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Monday 23rd of October 2017



Cushing's Disease - dog health experiences


Cushing's Disease dog experience
Dog Owner:
Doreen
Location: Michigan

Our black lab mix was 13 when she was diagnosed with Cushings last May. She does not see or hear well and has arthritis in her back legs. We decided not to treat her with medication, radiation, or surgery. We give her pain meds for her arthritis. She turned 14 in Oct. 2011 (I never thought she would make it to her birthday). It is now Feb. 2012 and she is still with us. She has some days where she is somewhat disoriented and has more problems with her back legs but for the most part she is still happy to see us, greets us at the door, begs for food, and wags her tail. We decided against treatment due to the side effects and the fact that she is 14 (which is amazing in itself for a 70 pound lab). If we see that she is suffering at all, we will put her down, but for now she is still enjoying life so we will enjoy what time we have left with her!
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Cushing's Disease dog experience
Dog Owner:
Sarah
Location: Wichita/KS/USA

My pit-mix zelda was only 5 years old when diagnosed. We could not afford the expensive treatment, especially since our vet informed us that the medication can have serious side effects and does not have any data to prove it extends the life of the dog only helps to treat the symptoms. She did fine for 2 years and then she began to bleed from scratching herself. She also began to pee on her bed almost daily and would then lay in it. She became confused at times and would act scared or aggressive towords our other dogs. Also despite feeding her constantly she just couldn't gain any wieght, she looked like a skeleton. We finally decided to put her down before it got any worse and one of her major organs failed causing her to be in pain. Till the end she still loved our attention and treats and wanted to play but her illness prevented her from being active. This is a terrible disease and my heart goes out to anyone going through this. Its only been a week since we let her go and I cry several times through out the day. I don't know how I will ever get back to "normal" when someone who was in my daily life for the last 7 years is now gone. Sorry to be depressing I wish the best for everyone, putting your dog down is always tough and I think you feel guilt no matter what. You should have a vet you can trust to help you make these descions.
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Cushing's Disease dog experience
Dog Owner:
Catrine
Location: Rockland County NY

Shirley , I'm sorry to hear about your "baby girl". I wrote the article below yours regarding my girl, Melody. I can so relate to what you said and I know my dog will be leaving us soon. It is so hard to say good-bye and I feel your pain. Thank-you for your thoughts. It has helped me a lot to know I'll be doing the right thing.
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Cushing's Disease dog experience
Dog Owner:
Shirley
Location: Chicago/IL/USA

My 9 year old Pomeranian was diagnosed with Cushings and Diabetes 5 months ago. We had to put her down just 4 days ago 1-13-12. My experience with these horrible diseases is that it's just not worth putting your dog through it. I know that some dogs do very well with treatment, my little Pom was not one of them. Having diabetes and cushings together is like fighting a losing battle, you'll never win. You can't regulate the diabetes without getting the cushings under control, and you can't get the cushings under control if your dog can't tolerate the toxic medications used to treat the cushings. And if you're lucky enough to somewhat get the cushings in line, any kind of arthritis that the dog may have has been masked by the excess cortisol being produced and will come back with a vengence! If your dog has diabetes you can't use something like Cosequin because it's glucosamine and will affect the blood glucose. As the vet said before we made the difficult decision to let her go, it's just a downhill slide. If I could do it all over again, I would choose to try to regulate the diabetes, which would of been impossible, but never again would I treat a dog with Cushings medication. We have to consider the quality of life with our pups and for us our pups quality of life just nosedived after starting treatment. I wish all of you good luck with your pups and for the folks whose pups are doing good on treatment I think that's fantastic, but for those of you whose pups are struggling you might want to rethink what you're doing, as difficult as that might be. I miss my girl so much and I can't believe she's gone, but she went peacefully in my arms and I can't think of a better way for her to go. The alternative to trying to keep her going with what she was battling could have turned out very bad for her, with her dying possibly a painful, horrible death. We chose to give her peace.
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Cushing's Disease dog experience
Dog Owner:
Catrine
Location: Stony Point NY

My bichon, Melody has had Diabetis for almost 2 years. It was very difficult getting her sugar correct. She is on Humulin B . I noticed 2 weeks ago she was quite thirsty. She was waking me up all night long for water and to go outside for the bathroom. (symtom of high sugar) Her sugar level at the Vet was good. Three days later I took her back to re test. Could not understand why the symptoms?? He did a complete blood and urine test. Her Liver and Gall bladder enzymes were 5X the Norm. He decided to do an Ultrasound which showed she now has Cushings. She will be 15 yrs. old this month and I love her like 1 of my children. She is blind and almost deaf as a result from the diabetis. She has not been able to walk to good. Not sure if thats from the cushings. I am torn on what to do. I do not want to put her through all the tests and meds involved with this disease. Ny Vet assured me she is not in pain. He said the treatment for Cushings can be very painful and may take several months to see any results. We decided Not to treat her for this. I am so sad for my baby girl. She has been the best Dog and has given me so much joy for the past 14 yrs. I so want to do the right thing and not cause her any pain or discomfort. She hates going to the Vet and gets so nervous. I feel this is the best I can do for her. Sometimes we want to prolong our little ones life and it may not mean Improve the Quality of her life. Thanks for reading.
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Cushing's Disease dog experience
Dog Owner:
Linda
Location: Liverpool,England

