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Dear Dr. Fox: My “grandbaby,” a 12-year-old female German shepherd/husky-mix, has been diagnosed with renal/kidney failure.
She was losing weight, her fur was clumping in mats and she was generally being cranky for at least six months before my daughter took her to the vet last month. I just found out from another family member that Kachina has about three weeks to live because her kidneys are giving out.
I had been living with my daughter and all the grandbabies until several months ago. We parted on unfriendly terms. Kachina was crated most of the time — except when I was there or my daughter was home — sometimes with very little or no water. She was let out several times a day and night to do her business. But there were times when I was not there, and my daughter would come home late from work and then go out very late at night. The poor dog was crated for hours and hours.
The dog did not like dry food only. Dinner was usually dry and canned; for breakfast, I would try to fix it up by adding chicken broth, yogurt or small amounts of canned food. My daughter would angrily tell me, “You’re spoiling her. If she won’t eat, let her go hungry.” For years, this dog has never had a bath, a car ride or a walk; she never even had her nails clipped.