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equusvilla
Jan. 15, 2009, 06:33 PM
I posted a few days ago about my Corgi Chrissy. Since last Sunday her appetite was depressed and she started to drink an unusual amount of water. Thankfully - she was also passing all of that water...but we needed to find out why. My sweet husband spent his day off at the vets office with her last Tuesday and thankfully all of her blood tests came up fine....all major organs doing well...but they did find she had some blood and mucus in her stool. Sent her home with antibiotics and I was relieved...

Fast forward to last night... Both Don and I were up with Chrissy. She had drunk a gallon of water yesterday and we finally pulled the waterer away. ..since she still wanted for more! She cried 'as' she was having an accident because it would come on so fast, she did not have time to come and ask to go out.. :0( We started to just get up every 90 minutes to take her outside.

I called off of work and took her back to the vets office. We were there at 10am. After another visit, the vet wants us to take her back tomorrow for a full day test. They believe that she may have an adrenal tumor causing her adrenal glands to go haywire, with the symptoms being thirst and constant urination. He said it was a form of Cushings Disease.

That was the first time I had ever heard of Cushings in dogs. I am used to it with horses since 1 of my really old horses (32) had it in the later years of his life. The vet said the symptoms are different in horses and dogs although - the cause is basically the same.

It is treatable and in almost all of the cases without removing the tumor.

Tomorrow - they are going to inject her with a drug to see how she reacts to it after 8 hours. They will again draw blood and check her levels. If they are at a certain level, apparently that means she is positive for Cushings and we will start her meds...which is another story all on its own...

Today - my girl has spent a relaxing day with me ...well except for the many trips up and down the stairs for potty trips. She did have 1 accident. Doc told me to let her have all the water she wanted. She does not have an appetite though - even refusing the scrambled eggs I made for her.. :0(

Anyone else ever been through this?

mkevent
Jan. 15, 2009, 07:46 PM
I don't have any experience with Cushings but just wishing you good luck..

Blinkers On
Jan. 15, 2009, 07:49 PM
I do have a dog with allergies that has a prednisone induced sort of cushings. He looks more cushingoid than he acts. As in his water intake isn't excessive and he hold his water like a fool. BUT he pants and has the "old dog" belly, etc etc.
The dex or ACTH test wouldn't work well with him as it was explained to me. I feed him differently, Have changed his predisone routine from a low dose every 12 hrs to a 72 hour higher dose. He looks better on this dose. Less like a cushingoid dog.
He has most of the signs on this list. It's a good link.
http://www.kateconnick.com/library/cushingsdisease.html

nlk
Jan. 15, 2009, 07:56 PM
That was the first time I had ever heard of Cushings in dogs. I am used to it with horses since 1 of my really old horses (32) had it in the later years of his life. The vet said the symptoms are different in horses and dogs although - the cause is basically the same.


Anyone else ever been through this?

I have just recently heard of this as well (ok like a year ago)

My husbands grandmothers older dog had it. We were talking about her dog and she told me he had cushings. I was like what your dog has cushings??? I didn't know dogs could get it! at which time she looked at me and said something like how have you heard of it???

Something like she hadn't heard of it period and then I shocked her telling her horses can get it, and I was shocked because I had no clue dogs could!

I will say he presented with identical symptoms. And then became diabetic. He was old (and I mean old) and still lived a while with it. I think the Diabetes did more harm though

Good Luck!

ponygirl
Jan. 15, 2009, 08:54 PM
I had a dog with cushings and diabetes. I spend every week in the specialists office with my husky as he was also an uncontrollable diabetic due to the cushings. On top of that he had SARDS. He lived for 3 years after he was diagnosed and passed when he was 13.

eponacowgirl
Jan. 16, 2009, 02:18 AM
I worked with an Animal Dermatologist who worked with Cushinoid dogs...

I can't say I remember the treatment, but it was never a "big deal" for her to treat them, usually very successful.

Don't know where you're located, but here's her site:
http://www.helpmypetsskin.com/

CharliesMom
Jan. 16, 2009, 02:34 AM
My sweet Annie had a few "accidents" just before Christmas. I took her to the vet and they drew blood and prescribed antibiotics for a possible bladder infection. Bloodwork indicated possible Cushings, but they would require a full day dex test to determine it for sure.

My Annie is an Australian Cattle Dog who will be 16 this year. I have decided to forgo the dex test and just care for her the best way I can. I will "let her go" when I see that she is in too much pain. I know that this is the normal course of life. Spending the money on the test and the meds will probably not prolong or improve her life.

equusvilla
Jan. 16, 2009, 09:12 AM
I was up most of last night again with Chrissy. She now has a light pink milky discharge comeing from her backside. This scared me - so I called the vet at home. He assured me that this was a good sign...and may actually mean that she does not have Cushings. They are still going to run more tests on her today, but there is a possibility that she may have gotten a bad uterine infection, licked at it which in turn gave her an intestinal infection...... I don't care. I just want my girl well again!

Thank you so much for the information you all have provided. It calmed me down at times when I felt like panicing.. :0)

cloudyandcallie
Jan. 16, 2009, 09:22 AM
Re: cushings in dogs

My sister's elderly dachshund was successfully treated for cushings. Your vet should have the proper medication for treatment. Cushings in dogs is similar to cushings in horses, meaning it is treatable and you can maintain your corgi on medication for years.

ponygirl
Jan. 16, 2009, 09:25 AM
I worked with an Animal Dermatologist who worked with Cushinoid dogs...

I can't say I remember the treatment, but it was never a "big deal" for her to treat them, usually very successful.

Don't know where you're located, but here's her site:
http://www.helpmypetsskin.com/

Actually, treatment for cushings is a bigger deal than many think if they end up having to use Lysodren. Here is a good site that explains the types of cushings, tests and treatments.
http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=2+1597&aid=416

equusvilla
Jan. 16, 2009, 03:03 PM
Actually, treatment for cushings is a bigger deal than many think if they end up having to use Lysodren. Here is a good site that explains the types of cushings, tests and treatments.
http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=2+1597&aid=416

What a great and informative web sight. I have been looking at it for about 20 minutes now. Thank you so much!!...even if my boss is mad at you..ha ha..

jetsmom
Jan. 21, 2009, 12:59 PM
My brother's dog, (that used to be mine) just got diagnosed w/Cushings at age 15 1/2. (He's old for his size...about 54 lbs, husky/Border collie mix). He's always been healthy, and still plays frisbee. He started drinking a lot of water and panting heavily at times.

We did the Dex Suppression test (about 350.00). He was started on Lysodren ($$$ 295.00 for 24 pills). He has to go get an ACTH test on Thurs. So far he hasn't had any side effects.

Apparently some dogs can take Anipryl. It wasn't recommended for him as they suspect an Adrenal tumor. He's not a surgical candidate due to his age.

The discharge sounds like some kind of an infection. Is she spayed? Non spayed dogs can get Polymetra which can be life threatening if untreated.

How is she doing? Update???

equusvilla
Jan. 21, 2009, 03:19 PM
I left this post up just in case anyone else needed the information. Actually my girl tested negative for Cushings and positive for a uterine infection...(pymetria ??) The vet said that she was such an odd case because her white blood cell count was normal and she had a huge infection. I posted more about this under the first post called Need Jingles for my Corgi.

Geezzz this has been so stressful!

Amwrider
Jan. 21, 2009, 04:23 PM
Julie, glad you finally have an answer. Jingles for her speedy recovery!