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Cushings in Dogs

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Tragedy [New Layout ♡]
December 4th, 2019 9:30:40pm
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I have a dog that was just recently (today) Diagnosed with Cushings. We do not know if it is adrenal or pituitary related as the treatment will be similar. 


does anyone else have a dog or animal being treated for this? Would you be willing to discuss your expenses? The prices seem so extraordinarily high I am worried about paying for everything. 


within the next 3 months I expect to pay almost a grand if everything goes as planned. Any guidance or help would help! I'm not sure if I should look into another vet or stick to this path?




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December 5th, 2019 12:27:24pm
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I have no experience with this, but wanted to bump for you. I'm so sorry that your pup is going through this. I really hope he feels better quickly and it isn't as expensive as you were quoted 




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⋄ trig ⋄
December 5th, 2019 2:27:07pm
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So I don't have a dog that has been diagnosed with this but I see if frequently at work. You're not wrong, it is a very expensive disease to manage. The typical treatment to manage either type is Vetoryl and even when compounded is still an expensive drug. There's a generic but it's questionable in efficacy and consistancy. Testing is frequent in the beginning because you have to make sure you're not causing the dog to become Addisonian (not enough steroid in the body) which is life-threatening. We check an ACTH stim and electrolytes every 30 days for the first few months and then space out to every 3-6 months to routine monitoring. Unforunately, few (if any) clinics have the machines in house to run an ACTH stim so that means it has to be sent to an outside lab and we're subject to their pricing. 


I have a human friend that was actually diagnosed with Cushing's (mass on her pituitary) and she can tell you first hand that it's not a walk in the park. While producing too much steriod, she was shakey, hot flashes, brain seems foggy. After she had surgery, and is now technically has Addison's because her other gland has shut down, she's in a constant state of flu-like symptoms. Depending on the day and how much cortisol she's got is how severe the symptoms are. Some days are great and other days she can't even leave the house. I know this isn't a very warm and fuzzy reply but it's the most real answer I bet you'll hear since the dogs can't speak for themselves.


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Jaya
December 5th, 2019 2:41:30pm
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I'm so sorry for your dog, Tragedy Seen. :(




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Tragedy [New Layout ♡]
December 6th, 2019 10:54:00am
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Thank you guys so much for reaching out. It truly means a lot.


What you explained Trig is exactly how they explained and the steps they will be taking to combat it. We are going to start medication on Monday if I can get it so we will see how it goes. Maybe we will get the dosage right the first time!


I cant believe your friend has it. I know of many horses with Cushings but only recently have I been told about others cats/dogs let alone a human!




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