Our sweet Chloe Marie
by Nanette Wilson
(Rockland, PA USA)
We said goodbye on April 27, 2015 to our precious 6 yr. old schnauzer, Chloe Marie. We are heartbroken and angry that she was taken so young and had to suffer with this horrendous disease.
She was diagnosed January 23, 2015 with acute kidney failure. After spending 6 days/nights at our local vet, then she spent 6 days/nights at a veterinarian specialty hospital under the care of an internal medicine vet and on continuous IV fluids to flush toxins from her kidneys. They did so many tests, poked and prodded her, but could never make a diagnosis as to the cause.
As the hospital was 100 miles away, we visited only every other day. That was torture, not being able to see my girl and not knowing if they were taking good care of her and knowing she was probably terrified. We brought her home February 11 and started her on twice daily subcutaneous fluids to flush toxins. We fixed her special foods and syringe fed her as she wouldn't eat on her own. Got advice from other kidney dog parents on different things to try, special vitamins and supplements. She was on several belly pills and antacids as she was nauseous. She lost weight despite all this and became lethargic. She had always been a full of energy girl so this really broke our hearts.
We kept praying for a miracle and had so many prayer chains going for her but it wasn't enough. We still don't know why she got this. She loved to seek things to chew on (worse than when she was a puppy) and I pray that she didn't find something toxic around the house as I would never forgive myself for that, although it wouldn't have been intentional. It may have been hereditary.
I cry everyday when I remember her little antics and how she made us laugh on a daily basis. We have not gotten her ashes back yet but I know that will be a gut-wrenching day. We have her Mom and Dad and 2 sisters so that helps with the pain. We had just lost her 6 yr.old puggle sister a month before due to seizures.
Rest in peace my sweet babies. We will be together again. I love you Chloe Marie and Sassy.