My 15&half yr old jack russell Ben,was diagnosed with cushings Jan 2011, he has been on 10mg vetoryl caps, 2 daily since then & for a 15 & a bit year old dog he,s doing really well, he still plays with us & runs round the park and is generally a happy dog with the life of riley.xx
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Cushing's Disease dog experience
Dog Owner:
Judy
Location: Atlanta GA

My 13 yr old maltipoo has cushings .. he has been on veteroyl now for a year and has shown no side effects ...he does want to eat ALL the time but I can handle that .. He is tested every 3 mos. and so far so good but lately he has been drinking water escessively and urinating a lot..not sure what is going on since all bloodwork came back fine.. not diabetic ...Hope he lives a few more years!! Remember cushings is NOT a death sentence..
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Cushing's Disease dog experience
Dog Owner:
Jo-Ann
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

My 10 yr old yellow Lab was diagnosed with Cushings Disease. After a few days starting him on Lysodren, i could see it was affecting him negatively. he walked like he was drunk, staggering. I called the vet telling them what was happening. begging them to keep him for observation. They said no he will be okay. On Lysodren, they have to do blood tests to check drug levels. This is to see if they need more or less of it. My dog suddenly dropped dead right in front of me. Please, if your dog is on this toxic drug, make sure they monitor it properly.
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Cushing's Disease dog experience
Dog Owner:
shell
Location: columbia/sc/us

I found out my pom 10yrs old had cushings about 2 yrs ago>> She seems to be doing well on the vetoryl caps. She was having problems sitting really had to prepare herself to get up and down > We got the over the counter vitamin Glucosamine it seems to be doing wonders. Not only for her but also my lab mix and 2 other little dogs. The biggest problem we are having at this stage is her Paw pads are big and she has a problem walking on our wood floors>> We bought a bunch of throw rugs but there has to be another solution I am thinking maybe some doggie mittons? She is a large Pom 15lbs(cushings doesnt help)>> ANY Suggestions?
Wish all of you well with your babies hope this helps some. Shell
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Cushing's Disease dog experience
Dog Owner:
Louise
Location: Winder Georgia United States

My 15 yr.old dog has been diagnosed with Cushing Disease.She pants excessively always hungry.I don't know whether I should have her treated because of her age,she has always had health problems.Please can someone help me here.I suspect she has cushings for about 6 mos,We had her diagnosed about a month ago,the treatments are so expensive.Thank you Louise
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Cushing's Disease dog experience
Dog Owner:
brindle
Location: albany,ny

12 year old carrine recently diagnosed w/ cushings, vet has dog on 250mg. of lysodren and dog seems to be getting worst. She will not leave our side or where ever we walk stand, sit or sleep. I am just recovering from major surgery and cancer and would like to know if there is anything else we could do to calm our pet down.
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Cushing's Disease dog experience
Dog Owner:
Vicki
Location: Kinards/SC/USA

My 14 year old shih tzu Sadie was diagnosed 1 year ago with cushings disease. My vet had suspected it because of her loss of hair and skin disorders. When she started with the excessive thirst, we ran the test which were positive. Sadie also has low thyroid which she takes thyrosine for. She takes Vetoryl every day, and I added Supraglan about 4 months ago. My vet said her numbers are good now. She has grown her hair back, but she still has extreme muscle weakness in her hind legs especially and has the extreme thirst. I wish there was something I could do to help with that. The Supraglan seems to have aided the Vetoryl. She was on the Vetoryl about 6 months before I started the Supraglan, and she was still having bad skin infections. Now her numbers are good, her hair has grown back, and her skin looks normal. I believe the holistic medicines work and most can be used with conventional medicines like the Vetoryl. These meds, like Vetoryl, cause loss of appetite. I really have to baby Sadie to get her to eat healthy foods.
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Cushing's Disease dog experience
Dog Owner:
Beth
Location: Newell, Iowa

