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    I totally hear ya about the food! The ingredients of many of the Rx diets are often so off-putting that I’ve always kind of turned up my nose at the suggestion. But after several weeks of no-luck experimentation with different commercial foods alongside plain chicken and rice, I gave in and started my Luna on Hill’s i/d digestive care. Within 24 hours, she finally had a solid stool and for now, I’m leaving her on it. She really likes it and even though she still relapses a bit every couple of weeks, I’ve had the best luck with it of anything so far. Thanks for mentioning the Royal Canin, though, because I do think that would also be an option for us to try if she continues to backslide on the Hill’s. I’m so over having to worry every day about how poop patrol is gonna turn out!!

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    Absolutely! Max has always been on “high end” food with higher protein. I balked at the ingredients, but after him having the worst gulps and strange allergies last February we switched him and the change has been remarkable. We have to go very slow with him if I add supplements. He’s always had “gulpy” issues which our vet and ER vets finally said is reflux. Episodes have been greatly controlled with food. I moved him off of dasaquin with msm chews to movoflex and green lipped muscle powder (super snouts) because I worried about his liver and the glucosamine and msm. Oddly enough his alp levels rising I guess it hasn’t helped. I’m sorry your girl has had a rough go. This is my first dog and aging is really tough. I just want him to be happy and not be in pain. We also have luck with Prilosec when he has a gulping episode.
    Another thing that is wonderful for dogs with GI issues is raw goat’s milk. We tried it, but it wasn’t a fix for us. I pray Luna’s continues to get better each day. These dogs deserve all the best!! ❤️
    Last edited by Elizabeth513; 03-20-2021 at 10:13 PM.

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    Hi everyone! It has been a while, but I still like to update as it may be helpful to others by reading different stories! Max just had his recheck with the internist and all is well. We did start him on thyroid medication in October as his thyroid was low. Our home vet and Internal docs have been watching it and agreed it was time to try a low dose of levothyroxine after viewing his T4, tsh, and pcv. He’s doing well on it. Coat is not dry anymore and his last two checks have him in the therapeutic range 2.0 and 2.6. We’ve been able to stay on the lowest starting dose!

    We also started Galliprant about 8 months ago because he was limping and then began yelping when moving from back pain. It has been so helpful. He is able to run and play, jump on the bed again and no limping or yelping. His ALP is holding steady, but still higher than I like. It actually dropped a tad at this appointment. Internist said it’s probably from the galliprant and extra cortisol from Cushings.

    His Cushings is still asymptomatic except for the proteinuria which has remained steady with treatment with Telmisartan. His pcv is 37 which that’s where he hovers (between 37-39) over the last couple of years. I don’t like that these numbers are lower, but I’m going to look at adding sardines and egg as a treat just for some extra iron.

    Overall a good visit as my boy is coming up on his 11th birthday in April. Great shape for a boxer! We just look at every day a blessing! Hope this is helpful to some navigating through Cushings with their pup!

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    Omigish, we’re so glad to have you back and to read this excellent report! Absolutely, it’s a help to all of us to continue to read about Max’s treatment journey, and his success on these various medications. It definitely gives us helpful info in terms of offering options out to other parents. You’ve done such an excellent job of advocating for him, and we’ll surely be joining you in spirit to celebrate his upcoming birthday!

    Best wishes to you and to Max, and thanks so much for the update :-)))))))
    Marianne

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    Hi Elizabeth,

    What a great update on your sweet baby boy! I am so happy to hear he is doing so well and that your visit with his vet went well! How nice to have such a great vet! I hope the specialist can bring even more joy and comfort to you and Max.
    Hugs,
    Leslie
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