what else could be going on with with my dog? salka was diagnosed with cushings disease about 2 months ago. back in feb. she was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. she is being treated for both. she is on trilostane-i forget the dosage but it is the amount for her weight which is about 48 lbs. she is a pitbull x. she is blind (the problem is not her eyes-i took her to and opth. and she ruled that out. her opinion is that it is a pituitary tumor pressing on the ocular nerves.) salka still paces aimlessly, gets stuck in corners and whines. she has been blind for at least 3-4 months. she also has a hard time settling. sometimes i have to physically lay her down. she is losing weight. the last adrenal check and thyroid check was about a month ago, the adrenal levels were fine. her thyroid levels were a little low but my vet decided to keep her at her current dosage (.6) for the next 3 months. she seems to be getting worse. she doesn't have as many accidents in the house as she did before being treated, but that is the only thing that improved. initially her weight loss was good-but now she is losing too much. she is eating normally, although i have to water her food- i do not see her drinking water often- i believe she may have a hard time finding the water bowl. any opinions on what else i should have tested?
adrenal levels-normal (being treated for cushings-on trilostane-dosage for 48 lb. dog) 1st check after 1 month on trilostane
thyroid levels low on .6 dosage levoxythyrine?-vet wanted to keep on same dosage for 3 months then recheck
Other pertinent test results
back in july regular blood tests were normal. aug 3, an opthamologist ruled out SARD, retinal detachment, glaucoma and cataract. she stated it is probably a pituitary tumor pressing on the ocular and other nerves causing blindness and confusion.
A large pituitary tumor does help to explain all your dog's conditions. Cushing's Syndrome can be a frustrating disease with few treatment options. It sounds as if your vet is doing everything available in conventional medicine to help.
There is one non-conventional alternative medication that may help called Neoplasene. Neoplasene is available by prescription from Buck Mountain Botanicals and was developed by Dr. Fox as a anti-cancer treatment. Oral Neoplasene, according to Dr. Fox is effective as a treatment for pituitary tumors in the treatment for Cushing's Syndrome.
There are several Chinese herbal formulas that may also help. It would be best if a vet with acupuncture and Chinese herbal training prescribed these after an exam.
Please ask your vet if these treatments would be appropriate to try for your dog since conventional treatment may be inadequate. Additionally, there may be a holistic vet in your area who could help. Please check the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association or TCVM.com for a list of holistic vets in your area who may be able to help.
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