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Postby Dakotazeb » Thu May 14, 2015 10:38 am

I have a spayed female Brittany that will be 12 this summer. Within the past two weeks we have noticed she has an increased appetite and within the past week that she is drinking a lot more water and urinating more frequently. Other than that she is healthy and completely normal. First thought was diabetes so I got a urine specimen and took her to the vet. They did the urinalysis and blood work and there is no sign of diabetes. At this point they don't have an answer without doing a bunch more tests. One possibility was Cushings Disease but we haven't tested for that yet. I was just wondering if anyone might have any insight on this issue. Thanks.
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Re: Medical Question

Postby Misskiwi67 » Thu May 14, 2015 10:41 am

Was her ALP elevated on bloodwork? What was her urine specific Gravity? Is she having urinary accidents?
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Re: Medical Question

Postby Dakotazeb » Thu May 14, 2015 11:26 am

ALP was elevated at 131. Specific Gravity of the urine was 1.005. Urine was actually very clear and deluded but I thought that could be due to all the water intake???
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Re: Medical Question

Postby Dakotazeb » Thu May 14, 2015 11:27 am

She is not having any urinary accidents.
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Re: Medical Question

Postby lanco » Thu May 14, 2015 9:20 pm

Some testing for cushings seems to be a good next logical step at this point. Is the dogs behavior and activity otherwise normal?
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Re: Medical Question

Postby Dakotazeb » Thu May 14, 2015 9:33 pm

The vet also mentioned Cushing's but from what I've read about it she doesn't have most of the symptoms. Other than the increased appetite and water consumption everything else with her is perfectly normal.
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Re: Medical Question

Postby lanco » Thu May 14, 2015 9:52 pm

Not every dog has every symptom, but the symptoms you have are consistent with cushings. Without seeing the dog in the flesh it's hard to comment more. It could be other diseases but testing for Cushing seems your next logical step.
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Re: Medical Question

Postby lanco » Thu May 14, 2015 9:56 pm

Realize this is most often a disease of icecream eating ankle-biters so some of the obesity, muscle wasting and exercise intolerance normally seen in a morkiedach with advanced Cushing's will be less apparent in a canine athlete.
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Re: Medical Question

Postby lanco » Thu May 14, 2015 10:05 pm

PS since I doubt a 12 year old dog suddenly became a psychogenic (behavioral issue) water drinker it 99% certain that some metabolic disfunction if driver the increased thirst and low urine specific gravity.
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Re: Medical Question

Postby 3drahthaars » Fri May 15, 2015 6:38 am

Dakotazeb wrote:The vet also mentioned Cushing's but from what I've read about it she doesn't have most of the symptoms. Other than the increased appetite and water consumption everything else with her is perfectly normal.


That was my first guess... been there!

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Re: Medical Question

Postby Dakotazeb » Fri May 15, 2015 6:51 am

If it is Cushing's what is the treatment?
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Re: Medical Question

Postby lanco » Fri May 15, 2015 8:23 am

It depends, but usually a drug called trilostane. In cases of adrenal tumors surgery may be an option. Don't google to much until the diagnosis is confirmed.
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Re: Medical Question

Postby Dakotazeb » Wed May 20, 2015 2:00 pm

Had a long talk with the vet and now he is leaning away from Cushing's due to the blood work up and no additional symptoms. So we are still not sure what is causing the increase in appetite and water consumption. Although the water consumption while still more than normal has decreased. My vet buddy in Colorado is still thinking it has to do with the kidneys and so I have put her a new dog food. It's Hill's Prescription Diet K/D. For now we will see if the diet does anything and just continue to monitor her.
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Re: Medical Question

Postby Dakotazeb » Fri May 29, 2015 5:30 pm

We confirmed Cushing's this week and in addition she also has some other issues probably pancreatitis. WBC went skyrocketing, temp was up and she refused to eat anything. Left her at the vet yesterday and they put her on an IV with antibiotics. Wasn't helping today and she was starting to fill with fluid. Only option were to take her to the University of Minnesota immediately or put her down. At 12 years of age we felt that putting her through more test, possible surgery and still having to deal with Cushing's and perhaps more we opted to say goodbye to our sweet, precious little gal. Just returned from the vet office and saying our goodbyes. Damn, this just never gets any easier. I conferred with a couple other vet friends and they concurred that we made the proper decision.

She was a real cutie as a pup.
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Re: Medical Question

Postby Camspal » Fri May 29, 2015 6:24 pm

Wow that really stinks
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