Friday, October 25, 2013
Case of the Month: Clark PART 2
Each day, Clark became more bright and alert during his stay at Pekin Veterinary Clinic. After days of intravenous (IV) fluids and urine collection, Clark's urinary and IV catheters were removed. We ran more blood work to ensure that Clark's kidney values (BUN and creatinine) had normalized along with his electrolytes. His blood urea nitrogen (BUN) was 14 (normal value 10-30) and creatinine was 1.1 (normal 0.3 - 2.1). Clark's potassium had had also significantly decreased to 4.0 (normal range 3.7 - 5.8). Clark was monitored for the rest of the day to ensure that he could urinate without the assistance of the urinary catheter.
After it was seen that Clark could urinate without assistance, he was sent home to his owner in the afternoon. Medications sent home included a pain medication an an anti-inflammatory medication. Since Clark had struvite crystals in his urine, it is important that he stays on a diet that prevents these stones from forming.
Currently Clark is doing very well at home. He is exclusively eating the Royal Canine S/O diet to prevent the struvite stones from forming in his urine. Clark is adjusting well to being back home and enjoying spending time with his family.
Please check back next week for Part 3 of the case study. In that section, we will discuss what you need to watch for at home to ensure that you recognize signs of this very serious but treatable disease.