Dog has early kidney disease?

The vet just diagnosed my rescue chihuahua as being in the early stages of kidney disease. She give my dog 14 days worth of antibiotics, however told me to give her 7 days worth, cease for 10 days and then continue antibiotics for 7 days. Anyone understand what the 10 day period of no antibiotics in the middle of her treatment is about?
Thanks in advance for your serious answers.

  1. Dale A, 10 May, 2010

    Which antibiotic are you using?

    Some antibiotics have effects other than their primary antibiotic effect, which might be what we’re chasing after here.

    The only other thing I can think of, is that there might be problems giving the drug for 14 days straight (due to side effects of the drug), and there might be enough residual activity left to keep working for a while (carry you through the 10 day break), and then you start back up again once the system has had a chance to equilibrate.

    Best thing to do though, is talk to the vet directly. I’d be quite curious to know what they say (I’ll check back on this question later, or you can e-mail me directly).

  2. Diana, 10 May, 2010

    Well, I’m confused by the diagnosis. Does your dog have a kidney infection (pyelonephritis) or chronic renal disease (as in failure)? If your dog has an infection, I have NO idea why you vet would tell you to pulse the antibiotics. If your pet has kidney failure or chronic renal disease, then treatment would be much different (low protein food, ACE inhibitors, Omega 3 fatty acids, etc).

    Only your vet knows why so why not call her and ask?

  3. Mike @ dog house training, 27 June, 2010

    It is probably just so that your dog does not stop producing its own disease fighting enzymes. I really am not certain.
    .-= Mike @ dog house training´s last blog ..House Training Puppies – How Do You MissSomething So Simple =-.

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