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Twyla 12-30-2013 09:21 AM

Woolf is going to the vet
 
I have an appointment for Woolf today at 1 pm with the vet. Right now his symptoms are lethargy, no appetite - hasn't ate anything for a couple of days, tenderness in the stomach area, excessive shedding (not blowing his coat). He is on flouxetine so I've had noted to do full blood work for liver values. Urine output is good, poop - what there would be of it is good.

Any suggestions of what I could ask for today or ideas?

Lilie 12-30-2013 09:40 AM

Addison's Disease in Dogs


https://admin.imatrixbase.com/images...ddisons200.pngMaya's StoryMaya, a five-year-old Border Collie (pictured), presented symptoms of lethargy and occasional vomiting and diarrhea. She was a dog who loved doing agility trials, but who had become much slower in her performance. Her blood profile was normal, but a very astute doctor kept investigating, and when "Maya" flatlined her ACTH stim test, a diagnosis of Addison's was made.
Talk to your veterinarian if you notice any changes in your pet's behavior or see symptoms of lethargy or vomiting.

Addison's disease is an endocrine disorder where the adrenal glands, near the kidneys, fail to produce enough hormones. This disease is relatively uncommon (approximately one case per 3000 dogs) but it is more common in dogs than humans. It is very rare in cats.
The common symptoms of Addison's are lethargy, occasional vomiting or diarrhea, weakness, low body temperature, low heart rate, and shaking. The symptoms are often vague, may be intermittent, and can be attributed to many other causes. The problem is probably under-diagnosed; the doctor must have a high degree of clinical suspicion. The disease can be fatal if left untreated.
Addison's usually affects young to middle-aged dogs, but can occur in any age. About seventy percent of cases are female. Some breeds are more likely to be affected: Great Danes, Newfoundlands, Portuguese Waterdogs, Rottweilers, German Shepherds, Westies, Wheaten Terriers, Springer Spaniels, but the breeds with the highest rates are Standard Poodles, Leonbergers, and Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers.
A regular blood profile may have changes that suggest Addison's, especially certain alterations in the electrolytes. The specific test for the disease is an ACTH stimulation blood test. This test involves two blood draws, one before, and one an hour after an injection of a drug named Cortrosyn. Both of these samples are sent to the reference lab, and the results are compared to one another. A normal animal will respond to the Cortrosyn by a big increase compared to the first sample. An Addisonian animal will not have an increase.
Treatment is either with an oral daily drug, Florinef, or an injectable drug, Percorten, that is given every 25 days. Most veterinarians use Percorten now as it provides better, smoother control of the disease, and does not rely on owner memory and compliance every day. A version of the disease called atypical Addison's may need only oral prednisone. Talk to your veterinarian if you have any concerns about your pet's health

Lilie 12-30-2013 09:42 AM

I just recieved the above from my vet today. Although it is rare, they are seeing more cases and sent out a warning to all of their clients.

Certainly not saying that is what could be wrong, but I just wanted to share the information with you.

I hope your pup is feeling better soon!!

GatorBytes 12-30-2013 10:15 AM

It's probably the Prozac.

Seek an exp. Holistic vet for imbalances, they can provide a *safer alternative* to toxic ANTI- PHSYCOTICS that will work with the body, even nourish and balance.

A classic example of conventional medicine gone wrong.

Don't vaccinate your dog again either and seriously investigate what flea/tick prevention you are using as this IS also an issue with behavioural problems.

Best of luck, I hope your poochie feels better soon.

Ashwagandha - look into that
Valarian root - calming
Melatonin also

Note: But NOT all at same time....these are suggestions a Holistic vet can help you with

Twyla 12-30-2013 04:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Lilie (Post 4742378)
I just recieved the above from my vet today. Although it is rare, they are seeing more cases and sent out a warning to all of their clients.

Certainly not saying that is what could be wrong, but I just wanted to share the information with you.

I hope your pup is feeling better soon!!

Thanks Lilie. I didn't have to mention it to her, she brought it up. She will be comparing the electrolyte levels from the blood work today to previous ones. It is at the bottom of her list to look for because it is rare but because of the breed, some of the symptoms, increasing occurrence of the disease it isn't off the table.

The vet was able to test for pancreatis (sp) today and that is negative. Unless the blood work comes back with something, it is being treated as gastritis due to the type dog he is and the abnormal amount of stress he was under over the holiday (another story). He was given an injection for nausea, slightly dehydrated so was given fluids, pepcid 20 mg for 5 days and Sucralfate for 5 days. Again, that can change if it something shows up in the blood work.

Thanks for the article. It gave me a head start on questions.

Twyla 12-30-2013 04:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by GatorBytes (Post 4742642)
It's probably the Prozac.

Seek an exp. Holistic vet for imbalances, they can provide a *safer alternative* to toxic ANTI- PHSYCOTICS that will work with the body, even nourish and balance.

These alternatives have been tried. They did not work. They may work for some dogs, not all.

A classic example of conventional medicine gone wrong.

Don't vaccinate your dog again either and seriously investigate what flea/tick prevention you are using as this IS also an issue with behavioural problems.

Woolf's behavioral problems was long before any of this was used. He is on minimal vax, does not use flea/tick, lives in the south - no choice about hw meds.

Best of luck, I hope your poochie feels better soon.

Conventional and holistic medicine both have their place.

GatorBytes 12-30-2013 07:51 PM

Side Effects of Prozac for Dogs

Side Effects of Prozac For Dogs

As with any other medication, there is a chance your pet will experience mild to severe side effects while taking Prozac for dogs. This drug is known to alter blood glucose levels and should be carefully considered for dogs with diabetes mellitus. The drug has also shown to produce aggression and/or biting in rare cases. This includes enhancing the side effect in dogs already experiencing the problem, or creating aggression in dogs that were previously non-aggressive. Other side effects to consider are the following:
  • Lethargy or over-calmness
  • Gastrointestinal disturbances
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability or aggression
  • Sleeplessness
  • Hyperactivity
  • Excessive panting
  • Loss of appetite

GatorBytes 12-30-2013 07:53 PM

These alternatives have been tried. They did not work. They may work for some dogs, not all.

If you don't mind, what was tried? How old is Woolf?


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