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Ask the Vet: Addison's Disease

Addison's Disease
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Ask the Vet About Addison's Disease in Dogs and Cats
MichaelDym, V.M.D.
Michael Dym, V.M.D.
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As a practicing veterinarian, Dr. Dym has over 19 years of experience and dedication to enhancing the overall health and well-being of pets. His commitment and passion for pet health continuously drives him to learn more about the art and science of homeopathy through ongoing training and education.

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Date: Mar 1, 2017
Category: Addison's Disease
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Severe Muscle Loss

Question:Hi My black lab has been fighting Addisons Disease, Diabetes, and Hypothroidism since 2011. She recieves prednisone, thyroxine, and insulin daily and percorten monthly. She has gradually continued to lose muscle mass, especially in the hind quarters, so much so now she has difficulty standing. Is there anything that can be done to increase muscle mass? thanks

Answer:Wow, she has so many different diseases going on for so long, your own veterinarian is definitely the best one to consult. He or she knows all of your dog's numbers better than I ever could. The prednisone she needs for her Addison's disease can make her diabetes worse and can cause muscle wasting but it can also be essential to keeping her alive if she is a severe Addisonian. Adding protein to her diet may help but this can be hard on her kidneys, especially if she's older, so you wouldn't want to do that without checking with her veterinarian and her last kidney tests. Exercise is always good for muscle building but if she isn't a big athlete, ease her into it.

Date: Mar 1, 2017
Category: Addison's Disease
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: So lost to fix my fur baby!

Question:As we speak my 19 month old boxer is at vet. When he was 9 weeks old he had something they called puppy strangles. Got him over that and since he has been a pretty healthy boy. Eats a lot. Loves to play. Then around the first of feb he started throwing up. Well regurgitating his food. Took him to vet. They gave him some meds. Then it got worse. Then me was put on a med for vomiting. For 4 days. Then he was better then the diarrhea started. Now blood in stool. He had the barium test to make sure no obstruction. Pancreatic test to make sure that is clear. He doesn't want to eat. And Saturday he just collapsed then was fine. But still don't eat and bloody stool. They are doing a test for Addison's disease now. I just want to figure out what is wrong with my baby.

Answer:Your dog's case is complicated and it really sounds like your veterinarian is working it up great. Without knowing all the particulars of his case (blood values, radiographic findings, etc) I can't help you as well as your veterinarian can, so keep working closely with them. Good Luck!

Date: Feb 12, 2017
Category: Addison's Disease
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Medications

Question:Marley has been on fludrocordisol for 7 years with same dosage. She was 3 yrs old at time of diagnosis. Should she be re-evaluated if meds need to be continued or if there should be a dosage change. Currently vet just renews subscription.

Answer:Addisonians usually need to be medicated their whole lives but their dosage can definitely need changes. I like to run bloodwork twice a year. Once yearly bloodwork should be a minimum, even if she is doing fantastic, especially now that she's 10 years old.

Date: Feb 1, 2017
Category: Addison's Disease
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Orthopedic symptoms for Addison's?

Question:Hi and thank you in advance. I have a 5 year old Jack mix named Samuel L Barkington III and lately the last 2 months old Sammy has not been right. We thought maybe the bigger dog Silly Grrrl a boxer, had roughed him up. He won't eat or drink, acts wounded, carries his back half of him with excessive favor, curls his hind end under him to rest rather than the seated position. It seems like the middle of the back has been injured. He will not jump up to or down from the couch. Often will not even eat beef jerky or a treat (SHOCKING!). That was when we knew it was bad. So he has seen three Vets, the first two would not do blood work (FIRED), finally we went to KSU and they are all up in it. This is going to cost so I should double check what they are saying. They did blood work and prelims like a BMP showed electrolyte imbalance and reduced kidney function. So they are going to raise his levels before putting him under for a CT to look at what might be a spot of damage in the middle of his spine. His behavior points to both or either the spine or Addison's. My question is can Addison's make a dog act like the back half of him is super gimpy?

Answer:Hi Joel, Weakness in the hind limbs can be caused by multiple problems, including spinal injury and Addison's. It is a good idea to follow through with your vet's recommendations to determine the underlying cause. Best, Tiffany Veterinary Assistant

Date: Jan 26, 2017
Category: Addison's Disease
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Addisons disease

Question:How much are the injections for your dogs treatment. And does he have to get injections the rest of his life? Thank you

Answer:When I first graduated from vet school I enjoyed diagnosing Addison's Disease - it's kind of a sneaky disease sometimes so you have to really be paying attention and it is very treatable with a magic shot. Now I stare with dread at the bloodwork when I have definitively diagnosed it - solely because of your 2 questions. It's still very easy to treat, so that's good. The price is so variable you will have to call your vet and work closely with them to find out how to lower the price. The weight of your dog will matter and the severity of the disease will affect his dosage as well and ultimately the price. Good Luck!

Date: Jan 18, 2017
Category: Addison's Disease
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Test

Question:Test Question

Answer:Test Answer

Date: Jan 8, 2017
Category: Addison's Disease
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Muscle Cramps

Question:My 6 year Lab was recently diagnosed with Addison's, and was prescribed both Prednidolone and Fludrocortisone. A couple of weeks after beginning the drugs she began having what appear to be muscle cramps in her front legs. She suddenly yelps with pain and does not put her weight on the affected limb. The pain goes away within a couple of minutes, but recurs later. Do you think this problem is a result of either the Addison's itself, or one of the medications? If so, what should be done to address this problem? Thanks for your help.

