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post #1 of 13 Old 12-01-2010, 03:58 PM Thread Starter
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Vet thinks Arie probably has kidney failure

I had noticed smears of blood on his legs so I took Arie to the vet. He couldn't find anything at the time but thought I must be from his nose or mouth. Today it was noticeably worse so I looked in his mouth and this time I could clearly see his gums bleeding around his teeth. The gum tissue seems to be eroding like its falling apart or rotting. The vet says kidney failure is at the top of the list but it could be a blood clotting factor that vitamin k could help. He said prime symptoms of kidney failure are mouth ulcers, more frequent urination, and depression. I had noticed him urinating more often and he's been quieter than usual. If it's kidney failure there is nothing that can be done to help him.

I knew he was older when he was given back to me, but most horses I've been around have lived to be around 30. I'd hoped to have several good years with him. Now I'm just thinking about what I can do make him comfortable. Do any of you have experience with kidney failure in your horses? What should I look for as far progression of the problem if it is his kidneys? The bleeding in his mouth has gotten so noticeable in just a week and a half. I'm trying so hard to take care of him.
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post #2 of 13 Old 12-01-2010, 04:00 PM
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Ariel, no advice as I've not had to deal with that.

My deepest condolences. Please keep us posted on Arie's health.
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I'm very sorry... I have no advice to offer, but sincerely hope something can be done!
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post #4 of 13 Old 12-01-2010, 04:31 PM
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I don't recall any of the horses in the clinic having acute bleeding episodes when in renal failure. I hope he drew blood to test the red blood cells, BUN and creatin levels. The chemistry (or a biopsy) is the only real way to tell how the kidneys are or are not functioning.

There are treatments that can kick start the kidneys but they need to be done sooner than later.

Best wishes to the poor horse!
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post #5 of 13 Old 12-01-2010, 04:33 PM
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So sorry! He is in my thoughts and prayers!

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post #6 of 13 Old 12-01-2010, 07:38 PM
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I don't have any advice. I had a dog with kidney failure and it wasn't much fun. We had her put to sleep.

I hope it's not kidney failure and I hope he gets better. Hugs and prayers for you both!

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post #7 of 13 Old 12-01-2010, 08:24 PM Thread Starter
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The vet told me if it was kidney failure nothing could be done for him. Thank you all for your kindness. I'll keep you posted.
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post #8 of 13 Old 12-01-2010, 10:32 PM Thread Starter
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I've been reading about kidney failure in horses on the net and its supposed to be very rare. I haven't really been able to find much about horses with bleeding gums either. No, the vet didn't offer to draw any blood. I wish he had. He did mention that it could be a clotting problem and vitamin K could help.
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post #9 of 13 Old 12-01-2010, 10:36 PM
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the vet doesn't have to offer, you can request it. If you really want bloodwork done, call him and tell him that you would like to run a full panel of tests.

I hope Arie's comfy and happy, and that he gets well!

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post #10 of 13 Old 12-01-2010, 11:00 PM Thread Starter
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I didn't mean it to sound like the vet did something wrong. I should have said that I wish I had thought of drawing blood. I'll find a way to get Arie's tests done so we know what we're dealing with. He seems very contented and comfortable so far. I'm the basket case.
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