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post #1 of 8 Old 03-27-2017, 02:59 PM Thread Starter
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Kidney failure/infection

Hi there everyone
I have Joined this site in the hope that I can get some advice about my lovely 16 year old cob Bronson.
He was diagnosed with kidney failure last September resulting in the vet giving him a life expectancy of anywhere from 2 months to two years. We are now 6 months down that road with the help of low protein foods and supplements such as blood tonic, electrolytes,oils and antibiotics.
We have tried him on different feeds as he seems to go off them quickly and doesn't have much of an appetite. The only thing he seems to want is eat grass which isn't in abundance. The grass is starting to come through and we are hoping that this will help but I can't see him putting on all the weight again.
He has had regular blood tests and courses of antibiotics. His recent set of tests show bloods and kidneys not normal but no worse than before, he has dropped all his muscle and weight. The vet now says there is nothing more he can do and we need to start thinking about the pasture on the other side in about a couple of months time. His infection is still there. The vet also says he has not had much experience of this illness in horses as it is not common. I am now thinking of going down the route of homeopathic medicines. Is there anyone out there who can relate to any of this at all?
I would welcome any feedback or advice that anyone has.
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post #2 of 8 Old 03-27-2017, 05:07 PM
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What country are you in?

did your vet say what he thinks caused the kidney failure?

Do you have other vets or a university close by for a second opinion?

While I'm in the top five on this forum for holistic and homeopathic methods, they are not something I would suggest to you without a lot more information:)
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post #3 of 8 Old 03-27-2017, 06:42 PM
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I'm so sorry about your cob @shiralee .

Not sure homeopathic medicine can do very much in this case, but hopefully someone here can give you some ideas. I'm very open to homeopathic treatment, and have tried it with my horses and dogs with occasional good results, but in this case, there is something pretty serious going on that will probably require more.

I do think walk is right about trying to find an equine medicine facility in your area. If that's not possible, try to contact other equine vets to see if you can find someone with more experience. It does not sound like your vet is all that confident in his treatment, so it's worth asking someone else.

Great job keeping your guy going this long despite the poor prognosis!
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post #4 of 8 Old 03-27-2017, 07:24 PM
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sorry to hear about your horse. The experience I have had with horses in kidney failure was that the horses had to be euthanized. Once the kidneys get damaged there is not much that can be done.
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post #5 of 8 Old 03-27-2017, 09:15 PM
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I am very sorry to hear about your horse. Dealing with chronic kidney failure in horses is difficult and the prognosis is grim.

Here is an article that discusses it well(though it reads technically)- chronic kidney failure is towards the end of the article and you will need to hit read more at least once...

http://veterinarycalendar.dvm360.com...-proceedings-0
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post #6 of 8 Old 03-29-2017, 12:51 AM
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Could he have leptospirosis?

If this was caused by an infection, eliminating the infection is the only way the kidneys have a chance to recover. My dog passed away from acute kidney failure. He was fine one day and gone the next. He had sepsis- but how he got that, we have no idea. The infection hit his kidneys, liver, lungs, and heart.
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post #7 of 8 Old 03-29-2017, 05:12 AM
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Hi. I am sorry about your horse.

At the barn I board at there is a couple who gave their horse a cow salt block by accident and the horse wound up with renal issues. She was hospitalized for about 2 weeks. She did make a full recovery.

I hope there are other options available to you other than just the one Veterinarian. Good Luck
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post #8 of 8 Old 03-30-2017, 02:49 AM
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Shiralee .... any more news ?
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