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Thread: Dog Diagnosed and feeling unsure about diagnosis and treatment

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    Default Re: Dog Diagnosed and feeling unsure about diagnosis and treatment

    Also, remember that Vetoryl (Trilostane) has a very short life in the body - leaving the system in 2-12 hours. So even if there were issues, simply stopping the med and giving Winston a few hours should set thing right again. This is the good thing about Trilo. Short life, easy to stop and restart if needed. So try to take a deep breath and believe in you. You are doing a great job of educating yourself and that is half the battle in canine Cushing's!

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    Default Re: Dog Diagnosed and feeling unsure about diagnosis and treatment

    Quote Originally Posted by Winston's Mom View Post
    Lori - thank you for clearing that up!

    I guess we'll go with once a day to start based on the specialist recommendation. Today I read a PDF of all the fine print information (ALL OF IT) for Vetoryl describing how to dose, testing stages, etc. and adverse effects including information regarding the studies that were done on the dogs and how many died and suffered from various adverse effects. Reading that gave me anxiety and continued worry. My dog's biggest obvious symptom is a ravenous appetite and lethargy which is pretty bad right now. That being said, one of the adverse effects is decreased activity and decreased appetite and if that happens to my dog how will I know that it's not a serious side effect and I need to stop the medication or if it means it's working?

    Also curious if anyone can tell me from experience when I can expect to see improvement of his current symptoms like depression, large loss of muscle mass and increased appetite?

    Very nervous about how he will react to Vetoryl - Winston is my entire life, we don't have kids, so he is even more so truly my baby - the thought of him getting worse or losing him due to the medication pains me beyond belief.
    By most accounts, and from other pet owners I have spoken to, Vetoryl is a very good drug and safer than many/most of the older Cushings treatments. Just observe him carefully during the first week or so. Any adverse events/behaviors, you would stop dosing and contact your vet. good luck!

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    Default Re: Dog Diagnosed and feeling unsure about diagnosis and treatment

    Vetoryl is actually no safer than Lysodren. It simply has a shorter life in the body so if there is an issues it leaves the system much sooner than Lyso. Both have the exact same side effects up to and including death. Both require an experienced vet and an educated, diligent pet parent. Neither one is safe but both are life savers WHEN used correctly.
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