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Shama has kidney disease
Our trusted vet noticed a "pink flag" when Shama had blood work done before her December teeth cleaning. We went back for a follow-up visit on March 9, and we got the results today. We will be getting a referral to the U of MN or Blue Pearl in Eden Prairie (KarMar, I suppose you may have an opinion on those two options ...) for further information, but for now we know the following: Shama has been drinking more water than the average dog her size - two and a half times the expected amount - because her kidneys aren't working optimally. We will need to switch her to a diet designed for kidney care. (The vet recommended Royal Canine, but we haven't done our research yet to decide.) The hardest thing, it seems to me, will be that I'll need to switch her training treats to those very low in protein. I'm hoping to be able to figure out what treats are high value (i.e., motivating for our little treat-driven girl) even while significantly lower in protein than those she's used to.
What's great is that we know about Shama's kidney disease very early. She is not yet five years old, and the vet said people often don't realize their dog has kidney problems until the dog is 10 years old. So we're hopeful that changing her diet now will greatly improve her quality of life in the long-term.
I know you care about Shama, so I wanted you to be aware of this new development in her life. If you have inspiring stories to share, that would be great. We're not interested in hearing sad stories, however!
Thanks for your positive vibes. We'll keep you posted.