Answer:Does not sound like due to drugs or Addisons disease. May have another issue going on of which sounds like could be nerve injury or disc in neck. I would recommend vet exam and evaluation and possibly x rays if indicated

Date: Jan 3, 2017
Category: Addison's Disease
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Cat Care

Question:Ok I Have A Cat That Sneezes, Has Diearrea Light Brown Watery Uses The Bath Room Alot And Is Skinny ..no Mood Change Playful Actived Eats Alot Drinks Alot Very Loveable Idk What Could Be Wrong

Answer:Many possibilities which would need full blood workup and evaluation for proper diagnosis and treatment plan

Date: Jan 2, 2017
Category: Addison's Disease
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Barking Whining And Howling

Question:For The Past Week My Male Husky Has Been Barking Whining And Howling Almost All Day And Night. He Has Food And Water We Play With Him And Walk Him But Nothing Is Helping. We Have Other Huskies And Have No Problems With Them And He's With Them As Well. What Are Some Suggestions As He Keeps Us Up All Night?

Answer:Many possibilities here. Before assuming it is simply behavioral or anxiety I think you should have complete medical evaluation at local vet and blood workup if necessary to rule out underlying medical conditions here.

Date: Jan 2, 2017
Category: Addison's Disease
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Respiratory Problem

Question:My 3 Year Old Black/gray Tabby Named Mandela Came To Me As A Kitten With A Respiratory Problem Of Sneezing Heavy Mucous And An Ongoing Running Nose. My Vet Gave Him A Shot And Said The Problem May Go Away Or Not. When The Problem Continued I Called The Vet For Another Shot And He Said It Would Not Do Any Good. I Tried Nose Relief Which I Wanted To Work So Bad That I Kept Telling Myself The Cat's Condition Is Better But, It Persisted. My Vet Also Recommended Omega 3 For Small Animals Or Amino Acid Taurin 250 Mg ( I Did Not Try). I Mistakenly Bought Omega 6 And Noticed His Coat Was Shedding A Bit. I Then Corrected My Mistake And Purchased Omega 3. October 2016, He Stopped Eating And Got Lethargic. I Took Him To The Vet And He Had A Sinus Infection Which Was Treated And Now He Is Back To Eating. He Was Placed On Hill's Prescription A/d Diet Since His Vet Visit And I Asked The Vet If It Is Ok To Continue Him On This Diet And He Stated It Was Ok But I Now Plan To Phase It Out For Regular Food For He Is Now Scratching My Dining Room Chairs Which He Never Did Before. I'm Thinking The Food Is Making Him Aggressive. There Are Plenty Of Scratching Boards Around But, He Insists Upon Jumping On My Dining Room Table And Scratching The Tops Of The Backs Of The Chairs. I Recently Purchased Feliway Plug Ins For The Dining Room To Calm Him Down With The Scratching....the Jury Is Still Out. My Cat Also Has His Own Tissue Box. At First He Was Sneezing What Appears As Pieces Of Membrane But, That Fortunately Subsided. After All Is Said And Done, Do You Have Any Recommendations? I Just Want You To Know I Love My Vet For He Only Recommends What Is Necessary. I'm Writing You To See If You Have Any Recommendations. Thank You For Hearing Me Out.

Answer:Hi Karen, My overarching answer is to say that you should follow the advice given by your veterinarian, since they have examined Mandela and are able to give the correct specific advice for the issues at hand. In general, Feliway can work well so that could be good to continue. You should follow the prescription diet given to you until your vet says that it's okay to transition. It's very important that cats eat, so it sounds as though you should continue to monitor the respiratory issues and make sure that they don't recur or deteriorate. Regards, Katherine, vet tech

Date: Dec 31, 2016
Category: Addison's Disease
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Scooting

Question:My Pet Scoots A Lot - I Have Tried Different Brands Of Dog Food But Notice No Difference. She Is On Apoquel For Allergies, But The Scooting Started Before The Pills. Any Suggestons?

Answer:I would have vet check to make sure no anal gland impactions or infections, as anal glands need to be checked and expressed. See vet for recheck on allergies as maybe additional allergy meds and/or antibiotics are needed.

Date: Dec 29, 2016
Category: Addison's Disease
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Safety

Question:Are Infrared Heat Lamps Harmful To Feral Cats?

Answer:Not That I Know Of

Date: Dec 29, 2016
Category: Addison's Disease
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Soft Bump On Dogs Arm

Question:I Noticed My Dogs Arm Has A Soft Bump It Looks Kinda Red. I Don't Know What It Is And If Its Dangerous.

Answer:You Need To Have Veterinary Exam If You Are Concerned About It, For Proper Exam And Evaluation Including Needle Aspiration Of The Bump

Date: Dec 28, 2016
Category: Addison's Disease
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Travel

Question:I Will Be Traveling For 4 Days For The First Time With 2 Cats With Their Own Cage. One Is 7 & Other Is 2 1/2 Yrs Old. what Type Of (or Name Of) Sedative Do I Purchase From My Vet & How Much Do I Need? And What Else Do I Need To Know Thank You

Answer:You Would Need To Have A Proper Vet Exam At Your Local Vet, Who Can Best Prescribe The Right Medication, Based On Their Age And Medical History. I Have Found The Prescription Medication Trazadone Helpful In These Circumstances In Recent Use, And You Could Ask Vet About That. You Can Also Try Natural Calming Agents Be Serene And Composure From 1800petmeds

Date: Dec 28, 2016
Category: Addison's Disease
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Vomit

Question:I Have A Chibuahua 7 Years Old I Recently Changed Dog Food Variety To Lamb. He Vomited 5 Times Hours Later. How Do I Comfort His Stomach?

Answer:You Can Try Pepcid Ac At Dose Of One Half Mg Per Pound Once To Twice Daily. If Signs Persist Or Worsen, Best To See Vet Asap.


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