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09 July 2009 @ 01:44 pm
Cushing's Disease  
Hey all. Its been a long time since I've posted about Bruin.  He's about 7 and a half now. He had his annual visit the other day and his blood work came back ok except for one enzyme, the one that has been known to cause Cushing's Disease. Right now the doctor said he's not too worried; it could be that Bruin's got an infection, he's forming arthritis in this knees, he could just have bad teeth...all these can form a jump in that enzyme. It should be in the 130; his is 411.  He goes back in a month for more blood work.

I suppose my question is, has this happened to anyone else's Boston (or other dog's) and if so, what was the outcome? And if they did develop Cushing's, what's done for it?

Thanks from myself, and from Bruin. I'm sure if he were with me at work, he'd give you all a big slobbery kiss!
Right now I am at: Work
I am feeling: scaredscared
Genevieve: Lulu Woofalwaysgenevieve on July 9th, 2009 07:10 pm (UTC)
i really hope Bruin is going to be ok! i know i have seen posts in this community with people who have bostons with cushings. Hopefully they will chime in
Barbarakicksav29 on July 9th, 2009 07:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks :) I'll have to dig through the community tonight and see what all has been posted!
Amy H. Sturgis: VA/Love Meeldritchhobbit on July 9th, 2009 07:36 pm (UTC)
I don't know anything about Cushing's (sorry!), but I just wanted to say we're sending best wishes Bruin's way. *hugs*
Barbarakicksav29 on July 10th, 2009 02:07 am (UTC)
Thanks! We appreciate it!
popscockles: pic#73346267catpopscockles on July 9th, 2009 10:21 pm (UTC)
At the Pet Hotel that I work at we have a good deal of dogs who stay with us that have Cushings. Its common around his age, but most dogs who have it, if their owners keep them on their drugs, they can live a pretty normal life.
We have one Golden named Mardi Gras who has it, she's 14, & though we know she won't be with us for much longer, she was diagnosed when she was 7. She had it half her life, & it hasn't really slowed her down until now.

It may cause him to loose some of his handsome good looks, & it may make him a little more cranky, but he'll be the same sweet dog he always was, with one small hitch.

My little ones & I will keep our fingers(& paws) crossed for you & Bruin. We hope its just something silly like bad chompers. But if its not, best of luck & well wishes.
Barbara: Splashing Bruinkicksav29 on July 10th, 2009 02:07 am (UTC)
he'll always be handsome to me :) Thanks for the info. i'm still rooting for it to be arthritis. i can't believe i'm rooting for that!

keep me updated on mardi gras!
Amberchancepuppeh on July 9th, 2009 10:42 pm (UTC)
Keeping my fingers crossed, Ashton and Oscar their paws crossed! I hope everything turns out ok for you and Bruin.
Barbara: Bruinkicksav29 on July 10th, 2009 02:08 am (UTC)
Thanks :) Bruin and I appreciate it!
i'm terrified.ce_soir on July 10th, 2009 02:27 am (UTC)
aww, smooch his face for me! i hope he is feeling better soon!
Barbarakicksav29 on July 10th, 2009 02:40 am (UTC)
thanks...and will do :)
C.a.t.h.i.e: Purple Umbrella_simplyinlove on July 10th, 2009 12:46 pm (UTC)
Well, my welsh corgie has cushings disease. He's had it for almost 2 years and he's completely fine with a few minor exceptions. He does have to go potty a lot more and he takes on more water than he used to. He also will pant more frequently, but that's the only thing I've really noticed. He does have a few fatty blobs by his armpits, but I don't necessarily think that's related, but I"m not sure. He's not on any medication and our vet said if it gets worse, she can put him on something, but doesn't feel that he needs it now. I'm not sure what medication she said she'd put him on, but he's good for now (knock on wood).

♥ Hope this helps!
C.a.t.h.i.e: Buisiness Outfit_simplyinlove on July 10th, 2009 12:48 pm (UTC)
Oh and Jakie is about 11 and he was diagnosed with it as I said about 2 years ago. He also dose have some clumps of hair that come out, but I sometimes don't know if that has anything to do with cushings because he is a corgie and he is a big puff ball to begin with. He's not grouchy and his mood hasn't changed (Violet keeps him young).

We'll keep you and Bruin in our thoughts! I'm sure he'll be perfectly fine.
Barbarakicksav29 on July 10th, 2009 01:28 pm (UTC)
While I'm, sadly, rooting for it to be arthritis, I can see some of the signs of possible Cushing's. He's been drinking and eating more, and having more accidents in the house. But I haven't noticed any blobs yet, so that makes me happy.

Keep me updated on Jakie! Would like to know how he! Thanks for the info!
The Girl in the Self Imposed Boxelisabat on July 10th, 2009 07:45 pm (UTC)
Sadly I don't know as much about Cushing's as I should. I work in ER now, and it is not an ER type illness (that's a good thing!). I do know that if it is Cushing's you can expect some hairloss and a rotund belly. I believe (could be wrong) that it can be regulated with Lysodren, but some dogs don't tolerate it well. Fizzgig has his paws crossed for Bruin and we're hoping for the best! Keep us posted.
Barbarakicksav29 on July 11th, 2009 06:09 am (UTC)
Thanks for the info. And tell Fizz thanks for the paw crossing!! will keep you informed :)