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:help:Originally Posted by Coopers mom
:help:Hello,

it took about a year, my dog was finally diagnosed with Cushing disease. He drinks water excesseivly. Pees all the time, in the house and outside. Eats a lot, but always thinks he hungry. Pants alot. His liver level were through the roof, 26, when normal levels are 1-9, and one of his adrenal glands is bigger than the other.

After being on Cushings medicine for dogs, his liver levels are completely normal.

Here is my concern, he is 10 years old, and his symptoms are not going away. His medicine is $250. a month, and I spend $320 a month on a dog walker. I am a single mom of a six year old and have to work full time.

I am at my wits end.

He is my best friend, he is not ready to be put down. But I can not afford this.

Are there any suggestions?
 

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my 2 cents, i`d drop the dog walker, or cut it back to a few days a week, have you shopped the medicine on line???
 

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I agree with cutting out the dog walker....dog is old and doesn't feel well anyhow...enjoy the time you have with him..I am sorry for your circumstances...jan
 

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What is the medication?
 

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Hello Coopers mom,

I understand, I had to put my 14.5 year old husky down last Friday due to cushings. She lived 2 years after being diagnosed.

We decided not to treat the cushings because the drug to treat it was almost as bad as the cushings. Loss of desire to eat etc.

Gracie had good days and bad days. We knew it was time when her bad days out numbered the good days.

All the best to your fella.

Mary
 

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I am guessing the dog walker is because the dog pees all the time.

I would set up a very small kennel outside, The dog is ten, I do not think he will dig out from under it. If you have an attached garage, put the doggy door through a wall in the garage. That will go lead to a pen. You can get the pen for approximately $300 if you can get it on sale at tractor supply company. six 5'x6' pannels and if you use the garage wall as one side, the pen can be 10'x 10' or 5'x20'. Then the dog can take himself out to potty when he needs to. A dog door can be installed through a man door or through a wall depending on the type you buy and it will run you about $100. Maybe you can get a kennel on e-bay or craigslist used. But the solution will run you about $400-$450, but it is a one-time expense. It will nearly pay for itself in the first month.

Sorry you are going through this.
 

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Google "medsaver" I have a card for Kiya's meds. Also If you get 90 day supplies it usually cheaper. Where are you getting your meds from? Shop around prices vary.
 

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It looks like treatment depends on type of Cushing's: Pet Owner's Crash Course in Canine Cushing's Disease I wonder if it's possible the treatment protocol needs to be looked at?

The short-term prognosis is very good. Treated, one would expect symptoms of Cushing's to fully resolve over the course of 4-6 months. Excess drinking and urinating abate quickly. It may take several months for hair and coat improvement to be observed. Dogs generally are more comfortable after the disease is under control and may live happily for years.
I don't know how you get to that point - and am not sure of the quality of this Yahoo group but it might be a good resource: CanineCushings-AutoimmuneCare : Cushing's Syndrome | Autoimmune Disease I would join that and see what you can find out about why your dog is not responding to treatment.

DogAware.com Articles: Cushing's Disease good resource

Cushing's Disease another article.

Sometimes, going to a specialist for $100 for an office visit, saves money over time, too.

Thank you for taking care of your boy.
 

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Hello all,

Thank you so much for responding!!! I will try to answer all of the questions.

1. Unfortunately I am recently divorced and therefore had to downsize to a condo. (they are not nice) Cooper spent 7 of his years in a house with a big yard.
2. His medicine is vetoryl. He is on 180mg a day.
3. His energy is actually through the roof, I agree the dog walker is expensive, but I think that is what is keeping him going. She is excellent with him. I tease him that she is his girlfriend. :)
4. I am getting his medicine online from CA pet pharmacy.
5. He has taken a turn for the worse this week, he has been leaking poop, (with blood) he has gained weight, his hair is terrible, his skin is dry and scaly, his eyes are not normal....see next.
6. I just took him to the vet today ($150.00)!!! He has anal gland infection, staph infection on his skin, she thinks that his cushings has gotten worse, and that he now has hyperthyroidism. She suggest to heal the anal gland infection, test his levels for the cushings disease earlier than expected, and then test for the hyperthyroidism.
 

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Thanks for your honesty. How traumatic for your dog was it to be put down? Cooper is scared to go to the vet to begin with.
 
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