Monday, October 26, 2009

Kidneys failing

It's been a bad weekend. Herbie's drinking double or triple his normal amounts, and not wanted to eat much. On Sunday I managed to persuade him to eat a yoghurt for breakfast (normally a rare treat) but he wouldn't touch his evening meal. We went over to my father's, and after Herbie had done his "I'm a poor old dog" routine, he ate the cat's food, and was rewarded with more cat food. Later I heard an odd scraping noise in the kitchen, and realised that Dad had left a chicken carcase near the edge of the table, and Herbie was helping himself.

Being allowed to steal food is currently working, but we've reached the stage the oncologist warned me about in January 08. There's nothing can be done about failing kidneys, though there is some good advice from Greyhoundgang about low phosphorus diets (rather than low protein) that I'll follow. He's lost a lot of weight in the last three or four days, and my policy of "keep 'em fat" (again, advice from someone with a cancer hound - normal rules of dog-keeping go out the window) is no longer working.

5 comments:

Lesley Rigby said...

Just to let you know I am here wishing, hoping and praying that as has been the case so many times Herbie will pick up. It doesn't sound good though and this wonderful "Little" chap mustn't suffer and you wouldn't let him. I hope there is someone close looking after you, because I can't bear to think of your pain. Big hugs to both of you. xxxx

Linda Seid Frembes said...

My thoughts are with you and Herbie. Think how far you both have come since January 2008! He is strong and has surprised you before. I am hoping for the best.....

Teresa said...

Oh, Herbie, my thoughts are with you. Remember, you are a Super Dog!! You can leap tall buildings, steal red beds (and apparently chicken carcasses) and beat anything!

Herbie's Human -- i wish you peace and presence with Herbie no matter what comes next. We are all thinking about you here and sending you virtual hugs abound!

Emily and the Labradors said...

Oh Herbie. I am so sorry to hear that he is struggling. I always hold my breath when I click on your blog, for fear of reading something like this. It is so hard to see them get sicker... it really is a terrible illness. There is nothing I can say to make the situation any better, but at least know I am thinking of you :)

cowprintdoggie said...

So sorry to read this--and late too as it's been several days since your post. Kidney disease is awful--just ask any human who has it. I have been with cats through it too, so so hard. Cats associate the ongoing nausea with the last thing they ate so you have to find new things for every single meal.

Whatever you do, know that you are doing the right thing. You have given Herbiekins a great life and have extended his life tremendously and comfortably as well.

Keep us all posted as you do. Hugs and love from California.