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  1. Re: Buster - 10 y.o. Lhasa/Tibetan mix (Lysodren) - Cataract surgery?

    Since it's been a few months, I thought I'd check in with an update about Buster.

    It was a rough summer for him because at our last vet appt in May, the vet pointed out a growth in his gums that...
  2. Re: Buster - 10 y.o. Lhasa/Tibetan mix (Lysodren) - Cataract surgery?

    So, quick update... it looks like we've found a maintenance dose! Buster had his 1-month ACTH stim test yesterday and his pre-injection cortisol level was 2.1 ug/dL, and post-injection was 3.0 ug/dL....
  3. Re: Buster - 10 y.o. Lhasa/Tibetan mix (Lysodren) - Cataract surgery?

    So another brief update about Buster... We did the 2-day mini-load at the beginning of this week, and did the ACTH stim on Thursday. His pre-injection cortisol levels were 1.4 ug/dL and...
  4. cataract surgery & cushings

    Hi everyone,

    So my dog Buster was dx'd with cataracts this morning. I had guessed that he has cataracts from the cloudiness in his eyes and his difficulty on stairs in low or bright light (which...
  5. Re: Buster-- 10 y.o. Lhasa/Tibetan mix, just started Lysodren

    So I followed my vet's suggestion that we try upping the maintenance dose for a month to see if that drops Buster's cortisol levels, and we did a repeat ACTH stim this past Thursday. This time, his...
  6. Re: Buster-- 10 y.o. Lhasa/Tibetan mix, just started Lysodren

    So I got the results of Buster's last two ACTH stim tests faxed to me yesterday, and the results I reported earlier are in fact what the lab printouts say.

    What do you all make of his pre-post...
  7. Re: Buster-- 10 y.o. Lhasa/Tibetan mix, just started Lysodren

    Hmmm. Maybe I should call the vet on Monday to ask about the mini-loading thing?

    I don't have hard copies of the results from the last two tests... the results of both were read to me over the...
  8. Re: Buster-- 10 y.o. Lhasa/Tibetan mix, just started Lysodren

    Thanks for the speedy reply, Kim!

    You have the facts right... The dose during loading was 500mg/day. There is a chance that he ended up too low after loading b/c we went too many days. His signs...
  9. Re: Buster-- 10 y.o. Lhasa/Tibetan mix, just started Lysodren

    Hi all,

    I'm just writing with a little update about Buster, who just (on Thurs) had his first ACTH stim after going on maintenance with the Lysodren a little over a month ago. His cortisol levels...
  10. Re: Buster-- 10 y.o. Lhasa/Tibetan mix, just started Lysodren

    The vet who called me with his test results was not his regular vet, and she said to come back for the next ACTH test in 3-6 mos. But given that he was low after loading and wasn't really showing any...
  11. Re: Buster-- 10 y.o. Lhasa/Tibetan mix, just started Lysodren

    Thanks for your quick reply! Buster started the loading phase on the Mon after New Years and showed the first clear sign of being loaded (looking up while he ate) on Sun am (day 7). We did a stim...
  12. Re: Buster-- 10 y.o. Lhasa/Tibetan mix, just started Lysodren

    A good news update about Buster:

    His cortisol levels were all within normal range at his ACTH stim on Friday (3.6 ug/dL pre; 3.7 ug/dL post). So, we're all set to start maintenance this week....
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    Sticky: Re: How did you find us?

    It was linked off the website about Cushing's that my vet recommended when we first got the dx: http://www.marvistavet.com/html/cushing_s_disease.html
  14. Re: Buster-- 10 y.o. Lhasa/Tibetan mix, just started Lysodren

    Just posting an update that Buster's electrolyte levels are all normal, according to the vet. So all is on hold until his ACTH stim next week. His eating/drinking/energy have still all been normal so...
  15. Re: Buster-- 10 y.o. Lhasa/Tibetan mix, just started Lysodren

    Thanks the reassurance, Glynda! :) I'm so glad I scheduled the stim test for day 8 even though I hadn't seen much of a change! I kept asking Buster if his appetite was decreasing and how his cortisol...
  16. Re: Buster-- 10 y.o. Lhasa/Tibetan mix, just started Lysodren

    So I just got the ACTH stim test results from the vet. Apparently his cortisol levels were below 0.7 both before and after the injection. (I asked for actual #s but apparently the report from the lab...
  17. Re: Buster-- 10 y.o. Lhasa/Tibetan mix, just started Lysodren

    Thanks for checking in! He looked up and around while he was eating breakfast yesterday so that's when he took his last dose... he had the ACTH stim test this am. Should have the results tomorrow, so...
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    Re: FYI: AAA discount on Lysodren

    Yes, this is AAA the travel/road policy and anybody with an AAA membership can print and fill out the discount "card" from the website. I should have included the link with my initial post, but here...
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    Re: FYI: AAA discount on Lysodren

    Buster weighs 27lbs, so my rx for the loading phase (15 pills) initially cost $98 at CVS; the AAA discount brought it down to $74. The AAA website says that you get even bigger discounts if you buy...
  20. Re: Buster-- 10 y.o. Lhasa/Tibetan mix, just started Lysodren

    Thanks, Addy! I hope things improve with Zoe soon.

    So far things with Buster's load seem to be going well though it does make me nervous that we're on day 6 and so far I haven't seen a noticeable...
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    FYI: AAA discount on Lysodren

    I'm not sure if this has come up before, but I wanted to share that I recently learned that most major pharmacies will give a AAA discount on prescriptions that are not covered by insurance. You just...
  22. Re: Buster-- 10 y.o. Lhasa/Tibetan mix, just started Lysodren

    Wow, you are all quick at replying!! It's quite helpful for a somewhat anxious doggy-mom like myself. :)

    To answer Kim's question, the #s I posted are the only ones I see on the lab printout. I...
  23. Re: Buster-- 10 y.o. Lhasa/Tibetan mix, just started Lysodren

    Thanks so much for your quick reply, Debbie! I got copies of all of Buster's medical and lab test records from the vet today so here's a more comprehensive history (with #s).

    I adopted Buster in...
  24. Re: Buster-- 10 y.o. Lhasa/Tibetan mix, just started Lysodren

    Of course after I posed my last message, I realized I forgot to mention that the ultrasound also found very small bladder stones.

    I also have another Lysodren-related question... Buster's rx is to...
  25. Buster - 10 y.o. Lhasa/Tibetan mix (Lysodren) - Cataract surgery?

    I'm just writing to introduce myself and my dog, Buster. He's a Lhasa Apso/Tibetan Terrier mix, ~10 y.o., 27lbs, and was dx'd with Cushings about 2 weeks ago (after the 8-hr low-dose dexamethasone...
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