My dog Dizzy is presenting thankfully mild symptoms of cushings put down initially to general old age less frisky and sleeps a lot more however became concerned as drinking a lot and has a hard "pot belly" I took her to the vet who has taken bloods which lead him to strongly suspect cushings and wants to do an 8 hour day at vets test and he has discussed future tratments used in cushings is vetrol. I have checked with my insurance company and I can only claim up to £500 for the treatment and diagnosis and I am disressed as this will barely cover diagnostic tests let alone any ongoing required drug treatments as it is a life long condition. As dizzy still enjoying good quality life enjoys her walks and has a shiney glossy coat does not present as being in pain has on only one occasion suffered panting while lying down at night and does not appear to be suffering my vet does not see a problem with my delaying any further tests my worry is the future is there anything else I can do other than just wait and see if symptoms worsen am I risking her health even more. There is a school of thought that says if dogs not suffering dont treat? Does anyone have any advice? I am going to change improve her diet and give her supplements/herbs I have seen dog nettle advertised etc also looking online for presciption vetrol
The test you are referring to is an ACTH Stimulation test, which if inconclusive would be followed by a Dexamethasone Suppression Test for Cushings Diagnosis.
Lysodren works very well for many dogs, including senior dogs like yours.
Cushings disease requires very specific therapy which must be monitored.
Although it all sounds very confusing, dogs generally are induced in 7-10 days with Lysodren and then the dosage is given daily or every other day and the pot belly and other signs resolve quite quickly.
Should you want a 2nd opinion, I am glad to review labs and discuss further. Feel free to contact our veterinary office.
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