My 14.5 yr old beagle was diagnosed with Cushing's Disease a few months ago. He is nearly blind and deaf already - we decided not to put him through the treatment. My question is how do most older dogs with untreated Cushing's begin to fail? I would really like to minimize any suffering in his final days. Right now, I am red-flagging every little twitch and thinking if I knew what to expect, I could calm down a little and hopefully not send any frightened messages to Spartacus. He is currently on Proin to control his urine accidents and that has worked for a few months now. Would just really prefer to look at him with joy rather than fear these days. Thanks, in advance, for your knowledge & stories.
I don't have any good advice about what you can expect to happen, but I definately agree with you that you should try to be calm in front of him, being deaf and blind, he needs all the help and calmness he can get. Take each day as it comes, if he's in pain make sure he has meds, and simply enjoy him and do his favorite things with him as long as you can. Good Luck.
Thanks - I've heard about muscular problems, seizures and other things that happen to Cushings dogs and would appreciate hearing others' stories for what to watch out for as he approaches his 15th birthday.
Hi there...I am terribly sorry to hear about your lil guy. I lost my Sadie to this horrible disease. She had just turned 10. To keep a long story short, you've gotta have alot of patience.
Sadie weighed only 11 lbs and her first signs were eating, alot! She would try to out eat my boxer/bulldog. She was constantly hungry but after fiding out about Cushing's, I knew it was the disease. I went from feeding her once in the morning and once in the evening to 3 smaller meals throughout the day. Another thing is the thirst, it's insatiable. She would drink constantly. They shed, she would get lil white mole looking things everywhere. Then she started getting really weak. She would go out to potty, but I'd have to help her down the steps (I'm not going to let her stumble and risk falling) and I'd help her back up. She normally would go wayyy out in the back yard but she barely made it into the yard as she grew weaker. She was tired all the time. I made sure she wasn't in any pain as I was told she wouldn't live through surgery, nor would the meds help. I decided to let her live her final days at home around the people she loved. The first time I took her to the vet was in Nov. 2010, I wasn't convinced it was "liver disease" so I got a 2nd opinion in Feb of 2011 and was diagnosed Cushing's and I lost her in May on that year. :( She was my princess (and baby since I dont have any children) and I loved her so much and loved her MORE than I ever could during those last months. The vet told me she wasn't in any pain and just to expect her to grow weak and she did.
Just love him as much as possible, be his best friend as he needs you now more than ever. I wish you the best!! And again, I'm so sorry to hear. If you have anymore questions please feel free to ask.
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