History: Bailey Woolf is, was, and will always
be a miracle dog in my medical opinion. Bailey was a Shar
Pei who was afflicted throughout her life with chronic skin and
ear infections typical of the breed. Her skin and ear infections
were managed with antibiotics and steroids when necessary and
we sought to improve her overall health status with natural diets,
antioxidants, fish oil, and immune system stimulants. In 2005
at age 10 Bailey was diagnosed with kidney disease. For any dog
kidney disease is a guarded to poor prognosis. For a Shar Pei
it usually is a death sentence since this breed is prone to amyloidosis
which can hasten kidney failure. Most dogs will only survive
1-3 months after diagnosis. Yet, miraculously, Bailey lived a
happy and good quality life for 2 ½ years after being
diagnosed with this rapidly progressive fatal disease. Why or
how was this possible?
In October, 2007 Bailey Woolf passed over
the Rainbow Bridge. Bailey had lived 30 months with a medical
condition that kills most dogs within 2-3 months. Bailey's life
was a miracle brought about by love, devotion, happiness, and integrative
Bailey's human companion played the biggest role in her health
care. It was her dedication and devotion to Bailey that may have been the key
to her long life. An integrative medical approach combining western and holistic
medicine was taken to help Bailey's body slow down the progression of kidney
failure and to give her kidneys the best chance of repairing and functioning.
A prescription diet, IVD Modified diet, was fed. This diet contains a moderate
amount of protein and is low in phosphorous to decrease the load on the kidneys
and to prevent high phosphorous levels in the blood stream. Her human companion
would give Bailey subcutaneous fluids at home every 3-5 days. This would help
to rid the body of toxins that build up when the kidneys are not working properly.
Bailey was given Pepcid to decrease excess stomach acid that occurs with kidney
failure. She also took Epikatin, a phosphate-binder, to help lower phosphorous
levels in the blood.
There are numerous supplements that helped to slow the
progression of kidney failure in Bailey's body. Salmon oil decreased blood pressure,
decreased urinary proteins, slowed glomerular changes and helped to preserve
renal architecture. The anti-inflammatory effects of fish oil helps with glomerular
nephritis and pyelonephritis. Azodyl is a probiotic that helped to lower
the level of urea in Bailey's blood. Urea is a toxin that builds to dangerous
levels during kidney disease causing vomiting, lethargy, and anorexia. Bailey
consumed Renafood, Canine Renal Support, and Arginex mixed with her food.
These are nutritional supplements made by the Standard Process company which
are invaluable in helping us to treat kidney disease. These supplements contain
protomorphogen extracts and whole nutrients that support the ability of the kidneys
to respond to metabolic demands while maintaining their ability to rebuild and
Bailey was monitored at regular intervals for physical
exam, blood profiles, and urine tests. Her human companion kept a watchful eye
on her appetite, body weight and for any vomiting or loss of energy. Two or three
times a year Bailey would need IV fluids given in the hospital to help flush
out the toxins.