Yesterday the vet said that my Sam has a possible kidney infection. I think he probably feels like it's more than that though. He didn't go into detail but said that there is a high amount of protein in the urine where two months ago there was only a trace. The second thing, he mentioned in passing, was that he would like Sam to drink broth. He also added that he didn't want the sodium free or low sodium kind. He wanted him to drink the kind with sodium in it.
I'm a nurse (for humans) and am a bit wary. His manner (the vet's) was nervous and body language can often tell so much more than words can. I'm trained to recognize body language in people and I am familiar with my vet. This makes me believe that he's not wanting to give me bad news (yet).
All that said, Sam is on an antibiotic (he had an ear infection too) and Azodyl. I'm not familiar with canine drugs at all. I'm thinking Azodyl may be the pet equivalent to the human nephrovite. Am I right?
Unfortunately when I Googled Azodyl, I'm not getting much in the way of information on it. I see it is used for kidney disease and is a "nutritional supplement," I can find tons of stats about side effects but I cannot find anywhere what is actually in it and how it works. A "nutritional supplement" is very vague and can mean a variety of things. For example, taking green tea extract is taking a nutritional supplement, but green tea is not a vitamin per say. It may enchance vitamin metabolism, but it is not a real vitamin.
So, my question is what exactly IS Azodyl? I've read about side effects and such, and I'm not interested in that part. I fully understand renal disease/failure and the like. I just want to know what is in it and how it (the Azodyl) works.
If anyone knows or has links that I can't find, I'd be very grateful.