut oil, start to add to this a diet that you make. During this period of time you need to get the results of the blood tests and urinalysis. This information will help you to know how to make the proper food choices based on the blood results and urinalysis. They need a special diet now to survive! You must make a mixture of the highest quality food. Any food you get from the store or vet is processed and anything processed is harder on the system than natural organic food sources. Again, the kidneys have to filter out all the chemicals that are used in the processing and the kidney is not working right now! It makes all the difference in the world for something fighting for its life. This is how it progressed with Pele: During the acute phase I started off with baby food then added a high quality raw dog food found in a health food store. I mixed baby food and this food for a few days together with the FortiFlora, once she showed signs of eating, I started making her food. At the end of this post you will find Pele’s recipe and a recipe for cats.
Once Pele was stable, I started to look for supplements to help her start her healing process. Enzymes are so important because they are essential for any absorption issues. Once an animal’s system is jeopardized they lose their own ability to assimilate nutrients. Enzymes ensure that is a possibility. The highest quality is very important. Here is my suggestion, in the beginning get FortiFlora from the vet, over time you should move to this more powerful blend: Total Biotics — http://total-zymes.com/total-biotics.html
I added fish oil and coconut oil to her food (the nutritional benefits are immense! Internet search on the benefits of fish oil and the benefits of coconut oil). I know alot of people have their own beliefs of what a dog or cat should eat but I have travelled around the world and have seen dogs living off avocados and cats of course living off whatever they can catch. The truth is that some foods have healing powers like the sweet potato, brown rice, salmon, garlic, eggs, coconut oil and fish oil, and that is what I chose to feed Pele. For a dog I cannot think of a better diet during this period of time. See Peles recipe at the end of the post. Along with the probiotics/enzyme blend, add a superfood or multi vitamin. For Pele I gave her Dog Greens found on this site: http://caninekidneyhealth.com/products.html
They also have different types of renal support and may be helpful for you to rehabilitate your dog after it is stabilized. And for cats here is a multivitamin: http://www.onlynaturalpet.com/products/Only-Natural-Pet-Super-Daily-Feline-Vitamins/999011.aspx I am still looking for better resources for cats so come back to this post to see if I have updated with the new feline resources..
Down the road it was not possible for me to keep making Pele’s food, some people may continue this and I say yes, do it if you can. But if not here is a wonderful site for holistic dog food: http://www.thehonestkitchen.com/
I now have Pele on Keen and supplementing her with the enzyme/probiotic, fish oil, and the Dog Greens.
It is very important to supplement their diet. Choose superfoods. Superfoods contain every possible nutrient, amino acid, vitamin, mineral, etc. This will ensure your pet’s body is getting all the nutrients it will need to start repairing itself from and fighting against disease. Synthetic vitamins and minerals don’t cut it, they are made from dirt, stones, clam shells and even chemicals. They are poorly absorbable and can be toxic. Synthetic substances will put unnecessary strain on your pet’s system. Use herbs to not only help the kidneys repair but to cleanse the blood, strengthen the immune system and to clean and repair the liver. The liver and kidneys are our filtration system, when one is diseased or not working properly it puts more strain on the other organ which may lead to it becoming compromised as well, recirculating toxins within the body causing disease and death.
Apple Cider Vinegar – Once your pet starts eating, try adding apple cider vinegar to their food. (dogs = 1 tablespoon a day. Cats = 1 to 2 teaspoons per day.) It is essential and will make a big difference. The health benefits are a mile long. See my post: http://180degreelife.com/2012/10/17/the-worlds-greatest-health-drink/
7. Holistic Vet Assistance. If you have a good holistic vet I am so happy for you they can be hard to get into with long waiting lists, but if you find yourself in a place like me where there are no holistic vets in your area taking new clients, that is when you may need to take the situation in your own hands with the help of your vet. Leaving your pet in a cold metal kennel with little or no human connection and without YOU is a big heart breaker, creates all kinds of stressors on the system, even more for cats and in some cases is said to be the reason cats don’t make it as much as dogs. They get even more stressed! Can you blame them, there are dogs everywhere! I am pretty sure that if I left Pele in the vets care she would have died and I would have had a $10,000 vet bill to pay. Look to this site for a holistic vet near you: http://www.holisticvetlist.com/ Holistic vet care by phone:
Once I got out of the crazy stage, I started researching on line for more information and came across The Honest Kitchen as a great source for dog food and on this site I found Dr Laurie Coger a holistic vet who does phone consultations and she is amazing!!!
