Kidney disease and Kidney stones - UTI (bladder stone possible) - Looking for Help
Looking for any insight or advice to help maintain a horse with decreased kidney function and kidney stones.
I recently had bloodwork come back on a 5yo QH with high BUN and Creatine levels. The horse drank (and peed) more than the average horse but otherwise looked/acted healthy (even a vet examined him.) He was always in good spirit, happy, playful and willing to work. When he started drinking even more excessively and his behavior and weight started declining, I had the vet out again. It took about 2 weeks to discover he had a UTI / Kidney infection. By that time he was dropping weight and becoming depressed, I also noted minimal puss/blood in his urine at the end of his stream but no straining/pain while urinating.
After 10 days of antibiotics, his spirits were much better and the brightness was returning to him. 30 days after the initial bloodwork, we went to a teaching hospital and kidney specialist. His levels remained stable and weight has stabilized. An additional 30 days of antibiotic were prescribed, as the culture identified 1 bacteria remained. The vet also identified a kidney stone in the right ureter, leading to a chronic kidney disease diagnosis. At that point, he was looking pretty rough, and I was basically told that I'd be lucky to get him through the winter.
20 days later, the horse is back to being bright, playful, eating better than he ever has, and acting like the willing love bug I know him as. The dental tartar on his teeth has decreased significantly and there is no more cloudiness/blood in his urine. He has regained all of the weight he lost and then some, he looks like a happy, healthy horse again. I will have the vet out again within the next week to re-draw blood and see what his levels are at.
I've been going crazy trying to research over the last month. Other than reducing dietary calcium and protein and adding an Omega 3, I haven't found/heard much. I understand this is a chronic condition, but I am looking for any recommendations on support (supplements, therapies, etc.) I can provide that could help keep him as healthy as possible for as long as possible, and most importantly happy.
Any thoughts and insights are greatly appreciated!!!!!