Dear Dr. Wilson, I have a labrador retriever, who will be 10 years old in April of this year. She has kidney disease, and has had it for several years, arthritis, and most recently was diagnosed with hip dysplasia (quite severe on the right hip). She has been on Royal Canin Renal Diet for several years now, takes glocosamine and chondrotin supplement (Rejuvenate tablets), and also takes fish oil everyday. This past weekend she was prescribed Rimadyl and Gabapentin for her inflammation and pain and it appears that she is not in as much pain, but I understand that this can cause other issues with her health, hurt her kidneys more, and cause organ failures. I was told to stop the Rimadyl after 5 days and the gabapentin after 2 weeks but I was told that as this is chronic, she may need to be on some pain med for the rest of her life, and was also told that her quality of life could be very low after 6 months to a year. I was also told that with care she might be able to live 2 to 3 years. In the meantime, I found out about these two homeopathic medicines, and wanted to see if she could take them. Given her kidney disease, is there anything in these medicines that could aggravate her kidney further? I asked her vet about these meds, and she said that she is not familiar with them but I am afraid to start something new without understanding what it could do for her. I was told the DIA-IONX, although for diabetes, is good for dogs with renal disease -- is that right? Can you kindly let me know at your earliest? Thank you!
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