Why We Stress EARLY Fluid Therapy in Our Kidney Cases
I wanted to write about the value of fluid therapy in EARLY renal failure in animals. We have been doing this in our holistic practice for many years and are seeing that these animals live longer, happier and easier lives. Usually, these are cats and they have elevated kidney toxin values like creatinine and BUN, often intermittent vomiting, a decreased appetite, dry stool and increased thirst. When you perform the lab work you see that values are not “bad” – usually at the high end or just above normal.
Most conventional veterinarians advocate fluid therapy for cats that are far along into kidney failure as a final, life saving measure. We are finding that helping the owner start fluid therapy (at home) under the skin 1-2 times a week has a great number of benefits. Among these are: