Dog with possible kidney failure
Questions for Meghane and others that know about kidney failure in dogs.
Our nine-year old, spayed female dog had a urinalysis yesterday that showed very low specific gravity (1.002). She also has a "significant" UTI. She has had minor vomiting (I'd call it spitting up more than vomiting) and loss of appetite on those days (three times in last 10 days). Yesterday she was somewhat listless. She had been seeking cool areas. She did have a fever (103.something).
Vet is concerned about beginning stages of kidney failure and put her on Hill k/d. I am wondering if the UTI caused increased drinking and urination leading to the abnormal sp. gravity. BUN and creatinine were normal, as were all other blood and urine results.
We will recheck urine in two weeks, she is on clavamox in the meantime.
Do you think this is beginning kidney failure or a result of the UTI or unable to tell? Also, how would you distinguish acute and chronic kidney failure?
She is much perkier this morning.
Thanks for any comments!