and the run the following Spring that finished her NATCH-S
and she did some APDT Rally Obedience as a Tripawd earning:
RL1, RL2, RL3,RLVX2 and
APDT Awards Of Excellence-LV, L1, L2, L3
and she competed in Wag It Games as a Tripawd earning:
WAG2S Heart Dog, WAG2O Heart Dog, WAG1SNIFF Heart Dog
Maggie was the inspiration for the “Heart Dog Program” in Wag It Games!
And of course, it wasn’t just about competing – when I watch these, it
makes me really realize how sick and weak she was at the end…
Tried to do a few little “normal” things with Maggie this summer – her Dog Ball training was never finished…
My girl being as strong as she could be with her continued weakness due to the kidney disease…
I will go on, I’ll find the strength, life measures quality, not its length. One long embrace before you leave, share one last look, before I grieve. There are others, that much is true, but they be they, and they aren’t you.
And I, fair, impartial, or so I thought, will remember well all you’ve taught.
Your place I’ll hold, you will be missed, the coat I stroked, the nose I kissed,. And as you journey to your final rest, take with you this…..I loved you best.
Wow…I have to say the education Maggie has taught me with first cancer and now
kidney disease is mind boggling to me.
Just a few things to blog about today….
A month or so ago, Maggie refused her food(again) – I had added a supplement in hopes
to help her gurgly stomach. I have read that kidney disease dogs have stomach issues,
which she is no exception, often having a very noisy stomach and also having episodes
of high respirations during these times of gurgly stomach. But after refusing her food, I
had to switch her food because even with NO powdered supplements in it, she was still
hesitant to eat it. So, I have yet to add back in her kidney support powders(Epakitin
and Renal Advanced) for fear of her not wanting to eat again. I have managed to get
back into the food eggshell powder as read that has no taste. Then, this week I decided
to add in Wholistic Pet Digest All powder after listening to her stomach gurgle just
WAY too much. That and some loose stools. The powder is very powerful in that I
only need to add 1/4 tsp. per cup, so figured I could add that with no issues of her not
wanting to eat her food. All’s well..she’s still eating and in fact, her stools have made
a complete turn around and the very next morning, was 100%. I am also listening to
a less gurgly stomach and I have also noticed since starting this she seems RAVENOUS
even more than normal(due to Pred). Well, I just read this on a www.thrivingpets.com
regarding digestive enzymes/probiotics for kidney dogs:
“Pets with kidney disease may have digestive problems. Digestive enzymes help pets digest their food more easily. Breaking down nutrients is thought to help decrease the workload on the kidneys. Probiotics are designed to help with digestion and may be beneficial as an appetite stimulant.”
Well, well….isn’t that intesting! Appetite stimulant….hmmm….!!! New one to me
and it sure seems like Maggie is proving that to be true with her RAVENOUS way
fluids from them so I wouldn’t have to get at the vet’s office…and low and behold,
look what they say about IV fluid bags:
“Lactated Ringers comes in 2 different bags- the old style is PVC (Poly-vinyl Chloride) and contains a chemical, plastic softener called DEHP. DEHP has been linked to cancer and the FDA requires a written disclosure on products containing DEHP. The new style of fluid bags are DEHP-Free, Hospira’s brand name for these bags is VisIV.”
So, I go look at my fluid bags I got from the vet(where I’ve been getting fluids since
April)….and guess what, my fluids have the DEHP in them!! Maybe it doesn’t matter
in the least, given the fact Maggie already has cancer but it’s BEYOND ME as to why
they even make the fluid bags with it?? Think of all the hospitals that I’m SURE use
that type(cheaper than the other without it). WTH!??!?! Ok, so had to vent for a minute..
So, I ordered 24 bags of the DEHP FREE fluids for Maggie. Which cost me .60 cents
LESS per bag AND free shipping vs. getting at the vet’s office(and having to drive 1 hour
one way to go get them).
Sooo…..to anyone else dealing with kidney disease ( or any other of the diseases they