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Fri Nov 16, 2012, 08:52 PM

Has anyone else here had a dog with Cushings disease?

Our BeanBag was diagnosed with cushings just about a year ago now. She'll be 12 on 12-21-12 and its been quite an experience. I feel like every day I'm watching, interpreting, adjusting and worrying. Poopy butt? OMG! She wont eat? OMG! Obsessive licking? OMG!. And its hard not having a real (non-vet) person to talk to.

For those who dont know: Cushings is caused by a brain tumor on her pituitary gland which causes it to produce massive amounts of cortisol. Without her drugs, the cortisol will kill her, as it almost did last December.

Hints? Warnings? Advice? I'll take anything.

edit to clarify: Her name is Bean. We call her The Bean Bag.

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Reply Has anyone else here had a dog with Cushings disease? (Original post)
bunnies Nov 2012 OP
douglas9 Nov 2012 #1
irisblue Nov 2012 #2
bunnies Nov 2012 #3
TorchTheWitch Oct 2013 #15
Kota Nov 2012 #4
Walk away Nov 2012 #5
Kablooie Nov 2012 #6
Purveyor Nov 2012 #7
sinkingfeeling Nov 2012 #8
a la izquierda Nov 2012 #9
livetohike Dec 2012 #10
Honeycombe8 Dec 2012 #11
DBlaylock Sep 2013 #12
bunnies Sep 2013 #13
TorchTheWitch Sep 2013 #14

Response to bunnies (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 07:35 AM

1. Cushing’s Syndrome Informational Websites

You might find some helpful information at the links below.


http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_cushing_s_disease.html

http://www.k9cushings.com/forum/

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Response to bunnies (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 01:06 PM

2. check yahoo groups

There are many special needs dog groups there. I found several epilepsy groups when the Wonder Dog was here. And everyone was willing to share info and hope. Good luck with your furbaby

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Response to irisblue (Reply #2)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 01:50 PM

3. Thanks iris!

I havnt tried there yet!

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Response to irisblue (Reply #2)

Tue Oct 1, 2013, 12:00 AM

15. the SA Yahoo group was awesome

My first Akita had sebaceous addenitis, and I don't know how in the world I would have coped without that group! It's soooo much better when you have a group of people you can talk to that are having the same problem with their doggie and understand what you're going through.

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Response to bunnies (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 02:29 PM

4. My mom's dog has it and they started

giving him stress pills. They get them in the dog section at walmart, they are just natural ingredients to reduce stress. Their vet said it was okay. It helps a lot with the shaking. He is eating better and more energetic now also. He also put him on puppy food. he doesn't pace around as much either.

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Response to bunnies (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 09:37 PM

5. My dog Happy had Cushings the last five years of his life.

Do get on the animal Cushings blogs. Treatment changes all of the time and not every Vet knows everything. Sharing the latest info helps. Are you going to an Endo? What kind of treatment are you using?
My advise is test, test, test. And always have Prednisone available in case you kill back the tumor too much and he goes Addisons. Getting to know how your dog behaves when his cortisol levels are high or normal will help you determine dosage. Only testing can help you there. Keep track of his drinking and eating habits. If you measure his water intake daily it is really helpful.

Please message me if you need any info I can give you and let me know how Beanbag is doing if you have the time.

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Response to bunnies (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 01:36 PM

6. My dog takes Veterol and it works wonderfully.

She has Cushings and was listless and losing all her hair which became wiry.
Her normally fluffy tail was more like a rat's.
Or regular vet didn't know what to do so we went to another who diagnosed Cushings.
We started her on daily Veterol and in a couple of months all her hair and she had the energy and playfulness of a puppy.

It's been several years now and though she has arthritis and hobbles a bit she still is energetic and loves jumping around with other dogs at the dog park. People are surprised to find that she's 13 years old because she seems so perky and happy.

Veterol is not cheap. It costs us $70 a month but it has completely turned around her life the past few years and I hope it will help keep her around for many more.

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Response to bunnies (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 05:05 PM

7. My black Lab started first showing signs of something wrong with a sore on his tail that wouldn't

heal. I remember the day I took him to the Vet very well. I was Sept. 11, 2001!

This Vet said he suspected cushings but he admitted that condition required testing and treatments that he couldn't adequately perform and referred me to another Vet.

After diagnosis confirmed cushings, Max was put on anipril, and from the Vet's office cost around $100 a month. Did get him to Vet the prescription on ordered online getting the price down to around $60 a month.

The meds for somewhat but the next spring, in April...I had to have him put to sleep. Only lived 8 glorious years.

Thankfully it seems there are better treatments today and I wish you and Beanbag all the best.

Take care...

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Response to bunnies (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 12:17 PM

8. Yes, my dog was diagnosed with Cushings' shortly after developing diabetes. Which drug

is BeanBag on? Crissy took Lysodren for almost 5 years. Here is an excellent Canine Cushings' forum: http://www.k9cushings.com/forum/.