8. Exercise. It is important to give your dog exercise. As soon as they are capable take short walks working back up to a regular routine. Getting your dog out for walks will make a big difference in its recovery. Often exercise is only seen as something necessary for keeping fit or to lose weight. Many don’t realize that exercise not only stimulates circulation and strengthens muscles it also strengthens your dog’s organs, intestines and stomach and creates wonderful healing chemicals within the body. Of course common sense must be used if your dog is extremely sick and you should always start off slowly with short walks and build up day by day.
9. Love. I don’t have to tell you this one. I know you love your pet!! At one moment on the worst night we thought we were going to lose Pele and were saying our good byes. The heavy feeling of death was very present and everyone could feel it that was in the room. I told Pele she could go if she needed to but if she wanted to, I wanted her to stay for a little longer. My husband and I sat there and watched her in that moment change and come back to life!! Pele decided to stay!!! It was the next day that I gave her a warm washcloth bath, cleaned up her bedding, cleaned up the house, got rid of all signs and feelings of death and from that point on we have moved forward. We have within us the power to heal. Our bodies are made that way. With the proper action and care there is hope. Good luck to you and your beloved pet!!!!
10. Food Once Thriving. During my research I learned that there are certain things like protein and phosphorous that you will need to ensure are given in the proper amounts. Their survival will depend on this! In kidney failure like any other disease, diet is your number one priority. You will need to feed your dog a high quality protein, low phosphorus, highly nutritious whole food diet that avoids any hard to accept, synthetic vitamins and minerals. Pets in kidney failure need to be given low-protein diets. Excess protein makes the kidneys work too hard and causes further damage. Make sure you provide a very high quality protein!!! I used wild salmon, organic chicken, and organic turkey. The kidneys have also lost the ability to bind phosphates and to remove phosphorus from the blood. Ground up egg shells work perfectly as a phosphate binder. Grind them to a powder in a coffee grinder and prepare with food. You will need eggshells to do this and you are in luck because the recipe calls for eggs! A low protein, low phosphorus diet will allow the kidneys to function the best they can under the circumstances and give your pet a chance to survive.
Pele’s Special Renal Diet – the ingredients are based on a 60 lb dog, adjust your recipe according to the animals weight.
ALL ORGANIC BASE = 2 meals
3/4 cup salmon or turkey (7g protein per 1oz meat)
4 cups Brown Rice (4g protein per cup)
2 Eggs (6.3 g protein per egg)
1 tablespoon Coconut Oil
I actually cook the eggs in the coconut
2 tablespoon Fish Oil
1/3 cup Sweet Potatoes (4g protein per cup)
1 clove Garlic
ADD WITH EACH MEAL
1 teaspoon Five Leaf Pet Dog Greens
1 teaspoon ground egg shells
1 tablespoon fish oil
1 Forti Flora in the morning, over time you will want to change to the enzyme/probiotic
1/2 intestinal formulae in PM (Pele’s digestive system was in jeopardy so I chose to give her some of a mild herbal laxative that I have. I gave her 1/2 of a pill because she is 1/2 my weight. Here is the site where I get my intestinal formula: https://www.herbdoc.com/index.php/Store/Intestinal-Formula-1-90
I gave her this until I saw a healthy bowel movement and that took about 3 days.
Recipe for brown rice – I make garlic coconut rice for the whole family and everyone including Pele loves it! In the morning with eggs and Braggs! Funny everyone is eating the same thing, all organic sweet potatoes, brown rice, salmon, coconut oil, fresh veges and fresh clean water. Don’t worry about the extra burden cooking for your dog, just feed everyone!!!:)))
- Soak rice for 24 hours. Rinse
- Put organic brown rice, garlic, coconut oil, and water together in a pot with a lid. Use the ratio of 2 1/2 cups filtered water to 2 cups of soaked rice. For each cup put one clove of garlic or more if you like. And for each cup of rice 1 or 2 tablespoon of coconut oil.
- Set the heat to maximum, and bring the rice/water to a boil uncovered. Then put the lid on the pot, and reduce the heat to low and simmer for 45 minutes. If your lid has a steam valve, keep it closed.
- Turn off the heat, and let the rice sit in the covered pot for another 10 minutes. I prefer my rice to be slightly chewy, not mushy, so I usually remove the lid after 10 minutes.
- Eat and enjoy. Be careful when you remove the lid, since a lot of steam may escape when you do.