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    Default Re: Australian Cattle Dog with Cushings & Diabetes

    P.S. Are you still waiting to be approved over on k9diabetes? If so, I’ll try to contact the staff to try to speed things up!

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    Default Re: Australian Cattle Dog with Cushings & Diabetes

    Thank you for your help. I honestly don't have anyone else who I can talk to about this.

    The vet did not check anything yesterday. They gave her fluids but not an IV. The vet said the blood reading I took from home (299) wasn't all that high as they normally see 300 to 700 ranges. So we are not getting any insulin, just the cushings medications, of which I don't know the exact one.

    I am trying not to voice my personal opinion of my vet but I am concerned and I'll leave it at that.

    I brought in 3 mornings urine samples (always refrigerated) when my dog was given her LDDS test and I was hoping they would test her cortisol levels in the urine as well. If both came back positive, it would have lent more weight to a cushings diagnosis. I got this from David Bruyette. Urine was not used. I bring in a urine sample every visit, as it's no trouble for me. The vet cannot get the ACTH tests they said. I thought the vet would take some x-rays after her positive LDDS result to see if it was her adrenal glands or pituitary. But no x-rays. The vet does try to keep costs down but I don't mind paying if it means my dog is getting the care she needs.

    I bought my own Alphatrak meter and am going to test her blood when I am confident I have it figured out. I'll update here with the result. I hope I don't have to re-home this meter soon.

    The vet said my dog didn't look that bad yesterday and that they have seen worse. I highly disagree as I have never seen my dog look this bad. She stumbles when she walks, walks incredibly slow and is always cold to the touch. You can feel her ribs and she continues to lose weight. I'm biased of course as I am her owner but I don't see her coming out of this slump unless she's given more care and attention.

    I have been searching for another vet but it's going to be a long drive when I do.

    Update:

    Her reading was 442.

    I have an appointment at the vet in the morning.
    Last edited by Nutlike2102; 09-14-2022 at 06:37 PM. Reason: Blood Test

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    Default Re: Australian Cattle Dog with Cushings & Diabetes

    Quote Originally Posted by labblab View Post
    P.S. Are you still waiting to be approved over on k9diabetes? If so, I’ll try to contact the staff to try to speed things up!
    My username is Zoology1603 (randomly generated by my password manager) over there. Still waiting approval. I appear to be a spammer as I don't share personal information online. Any help you can lend me would be greatly appreciated.

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    Default Re: Australian Cattle Dog with Cushings & Diabetes

    Quote Originally Posted by Nutlike2102 View Post
    My username is Zoology1603 (randomly generated by my password manager) over there. Still waiting approval. I appear to be a spammer as I don't share personal information online. Any help you can lend me would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks for this info — I’ll send off a note to the administrator over there right now. I hope they can start talking with you ASAP. Please keep us updated after your vet visit tomorrow!

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    Default Re: Australian Cattle Dog with Cushings & Diabetes

    I’m so relieved to see that you’re now registered and getting help over at K9D. I’m a member there, as well, so I’ll be monitoring all your updates over there, too. That’ll save you from having to report everything twice in both places unless it’s a help for you to do so.

    Definitely good luck with your vet visit this morning!

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