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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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 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 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: My Dog Reacts To A Specific Sound

Question:I Have A Notification Sounds In My Phone And My Dog Hates It. When.is Goes Off She Starts To Shake. She Then Gets Really Close To Someone. For Example, If We Were Sitting On The Couch And The Sound Went Off, She Would Try To Get Up On The Couch Along With Us And Sit On My Lap. I'm Not Sure Why She Is Acting This Way. Today I Was Looking For A New Notification Sound And I Clicked That Particular One She Dislikes On Accident. I Was Laying In Bed So She Got Up And Tried To Sit On My Face And Then She Wanted To Go Outside. So I Let Her Go And She Went Around Sniffing And After A Couple Minutes Shr Hid Under The Deck. She Refused To Come When She Was Called.

Answer:Not Sure Of Your Question. Obviously The Frequency Or Vibration Of This Sound Is Disturbing To Her. You Can Try Natural Calming Agents Such As Be Serene Or Composure From 1800petmeds. If You Are Concerned, Always Best To See Vet For Exam And Evaluation

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.

Date: Dec 27, 2016
Category: Addison's Disease
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Lethargic

Question:I Have A 6 Yr Old Male Lhasapoo. Four Days Ago He Became Lethargic,Lost Appetite And Did Not Want To Do Anything But Lay Around. He Would Cry Out Loud If He Tried To Jump Up On The Sofa. He Yelps Loudly When He Tries To Bark.he Will Eat If We Hand Feed Him And He Will Drink Water. He Is Urinating And Defacating But Not As Much As Normal.i Cannot Afford To Take Him To A Vet Here. Please Help With Advice If You Can.

Answer:There Is Not Much I Can Suggest For These Nonspecific Symptoms At Home, As There Are Many Possibilities In Case Like This, And I Cant Make Recommendations On This Without Proper Vet Exam At Least


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