I have a twelve year old Teckel that's been diagnosed with liver failure. Vet has said it's 60% + failed but can't say how much more, or at what point he won't be able to cope with what function he has left. They've given him eighteen months at best. The clock is ticking......
I've taken the vet's recommendation to change his dry mix from Bakers Complete to Purina EN and Denamarin supplement, he is however staying on his saucepan of venison offcuts boiled up.
I just wondered if anyone else has had this experience. I'm looking for pointers as to how this will unfold in time. He's still quite fit and active at the moment, still gets excited and changes into hunting mode on sight of the rifle, still stalks with me, still comes to work with me, still comes for walks. Unless you knew what signs to look for, you wouldn't know he was terminally ill.
I know this will change, but I don't know if it'll be a gradual deterioration, or a sudden crash when he hits a critical point, or even a bit of both. I'd always hoped he'd make at least fourteen as a working dog, maybe a year as a pensioner and anything more than that would be our well earned bonus.
I'm just not ready to lose my best mate before time. We have such great memories together over the last twelve years, it'll leave a huge hole when he goes.....
Any guidance or suggestions welcomed please.
Roger and Spot