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DateSep 24, 2021
CategoryCushing's Disease
Pet TypeDog
TopicLooking for a granular medication
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Question:

Liver Happy Concentrate

Answer:

I don't see that we carry that exact medication but this is the Ask the Vet section for medical questions, so contact customer service for that exact product. Here is their contact information: Toll Free Number (Call or Text) 1-800-PetMeds® (1-800-738-6337) Email Address customerservice@1800petmeds.com Denamarin is probably our best liver support product - here is a link if you would like to read about it: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Denamarin+Tablets+-prod11008.html

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DateSep 23, 2021
CategoryCushing's Disease
Pet TypeDog
Topiccosequin
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Question:

our dog has cushings, can he take cosequin? He is also taking Dynosyl and Ursodiol.

Answer:

Probably but your veterinarian, that has access to all of his bloodwork and history, is definitely the best one to ask.

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DateJul 22, 2021
CategoryCushing's Disease
Pet Typenull
TopicLate Side Effects?
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Question:

My dog has been on Vetoryl for approx. a month now (he's 13). A few days ago, he started showing, what seems to be the side effects of Vetoryl. But the vet said if he was going to experience side effect, it should've happened within the first week, not after a month. He also takes medication for his thyroid & I just discovered that he apparently has kidney disease. His levels for everything were tested 3 weeks ago. Everything was fine. But now he's shaking, barely has an appetite, is lethargic, has diarrhea. My fiancé gives him his medication. He went one day without giving it to him (w/out my knowledge). He said the next day, Scrappy was energetic, he ate well, no diarrhea, seemed happy & wanted to play. But I worry about the symptoms of Cushing's coming back, so I told him to give it to him again, until we can figure out what's going on. He recently had surgery, to have a tumor removed. He's been through a LOT lately. I've given that vet a LOT of money in the past few months. I'd like to avoid having to go back for a while, if I can. What's your opinion?

Answer:

Honestly, his case is so complicated, I would really need his entire chart (with his whole history but most importantly with his bloodwork) to really advise you so continue working with the veterinarian that has access to all of that information for the best advice.

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DateJul 12, 2021
CategoryCushing's Disease
Pet Typenull
Topiccushing disease symptoms
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Question:

Is the Adrenal Harmony Gold Large Canine sold without prescription and does Pet meds have the same item?

Answer:

I am not familiar with this product but it looks like it does not require a prescription and I can't find that 1-800-Petmeds carries it. Contact customer service to be 100% sure though - here is their contact information: Toll Free Number (Call or Text) 1-800-PetMeds® (1-800-738-6337) Email Address customerservice@1800petmeds.com

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DateJun 21, 2021
CategoryCushing's Disease
Pet Typenull
TopicCushing's medications
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Question:

My vett wants to give my dog Vetorol. He cannot swallow. I see they have trilostane in a compounded chew and would like to try that. Can the chew be cut into smaller pieces? I understand that the powder in the caps is dangerous to humans even if it touches the skin? Thank u.

Answer:

In general, it is not ideal to cut the chewable pieces because the active ingredient may be dispersed unevenly throughout the chew. I am unaware of the powder being that dangerous but contact the manufacturer (Dechra) for the best advice about that. Here is a link to their contact information lower on the page (email and phone number): https://www.dechra-us.com/our-products/us/companion-animal/dog/prescription/vetoryl-capsules-trilostane

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DateMay 18, 2021
CategoryCushing's Disease
Pet Typenull
TopicLIVER PROBLEMS
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Question:

I JUST RECEIVED MY DOGS BLOOD TEST RESULTS AND HIS ALT AND AL KP LIVER ENZYMES ARE HIGH IS THIS A CLUE THE HE HAS CUSHINGS DISEASE ? THE VET PUT HIM ON DENAMARIN TO SEE IF IT BRINGS THE LEVELS DOWN THEN HE WILL CHECK IF HE HAS CUSHINGS DISEASE. WHAT DO YOU THINK?

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Yes, that is usually how we approach elevated liver enzymes, depending on how elevated and what other, if any, clinical signs he may have.

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DateMay 17, 2021
CategoryCushing's Disease
Pet Typenull
Topicwhat does my dog have? Is it really Cushings?
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My doxie is only 11 yrs. old. All of a sudden he started getting confused (almost like human alzheimer's) & stands around alot without moving. He also got cataracts in both eyes. Does he really have Cushings? That's what my local vet came up with and he's on 3 meds. Is there something natural he should be taking to help?

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I personally have not had good success with alternative medications, BUT we also don't have good success with our traditional medications, so this is really a good question and asking your veterinarian for a referral to Cushings specialist and/or seeing a veterinarian that specializes in natural, homeopathic treatments might be a good idea. Here is a link to our article, written by another veterinarian, about treating Cushing's disease and it mentions some options at the bottom: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/cushings-disease-treatment-3.html

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DateApr 17, 2021
CategoryCushing's Disease
Pet Typenull
Topicearly sign of Cushing's Disease?
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My 8.5 yr purebred (apricot) miniature poodle has been losing hair in one main spot. Hair is now growing back but is very dark and flat -- not curly, poodle hair. He has other (not as noticeable dark spots hidden under his fur). I took him to my vet and although he did not really have any other typical symptoms of Cushing's (nor have we changed food, shampoo, etc.---all is same) we ran blood work. All blood work came back in normal range. The vet said he did not know what was causing the hair loss. Could this be an EARLY sign of Cushing's and I should insist on retesting blood work six months from now or at his annual exam every year or what other time frame? I want to do whatever I can to help my dog. My vet said I could try giving him melatonin supplements for 8 mg twice a day. If after 4 months and no change with his fur, then to stop giving to him. Any thoughts? Thank you for your opinion.

