Acute Kidney Failure in Dogs: Blitzen’s Tragic Story. What Would You Do If It Was Your Dog?

Many things can cause acute kidney failure in dogs. Toxins are high on the list of potential causes.

What constitutes a toxin, though? The well-known substances that cause injury to the kidneys include

  • antifreeze
  • grapes and raisins
  • over-the-counter pain relievers

Infections, such as leptospirosis are not far behind. This does not, however, constitute a complete list.

Acute Kidney Failure in Dogs: Blitzen's Tragic Story. What Would You Do If It Was Your Dog?

Diagnosing kidney failure is not the hard part. Figuring out what caused it and trying to fix it is the challenge.

Blitzen’s story

Blitzen was a four-years-old Shar-pei. He was a real charmer, loved by everyone, especially his dog parents. He was enjoying his life to the fullest–everything was fun and games.

First signs

That morning, Blitzen barely made it to his potty place. He needed to pee badly and he peed a lot. That was strange enough in itself. On top of that, instead of being eager to go for his regular walk, Blitzen turned back into the house.

His mom thought it was strange but because she had a busy day ahead of her, she secretly welcomed it.

Blitzen was always a picky eater so when he turned away from his breakfast, it didn’t raise any additional red flags. Every dog feels a bit under the weather sometimes, Blitzen’s mom figured there was to it.

As the day went on

It was around noon when Blitzen needed to go outside in a hurry. As it turned out, he now had diarrhea too. By now it was clear that Blitzen wasn’t feeling well.

Things only got worse from there.

Blitzen kept asking to go outside but all he did was wander around with his head and tail low. He couldn’t lay down comfortable so he kept walking as if he could escape the way he felt.

Veterinary ER

When Blitzen stop pacing around and just laid down in the shower, it was the last straw that brought him to an emergency veterinary clinic. Blitzen would never get anywhere near the shower.

At the hospital, they put Blitzen on IV fluids while working up a diagnosis.

His mom knew he wasn’t well but it never crossed her mind that whatever was wrong with Blitzen could be life-threatening.

Kidney failure diagnosis

Learning that Blitzen was in acute kidney failure was devastating. Could it be the so-called Shar-pei Fever? Blitzen’s mom cried all the back after the veterinarian told her to go home for the night. Blitzen was going to spend the night at an ICU.

The dreaded phone call

In the early hours of the next morning, Blitzen’s mom got the phone call no dog parent wants to receive.

While Blitzen was originally stable, through the night he made a turn for worse. His kidneys couldn’t handle whatever was insulting them any longer.

Nothing made sense. What caused all this? Blitzen was a healthy boy.

It wasn’t until his mom was putting away Blitzen’s things when she stumbled upon what was the likely answer.

What do you think could have caused Blitzen’s kidney failure? What would you do if it was your dog?

Find out what Blitzen’s mom realized here.

Related articles:
Kidney Failure in Dogs: What Happens In The Dog’s Body When The Kidneys Fail To Function Properly?

Further reading:
Acute Renal Failure and Its Causes

Categories: Acute kidney failureConditionsDiarrheaDog health advocacyIncreased urinationKidney diseaseLethargyLoss of appetiteReal-life StoriesSymptoms

Tags: :

Jana Rade

I am a graphic designer, dog health advocate, writer, and author. Jasmine, the Rottweiler of my life, was the largest female from her litter. We thought we were getting a healthy dog. Getting a puppy from a backyard breeder was our first mistake. Countless veterinary visits without a diagnosis or useful treatment later, I realized that I had to take Jasmine's health care in my own hands. I learned the hard way that merely seeing a vet is not always enough. There is more to finding a good vet than finding the closest clinic down the street. And, sadly, there is more to advocating for your dog's health than visiting a veterinarian. It should be enough, but it often is not. With Jasmine, it took five years to get a diagnosis. Unfortunately, other problems had snowballed for that in the meantime. Jasmine's health challenges became a crash course in understanding dog health issues and how to go about getting a proper diagnosis and treatment. I had to learn, and I had to learn fast. Helping others through my challenges and experience has become my mission and Jasmine's legacy. I now try to help people how to recognize and understand signs of illness in their dogs, how to work with their veterinarian, and when to seek a second opinion. My goal is to save others the steep curve of having to learn things the hard way as I did. That is the mission behind my blog and behind my writing. That is why I wrote Symptoms to Watch for in Your Dog, which has turned out being an award-winning guide to dog owners. What I'm trying to share encompasses 20 years of experience.

Share your thoughts