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1113101 tn?1294236810

Cushings

My pooch has all the symptoms of cushings been given atopica , she has since lost a lot of weight although skin clear now, wondered if medication is right.
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931674 tn?1283481696
MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL
When was the last time that bloodwork and urinalysis were performed on your dog? Has it already been tested for Cushing's disease? Cushing's disease is caused by oversecretion of steroids by the adrenal glands, or by overtreatment with oral or injectable steroids. Atopica is an immunosuppressive medication used as a non-steroid way to treat allergic skin disease, and if the skin is improved, it sounds like it is helping the skin. However, if your dog is losing weight, then you need to take her to your veterinarian right away, since rapid weight loss can be a symptom of diabetes, cancer and other very serious diseases, unrelated to the Atopica. Additionally, dogs with Cushing's disease are prone to become diabetic, and the symptoms of diabetes and Cushing's are similar (increased water intake and urination). She needs recheck labwork immediately.
Good luck,
Kimberly Coyner, DVM DACVD
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