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I think melatonin is a good next step for him. Retesting in 4 months if the melatonin isn't helping and checking his thyroid at that as well might be a good idea.

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DateMar 28, 2021
CategoryCushing's Disease
Pet Typenull
TopicJasmine was diagnosed with cushings about a year ago I have been getting the meds from my vet but it appears I can save money getting it from you I would like 6 months or 1 years supply
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That should be fine. Your veterinarian, that has met Jasmine face-to-face and has all of her blood results, will have to approve the medication. When you are ordering, it will ask for your veterinarian's contact information.

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DateMar 24, 2021
CategoryCushing's Disease
Pet Typenull
TopicTICK PREVENTION
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Question:

MY 14 YEAR OLD DOG HAS CUSHING"S AND DIABETES WHAT FLEA AND TICK PREVENTION WOULD BE SAFE FOR HER SINCE I AM HESITANT USING TOPICAL SOLUTIONS AND COLLARS WITH THESE DISEASES ARE THEY SAFE TO USE

Answer:

Ask your veterinarian, who has access to all of her medical records, blood work, history, etc., for the best advice, but Nexgard and Bravecto are working best this year and they both seem very safe.

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DateFeb 9, 2021
CategoryCushing's Disease
Pet Typenull
TopicConstant hunger /overweight//arthritis
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Question:

My dog Max is a Terrier Mix is 12 yrs old and I would like to know if there is a med for Cushing's. He was diagnosed 3 yrs ago. He is on galaprant and Cosequin. How can I help him lose weight. He can't run and walking is very limited because of right shoulder

Answer:

Yes, there are multiple treatment options for Cushing's - here is a link to read about them: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/cushings-disease-treatment-3.html They lose weight exactly like we do (1) decrease the calories and (2) increase the exercise - since you are limited on the latter, really decrease his food.

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DateJan 25, 2021
CategoryCushing's Disease
Pet Typenull
TopicHeart worm/Flea Medications
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Question:

My dog who is a 11 year old Yorkie has Cushings disease. My question is what is the best heart worm and flea medication recommended? I want something that has worked well with Cushings dogs. My dog also takes Vetoryl and Denmarin.

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I don't know of any that work necessarily better or worse for a dog with Cushings. The most common question I get along these lines is should I take him off of heartworm medication because he takes so much other medication and you definitely shouldn't. Your veterinarian is the best one to ask about exactly which one is best for him based on his history (like if he has a sensitive stomach, I might tell you to avoid Trifexis), blood work, etc.

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DateJan 17, 2021
CategoryCushing's Disease
Pet Typenull
TopicVetoryl
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Question:

Is there a alternative medicatoin to Vetoryl my dog has Cushings and has been on 10mg /2 times a day of Vetoryl for around 7 years and the cost of it has gone up almost double he is also diabetic as most dogs with it are

Answer:

Yes, there are generics. Call your local pharmacies and ask the price of their "trilostane" - you will be surprised at the range. Find one that is more affordable, then ask your veterinarian to call a prescription in to that pharmacy.

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DateNov 26, 2020
CategoryCushing's Disease
Pet Typenull
TopicDiet and Cushing’s disease
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Question:

Visiting my dad and observing their female 7yr old cavalier King Charles with Cushing’s disease. I’m worried at her poor condition but especially because they constantly feed her table scraps all day long. Pieces of cheese, fruit, twinkies, milk poured directly in her bowl every night, and even chocolate. When I express concern they say “it’s only a little bit” - yet every time anyone eats the dog gets a piece and/or licks the plate or bowl when they are done. Isn’t Cushing’s greatly affected by diet? Couldn’t this be hurting her?

Answer:

It is not ideal with Cushing's, but it may not be too terribly bad - would totally depend on the percentage of her diet that is made up by people food.

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DateOct 18, 2020
CategoryCushing's Disease
Pet Typenull
TopicDewclaw disappearances
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Question:

My Corgi mix will be 9 in January. A few days ago, I noticed one of her dewclaws was missing. There is no break in the skin or bleeding, and she does not appear uncomfortable in the area. Do dogs retract their dewclaws? The said dewclaw was there ( visible, in its proper place) last night, but again, not today. She is being treated for Cushing’s (since July) with Trilostane. Some moderation of symptoms with the medicine— Vetoryl 30mg in am and 10mg with supper. Recently she has lost hair on her elbows—due to Cushing’s? She has sometimes caught her dewclaw ( I’m not sure if it was the one that “disappeared “.) in the metal ring attached to her collar—where the leash attaches. She is a short dog. Most importantly, is the dewclaw disappearance something that needs to be treated? Also the the vet tech said the hairless patch looked tike rug burn. She does strongly jump on and off the furniture to the rug and also rests ( sometimes noisily lands) on the kitchen tile. Is it likely hair loss from Cushing’s or rug burn? And can anything help restore the hair and prevent more loss? Thank you so much for your help

Answer:

1- Do dogs retract their dewclaws? No. 2- is the dewclaw disappearance something that needs to be treated? Possibly if it is swollen or painful or she licks it excessively. 3- Is it likely hair loss from Cushing’s or rug burn? Could be either or something else entirely. 4- And can anything help restore the hair and prevent more loss? Regulating her Cushing's disease will help more than anything

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