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Thread: Is it cushings or not with our blue

  1. #61
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    Default Re: Is it cushings or not with our blue

    I just want to reinforce something Marianne posted -

    ...hypocortisolism can be dangerous
    By "dangerous" that means up to and including death. High cortisol (hypercortisolism or Cushing's) is rarely life threatening. Low cortisol (hypocortisolism or Addison's) IS life threatening. If you see any of the following you cannot wait - you must stop the med and call the vet asap. If it is after hours, contact the closest ER.

    loss of appetite
    nausea / vomiting
    loose stool / diarrhea
    lethargy

    If you see any of the above you must act quickly. So do keep a very close eye on him especially over the next few weeks since he is out in wild waters with his vet's approach to treatment.

    Hugs,
    Leslie
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    Default Re: Is it cushings or not with our blue

    If you see the first sign, stop the meds and go get an ACTH okay? We are going to worry ourselves silly until we know everything is fine long term. I know, mother hens, its just what we do . hahaha
    Sharlene and the late great diva - Molly muffin (always missed and never forgotten)

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    Default Re: Is it cushings or not with our blue

    quick check in...Blue had his test and the results are looking good.
    cortisol pre acth 2 and cortisol post 3.7
    that's good right?
    thank goodness we are in a good place right now...with him....hope it continues!!! his weight has stayed at 90 lbs.
    hes one expensive pup though! We are doing 60mg trilostane twice a day, as well as his thyroid pill twice a day.

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    Default Re: Is it cushings or not with our blue

    Yes, those results are great as long as Blue is looking and behaving well :-). How long has he been taking the 60 mg. twice a day?

    Marianne

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    Default Re: Is it cushings or not with our blue

    A couple of weeks

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    Default Re: Is it cushings or not with our blue

    OK, thanks for the info. If Blue has only been taking this dose for two weeks, do be aware that his cortisol level may continue to drift downward during the first month on any given dose. So you’ll want to remain very watchful for any signs that his cortisol is dropping too low. But we join you in hoping this works out your be the perfect dose for him.

    Marianne

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