One year ago, Rufus was diagnosed with early stages of Kidney disease. It was heartbreaking. We changed his diet, as advised, and we just kind of put it on a shelf. There isn’t much one can really do (or so we’re told). Over the last year Rufus (at 14 and a half years old) has had some good days and not so good days. Today Rufus went in for his for annual anesthetic teeth cleaning, and the elected procedure was denied. His kidney levels were significantly elevated and our vet worried the anesthesia might comprise his already impaired kidney functions. Heartbreaking for a second time.
We’re awaiting the results of a urine analysis and culture. We have an ultrasound scheduled on Friday to get a complete picture of his kidneys. We’ve been referred to a local specialist for acupuncture and herbal treatment along with some other homeopathic options. We’re under no illusions, Rufus’ kidneys will be the end of him. We speculate Rufus may have 2 to 4 years with us, and it’s our commitment to make these final years the best and most comfortable we can. ❤
As I’ve said countless times, Rufus has been a great mentor to me. This occasion is no exception. I have had moments of shock, worry and great sadness. But Rufus continues to be a happy-go-lucky, precious pup with no concern for the future and simply celebrates the present. ❤ #LivesInTheMoment ❤
We have not talked publicly (much) about Rufus and his health this last year. But we can certainly use the support and encouragement of our community and friends. Many of you have been there for the several highs we have experienced over the years, so it only seems fitting to include you in our more challenging times.
We’ll update as we know more. Thank you in advance for all the love friends.
Rufus, and his pack of hounds and humans. ❤
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