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My dog has been diagnosed with Cushings disease. How often

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My dog has been diagnosed with Cushing's disease. How often should she have a blood test. She is to have a third one in June. Tablets are £70 a fortnight and the blood test is also about £70. I hope she doesn't always have to have a blood test
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Doctor H replied 3 years ago.

Doctor H :

Hi, this is Doctor H and I'd be happy to assist you.

Customer:

What is your opinion of the number of blood tests she should have

Doctor H :

What medication is Rosie on for her Cushings? How long has she been on it?

Customer:

She started Vetoryl at the beginning of February

Doctor H :

Once Rosie is well regulated on the trilostane (as she should be by now), ACTH-stimulation tests are needed only every 6-12 months.

Customer:

Ok, thank you

Doctor H :

Now if she becomes addisonian (the opposite of Cushingoid) then bloodwork will have to be monitored more closely during that time.

Doctor H :

Do you have any more questions about that?

Customer:

Now we are getting into words I don't understand.

Customer:

That will be fine for now thank you

Doctor H :

Haha, sorry - Addisons is the opposite of Cushings and can be caused if her Vetoryl dose becomes too high

Doctor H :

The signs you need to watch out for on the Vetoryl - vomiting, diarrhea, inappetance, lethargy, are all signs of Addisons

Doctor H :

Regardless, I won't go any further into if you don't want.

Doctor H :

I hope that helps - kindly rate my answer so I may know how helpful I've been :)

Customer:

That's all I need to know for now - she seems ok at the moment. No diarrhoea - she has always had a bit of a problem with that, but I've settled her diet. She is after all 11 and that is a good age for a Dobermann. Thank you and good bye

Doctor H :

You're welcome - have a good day!

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