Mar 15, 2009
Hi...I am so sorry for all your losses. It's so awful to lose your beloved pet. My heart goes out to you all.
Next week. I am starting my beloved 9 yr. old mini Poodle Julie on Trilostane for confirmed Cushings Disease. She is 14 lbs.now & never stops drinking water & has to go outside way too much. Her appetite is immense. All of this is so abnormal with her, along with her "pot belly" & she is very non energetic.
She was just diagnosed & I am very stressed about treatments. I know that I will never use Lisodren on her. Trilostane will be my choice. My Vet says to start her on 15 mg. & ACHT test her at 10 days. I am not jumping into treatment until I am sure she will not die from it.
Today, I got another call from her Vet who said she has Kidney Disease. Her UTI test came back normal But the creatine & Protine in her urine is way too high>normal is 2...she is 8.
He said to put her on Hills KD food & that will help. She hates Hills food...it's nasty & dry & like sawdust. I must look into alternatives. Can anyone help me?? My Vet says there is no cooking food for her. Only Hills KD. Huh?? No way.
On 12/31/08, Julie started vomiting clear bile/water. Every time she drank more water she vomited. This went on from 4 pm to 8 pm. Than, without warning, she had a awful seizure.
My friends were here & we went to the ER vet. They kept her for 4 days with iv fluids & meds & no food at all. She had Pancreatitis. She finally got alot better & came home.
They told me her tests show Cushings, Kidney problems & maybe liver damage & muscle & bone degeneration along with long term cronic lung & throat problems. It has progressed.
She is doing okay. Her breathing isn't good...she always sounds very congested yet she survives that.
She has a Pot Belly, drinks water way too much & wants to go out every hour or so to urinate.
Her appetite is revenous...she'd everything in sight if I let her. She is tired alot but comes to life a few times a day to have fun. Than sleeps. She also sleeps on the carpeting alot at night, instead of her bed. She never sleeps on her side anymore, only straight foreward..on her belly. Whats that about??
I am very upset about all of this. She is like another child of ours. We love her dearly, like you do your dogs.
My questions are...can you give me anymore insight to whats going to happen with Julie? My Vet said he cannot predict.
Since she has Kidney disease, do you think Trilostane for Cushings may not be good for her?
What can I feed her for Kidney Disease..not Hills KD??