How do you take care of your older cats with CKD?

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We have discovered the disease pretty late, but we already changed the food and I’m giving him fluids subcutaneously. He almost doesn’t eat anything, constipated, lost a lot of his weight, does not respond to appetite stimulant. Regular vets say “it’s the end of the road”, but I wonder how do YOU, in DELTA, treat cats in these conditions. Do you just watch them go? Dying from hunger? You’re my last hope for any advice from people who CARE!

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Asked on February 21, 2018 8:31 pm
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Discovering the disease late in its course makes it difficult to alter the end point. Those cats who acutely have severe renal disease will be placed on IV fluids in an attempt to diurese and lower the BUN to a manageable level. If we are able to lower the BUN on IV fluids we will then switch to subcutaneous fluids. We use famotidine to relieve stomach ulceration from the high BUN. Cyroheptadine and or mirtazapine is used to stimulate the appetite. We also use a product named AminAvast to support and stimulate renal blood flow. No, we do not “just watch them go, dying from hunger”. If the cat is not eating and dying a miserable death we perform humane euthanasia.

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Posted by Dr. Gaylord Brown
Answered on February 22, 2018 7:55 pm
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