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Any advice for a newly diagnosed Cushings mum

Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by Clairebear76, Jun 9, 2019.


  1. Clairebear76

    Clairebear76 PetForums Newbie

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    Good morning all, hope you’re all well?
    On Friday my boy Louis (he’s a Staffy Collie X) was diagnosed with Cushings.
    The vet asked me to have a think about if I want to go ahead with treatment over the weekend but I have to say there hasn’t been much thinking about it! It seems a no brainer to me given that his main symptom is lethargy so I think it’s affecting his quality of life. If his main symptom had been drinking or weeing a lot I may have held off for a while and monitored him. He’s always been very bouncy and loved his tennis balls but the last few months he can only manage around a 25 minute walk and he’s shattered. He starting with a bit of a belly, panting after not much exertion and the patch that was shaved by the vet a few weeks ago still hasn’t grown back. He’s not drinking massive amounts, or over eating.
    The vet has been really good and we had a good chat over the phone on Friday but I’d like to get peoples real experiences of having a dog with Cushings. I’d love to think that I may notice an improvement in his energy levels quite quickly.
    Any help or advice would be very much appreciated. x
     
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    Burrowzig PetForums VIP

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    Someone in my agility club had a dog with Cushings and the treatment worked really well. This was a Jack Russell aged about 11 and he went on for about 5 more years. You don't say how old your dog is, or what life expectancy he has, but to me, also, it's a no-brainer.
    There was quite a bit of monitoring in the early stages of treatment, to get the dose right. Blood tests and tweaks to the medication.
     
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    Clairebear76 PetForums Newbie

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    Thanks for the reply! Sorry, I forgot to mention his age. He’s 10 now so to my mind he’s certainly got plenty of good years in him yet. It’s given me a wake up call that we don’t do enough together - doggy centred days out are now definitely on the cards. The vet did warn me it’s a bit of a faff at first but once the dose is dialled in it’ll be fairly straightforward. He had his first tablet this morning and so far so good! x
     
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    niamh123 PetForums VIP

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    Hope his dosage can be worked out quickly for him :)
     
  5. Charity

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    Our last dog, a Jack Russell, developed Cushings at the same age. Once the medication dose is correct, I assume Louis's on Vetoryl, it makes a huge difference and ours was back to being her normal self within a few weeks. .She continued on until she was 17. Wishing Louis well.
     
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    Clairebear76 PetForums Newbie

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    Thanks for the reply’s everyone! Yes, Louis’s on Vetoryl, just 30mg to start with. He’s been very quiet today but it’s only his second day on medication. How soon should I expect a bit of improvement, even though he’s on a lower dose to start with? x
     
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    He may respond on the 30mg but otherwise you may not see much change until the dosage is right. I would think the first improvement will be less drinking and he'll be less lethargic.
     
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