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Response to bunnies (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 10:02 PM

9. Ours did, but it was 10 years ago.

Hopefully there have been some advances...and I wish you well.

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Response to bunnies (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 05:35 PM

10. Our Misty was diagnosed with Cushings in 2000

She was 13.5 years old and was placed on Anipryl.....unfortunately, she did not live for two months past her diagnosis. We took her to our regular vet (who thought he was consoling us when he said he had seen dogs have it at age 7) and he referred us to another veterinarian. It seems it took longer than a day for the test results. Misty was a Lab/Shepherd mix. Our other dog Ranger, her littermate lived to be 16 years old with no signs of Cushings.

I'm sure there are much better treatments now and it's great you have been successfully treating Bean for about a year now. Please update us as you can.

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Response to bunnies (Original post)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 07:18 PM

11. I was looking for another post and ran across this old one.

Wanted to say that my prior beloved dog, Buddy, had Cushing's. He lived for two years after the diagnosis. He also had a bad heart condition, which I attribute to bad heartworms when I found him. Which is what did him in, I think.

BTW, Cushing's isn't caused by a brain tumor. The over secretion of the involved hormone by the pituitary is almost always caused by a benign tumor, but that's not in the brain. The over secretion can be caused by other things, as well.

I found it really helpful to participate in Cushing's blogs/forums for dogs.

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Response to bunnies (Original post)

Sun Sep 29, 2013, 09:45 PM

12. I just found out that my MinPin, Toby has Cushings!

Toby began loosing his hair a couple of months ago. We had several different test ran, trying to find out the diagnosis for the hair loss. This is how we found out that he has Cushings, the pituitary type.

I had never heard of this disease. Now I realize that he has had many of the symptoms since I can remember. Toby is seven years old, we have had him since he was six weeks old.

He started taking Vetoryl, 60mg, yesterday was his first dose. I have read mixed reviews, I am really worried as to how he will react to this treatment.

My way of coping with the stress/worry, is to read different experiences. I really want to interact with dog owner's who are have or are going through the same stress/worry!

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Response to DBlaylock (Reply #12)

Mon Sep 30, 2013, 09:28 AM

13. I understand exactly how you feel.

Youve already handled it better than we did. When Bean started losing her hair we chalked it up to old age. That, and being a Bichon, she's had skin issues her whole life. There have been very few times when she didnt have a bald spot somewhere. We were always told it was allergies so seeing the hair loss was not something we stressed over.

Then one day (a Friday night of course) she started vomiting white foamy stuff. Again, this is common with her when she eats something random from the ground. No worries. The next day she refused to eat. The next day she stopped drinking. And by Monday (the day I brought her to the vet) the wouldnt even look up when called and she was throwing up yellow liquid EVERYWHERE. When I got her to the vet, they thought she had some parasite and didnt expect her to live. I left the vet that day knowing very well that we would probably have to put her down. When the antibiotics started to help her, the vet staff was shocked. She spent 3 days there. I picked her up on her 11th birthday.

We started her on 30mg Vetoryl, which was a good dose for a while. Since then, we've added 10mg at night and shes doing well. I recommended the increase myself due to excessive panting and loose stools. Tests confirmed my instincts were correct. Did they give any reason for starting Toby on such a high dose? 60mg is really, really high for a small dog. Especially considering youve caught it so early. Bean is on the highest dose my vet has ever given a dog her size (17 lbs). My best advice for you right now is to really watch him closely for signs of hypoadrenocorticism. They should have given you a packet that tells you what to look for. Too little cortisol can be just as dangerous to Toby as too much. Thats why the balance of meds has got to be perfect.

Dont freak out. I promise I'm not trying to freak you out. Im sure your vet thinks the dose is appropriate. Just monitor him closely until his next test (should be a couple of weeks from now). Once the meds are right, you wont see any signs of the cushings. And its perfectly reasonable to expect Toby to live a good long life. Bean will be 13 in Dec and she acts just like she always did pre-cushings.

And please dont hesitate to PM me with any questions. I know what youre going through.

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Response to bunnies (Original post)

Mon Sep 30, 2013, 11:52 PM

14. My first Akita had SA (sebaceous addenitis)

Not the same as Cushings, but a lot of the symptoms were similar. I know what you mean about freaking out over every little thing they do though. I'm not sure I ever got used to that. I guess it was more like you eventually grew accustomed to things going wrong, so when you got a stretch of nothing to freak out over you start to get anxious that nothing wrong was happening... weird, I know.

I got an infinite amount of help and hand holding from an SA Yahoo group. I remember there was one for Cushings as well, but I have no idea where it is or how to find it. I'm sure there should still be one though, if not a Yahoo group than some other internet group you can join. I'd definitely look into that. Without that Yahoo group I don't know how on earth I would have coped.

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