Abby's gums are pale so I ran her to the vet yesterday to get her PCV level checked. It came back a little low. Normal is between 37 and 66. Abby's level was a 30. The vet wasn't too worried about it because it's not all that low and I decided that I would just add some more leafy greens to her diet and see if I can raise that number to more within normal range.
That was yesterday. Today (as usual) I am doubting my decision. I am wondering if I should have insisted on iron pills.
No help here but I think iron pills are bad for them? I could be wrong but I know they are BAD for babies/kids. Had to take them while prego and I know I was told by someone to dump them as soon as I didnt need them anymore cuz they are toxic to kids. Not sure on dogs but I thought so. Natural is better all around, you were right. Unless you see signs that isnt good enough anyhow.
Everything in me says to increase the leafy greens in her diet. But what if I'm wrong?
I guess it can't hurt to try more spinach and peas for a couple of weeks, see if it makes a difference. I just worry that if the numbers keep dropping I won't be able to get them back up and I will lose her.
Oh and I am very sorry for your loss of your Aunt. Kidney disease is also in my family, thankfully not in my direct line but my grandmas sister had been on dialysis for many many years. Hard life.
I say go with your gut, you have done a wonderful job with her so far and she is a lucky little girl to have you. You have already extended her life and her quality of life. You have done a great job with her.
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I had read an article in one of the veterinary journals that said low protein was not always the right way to go for CRF, especially for puppies. It said that low protein could lead to malnutrition and that high quality protein was still safe. I know that her body can't tolerate the protein in meat and I know that she is far from malnourished but, stupid me, I tried it anyway. For a day and a half she had 3 ounces of raw ground beef twice a day. Normally when I feed her I just eyeball the amounts I give her but this time I followed the instructions to the letter! Halfway into the second day the tremors started. I gave her fluids that afternoon and again the next morning to flush that stuff out of her.
So see? Even though I think I know what she needs, sometimes I question myself and do something new and I am so afraid that I will hurt her That's why I'm so worried about the iron level today. Yesterday I thought I was doing the right thing but I thought that when I almost killed her with the meat too.
Last edited by Twice; 04-05-2012 at 11:45 AM.