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Offline annclare

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Cushings disease
« on: January 03, 2020, 10:25:26 AM »
My 12 and 1/2 yr old girl Nina underwent blood tests yesterday and the vet has mentioned Cushings disease to me in a phone call just now. Any advice would be appreciated.

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« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2020, 12:26:40 PM »
Can't help I'm afraid, but I'm sure someone will have had experience, meanwhile sending you healing cybervibes and  a couple of these :bigarmhug: :bigarmhug:
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« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2020, 08:55:46 PM »
Hi

I had a dog with cushings, what would you like to know?

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« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2020, 01:55:12 PM »
VickyC - Sorry but for some reason I have only just read your post! To recap, since my original post my Nina has had 3 lots of antibiotics for bacteria in her urine; latest sample showed clear so that's good news. The vet has now mentioned Cushing's disease again, which I have no knowledge of; I have googled it - as you do! - and it appears that (a) diagnosis is difficult and (b) they can live as long without treatment as with. She is 12 and 1/2, has lost some weight, also body fur, but is eating well, and still mobile with some stiffness (on Yumove), tail wagging as usual, no sign of pain, so I feel her quality of life is good right now and I obviously want to keep her so. Can you tell me what tests are involved to confirm diagnosis and did your pet take medication? Sorry for delay;would be grateful for your thoughts.         

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Re: Cushings disease
« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2020, 02:13:36 PM »
Regrettably I obtained no info on Cushing's disease. The vet's I use ordered the medication required for the Cushing's test (it seems they take a blood sample on arrival, give an injection of some medication and then take  another blood sample 2 hours later) 2 weeks ago but it did not arrive as expected and actually was only received today. But now of course they are only allowed to do emergencies so the test has been put on hold for the foreseeable future. I've also received an email cancelling my next week's dental check-up. Life really is grinding to a halt. I am on my own, only going out for provisions, and am so glad I have my 2 dogs for company.Keep safe everyone. x

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« Reply #5 on: April 06, 2020, 03:23:10 PM »
Ive not been on here for ages so Ive only just seen your post. My dog, Mali has Cushings, shes had it for a few years now and she copes really well with it. Mali has never been an unwell dog so it was shocking to see her so distressed when she was peeing indoors involuntarily. Shed never done that since she was ten weeks old so I knew something was up.

My vet tested and diagnosed Cushings and ever since, she has been taking one vetoryl tablet a day. Every now and then she has the blood tests but they always come back normal. It must be at least 4 years now since she was diagnosed and youd never know she had any issues.

I was reassured by someone here who had previously had a dog with Cushings and weve never looked back. Mali will be 13 this summer and is still mistaken for a puppy when we are out.
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« Reply #6 on: Yesterday at 08:14:27 AM »
So glad to read your response and pleased and reassured to know that your Mali has done so well over several years with Cushing's disease. My Nina is a similar age, 13 at the beginning of August, and although not been tested yet is showing some signs, excess drinking/urinating,(if I don't keep the water bowl topped up she rattles it round the kitchen!) hair loss, etc. She is well in herself, apart from stiff joints (me too!) for which she has Yumove daily. I hope to get her tested as soon as all this malarkey is over (the vet did mention the medication Vitoryl) Thanks again..   

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« Reply #7 on: Today at 02:57:16 PM »
Im glad it helped. Nina sounds so similar to Mali. As soon as you get the diagnosis things will improve. Mali has you move and metacalm for her joints too.
Good luck xx
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