Although my little boy was diagnosed with kidney failure and put on three days of IV fluids, his follow-up x-rays didn't give me a lot of hope and they also exposed a stone in his bladder, one in each kidney and one in his ureter. However, he was still trying to eat and my fabulous vet suggested I bring him home where he's most comfortable, allow him to prepare his buddy for his departure and then watch him for particular signs that would indicate it was time to let him go. The best part of this story is that once he got home, he proceeded to eat and perk up a little each day (it's been five). Last night he was romping around the house playing with his buddy. He's eating, and that includes food with heavy-duty vitamins, a supplement to help his liver digest and a medication to keep him from getting nauseous all mixed in. Once I saw that he appeared to be improving and feeling better, it occurred to me that maybe if I could help his little body dissolve the stones, if we could maintain his kidney values, he might make it longer than the "few weeks" I was originally told. I made him an herbal tincture with Burdock Root, Parsley Root, Dandelion Root and Marshmallow Root and now that goes on his food as well. So far, so good.
One advantage of working in hospice is that I get to play with all the therapy dogs. This is Asher, a Corgi.