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Old 05-23-2019, 11:09 AM
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Default Re: Annie: Diabetic with new Cushings diagnosis

Judi, thanks for jogging my memory to mention a cost-saving tip! In terms of the ACTH, both parts of the test are given regardless of a dogís weight. But for smaller dogs, the vials of the expensive stimulating agent can be divided so that the cost of each individual test is lessened. Hereís a link to an article by Dr. Mark Peterson that describes the protocol:


Within the last couple of years, some clinicians have been experimenting with using baseline cortisol levels alone for monitoring dogs taking trilostane. But not everybody is ďon boardĒ with that approach due to the surfacing of some problems/questions. Iím not aware of that approach being used to monitor Lysodren treatment, however.

Judi is right, though, Karen. Hang in there! I think youíre doing a great job of juggling those balls for Annie. Sheís so very lucky that youíre her mom ! Iím not meaning that you have to rush out tomorrow to have another ACTH done. But I was just worrying if you were planning on holding off indefinitely on additional monitoring.

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Old 05-23-2019, 03:47 PM
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Annieís curve was basically the same as it was a week ago, however, she has gained almost a pound during this past week. This tells me that maybe itís time to back down on her food and keep the insulin the same. She has been on 1 can of Glycobalance 2x per day. I was thinking about cutting her back to 1.5 cans per day divided into her two feedings

I was not able to talk to doc when we picked her up today as he had an emergency he was tending to.

Any suggestions from anyone?

Blessings, Karen
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Old 05-23-2019, 07:20 PM
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I agree. Cut back on the food. Cushing makes them hungry. Itís hard
Jenny: 6/6/2000 - 11/10/2014 She lived with diabetes and cushings for 3 1/2 years. She was one of a kind and we miss her.
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Old 05-24-2019, 04:55 AM
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My dog is 25 lbs. and he eats 1.5 cans divided into 2 meals, and it maintains his weight perfectly.
Riley, 8 yr. old maltipoo, 25 lbs., diagnosed Feb 2017, taking thyroid meds, had pancreatitis and DKA mid March, eating Wellness Senior formula can food. NPH dosage now at 9.0 units Humulin N. Adding either pumpkin, spinach, blueberries, yams, or green beans to his food. Also omega-3 oil.
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