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Old 08-11-2008, 08:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Anyone hear of this stuff?

http://www.astroscrfoil.com/index_files/page0011.html

My vet told me last week that he smelled kidney failure on my Lady Jane's breath. She's 18 yrs old and has gotten extremely emaciated, stopped grooming herself, is always hungry and drinks lots of water. I am currently administering subcutaneous fluids. He offered me no advice and pretty much implied that when she starts to NOT eat it will be time to PTS.

Someone several threads below said that CRF is NOT a death sentence. Please explain.
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without bloodwork and a urinalysis, there's not much way for you to know what is going on with your cat and to what extent. There are many options out there for the treatment of renal failure but its worth it to have a blood panel run to see what exactly is going on before you try to decide how to go from here.
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CRF is not necessarily an immediate death sentence. I've known of cats that have lived years after the initial diagnosis. And sometimes die of something else before the kidney failure gets them.

Typically when CRF is diagnosed the cat has lost something like 80% of their kidney function, there just aren't any visible symptoms early on. But very often proper diet and regular sub-q fluids can extend their life for quite a while.

I know there is a Yahoo CRF group that Stryker often provides a link to. I suggest doing a search and joining the group to see what they suggest.
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CRF is not necessarily an immediate death sentence. I've known of cats that have lived years after the initial diagnosis. And sometimes die of something else before the kidney failure gets them.

Typically when CRF is diagnosed the cat has lost something like 80% of their kidney function, there just aren't any visible symptoms early on. But very often proper diet and regular sub-q fluids can extend their life for quite a while.

I know there is a Yahoo CRF group that Stryker often provides a link to. I suggest doing a search and joining the group to see what they suggest.
Who is Stryker? I don't know what I'm doing here. PLEASE provide a link. Thank you!
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I think this is it:

http://www.catforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=46086
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You're very welcome, glad I could help someone!

Well, it's really Stryker doing the helping....
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Oooooh, I'm feeling desperate here. Is this simply a "snake oil salemen" or not? My baby's sick and my vet isn't offering me any alternatives. Should I try it or not??????
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Is this simply a "snake oil salemen" or not?
The product is snake oil but the idea is not (does that make sense). If and when you start researching renal failure you will see fatty acids come up as being beneficial for renal kitties. This is just overpriced fish oils. Maybe the price reflects that they are concentrated and deodorized but you can still enjoy the benefits of fish oils for much cheaper.

Also in it, most likely reflects for most of the price, is ubiquinone or Coenzyme Q10. Something that is not talk about a lot, at least in my homeopathic research for animals, for use in treating animal ailments. Many articles you read talk about using in humans and of course animals are living things. So a fair amount of the time information and practices that pertain to us will also work on animals. This is a natural substance and just like all natural things many can be found in natural food stores. So if you want to replicate the product you listed just find this and some fish oil. You will probably be able to buy both for the same price as one small bottle of that stuff. Sourcing it out yourself will yield a whole lot more for cheaper.

This is just my opinion on it. Good luck

Like others have said a good diet is your best friend now. Renal is not the end just a very large bump in the road.
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