My dog Cooper is 4 years old. In October I noticed a few things that were not normal for him. He was shedding a lot more hair and was waking me up more at night to go outside to use the facilities. When I brought him in, I spoke to Dr. Patterson and Dr. Yao about the issues he was having they suggested that we send out a comprehensive panel with urine just to make sure everything looked the way it is supposed to. The next day Dr. Yao sat me down and told me that Cooper was in stage 1 Kidney Disease. I was upset because there’s not much you can do but to slow down the progression of the Disease by changing his diet. I knew that this was going to be a challenge. Explaining it to my daughter was hard. She was no longer allowed to sneak Cooper snacks. I explained to her that there were still foods he could have like bananas, apples, green beans and carrots. We now make Cooper banana ice cream once and a while.
As upsetting as it was to hear the news it was also a blessing because normally when kidney disease is found 75% of kidney function has already been lost. In this case his kidneys are still functioning just below normal range. Without running the comprehensive panel who knows how long it would have been before we found out. Cooper is now only going out once a night. My daughter gets on my husband when he tries to sneak him food he is not allowed. Thankfully Cooper is doing great.