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Old 06-29-2014, 03:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Just had Shadow (Lab 4 yrs old) in for a check up, blood work and thyroid tests. Reason for visit is weight gain and inability to lose the weight. Shadow has always been a very active but chunky girl, and we have always had to monitor food intake.

Vet agreed it was time to take a look at the thyroid, but also mentioned she was going to take a look at markers that appear in the blood work to indicate the need to test for Cushings. She did go on to say she was leaning towards having to do the test due to symptoms presented - pot belly, hair loss, panting and so on.

I am jumping ahead and learning what I can about Cushings. Frankly, what I am finding is confusing me and honestly some is scaring me. I am finding info that says surgery will be required, other info that says it is managed with meds, and even others that states questionable quality of life at about 2 years post treatment.

What is your experience with Cushings, anything learned about it. What questions should I ask, alternatives to treatments suggested, anything I am not thinking about?
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Old 06-30-2014, 07:33 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I have a friend with a senior JRT with Cushing's. He's a mess in every way conceivable (in addition to health issues, there are many instructions when you meet him and heaven help you if you don't follow them) but he is doing well. She is experienced with it because her JRT who lived to 17 also had it. If I ever had a dog diagnosed with it, I would want to see some kind of specialist before moving forward with treatment. Not because I believe conventional treatments are bad but because I like to know everything that I can, from someone who sees these issues all the time.

I am sure there are Yahoo groups as well. Hopefully people will see this who have more experience and be able to add to it. I just wanted to mention those dogs because you would not typically read a story about how well a dog did, and sometimes you need to hear that!
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So sorry to hear about your dog!
Even if it's a bit of a drive, I get established with a registered Homeopath to help with this. I've listed the ones in GA below.

Also, here are 2 video's to help.
Cushing's Disease May Be Caused by Your Dog?s Stress


NameAddressState/Province, Zip/Postal CodeWebsite

Churchill, Nancy
DVM
GWINNETT ANIMAL HOSPITAL
770-972-0447
2184 McGEE RD
Snellville
GA
30078
United States
www.gwinnettanimalhospital.com
SMALL ANIMAL
Acupuncture, Acupuncture (IVAS), Bach Flowers, Chinese Herbs, Chiropractic, Homeopathy, Western Herbs
Connolly, Bill
DVM
GWINNETT ANIMAL HOSPITAL
770-972-0447
2184 McGee Road
Snellville
GA
30078
United States
www.gwinnettanimalhospital.com
EQUINE, SMALL ANIMAL
Acupuncture, Acupuncture (IVAS), Bach Flowers, Chinese Herbs, Chiropractic, Chiropractic (AVCA), Clinical Nutrition, Conventional Medicine, Homeopathy, Nutrition, Western Herbs

Kickbush, Charlene
DVM
ART OF HEALING
706-769-0230
1440 ODOM LANE
Bishop
GA
30621
United States
HOUSE CALLS, SMALL ANIMAL
Acupuncture, Acupuncture (IVAS), Applied Kinesiology, Bach Flowers, Chinese Herbs, Chiropractic (AVCA), Conventional Medicine, Glandular Therapy, Homeopathy, Magnetic Therapy, Nutrition, Pulsating Magnetic Therapy, Western Herbs
Lance, Marie
DVM
Lance Animal Hospital
770-503-7387
2951 Jay Mountain Road
Gainesville
GA
30506
United States
www.lanceah.com
AVIAN, EQUINE, EXOTIC, SMALL ANIMAL
Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs, Conventional Medicine, Craniosacral therapy, Homeopathy, Massage Therapy, Reiki, VOM
Moorehead, Cameron
DVM
Main Street Vets of Stone Mountain
770-498-4620
868 Main Street
Stone Mountain
GA
30083
United States
www.mainstvets.com
SMALL ANIMAL
Applied Kinesiology, Clinical Nutrition, Conventional Medicine, Glandular Therapy, Homeopathy, Homotoxicology, Nutrition, VOM, Western Herbs

Partin, Julia
DVM
HICKORY FLAT ANIMAL HOSPITAL
770-345-2816
2939 E CHEROKEE DR
Canton
GA
30115
United States
SMALL ANIMAL
Acupuncture, Acupuncture (IVAS), Applied Kinesiology, Bach Flowers, Chinese Herbs, Chiropractic, Clinical Nutrition, Conventional Medicine, Homeopathy, Homotoxicology, Nutrition, Western Herbs
Tilghman, Michelle
CVA
Loving Touch Animal Center
770-498-5956
1975 Glenn Club Drive
Stone Mountain
GA
30087
United States
www.lovingtouchac.com
SMALL ANIMAL
Acupuncture, Acupuncture (IVAS), Bach Flowers, Chinese Herbs, Chiropractic, Clinical Nutrition, Conventional Medicine, Glandular Therapy, Homeopathy, Magnetic Therapy, Massage Therapy, Nutrition, Pulsating Magnetic Therapy, Western Herbs

Wansky, Allison
DVM
ALLATOONA ANIMAL HOSPITAL
678-445-1111
6733 BELLSFERRY RD
Woodstock
GA
30066
United States
www.allatoonavets.com
SMALL ANIMAL
Acupuncture, Acupuncture (CHI), Chinese Herbs, Clinical Nutrition, Homotoxicology, Western Herbs

ZOOK, PATRICIA
DVM
Gwinnett Animal Hospital
770-972-0447
2184 McGee Road
Snellville
GA
30078
United States
SMALL ANIMAL
Acupuncture, Acupuncture (IVAS), Applied Kinesiology, Bach Flowers, Chinese Herbs, Chiropractic, Clinical Nutrition, Conventional Medicine, Glandular Therapy, Homeopathy, Homotoxicology, NAET, Nutrition, Reiki, Western Herbs

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Jean and Mom... thank you!!

Jean, you are right; I did need to hear about dogs who are doing good with this. Guess it is obvious I am in panic mode at the moment.

Mom, many of those in the list are relatively close. One of the very few things good about a major metro area. I am familiar with Nancy Churchill through word of mouth. Woolf's behaviorist goes to her with her Bouviers. She is very pleased with the treatment they receive there.

After reading the transcripts of the videos posted, I am more concerned. Another symptom was listed that I hadn't found on other sites and wasn't mentioned at the check up. The graying of the belly skin.
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Jean and Mom... thank you!!

Jean, you are right; I did need to hear about dogs who are doing good with this. Guess it is obvious I am in panic mode at the moment.

Mom, many of those in the list are relatively close. One of the very few things good about a major metro area. I am familiar with Nancy Churchill through word of mouth. Woolf's behaviorist goes to her with her Bouviers. She is very pleased with the treatment they receive there.

After reading the transcripts of the videos posted, I am more concerned. Another symptom was listed that I hadn't found on other sites and wasn't mentioned at the check up. The graying of the belly skin.
EXCELLENT! She is also versed in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbals that can help with this disease! Read this dogs story here: Herbs For Cushing’s Disease In Dogs | Animal Wellness
It may take you a while to get in, so if you are considering switching vets, call for an appointment.

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