My friend’s 13-going on 14 year-old Golden Retriever, Hanna, is dying of kidney failure.
When I asked the vet what caused this, he said, “old age.”
Alice, Hanna and their terrorist friend, Molly-cule, c.2007
Hanna, Molly and Alice spent a lot of time up there on the wooded hill!
But this is a dog I’ve known since she was 6, and she wasn’t in in premium condition then. She was chronically, crazy-itchy, particularly her paws, ears and genital area. For as long as I’ve known her, she’d scoot her bottom along the ground, chew at her feet until they were pink, and claw at her ears that were puffy from inflammation.
We were told years ago that the dog had a yeast infection.
I knew a man 15 years ago who had systemic candida. It really knocked him down hard. He cured it by avoiding sugar, carbs, and all fermented foods. It took over a year before he began to believe he was going to live.
When I first met her, Hanna’s diet was far from high-end. She ate medium quality kibble—the medium-priced stuff from Costco.
In the summer of 2007 I insisted we try to detox her. We fed her organic chicken broth for a week, then cooked chicken and rice. She did not improve much—probably because of the rice. Too many carbohydrates.
In the summer of 2008 we fed her buffalo meat and sweet potatoes. Again, she showed a little improvement, but she did not get well. In this case it may have been due to the sweet potato that undermined our progress. Carbs again.