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Kelvin
With all our dogs you'll get a history
and science lesson.  You just have to
look up their names!
We posted bail for Kelvin on 12/9/08 and were able to bring him home on 12/12/08.  He had been dumped of at a kill shelter in
San Angelo on Thanksgiving weekend.  They estimated his age at 9 but our vet is thinking 11 or more.  He was extremely thin
and we have worked to build him back up to normal basset weight.  
After some swelling from his neuter we had him checked over by our vet and tested for heart worms.  He was negative for the
heart worms but had a positive antigen test for
ehrlichiosis.   We expect him to still live a long life with the proper treatment if he
has a flare up, for now he is on an antibiotic but is otherwise fine.
In February 2009 his renal function was diminished so we began limiting protein and giving him a phosphorous binder with his
meals to help lower his BUN numbers to below 25, he was 106.
June 15, 2009 After seeing steady progress on his BUN numbers over the last few months, we had gotten him down to 34, he
had an increase this months.  Back up to 54.  So the vet is officially calling this CRF (chronic renal failure).  We are trying yet
another food to see what else we can do to lower the BUN to as close to 25 as we can get.  For now this is a management only
type of situation until we see what changes it brings.  He is not allowed to gain any more weight at this point so we will try and
maintain 50 ponds from now on.
12/4 in
shelter
34#
12/10 in
shelter
37#
12/17
39#
12/29
44#
1/13
46#
1/20
47#
1/27
46.5#
2/25
49#
4/6
51#
6/15
52#
Kelvin's weight progress
For videos of Kelvin and his
recovery process, please visit:
Kelvin's Journey
And
Kelvin's First Month