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Well, Baron the Dachshund is doing a bit better. His Cushing's disease has not been easy to manage, but we're getting there...one...step...at...a...time.
He's now taking 60 mg of Vetoryl in the morning and 30 mg at night, along with his Supraglan. His water consumption has gone way down, (to a normal level), but his voracious appetite is still there. Although I must say, it always was, so it's not really an accurate guage.
Baron's panting seems to be more at night, with the lesser dose of Vetoryl. I'm going to talk to his vet about a possible association.
I am happy to say his energy level has gone up and he's much more inclined to walk around the yard for a little while with me. He's back to 'investigating', (sniffing), everything around him and I feel very good about it. Baron lost his desire to walk around outside, and I think it's due to two things: the extra weight putting a strain on his body, (especially those short, little Dachshund legs!), and all the panting. Now, the weight hasn't come off, but the panting is far less. I believe with the increase in activity and a very restricted, (but healthy), diet, he'll lose the weight. I sure hope he does!
I'd like to buy a 'doggie' treadmill for him, but quite frankly, they're too expensive. I know he'd catch on pretty quickly and I'd love having one for his health. He's never been much of a 'walker', but a few minutes a day on a doggie treadmill could make all the difference in the world for him, and that would do my heart good.
Have a great day, and Baron says "Woof!"
Oh, it's been a long couple of months. More for my dog, Baron, than me.
Diagnosed with Cushing's Disease several months ago, it's been a time of running back and forth to the vet's for blood tests to check on his level of cortisol. His Vetoryl has been increased several times. Now, he's taking 90 mgs. per day- 50 in the morning and 40 at night.
I have to administer his meds with food, so he gets 1/4 cup of food with each dose of medication. He used to eat once per day. Now it's twice, but it doesn't bother him a bit. After all, he is quite the chow hound. However, he's on a restricted calorie food to help assist him in losing the weight gained as a result of Cushing's Disease.
When I found he wasn't losing weight, still panting, and having a tough time simply getting around, (due to the weight and the tiredness from all the panting), I made yet another call to the vet.
In for another test.
His level went from 5.1 (over the max of 5), to 6.1. I felt horrible upon getting the results. I want my best, little buddy to FEEL BETTER! Also, I don't like seeing him feeling uneasy and stressed. When you love your pet, you want to do anything to make them feel better and more comfortable. My heart feels like it's breaking every time I see him move around slowly, panting all the while. The one thing that makes me smile is his very happy disposition. That hasn't changed. He still wags his tail, wants to play, and loves to snuggle on the couch while watching TV. Is he really watching? I don't know. What I do know is he barks and whines whenever a commercial with dogs comes on :)
So, another two weeks of waiting. This time period gives the Vetoryl time to work, and I'm praying it does the trick this time.
To anyone who has a pet with Cushing's, my heart goes out to you. To anyone with a pet who doesn't feel well for any reason, my heart goes out to you.
Here's to healthy pets and finding a way to keep healthy and happy.
Baron, (my Dachshund), has Cushing's Disease. He's was diagnosed in June of 2012.
I hate seeing him is distress, and constant panting IS stressful. I've often looked at him and my heart feels like it's breaking as he pants at a feverish pace while at rest.
Can he really rest feeling like that?
I've been using Supraglan in his food twice a day, which is an all natural supplement added, in drops, to his food. One drop per two pounds of body weight. That equates to fifteen drops for poor Baron, who is at thirty pounds since the Cushing's.
Two nights ago, I tried using a different product because label stated it would "relax" my dog, or any dog suffering from anxiety, stress, etc. One of the primary ingredients is L-Tryptophan, which you find in things like turkey. (A reason why everyone seems to fall asleep after Thanksgiving dinner!) I thought it would be a good idea to use this product at night, and the
Adrenal Harmony Gold for Dog Cushings in the morning.
I was wrong. I knew this because Baron wasn't relaxed at all. If anything, he was more hyper and panting, panting, panting. I didn't want to give him anything else because I was afraid of over medicating him, all natural or not.
The following night, (last night), I stuck with the Supraglan in his food and he was a much calmer dog. Yes, he still had bouts with panting, but they were, for the most part, associated with being excited, (we were eating and he's a chow hound).
With the food out of sight, Baron settled down and it was such a wonderful feeling to have him beside me, NOT panting.
I will return the other product and stick with what's working.
My dog Baron, a thirteen-year-old Dachshund, was recently diagnosed with Cushing's Disease. The first symptoms I noticed were increased panting and crying when I put him to bed at night. Bed time was never a time when he whined, barked, cried, yelped. Combined with the panting, I knew something was wrong.
After some very expensive blood tests, a Dexamethasone Suppression Test ($167.72), and an ACTH Stimulation Test ($254.59), it was determined Baron had Cushing's. His levels of cortisol, (the stress hormone), were far too high and he was prescribed 60 mg. of Vetoryl.
Two weeks later he had to have another blood test to check his levels. They were still too high. Two weeks after that, yet another blood test. His levels were "perfect".
After about a week and a half after starting the Vetoryl, I began noticing differences in Baron, for the better. His panting slowed and he seemed less lethargic. However, a few weeks later, he began exhibiting symptoms again, i.e., the panting, crying at night, etc.
Back to the vet and another blood test. Due to the cost, his vet ordered what he called a 'mini' test, which was significantly lower in price, but would provide the numbers he needed.
A phone call came while I was out. I could barely hear Baron's vet over my bluetooth, but was able to make out that his level was around 5 and should be at 2-3. Stepping outside the store, I could then hear the vet suggest I add another 10 mg. of Vetoryl to his 60 mg. dosage AND he suggested I order a product I found online through Pet Wellbeing Inc. called
Adrenal Harmony Gold for Dog Cushings
On Baron's last trip to the vet, I brought in the literature on this product because my gut was telling me it would help. He read the ingredients along with what Supraglan is supposed to do, and was all for trying it on Baron. There would be no problem with contradictions with his Vetoryl, and frankly, I was delighted to have a vet willing to think 'outside the box' and be open to something homeopathic for animals.
Today is August 6, 2012. The Supraglan is scheduled to arrive by the 8th. I can't wait for it to get here so I can begin to treat Baron with it. I have read SO many wonderful reviews, (literally, hundreds), on how Supraglan has helped many pet owners who are heartbroken and/or feeling helpless seeing their beloved pets suffer with Cushing's disease. I know it's treatable, but findingthe right dose of medication, combined with homeopathic treatments like the one I found, is no easy task. And, it's very difficult to watch your pet suffer in any way. My dog is my best buddy, and I want him to be happy and healthy.
I'll let you know how the Supraglan works. I am very hopeful, and Baron's vet is also looking forward to hearing and seeing the results so he can recommend it to others who have pets with Cushing's disease. (They make it for dogs and cats.)
Ellen is the author of I Never Held You: Miscarriage, Grief, Healing and Recovery and Host of MiscarriageHelp.com.. She is also a pet lover!