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    Default I think my Pom is in distress

    Hello all! This is my first post. I read all of the information links as I was waiting for forum membership approval- so I'm learning a bit about about Cushing's Disease. I deeply appreciate the knowledge of the membership base, and I look forward to engaging with you all. Hopefully, I will be able to help a newbie like me, in the future!
    I have an 8 year old Pomeranian named Mr Big. He is a big Pom; beautifully formed, with a thick gorgeous golden red sable coat. Unfortunately, he has breed associated disorders- luxating patella in both rear legs, and a pretty nasty collapsing trachea. I manage these issues with occasional cough meds, and Tramadol. Mr Big is tall, and- unfortunately, despite life long attempts at weight control, overweight: though most of his admirers think he is "all fur"! Actually, he weighs 20 pounds. We take twice daily walks, but he is not a "walking dog". He likes to walk slowly, sniff everything, zig zag across the street, and say hello to everyone we meet. He has a voracious appetite, but me and my family are careful about what we give him to eat. He eats mostly raw food- K-9 Kraving chicken, vegetable beef patties, and green beans. Very little kibble, and some Trader Joe liver treats.

    Last month I decided to have Mr.'s teeth cleaned. The blood test done before he was anesthetized for the procedure showed elevated levels of cortisol. My vet called right away- fearing Cushing's Disease. I read everything I could on Cushing's- and was convinced he had this disease. He has an insatiable appetite, and I had recently taken him to the vet for the tiny blackhead skin condition cited as a symptom. Mr kind of has a pot belly too. But, he did not have excessive thirst, nor did he EVER pee in the house.

    So the morning of the dental cleaning- I bring a urine specimen to the vet so that she could test his urine for Cushing's. It was hard to get that first morning specimen. My husband followed him out, and managed to get a little bit, but it was mixed with some dirt. Mr was confused about us trying to catch his urine. I was sure he was going to test positive. I was totally surprised and relieved when the vet said his urine was negative for Cushing's.

    Another thing he has, is a dry warty looking crusty looking nose. It doesn't run- it's just dry. We spend regular bits of time in the Florida Keys- so I imagine it is sunburned- though he is always in the shade.

    Then, two weeks ago, he started drinking water like crazy. He peed in the house, at night 3 times in a week. Then, 5 days ago, he started barking incessantly- even while seemingly, at rest. He started getting picky about his food- he left the green beans and the kibble in his bowl. He has never, ever, peed in the house, drank excessively, or left any morsel of food, except avocado, uneaten. I knew something was wrong. Today, I took him for a walk, and he got a little bit down the street, and started acting really weird. It was like he was going to lick his back leg, or bite his tail- and he kind of went around in a circle, then sat down. He then proceeded to trot home, and sat down when we got to the front porch. He never walks home that fast.
    I'm afraid he has a brain tumor: something is not right. I made him an appt at the vet in 3 days. I can not take him sooner due to serious obligation.
    Does this sound like Cushing's?

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    Okay so you did a UC:CR to check for cortisol in his urine and that came back negative. That does rule out cushings. Although sort of weird if it had dirt in the specimen. Still if no cortisol showed up, then likely not cushings.

    My current though is a UTI possibly which could account for the accident in house and the weird behavior. So, a full urinalysis and culture. Then let us know what that result shows, but I'd take a full urine specimen in first thing, because if it is a UTI, he'll need antibiotics.

    Try a long handle ladle and stick that under when he pees, then put in container to take to the vet. (we've all done the pee catch walk, it's a doozy but a ladle works well)

    Get a copy of the test results, and then can post those here and we can give you some feedback.

    It's good if not cushings.

    Welcome to the forum.
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    Default Re: I think my Pom is in distress

    LOL - I always use the tail as a handle to jack up the rear end and use the specimen cup. Been doing it since she was a pup and Lolita has no shame.

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    I don't know which presents the funnier visual me with a ladle or you jacking Lolita up by her tail!!! ROFL

    Pee catching and poop patrol are obviously huge and funny topics on the forum
    Sharlene and the late great diva - Molly muffin (always missed and never forgotten)

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    Default Re: I think my Pom is in distress

    Hi Suzzaneg and welcome. It does sound as if your Pom is having some distress and I hope she is feeling better by now. Surely, the test results will help clarify what's going on and I know the folks here can help you interpret those. I don't think that you should jump to any conclusions about a growing pituitary tumor yet, unless the symptoms you describe have been ongoing for a period of time and even then there may be other causes. I did want to comment on the crusty nose as I have not seen it mentioned here before. My dog, Skippy has had a crusty nose for the past several months. I have tried putting various oils and healing agents on it to no avail. But, I do know that you can figure this all out and I look forward to learning more.
    Skippy's Mom

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    Default Re: I think my Pom is in distress

    @suzanneg - I know this post is quite old but Iím convinced my 8 y/o Pom has Cushings. His recent strange behaviour started with exactly the same as you described, stopping during walks and looking at his back end. I just wondered if you ever got a diagnosis?

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