How successful are IV drips for cats with kidney disease?

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How successful are IV drips for cats with kidney disease?

Post by Kris35 » Sun Apr 17, 2016 9:01 pm

I've been reading about feline kidney disease and see a lot of cats are put on IV drips for a few days to see if it can help. I wanted to ask - how successful are IV drips for cats with kidney disease - has your cat been on one and come off better and lived a fruitful life - or, has it made matters worse or been useless?

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Post by Kris35 » Sun Apr 17, 2016 9:02 pm

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Re: How successful are IV drips for cats with kidney disease?

Post by booktigger » Sun Apr 17, 2016 9:12 pm

There are two kinds of kidney disease, drips help flush toxins out of the system, so it depends on the cause - if it's an elderly cat with chronic disease it generally just buys them time. I opted not to go down that route last year as it would have only bought my cat weeks, the vet did with hers and got months.

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Re: How successful are IV drips for cats with kidney disease?

Post by Kris35 » Sun Apr 17, 2016 9:16 pm

Oh yes Ive got it now - thanks a lot.

Unless I hear of success stories where cats have lived healthily for at least a year or so, Ive decided not to put any of my animals through an IV drip again. For me, its not worth it to give them a few more months I dont think.

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Post by Grace56 » Sun Apr 17, 2016 10:07 pm

When my Oscar became very ill with kidney failure, I had him put on a drip. Unfortunately, he died in the night.
The vet did give me the option of having him pts but I wanted to give him a chance however slight.
I wouldn't make that mistake again.

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Re: How successful are IV drips for cats with kidney disease?

Post by MarkB » Sun Apr 17, 2016 10:36 pm

I have had 4 cats with kidney disease. Not always a good outcome, but Willow collapsed one day in a puddle of urine. We didn't even know she had kidney disease at the time. It was around Easter time. After going on a drip, she managed until the beginning of January the following year. My vet said that cats should really be on a drip for at least 3 days to get the full benefit.

It really depends on on so many variables. Alice was on a drip for 4 days, but had to be euthanised at the end of it as her kidney readings were getting worse. The vet said there were no guarantees, but it was worth a try. He wasn't after my money as they are my next door neighbours and I get 'mates rates' (I only paid £200 for her being there all week)

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Post by Crewella » Sun Apr 17, 2016 11:58 pm

My Daz was on a drip two years ago after a urinary blockage caused toxins to back up and his kidneys to start to fail, and the drip certainly saved his life, but he was a 6 year old cat with no previous kidney issues. Again I've had dehydrated cats on a drip and that has been invaluable .... but for chronic kidney issues it may not buy too much time ..... my personal mantra in such circumstances (with an older cat with chronic kidney issues suddenly going downhill) is 'they deserve one shot, but if that doesn't work then call it a day'.

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Post by MarkB » Mon Apr 18, 2016 12:09 am

Exactly Helen. Sometime a 'kick-start' will work wonders, but if they start going downhill straight away...

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Post by Kris35 » Tue Apr 19, 2016 12:25 pm

Thanks everyone. Have decided my old 18 year old will not go on a drip if her bloods come back next week and she has kidney disease. I don't think so anyway - never know until the time comes do we but I'm pretty certain.

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Post by Crewella » Tue Apr 19, 2016 9:07 pm

It's never an easy decision, but you know and love her best and will, I'm sure, make the right decision for her. xx

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Post by Cussypat1974 » Thu Apr 21, 2016 12:20 pm

As others have said, it depends on each cat really. For acute kidney failure (caused by toxin exposure) I would certainly use fluid therapy to flush their systems through for as long as necessary, and pray that not too much lasting damage was done. I have only ever dealt with chronic kidney disease, and to be honest, as none of mine were dehydrated, it wasn't even suggested by the vet (who is excellent).
I recently watched a cat at work on fluids for about 3 days, to no avail. There was probably more going on and the cat was in a very bad state, and didn't survive. The fluids definitely made her feel better though..... She was terribly dehydrated, which would feel like the worst hangover you ever had multiplied by about ten. From nursing cats on fluids I can say that the drip itself generally doesn't bother them though. I suppose that by the time they are sick enough to be hospitalised on a drip, they are beyond caring really, and only start to object when the treatments work and they feel better!

For an 18 year old cat with CKD..... Unless suffering from dehydration, I am not sure I would try it with my own. Especially of the cat was in any way nervous or easily stressed. Sometimes, just because we CAN do something doesn't mean we SHOULD do it. Fluids won't restore kidney function, but they will help the patient feel a WHOLE LOT better of they are dehydrated and unable to keep fluids down due to nausea from the kidney disease. With my own cats though, once they are that far gone I would probably opt for euthanasia to be honest. Death from dehydration would be a truly awful way to go.......

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