I just received a phone call from my vet today indicating my 12 yr old minpins lab results indicated Cushings. I have searced the web and do not notice her as having that many symptoms indicated most canines as having. Four weeks ago she did have a severe UTI and pancreatitis and was hospitialized for 3 days. Her liver enzymes were increased before that and continued to rise. She was so lethargic and not herself. After the course of antibiotics, pepcid and anti-nausea medication she is her old self. She is a very active dog, full of energy but the only symptom I see her having is wanting to eat all the time and garbage dumping hunting for something to eat. Her coat is beautiful no signs of hair loss. It just breaks my heart to read not very successful stories of cushing diseased canines life expectancy 20-30 months after diagnosed. I just cannot imagine my lil minpin in my household and her there at the door greeting me everyday, jumping with joy. I am scared and do not know what to expect when it is her time to go and how far can I go with treatment? If anyone has any suggestions and stories of encouragment, please post or reply..Thanks
She is 12, if it is cushings another 2-3 years makes her 15yrs. that is a really good life. We all wish they would live forever.
Anyway, if you don't like what one vet said, go see another. You are always welcome to a second opinion. Talk to your vet now. Some vets don't know all the possible problems, new ones are discovered all the time. Pick his brain, and show him what you found. There is nothing wrong with being an educated dog owner.
I'm so sorry to hear of the diagnosis, about 10 years ago my Chow was diagnosed with Cushings Disease. At the time I could fine next to nothing about it on the internet. Her only sympton that I could see was that she was lethargic, but otherwise she was fine. She was 9 years old, and we started medication immediatly, doing blood tests annually to keep an eye on things. She lived another 5 long, loving and healthy years! The medication was expensive, but worth every penny. She really only started to suffer the last 6 months of her life. I feel your pain, and understand how upset you must be. But please don't give up, and know that there are success stories. If you doubt the diagnosis, get a second opinion, but it is a blood test...and people can mess things up. After my dog started her meds, she was back to herself in no time. Best of luck! I think the medication we put her on was Anapril? I'm sure I'm not spelling it right, but it did wonders for her.