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Old 10-12-2017, 07:28 PM
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My name is angei.I have a jack russell . He was diagnosed with cushings disease last year. He will be 16 years old in November. He loves his walks. .. but lately these past two months has had problems walking. We use to walk about i hour every day to the park. Now he can barely walk 20 min. so we drive there... and he truly loves it there.. so I will take him there until he stops wagging his tail when I ask him. He is on medicam for his painful joints. He barely makes it up the stairs and pants more frequently...I should also mention he has a large heartmurmur. I wonder if this medicine tht i give him is doing him more harm than good due to his heart and wht else can I do to keep him walking because he really lives for his walks. His appetite is still good but he is losing weight do to his weakened muscles/
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Old 10-13-2017, 06:28 AM
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Hello Angei, and welcome to you and your boy! I'm very sorry that he's having these problems, and we'll do our best to help you. In order to do so, though, it'll help us if we can find out more about your dog's Cushing's treatment. Can you tell us what symptoms and testing led to the original diagnosis? Also, what Cushing's medication is he taking, and at what dose? Has the dose been changed during this past year? Last but not least, has he had monitoring blood testing (ACTH stimulation tests) in order to check to see that the dose he's taking is neither too high nor too low? Adjustments to the dose of the medication are quite common, and my first thought is that your boy may need a change in the dose.

Thanks in advance for your answers to these questions, and once again, welcome to you both!

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Old 10-13-2017, 01:46 PM
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Hi and welcome to you and your JRT boy!

Marianne has asked all the questions I would have so I just wanted to say hi! I'm looking forward to those test results and learning more about your sweet boy. 16 is a good age but about the time some real arthritic issues can start showing up. I am glad he still enjoys the park and am sure being there with his mom makes it that much more special.

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Old 10-13-2017, 09:31 PM
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Hello from me too!
Marianne covered all the basics for our getting started questions.

I'll just add is he on any joint medications now? I know there are shots that can be given for joint relief. Also some people have used laser therapy. That appears to be hit and miss, in that some said they had good results and others not as much.
Also water therapy is good, as it is easy on the joints.
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