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    Elevated creatinine levels

    Our 13 yr old husky has a myriad of problems, namely renal failure, enlarged prostate, elevated liver enzymes, possible adrenal tumor, and now a creatinine level of 11.3. I haven't seen the creatinine issue specifically covered in this forum, so I was wondering what it means for my boy. He's leaked sugar in his urine for years, but diabetes was ruled out by our vet who thinks he has Cushing's disease, to add to everything else. Since his liver is weak, we were told that most medicine that we'd give to Storm would further worsen his liver. His cortisol levels were high, which our vet said could provide some sort of relief but they aren't expected to remain high. He had some blood in his urine, so she prescribed Zeniquin to treat him, which seemed to work, but at around the same time, he stopped eating. We've been force feeding him for about a month and we're now considering IV therapy, which I've read in some posts has been effective for some. I realize I can't ask for anyone to tell me what to do, but I would really appreciate some advice in this painful situation.

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    Re: Elevated creatinine levels

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    Thank you for the web site. I was hoping to get more responses for how to handle this situation with my dog. We're torn between trying IV therapy or the awful option of having him euthanized. We don't want to prolong his pain, but if he has a chance, we don't want to be selfish and put him down for our own convenience.

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    I have always told people the same thing in this type of situation. One has to weigh the situation through the dogs eyes. If the vet offers sincere hope of help to his physical condition and it is not something that will be difficult for this grand old man to endure then it is worth the chance. If your vet does not offer any good options for treatment then I think you have to look at the life your dog is leading now. It is so difficult to say goodbye to our beloved dogs, but it is not fair to have them laying around suffering just so we can postpone that pain of loss. I am so sorry for you that you have to go through this. Don't think of euthanasia as selfish, it is a Humane gift one can give to their dog to end their pain. The fact that you are writing this means that you are not taking it lightly. You are not being selfish. Talk honestly with your vet. They don't want to make decisions for people, but they will hopefully be honest as to if it is worth putting the dog through more or not. My heart goes out to you and your family at this difficult time.


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