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Is spinach bad for dogs?
I have a 1.5 year old lab named "Cathy". Her dad was overweight and we put him on the high carb diet the vet recommended and he's lost all the weight. She had her first litter this past winter and the puppies were a bit high in fat. Their dad is overweight but otherwise a healthy dog. We took the 6 males to puppy kindergarten and he got an A on all his inspections and tests.
When he was 1 year old, I brought him home and I wanted to give him spinach to get him to eat more. I put it on his food every now and then and I have seen him eat more.
I recently noticed that he's gning weight. He seems sluggish and I thought he was getting an old age problem (and he's been around 2 and a half for a long time). I talked to him this morning and he seemed fine. He just has this wobbly quality to him and he doesn't seem to want to eat and drinks a lot. He drinks water when he drinks any water.
Anyway, I've seen the vet but she told me not to worry. She sd his weight gn is typical and healthy and he'll be fine. I was wondering if you think I should go ahead and take him in. He seems like he could have kidney problems. The vet was going to do blood tests and check his kidneys.
I read something about dogs and kidney stones and thought he could have stones. When he starts panting it's more of a constant deep breath and he'll take a very deep breath after sitting for awhile.
I just want to make sure he's ok before we take him to the vet. Should I be worried?
Answers - The most common symptoms in dogs with chronic kidney disease (CKD) are vomiting, vomiting and heaving after eating, lethargy, weakness, panting, abdominal pn and not passing urine or having diarrhea.
Dogs with CKD also often develop kidney stones, but not always. Some are able to pass them naturally and some have to have them removed surgically.
What's your dog's weight?
Do you know how old he is?
Does he drink a lot of water?
Does he take long or short naps?
Does he look like he's "sleep-deprived"?
Does he seem sluggish and uninterested in his usual play?
I'm just trying to figure out what might be going on with your dog, and whether we should get him checked out by the vet right now.
If your dog has had kidney stones, you should know that they pass through your dog's system very easily. Usually within a few days. However, it may take longer to go away, depending on the size and number of the stones.
The best thing for you to do is to get your dog to the vet as soon as you can. The sooner they have a blood test, the sooner they can tell if he has kidney disease. You can do it at home, but you need to make sure you're very accurate.
If your dog is not in any discomfort, this is not something you need to worry about now. You don't want to cause him any more stress than he already is experiencing. We don't want to make this worse.
I'm sure you've read many of the articles that have appeared on our site about this condition, so let me just add a few more to the mix.
You may want to share the information about your dog's condition with the family, if they are concerned about what you are reading. This information is very upsetting, so I know you want to keep it from them as much as possible, but if they know what's going on, they can help you deal with this.
You can even take one of our kidney disease videos or photos. The more knowledge they have, the more help they can be to you and your dog. You can share those too, if you want.
Remember that this is a serious condition, so don't delay getting your dog to the vet. Don't let this get any worse! The more time that goes by, the more it will cost to treat.
If you're interested in reading a good book about this condition, please consider buying How Your Dog Speaks from www.kidney-disease-ebooks.com. You can buy the ebook for the Kindle reader, or the kindle app on any tablet, smartphone, computer, or laptop. This book will give you everything you need to know about what to expect.
Please don't let your dog suffer any longer than he has to. This is not a life sentence. You can and will get him through this.
Dr. Marty Becker
Dog Owner for 13 Years
## What Can I Do?
You may be wondering what you can do to help your dog and yourself. You have a few options.
1. Find an excellent, qualified veterinary specialist. Many vets are very good at what they do, and they are able to help your dog immensely. You should choose the most skilled veterinarian you can find, and your dog will be better off for it.
2. Work with a good veterinarian on your own. There are many books and websites that can help you to learn what you need to know. There is nothing more frustrating than spending all your time trying to figure it out on your own, only to find out that you have no idea what you are talking about. The key is to find a veterinarian who is willing to work with you, rather than one who will tell you that you are making things worse.
3. Donate blood. As mentioned in Chapter 4, you can help to save the lives of other dogs and their owners through canine blood donation.
4. Donate money. You can give to a dog rescue that is local to you. Do your homework before making a donation. You can also purchase special supplies and/or toys to donate to your local rescue.
5. Donate your time. You can volunteer to drive people to the veterinary clinic. This is the fastest way to help a number of dogs.
## Choosing a Veterinarian
It is always important to choose a qualified veterinarian. You should not choose the first person you come to. You should speak to at least three doctors before deciding on one. Here are a few things you should look for.
First, does the veterinarian have a good reputation? Look at the reviews of his office online. There should be many people who have good things to say about the doctor and his practice. Read through these reviews and decide what you want to know about the doctor and his practice.
If you are going to a specialty practice, you can choose which area of medicine you want to know about by visiting the doctor's practice website and choosing an option under "About the Clinic."
What should you look for in a specialist? It depends on what you want to know about a specialist. Does he or she offer spaying, neutering, and rabies inoculation? Will he or she perform orthopedic surgery on your dog? Does he or she see cases for medical conditions such as kidney problems? If the answer is no, you may want to look elsewhere. You want to be sure that your dog will receive the best treatment and care avlable.
What about the emergency room? If you have an emergency, of course you should go to the hospital that has the best reputation. But sometimes the emergency room at your hospital is not the best place to be. Many dogs will experience some pn after surgery or injury, and