I’ve posted on here a dozen times due to my problem TB that we thought was plagued with ulcer/gut issues and recently discovered he has kidney disease - likely chronic - and probably has had this since before I owned him (6 years!). This explains basically all of his symptoms - underweight, frequent urination, high water consumption, lethargic, on and off food, ulcers.
Current levels: Creatinine - 6.2, BUN - 88
I’m struggling with the diagnosis -
- I’m so glad to have an answer
- So frustrated this wasn’t caught earlier (seriously pull blood on your horses people)
- IDK how much effort/$$ to put into him at this point (vets dont seem optimistic and seem to think its only a matter of time)
We are taking him to a clinic or university (not sure which yet) for an ultrasound to see how bad kidneys look (vet noted there may be a mass or swelling that would be signs that he is unlikely to respond/improve).
If ultrasound looks okay we’ll push fluids for 24/48 hours
If his creatinine and other levels improve after fluids what can I really expect from this horse overtime?
Does anyone know of a horse that has improved and went on to be useable and happy undersaddle with chronic kidney disease?
I want this horse to be happy and healthy but I’m not really sure its worth keeping him around if he will continue to be underweight/struggle with ulcers, lethargic undersaddle, etc. etc.
Yes I’ll talk to the vet more about this but I’m struggling to even have these conversations out loud at the moment.