I have a 10 year old pomeranian and she started having diarea when we took her on vacation. We took her to vet there and he put her on meds for the diarea and antibotics.
Brought her home and she still had problems, always seemed to be hungary but not thirsty. Went to the vet here at home several times and they put her on steroids, not a good thing to do if liver problems are suspected. Her liver count kept going up and up. Took her to another vet and he did exrays and her liver is huge for her body. He suspects cushings because of her hunger and hair being real sparce. I have read info on Milk thisle and asked the vet about it and he said he had it so he put her on Marian, the same thing as milk thisle. It takes 6 weeks or so to see any changes but he said a dog can live with half a liver and this marian is suppose to help regenerate the liver. However I still don't have a clear answer. She doesn't seem sick and we are waiting on the urine/cortisol test to come back. If that is negative I am taking her to Iowa State Vet hospital for a ultra sound.
The vet recommened a biopsy but I don't want to put her through that in case it is cancer. She also has a low thyroid which is a side affect of cushings so I guess I will have to wait and see. I will let all of you know when I find out something for sure. Just manely wanted you to know about milk thistle/marian as it is a natural product and not a holistic product.

Wish you all good luck with your fur babies
Beth
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Cushing's Disease dog experience
Dog Owner:
Jewel
Location: Roseville, CA

My Poodle, 15 years old had the classic symptoms of Cushing Syndrome, but initially was mis-diagnosed. By the time they ran tests, and correctly diagnosed, potassium was prescribed, but it was too late. He died within 48 hours of Vet visit. I found out after his death that potassium is a mineral and an essential electrolyte that excessive urination can flush out, so an imbalance of this vital mineral needs to be replenished. It's supposed to help the muscle weakness and fatique. I don't know if this would actually help your dog, as I didn't get a chance to use it for my baby. However, I would definitely bring this to your Vet's attention, if potassium has not already been considered. I certainly hope your loved one improves. I feel your anxiety and sadness. My prayers are with you. Jewel
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Cushing's Disease dog experience
Dog Owner:
ron
Location: New Palestine/Indiana/USA

Our 16 year old Dashund who always did her business outside began to urinate in the house and drink water like no tomorrow. We finally took her to the vet after about 3 weeks of this. Initial thought was an infection after some urine sampling. Went on antibiotics. Problem continued with the water. After testing and blood work the call was cushings and a prescription of Lysodren 500MG 1/2 pill twice a day. Vet said she would get sick, throw up when it begin attacking disease. We did this for 20 days. Nothing happen. Vet said increase to a full pill twice a day as there is no exact Science with dogs. After 3 doses the sickness hit and she begin to want no water, no food. We got her back to the vet after 2 days of this and she was begining to dehydrate so they gave her 2 doses of Saline? and antibiotics. We went to bed at 2:30AM last night and she was gone when we woke up at 9AM Sunday morning. We just buried her.
Morning in New Pal.
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Cushing's Disease dog experience
Dog Owner:
Susan
Location: Austin/Texas/Travis

Our 10 year old Dacshund was eaing excessively and losing weight. He looked emaciated and his coat was thin and his skin looked like he had mange. The biggest problem we had with him was is excessive urination and thirst. Took him to the vet and blood test where done because the doc thought he had Cushings but may also have diabetes which he said typically went hand in hand. We started him on Lysodren which seemed to help some but then blood test confirmed his diabetes. Once on Insulin, he improved 100%. He has been on Lysodren and Insulin for 2 years now. He is 12 years old and still kicking!!
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Cushing's Disease dog experience
Dog Owner:
bea
Location: bryan/tx./brazos

my 12 year old schanzer is totally blind and with cushion diease,they both came very fast and together..she was on meds for cushing for both about 4 month.she was always starving.in the last 3 weeks she has not wanted to eat and lost 5 pounds.took her to vet.they ran blood work and said the her kidneys and liver are not working.if we left her at vet.3 day for liguid and antibodies would be 500.00 and then wanting to try other cushing med cause it wasnot working would be 1000.00 for a stay of a week .and they were sure any of this would help.HELP I LOVE MY DOG.CRYING EVERY DAY
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Cushing's Disease dog experience
Dog Owner:
Victoria
Location: Placerville/northern California

Our beautiful Boarder/Aussie was just diagnosed with Cushing's.He is only ten years old and seems to be suffering. Can anyone give me any idea of what to expect for him in the future? If you are buying meds have you found a good source that doesn't break the bank? And lastly has anyone found any holistic ways of coping with this awful disease?
Please help us help our boy. Our son is devistated by the thought of his beloved friend and constant companion suffering. Thank you....anyone???
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Cushing's Disease dog experience
Dog Owner:
Denise
Location: Akron, Ohio, United States

My dog has been diagnosed with Cushings. But we can't find the right medication for him. The meds the Vet gave him made him not want to eat at all. He is a pomerian(?) sorry can't spell, and weighs about 12.9lbs. Is there anything that can help him? He is such a good dog, but he is always begging for food, we take him for walks and he can't keep up, we have to carry him home. I just feel so sorry for him. The Vet says he won't live long with this problem. I just wish there was something I could do.
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